Tired of getting smoked in Rivals Mode or multiplayer in Forza 6?
Are you intimidated or uninterested in tuning?
I was once a noob too and was drudging around the track trying to figure out why I ended every multiplayer race at the back of the pack. I also have ZERO interest in tuning.
There are a lot of things you can do to get faster lap times in Forza Motorsport 6 and…
Here in this list I will avoid the cliche’s like smooth is fast or finesse the clutch. This list will provide you actionable advice that you can apply to Forza 6.
So without further ado…
17 Tips For Faster Lap Times Without Knowing How to Tune
First let’s acknowledge that tuning puts your car to optimal performance and it is an important element in fast lap times. Tuning is difficult if you don’t know what you are doing, so let’s start with how to get around that and then move into some good old fashion Forza racing advise about cornering, braking, accelerating, and game settings.
1. Shop for Community Tunes On The Leaderboards
Many people on the leaderboards are tuners or people who use tunes. In past Forza games you couldn’t tell who a car was tuned by you had to rely on info at forzamotorsport.net. Now in Forza 6 you can see the tune and download it right from the leaderboard.
Here is how:
First pick any car and the track you want to race in career mode. Then in the race setup choose “Leaderboards”:
Next Scroll the list and look on the right and see which cars show a name under “Tuned By”. In this example, I am downloading a tune from raceboy77 who is a great tuner!
Press “A” to select the tune and then “A” again to download it.
*The tune will show as the name of the person who set the lap time, not the name of the person who tuned the car
So here is what s cool about this. you don’t even need to own the car to download the tune. When you do own the car the tune will show up in the “My Files” section of your tunes. You can install it and buy the upgrades credits when your ready.
The best thing to do is take some time and go download a bunch of tunes. Write down the names of the cars and then buy them and apply the tunes.
Now not all tunes you download are gonna be great for you, but if you have no idea how to tune, this will definitely give you more competitive lap times. Before I get into improving your lap times, by racing there are still a few other things you should do…
2. Follow Reputable Tuners Who Consistently Get 5 stars
When you find a tune you like, follow the creator of the tune. This will put all the tunes created by this person in the front of your recommended tunes. If they have tuned the car you are considering you will see their tunes before the rest of the community tunes.
To follow a tune creator you like:
First go to your tuning options and then click on “Y” for Creator Options:
Then click on “A” to follow the creator:
To help you get started with reputable tuners who consitently give 5 star tunes that will help you improve your lap times, look for these people here:
3. Use The Leaderboards to Choose The Right Car for The Right Track
If you are looking to set a time on a track, it is helpful to take a quick look at the leaderboard for that track first. If you see several people in the top 25 using the same car, then that is probably a great car choice for that track.
In this example most people are using the Dodge Viper ’08, this car is a great choice for Alps Festival.
Choosing a car proven to be fast on the track will help you put up a competitive lap time.
4. Chose Cars With a Strategy In Mind
For tracks with short straightaways (Catalunya School) , choose cars that favor handling and acceleration. For big tracks with long straightaways (Le Mans) choose cars with top speed.
Understand that if you look for cars with top speed and the track doesn’t have a straightaway long enough to achieve top speed for a sustained period, then top speed is worthless. Acceleration is a better choice to in most instances.
You also can choose cars that play to your ability, example: If you tend to brake late choose a car with a higher brake rating…it will give you enough stopping power to make up for your mistakes.
Ok, let’s get into some actionable driving tips:
5. Setup Your Corners With A Consistent Approach
First of all its better to brake two early then too late! You would much rather go into a corner slow and come out fast then vise versa.
To set up your corners you want to focus on getting wide and taking one action at a time as you approach the corner. Do each one of these actions individually in the beginning:
- Down shift
Once you get your technique down you can gradually combine the actions.
Aim to take turn in at the lowest possible slip angle with the maximum amount of traction. You want to build up a tires cornering force slowly, don’t just cut the wheel hard the moment you turn into it.
You can also trail brake a bit to stay on your line, but go easy on the brake!
6. Hit The Late Apex of The Corner For A Fast Exit
There are 3 parts to cornering: The turn in, the apex, and the turn exit. In the picture below this shows how you hit a late apex. The late apex occurs just after the midway point and can help you get a faster exit.
Once you are through the corner entry and hitting the apex you should be already done trail braking. The slower you move the steering wheel the faster your car will be.
For the gas can feather the pedal (which means pump it gently to maintain speed) or you can cost through the corner. If you find yourself braking hard mid corner then it’s likely you hit corner too fast or you turned in to late.
Listen to the tires when cornering, tire squeal is an indication that you are going too fast and losing grip. If your tires aren’t gripping the road then you are not moving fast.
Aim to get the wheel straight as quickly and as smoothly as possible, the more time you have the wheel pointed straight and the throttle to the floor the better your lap time will be. This what makes the late apex faster…your wheels are straighter.
7. Ease On The Throttle For Smooth Turn Exits
On the turn exits ease onto the accelerator. Once the car feels under control, you can put the accelerator to the floor. To many people just jam on the gas coming out a turn, this will cause your car to shimmy and you will loss valuable seconds.
You can start applying throttle the moment you cross the mid or late apex.
Also notice the “oh schucks line”, this is normally caused by to much acceleration into the turn and/or an early turn in.
8. The Most Important Corner is the One Before a Straight
Not all corners are created equal. Even if you screw up the beginning of a series of corners, focus on nailing the corner before a long straightaway. Races are won on the straights, not in the corners. If you can get a great corner exit before a long straight, you can give yourself a chance to achieve the maximum acceleration on the straightaway. You can see on the right the 2 most important corners on Catalunya GP.
If you play in leagues or multiplayer online, then you may be of the opinion that the first corner is the most important one.
9. Don’t Live and Die By The Suggested Line Use The Rumble Strips
If you are playing with the suggested line or the braking line on, they are merely a suggestion. The racing line won’t tell you to clip the rumble strips. You can use it to go wide into corners, clip it on the apex, and use the rumble strip on the outside of the turn.
The rumble strip is a great indicator of how you are catching the turn. Feel the vibrations in your controller or Forza racing wheel to know if you are clipping the rumble strips.
It’s good to test a track out and see where you can cheat a few corners. If you look for the disqualified lap symbol next to your time, you can if you have done something to trigger it to come on. If you know how much you can cheat all the corners, then you can use it to your advantage when you need it.
10. The Less Time You Spend Braking The Faster You Will Be
Braking in traffic, braking mid corner, and braking on a straight all slow you down. Limit your time breaking, see where you can stop braking and ease off the throttle instead. The more you brake the more chance you have jamming them on to hard and locking them up.
If you play multiplayer, you will notice that people apply the brakes in strange points on the track, like straightaways, corner entries that don’t require braking, and even corner exits where you should be on the throttle. All of that EXTRA braking is unnecessary!
Related to braking is small collisions. Every time you run into the back of a car, you slow down and it reduces your speed. This means you need to regain lost momentum and build back up your acceleration.
Temper your aggression and watch for the brake lights in front of you. Small collisions are WORSE than braking, because you can’t control the outcome.
11. Watch Rivals And Learn How The Fastest Laps Are Recorded
If you want to see how the top Leaderboard people approach the track, go watch their replays in Rivals mode. This will help you diagnose where you are slow or approaching a corner wrong. Pay attention to their breaking points and their line on the track, which may not be close to the games suggested line.
to teach you how to be fast on a particular track”
You can also try to race against the ghost of the rivals time, but good luck keeping up!
To watch rivals:
Go into Rivals Mode and choose the section you want to race. For each track you can see the Leaderboard by pressing “Y”:
Scroll through the leaderboard and find a rival that interests you. Press “A” to select a rival:
From there you can press “A” to view the replay or race against their ghost by setting them as your rival:
12. Focus On Your Individual Performance
Even if you are racing a ghost in rivals it is easy to get frustrated, just focus on improving your performance.
Of course racing in multiplayer can be even more frustrating…
A lot of times we lose focus because some A*hole rammed your car from the back or some other D*head jammed on the brakes in front of you causing you to blow the turn. The moment you start losing focus and looking for revenge, the slower you will be. Just worry about your car and turning in the best lap you can get for the circumstances you have been handed.
It’s also good to look and think as far ahead as possible. This can help you see where people are hitting puddles, approaching a turn in the dark, or avoiding a collision.
13. Practice How You Plan to Race, Then You Will Race Like You Practiced
The game isn’t easy and mastering it requires practice. For the first time in Forza they allows you to use a practice mode before you do your races.
Practice on the tracks and learn where to go fast and on all of the approaches to corners, look for land marks so that you can memorize your braking points. Often on the outside of a turn there are markers, telling you exactly how far the corner is, look for them and find your braking distance.
For Practice Mode:
On your pre-race menu choose practice:
What is nice about practice is it is just you by yourself on the track. You can check out your tune or simply learn the track. If you put up a good time on your practice lap, it will even show up on the leaderboards.
14. Find The Sweet Spot For Your Launch RPM’s
Another good thing to do is practice the launch of the race.
isn’t the best strategy because your tires spin”
Look for the sweet spot on your RPM’s where your tires grip the pavement and give you the fastest possible launch with no slippage. I know jamming on the accelerator to launch seems practical, but every car launches different. Learn your cars sweet spot and have your car launch perfectly as soon as the timer releases.
If you find the launch of the car to be really slow regardless of your RPM’s, this MAY be caused by traction control (TCS) in the assists. Try turning the TCS off and see if it gives you any different launch acceleration. Assists are great, but sometimes they can really slow you down.
15. Keep Your Steering Movements to a Minimum
The less you do with the controls or the steering wheel, the less chance you have of making an error. A slight turn of the wheel at 200 mph can be disastrous. Learn to get comfortable easing off the wheel on long straights. Slight movements of the wheel slow you down and can be risky business.
If you race multiplayer, notice how many people in front of you on a long straight can’t drive straight!! The straighter your wheels are the faster you will go.
16. Take Advantage of the Games Settings and Assists
Lap times are consistently faster with the assists off, but maybe that doesn’t work for you. Use the setting to your advantage.
If in you experience you get faster lap times with traction control on, then just turn it on. There is no penalty for assists, just less credits. Don’t listen to the hype or let anyone tell you your not racing right with assits on, turn’em on and have fun, this is a game!
If you are using a racing wheel, try these settings:
First go to the options menu and choose the Controller/Wheel Settings:
Next press “X” to get to the advanced settings:
These are the settings I use:
I do tend to vary my wheel rotation depending on the car I drive. If I am racing F1, then 270 it is, anything else is 330 or higher for me.
For more info on what the advance wheel settings mean go here where I explain deadzone and inside/outside.
You can also use the crew mods to help out your cars performance, but just know that you can not use these in Rivals Mode, Multiplayer, or League play. You can use them in free play and career mode, but when you do it shows next to your time that you have a disqualified lap.
The best crew mod you can get is the Crew Chief mod received for reaching the highest affinity level with each car manufacturer. I can speak for all the Crew Chief mods, but the one for Chevy in +9 Grip and 50% Credit boost and has unlimited uses on Chevy cars/trucks.
17. Manual With a Clutch is the Fastest Gearing
Manual with clutch is fastest, manual is second fastest, Automatic is third. The best part about driving manual is that it allows you to stay in the gear for longer periods of time. Shifting slows your car down.
If you are using a wheel like the Logitech G920 or The Thrustmaster TX, it’s a good chance you know this already because you have an optional shifter, but for people with a controller there are better options than the standard controller configuration.
If you are using a controller and want to use manual gearing, try changing your controller configuration by switching your handbrake and clutch. This configuration will allow you to hit the clutch “A” and the gearing up “B” or down button “X” with your thumb simultaneously. Doing so will help you shift smoother and faster all in one button press motion.
To change your controller configuration:
Go to the controller settings in the options menu:
Choose “Layout 1″ and then switch the setting for Switch Handbrake/Clutch to ‘ON”:
18. BONUS: Checkout The Book Ultimate Speed Secrets
If you really wanna get some real driving advice from a real race car driver, that you can 100% apply to your Forza experience, checkout Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving by Ross Bentley.
This guy is a professional racing instructor and gives you real life racing advice around choosing a good driving line, tracks, weather conditions, cornering, etc.
I know it may sound crazy to read a book to play a video game better, but for those hardcore racers, its not only a good read, but will 100% make you better at Forza.
The book was suggested to me by someone who read this blog post and told me I need to read the book and list this as #18. I couldn’t agree more!
Other Forza Resources
There are a lot of great resources around the net, here are a few that I use:
R/Forza Reddit Community
The Forza Motorsport Official Forum
Inside Sim Racing
ForzaTune 6 App
I am sure some people will tell you that racing with an Xbox One steering wheel is faster than a controller, but there are plenty of people who put up great lap times with a controller. The two advantages you get with a wheel are smoother cornering and using your body’s trained ability to react to driving situations. All in all though a wheel isn’t necessary, but it sure makes racing a lot more fun.
If you are interested in a wheel, here is what I think are the best racing wheels for Forza Motorsport 6
If you are using a controller thumbstick extenders can help with smoothing out your cornering, because it increases your range of motion on the thumbstick. You can grab a cheap pair and try em out, I would particularly recommend the Speed Freek Apex Thumbsticks!
What are your Forza Motorsport 6 driving tips? What other advise can you give to help people get faster lap times without tuning? Let me know in the comments below.