Cars:Single-Seaters

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LFS has 5 single seaters of different classes, the MRT, FOX, FBM, FO8 and BF1.

MRT5

Short: MRT

Mid engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: 600 cc turbocharged inline 4

Power: 48 kW (64 bhp) @ 7871 rpm
Torque: 69 Nm (51 lbft) @ 5078 rpm
Total Mass: 221 kg (486 lbs)
Power-weight: 217 W/kg (296 bhp/ton)
Weight dist: 37.5 F 62.5 R
Fuel tank capacity: 20 ltr

Front suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear suspension: Double Wishbone

Based on the real MRT5 built by the McGill Racing Team and competing in the Formula SAE championship this lightweight car is ideal for autocross tracks and slow configurations. The MRT5 is fun to drive and reminds you of a kart although it has more power and a differential. See the official website.

Setup tip: This car is best with SOFT suspension. Understeer is certainly not needed in the springs, it hurts turning too much. Just adjust antiroll bars to get the balance you want. Also, this car is extremely sensitive to differential settings. Use the viscous differential and keep it fairly open (low single digits). Very low tyre pressures. Rear toe comes in handy again here.

MRT5
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Formula BMW

Short: FBM

Mid engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: 1.2 litre inline-4

Power: 105 kW (140 bhp) @ 8948 rpm
Torque: 125 Nm (92 lbft) @ 6756 rpm
Total Mass: 465 kg (1024 lbs)
Power-weight: 225 W/kg (307 bhp/ton)
Weight dist: 42.0 F 58.0 R
Fuel tank capacity: 42 ltr

Front suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear suspension: Double Wishbone

This Formula BMW is used by an UK based company called V1 Championship whose aim is to discover a new racing driver through a series of tests. V1 will be launched in 2008 and shown on TV in the UK. Live for Speed has been chosen to be part of the selection process of the new drivers.

Setup tip: Low Downforce and stiff suspension should make this car pretty quick around corners and not very hard to drive.

Formula BMW
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Formula XR

Short: FOX

Mid engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: 2.0 litre inline 4

Power: 142 kW (190 bhp) @ 7031 rpm
Torque: 221 Nm (163 lbft) @ 4980 rpm
Total Mass: 490 kg (1079 lbs)
Power-weight: 290 W/kg (395 bhp/ton)
Weight dist: 45.0 F 55.0 R
Fuel tank capacity: 38 ltr

Front suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear suspension: Double Wishbone

Based upon a Formula Renault 2000 racecar, this car serves as a nice introduction to the cars with downforce. The relatively low power of the engine makes the car easy to drive once up to speed. Insane fun on twisty tracks, and one of the most popular car choices in LFS.

Setup tip: Actually needs a bit of a loose setup, this will help with low speed cornering. Adjust downforce to keep the rear in place at higher speeds. Due to it's low power, it's best to keep wing angles low for most tracks.

Formula XR
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Formula V8

Short: FO8

Mid engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: 3.0 litre V8

Power: 335 kW (450 bhp) @ 9092 rpm
Torque: 385 Nm (284 lbft) @ 7422 rpm
Total Mass: 600 kg (1323 lbs)
Power-weight: 559 W/kg (762 bhp/ton)
Weight dist: 45.0 F 55.0 R
Fuel tank capacity: 125 ltr

Front suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear suspension: Double Wishbone

Based upon a Formula 3000 racecar, this is the second fastest but most difficult car to drive in LFS. Once mastered though, it offers great rewards to the driver. It's no Formula One car but don't let that fool you into thinking this isn't one awesome car. Just look at that power-to-weight figure! Suffice to say, the acceleration is incredible. It can pull over 3Gs in the bends. And if it stopped any quicker it would hurt (well, more-so). Only drive it if you have the balls.

Setup tip: Like the FOX, you don't really need much understeer, just use downforce to keep the rear in place. High tyre pressures work well on this car.

Formula V8
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BMW Sauber F1 (Formula One)

Short: BF1

Mid engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: 2.4 litre V8

Power: 537 kW (720 bhp) @ 19036 rpm
Torque: 284 Nm (209 lbft) @ 16797 rpm
Total Mass: 530 kg (1169 lbs)
Power-weight: 1012 W/kg (1378 bhp/ton)
Weight dist: 46.3 F 53.7 R
Fuel tank capacity: 95 ltr

Front suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear suspension: Double Wishbone

The real BMW Sauber F1.06. Incredibly fast in every way. You'll need to drive absolutely on the limit to get the most out of it. You don't need to lift or even use a gearstick for shifting - the onboard electronics will do it faster than you ever could.

Setup tip: Stiff suspension is way to go here, the tyres flex enough you just don't need the springs to. This also means you can use stiff anti-roll bars without screwing up the handling. High wing angles are needed to increase traction and make use of all that power. The traction control is definately useful to stop you pushing too hard. 4% is a good beginners limit. Hardcore players like to leave it off all-together.

BMW Sauber F1 (Formula One)
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