What Are Your Surprisingly Fun Car/Track Combos?

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Many circuits are built with certain cars in mind. Therefore, some cars don't fit on some circuits. Some cars aren't meant to fit on a circuit. But some of those combinations that on paper look dreadful actually do work. Let's take a dive into some surprisingly fun car/track combos!

DISCLAIMER: This article is heavily dependent on your comments. It serves not so much as an article letting you know of many different combinations, but rather should it inspire you to bring forth your own experiments in the comments down below!

As I mentioned in the lead, some cars aren't meant to fit on certain circuits. For example, you wouldn't put tiny cars on a vast high-speed circuit. Also, fitting huge trucks or similar vehicles around tiny little tracks like Vålerbanen might not be the most interesting to race.

Now that makes sense on paper, right? There's only one problem with that. Slight little adjustments to that very steady argument make for a rather enjoyable time. Here's what I've come across.

Trucks at Vålerbanen​

Now, I know what I just said. Trucks around Vålerbanen are not the most interesting thing to race in. Vålerbanen doesn't really fit more than 1.5 trucks next to each other. However, queue a certain single-player alternative called leaderboards.

Go to RaceRoom, for which I'm sure every single one of you owns every single DLC (Right? Please don't let me be the only one!) and select the RaceRoom Truck around Vålerbanen. Now, I haven't set a valid lap (yet), but am planning to do so. Hopefully. One day.

Big, huge vehicles aren't the best friends of track limits, if you catch my drift.

Anyways, I want to challenge the leaderboards there, which has a bountiful 4 lap times set. My goal is P1. And I invite you to make this goal as challenging to achieve as possible for me. See you on the racetrack!

Mini Cooper S's at ExCeL London Formula E​

How should I explain this? It just works.

rFactor 2 is sometimes rather weird with its DLC policy. Prices aside, when the Mini Cooper S was released a few months back, I was quite surprised. And when I read that they were a blast around the ExCeL Formula E track, I was perplexed. How would that even work?

I mean, the Mini Cooper S doesn't even have Attack Mode! Blasphemy!

But then I tried it and it felt ... nice. Too nice, maybe. It is just the thing that shouldn't work. Formula E-specific circuit and just about the slowest car in rFactor 2.

Granted, it is not very fun in a sort-of leaderboard challenge. But the pack racing is amazing. So many overtaking opportunities, so many diving opportunities. So many opportunities for stewards to get even more grey hair than every single one of them already has. I'm so glad singleplayer races aren't live-stewarded.

Anyways, as I mentioned in the beginning, I want to stop hogging the limelight for now and give you ample opportunity to share your opinion. So without further ado, here come the question of the week:

What Are Your Surprisingly Fun Car/Track Combos? Please, let us know in the comments down below!
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Pretty sure quite similar question was asked here some 2-3 years ago and that I replied with feel-good comboes of car/track mods for rF1, GTR2, AC, WTCC, GPL, GTL, STx and modern sims as rF2, R3E and AMS.

If I had the time I could end up in likewise load, just updated, but I haven't.

One that strikes me in this very moment of writing as 'surprisingly' - and I dunno why, since I haven't raced it for like 2 years - is this
Skôda Octavia Cup @ Taupo for AC
OK, now clearly remember. I just wanted trying the Octavia, and randomly chose Tuapo for a test drive. But ended up in setting up even an AC server, besides many good offline AI races, which make me keen of car and track and especially the combo.
And again - I dunno why I just think of just this combo - maybe because my expectations were below low and, hence, lives up to the description 'surprisingly'. Otherwise I was about to drop an extensive list of combos in old- and modern sims of which my presumtion is that very few simmers actually have tried, but time's up.
 
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I just found myself trying a few new tracks in the past week and i had never seen anything about Albi circuit. So i've been doing some laps around it the past couple of days. The Porsche 992 GT3 Cup is just an awesome car but it just clicks at Albi, it's a great little track.
 
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Any short and twisty track with lots of low powered cars, and if the cars are those that do weird AI things, the better...

And since we are here, I propose a game that I call "Trackcar Roulette". It's about choosing at random, moving the cursor over the listings and clicking with the mouse without looking, a car and a track with which to make a race, no matter what combination. Fun in spades.
 
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Aussie V8's at Bathurst.

Ok, No surprise there but holyshitball levels of fun....
 
New mini/ brands hatch Indy is iconic and used to run races which would fill, hot hatches and fast tracks like monza short with mini I used to run in race 07 too.
 
My surprise track is https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/carrieres-de-beez-1-0.21481/ you should try this by racing in a open classic car like an Jaguar XK or Aston Martin Oxford. Its a bit of an rough unfinished conversion done by the @Gilles75 an it needs an overhaul and fine tuning but driving this is so great and complete different. I do hope one day a modder can improve this AC track or build it completely new one.
 
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C'mon Guys, Surely the Best combo is GT3's at Spa or Monza.
I am sure most of you have never even considered this combo before.
Absolutely great racing can be had all the way up until the 1st corner.;)

In all seriousness Iracings new Toyota GR86 at Road America was fun this week.
 
I enjoy much doing old SCCA with any available raceways of that time in AC:
DP or BP on Meadowdale, Garnett, Bryar, Bridgehampton...

-also 1927 GP or 1937 GP on any FatAlfie tracks, Carriere de Beeze, Nancy-Seichamps....

-Trackdays are very fun way to put wtf combos!
One of my favorite recently was to take the challenging Reliant Robin with little friends of the same kind on Ebizu Higashi, FatAlfie tracks, any track with tricky turns & elevation changes. yes, slow is fun too! :laugh: :thumbsup:
 
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I once did a DTM race around Fat Alfie’s Bremgarten. I selected it error instead of Brands. I decided to give it a go as I couldn’t spare the 1 minute it would have taken to rectify the mistake. I had a total blast. I then moved onto Battenbergring & Thomson Road, it was incredible.

I then felt really ashamed & dirty as I had just sullied some amazing, historical heritage with relatively modern machinery. I showered for hours, scrubbing furiously whilst The Crying Game song played mournfully in the background….

So if you’re ever tempted, just say no.
 
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I once did a DTM race around Fat Alfie’s Bremgarten. I selected it error instead of Brands. I decided to give it a go as I couldn’t spare the 1 minute it would have taken to rectify the mistake. I had a total blast. I then moved onto Battenbergring & Thomson Road, it was incredible.

I then felt really ashamed & dirty as I had just sullied some amazing, historical heritage with relatively modern machinery. I showered for hours, scrubbing furiously whilst The Crying Game song played mournfully in the background….

So if you’re ever tempted, just say no.
So next Deutschlandring, Feldbergring and finally Fonteny!
I'm organizing each year a @Fat-Alfie championship with all his magnificent tracks. Very much appreciated by my audience.
 

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