Looking for a fun and effective way of earning credits in Gran Turismo 7? You can certainly do worse than this hour long race around Spa.
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Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi went on record last year claiming he wants players to enjoy a variety of cars and races. This was in response to the increasing difficulty to earn credits in-game in order to acquire cars not long after launch. This didn’t sit well with the playerbase.
There will always be attempts to incentivise the player base to use real world money to buy in-game items over getting them through actually playing the game. But there will always come a point where even the player gets fed up with the monotony. We have devised a method that can keep things interesting but still guarantee a decent pay-out.
Here is how you can earn as much as 1.5M credits per hour on Gran Turismo 7.
What Do You Need?
The race takes place at Spa-Francorchamps and is called World Touring Car 800. The payout for winning is 1,000,000 credits. But an extra 500,000 is earned through completing the event cleanly. Although a clean race is poorly-defined, more often than not, it will happen.
As far as the car goes, it can not exceed 800 performance points. While any car can be used, we recommend going for a Gr.3 car like the opponents you will face. There’s more than just performance to be factored in here. The car we suggest is the Subaru BRZ GT300.
The BRZ GT300 is available for free by signing a Manufacturers Cup contract with Subaru in Brand Central. One can also purchase it for 450,000 credits. This car is important because, while it doesn’t have amazing straight line performance, it uses up fuel at a lesser rate. Something to bear in mind here.
It’s also the car of choice due to how it takes corners and its driveability out of them. With the BRZ GT300, Subaru won the Manufacturers Cup in the Gran Turismo World Finals. The drivers Daniel Solis, Takuma Miyazono and Kylian Drumont credited the car’s ability to carry corner speed as its biggest strength. Funnily enough, the grand final of that event was also a wet race around Spa.
Next, you need to ensure you have all the relevant types of tyre. Not just dry weather compounds like Medium and Soft, but also the two rain weather tyres Intermediate and Wet. They will certainly be needed, as weather will more often than not play a factor.
The last thing you must ensure you have are some functions mapped on your wheel or controller. Go into the Controller options and map a button to the Multi-Function Display (Adjustment Up & Down and Selection Left & Right) if you haven’t already. For the same reason you need the rain tyres, one particular menu within the MFD will prove itself useful: the weather radar.
Avoid The Gran Turismo 7 AI
Now you’re good to go so load up the race, equip medium tyres and dive right in. You start right at the back of a 20 car field on the endurance pit straight heading towards Eau Rouge. Here is where you have to tread with caution.
The AI in Gran Turismo races are notoriously bad. Of course, we have just had the first limited release of Sophy AI but it isn’t in this race. Subsequently, you will notice that the AI will unnecessarily lift and sometimes even brake. Hence why they’re so easy to defeat. Nevertheless, their inability to drive on the limit will make them for all intents and purposes, moving chicanes.
Be aware, the AI’s weakest points of the track come at Eau Rouge/Radillion (T3-5) and Blanchimont (T18). They will lift off the throttle or even brake. These are the places where the most time can be made against them. But they can also ruin your race. If you can’t avoid them in time, you’ll slam into the back of them or have to go off track.
Both cases can result in a slowdown penalty. While it’s not 100% of the time, it could potentially remove the Clean Race Bonus guaranteeing you that extra 500,000 credits. So proceed with caution, but it’s relatively easy enough to make your way past all the cars. You can even use the opportunity to save fuel.
When approaching the end of the Kemmel straight, you can gain a bit more advantage later on in the race by lifting off the throttle. Also use fuel mix 6 for the entirety of the ‘middle’ sector. Between Les Combes (T7) and the run-up to Stavelot (T16), where you put it back into fuel mix 1.
When not changing fuel mix, have the weather radar open and have it zoomed out as far as possible. It will then show squares representing 50 miles. In most cases the weather covers one square in the time it takes to do a lap. When you see the first patches of rain, you can start preparing for the change onto wet tyres. This is typically around 10 minutes in.
The colour of the rain on the radar dictates how heavy it is. Light blue being not as heavy to warrant pitting immediately. But when it goes dark blue or any other colour, that’s your sign to prepare for a pit stop. Next to the tyre wear graphic is a bar that will fill depending on how wet the surface is.
If the bar is filled up to the first line, intermediates are the best tyre. But if the weather is aggressive enough, it could fill up to the second line very quickly which would make full wets the better tyre.
Brave the Stormy Night
When the potential heavy downpour begins looming, the AI will pit. This is where your fuel saving from earlier will prove very helpful. As you see the heavy rain being a lap or two away, the AI will have to pit. They will then need to pit again a lap or so afterwards for the rain condition tyres.
Now you have gained a full pit stop on your opponents, take advantage of that lead to save more fuel. Since it’s most likely heavy rain conditions, use fuel mix 6 and try not to mount too many kerbs. Also shift up early through corners if using manual transmission.
There will be points during the race when you come up against lapped traffic, once more proceed with caution when passing them. There will even be cases of the AI spinning. If you’re about to make a move on a driver who is a lap down and see a yellow flag on your screen, bail! A slowdown penalty will be handed out to you should you pass a driver under those conditions.
Once you start approaching daylight about half way through, the rain should start easing. A drying line will begin to form but don’t jump back onto the dry tyres just yet. The kerbs are still very slippery. Remain on your rain weather tyres until the drying line has widened enough for more than the car’s width, then switch back to the mediums and take care on your way out.
The pit exit is tricky and you can incur a penalty for deviating over the outside white line. Be ready to brake before the turn alongside Radillion.
It should be relatively straightforward to the end, with potentially only a brief shower passing over. Not for long enough to warrant a change to inters or wets though. With the fuel consumption, it’s possible to run roughly ten laps between stops to refuel, and the race runs to 24 laps when the rain is heavy.
In that case, make sure that you have pitted around lap 14 to spare you from making a stop right at the end in case you don’t have the gap to the cars behind.
Here Come The Credits!
It’s a lot to comprehend but once you get the hang of it, this race is an easy win. If you have navigated around the AI, saved your fuel and timed your switch to wets perfectly (if the weather is anything more aggressive than a light blue on the radar), then it should be a comfortable victory.
It may not always play out exactly as we predicted it would but more often than not, it should. Enjoy your 1,500,000 credits in Gran Turismo 7 but don’t go spending them all in one place!
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