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Welcome to Secrets of Automobilista where I will be recording my experience, tips, tricks, resources and other helpful information as I get into Automobilista.
Secrets is a series of blog posts I started with Secrets of iRacing and which has grown to include Secrets of GTR2, Secrets of Automobilista, and Secrets of rFactor 2. The “secrets” part is a little dramatic but there are quite a few tips and tricks I think new users will find very valuable and interesting.
Update 2017-10-15: Added Getting Started > Essential Content > Mike’s Essentials (SimRacing604).
Update 2017-10-12: Initial publication.
Older updates are archived at the bottom under the Updates section.
What is Automobilista?
From the game’s website,
AUTOMOBILISTA puts you in the driving seat of an advanced racing simulator to deliver a uniquely diverse motorsports experience!
AUTOMOBILISTA is extensively complemented with one of the most diverse selections or racing vehicles to be found in a racing game: only in AUTOMOBILISTA will you be able to jump from a rental kart to a 800-HP open-wheel race car; from drifting a Rallycross Evo X to jumping ramps in a Supertruck; from mastering the driving basics in a Formula Vee to managing a full 24h race in an endurance prototype; back and forth through time with historical and modern content including a sample from several decades of open-wheel racing…
And here’s a visual taste of the game,
In Secrets of X, I try to focus on the non-obvious or unintuitive so I won’t be covering basics like getting the game, installing it, tweaking graphics or force feedback. You’re probably beyond that yourself so I’ll focus on the hidden and obscure things.
For reference, my system specifications at time of writing: Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.8 GHz / DeepCool GAMMAX 400 CPU Cooler / ASUS P8Z68-V / 16GB MEM / 240GB SSD / Gigabyte G1 Gaming NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti 6GB / 3x Benq GL2760H NVIDIA Surround / SimXperience AccuForce Pro / Logitech G27 Pedals and Shifter / 3x GTEYE Pedal Springs / Obutto R3volution / Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound / Windows 7 64bit Home
This section is dedicated to the extra content you’ll want to download to get started. These things add valuable features or fill in the cars and tracks that are lacking in the pristine release.
Mike’s Essentials (SimRacing604)
Mike (SimRacing604) recently put up a video of his favourite cars, tracks and mods and these are some really good ones:
- F1 2016
- CART Extreme
- EEC GT3
- Corvette C7.R
- Porsche Cayman Cup
- Track Pack 1 – Automobilista Ultimate Trackpack (28 Tracks – 41 Layouts) 1.5
- Track Pack 2 – EEC AMS Race Tracks
Here’s the video,
Tips & Tricks
Triple Screen Support
For NVIDIA users, your bezel corrected resolution must be active already before starting Automobilista. The typical 1080p triple screen resolution is 5760×1080 but, once you configure NVIDIA Surround in the NVIDIA Control Panel, you’ll get a custom “bezel corrected” resolution (mine was 6000×1080, yours may be different). You must be using this resolution before starting Automobilista.
My mistake was using the non-bezel corrected resolution, as I have done so far sucessfully with every other game, and Automobilista wouldn’t properly bezel correct itself.
About This Post
I’ll be updating this post with more and more details as I play around with Automobilista. Check back and look for the updates box at the top of the post I’ll add update notes there as I add things.