The reason there is no Ariel Atom or other open wheeled car is because T10 says the current FM graphics engine can't render suspension components. It's a bit of information that has been floating around for a while, I'd recommend checking the FM.net forums to see where it originated from because I don't really know.
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hmmm, I'm no developer, but couldn't they think of workarounds? I mean how hard is it to render something stretchy? They can render tires! Couldn't they make a squishy cylinder and put a partly-transparent texture of a spring? Or, I don't know, lots of less impressive games render springs.
I think they said the engine isn't capable of properly handling open-wheeled cars, I don't remember anything specific being the culprit. My personal theory is that tire rubbing or or something of that nature, that open wheel cars have and others don't, is the culprit.
I'm also no fan of random blowouts or breakdowns, they may be realistic but they don't exactly help the fun factor and I play games to have fun. I suppose blowouts as a calculated result of bad tuning/going too long without pitting/crashing and getting the tires caught in shrapnel might be okay, at least then it's 100% avoidable through good driving.
As for car maintenance, once again, it might be realistic but it's not exactly fun. I maintain my own car and if I could get that thing to maintain itself without paying money, I'd jump at the chance. I wouldn't want to stop driving though :)
I think Forza just have a real issue when it comes to real world levels of grip, I mean its far to easy to spin wheels on forz, unrealisticly easy, problem is if they made it more realistic with there current engine you will be doing lap times far quicker than you would be in real life with the same cars, they have to much grip somewhere and tbh I cant figure out what it is, but it needs to be removed and added onto propustion.
How's he doing? He's like a fish out of water. What uncomfortable? No dead