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    V-RALLY 3: CAR HANDLING GUIDE
    
    by
    Jamie Stafford/Wolf Feather
    FEATHER7@IX.NETCOM.COM
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Initial Version Completed: March 16, 2003
    FINAL VERSION Completed:   April 12, 2003
    
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    CONTENTS
    Spacing and Length
    Permissions
    Introduction
    1.6L FWD Class
    2.0L 4WD Class
    Bonus Car Class
    Contact Information
    
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    SPACING AND LENGTH
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    PERMISSIONS
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    INTRODUCTION
    This guide presents my personal viewpoints on the handling of
    each car in V-Rally 3.  Note that not all cars are available
    initially in the game; however, acquiring the bonus cars is
    not covered in this guide (instead, please see my V-Rally 3:
    Game Guide for details on unlocking bonus cars and other
    extra features of the game).
    
    The information concerning car handling is done by selecting
    two stages in Time Attack Mode, and having all cars run in
    their default configurations on both of these stages.  The
    first stage is Africa Track 1, due to its long straightaways
    and its inherent need for pure speed over cornering ability.
    The second stage is Germany Track 3, for its excessive number
    of corners favoring cornering ability over top-end speed
    combined with its long uphill and downhill runs.  This also
    tests how the cars react to different terrain types; Africa
    Track 1 uses both rough gravel and soft gravel, while Germany
    Track 3 uses both (dry) asphalt and icy asphalt.
    
    Note that this information is based upon my rather-aggressive
    driving style, and so may not necessarily reflect other
    players' approaches to the game.
    
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    1.6L FWD CLASS
    Citroen Sport Saxo
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, slow to
                            accelerate, easy to slide through
                            corners without fear of losing car
                            control
    - Germany Track 3:   Handles well, but still somewhat twitchy
                            in high-speed downhill cornering
    Punto
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, slow to
                            accelerate, requires a good measure
                            of countersteering should the rear of
                            the vehicle swing about too much due
                            to rear weight
    - Germany Track 3:   VERY slow to accelerate out of tight
                            corners, especially travelling up a
                            mountainside; twitchy, especially on
                            long downhill runs with numerous
                            corners
    Ford Puma
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 105MPH, slow to
                            accelerate; brakes not as strong as
                            one might expect, but it is still
                            easy to slide through corners
                            without fear of losing car control
    - Germany Track 3:   Good handling overall, with acceptable
                            acceleration; braking could
                            potentially be a problem if the
                            proper braking zones are not
                            acknowledged
    Peugeot 206 1.6L
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, slow to
                            accelerate, noticeable measure of
                            understeer
    - Germany Track 3:   Quite easy to slide the vehicle around
                            many corners without losing car
                            control, but quick to oversteer when
                            countersteering
    Renault Sport Clio
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, slow to
                            accelerate; EXTREMELY twitchy in
                            steering, thus requires the utmost
                            precision to avoid inadvertent
                            oversteer
    - Germany Track 3:   Rather difficult to slide around corners
                            with any respectable speed; some
                            understeer
    Opel Motorsport Corsa
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, best
                            acceleration in the 1.6L FWD class;
                            fairly easy to slide through most
                            corners without losing car control
    - Germany Track 3:   Weight of car makes uphill runs VERY
                            slow and tedious, whereas downhill
                            runs are fast and furious; vehicle
                            suffers from minor understeer,
                            especially when travelling downhill
                            at high speeds
    Volkswagon Racing Polo
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, not quite as
                            slow to accelerate; fairly easy to
                            slide through most corners without
                            losing car control
    - Germany Track 3:   Solid handling overall, although a hair
                            slower than most other vehicles in
                            1.6L FWD class on long uphill runs
    MG ZR EX258
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 100MPH, not quite as
                            slow to accelerate; somewhat easy to
                            slide through most corners without
                            losing car control
    - Germany Track 3:   Best-handling car in 1.6L FWD class;
                            strong, solid power for long uphill
                            runs; quite easy to control even when
                            throwing the car around corners
    
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    2.0L 4WD CLASS
    Peugeot 206 2.0L
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 115MPH, good
                            acceleration; terrible oversteer
    - Germany Track 3:   Excellent speed overall, especially
                            on long uphill runs, although the
                            inherent twitchiness makes high-speed
                            cornering extremely difficult on the
                            narrow asphalt road
    Subaru Imprezza
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 115MPH, poor
                            acceleration due to vehicle weight;
                            somewhat difficult to slide through
                            corners reliably; vehicle weight is
                            a major detriment :-(
    - Germany Track 3:   NEAR-PERFECTION in terms of speed and
                            handling, with very powerful braking;
                            beautiful handling when sliding the
                            car through corners
    Ford Focus RS
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH, average
                            acceleration
    - Germany Track 3:   Great speed, powerful braking, but
                            handling could definitely be improved
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH. slightly slow
                            to accelerate; noticeable understeer
    - Germany Track 3:   EXCELLENT speed and braking; nearly as
                            great as the Subaru Imprezza (above)
    Citroen Sport Xsara
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH. slightly slow
                            to accelerate; minor countersteering
                            required when throwing the car around
                            corners; brakes not as strong as they
                            really should be for rally racing
    - Germany Track 3:   FAR too twitchy to be reliable in its
                            default configuration; extremely
                            dangerous to throw around corners at
                            high speeds; the severe lack of
                            vehicle weight simply worsens these
                            inherent conditions of the car
    Hyundai Motorsport Accent
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH, strong
                            acceleration; nice handling overall
    - Germany Track 3:   While not quite as bad as the Citroen
                            Sport Xsara, the lack of vehicle
                            weight definitely makes the car
                            twitchy
    Toyota Corolla
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 115MOH, slightly slow
                            in acceleration; brakes should be
                            stronger; vehicle weight can make
                            handling rather difficult, especially
                            in consecutive quick-flick corners
    - Germany Track 3:   A true joy to drive, although not quite
                            as good in handling as the Subaru
                            Imprezza or the Mitsubishi Lancer
                            Evolution VII (see above); can easily
                            be thrown around corners while still
                            maintaining a high degree of vehicle
                            control
    SEAT Sport Cordoba Telefonica
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH, one of the
                            best in the 2.0L 4WD class for
                            acceleration; good handling overall
    - Germany Track 3:   EXTREMELY twitchy, especially in high-
                            speed runs, making it virtually
                            impossible to throw the car into
                            corners with any chance of success
    
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    BONUS CAR CLASS
    SEAT Cordoba Repsol
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 105MPH, slow to
                            accelerate; very difficult to handle
                            when throwing the car into corners
    - Germany Track 3:   EXCELLENT braking ability, but the
                            praise for the Cordoba Repsol ends
                            here; cornering is virtually
                            IMPOSSIBLE due to the twitchiness
                            combined with inherent oversteer
    Subaru Imprezza
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH. slightly slow
                            to accelerate; smooth handling,
                            rather easy to control when sliding
                            through corners at high speeds
    - Germany Track 3:   Slightly twitchy, but the main problem
                            with the Imprezza is its
                            overabundance of horsepower, which
                            makes high-speed cornering extremely
                            dangerous at best
    Mitsubishi Lancer
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH, average
                            acceleration; average handling, but
                            slightly difficult when cornering
                            at high speeds
    - Germany Track 3:   Twitchier than the Subaru Imprezza
                            (above), the Lancer is even harder
                            to control in its default
                            configuration - again, largely due to
                            the overabundance of horsepower
    Toyota Corolla V-Rally
    - Africa Track 1:    Max speed approx. 110MPH, very nice
                            acceleration; great handling, smooth
                            and easy to control when sliding
                            through corners at high speeds
    - Germany Track 3:   The least twitchy of the Bonus Cars, the
                            Corolla V-Rally is still extremely
                            difficult to control - again, due
                            primarily to the excessive horsepower
    
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