Brian Koponen

Programming and Tech Tips

Automobilista 2 - Best Thrustmaster TX / T300 Wheel Settings

Automobilista 2 is an interesting simulator with a lot of unique cars not seen in many other games. It plays great with a wheel. While it's been in development, the force feedback system has continually improved, though it's difficult to find settings that work well across so many different types of cars. For the Thrustmaster TX and T300, the default force feedback isn't terrible by any means, but I find it is difficult to feel the grip all the time.

This can be fixed by using a custom force feedback file. A lot of the cars in this game are not easy to drive and I often struggled to control them. This new force feedback file makes it easier for me to feel what the car is doing and, therefore, to control the car.

In this guide, we will install this custom force feedback file and look at the best settings to use in the Thrustmaster Control Panel and in-game.

Custom Force Feedback

Download the file rFuktor 5.0.1K.zip from this post on the Reiza Studios Forum.

Unpack the zip file and copy the file ffb_custom_settings.txt to Documents\Automobilista 2, replacing the original file.

This file was created by Kuku Maddog as a variant of the original rFuktor 5.0.1 file. Despite being created for a direct drive wheel, this works very well for the TX and T300 by adjusting some of the force feedback settings instead of using the recommended values that come with the file.

Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings

Automobilista 2 automatically sets the proper steering angle for each car in the game, so you can leave the Thrustmaster Control Panel set to the maximum.

Setting Value
Rotation 900° (TX) 1080° (T300)
Overall Strength of all forces 75%
Constant 100%
Periodic 100%
Spring 100%
Damper 100%
BOOST Off
Auto-Center by the game

Spring and Damper are not used by Automobilista 2, so can be set to any value without issue.

BOOST should always be turned off. For an in-depth look as to why, see my BOOST Force Feedback Analysis.

Automobilista 2 Settings

In Options > Controls > Configuration:

Setting Value
Steering Deadzone 0
Steering Sensitivity 50
Throttle Deadzone 0
Throttle Sensitivity 50
Brake Deadzone 0
Brake Sensitivity 35
Clutch Deadzone 7
Clutch Sensitivity 50

I removed the Throttle and Brake Deadzones, but that's personal preference. You may also want to lower the Throttle Sensitivity, since many of these cars require delicate throttle control.


In Options > Controls > Force Feedback:

Setting Value
Type Custom
Gain 85
Low Force Boost 40
FX 40
Damping 20

Gain is the maximum power you feel in heavy cornering, for instance. Since the custom file we are using was designed for much more powerful wheels, this can be left quite high without any major clipping issues.

Low Force Boost is the force in the center of the wheel. This helps you feel many of the lighter forces. Setting this too high will make the centering spring is too strong.

FX is the feeling of bumps and kerbs. You may want to adjust this based on the car and track. It can get annoying if the track is particularly bumpy.

Damping adds weight to the wheel. This doesn't make a huge difference, it's a very light force.

Conclusion

Automobilista 2 has come a long way over the course of its development. The force feedback has improved a lot and they keep improving other aspects of the game as time goes on. There are a lot of cars and tracks that I haven't raced with in other games, so it's been a lot of fun trying them all out. Admittedly, though, I do find it gets tedious tweaking the force feedback between the different cars.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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