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Find out what goes into choosing the right car for you in DiRT Rally 2.0 and how to change and repair your car as you progress.

Start with slower cars

New to DiRT Rally 2.0? Patience is a virtue. Your best bet is to start with less powerful motors to get lots of practice in before moving on to the big leagues. If you want to improve at rally driving, driving slower cars at first helps you learn and get a good grip in the game. Go slow now to go fast later. A low-powered FWD (front-wheel drive) is a good idea to start with.

Once you can consistently finish races without crashing and get a few clean stages under your belt, you can then upgrade your car.

FWD, RWD, or 4WD: Which should I pick?

FWD (Front-wheel drive)

  • Pro: The most common drive system, good traction, solid cars to learn with.
  • Con: Less effective at abrupt turns.

RWD (Rear-wheel drive)

  • Pro: These cars can handle more power and are effective at abrupt turns, so may be a good choice for maps with many turns.
  • Con: Low traction, so it can be easy to oversteer and spin out if you don’t have a firm hold of the throttle.

4WD (Four-wheel drive)

  • Pro: The best option for traction and easy to handle.
  • Con: You may need a lot of practice before you start racing well in 4WDs.

How do I choose the right tires for my car in DiRT Rally 2.0?

You’ve got to ask yourself a few questions first:

  • Are you driving a long race? Choose hard tires. These might not perform as well in the beginning, but will last you all the way to the end of a long track.
  • Are you driving a short race? Choose soft tires. These have better traction and performance, but wear out more quickly.
  • Driving in tricky terrain and need a better grip? Choose medium tires. These give you the grip you need on bumpy roads without losing too much speed.

Top tip: Remember that you can test-drive any car for sale before you buy it. That way you’re able to get a feel for the vehicle and decide if you can handle it.

Can I change cars in DiRT Rally 2.0?

Yes, but not that often. You can choose the car you want to use at the beginning of a championship. Each championship has a set of races you’ll need to do consistently well in to finish the championship on the podium. While you can’t switch cars between races, perform well in the championship and unlock the next one to choose a new car.

As you progress though the game and new championships unlock in Career mode, you’ll have to use different car classes. This means that while you’ll be able to try out new cars, you’ll have to earn it by doing consistently well throughout the stages of each championship so that you can unlock a new championship and get your pick of a new car again. Heads up that any damage that you don’t repair will carry over to your new car!

What if I don’t like my car?

You have two options: wait until the next championship or start the one you’re currently playing over again.

How do I repair my car in DiRT Rally 2.0?

Make sure you repair your car as soon as possible after damage as you have limited time. If you go over that time, you’ll face a penalty.

You can repair your car in the service area between stages (usually after every two).

Each car system needing repair will be highlighted with an exclamation mark (!) next to Repair Vehicle. You can choose between no fix, standard, quick fix, or replace - depending on the part damaged.

If your car is not in good shape and needs multiple repairs, knowing where to start can be tricky.

Go to the Repair tab and choose the Recommended Repairs option. Make sure to always prioritize mechanical fixes over cosmetic ones.

How does tuning work in DiRT Rally 2.0?

Minimize impact on rough roads

You can adjust your suspension and dampers for softer impact when driving on rough roads.

To do this:

  1. Go to the Tune Vehicle menu in your game.
  2. Choose Spring.

Your default option should be on the firmer side. If you do decide to adjust the sliders, make sure you’re only fine-tuning slightly. Anything more than that and it might throw off your handle of the car.

Using a racing rig?

Tune the force feedback and wheel settings to make DiRT Rally 2.0 feel even more realistic.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Go to Options and Extras.
  2. Select Input.
  3. When your device is highlighted under Device Name, choose Edit Device (this is normally the select button or enter key).
  4. You will now be able to choose Advanced Settings and Vibration and Feedback from the options at the top.

Adjust gear ratios

From the Tune Vehicle menu, go to Gearing. You’ll then be able to adjust each gear on a sliding scale from short to long. A guide to each setting appears on the right side of the screen.

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