December 2, 2020

Understanding the Coach Dave Academy File Name Structure

Naming our setups is not an easy task, especially as updates and physics changes are made. To help you understand what each setup file name means, we have documented it below:

The Coach Dave Academy Standard


CDA1 488 ZOL Q01
CDA1Coach Dave Academy
488Model Designation
ZOLThree letter track abbreviation
Q01Qualifying version 1

When you see Q01 or R02 it means it’s an updated version of the setup. These variations do not indicate a safe or aggressive style, instead they refer to fixes we have made based on updates made to ACC.

What does CDA mean?

CDA indicates the version of ACC that the setups were originally developed for.

CDA1Up to ACC v1.6
CDA2ACC v1.6 – 1.8
CDA3ACC v1.8+

AGG and SAFE Setups

Some setups, particularly the Porsche 991.2 Setups, contain the abbreviation AGG and SAFE in their name. This indicates two different setup philosophies that are focused on fast lap times vs driveability.


CDA1 991.2 GT3 ZOL SAFE R01
CDA1Coach Dave Academy
991.2 GT3Model Designation
ZOLThree letter track abbreviation
SAFESafe setup, easy to drive
R01Race version 1

British GT Setups

If you purchase a British GT setup bundle you will be able to identify the setups with a ‘BGT’ moniker in the file name.


CDA2Coach Dave Academy
488 EvoModel Designation
BRHThree letter track abbreviation (Brands Hatch)
R01Race version 1
BGTBritish GT

HD and LD Setups

Some setups, particularly Wet Setups, contain the abbreviation HD and LD in their name. This simply indicates the downforce configuration of the setup.

HDHigh Downforce
LDLow Downforce

DHE Tire Setups

For ACC version 1.6 changes, we have added 2020 to the end of the file name. We only update setups if they need changing, so if a file name does not contain 2020 it means it still works with the latest DHE tire in Assetto Corsa Competizione v1.6+.

UPDATE: As of 21 December we have decided to review the v1.6 naming structure. Going forward, all v1.6+ updates will be marked by CDA2 at the start of the file name. This change is based on popular feedback from customers and the confusion around the 2020 moniker.


CDA2Coach Dave Academy
BMW M6Model Designation
ZOLThree letter track abbreviation
R01Race version 1

New Generation Setups V1.8

For the latest major physics overhaul, Assetto Corsa Competizione experienced both a major physics and tyre model overhaul. With this latest update, we are taking a brand new approach to setups from the ground up. For this new version onwards, this means that all setups will begin with the CDA3 abbreviation to signify the new setup philosophy which will be compatible with V1.8 onwards.

This falls in line with CDA* being the designator given to major physics/tyre model updates that we have done previously with CDA1 and CDA2.

Meanwhile, the other aspect we need to mention is the R0* designation at the end of the setup title. This will change when setup updates are made periodically to setups under the same philosophical variant. This starts with 01 and then progresses to R02, R03 etc when updates are made.

To finish, it is a good time to clarify how we are dealing with V1.8 in regards to previous setup philosophies. New updates will be coming to CDA2 setups that were compatible with the previous V1.7. These will be R03 and Q03 setups and will available to download in the meantime before the new CDA3 scratch built setups for each car are released.

Example: CDA3 BMW M4 ZOL R01

CDA3Coach Dave Academy
BMW M4Model Designation
ZOLThree letter track abbreviation
R01Race version 1

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