Assetto Corsa Competizione began its journey focusing solely on GT3 race cars and a few other single-make series, but since then, we have seen the addition of GT4 cars. With this guide, we can help you find the best GT4 car for you no matter the track.
GT4 cars are some of the most recognisable race cars to what we see on the road every day. The similarities don’t end with just the looks, much of the inner workings are also the same as their road-going counterparts. All these similarities aim to create a relatively easy to drive car for beginners/amateurs in the racing scene. As such, the cars are generally more placid and forgiving than their familiar GT3 counterparts.
However, these characteristics should not make you think that the racing is any less fun or intense. GT4 cars provide much closer racing and more room to reach the cars drivable limit in many cases.
Within the world of GT4, there is a Balance of Performance (BoP) put in place in an attempt to level out the playing field and keep racing competitively. However, the BoP brings particular cars into play depending on the type of track being raced on.
With the range of talent and experience at The Coach Dave Academy, we can break down the best overall GT4 cars in ACC to give you the best chance of performing at your best no matter the circuit.
What is the Fastest Car in ACC?
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
The most dominant GT4 car across the grid by some margin is the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. As expected with any Porsche, this car is almost a thoroughbred GT4, providing a great driving experience no matter the track.
What gives the Porsche its edge over the others is the car’s excellent tyre wear and almost flawless chassis characteristics. The handling of this car allows the driver to rotate the car into almost any corner with confidence and finesse, and its great tyre life means that its stints are some of the longest on the grid. With these two features combined, the Porsche is a force to be reckoned with on any circuit, whether it be in a sprint or endurance race.
One of the areas the car may not excel in is engine performance. However, due to the BoP, this is more than manageable and the car is only beaten out by a few of the cars on the grid. It is worth noting that as with all Porsches, the fuel tank is stored in the front and the engine in the back, so the driving style can be very unique. These particular characteristics can however be harnessed to your advantage with enough practice.
So overall the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is a big hitter on the GT4 grid and should be your go-to choice if you’re looking to dominate the grid at almost any track.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4
Another great choice for any driver in ACC is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. The car gives unmatched stability in almost all situations, allowing the driver to push the car to its limits without unexpected behaviour.
In addition to the stability, the Aston has some of the best braking performance in the field. This gives great confidence when entering a corner allowing you to brake slightly later and with confidence, the car will slow as needed. If you are familiar with the GT3 counterpart, then the braking characteristics are very similar and will allow you to get up to speed relatively quickly.
One thing of note with the Aston is the car has relatively unusual gear ratios leading to higher gears often being used than other cars. This can easily be learnt over time but practice is key for understanding the car’s powerband.
All of Aston’s features culminate in giving the driver a car that fills you with confidence, allowing you to focus on racing other cars on track. The BoP of the car also plays into its favour on many tracks, making the Aston a great choice across the range of tracks ACC offers.
So now you know what cars excel above all in the GT4 when looking at ACC as a whole. However, at times these cars can be beaten out by others due to their specific characteristics. Next, we have broken down the key top players for each type of track allowing you to tailor your choices more specifically
The best GT4 for high-speed tracks
The high-speed tracks that can be found in ACC are:
- Circuit Paul Ricard
- Mount Panorama
The Mercedes AMG GT4 is a good choice at high-speed circuits, such as Monza or Mount Panorama as its BoP is extremely favourable. In addition to this, the Mercedes generally is a good car to take to any circuit so is a great choice for any league racing. Not only this but the car has great ABS, shared with the GT3 counterpart, meaning you can lean on the electronics to get the car slowed down in a very manageable manner.
The GT4 car that excels above all in a straight top speed shootout is the Mclaren 570s GT4. The British made GT4 racer brings heaps of top speed and acceleration to the table. The overall high-speed performance of the Mclaren gives it the edge at high-speed circuits due to its ability to launch out the corners and keeps going all the way down the straights. The car can however be tricky through the corners due to its poor braking performance but if mastered is extremely rewarding in a racing environment.
The best GT4 for medium-speed tracks
The medium speed tracks that can be found in ACC are:
Another top contender at medium speed circuits is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. This car gives any driver the confidence to push hard and find the limit without taking too many risks. The stable nature of the car and impressive braking performance means you can trust the car and drive at the limit without fear of making big mistakes. If you are new to ACC or just want a car that can race on the limit then the Aston is the choice for you.
The best GT4 for low-speed tracks
The low-speed tracks that can be found in ACC are:
- Laguna Seca
- Brands Hatch
- Oulton Park
The best performing car across all low-speed circuits is the Porsche Cayman 718 GT4. The car has an excellent chassis giving the driver the ability to change direction almost on a dime. Pair this with the excellent tyre wear characteristics and the car stays consistent and predictable as you go throughout a stint. To sum up, the Porsche is the undisputed king of low-speed circuits with the current BoP and should be your first choice when looking to maximise your performance.
The Mclaren 570s GT4 is another good choice for low-speed circuits. The Mclaren has bundles of acceleration on offer so corner exits are an area the car will excel over others in the field. However, the Mclaren has notoriously poor braking performance but with the current BoP, the car is brought into contention. If you can manage the tricky characteristics of the Mclaren and are looking to buck the Porsche trend then this is the choice for you.
Chevrolet Camaro GT4
Despite all the top contenders, some cars are hard-pressed to be the best at any one circuit but still provide an overall competitive package. The car that fits this bill best is the Chevrolet Camaro GT4. This American bred GT4 car brings a punchy V8 engine that can throw down heaps of acceleration and an abundance of torque, You will be hard-pressed to find any circuit that this car will not put down a top tier lap.
What makes the Chevrolet so great is its exceptional acceleration and great all-around stability. The punchy engine gives great low-end torque and in turn almost unmatched acceleration. With this also comes an equally great set of brakes to slow the car down while keeping the car stable throughout the corners.
One of the penalties that the Chevrolet brings with all these great features is a relatively high overall weight. This leads to the car being a little lazy in quick direction changes so high-speed corners can be an issue at times. With this also comes generally high tyre wear so tyre management is a key area to focus on in the Chevrolet.
Overall the Chevrolet Camaro GT4 is a brilliant allrounder and will leave almost any car in the dust down the straights. If you need a car that will serve you well across many circuits then this is definitely a car to consider. Pair all this with the brilliant sounding V8 and the Chevrolet is a true pleasure to drive.