One of the most exciting periods in Touring Car racing history was during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ‘Group A’ touring cars was a favourite class for manufacturers and privateers alike as the cars were based off of production cars available on the showroom floor with limits to power, weight and overall cost. The Group A format was also used by championships spanning the globe, including DTM and BTCC, which allowed manufacturers to run universal cars across a wide range of championships. Cars were built by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Volvo, Ford and many more.
This period is nicely celebrated in Assetto Corsa. The Alfa 155, BMW E30 M3 and Mercedes 190e Evo II are all represented.
They are a nicely balanced group for racing. The variation is enough to give the individual cars character but none really excel above the others. With driver aids turned off I would say the Alfa is the easiest to race as it is the most forgiving in terms of handling. You can brake later than the other cars and throw into corners a little more aggressively which I find suits my play style.
The Mercedes is the middle ground car. It’s faster than the Alfa in a straight line but will under-steer when pushed. Cornering and overtaking require a little more thought and preparation than with the Alfa.
The BMW is the fastest of the group in a straight line which is really noticeable on the longer tracks but is quite skittish in the corners which is where the other cars will catch it up.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, thanks for reading! What is your favourite Group A touring car?
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