Testing out the Abel Irine (and comparing it to my IVO Lettur) - #beampost
It has been some time since I played BeamNG.drive so once I saw the Abel Irine, made by Reiko’s Carbon Fibre Emolga, I had to take the chance and enjoy this brilliant game once more. The car too of course.
If you want to know more about the Abel Irine then you can find it here.
So what is it exactly? Well the advert describes it as a “premium sports coupe inspired from GT86 and a 911” so could it be a posh, modern 912?
Power: 280 hp
RPM: 6500 rpm
Engine: 3200cc, rear-mounted
Weight: 1280 kg
Driveline: 6-speed manual, RWD
0-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Quarter mile: 13.4 sec
1 km: 24.5 sec
Cornering g (20m): 1.18 g
It certainly has the typical 911 front-end lift once you give it some welly and the rear axle is glued to the road. This and the short ratio gearbox make it pretty agile and easy to control. The brakes are excellent too. I had to think in order to get the best out of them. It also feels pretty quick, even though 280 hp are not that much in a game with 25000 hp vans.
Where it falls apart a little is if you start to push it too much. I would say that the Abel is a 7/10s car. If you go for a spirited drive it is fast, grippy and great fun. Should you wish to go all out then, much like the real GT86, it stops to obey. The front starts to feel disconnected from the road and the grippy rear forces understeer. It also does not seem to have a working LSD because I got one-tire-fire for most of the corners.
So overall it can be lots of fun but to me it is a bit too serious in its behavior. Similar to the 911, it wants to go fast, rather than to entertain.
Hold on now! I cannot criticize someone else’s car if I cannot do it better right? So what have I got in store?
Well this: the 2018 IVO Lettur.
Power: 340 hp
RPM: 9000 rpm
Engine: 2400cc, front-mounted
Weight: 1345 kg
Driveline: 6-speed manual, RWD
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec
Quarter mile: 13.02 sec
1 km: 23.1 sec
Cornering g (20m): 1.06 g
Even though it was created without any competition in my mind a few years ago it came out surprisingly similar to the Irine. Take the top speed for example. There is only 1 mph in it (162 mph to 161 mph for the Abel). They also have roughly the same size. Where they differ most is in the way they offer performance. The Abel is poised and ready to smooth out even the worst road in order to keep speed up whereas the Lettur…does not. The ride is harsh, the power delivery of the 2.4l straight six can punch you in the back of your neck and the short wheelbase gives you not much time to think if stuff goes wrong.
I originally wanted to build my perfect sports car with the Lettur (léttur means lightweight in islandic if you were wondering) but I never finished it. None of the cars I ever created need an overhaul as much as this. It was my second car ever and it feels it. The top speed may be 260 km/h but I never got it that high because I always spun at 240 km/h. Oversteer was intentional but not the turbo-like delivery. The front bites at first, then understeers, then grips again. You can trail-brake it but only while braking. Do it any other time and it locks up the front tires. Suspension is rock-hard and the tires are too wide. It also weighs 1345 kg which is not what I would consider léttur.
But it is not all bad. I did a time trial event around the Automation test track (short layout) and the Irine did a 01:14,777. The Lettur however managed a 01:11,302. Considering that both have the same tire compounds the time difference is quite great.
So there is some speed to be found in the mess that is my car.
Additionally I also made a V8 version of it (just a concept) which weirdly handles much better and the Lettur Cup. It is intended for a one-make championship. It has a stripped interior, semi-slick tires, race brakes, hardcore suspension, a sequential gearbox, a very aerodynamic wing and a spec-built 2000cc I4 that revs to 7500 rpm. No turbos in sight.
The third special is bit of a weird one. It is the normal Lettur but with skinny, skinny tires. They are almost the smallest size Automation allows you (175s I think). The idea came from Chris Harris, who had put a C63 AMG on space-savers and claimed it to be the best handling car ever.
It works well but would be even better if the car had a bit more torque low down. Sadly I did not have anything in my inventory back then that would fit that bill.
If you take two things away from this post then let it be this: The Abel Irine is great and try to drift a car with as narrower tires as possible.
See you drifting later,