Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 4th September: Jaguar in the Glen

Ross McGregor
This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature the Jaguar XJ220 at Watkins Glen, Gr.3s from Suzuka and a Gr.4 event with set-up tuning at Autopolis.
Gran Turismo 7, Daily Races, Jaguar XJ-220. Watkins Glen Short Course

After driving another legendary nineties supercar a couple of weeks ago in the form of the Ferrari F40, this week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races give us the chance to drive another: the Jaguar XJ220.

Upon its release in 1992, the Jaguar was the fastest production car in the world, but how will it handle high-speed direction changes around Watkins Glen’s Short Course in Race A?

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 4th September: Jaguar in the Glen

We settle into a familiar routine for Races B and C, with respective Gr.3 and Gr.4 events. However, this week, players are allowed to tune their cars, as both races allow minor brake balance alterations. Race B also offers players a rare chance to tune select suspension settings.

You can find GT7’s Daily Races in the game’s Sport Mode; offering online ranked racing with players of a similar skill level based on previous performances.

Race A

Gran Turismo 7, Daily Races, Jaguar XJ-220. Watkins Glen Short Course

With a top speed of 212mph in 1992, the Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production car on the planet. After this initial top speed attempt, the exhaust silencers were removed and the rev limit was raised, allowing its test driver – and the world’s most famous celebrity-botherer – Martin Brundle to achieve 217mph… even as the bonnet attempted to part ways with the car.

The record stood until 1994 when the McLaren F1 achieved a whopping 240mph, but the XJ220’s distinctively curvy silhouette and rarity help it stand out as one of the decade’s most revered supercars. (With its own officially-licenced game and an amazing soundtrack!)

However, it’s a bit of an ungainly beast, seeing as it was nearly five metres long, with its tiny wheels (by today’s standards) giving it a ‘sofa on casters’ look. Its engine was a sweet, sweet V6 from the Metro 6R4 Group B rally car, giving it plenty of motorsport pedigree while also shortening its gargantuan proportions (Jaguar originally wanted a V12 shoehorned into the XJ220’s chassis).

With lots of real estate, Watkins Glen’s Short Course is a great place to wring the Jag’s neck, just make sure to use all the kerbing you can – especially through the ‘Inner Loop’. Don’t be shy about spamming downshifts either – you don’t need to pay for the engine rebuild!

Recommended car: Jaguar XJ220 ’92 (Legend Cars, 615,000 Credits or free rental)

Race B

Gran Turismo 7, Daily Races, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, Suzuka

We’re off to Suzuka for Race B, with a straight-up Gr.3 sprint race on the cards.

For track advice, I suggest taking a look at one of our most recent GT7 Lap Time Challenge articles, where players had to pilot a Gr.2 Honda NSX Super GT car. Gr.3s aren’t as quick, but most of our track guide is still applicable.

And our pick of the Gr.3 crop is the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which is currently available as a free gift in-game thanks to its role in the new Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story movie.

Normally, Gr.3 and Gr.4 cars have fixed set-ups to keep races balanced, but suspension and brake bias settings can be changed on your chosen car this week.

However, players have to make do with tweaking damper bump (compression) and rebound (expansion) settings only, and, in our experience, softening these (decreasing) provides extra grip and assurance in corners.

For extra tips on suspension tuning, check out our GT7 set-up guide. It focuses on front-wheel-drive road cars but much of the principles still apply to thoroughbred racing machines.

Recommended car: Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 ’18 (Brand Central, 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

Gran Turismo 7, Daily Races, Mercedes SLS AMG, Autopolis

Race C again allows players to alter their brake bias settings, so experiment with what feels best for you (we recommend going one or two clicks rearwards to aid turn-in).

The race takes place at the notoriously tricky Autopolis International Raceway, with the Mercedes SLS AMG Gr.4 proving to be a capable car.

While tyre wear is set to normal levels, fuel consumption is seven times the standard rate, making Race C a lift and coast challenge for the thirstiest cars. Players should also note that hard compound tyres are required to be run at some point during the race, so it might be quicker to use mediums and switch to hards for one lap.

Recommended car: Mercedes SLS AMG Gr.4 (Brand Central, 350,000 Credits or free rental)

Lap Time Challenges

Race A

Race Information

Track: Watkins Glen Short Course

Laps: Seven

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyre and Types: Sports Hard

Regulations (Specified Car)

Jaguar XJ220 ’92

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Off

SR Updates: Off

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Wall Collision Penalty: Off

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race B

Race Information

Track: Suzuka Circuit

Laps: Five

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Racing Hard, Intermediate, Wet

Category: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Partially Allowed | Suspension (Partial), Brake Balance

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Wall Collision Penalty: Off

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race C

Race Information

Laps: Nine

Track: Autopolis International Racing Course

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 7x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Racing Hard, Medium, Intermediate, Wet

Required Tyre Type Change: Racing Hard

Category: Gr.4

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Partially Allowed | Brake Balance

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Wall Collision Penalty: Off

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On

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