Forza Motorsport 3 – How to move up the leaderboard

Want to rise up the leaderboards? Make sure you are top of your class!

Forza Motorsport, the greatest car simulator series on the Xbox (we don’t have Gran Turismo) has taken the most hours out of my consoles apparent short life span. I missed out on Forza 1 as I skipped the first generation Xbox. So I first came in to contact with the series, like most with Forza Motorsport 2, and could not put it down until I worked my way up past level 35’ish, only to retire as soon as my pre order of Forza Motorsport 3 arrived.  Although it has a more arcade feel, is slightly easier to drive and forgivingly lets you rewind when you screw up, Forza 3 is a lot more fun and less of a trudge. Easily the best car game on the Xbox for the enthusiast or casual driver.

I’m currently a level 42 driver working my way to the top through the season play. One day casually pottering around the leaderboards, to my horror I found a new Xbox Live friend (who had only just bought the game) high above me. In fact everyone I knew was above me on the leaderboards, yet everyone was a lower driver level than me and had put less time into the game. I initially thought either my lap times must be poor or everyone else was The Stig. On closer inspection I had some decent hot laps above most of my Xbox Live friends. Puzzled I examined the way the scoreboards work and spent a few hours claiming back my throne.

The trick is simple, if you are going to do a lap, and want a chance of posting a decent time on the leaderboards to maintain your position or climb higher up, you need to have the fastest car within the class. Using a low in class car is going to have a negative effect on your overall leaderboard position no matter how well you drive. All those career mode events where I used a slow in class car, pushed me down the leaderboards. It is so obvious and simple that I overlooked it!

The leaderboards are divided up by car class, R1, R2, R3, S, A, B, C, D, E, F, take a quick scroll to the top of any leaderboard and you will notice everyone up there has the highest possible number next to there car class letter. So whenever I race now, I pick a car near to the class limit from my garage, and modify it as hard as I can to get as close to the next class as possible without going too far to rollover from say B to A. So get modifying, maximise your car to within the class limit and the rest is down to you, your skill as a driver and how you hit that apex, see you at the top!

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