Drive V (Realistic Driving / Car Handling & Damage) 4.4



Drive V is the result of 5 years and over 2,000 hours of learning the physics system and testing in order to create a realistic and fun experience. Every vehicle is unique (even some variants that originally shared the same handling line) and has had careful attention to every single dynamic attribute. The most critical change I felt was needed was the Z-axis rotation, which is what made the vanilla cars feel so darty with every flick of the wheel. Now, heavy and old vehicles have a realistic delay between steering inputs and the car reacting, giving something like the Emperor the sloppy feel of a '70s Cadillac, and making semi trucks actually feel like you're driving a massive rig. You'll also notice vehicles like the Emperor have a very soft suspension and more body roll (but not cartoonish GTAIV levels of roll). For an example of the attention to detail: The taxi has less precise steering and poorer brakes than the police variant to reflect wear and tear because taxis are often driven hard with high mileage. The police variant gets a power boost and improved handling to reflect the police package upgrades, but still feels like a heavy Crown Victoria that's prone to oversteer, whereas the Interceptor drives like a more modern car.

Power levels and acceleration have been adjusted to match vehicles' real world counterparts, to the extent of calculating the net SAE horsepower ratings of old muscle cars that used a different rating standard (SAE gross) to determine a true realistic power output. Off-road traction has been overhauled for realism. Damage/deformation has been increased to a realistic level, similar to GTAIV. Downforce has been removed from everything except supercars that would actually produce downforce. Finally, the original game had many cars sitting at unusually low ride heights, so they have been raised to reflect the ride heights of their real world counterparts.

New for 3.0: Damage deformation has been significantly overhauled, particularly in regard to DLC vehicles, which Rockstar strangely reduced deformation on compared to base vehicles. I had a breakthrough when I finally discovered a function separate from the deformation multiplier, which was limiting deformation. No other realistic damage mod I've seen uses that function. Also, with the help of ENB to disable damage limits to the passenger compartment, we can finally achieve a true semblance of realistic damage, even for cab-forward vehicles like the Surfer and Journey. The other big change is off-road handling. That aspect is still a work in progress, but the goal was to create a wider gulf between street vehicles and off-roaders. It always bothered me that a supercar or a family sedan could handle just as well offroad as a Sandking.

New for 4.0: Further improved off-road physics with special attention to Redwood Lights motocross track. Expanded DLC support up to and including After Hours (however, support for supercars is now limited). Gave North Yankton snow variant vehicles their own handling lines with improved off-road traction due to tire chains. Tightened up the Police Interceptor's suspension and handling. Reduced body roll for Comet. Various tweaks to other already supported cars.

Once all cars are supported, I plan to expand support to VanillaWorks, possibly as a separate mod.

This mod was designed to be used with ikt's InversePower mod and ENB. Please download them and use the settings in the installation readme for the proper experience:



Supported: Sports, Coupe, Sedan, Compact, Classic, Muscle, Super (limited support after Lowriders DLC) SUV, Offroad, Van, Service and Emergency. Only supported motorbikes (for now) are Sanchez, Bagger & Police Bike.

DLC Support: Everything up to "After Hours"

Designed for use with controllers.


4.4 - Another installation error! Fixed.

4.3 - Fixed missing file installation error.

4.2 - Fixed mis-labeled folders causing installation error.

4.0 - Expanded DLC support and improved off-road physics. Enhancements to Police Stanier, Buffalo & Interceptor, Comet, Dominator, Dump, Patriot and Riot.

3.4 - Bug fix.

3.3 - Uninstaller included.

3.2 - OIV issues should be fixed.

3.1 - OIV installation created. Enhancements to Surfer.

3.0 - Damage and Offroad overhaul. Expanded DLC support. Enhancements made to Police Cruiser, Glendale, Tornado, Penumbra, Taxi, Baller, Pigalle. Small bug fixes.

2.0 - Fixed broken horns and made some small tweaks.
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