EA Sports WRC Assists Settings Guide: All Settings Explained

Learn about all of the assists in the new EA Sports WRC game. I'll run through what each assist changes in game and which assists are the fastest to race with.

EA Sports WRC Assist settings explained

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EA Sports WRC is finally here with Codemasters at the helm of a rally game for the first time in a very long time. This means that this year’s WRC title is substantially different from the past few games that were developed by Kylotonn.

Pretty much everything from the ground up is different this year, with new physics, graphics and driving assists. With so many new features and mechanics to learn, I wanted to start by looking at the driving assists in this year’s WRC game.

In this guide, I’ll run through every driving assist in EA Sports WRC. I’ll show you what each assists changes and how it affects the rallying experience. I’ll also recommend my fastest assists to really allow you to put in quick stage times.

What are driving assists?

The driving assists are designed to help make the cars in EA Sports WRC easier to control and more forgiving. You can look at them as a way of introducing you into the game. They can be turned on to help make the game easier, or disabled to add realism and increase the difficulty.

Some of the most popular assists include the automatic transmission which means the game will change gear for you giving you one less thing to worry about while driving. Assists like ABS and traction control will make the car less likely to behave erratically and let you maintain control easier.

Racing EA Sports WRC with a racing wheel and with most assists turned off will be the most realistic play to enjoy each rally stage. However, assists are there for when racing this way becomes too tricky.

EA Sports WRC assists explained

I want to now run through every single assist in EA Sports WRC. I’ll give you a detailed explanation of what each assist controls and how it’ll affect you, as well as recommending the best settings for each assist.

Transmission: The first assist in EA Sports WRC is the transmission and this controls whether the game will change gear for you or if you have to do it yourself. You can choose between automatic, sequential, manual sequential and manual H-pattern.

Automatic and semi-automatic will let the game change gear for you, while semi-automatic will let you override the gear changes giving you some control when you need it. Manual sequential lets you change gear through the gears sequentially. This is ideal if you want to use the paddle shifters or if you have a sequential shifter. The H-pattern manual transmission lets you use a full H-pattern shifter to shift through each gear.

Clutch control: In EA Sports WRC there is a separate clutch control setting where you can adjust the clutch settings. Setting this to automatic means you don’t need to worry about using a clutch pedal. Using a manual clutch will require you to depress the clutch pedal for each gear shift. While manual override will let the game automatically apply the clutch whilst giving you the option to override it if needed, similar to the semi-auto transmission assist.

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ABS: The ABS or anti-lock braking system can help to prevent your brakes from locking under heavy braking. There are a series of options to choose from 0-5. Choosing 0 will disable ABS which is the most realistic setting as WRC cars do not use ABS. Setting this to 5 will provide the highest assistance and will help prevent lock-ups.

I would recommend setting the ABS to a middle ground of about 3 to start with and try to lower it gradually as you gain experience. The ultimate goal should be to be racing with ABS set to 0.

Off-throttle braking: The off-throttle braking assist in EA Sports WRC will affect how aggressively the car will utilise an engine braking sensation. Increasing this to its highest setting of 5 will provide a lot of braking every time you lift off the throttle. I would recommend setting this to 0.

Throttle limiter: The throttle limiter assist will prevent you from applying too much throttle in some scenarios. This will limit the throttle input to help make the car easier to drive. However, this will always slow your maximum potential. I’d recommend keeping this set to 0.

Traction control: The traction control setting will provide assistance when the game notices your wheels are about to lose traction. During these scenarios, this assist will kick in to lower your throttle input and prevent the wheels from spinning.

Traction control will make the cars easier to control as you drive through a tricky rally stage, however, it will always lower your full potential. Much like ABS, I’d recommend starting with traction control set to around 2 or 3 and try to lower it over time.

Stability control: Stability control works in a similar way to traction control to help you maintain control of your car. However, rather than reducing the throttle input, stability control will prevent your car from over-rotating which can result in a spin. Again, start with this set to around 2 or 3 and lower it as you progress through EA Sports WRC.

Time control braking: This assist will simply apply the brakes when you enter a time control area after you finish a stage. Leaving this turned off will mean you’ll have to manually apply the brakes to start slowing down after each stage. I would leave this set to 5 to not worry about braking after crossing the finish line.

Automatic wipers: Turning the automatic wipers on will allow them to turn on and off automatically. This is helpful as they will activate after going through a water splash or if the weather changes mid-stage.

Start line assist: The start line assist will apply the handbrake during the countdown before you start a stage. This is good to keep enabled to avoid any jump starts.

Automatic repairs: Enabling the automatic repairs assist will let the game handle all repairs when you enter the service area. I would recommend turning this off to give yourself control over how you repair your car.

View our guide on the very best racing wheels for EA Sports WRC for our top racing wheel recommendations.

The fastest EA Sports WRC assist settings

You can create your own custom assist settings by using the above descriptions as a guide. Remember that the same assist settings won’t always be the best option for every sim racer. If you find yourself struggling with a specific aspect, be that changing gears or locking your brakes, I’d recommend turning on the appropriate assist while you gain more experience.

However, the assist settings below will enable the fastest potential stage times. These settings essentially disable almost all assists to give you more control over your car. This will make the car harder to drive but also increase the overall potential speed.

  • Transmission: Manual Sequential
  • Clutch control: Manual
  • ABS: 0
  • Off-throttle braking: 0
  • Throttle limiter: 0
  • Traction control: 0
  • Stability control: 0
  • Time control braking: 5
  • Automatic wipers: On
  • Start Line assist: Off
  • Automatic repairs: Off

How to change the assists in EA Sports WRC

With the latest WRC game being produced by EA Sports along with the F1 game series, the in-game menus will immediately be familiar to anyone who has previously raced F1 23. Changing the assists in WRC 23 is done in a very similar way to F1 23.

To change assists in EA Sports WRC, head into the options and extras menu. Then, head over to the assists tile. This will present you with the full list of assists to change and tinker. Once done, simply back out of the assists menu to save your changes.

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Article written by Mjolnir

Mjolnir is one of the main setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. He has had years of experience in sim racing, both competitively and casually. After a decade of sim racing experience, he co-founded SimRacingSetup.com to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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