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GT Sport Update Set to Shake up Sport Mode and FIA Events, Plus Penalty System Tweaks

Polyphony Digital has taken the rather unusual step of announcing a raft of changes coming to a future game update well in advance of the update itself.

There’s no mention of any additional vehicle or track content, rather the update focuses on what could be significant changes to aspects of Sport Mode. That includes tweaks which may upset the established order heading into the 2020 season, and other adjustments that respond to fan concern.

Top of most people’s lists will be the game’s penalty system. This was the subject of many complaints over the past four months, with matters reaching a head earlier in March. PD has toned the system down somewhat, and promises further alterations to improve how the system judges incidents.

Players have also been withering about the implementation of slipstream. The strength of the slipstream effect — when a car ahead creates a low pressure region behind it, reducing air resistance for a following vehicle to improve acceleration — has been the subject of some discussion. In essence, it has created a qualifying format in which no-one wishes to take a lead because the slipstream is so beneficial. The update will reduce its effectiveness.

Also significant for qualifying is a change to the fuel and tire degradation rates. In high-wear races it’s also proven advantageous to burn fuel in qualifying sessions to make the car lighter. That’s resulted in some chaos, as people crawl around the track at max revs in a low gear to burn off as much fuel as possible for as long as possible before heading out onto a one-shot qualifying lap. As of this update, the fuel and tire use levels may be different in qualifying as compared to the race, allowing for more sensible qualifying sessions.

A further change may bring more manufacturers into play too. The update will make handling and fuel consumption changes across the Gr.2, Gr.3, and Gr.4 car range, but it will also adjust the tire wear on front-wheel drive Gr.4 cars. These vehicles particularly suffer in high tire wear races, as they must make additional pit stops compared to most other cars. A change may make them more competitive, increasing variety. There’s no note on the four-wheel drive cars that have a similar issue however.

In addition, players will now be able to change their chosen manufacturer before the 2020 season starts again at the end of April. Those players who picked up Star Player status ahead of the aborted first round of ten races will still retain it into the new full season, along with those who qualify from the current Exhibition season.

The official update announcement makes no mention of a date, however. Given that some of the changes will come into effect ahead of the new first round of the FIA Online Championship 2020 Series on Saturday April 25, it seems reasonable to expect it on or around April 21.

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GT Sport Time Trials: High Rollers

You’re going to need plenty of spare cash in GT Sport to get involved in this fortnight’s Time Trials, as it’s all about rare, road-going racers from the 1960s.

The first event puts you in the driver’s seat of the Mk1 Ford GT40 from 1966. While the race car won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 (with the very same chassis — one of only two occasions that a car has achieved this feat) you’ll be at the wheel of the road car, and taking on the Willow Springs Big Willow course. It’s a very quick circuit, and any error will see you off into the Mojave Desert.

At a mere 2.8m credits, the GT40 seems inexpensive next to the car you’ll need for the second time trial: the 20m credit Ferrari 330 P4. This car was Ferrari’s entry to the 1967 Le Mans race, and placed second and third behind the Ford MkIV of Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt, but you’ll be taking it back to its home turf.

With tuning enabled, you’ll be trying to set the best lap time you can at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the track which hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To suit the era, it’s actually the layout that removes the post-1989 chicanes (although it still features the reprofiled corners of the 2015 circuit), so you will need to tune the P4 for maximum speed down the Hunaudieres.

GT Sport‘s Time Trial mode is a global competition, ranking your best time against all players worldwide, rather than just those in your region as with other Sport Mode events. These two time trials will run through to April 9, when two further events will replace them.

Ford GT40 Mk1 Super Lap

Track: Willow Springs – Big Willow
Car: Ford GT40 Mk1 ’66 – Garage Car
Tires: Sports Hard
BOP: Off
Power/Weight Limit: 354hp/1080kg
Settings: Fixed

Ferrari 330 P4 Super Lap/Tuning Allowed

Track: Circuit de la Sarthe – No Chicane
Car: Ferrari 330 P4 ’67 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Medium
BOP: Off
Power/Weight Limit: 448hp/792kg
Settings: Adjustable

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Super GT and Super Formula tests called off

This weekend’s second SUPER GT pre-season test at Fuji Speedway has been called off amid the global coronavirus pandemic, organiser GTA has announced.

SUPER GT successfully held its first test behind closed doors at Okayama this month, and two more days of running were scheduled at Fuji on March 28-29.

However, with the Shizuoka prefecture government advising people to refrain from unnecessary travel, GTA made a last-minute call not to proceed with the test.

The decision to cancel the test follows just days after Super Formula held its first on-track action of the year at the same track.

A second test was scheduled next week on April 3-4 at Suzuka, but it’s understood an announcement that the test won’t proceed is imminent.

Japan has so far reported more than 1,300 COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths. Concerns are growing in the country that the coronavirus problem could worsen in the coming weeks, as the number of cases has begun to increase at a slightly faster rate.

SUPER GT is still due to host its opener at Fuji in early May, but this along with the following race at Suzuka have been thrown into doubt amid the pandemic.

Super Formula meanwhile is looking likely to delay its season even further having already postponed both the Suzuka opener and the following race at Fuji.

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GT Sport Exhaust Tip Quiz: Guess the Car From the Exhaust!

GT Sport contains a lot of weird and wonderful cars, modeled in great detail. From ancient slowcoaches to the fastest cars of the present day — and beyond — you’ll find a lot of variety packed into the 300-strong car list.

Given the detail that the car modeling team goes into to recreate the vehicles, we thought we’d run up a little quiz for the car enthusiast and GT Sport fan, specifically on one of the most recognizable details of a performance car: the exhaust system.

A lot of cars have fairly routine exhaust systems, with convoluted routing and piddly exhaust tips to strangle the engine for emissions and noise. For GT Sport‘s stable though, most have a lot more thought put into them. The systems are light, sonorous, and commonly end in a unique layout for the vehicle, in order to extract the most performance and sound.

There’s plenty of examples of this sprinkled through the game, so we want to see how much attention you’ve been paying to one of the most important aspects of a combustion engine. Test out your knowledge with the ten questions below, and let us know how you fare.

And don’t worry, there’s no electric cars in here. We’re not that mean… probably.

GT Sport Exhaust Tip Quiz

Think you can spot the difference between GT Sport’s cars from their exhaust tips? Here’s your chance to prove it!

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

We have a double dose of AMG GT Black Series spy shots to bring you today, with Mercedes’ incoming track day king papped both in northern Sweden and at the Nurburgring.

Our two main takeaways from the bumper batch of pictures? That’d be the big face and the giant rear wing.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

The wing is far larger than what was fitted to both the AMG GT R Pro and this car’s predecessor – the SLS Black Series. It’s a two-step design and has an adjustable flap in the middle of the upper part, shown to be raised in the winter testing shots.

The gigantified grille, meanwhile, is directly inspired by the AMG GT3 racer. Under the new mouth is a low-hanging splitter, and it’s flanked by what look to be huge brake cooling ducts. The heavily-sculpted, vented bonnet is also wildly different to anything we’ve seen from the AMG GT range thus far, but as for what’s under it, that’s a mystery.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been spotted before, but the bodywork has evolved significantly since then

A more powerful iteration of the M178 dry-sumped twin-turbo V8 would have been our first guess, but the spy photographers behind these shots claim the prototypes emit a sound unlike any other 4.0-litre AMG. Could AMG be going for a flat-plane setup?

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

Whatever Afalterbach has cooked up, we’re expecting a power output to be a considerable improvement upon the 577bhp belted out by the GT R and GT R pro. A figure starting with a ‘6’ is all-but guaranteed.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

In terms of the chassis, the Black Series may use the GT R Pro’s GT4-spec dampers as a starting point. Zoom in enough, and we can see that the tyres fitted to the ‘Ring prototype are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, matching the boot choice of the GT R and GT R pro.

Expect to see the car in full later this year, ahead of a launch in 2021.

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GT Sport Daily Races: Hustle, Bustle, and Muscle

It’s all-change again as a new week is upon us, and brings a new set of Daily Races in GT Sport. This week’s trio contains two sets of race cars, and something a little bit more… pony.

Race A this week brings up a car we rarely see in these events: the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 ’69. This classic American pony car packs almost 300hp from its V8 — and in fact the BOP settings for the race move it closer still, at 294hp. That will be plenty for the straights at Lago Maggiore’s shorter East course, which is the layout that skips the bowl hairpin. All you have to do is pick a color (from 18 available) and hit the track for four laps.

The most powerful cars this week arrive in Race B, which is another four-lap race, but on a real-world race track. You’ll be tackling the Suzuka Circuit, which has some of the world’s most famous (and infamous) corners. It’s a highly technical track and the only figure-8 circuit in the game, so average lap speeds won’t be that high — but it’ll certainly feel like they are as you barrel through 130R.

Over in the endurance-style slot for Race C, you’ll find an event for Gr.4 race cars. It’s an 11-lap race of Brazil’s own F1 circuit, the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace — also known as Interlagos after the area of Sao Paulo in which it’s located. You can pick any of the Gr.4 cars you wish, but with racing hard tires and an 11x tire wear multiplier, there’s an obvious pecking order. This is actually a combination we saw back in October 2019, so whatever worked for you back then will likely be a good bet now too.

These three races will run through to Monday, March 30, when another new set of three will replace them.

Race A

Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – East, 4 laps
Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28 ’69 – Provided Car
Tires: Sports Hard
Start Type: Grid Start
Fuel use: Off
Tire use: Off

Race B

Track: Suzuka Circuit – 4 laps
Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Hard
Start Type: Rolling Start
Fuel use: Off
Tire use: Off

Race C

Track: Autodromo de Interlagos, 11 laps
Car: Gr.4 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Hard
Start Type: Rolling Start
Fuel use: 3x
Tire use: 11x

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Super GT postpones Okayama opener after all

The opening round of the new SUPER GT season at Okayama has been postponed amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Sometime Pacific Formula 1 Grand Prix host Okayama was due to hold the 2020 curtain-raiser on April 11-12, with series organiser GTA having expressed confidence that the race would be able to go ahead on schedule in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, following discussions at last weekend’s Okayama pre-season test – which was closed to spectators in a bid to limit the spread of the virus – it was announced on Wednesday morning that the first race of the season would have to be delayed after all.

A new date for the event will be communicated in due course.

The Okayama test took place during a weekend when almost all other motorsport series, including Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR, were forced into cancelling events as the coronavirus crisis continued to deepen around the world.

Although more than 850 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Japan, the figure is not rising as quickly as it is in other countries, notably in Europe, where there are now upwards of 75,000 cases across the continent and more than 30,000 in Italy alone.

The Japanese government has not yet adopted any of the more radical measures seen elsewhere, having so far only requested schools to close and major sporting and cultural events to be cancelled, postponed or scaled down.

Super Formula’s Fuji race in question

With the GTA electing to postpone the SUPER GT opener, it seems likely that Super Formula will also choose to delay what is currently set to be its first race at Fuji on April 18-19.

Super Formula had already postponed its planned season opener at Suzuka, due to take place on April 4-5, as well as the opening pre-season test at the same track.

Further news of the series’ plans is expected this week, but it has been announced the two-day Fuji pre-season test will go ahead starting next Tuesday, albeit behind closed doors.

Fuji is also set to host SUPER GT testing next week, but it remains to be seen if this will be delayed or held behind closed doors like the Okayama test.

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Gallery: Super GT returns to action in Okayama test

While most of the motorsport world was placed on hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, SUPER GT pressed on with its first official pre-season test at Okayama, albeit with no spectators present.

The two-day test was the first chance to see the full 45-car 2020 SUPER GT field on track together, with many of the GT500 contenders running in full livery for the first time.

Honda led the way on the first day of running on Saturday, with Bertrand Baguette setting the pace in the Real Racing NSX-GT, while Toyota dominated Sunday’s action as Sho Tsuboi put Cerumo’s new GR Supra top of the pile.

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#38 ZENT GR Supra

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#2 Syntium Apple Lotus

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#14 WAKO’S 4CR GR Supra

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#61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT

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#21 Hitotsuyama Audi R8 LMS

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#37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra

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#3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R

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#24 REALIZE CORPORATION ADVAN GT-R

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#7 Studie BMW M6

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#230 NISMO test car

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#64 Modulo NSX-GT

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra

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#38 ZENT GR Supra

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#38 ZENT GR Supra

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#37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra

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#8 ARTA NSX-GT

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#17 KEIHIN NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#8 ARTA NSX-GT

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#14 WAKO’S 4CR GR Supra

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#14 WAKO’S 4CR GR Supra

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#36 au TOM’S GR Supra

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#60 SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#36 au TOM’S GR Supra

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R

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#17 KEIHIN NSX-GT

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#88 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Takashi Kogure, André Couto

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#8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda NSX-GT: Tomoki Nojiri, Nirei Fukuzumi

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#8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda NSX-GT: Tomoki Nojiri, Nirei Fukuzumi

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#16 Team Mugen Honda NSX-GT: Hideki Mutoh, Ukyo Sasahara

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#100 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX Concept GT: Naoki Yamamoto, Tadasuke Makino

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Thiim relishing Super GT chance with Aston Martin

Aston Martin factory driver Nicki Thiim says he’s excited by the chance to represent the marque in SUPER GT this season with D’station Racing.

Thiim, one of Aston’s regular FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, was selected to represent customer outfit D’station in Japan’s premier sportscar series this season, replacing championship veteran Joao Paulo de Oliveira alongside Tomonobu Fujii for 2020.

D’station is also switching from Yokohama to Michelin tyres as Aston bids for a stronger showing in its second season of GT300 competition with the Vantage GT3.

Having never raced in Japan outside of the Fuji WEC round, Thiim says he is looking forward to racing in a new series and vying for honours as part of a bumper 30-car class field.

“Japan has a lot of history in racing, Tom Kristensen and a lot of other Danish drivers have been over there, so it’s an awesome championship and lets you tick the box of driving in Japan,” Thiim told Motorsport.com. “Really looking forward to it.

“It will be a new challenge with a new team that is really competitive. It’s really hard to say what to expect. But I know from Aston’s side, it’s a big push to go out there and deliver, to put on a good show, because Japan is a big market for us.

“We know from the WEC that Michelin is the tyre that is developed for the car. So it shows that Aston is putting a lot of effort into it and sending a lot of people to support the team.

“As a driver, it sounds good. But let’s get out there and see. There are so many impressive-looking cars and competitive drivers. They have cars that you don’t see in Europe at all, like the new Supra. It’s a big championship.”

Asked if he felt wins and a championship challenge could be possible from the off, Thiim replied: “I have zero feel for where we’re gonna be pace-wise.

“I know Aston and the team are trying to put together the best solution. But I can only say on paper it looks really good. It’s gonna be super-interesting. I’m excited for it.

“It’s gonna be a cool experience. It’s like British GT, it looks like, a lot of old-school racetracks that I’m used to and I really enjoy.”

Thiim will be one of three European factory drivers in action in the GT300 class this season, joined by Christopher Mies, driving an Audi R8 LMS for the Hitotsuyama squad, and Lamborghini’s Dennis Lind at the wheel of a Huracan GT3 for the JLOC outfit.

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GT Sport Time Trials: Three is the Magic Number

For the next two weeks in the GT Sport Time Trials, players will be following the rule of three. With two new events, both on road courses, there’s plenty to get to grips with through the next 14 days.

The first Time Trial sees you take on the fearsome Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, Australia. Famous as the home of GT3 endurance races, you’ll be tackling the mountain in a highly appropriate car. You can pick any of the game’s Gr.3 class cars — roughly equivalent to GT3 — to set the fastest time you can. Regular Gr.3 Balance of Performance (BOP) is on, so just choose your favorite (or whatever you think will be fastest) and go for it.

You’ll head to a fictional road course for the second Time Trial. Based in a region that has belonged to both France and Germany over the centuries, the Alsace Village course replicates the landscape of Les Vosges, and provides a tricky challenge — with a mid-lap banked turn that catches many drivers out.

For this Trial you’ll be using the BMW M3 ’03, the E46-generation car. As is normally the case with the second Time Trial, you can tune the M3 to your heart’s content, to make it as fast as possible. You’ll need to dial out some of the car’s unruly characteristics, while making sure you can exploit all of its performance to set the best lap time.

GT Sport‘s Time Trial mode is a global competition, ranking your best time against all players worldwide, rather than just those in your region as with other Sport Mode events. These two time trials will run through to March 26, when two further events will replace them.

Gr.3 Super Lap

Track: Mount Panorama
Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Hard
BOP: On
Power/Weight Limit: N/A
Settings: Fixed

BMW M3 ’03 Super Lap/Tuning Allowed

Track: Alsace – Village
Car: BMW M3 ’03 – Garage Car
Tires: Sports Hard
BOP: Off
Power/Weight Limit: N/A
Settings: Adjustable

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