What I have played racing games, since '90s I don't think what CDPR has there is hopeless at all. Playing on console has benefit of analogue controls and force feedback (game pad). Cars has sense of weight to them, for example Mai Mai is very different to some heavier cars. Braking distances are really short, though it may feel the opposite before getting sense of speed. Then at least one or two of heavier cars with 4WD and about 40/60 ratio really feel like there's something like those modern Bugatti's from Horizon 4 in there and that's what their physics is supposed to present. Johnny's Porsche 911 is probably easiest to drive type 930 in any game ever, so there has been work done for kbm players already. In the end, there's very little need for mods for handling, it's about minimap.Yah realistically, if handling was just all right, without any crazy physics, it would be just fine for an rpg, maybe with just the option for us to change our cars like the appearance mod already does and if they Finnish that and driving AI maybe some randomly generated races for replayability. But I have a feeling modders might do it first, maybe not as well as cdpr could but
There is a work in progress mod for police car chases and one for quests they suck now but in the future it might be cool also a map mod that kinda works just updates slowly ( that's why the game has a high zoom on the map, performance reasons) it's just that console players like yourself can't use these untill cdpr makes an in game mod loader like bethesda did and it's prolly asking too much at this point
There's so much unfinished stuff from litterely every system implemented into the game that they have to take care of first. You can walk into a pothole and die or a bush and I thought my city had bad roads.
Minimap issue is interesting. Sound like they just hacked something there and implementation is quite heavy. I also suspect that current "player bubble" is so small because there's lot of things included in there, that aren't necessary at all. Proper races and car chases become practical option once they find better solution for that.
I have about 200 hours in game and I haven't had flatlining to potholes or trash issue. There's been discussion about that but I wonder if it's cross platform bug at all. Sure needs to fixed though.