So I have been playing a bit but I haven't been able to get any performance increase with :
- Glass pack muffler
- remove muffler
- Upgraded headers
However with the diff yes, I think different gear ratio for different races:
Drag race is a no brainier Highway ratio for best top end since straight line.
Mullholland drive is a tricky one because each new game gets a different track generated, so I came to the conclusion you either need the lowest ratio 4x or mid ratio 3x
4x ratio for a track that has the wet cement slick or whatever it is the grey part of the road that u need to slow to 60mph to.
* if the wet cement is near the end of the track I think 4x ratio is needed to get the best acceleration from 60mph to catch up before the track ends
If the slick is in the middle or near the start I think 3x ratio is good because you have more time to catch up to opponent while having a slightly better top end speed and slower acceleration.
The aqueduct race is like the drag race with right technique simply go for best top end acceleration.
And I just learned a new trick on youtube, when racing the king race with only 1 gallon petrol for drag race and 2 gallons for Mullholland. Means after winning each race you don't have enough petrol and can go back to garage, change parts or even the car before refuelling. This is where changing the diff is the key, drag race king with 2x diff, go back garage before Mullholland race and install 3x or 4x diff, only have 2 gallons. After winning Mullholland once again no petrol for aquaduct. Go back garage and install 2x diff.
Ofcourse the game can be finished without doing all this but it feels like completing it 101% this way