So, I think this was a legacy reward (my Forza Rewards rank is 11), but I got 20 crates to start (on top of my 3 VIP crates). I’m in the third tier of events now, and I’ve hardly used any crates. I assume their thinking is that people would set them up while waiting for each track to load, but I tend to just leave them off all together unless I’m doing a longer race. Even though I know I could be making more credits per race, the suggested mods option they have is always too keen to use my best mods, and I just can’t be bothered to set all of that stuff for a 2 lap race.
The two things that would make me more likely to use mods would be: give me a mods crate every time I level up, and change it back to only the boost mods being consumable. Even if that meant I was setting 2 mods each race instead of 3, it’d make me more likely to interact with the system
Extending the event length definitely makes me more likely to use mods, as I know the payout will be worthwhile. The disappointing thing for me yesterday was finding there was an endurance race in the second tier, 100 miles at Spa, only to realize you can’t use mods on those one-off events. Doing a 50 minute race on Unbeatable pays out pretty well anyways, I think I leveled up 6 times from that race alone, but that would’ve been when I’d normally use a 100% payout boost mod.
Where I will end up using the mods, is in self-created endurance races through the free play mode. I’m happy to drive around the same track for a couple of hours, and you can use your boosts in Free Play. The only reason I wouldn’t, is if it turns out there’s some reduction for using them in Free Play instead (haven’t tested yet).