Friday, 02 October 2015 21:28

RFactor 2:RFactor 2 Build 1008 Includes Stock Cars Featured

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ISI has released build 1008 and the SCRS Champions Series Stock car pack for rFactor 2. Its been one of rFactor 2’s most highly anticipated updates since ISI announced they were working on bringing stock cars to the sim just over a year ago. That’s not the only good news for rFactor 2 this weekend though because not only have ISI released this new build and the SCRS content but they have also updated the Mountain Peak Speedway to v1.2, released a conversion of rFactor’s Jacksonville Superspeedway and just released a new egg shaped oval track with third party partner 3PA called Brookdale Speedway. With the previously released Indianapolis Motor Speedway that’s four ovals to get stuck into right away with no doubt more to come.

The car, though always fundamentally the same, is tailored to several circuits types. Our stock cars also feature three main brake packages (which are selected automatically on ISI tracks).

Short Track
Similar to other speedway configurations, the brakes tend to be larger, tyres a bit softer. This refers to tracks under 1.0 mile and no inner lines are run. Pressures are also generally much lower and the loads tend to be much lower. Downforce levels are similar to normal speedways, though.

Setup to provide maximum left cornering potential, the car will pull left in a straight line. Inner liners are required in the tyres, which add unsprung mass. (Intended for use at tracks under 2 miles).

Speedway II
Similar to speedway, but has reduced downforce as a testbed for 2016 regulations.

Speedway III
Setup to provide maximum left cornering potential, the car will pull left in a straight line. Inner liners are required in the tyres, which add unsprung mass. (Intended for use at tracks over 2 miles).

The main differences are that it has a symmertical setup, but is otherwise similar to Short Track and Speedway configurations. The ratios are less restrictive as you can run whatever 3rd gear ratio you want. The radiator is opened up and brake cooling is essential.

Plate Tracks
These are tracks which are full throttle all the time (under normal circumstances). The power is reduced, and the overall downforce and drag much lower. The cars also tend to be setup to absolutely minimise drag, usually achieved by lowering the rear. The brakes are also much smaller.


Lite installer – 322 MB

Demo installer – 1.1 GB

SCRS Champions Series Content – 282 MB

NSCRS15 rFM Rules – 3.22 MB

Mountain Peak Speedway v1.2 – 238 MB

Jacksonville Superspeedway  v1.02 – 147 MB

Brookdale Speedway v1.0 – 368 MB

Build 1008 Changelog:

In order to take full advantage of the stock car features, it is recommended that users do the following:
1) Enable the StockCarRules.dll and KnockoutQualifying.dll plugins. In single-player, this can be done in the UI Settings. For dedicated servers, operators will have to open the CustomPluginVariables.JSON file (in the UserData\player directory) and set ” Enabled” to 1 for both of these plugins.
2) Download and install the “National Stock Car Racing 2015” mod. This contains many rules settings geared towards stock car racing.

Added a couple pieces of info to the internals plugins: approximate tire radius, and the pitstop lap distance.
Added FrontToeOffset and RearToeOffset garage settings which supplement FrontToeIn and RearToeIn.
Added a tiny bit of configurability to the new ‘Low Speed Info’ message box. PLR file value “LSI Top” lets you set its vertical position or disable it altogether.
Implemented the ability for rules plugins to control whether each vehicle is currently allowed to pit.
Added code to get stock car style gauges to work. will take a number of materials (defined in cockpitinfo.ini file parameter “STOCKCARGAUGE”), and turn them on or off depending on how close the player’s speed is to the pitlane speed.
Added .tbc variable “RoadGrooveSqrdGripEffect” so AIs will experience the same grip curve vs. groove as the human driver does.
Attempt to get AI drivers to be more flexible in their line following when trying to draft on superspeedways. (humans don’t necessarily follow the recorded driving lines) Can be disabled by setting playerfile option “AI Logic Override” to 2.
Added a gizmo to the UI in order to turn plugins on and off. In the future, you’ll also be able to edit custom plugin variables here.

There exists a new multiplayer.json variable “Plugin Heartbeat Rate” which can be turned off or set to different update rates. In addition, the plugin will be signaled that this is a heartbeat update by setting ScoringInfoV01::mGamePhase to a new value of 9 meaning “paused”.

Fixed slow car cycling
Fix for missing update cmps
Fix a problem with admin commands /pitby*
Fixed mod mode camera editor crash on camera selection by disabling camera naming in the release mod mode.
Fixed some problems where vehicles were moved or re-initialized at unexpected times.

Fixed bug with updates not showing in game UI select list.
Fixed bug when creating vmod with updated components.
Added ability to normalize collision corridors in the AIW editor (show collision corridors, select waypoints, then select normalize corridors).
Added # of waypoints selected to the AIW waypoint selection menu header.
Raised line drawning to be 0.1 meters above the track.

Stock Car rules:

Lucky Dog
No Lucky Dog to Driver who causes the caution
Speeding penalty during caution EOLL
Speeding penalty during green Drive Thru
Entering Closed pits EOLL penalty
Green White Checker finish
In-Car Track Bar Adjustment
Frozen Field when caution comes out

Partialy Working Stock Car Rules:

Double File Restarts – Leader Chooses which lane he starts
Double File Restarts – Proper line up order of Lead Lap, Lap down, Lucky Dog, Penalty Cars and Wave Arounds – Need feedback from Stock Car Leagues
Double File Restarts – Wave Around Cars – Do not get penalized yet for pitting before green flag is thrown
Qualifying Rules – 3 Round format works
Qualifying Rules – Forcing the use of 1 set of tires for all 3 rounds not working

Rules not implemented Yet:

Commitment cone violation for entering the pits
AI still race back to line when caution is thrown
All car(s) must maintain their respective track position for the restart, until they cross the start/finish line.
Blending rule when re-entering the track during green flag conditions
No passing under double yellow line at Superspeedways

Known issues (A.I.):

We need to give the A.I. another look, as improvements in one area can often affect another. The A.I. are quite dynamic and will adjust their line according to grip levels. At Jacksonville, this tends to see them running high up against the wall. With an upcoming update to the core, we would like to try to keep them from scraping the wall as often as they do right now on the ovals.

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