Tuesday, 06 March 2018 17:01

IRACING:2018 Season 2 Release Notes

IndyCar 2018

 

iRacing deployed a brand new build of their online racing service featuring some impressive new content.

Besides a host of updates, features, and fixes, this update brings us two state of the art modern endurance Le Mans Prototypes in the form of the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the Audi R18 e-tron Quatrro.

Both cars will be deployed in an iRacing LeMans Series, which will run 60-90 minute races every two hours with a 12-week schedule. Then there is also the new team-based iRacing Lemans Endurance Series which features an LMP2 and GTE Class. This series will run 6-hour endurance sessions every other week with 2-time slots. Saturday at 7:00GMT and Saturday at 19:00GMT.

In time for this years iRacing Indy 500, the new build deploys the 2018 spec Dallara IR18. iRacing members who have already purchased the existing DW12 Indy car in the last six months will receive a full credit of $11.95 and that all iRacing members will receive the existing DW12 Indycar as free content.

The 2018 season 2 build also features some new tracks. The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the Sonoma Raceway Rallycross layout, theLimaland Motorsports Park dirt oval and an upgraded version of Pocono Raceway are now available.

 highlights include:

  • Additional functionality and performance enhancements for the iRacing BETA Interface
  • Custom Car Classes
  • Extensive Rallycross Race Control updates
  • Complete hand-over-hand animations for all vehicles
  • Brand new crowd system
  • Audi R18
  • Dallara IR18
  • Porsche 919 Hybrid
  • The Dirt Track at Charlotte
  • Limaland Motorsports Park
  • Pocono Raceway track upgrade
  • Sonoma Raceway (Rallycross)

Full 2018 Season 2 Changelog:

Racing BETA Interface

– Some extensive background system updates have been completed for the iRacing BETA Interface to greatly enhance the speed, responsiveness, and stability of the application.

– Fixed Setups are now available when creating Hosted Sessions!
– – When making the vehicle selection, you can activate the “Fixed Setup” switch near the top-right corner of the vehicle.
– – – This allows you to select or upload the Setups to be used for the Hosted Session.

– Spectator Sessions are now available for Official Races!
– – Activate the “Show Running Sessions” switch near the top-right in the “Official Races” section of the interface. Then, click on one of the running races, and click the “Watch”, “Spot”, or “Crew”, buttons to start that activity for that session.
– – Individual spotter settings and spotter passwords remain in development, and will be coming soon.

– An additional “Download” button has been added at the top of the Updater menu screen, so you can start downloads even faster!

– Additional indicators for when the iRacing BETA Interface is loading and/or processing information have been added.

– The Time Attack Launch screen now features an “Overall” view.

– The Time Attack Results screen now always shows your current position at the top, if you have one.
– – Click directly on it to jump to your row in the Results table!

– The Time Attack Results screen now features “Go to Beginning” and “Go to End” paging buttons.

– Improved support for scaling the iRacing BETA Interface.

– Improved support for the use of 4K (UHD) monitors.
– – If we detect you are using a 4K (UHD) display, you will get a prompt asking if you want to enable 4K Mode.
– – – If you ignore the prompt, or if you click “Don’t show me this again,” you can enable 4K Mode by opening the Settings Menu and clicking “Enable 4K Mode.”

– The system for painting the Primary Sponsor has been improved.

– Fixed an issue where using the Test Drive function for a Race Series during Week 1 would not work correctly.

– Fixed the usage of plurals (-s, or -es).

– Fixed some text bugs.

Hosted Sessions

– Car Classes can now be selected when creating a hosted race.
– – Sessions are still limited to a total of 6 unique cars per session, and car classes can contain from 1 to 6 cars. The car class selections are grouped by the number of cars in the class.
– – – Car classes are represented as tabs in the interface, so only the cars for the selected car class are displayed.
– – This feature is currently only available on the Classic Membersite, not on the iRacing BETA Interface yet.

Custom Car Classes

– You are now able to create and edit your own Custom Car Classes for Hosted Sessions!
– – When selecting the “Use Car Classes” Option when creating a Hosted Session, a new link called “Create New Car Class…” is now displayed above the Car Class tabs. This link brings up a dialog where you can enter a name for the Custom Car Class and select a group of cars for that Custom Car Class. For “Rel. Speed” (Relative Speed), there is a suggested value displayed, which is the average of all the selected cars, but any number between 0 and 200 can be used.
– – – Rel. Speed values for Car Classes are hidden unless the “Grid Together” option is selected.
– – The Car Class dropdowns will now display iRacing’s Car Classes as well as any Custom Car Classes you have created. Custom Car Classes will include an asterisk (*) in the name. You can edit your Custom Car Classes by using the “Edit…” link, which is displayed when one of your Custom Car Classes is selected. This will bring up the same dialog used when creating a Custom Car Class.
– – By using Custom Car Classes, anything about a Car Class can be changed, although it is not recommended to stray too far from the original purpose of the Car Class.
– – Race Results from past races using a Custom Car Class will use the current name of the Custom Car Class that was used, not the name at the time of the event.
– – This feature is currently only available on the Classic Membersite, not on the iRacing BETA Interface yet.

Race Sessions

– An indicator denoting that a final Race event is Official (Ranked) or Unofficial (Unranked) has been restored to the Session screen and its Info page.
– The Popular Races list will now properly filter by Dirt Oval and Dirt Road.

Hosted Results

– The Date Range filter is now a primary filter, and it may not be deselected. This is to allow the most often viewed results to load faster.
– – The “From” date defaults to 30 days in the past.
– – The “To” date defaults to today.
– – This filter allows a maximum span of 90 days.

Dynamic Track

– Some updates have been made to the debris throwing system.
– – The physics for debris now utilize a new collision system. This should eliminate the ability for thrown particles to slip through walls, making their build-up more accurate.

Dirt

– Dirt heights across all areas of the track now allow for a greater possible range of dirt amounts.
– – This will allow for both a greater build-up of dirt on the track, and allow for deeper digging-down of the dirt surface.

– Dirt cushion modeling has been greatly improved.
– – This is a pretty big change to how dirt ovals behave as the tracks are worn in. With this update, the cornering force from the cushion and increased banking that naturally develops should be noticeably greater, and the outside should be faster as a result.

– The mean starting usage state for Dirt Oval Heat Races has been increased, and the variance of this value has also been increased slightly.

Rallycross

– The starting area for Rallycross tracks is now well defined for Race Control.
– – The F3 Black Box now correctly sorts the cars on the starting grid.
– The F3 Black Box is now aware of the starting area and the Joker Lap area when computing the time delta, and displaying information.
– – Cars on the race path are always displayed as normal.
– – Cars on the starting area are always dimmed, like cars in pit lane.
– – Cars on the optional path(s) always have a cyan background color across their row.
– The gained time rule can now deal with the Joker Lap, and should correctly maintain and track your yield status regardless of what path combination you take.
– Race Lines have been adjusted on some Rallycross configurations to improve accuracy.
– Excessive post-race penalty time is now converted to post-race lap penalties.

Lone Qualifying

– Fixed an issue where ghost effects and skids were showing up from other cars during these sessions.

Driver Swap

– iRating exchanges are now possible in scheduled driver-swap races. The Info tab on the Session screen will indicate whether or not iRating will be impacted by this particular team racing event. iRating exchanges in driver swap races are being enabled as of the deployment of 2018 Season 2 during the 13th week.

Hybrid Engines

– Hybrid system can no longer be deployed while pit speed limiter is active.
– Hybrid system can no longer continue to deploy after the battery state-of-charge has been drawn down to zero.

Controls

– The Sim should now make better estimates for controller calibration when initially starting up the Simulation.
– Joystick calibration routine has been adjusted to reduce the likelihood of a noisy joystick axis getting detected.
– Improved the ability to map a multiple button press trigger to a single control response.
– – For Example: Button A = Action 1 -and- Button A + Button B = Action 2
– Support for mapping actions to buttons that are permanently held down (for example a position switch that simulates pressing and holding a button), has been added.
– – When mapping button controls, iRacing would normally watch for the “button release” event before mapping that input to the action. But in this case a user can hit “Enter” when mapping the control to accept the held-button (or switch position) in its current location.

Feedback

– Markers have been added to the driving control interface elements to indicate if you are dragging your brake or clutch. Markers will light up if there is any input at all on a control.

Spotter

– A new switch has been added to the [SPCC] section of the “app.ini” file, called “carLowHiAtStart”
– – carLowHiAtStart=0 = Spotter “Car Low / High” calls are disabled for a short duration after the green. (Default functionality)
– – carLowHiAtStart=1 = Spotter “Car Low / High” calls are enabled as soon as you get the green.

Driver Animation

– Hand-over-hand steering animations have now been completed for all cars!
– – We have fully implemented driver hand animations for all iRacing vehicles.

Animated Pit Crew

– The pit crew members’ running routes have been adjusted slightly to minimize clipping through larger vehicles.
– The pit crew members with a war wagon should now appear correctly on loaded replays.
– Fixed an issue where the animated pit stop was not appearing correctly with team swaps.
– Fixed an issue where the level-of-detail distances for some pit crew members was causing them to lose their heads.
– Fixed an issue where the pit stop could break when driving in backwards.

Opponent Cars

– All opponent-controlled vehicles will now have their actual gear and RPMs displayed in their cockpits.

Crowds

– A new system has been created and implemented for crowds at all tracks!
– – The folks in the stands should now appear more realistic than before.
– – This system will function as follows depending on your Crowd Detail setting:
– – – OFF = No crowds
– – – LOW = The crowds display with front-faces only
– – – MEDIUM = The crowds are in full attendance
– – – HIGH = Additional 3D characters are added around the track

Rendering

– Fixed an issue where some tires were showing up as white-wall or chrome-wall.
– Fixed an issue where grass track edges on dirt tracks could look too dark at night.

Paint Shop

– Fixed an issue that could cause unpainted cars to corrupt the texture cache.

Replay

– Performance improvements have been made to the mechanism used to prepare the replay world for playback.
– – This change will be most noticeable when skipping around in a replay, getting out of the car in the Sim, and playing through a session change within a replay. The effect on the Skew (S) bar during these operations should now be greatly diminished.

Video Capture

– The video capture API has been updated.
– The file format, “.MP4” is now the default file format for the video capture system.

Telemetry

– The old telemetry session string will now clear when launching a new session via the iRacing Beta Interface.

Peripherals

– Support has been added for LED rev lights on the new Thrustmaster TS-PC RACER Ferrari Challenge wheel.
– The Fanatec Light API version has been updated to 3.2.

iRacing Support

– We have upgraded our FAQs and Support Forms.
– – Check them out here: https://iracing.freshdesk.com/support/home

CARS:

Audi R18

– NEW CAR!
– – The Audi R18 has been added to the iRacing virtual garage!
– – This is a Le Mans Prototype (LMP1-H) race car, and is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – -The R18 etron quattro is a diesel Hybrid LMP1 prototype racecar that competed at the Le Mans 24 hour race and in the World Endurance Championship. It began its life as simple the R18 TDI – a diesel powered prototype racer, in 2011. As the rules of the series changed so to did the R18. The car evolved over time to incorporate hybrid technology in the form of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). The R18, in its varied forms, won the Le Mans 24 Hour four times and the WEC title twice (2012 & 2013).
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/CarDetail.do?carid=98

Audi R8 LMS GT3

– The range of toe settings has been expanded so target toe values may be achieved over a larger range of camber settings.
– Driver seating position has been moved further back in the car.
– – This change also alters the driver viewpoint.

BMW Z4 GT3

– Baseline setup has been adjusted so it can pass Tech with any fuel level.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

– Season setups have been updated.

Dallara DW12

– All users who had purchased this vehicle within the past seven months will receive $11.95 in iRacing credits. This is to compensate for the release of the Dallara IR18 so soon after their investment. Thank you for your purchase!

– This vehicle has been added to the garage of all users!
– – The Dallara DW12 is now considered part of the iRacing default content.
– Max Travel of dampers will now always remain positive.
– Honda logos have been removed from this vehicle.
– Fixed an issue where the damaged version of the aero map could add downforce to either end of the vehicle instead of subtracting downforce.

Dallara IR18

– NEW CAR!
– – The Dallara IR18 has been added to the iRacing virtual garage!
– – This is the new IndyCar, and is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – – Indycar’s latest generation car, the Dallara IR18, was designed to not only look better on track, but also improve the racing. All cars in the Verizon Indycar series will race with the same aero kit, designed and built by Dallara, regardless of the engine manufacturer they choose. This will make for closer racing, more opportunities for on-track passes and more exciting races overall. Featuring two distinctly different aero packages – one low downforce package for super speedways like Indianapolis and another high down force package for street and road courses. Under the hood the power plant remains at 2.2 liter turbocharged V6 that produces upwards of 700 bhp.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/CarDetail.do?carid=99

Dirt Late Model

– (ALL) – Updated front bumpstop rate curves with more accurate data.
– (ALL) – Updated shock lengths and positions using more accurate data.
– (ALL) – Adjusted weight and inertia properties. Setups can now be more easily shared across all versions of the dirt late model.
– (ALL) – Trimmed nose valence and door skirts in the solid model to more typical lengths and adjusted collision elements accordingly.
– (ALL) – Adjusted collision elements in the nose and tail to allow closer racing per member suggestions and feedback.
– (ALL) – The driver’s view position has been adjusted slightly.
– (Limited) – Improved cockpit engine sounds.
– (ALL) – Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Midget

– Two new iRacing paint schemes have been added to this vehicle.
– Garage fuel ranges have been updated to include three settings.
– – Lowest setting is for Qualification
– – Middle setting is for Heats and Consolation races
– – Highest setting is for Feature races.
– The center of gravity location for this vehicle has been adjusted slightly. This change should make the car less prone to wheel stands and more stable down long straights and on corner entry.
– Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Sprint Car

– (ALL) – Last season’s suspension update has been reverted.
– (ALL) – Nose wing angle is now adjustable in the garage.
– (ALL) – Garage fuel ranges have been updated to include three settings.
– – Lowest setting is for Qualification
– – Middle setting is for Heats and Consolation races
– – Highest setting is for Feature races.
– (ALL) – Rear collision elements have been adjusted to result in improved rear frame rail / ride height marker bottoming behavior upon contact with the track surface.
– (ALL) – Adjusted the collision model of opponent cars.
– (ALL) – Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Sprint Car Non-Winged

– (ALL) – Removed the ability to make in-car cockpit adjustments to shocks.
– – 2018 USAC Rule Book 307-I: “Suspension adjustments by the driver from the cockpit will not be permitted.”
– (ALL) – Garage fuel ranges have been updated to include three settings.
– – Lowest setting is for Qualification
– – Middle setting is for Heats and Consolation races
– – Highest setting is for Feature races.
– (410) – Mass and inertia properties have been adjusted.
– (ALL) – Fixed a texture issue with the rollbars when the rock cage is removed.
– (ALL) – Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Street Stock

– Rev limit has been increased from 6200 RPM to 6800 RPM.
– – Season setups have been updated accordingly.

Dirt U.M.P. Modified

– Season setups have been updated.

Ford GT – 2017

– Fixed an issue where duplicate hub models were appearing when viewing from inside the cockpit.

Ford Mustang FR500S

– This car has been converted to now use PBR shaders.

– Fixed an issue where the mirrors were not using the correct aspect ratio.

Indycar Dallara circa 2011

– Honda logos have been removed from this vehicle.

McLaren MP4-30

– Hybrid control and deployment have been re-tooled. The existing deployment strategies have been replaced by a single strategy that is track-position aware. Deployment is completely cut when the car speed exceeds a fixed percent of the expected maximum speed on the current straightaway (end-of-straight or EOS speeds).
– – There are two user modes: Automatic and Manual Trim.
– – – In Automatic mode, the system calculates and applies an offset to the % EOS speed cut parameter that attempts to balance harvested and deployed electrical energy. Per the description, this mode requires no intervention from the driver – you simply get in and drive.
– – – In Manual mode, the user specifies a Trim via the MFH knob (1 to 14), in 2% increments from -12% to +14%. Setting 7 applies a 0% trim. -ve offsets cut deployment at lower speeds, resulting in net energy savings while +ve offsets result in deployment cuts at higher speeds, draining the battery. Note that the base %EOS speed cut parameter and expected EOS speeds are generated using ref-line calculations that have been modified to handle hybrid power units (ref-line calcs are used for the driving line display and race control functions like applying track-cutting time penalties in real-time).
– MGU-K power is now shown on the digital display.
– A Qualifying mode has been added for MGU-K deployment.
– Dynamic brake biasing and handling of MGU-K harvesting has been updated.
– – The car is now much more stable at brake release, even with very aggressive re-gen setting.
– The cure-based degradation and wear-based degradation of the tires has been increased.
– – Please evaluate this change over the 7-10 days after release, and please provide us with feedback. If necessary, we will adjust this again before the start of the F1 WCS.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

– 2018 Season 2 BoP adjustments: -15 kg minimum weight, reduced drag sensitivity for rear wing adjustments at greater than 4 degrees (so higher angles generate less drag), slightly reduced overall aero drag.

Modified – SK

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

– Contingency decals have been updated for the 2018 season.
– Season setups have been updated.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991)

– Anti-roll bar stiffness has been increased.
– Drivetrain stiffness has been increased.

Porsche 919 Hybrid

– NEW CAR!
– – The Porsche 919 Hybrid has been added to the iRacing virtual garage!
– – This is a Le Mans Prototype (LMP1-H) race car, and is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – – The Porsche 919 Hybrid marked Porsche’s return to prototype racing after a successful program with the RS Spyder ended in 2011. The 919 made its debut at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) 6 Hours of Silverstone in 2014 and ultimately finished the season championship in third. In 2015, Porsche would return to its winning ways by earning victory at the 24-Hours of Le Mans and the overall season championship as well. The Porsche 919 would go on to win the Le Mans 24 and the WEC championship in 2016 and 2017 as well.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/CarDetail.do?carid=100

Ruf RT 12R

– (Track) – Season setups have been updated.

Silver Crown

– Season setups have been updated.

Sprint Car

– Season setups have been updated.

V8 Supercar Ford Falcon circa 2012

– Fixed an issue where the mirrors were not using the correct aspect ratio.

TRACKS:

Atlanta Motor Speedway

– (Oval) – Track surface grip level has been increased slightly.

Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans

– Adjusted the audio system for the jet flyover.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

– NEW TRACK!
– – The Dirt Track at Charlotte has been added to the digital landscape of iRacing!
– – This dirt oval track is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – – This is a stand-alone track; this is not a new configuration for Charlotte Motor Speedway.
– – – A 4/10 mile dirt track located across the street from its big sister – the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Dirt Track at Charlotte was built in 2000 and hosts many weekly dirt series throughout the year including UMP Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, and Dirt Sprint cars. The World of Outlaws dirt series have held their finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte as well.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/TrackDetail.do?trkid=314

Limaland Motorsports Park

– NEW TRACK!
– – The Limaland Motorsports Park has been added to the digital landscape of iRacing!
– – This dirt oval track is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – – One of Ohio’s favorite dirt tracks, Limaland Motorsports Park is known to locals as Northwest Ohio’s Quarter Mile of Thunder. The track is owned and operated by the University of Northern Ohio (UNOH) and host Friday night racing throughout the racing season. This offers the university students a unique opportunity to compete in professional level racing while attending school. Originally opened in 1935, Limaland Motorsports Park hosts a variety of dirt classes on a weekly basis included including UMP Modifieds.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/TrackDetail.do?trkid=303

Phoenix International Raceway – 2008

– (Rallycross) – An extra Joker Lap checkpoint has been added to fix a problem where the second half of the Joker Lap was considered valid for the Split Time sector.

Pocono Raceway

– UPGRADED TRACK!
– – Pocono Raceway has been significantly updated to a version circa 2016, and includes a re-pave of the track surface.
– – The original Pocono Raceway has been re-named “Pocono Raceway – 2011”.
– – This asphalt oval track is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
– – This track upgrade includes the following:
– – – Re-scanned and re-photographed the track.
– – – Using that scan, modeled new track geometry from scratch.
– – – Created brand new track surface textures for every surface using our latest methods.
– – – Upgraded a variety of the most prominent track objects from the old track by re-modeling and re-texturing them to our current art standards.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/TrackDetail.do?trkid=277
– Ownership of this track will be automatically granted to users who already owned the previous version, Pocono Raceway – 2011.

Pocono Raceway – 2011

– This track is formerly known as “Pocono Raceway.”
– – It has been renamed to “Pocono Raceway – 2011” to make room for the upgraded version of the track.

– Ownership of this track will be automatically granted to all iRacing users, and it is now considered part of the default iRacing content.

Richmond Raceway

– This track is formerly known as “Richmond International Raceway.”
– – It has been re-branded “Richmond Raceway” to reflect the changes to this track in the real world.

Sonoma Raceway

– NEW TRACK CONFIGURATION!
– – A new Rallycross configuration has been added to this track!
– – A member who already owns or purchases this track gains access to this new configuration.
– – – http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/TrackDetail.do?trkid=312

Texas Motor Speedway

– (Oval) – Track surface grip level has been increased slightly.

USA International Speedway

– (Dirt) – Fixed a surface type bug on the back stretch of the track.

 

 

Published in Sim Racing News
Monday, 15 January 2018 17:16

IRACING:2018 Season One Update Release

 FiestaRS WRC

 

2018 Season One Update Notes:

License Classes
iRacing now has four unique License Classes!

  • Each of the four licenses are completely separate from each other, and you will have your own Class, iRating, and Safety Rating in each.
  • There is one license for each type of racing available: Oval, Road, Dirt Oval, and Dirt Road.
    • Your initial Dirt Oval License Class was granted to you based on an algorithm that took into account both your 2017 Oval License Class, and your 2017 participation in Official Dirt Oval races.

Heat Racing
Heat Racing, a new format of racing competition has been added to iRacing!

  • Heat racing is a system of competition that divides racers into different groups, or Heats, based on their qualification performance. Each Heat has its own winners and losers, and the best racers from each Heat will go on to compete against each other in the final session, the Main Event. Before that, the other racers from each Heat will go on to Consolation Races, where they may have a chance to earn themselves a spot in the Main Event!
  • For detailed information on Heat Racing, check out this document:https://d3bxz2vegbjddt.cloudfront.net/dev/pdfs/2017-iracing-heat-racing-doc.pdf

You are able to create and join your own Hosted Sessions using the Heat Racing format!

  • This option is only available in the iRacing Beta Interface!
  • To setup your own Heat Race:
    • Click on: “Go Racing”, then, “Create a Race”, then, in the “Set Race Options” section, for the “Event Type”, select “Heat Racing”. Then, select one of the different configurations in the dropdown and finally purchase your session and join!
  • Session time and price are calculated using the maximum possible value for the number of entrants, which would yield the maximum number of Heat sessions being run. Thus, the time is an estimated total of the time limits for each of the predicted sessions plus a small buffer to account for session transitions and gridding times.
  • The cost for purchasing a Hosted Heat Racing Session has a 25% discount in addition to any other bulk discounts you may already receive.

Race Results
The in-Sim Race Results page has been reorganized to handle Heat Racing events, which can have many more sessions than just Practice/Qualify/Warmup/Race. If necessary, you can now scroll the Results left/right to reveal the results for the particular session of interest. Since all cars in the event are listed, yet only a subset of them actually drive in some of the sessions, you can sort the results for a particular session, thus grouping the cars that participated together, and pushing the cars that were not involved in that session to the bottom.

Asphalt Oval Racing
A physics overhaul has been performed on our asphalt oval cars!

Dirt Oval Racing
The default value for the starting track state for Dirt Ovals in a Race session has been lowered slightly for most cars, and has been lowered significantly for the Non-Winged Sprint Cars. This change will affect Official Sessions and any hosted sessions where the starting state is not explicitly specified.

The default value for the starting track state for Dirt Ovals in Test, Practice, and Unattached Qualify sessions has been increased to make these tracks more closely match typical starting race conditions. Overall, you should expect the track for a Dirt Oval Practice session to have nearly the same starting usage as a Race session for the entry-level Dirt Oval cars.

The variability in default starting track states for Dirt Ovals has been increased, meaning that when a starting usage value is not explicitly given, the distribution of generated usage percentages is wider. This will result in more variety in starting track state in Official Sessions and any hosted sessions where the starting state is not explicitly specified.

Dirt Oval Track surface properties have been adjusted to reduce traction.

For some extensive and detailed information on the changes within Dirt Oval Racing, check out this link: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3582313.page#10803079

Red Bull Global Rallycross Series
Welcome to the world of Rallycross!

Rallycross is a form of racing that combines asphalt and dirt track sections into a short circuit, that also includes a dirt jump. There are limited penalties, no pit stops, and cars designed specifically for this racing format.

Rallycross cars and tracks have been added to the iRacing repertoire!

  • Ford Fiesta RS WRC
  • VW Beetle GRC
  • Daytona circa 2007 (Rallycross – Long)
  • Daytona circa 2007 (Rallycross – Short)
  • Iowa Speedway (Rallycross)
  • Lucas Oil Raceway (Rallycross)
  • Phoenix International Raceway – 2008 (Rallycross)

On the “Host A Race” page on the membersite, when a track with a Joker Lap (currently only Rallycross tracks) is selected, a new option for selecting the “Number of joker laps” is displayed. Additionally, Full Course Cautions and fast Tows are both completely disabled, and Standing Starts is mandatory.

Simulation
Headlights can no longer be disabled on Road courses at night.

The in-car slowdown penalty display now rounds up to the nearest tenth, so that “0.0” is never displayed for time remaining.

Dynamic Track
Improved the method for calculating simulated tire activity during track initialization.

Rendering
A new water shader has been implemented at Daytona circa 2007. This shader replaces the formerly static water effect with one which is reactive to the wind and uses current lighting techniques. Please look forward to this water shader seeping into other tracks later this season!

Audio
A new Ambient Volume slider can be found in the Options menu. This will control sounds like fireworks and jet fly-overs.

Fixed a bug that was causing backfires to emit at the wrong location when watching a replay. Backfires and shift sound emission should now also stick to the car, rather than Doppler shifting away when viewing from inside the cockpit.

Spotter
A brand new Spotter Pack, Cole Carter, the official spotter for Scott Speed, is now available in iRacing! This Spotter Pack is ready to assist in all types of racing, including all calls needed for Rallycross racing!

  • You may select which Spotter Pack iRacing uses in your Audio Options menu.

The default Aussie Spotter is ready to assist with Rallycross calls. Other Spotter Packs (except Cole Carter), are currently not setup to perform Rallycross calls.

Pit Crew
iRacing has now finished hiring and training a highly experienced and fully animated pit crew to service some cars and trucks!

  • NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado
  • NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra
  • NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS
  • NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion
  • NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry
  • NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado circa 2013
  • NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro
  • NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang
  • NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

This super-fast and hardworking team will jump into action whenever you’re pitting with one of the above vehicles on a track where that vehicle should be racing competitively.

War wagons for many stock cars have been updated! The war wagons should now have more detail, and randomly opened toolbox doors.

Opponent Cars
Opponent car spec data has been updated for ALL cars.

  • The results of this change may be visible on timed penalties (such as cutting corners). An accurate car spec is required to determine the amount of time gained by cutting a corner and hence the appropriate penalty.

Fixed an issue with the way some cars looked due to an error in weight distribution.

Paint Kit
Improved font handling when painting cars.

In-Sim Race Radio
Added the ability for the Sim to ask, within a radio script, whether or not the current session is either a Qualify Session or a Race Session (qual_or_race), or if the current event is a Heat Racing event (heats).

  • See the “readme.txt” file located in your My Documents/iRacing/scripts/radio/ directory for more information.

Changed the default “StartDriving.txt” and “StopDriving.txt” radio scripts to mute/unmute @ALLTEAMS if “qual_or_race” is true.

  • This change is ONLY applied if you do not have customized versions of these two radio scripts. If you have customized versions of these scripts, and wish to incorporate these changes, see the “readme.txt” file located in your My Documents/iRacing/scripts/radio/ directory for more information on how to use them. (You would basically add “if qual_or_race mute @allteams” to the “StartDriving.txt” file, and “if qual_or_race unmute @allteams” to the “StopDriving.txt” file.)

Controls
A gold hand brake overlay has been added over the normal red brake bars shown during calibration and when in or out of your car. This overlay will only be present for our brand new Rallycross cars: the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, and the VW Beetle GRC.

Virtual Reality
Fixed an issue where mirrors and environment maps were rendering with the incorrect cameras when Oculus Rift or Vive was active.

Telemetry
New live 360 Hz telemetry variables have been added:

  • VelocityX_ST
  • VelocityY_ST
  • VelocityZ_ST
  • LongAccel_ST
  • LatAccel_ST
  • VertAccel_ST
  • RollRate_ST
  • PitchRate_ST
  • YawRate_ST

More telemetry variables are now optionally available to output at 360 Hz to the “.ibt” file.

The iRacing telemetry now includes a “NumJokerLaps:” property under “WeekendOptions:” that indicates the number of required Joker laps that must be taken in any race session.

The iRacing telemetry now includes a “JokerLapsComplete:” property for each “- Position:”.

Fixed a bug in telemetry session string “CurDriverIncidentCount,” output.

Fixed a telemetry bug that caused DRS lights to track the last car to join the session.

iRacing Beta Interface
The iRacing Beta Interface, which includes the Time Attack race mode, has been updated.

The iRacing Downloader is now fully integrated and functional within the iRacing Beta Interface, and no longer needs to direct the user to the iRacing membersite via a web browser.

The “Recent Results” section of the iRacing Beta Interface is now fully functional! This section will display results of all kinds from the past 24 hours.

The “Sign Out” section that was in the bottom-left corner has returned to the top-right corner, and is now a dropdown menu.

The “My Content” section has been folded into a dropdown menu that appears when you click on your profile name box in the top left corner.

  • This section includes where you can view the Cars and Tracks you own, as well as your Racing Suit and Helmet.
  • Within the Cars and Suit & Helmet sections, you can also access the Paint Kit to customize each item.

You are able to create and join your own Hosted Sessions using the Heat Racing format!

  • This option is only available in the iRacing Beta Interface!
  • To setup your own Heat Race:
    Click on: “Go Racing”, then, “Create a Race”, then, in the “Set Race Options” section, for the “Event Type”, select “Heat Racing”. Then, select one of the different configurations in the dropdown and finally purchase your session and join!
  • Session time and price are calculated using the maximum possible value for the number of entrants, which would yield the maximum number of Heat sessions being run. Thus, the time is an estimated total of the time limits for each of the predicted sessions plus a small buffer to account for session transitions and gridding times.
  • The cost for purchasing a Hosted Heat Racing Session has a 25% discount in addition to any other bulk discounts you may already receive.

Style and Layout:

  • The side-bar action buttons under the “Go Racing” section for “Create a Race” and “Test Drive” are now toggleable, and can be managed in the “Settings” menu. They have been turned off by default.
  • Fixed an issue where some dropdown menus were dropping down behind other interface elements.
  • The gutter between items in the grid view has been reduced, leaving more space for text.
  • Overall style has been tweaked.

Sorting, Filtering, and Searching:

  • The term “Ranked” has been changed from a Tag into a Category for sorting and filtering.
  • When filtering or searching, if no results are found, the “No Results Bar” should now always appear.
  • The default “no results” text has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue with sorting cars and tracks. This should now work properly.
  • Both the “My Cars” and “My Tracks” sections should now sort items by “Name” by default.
  • Both the “My Cars” and “My Tracks” sections should no longer show Unowned content.
  • The Store should no longer show Owned content.
  • The method for determining if you own a piece of content has been improved.

Favorites:

  • The toggle for Favorites should now work again for all Car and Track lists.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with the Favorite Star when selecting a car or track.

Official Series:

  • Now, up to 10 sessions will be displayed for Official Sessions.

Creating a Session:

  • In the Create a Race modal, selecting a different Race Server now updates the server name.
  • In the Create a Race modal, the purchase cost amount should always be correctly displayed.
  • In the Create a Race modal, the “Track State: Rubber % Slider” has been fixed.

Joining a Session:

  • The modal for joining a Hosted Session now displays the currently Registered Drivers.
  • Fixed some issues with the Weather Card when viewing the information for a User-Created Session.

Sporting Code
Some additional information has been added to the Time Attack section.
The term “Ranked” will now pertain to Official iRacing Sessions in which a participant’s iRating and Safety Rating will be affected.

CARS:
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Season setups have been updated.

Dallara DW12
Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Midget
NEW CAR!

The Dirt Midget has been added to the iRacing virtual garage!

  • This vehicle is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
  • Originating in the United States in the 1930s and now raced on a global scale, the Midget cars are an incredibly fun spectacle to witness. These cars appear very small but pack a huge power-to-weight ratio and typically run four-cylinder engines. The cars feature a handful of safety features including their own roll cages due to the dangerous nature of their power. The small vehicles weigh in around only 900 pounds but carry engines capable of 300 to 400 horsepower. Often used as a stepping stone to high profile divisions, Dirt Midget races can often feature drivers of high notoriety such as Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, and others. Arguably the most famous Dirt Midget event, the Chili Bowl takes place in early January at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dirt Sprint Car
(ALL) – Aero sensitivity to top wing angle and position has been adjusted.
(ALL) – Adjusted suspension geometry to promote more realistic body pitch / roll motion.
(ALL) – Legal CW limits are now bound between 42% and 49% in the garage.
(ALL) – Season setups have been updated.

Dirt Sprint Car Non-Winged
(ALL) – Adjusted suspension geometry to promote more realistic body pitch / roll motion.
(ALL) – Legal CW limits are now bound between 42% and 49% in the garage.
(ALL) – Season setups have been updated.

Dirt U.M.P. Modified
Fixed an issue where the brake bias adjustment knob was rotating on opponent cars.
Season setups have been updated.

Ferrari 488 GTE
Pit scripts have been updated so re-fueling and tire changes take place simultaneously per expected WEC sporting regulations for the 2018-2019 season.

Ford Fiesta RS WRC
NEW CAR!

The Ford Fiesta RS WRC has been added to the iRacing roster of vehicles!

  • This vehicle is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
  • The ability to go 0-60mph in under 2 seconds is a phenomenal feat. Probably not a feat you would expect your friendly neighborhood Ford Fiesta to achieve. But take that Fiesta and pack it with a 600-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine powering all four wheels and that is exactly the kind of acceleration you get. Rallycross cars are little beasts unlike any other vehicle, and the Ford Fiesta RS WRC is no exception. Driven by Steve Arpin in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, this vehicle transitions from dirt to asphalt and back to dirt seamlessly.

Ford GT – 2017
Pit scripts have been updated so re-fueling and tire changes take place simultaneously per expected WEC sporting regulations for the 2018-2019 season.

Updates to ensure the rear tires will spin at launch when launch and traction control are disabled.

Formula Renault 2.0
Tire damping has been increased.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3
The windshield banner is now part of the body texture, and should be editable by the user.

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado & Toyota Tundra
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Fixed an issue with cockpit windshield reflections.

Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Fixed an issue with Left-Front toe range.

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Nationwide Chevrolet Impala circa 2011
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Fixed an issue with chrome on the chassis and windshield.

Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet Impala COT circa 2013
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado circa 2013
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Toyota Camry
Intensive vehicle updates including:

  • Tire updates.
  • Suspension adjustments for better height control.
  • Additional shock damping.
  • Aerodynamics updates.

Season setups have been updated.

Super Late Model
Season setups have been updated.

VW Beetle GRC
NEW CAR!

The VW Beetle GRC has been added to the iRacing roster of vehicles!

  • This vehicle is FREE for all iracing.com Members!
  • A little buggy that packs a big punch, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC crosses asphalt and gravel effortlessly with its turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Championed by Red Bull Global Rallycross driver Scott Speed, his 560-horsepower machine has proven to be a formidable powerhouse, winning three championship titles in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). The all wheel drive Beetle can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just two seconds, meaning you’ll be putting the transversally mounted, six-speed racing gear box to good use right off the starting grid. This Volkswagen Beetle GRC features a retro form that pays homage to the original Volkswagen Type 1, the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

TRACKS:
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Auto Club Speedway
(Oval) – Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
(Oval) – Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Adjusted Pit and Grid stalls as follows:

  • (Classic Pits) – Pit Stalls = 37
  • (Classic Pits) – Grid Stalls = 60
  • (Endurance) – Pit Stalls = 60
  • (Endurance) – Grid Stalls = 60
  • (Grand Prix Pits) – Pit Stalls = 42
  • (Grand Prix Pits) – Grid Stalls = 60

Concord Speedway
Fixed an intermittent crashing error at this track.

Daytona circa 2007
NEW TRACK CONFIGURATIONS!

  • A new Rallycross configuration (Rallycross – Long) has been added to this track!
  • A new Rallycross configuration (Rallycross – Short) has been added to this track!
  • All members own this track by default, and these new configurations are now available for use.

Dover International Speedway
Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Iowa Speedway
NEW TRACK CONFIGURATION!

  • A new Rallycross configuration has been added to this track!
  • A member who already owns or purchases this track gains access to this new configuration.

Kansas Speedway
Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Knoxville Raceway
NEW TRACK!

  • Knoxville Raceway has been added to the digital landscape of iRacing!
  • This track is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store.
  • Located at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa, USA, this half-mile dirt oval raceway is revered as the “Sprint Car Capital of the World”. Every August the Knoxville Nationals, the paramount sprint car event in the United States, is held at Knoxville Raceway. The event takes place over two days and now features a nearly one-million-dollar prize purse. The track was originally built in the late 1800s as a horse racing venue and has progressed from racing stock cars to modifieds to supermodifieds to its current sprint cars.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
(Oval) – Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Lucas Oil Raceway
NEW TRACK CONFIGURATION!

  • A new Rallycross configuration has been added to this track!
  • A member who already owns or purchases this track gains access to this new configuration.

Michigan International Speedway
Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Phoenix International Raceway – 2008
NEW TRACK CONFIGURATION!

  • A new Rallycross configuration has been added to this track!
  • All members own this track by default, and this new configuration is now available for use.

Pocono Raceway
(Oval) – Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Richmond International Raceway
Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Texas Motor Speedway
(Oval) – Track settings have been adjusted to better correlate to real world lap times.

Published in Sim Racing News
Friday, 07 April 2017 22:15

Iracing:2017 Season 2 Build 2

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iRacing Dirt Late Model Photo

 

iRacing  released there 2017 Season 2 Patch 2 which includes the first part of the highly anticipated Dirt related content for the online racing service.

Today iRacing published the release notes for the new build and with it confirmed that there will be seven new cars and 4 new tracks available. Besides the six first Dirt racing vehicles, iRacing also deployed a brand new 3D model in the form of the 2018 NASCAR Toyota Racing Camry.

As usual, this update patch also features a list of fixes and improvements covering various parts of the racing simulator. For more details, check out the full changelog below.

 


New Cars

  • Dirt Late Model
  • Dirt Sprint Car
  • Dirt Legends Ford ’34 Coupe
  • Dirt Street Stock
  • NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra
  • NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado
  • NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry (New 3D model)

 New Tracks

  • Williams Grove Speedway
  • Volusia Speedway Park
  • Eldora Speedway
  • USA International Speedway

iRacing NASCAR Toyota Camry 2018

Changelog:

Website

  • Fixed the “Featured Answers” section of the Support page.

SIM

  • Fixed a bug where newly created lap files for this season would not show up in the comparison lap file selection dialog.
  • The “reduceFrameRateWhenFocusLost” and “muteWhenFocusLost” settings in the “app.ini” file have been renamed by placing an “_” before “WhenFocusLost” in their names, and both settings now defaulted to 0. This means that when another program, or Windows itself, pops-up a notification while the Simulation is running, the Simulation will no longer reduce its drawing to a very low frame rate, or mute its sounds.

Dirt

  • Dirt is finally here!
  • Dirt race tracks are incredibly dynamic puzzles, changing their surfaces every lap as cars skid, scrape, and push dirt around. All these particles and the fluid nature of the track surface demanded a new particle code system, an artistic overhaul, and realistic audio to cover the vast range of variations these tracks present. We’ve implemented methods to cover the full range of wet to dry dirt, and the full spectrum of densities racing dirt presents including hardpan, loose, compact, and prepared racing surfaces. Finally, we’ve also designed the track surface itself to function like dirt racers can expect, whether it is pushing the cushion, gaining grip in certain areas, or forming a blue groove. Up and down the circuit, the vastly complex and seamlessly layered combination of track conditions creates an exhilarating experience.
  • The particles, tires, and surface sounds are dynamically updated using hundreds of debris sounds and scores of tire rolling and skid sounds. These are dynamically adjusted to cover the full range of track conditions to reflect the wetness or dryness of the dirt and to let you know when you’re driving on any combination of hardpan, compact, or loose dirt. We even hurled dirt at helmet visors to get the recordings we required!
  • For the initial dirt release, it is best not to run non-dirt cars at the dirt tracks. This is for a couple of reasons. One, most of the non-dirt cars have slick tires, which do not work well at all on the dirt surface. Two, some of the cars are not yet updated to check for the new dirt track types and will fail to load at the dirt tracks. We’ll work to rectify the failure of cars to load, but it is not likely that you will be wanting to drive cars with slicks at a dirt track anytime soon. Dirt tires are significantly softer and have much more tread pattern than even a normal passenger car tire. So even cars with treaded tires (e.g. the Skip Barber car) do not work well on dirt. Finally, most of the dirt cars allow much lower tire pressures than the pavement cars, which additionally helps them to work. – – So if you would like to try dirt track oval racing, please try it in a dirt track car! The new Dirt Legends car and the Dirt Street Stock are available to all, as is USA Speedway, newly covered with dirt.
  • A brand new Pace Truck has been built and hired to manage all races at dirt ovals to create a more authentic safety vehicle experience at these tracks.
  • Due to the intense nature of the graphics needed for Dirt Racing, it is recommended that you keep “Render Dynamic Track Changes” enabled, and have your “Shader Quality” set to Medium or above, otherwise you will get a notification warning you about your experience.

Spotters

  • Fixed an issue that would have left your computerized spotter disabled if a teammate left the server while they had indicated that they were acting as your live spotter.

GT3

  • GT3 cars are now less sensitive to drafting – you will need to be closer to other cars to feel the effect.

Time Trials

  • Time Trial sessions will now use the same Time Of Day as is used in the other session types in a given series that uses Dynamic Weather, even though the rest of the Time Trial weather settings will be set to the iRacing default weather.

CARS:

Aston Martin DBR9 GT1

  • Updated tires to have a faster response to steering inputs and lower slip angles for peak grip. This should achieve a combination of good responsiveness and the ability to identify peak grip without taking away too much over-the-limit forgiveness.
  • Updated the LeMans aero package: a Rearward shift in the center of pressure that produces better balance in mid-to-high speed corners.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: This car now has less aerodynamic understeer, and the rear wing is more effective at tuning both downforce and aerodynamic balance.

BMW Z4 GT3

  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Increased engine torque by 1%.
  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Re-tuned straight line speed to match performance from before the tire construction and compound changes.

Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1

  • Updated tires to have a faster response to steering inputs and lower slip angles for peak grip. This should achieve a combination of good responsiveness and the ability to identify peak grip without taking away too much over-the-limit forgiveness.
  • Updated the LeMans aero package: a Rearward shift in the center of pressure that produces better balance in mid-to-high speed corners.

Dirt Late Model

  • NEW CAR! – – As with their pavement racing counterparts (with which they share little beyond their generic name), Late Models are among the most sophisticated and popular classes of race cars on the dirt tracks of North America and Australia. “Classes” is the key term, as there is a category of dirt Late Models – Limited, Pro, and Super – for nearly every level of experience and budget. – – There are several classes of this vehicle available, all of which are included when purchasing this new vehicle.
  • The classes are: – – – Limited Dirt Late Model (350 C.I.D. engine) – – – Pro Dirt Late Model (358 C.I.D. engine) – – – Super Dirt Late Model (438 C.I.D. engine)

Dirt Legends Ford ’34 Coupe

  • NEW CAR! Free addition for all Members! – – Our original Legends car, geared up for the dirt tracks! – – This dirt version of the Legends car is included as part of the free Legends ’34 Ford Coupe package.

Dirt Sprint Car

  • NEW CAR! – – Nothing better epitomizes grassroots American racing than a Winged Sprint Car slinging dirt on one of the scores of 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and mile dirt ovals dotting the countryside. The Sprint Car’s iconic roller skate shape hearkens to an era when the likes of Bill Vukovich, Jimmy Bryan, and Parnelli Jones scratched and clawed their ways from the short tracks of America to a front-row seat in the Indianapolis 500. More recently, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson have used Sprint Cars as a stepping stone to NASCAR even as the likes of Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Donnie Schatz, Joey Saldana, Bryan Clauson, and Levi Jones have fashioned good (if hard-earned) livings racing World of Outlaws and United States Auto Club Sprint Cars three, four, and five nights a week while their counterparts compete in Canada and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. – – There are several classes of this vehicle available, all of which are included when purchasing this new vehicle.
  • The classes are: – – – Dirt Sprint Car – 305 C.I.D. engine – – – Dirt Sprint Car – 360 C.I.D. engine – – – Dirt Sprint Car – 410 C.I.D. engine

Dirt Street Stock

  • NEW CAR! Free addition for all Members! – – Our original Street Stock, geared up for the dirt tracks! – – This dirt version of the Street Stock car is included as part of the free Street Stock package.

Ford Falcon FG V8

  • The drivetrain stiffnesses and damping values have been reverted to those used before the 2017 Season 2 Patch 1 release. This adjustment is aimed at reducing rear axle tramp.

Ford GT GT3

  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Fuel consumption has been adjusted.

Holden Commodore VF V8

  • The drivetrain stiffnesses and damping values have been reverted to those used before the 2017 Season 2 Patch 1 release. This adjustment is aimed at reducing rear axle tramp.

HPD ARX-01c

  • Bug fix for Tech in the Garage: Ride heights are now displayed at the rear left and rear right corners instead of along the longitudinal centerline of the car. This ensures that if the car fails Tech because the rear left or rear right ride heights are illegal, it will be highlighted in the Garage screen. – – All iRacing HPD setups now pass Tech.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Anti-roll bars are stiffer at both ends in an effort to make handling more benign.
  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: This car now has less aerodynamic understeer, and the rear wing is more effective at tuning both downforce and aerodynamic balance.
  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Re-tuned straight line speed to match performance from before the tire construction and compound changes.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Re-tuned straight line speed to match performance from before the tire construction and compound changes.
  • GT3 BoP Adjustment: Fuel consumption has been adjusted.

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado

  • NEW DIRT MODEL! Free addition for all Members who already own this vehicle! – – Our original Silverado truck, geared up for the dirt tracks! – – The dirt model of this vehicle will now be automatically used whenever paired with a dirt track. The dirt version of the Silverado is included in the Silverado truck package.

NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra

  • NEW DIRT MODEL! Free addition for all Members who already own this vehicle! – – Our original Tundra truck, geared up for the dirt tracks! – – The dirt model of this vehicle will now be automatically used whenever paired with a dirt track. The dirt version of the Tundra is included in the Tundra truck package.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS

  • Updated aero, suspension, and garage setup range for the 2017 season.
  • Track-specific vehicle setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion

  • Updated aero, suspension, and garage setup range for the 2017 season.
  • Track-specific vehicle setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry

  • This vehicle has been updated with a brand new 3D model.
  • Updated aero, suspension, and garage setup range for the 2017 season.
  • Track-specific vehicle setups have been updated.

TRACKS:
Eldora Speedway

  • NEW TRACK! – – Both by geography and history, Eldora Speedway stands at the epicenter of dirt track racing. Situated in what was once an Ohio cornfield near the Indiana state line, the half-mile clay oval lies in the very heart of the Midwest’s roaring racing scene. And as host to some of the biggest events on the short track racing calendar annually – events that have attracted the top names in American racing for more than half a century – Eldora can rightly bill itself as ‘The World’s Greatest Dirt Track.’

USA International Speedway

  • A NEW DIRT CONFIGURATION HAS BEEN ADDED! Free addition for all Members! – – While the real USA International was a super quick, three-quarter-mile paved oval, thanks to iRacing’s talented artists and software engineers, iRacers (and only iRacers) can now race on a virtual dirt version of the Lakeland, FL track. With its long straights and tight but steeply banked turns, USA International requires both a strong engine and a finely-tuned chassis and poses a stern test of Sim racers’ ability to wheel their dirt cars around a lightning quick oval.

Volusia Speedway Park

  • NEW TRACK! – – Known as ‘The Fastest Half Mile in the World,’ Volusia Speedway Park is a favorite stop on both the World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series calendars, as well as home to the Annual Powell Memorial for Late Models and The Iron Man 100 for V8 Thunderstocks.

Williams Grove Speedway

  • NEW TRACK! – – Hearkening back to an era when America’s dirt tracks were as much a part of county fairs and amusement parks as peanuts and cotton candy, Williams Grove Speedway is located in south central Pennsylvania adjacent to the amusement park established by the Williams family in the 1850s. It was not until the late 1930s, however, that Emmett Shelley convinced the owners of Williams Grove Park to build a speedway across the street, a half-mile dirt track that has since become inextricably woven into the DNA of American racing.

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Published in Sim Racing News
Monday, 13 March 2017 22:05

Iracing:2017 Season 2

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Improvements and upgrades galore with this new season release.

Some highlights include:
• The Bullring
• Selectable pace cars
• Expanded hand-over-hand driver animations
• Dynamic headset audio for virtual reality
• McLaren MP4-30 MGU-K Optimized deployment strategy
• Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari frame rate improvements
• Extensive vehicle tire changes
• Engine sound updates
• 32-bit and DirectX 9 versions of the iRacing software are officially removed

Full details on this release are below.

Have fun out on the track!

CHANGE LOG:

Simulation

– 32-bit versions of Windows, and running the 32-bit version of the simulation, has been unsupported by iRacing for some time now. As of this build, we have removed the 32-bit versions of the Simulation and other software from our distribution. You will no longer be able to install or run iRacing on 32-bit versions of Windows.

– DirectX 9 support within the Simulation has been deprecated for some time now. As of this build, we have removed the DirectX 9 versions of the Simulation from our distribution. We now only support DirectX 11.

– – The removal of the DirectX 9 version of the Sim will also now make the Sim incompatible with Wine software that allows the Sim to run on Mac OSX and Linux machines. However, you can continue to use your Mac computer to run the Sim using Apple’s Boot Camp utility and install a 64-bit version of Windows.

Control

– Speed up release of automatic parking assist brake when using a lot of throttle, to eliminate momentary brake drag when launching a car.

Dynamic Track

– Updated the mip mapping on marbles textures.

Rendering

– A new graphics option to adjust Sharpening Strength has been added to the .ini file. This is very helpful for Virtual Reality users, as it enhances edges and reduces blurriness.

– A new graphics option to enable Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA) has been added to the .ini file. This enhances anti-aliasing and makes pixels forming the edges of objects on the screen transition smoother between each other.

– In the Graphics Options screen, the text color of all post-processing effects that require a Sim restart to function has been changed. An asterisk explaining this has also been added.

– Enabled the super-high resolution screen-shot functionality using DirectX 11.

– The Ghost Car should now be less opaque the closer it is to you.

– Fixed a crash caused by headlight textures when Particle Detail was set to Low.

– Fixed an issue with heat haze and screen resolution.

– Fixed an issue with the Matte-Chrome settings for rims using PBR Shaders.

– Fixed an issue with night shadows being darker than intended and for shadows on self-lit geometry.

PopcornFX

– Particle debris performance has been improved.

– Fixed an issue where particles could be seen coming into the cockpit through the car body.

Animation

– Driver arms now interpolate better in slow-mo, so steering animations will no longer appear choppy in slow motion.

– Hand-over-hand animations have been added or updated on the following vehicles:

– – Aston Martin DBR9 GT1

– – Audi Quattro GTO

– – Audi R8 LMS GT3

– – Cadillac CTS-V Racecar

– – Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT

– – Chevrolet Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype

– – Dallara DW12

– – Ford Falcon FG V8

– – Formula Renault 2.0

– – Holden Commodore VF V8

– – HPD ARX-01c

– – Mercedes-AMG GT3

– – NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala

– – NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro

– – NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang

– – NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

– – Nissan GTP ZXT

– – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991)

– – Ruf RT 12R

Pace Car

– Safety cars may now be selected for hosted sessions!

– – A drop-down labeled “Safety Car” has been added to the “Optional Settings” section of the hosted session setup.

– – The default selection is always “Default” which means the current safety car for the track type is used (Mustang for Ovals, Ruf RT 12R for Road).

– – The available safety cars can change depending on the type of track selected.

Driver

– Filth threshold for triggering an automatic visor tear-off has been reduced.

Spotter

– Two new Indycar spotter packs have been included in this build:

– – Chris Wheeler – Chris has been on the spotter stand for over 10 years and currently is the eye in the sky for Indycar racer Sebastien Bourdais.

– – Darren Manning – Darren is an English racer who formerly raced Indycar for Chip Ganassi Racing.

– Fixed an issue with the toggling of the spotter calling out lap times.

Replay

– A camera cut is now forced when switching between any cameras during a slow motion replay.

Virtual Reality

– The sound system is now aware of VR headset movement, and will now move and rotate the sounds to match your movements.

– – There is a UI option to enable/disable headset audio rotation. By default this setting is on, for headphone support. But if you use external speakers (such as a surround sound system) with your VR headset you should turn this setting off.

– The VR mirror output (Rift/Vive) now zooms to fill the entire window, rather than black boxing the image.

Clubs

– Club Canada logos updated.

– Club Michigan logos updated.

Peripherals

– Rearranged how we initialize force feedback devices.

CARS:

Aston Martin DBR9 GT1

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tires to reflect GT3 development, and are aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses also updated to better match real life data.

Audi Quattro GTO

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

– New drivetrain, transmission, gear shift, and brake sounds have been added.

BMW Z4 GT3

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

– New drivetrain, transmission, gear shift, and compressor sounds have been added.

– Rear brake and tail lights now display properly at night tracks.

Cadillac CTS-V Racecar

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Also tried to reign performance levels back down to more realistic levels (~2 seconds slower over a 1:20 lap) without compromising feel. Driver aids (ABS and traction control, if applicable) were re-calibrated to suit the tires. Drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses also updated to be more realistic.

– This car has been converted to use PBR shaders.

Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tires to reflect GT3 development, and are aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses also updated to better match real life data.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Also changed drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses.

– Fixed a bug with the rotation of the brake bias knob in opponent cars.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

– Season setups have been updated.

– This car has been converted to use PBR shaders.

Dallara DW12

– Season setups have been updated.

Ford Falcon FG V8

– Improved drivetrain, transmission, and idle noises.

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Audio mix for engine and transmission sounds has been improved.

– Fixed an issue where the rotor glow was displaying incorrectly at various speeds.

Ford GT

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel.

– Tires have been converted to use PBR shaders.

– New gear shift sounds have been added.

– Improved engine and transmission audio mix.

– This car in the Paint Kit UI should now display tires properly.

Ford GT GT3

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

– New gear shift sounds have been added.

– Improved engine and transmission audio mix.

– This car in the Paint Kit UI should now display tires properly.

Ford Mustang FR500S

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

Formula Renault 2.0

– Modified drivetrain inertia and stiffness properties to address downshift issues.

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

Holden Commodore VF V8

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Improved drivetrain, transmission, and idle noises.

– Fixed an issue where the rotor glow was displaying incorrectly at various speeds.

HPD ARX-01c

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Also changed drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses.

Kia Optima

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Also tried to reign performance levels back down to more realistic levels (~2 seconds slower over a 1:20 lap) without compromising feel. ABS was re-calibrated to suit the tires. Drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses also updated to be more realistic.

Mazda MX-5 Cup circa 2015

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

– Tires have been converted to use PBR shaders.

Mazda MX-5 Roadster circa 2015

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

– Season setups have been updated.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

– Audio mix for engine sounds has been improved.

McLaren MP4-30

– The MGU-K deployment has been updated. “Adaptive” mode has been replaced by “Optimized” mode. Our first implementation of an Optimized deployment strategy is speed dependent. Below a set speed, a constant, low speed deployment value is used. Above that speed, a constant, high speed deployment value is used. The low speed deployment, transition speed, and high speed deployment are set by the user (either in the Garage or via the F8 Black Box). High speed deployment and transition speed may be mapped in the Controls section of the Options screen.

– – Please also note that we are working on our next iteration of Optimized deployment, which will take into account the car’s position on the racetrack.

– Updated the trigger for the rain light flashing when MGU-K deployment suddenly drops. The light will now flash whenever deployment drops by at least 80 kW while at full throttle (and not on the rev limiter.).

Mercedes-AMG GT3

– Season setups have been updated.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

– Improved engine sounds at lower RPM ranges.

Modified – SK

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado

– Season setups have been updated.

– Engine sounds and tire volume levels have been improved.

NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra

– Season setups have been updated.

– Engine sounds and tire volume levels have been improved.

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala

– Season setups have been updated.

– This car now uses PBR shaders.

NASCAR Nationwide Chevrolet Impala circa 2011

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS

– Visually updated to match NASCAR’s 2017 ruleset.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Fusion

– Visually updated to match NASCAR’s 2017 ruleset.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Camry

– Visually updated to match NASCAR’s 2017 ruleset. The car body is still the 2016 version; the 2017 body style is a work in progress.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado circa 2013

– Season setups have been updated.

– Engine sounds and tire volume levels have been improved.

NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro

– Season setups have been updated.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang

– Season setups have been updated.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

– Season setups have been updated.

– Contingency decals updated to meet the 2017 NASCAR season.

Pontiac Solstice

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

Riley MkXX Daytona Prototype

– Season setups have been updated.

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better over-the-limit feel. Also changed drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses.

Ruf RT 12R C-Spec

– Tires updated to match the Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup. Drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses also updated.

Ruf RT 12R Track

– Updated drivetrain inertias and stiffnesses to improve responsiveness of the engines when blipping out of gear, and show some oscillation when shifting gears.

– Significant update to tire construction and compound. Setups will need to be updated both to pass tech and to extract performance from each car. We think this is a big step forward in over-the-limit feel of the tires, but are aware of the risk that the GT3 BoP will be upset. We will be looking to you for help in ensuring a good BoP for the race season ahead.

Sprint Car

– Season setups have been updated.

Street Stock

– Season setups have been updated.

– Slipstream drag reduction has been reduced slightly.

Super Late Model

– Season setups have been updated.

VW Jetta TDI Cup

– Updated tire construction and compound aimed at better feel throughout the slip range.

TRACKS:

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari

– Art updates have been made with a focus on improving performance, especially at Rivazza and Piratella.

– Caution lights are now functional.

The Bullring

– NEW TRACK!

– – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is racing’s answer to truth in advertising. Located a stone’s throw away from the big 1.5 mile superspeedway that hosts NASCAR’s big three national touring championships each year, The Bullring is an asphalt oval that’s short on distance (3/8 of a mile) and long on action.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

– (Road Course) – Several cones have been added to the apron areas to discourage driving there.

Daytona International Speedway

– (Road Course) – Several cones have been added to the apron areas to discourage driving there.

Sebring International Raceway

– Fixed an issue where cars sometimes appeared to float at certain areas on this track.

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Published in Sim Racing News
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:56

IRacing:2017 Season 1

iRacing 2017 Build 2

Welcome to iRacing 2017 Season 1!

This season release includes a host of updates and balance tweaks.

Some highlights include:
• World State Triple Buffering that should eliminate some framerate choppiness
• Replays can record voice chat
• Heat haze effect
• Animated support characters
• Additional spotter commands
• Visor tear-offs
• Hand-over-hand steering for some vehicles
• Telemetry upgrades
• New V8 Supercar tires
• New peripheral lighting functionality

Full details on the release are below.

For an in-depth description of what’s coming to iRacing in the near future, check out this post from Tony Gardner:
http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3510448.page

Have fun out on the track!

CHANGE LOG:

Website

– Added some more pre-race information for drivers in the Drivers’ Meeting pre-race page.

– The Sporting Code URL has been updated.

– Fixed an error on the What’s Hot page that mistakenly showed Time Trial Sessions.

– Fixed navigation of the Quick Start Guide to allow smooth navigation transitions when viewing it after the initial required time.

Simulation

– Several settings for an upcoming feature named “Browser Mode” have been added to the “app.ini” file. These additional settings will be fully described when Browser Mode is released, and have no effect at this time.

Loading

– Track loading has been restructured to reduce the peak memory usage of the Simulator.

Race Control

– Fixed a bug where cutting a course to take the checkered flag would not properly award the black flag penalty due to scoring being finalized on the car before the cut course penalty was processed.

Dynamic Track

– The marbles texture has been updated to provide more accurate information on marble density.

– Fixed an issue that could allow the server to create track dust when processing client updates.

World State Triple Buffering

– This upgrade fundamentally alters some aspects of how the Sim’s “realtime”/”BG” thread (the one that keeps the world moving) and the Sim’s “drawing”/”FG” thread (the one that paints the frames) interact with each other. Virtually every UI widget, including the “3D world” widget, uses data from the realtime world to determine what should be drawn. How this data is safely copied for the FG to draw a frame so that it doesn’t get confused should the realtime world “wake up” and start advancing the world is now different.

– Previously, the FG would lock-out the BG, make its copy, enable the BG, and then draw its frame. The main problem with this method is that if the BG is in the middle of updating the world when the FG is ready to start a new frame, that “lock-out” must wait until the BG finishes updating the world. Only then can the FG make its copy. But that means the FG gets stalled, preventing it from drawing frames until that world update finishes. The lower-end your machine, or the more complex the world update (mostly the more cars in the session), the longer it takes the BG to finish its world update, and the more likely the FG will get stalled, and the lengthier the stall is likely to be, leading to choppiness in the frame rate.

– With the new method, the “copied” state information the FG uses to draw is instead generated by the BG itself when it finishes updating the world. And to keep the BG from overwriting the state the FG is currently using to draw a frame, that copied state information is triple-buffered (in fact, some things use triple-, some use quad-, and some use quintuple-buffering, depending on their needs). The mechanism that the FG and BG use to not step on each other’s toes is now “lockless” – meaning that neither thread “locks-out” the other thread in the normal course of business.

DirectX 9

– Our support for the DirectX 9 version of the Simulation has essentially ended. New features, such as the graphical enhancements that are part of dirt track racing, will only be implemented in the DirectX 11 version of the Sim. We will stop shipping a DX9 version of the Sim soon. If you are having issues running the DX11 version of the Sim, please work with our support team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to resolve them.

DirectX 11

– Improved Alt+Enter so that it now attempts to transition back to the original full-screen monitor and original full-screen mode instead of transitioning to a screen mode on the monitor where the window is located when Alt+Enter is used.

– Fixed several bugs with Low Res. particles for multi-views.

– Fixed an issue where high detail mirrors at night tracks could cause the car reflections in the mirror to render without car paint and with missing polygons.

Weather

– A heat haze effect has been added to the environment. This effect aims to create the appearance of “heat shimmer”, a visible distortion in the air. This effect is tied into the ambient and track temperatures. This effect can be toggled on or off in Graphics options.

Driver

– Visor tear-offs have been added to all drivers of vehicles that do not have a windshield.
– – The default manual control for performing a visor tear-off is Alt+T.
– – Automatic visor tear-offs can be toggled on or off in the Options menu, and will occur when the helmet visor becomes excessively dirty.

– A first-pass of the hand-over-hand steering animation has been added to some vehicles. The list of vehicles includes:
– – Global Mazda MX-5 Cup
– – Legends Ford ’34 Coupe
– – McLaren MP4-30
– – NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado
– – NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra
– – NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS
– – NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Fusion
– – NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Camry
– – Street Stock

Spotter

– Two new options have been added to the “[SPCC]” section of the “app.ini” file that let you control how the default spotter behaves when you also have a live spotter spotting for you:
– – reduceVerbosityIfLive=1 ; Reduce the spotter’s chattiness if you also have a live spotter spotting for you.
– – muteSpotterIfLive=1 ; Mute your spotter if you also have a live spotter spotting for you.

Pit

– Pit team support members that are behind the wall are now animated for the player’s car (or focus car). These characters can be seen providing support and managing the team from behind the pit wall.
– – The “Pit Object Detail” setting in the Graphics Options menu works as follows for animated support characters:
– – – High = Fully animated pit crew characters (currently only pit support crew members)
– – – Medium = Static pit crew characters
– – – Low = No pit crew characters are displayed, only pit box objects
– – – Off = Nothing at all

– Many cars have stacks of tires which appear near their pit stall, placed among their other pit apparatus. These stacks were generalized and shared amongst all cars. Now, each car should have an accurate stack of tires which is appropriate to that car.

Pace Car

– The pace car has transformed from a Ford Mustang FR500S into a Ruf RT 12R.

– The official iRacing skin has returned to the pace car.

Replay

– All voice chat that you send or receive is now saved to the replay. To review it, activate the new “Replay Chat Review” control in the replay controls area on the Session screen. While active, you may continue to use the transmitter on your radio to talk, but the scanner part of your radio becomes disconnected from the radio’s speaker. Instead, the radio’s speaker is connected to the replay, and the voice chat that you hear, along with the notification of who is speaking and on what channel, comes from the replay. However, the scanner is still active, and any received messages continue to be saved to the replay.
– – The Radio black box (F10) will also indicate that your scanner has been disconnected from the speaker by flashing the SCANNER title, and graying-out all the radio channel names. Though when watching a saved replay, or watching the replay after the server disconnects you at the end of the session, the F10 black box is not changed in this way.
– – Voice chat review mode is automatically set to “ON” when you load a saved replay, and it is automatically set to “OFF” when you join a session. It is automatically set to “OFF” when you get into your car or when you begin “Spotting for team”.
– – The Options/Replay settings page in the Sim can be used to adjust which radio channels have their communications saved into the replay. By default, voice chat on all radio channels is saved to the replay. You can select to exclude communications on any custom channels you add to your radio. You can also select to exclude custom channels plus the @TEAM channel. Or you can select to disable saving any voice chat to the replay. Changing this selection takes effect without restarting the simulation, but will not erase any voice chat already saved in the replay, or cause prior messages that were not recorded earlier to be added to the replay.
– – – Remember, these settings only affect what gets saved to your own replay. They do not impact whether what you say gets saved to replays by anyone else in the session.

Video Capture

– The video capture API has been updated to work around an NVidia driver issue.
– – This should fix the issue where videos are coming out black using the most recent NVidia drivers.

Telemetry

– New telemetry variables, “PlayerTrackSurfaceMaterial” and “CarIdxTrackSurfaceMaterial” are now available that indicate what type of surface is under the car (concrete, sand, grass, etc.). Surface materials are defined in new “irsdk_TrkSurf enum.” This is measured relative to the center of the car, just as with the “PlayerTrackSurface enum” that indicates how the surface is scored (race, pit, offtrack, etc.).

– New telemetry variables, “TireLF_RumblePitch”, “TireLR_RumblePitch”, “TireRF_RumblePitch”, and “TireRR_RumblePitch” are now available. These represent the pitch in Hz produced by the tire going over a rumble strip, or 0 if the tire is currently not on a rumble strip.

– A new telemetry variable, “PushToPass” has been added which reports the state of the Push to Pass button.

– A new telemetry variable, “dcMGUKDeployModeToggle” has been added that indicates if the in-car MGU-K deploy mode is set to fixed(0) or adaptive(1).

– New 360 Hz telemetry output has been implemented!
– – 360 Hz telemetry logging is disabled by default. The option for enabling 360 Hz telemetry logging has been added to the “app.ini” file here:
– – – [misc] irsdkLog360Hz=0 ; 0 = 360 Hz logging is disabled, 1 = 360 Hz logging is enabled.
– – The XXshockDefl, XXshockVel and SteeringWheelTorque variables will now log out at 360 Hz, if enabled.
– – 3 new (memory mapped file) variables have also been added that always log at the rate of 360 Hz, but not to disk. This is for use by motion platforms and base shaker plugins:
– – – XXshockDefl_ST = Shock Position
– – – XXshockVel_ST = Shock Velocity
– – – SteeringWheelTorque_ST = Steering Wheel Torque
– – This data is output as a 6 element array, with a new flag variable header indicating that ist should be treated as a subdivision of time. You will need a new version of the ATLAS plugin to properly view the data, however the old plugin, and any older telemetry tool, should continue to read the data just fine.

– A new McLaren ATLAS importer version 1.05 is available for download from the member site. This adds some new unit conversion parameters and adds support for properly viewing 360 Hz telemetry.

EasyAntiCheat

– This build uses an updated version of EasyAntiCheat that should reduce the likelihood of encountering EAC alerts that are caused by internet infrastructure issues.

Peripherals

– Support has been added for controlling backlights of all Razer devices, Logitech mice, and single color keyboards. Code has been added to indicate the current flag.

– Added several new options the [External Displays] section of the “app.ini” file:
– – enableLEDFlags=1, Set to 0 to turn off LED backlight flags animations.
– – enableLEDShiftLights=1, Set to 0 to turn off LED backlight shift indicator animations.
– – enableLEDHotKeys=1, Set to 0 to turn off LED backlight hotkey indicators.
– – colorLEDHotKeysByType=1, Set to 0 to set all hotkeys to the same color.

– Fixed a bug with keyboard LED shift indicators on Logitech keyboards.

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CARS

Aston Martin DBR9 GT1

– Weight has been increased by 70 kg to bring it closer to the minimum weight under which we understand it competed circa 2008.

– Minor adjustments have been made to the aero to bring overall performance back in line with the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1.

– Downforce sensitivities of the rear wing have been modified to ensure the car does not reward minimum rear wing settings at all circuits.

– Fuel economy has been slightly increased.

– The external engine sound transitions between close and distant sounds for this vehicle have been improved.

– Fixed a bug that caused headlight flashing of opponent cars to be invisible.

– Season setups have been updated.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

– Fuel consumption has been slightly increased for GT3 BoP.

BMW Z4 GT3

– Slightly increased aero drag for GT3 BoP.

– Fuel consumption has been slightly reduced for GT3 BoP.

– Realigned the external mirrors with the appropriate bezel.

– Fixed an issue where a driver could not see all of the digits on the blue backlit display.

Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1

– Downforce sensitivities of the rear wing has been modified to ensure the car does not reward minimum rear wing settings at all circuits.

– Inner headlights are now enabled during the daytime.

– Season setups have been updated.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype

– The external engine sound transitions between close and distant sounds for this vehicle have been improved.

– The driver’s seatbelt has been fixed so it no longer protrudes out the bottom of the vehicle.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

– Season setups have been updated.

Dallara DW12

– Increased tire wear for oval tracks to increase degradation and prevent running tires for multiple stints. Also, Indy tires are now used at Motegi to improve quality of racing.

– A pitboard has been added for this vehicle. The custom paint template has been updated to reflect this.

– Season setups have been updated.

Ford Falcon FG V8

– Construction and compound changes have been made to the vehicle tires. These changes should produce more realistic grip levels, improve drive-ability around the limit, increase degradation, and improve out lap grip in cold ambient conditions.

– Power steering has been increased to help balance this vehicle with similar cars in the Sim.

Ford GT GT3

– Season setups have been updated.

Ford Mustang FR500S

– Driver viewpoint has been adjusted to better suit VR.

Holden Commodore VF V8

– Construction and compound changes have been made to the vehicle tires. These changes should produce more realistic grip levels, improve drive-ability around the limit, increase degradation, and improve out lap grip in cold ambient conditions.

– Power steering has been increased to help balance this vehicle with similar cars in the Sim.

HPD ARX-01c

– This vehicle now uses PBR shaders.

– The color of the wheel rims for this vehicle can now be changed.

– Fixed an issue with the pivot of the right-front wheel.

Kia Optima

– Mirror quality has been improved.

Lotus 79

– This vehicle now uses PBR shaders.

– Fixed a corruption issue with the rear rim textures.

McLaren MP4-30

– We’ve implemented an alternative MGU-K deployment strategy. The internal combustion engine reaches full output at less than full throttle, and the MGU-K supplements smoothly between full engine output and full throttle at the pedal. The goal is to have smoother power delivery, and the hope is that the cost to efficiency of deployment is minimal. The throttle pedal position at which the engine reaches full output and the MGU-K begins to deploy is configurable by the user, and varies from 67.5% to 90% in 2.5% increments. Note that the old deployment smoothing strategy has been disabled.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

– Fixed a minor bug with the definition of the drivetrain components that was causing the portion of the drivetrain between the engine and clutch to have too much rotational inertia. This would cause the drivetrain to spin up the engine under very specific conditions.
– –

Modified – SK

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Nationwide Chevrolet Impala circa 2011

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Fusion

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Camry

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

– Season setups have been updated.

Pontiac Solstice

– Fixed an issue where the fuel gauge needle would rotate incorrectly on opponents’ cars.

Pro Mazda

– Star Mazda has been officially renamed Pro Mazda!

– Star Mazda wing decal has been replaced with the Pro Mazda decal.

Ruf RT 12R Track

– Season setups have been updated.

SCCA Spec Racer Ford

– This vehicle now uses PBR shaders.

Silver Crown

– Season setups have been updated.

Skip Barber Formula 2000

– This vehicle now uses PBR shaders.

Street Stock

– Season setups have been updated.

Super Late Model

– Season setups have been updated.

V8 Supercar Ford Falcon circa 2012

– Construction and compound changes have been made to the vehicle tires. These changes should produce more realistic grip levels, improve drive-ability around the limit, increase degradation, and improve out lap grip in cold ambient conditions.

– Power steering has been increased to help balance this vehicle with similar cars in the Sim.

TRACKS

Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans

– Additional tweaks to checkpoint placement and added one additional checkpoint.

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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.

Speedway
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).

Roadcourse
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.

Downloads:

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:

STOCK CARS:
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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.

FEATURES:
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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.

MULTIPLAYER:
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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”.

FIXES:
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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.

MODDING / PUBLIC DEV:
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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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Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:37

RFactor 2:Estoril 2.0 Released

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Since its initial release, the Portugal International track had been plagued with unusually bad performance with heavy stuttering. We’ve looked at every object in-between track projects to optimize the place as much as possible, and gave it a face-lift while we were at it, incorporating the latest technology. In the end, it turned into quite a big project that needed this one final push to complete our planned task list.

Had we released incremental improvements, this release would easily be worthy of carrying the v3.0 label instead — it’s that much of a change compared to the other tracks we’ve updated. This one needed it. The end result is a very smooth experience compared to the earlier versions. Enjoy!

Profile: http://rfactor.net/web/rf2/tracks/portugal-international/
Download: 323 MB
Screenshots: Below changelog.

Image Space Incorporated has released a new version of Estoril (or Portugal International as it is officially-named) for their rFactor 2 simulation.

Estoril has been one of the tracks that have been in rFactor 2 ever since the first public build and as such, the track has received a major upgrade to bring it to the latest spec, resulting in a quite long changelog as you can see below!

Changelog

Implemented RealRoad Shader and reworked/remapped roads
Added RealRoad to curbs
Mapped RaceGroove for GP and GT Layouts
Remapped access roads
Remapped painted lines
Smoothed out the excessive road bumps for the most part
Lowered sawtooth curbs
Remapped curbs and adjusted texture to match the sawtooth profile (has some small UV glitches)
Cut Astroturf into terrain meshes
Implemented new Terrain Shader and reworked/remapped terrain
Cut in new gravel trap edges for use with Terrain Shader
New road, curb and terrain texture set
Terrain Radiosity pass
Added grass verges
Added high poly inner embankments inside T1-T4
Added high poly outer embankment between T6-T7
Added terrain shadow casters
Added vegetation shadow casters
Added new grid + new texture
Vertex Blended tyre colours
Added normal and spec maps to armco posts
Cut in transparent glass with cheap interior for key buildings
Repopulated RefMap0, ReflectedEnv and Static01 reflection maps with performance in mind
Implemented Digital Flags technology
Applied super precise inertia for movable tyre stacks based on rF2’s tyre model calculations
Updated TDF to latest set of grip values
Added telehandlers
Added new and updated cams
Added new loading screens
Added Test Team RealRoad Preset Pack
Removed one particularly nasty tyre wall on GP Layout
Removed HDR Profiles
Fixed small building proportion inaccuracy
Re-conformed painted stripes to smoothed surface
Fixed tyre wall smoothing
Fixed some access road T verts
Remapped start lights to match reality
Fixed many but probably not all popups
Re-exported XSectors to fix 32 bit issues
Re-exported the handful of GMTs that weren’t touched to 2.52 format using gJED
Slightly reduced z-fighting of vegetation, also resulting in a tiny performance gain
Renamed Grand Prix of Portugal to GP Layout for the sake of consistency
Replaced all trackside vehicles with higher detail ones (Team Trucks, Rescue Vehicles, Cars)
Replaced all modular grandstands with higher detail ones
Replaced apex tyre stacks to GT Layout with higher detail ones
Replaced outhouses with much better ones
Replaced tyre walls with higher detail ones
Replaced all cones with much better models
Replaced glass materials
Replaced entire crowd and optimized for smoother performance
Optimized road and terrain objects and materials for better and smoother performance
Optimized access roads for smoother performance
Optimized tyre wall material
Optimized tyre wall objects
Optimized 3D tyre objects
Optimized fence textures and materials for better performance
Optimized Armco (aggressive), Armco posts and fence posts
Optimized and improved barriers (Armco, pitwall)
Optimized all vegetation objects for smoother performance
Optimized smaller TrackSide Objects for smoother performance
Optimized shadow casters for armco and tyres for better performance
Optimized small concrete grandstands
Removed some hardly-seen pit objects
Aggressive mirror optimization
Optimized night lighting
Removed unused/obsolete meshes and textures
Cleaned up pit building textures
Cleaned up main grandstand textures
Removed negative mip map bias on all/most materials
Improved and rebalanced all vegetation textures
Remapped and optimized marshal huts
Improved road and curb textures
Randomized vegetation a bit
Remapped tyre wall canvas and revamped its texture
Improved tyre textures
Slightly improved distance markers
Updated crowd textures
Improved vegetation textures
Cut in red bricks on old ruin house
Rescaled T3 flags
Tweaked fog

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Monday, 20 July 2015 20:27

GTR 3:The game that never was

Back in 2010 simbin studios announced the news that they were working on there 3rd installment of the very successful GTR series.

SimBin have announced that a new GTR game is in the pipeline, aiming to take gamers back to their roots of the basic concept "easy to drive, hard to master". The game will feature a new graphics engine, rumoured to be the first Lizard based game, and will be based on an FIA GT Championship - and whilst it is not yet confirmed which, it is rumoured to be the new FIA GT1 World Championship series.

SimBin have announced that the game will feature comprehensive online features including a downloadable-content plan. It is further rumoured that the game will be fully iOpener-enabled.

Update: 15/1/2012 simbin released some eye catching renders

Simbin have released 10 new screenshots / renders for GTR3 , showing the design process for the P4/5 Competizione car included in the game.

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Update: 1/3/2012 Simbin  releases the first in-game screenshots of the Pagani Zonda R officially licensed car for GTR3

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Changes at simbin-Plus New FTP Title

March 30 – 2012 – SimBin Studios has evolved significantly over the last year. Strong investments have led to the employment of new and experienced developers from all over the world, a new state of the art office as well as new projects currently in the making.­­

In the line of these changes, Henrik Roos, one of three founders of SimBin and the CEO of the company, has decided to step down from his position. Henrik is turning the leadership of SimBin Studios AB into the capable hands of Klaus Wohlfarth, the owner of KW Automotive, and the main investor and shareholder of SimBin Studios. Henrik Roos will continue to support the company as a business consultant.

”It feels strange and sad to step down from my role as CEO for SimBin after 10 years of ”marriage” with the company. It is with joy in my heart that I turn the company into the trustworthy hands of Klaus Wohlfarth and his management team. I will for sure follow and support SimBin in its future endeavors, but my family needs me and I also have new and exciting opportunities to explore” says Henrik Roos.

Today, SimBin, RaceRoom and KW Automotive provide a wide product line of software and hardware products within the racing games industry. All three companies are 100% dedicated to motorsports and have a true passion for all things motorized, living up to the statement: “We Are Racing”.

“It is our intention to provide people with the best opportunities to become virtual racers. By controlling the complete production chain in all areas, we are able to offer complete solutions that include software, hardware as well as the overall concepts. The combination of all these values in one, offered by RaceRoom, is a unique concept in the world” says Klaus Wohlfarth.

Additionally, SimBin is happy to inform that the company is working on a Free2Play game platform. Further details will be revealed later this year.

Final Update: 26/6/2012

Simbin have announced that they have officially licensed the Dutch Zandvoort track for inclusion in a future title.

We don't know which game this will be for yet, but we've added some rather impressive screenshots of the new track to our GTR3 game profile. It is not known whether this is linked to the recent Aquilia CR1 screenshots released in May.

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Sad to say that this game title never made it to be published and after reading some comments made by past employees things got a little heated,It's a shame the sim racers never got to try this promising title out as am sure it would of been a huge hit amongst sim racing fans worldwide.

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After several weeks of development, the Team today unveils the first ingame previews of the Endurance Series rF2 mod. Note that the we are still in works on the cars, so the screenshots diffused may not reflect the final quality of the mod. On these screenshots, you can see the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, the Oreca 03, the Zytek, the Corvette C6R ZR1 and the Flat6 GTC.

The mod development is good at the moment, we are still in process for the new rF2 features. As announced, we are looking for new talents to help the team build new cars for the MOD, specially in 3D modeling process. If you are skilled and motivated, do not hesitate to contact us and try your best to join the team !

More updates will follow as they become available.

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:13

RaceRoom: Racing Experience

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RaceRoom is the premier free-to-play racing simulation on PC and home to official race series like DTM, WTCC, and ADAC GT Masters. Enter RaceRoom and enter the world of a professional race car driver.

A selection of free-to-play race cars and tracks are yours to drive with unlimited wheel time in multiplayer and single player games modes. Sponsored competitions and other free-to-play events allow you to enjoy premium game content at no cost.

Additional cars, tracks, and liveries can be bought individually or as packs inside the game store using an in-game currency called vRP, which is purchased using your Steam Wallet.

Key Features

  • Free to play - Eat, Sleep, Race, Repeat
    A premium racing simulator is yours free-to-play on the PC. Race endlessly alongside the world’s most talented drivers in online multiplayer and single player game modes.
  • Your dream car is here - Grab your pick
    BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, McLaren, Pagani, RUF, Radical, Volvo, Saleen, and more to come. These manufacturers bring the best minds in racing together to dominate the world of motorsport and the machines they create are precision instruments of power, perfection, and speed. We are proud to present them in the digital form for your enjoyment.
  • Speed is a universal language - Hit the road
    Going fast is a worldwide pastime and many of the most beautiful points on the globe are home to miles of thrilling blacktop. Start racing and conquer these places for yourself.
  • Up Close and Personal - Stand among the giants of racing
    No game gets you closer to professional racing and the drivers that make a racing series great. RaceRoom is home to WTCC, DTM, and ADAC GT Masters, with more to come.
  • Realism - Every sense touched
    You will see, hear, and feel what a race car driver does behind the wheel. You’ll grow smelly from intense focus and the resulting perspiration, and all you control is the taste at the end of the race. Will it be that of sweet victory... or bitter defeat? The experience of racing is yours and it’s unforgettable.
  • Accessibility - Racing is a family sport
    Novice, Amateur, and Get Real game modes cater to drivers of all ability. This game is fit for the entire family, so start driving today with your Steering wheel, keyboard, or gamepad.
  • The pursuit of perfection - Single Player
    Refine your skills against intelligent and challenging computer driven opponents. Use the Adaptive A.I., which automatically adjusts opponent difficulty based on your performance, or customize opponent difficulty to your liking.
  • Defeat the competition - Online Multiplayer
    Line up with a grid of twenty-four players as you battle new friends and rivals in online multiplayer races.
  • Competitions - Capture glory
    Compete against the world’s greatest drivers in sponsored competitions from Mercedes-Benz, EURONICS, DTM, ADAC GT Masters, and more. These competitions also allow free players access to premium content throughout the duration of most events.
  • Fast paced gameplay
    Be ready to break a sweat! Racing is the ultimate in twitch gameplay. No time for breaks, no room for mistakes. You are on point or you are into the weeds. Push harder, go faster, and reap the rewards of an adrenalin induced smile.
  • Important Info/DLC Purchasing Policy

    R3E user accounts are associated with the user’s Steam account for security and transactions through Steam Wallet. A Steam account can use multiple R3E accounts by using the ‘switch accounts’ function in the R3E Account Settings.

    Upon purchasing an R3E DLC via the Steam Store, an R3E user account will be permanently associated with that Steam account and it will no longer be possible to switch accounts. The option to switch accounts will be permanently removed from the R3E Account Settings.

System Requirements

Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft Windows Vista / 7
    • Processor:Dual core at 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 7900 512 MB Video Card or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Recommended:

  • Processor:Quad-core AMD or Intel @ 2.4 GHz
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1.5 GB Video Card or AMD equivalent
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