Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:13

IRACING:2019 Season 1 Release Notes

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This season release includes the long awaited Day/Night & Time of Day system, a pair of free tracks, two new cars, and a host of updates, features, and fixes for your iRacing enjoyment. We hope to see you out on the track! 

Some highlights include: 
• Day/Night & Time of Day 
• Dallara F3 
• Formula Renault 3.5 
• Charlotte Motor Speedway (Roval) 
• Tsukuba Circuit (7 Configs) 
• iRacing BETA Interface – Home and Leagues 
• New Crowd System 
• New Controls and Force Feedback Settings 
• Brake Bias Adjustments for Fixed Setups 

Full 2019 Season 1 Release details are below. 

CHANGE LOG: 

UPDATES: 

iRacing BETA Interface 

– A new Home section has been added featuring the latest news, promotions, and popular Official and User-Created Races. 
– – Read news articles and announcements from iRacing. 
– – View available series and sales promotions. 
– – Join the most popular Official and User-Created Races all from one place. 

– The Leagues section of the iRacing BETA Interface has been unlocked! 
– – Full league management functionality, as on the Membersite Leagues pages, is now available through the iRacing BETA Interface! 

– A new Help and Support section has been added to the status bar with information and helpful links to support. 

– The Create a Race interface has been improved. 
– – First, a user will be able to adjust the Car, Track, and Climate. Then, all Race Details are displayed together on their own page. A user may move back and forth between these sections as needed. 
– – New “Reset” and “Last Settings” buttons have been added. 
– – – Reset will clear all selected content and settings. 
– – – Last Settings will load the last successfully hosted session information to all fields. 

– Active Sessions are now visible for User-Created Races. A user may Spectate, Spot, Crew, or start a Time Trial any Session that is actively running. 
– – Viewing Active Sessions can be toggled on and off. Click on the “Show Running Sessions” toggle next to the view buttons. 

– Test Drive is now available as an option from any Session. 
– – A Test Drive button will now always be displayed for all Sessions, which will launch a Test Drive session using the information from the session you are viewing. This includes all Official Races and all User-Created Races. 

– Season and Series ID is now visible in the interface. 
– – Click on a Series, then click on “Series Info” to view this information. 

– The track list will now by default only display the list of tracks, instead of a list of all tracks and all of their configurations listed out. Once a track is selected, you may select an individual config. 
– – An option has been added so that you may toggle between having the track list display the list of tracks or having the track list show all tracks and all of their configurations listed out. 

– The status bar at the top of the screen now features a tinted background for ease of legibility and use when the Interface is scrolled down. 

– The iRacing Paint Shop within the iRacing BETA Interface should now be better at remembering when changes are made to cars. 

– The iRacing BETA Interface now has an active display of all authenticated connections for your account, with verbose information about the connections, and the ability to manually disconnect remote, active connections. 

– The settings panel now has a button to sign out your authenticated connection, plus all other (in)active connections, whether remember me has been selected or not. 

– Page content will now fill more of the screen when the interface is scaled to 150% or less. 
– – This should improve the display of the iRacing BETA Interface on 27″ monitors. 

– Fixed an issue where dropdown menus could appear under other content. 

– Fixed issues where “invalid date” would display, or the year listed would incorrectly be 1969. 

– Fixed an issue where the user was not returned to the last page they were on after exiting a Session. 

– Fixed an issue where switching to/from table view and grid view, the Interface was not remembering which view a user was using the next time they returned to that page. 

– Fixed an issue where the Interface was not remembering whenever the user chose to order content a certain way after navigating away and returning. 

– Numerous other stability fixes; the iRacing BETA Interface should run smoother than ever! 

 

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iRacing Membersite 

– The iRacing Membersite has been updated to allow for editing Sessions created via the iRacing BETA Interface. However, the user will be unable to edit settings that are only available when creating a Session through the iRacing BETA Interface. 

– Various Day/Night & Time of Day information has been added to the Membersite: 
– – Sunrise and sunset times will be displayed for all sessions. 
– – Simulated start time will be displayed in the Session Info for Official and Hosted Sessions, and in the Race Results. 

– A new and improved banner has been added to the top of the Membersite to launch the iRacing BETA Interface! 

– Fixed an issue in the shopping cart where the hyperlink of a track added to your shopping cart from the iRacing BETA Interface was not linking to the proper track. 

Series Special Event Races 

– We have added a new feature which allows us to schedule Special Event Races for a Series within the normal season schedule. Each special event is a stand-alone racing event, and entry is based on championship points within the series. Championship Points awarded from such an event are not integrated back into the Series. 
– – We could, for example, schedule a single split race, that would be populated by drivers with the top N in Championship Points, either for a given race week, or the overall season. Or, we could have a “Week 12 Pro Race” automatically built into any given Series for the top 40 drivers, based on Championship Points in that Series during the Season, who show up for the given race time slot. The top 40 who show up based on season points would race. 
– – Championship Points earned from Special Event Races are stand-alone, and are not part of the regular Series standings. 
– – We will likely be demonstrating this feature during Week 13, and it may even include some prizes, so, stay tuned! 

Dynamic Track 

– Initialization of a track on the client is now influenced by how many laps have been driven (including carry-over between sessions). This will enable clients to enter a session without causing a dramatic change in the track appearance as the server updates come in. 

– The maintenance of track temperatures between sessions, such as the heat added from cars during a Qualify session, will now carry-over and dissipate through the passage of simulated time between the end of one session and the start of the next. 
– – Previously it was assumed that enough time existed between sessions for the track to return to its equilibrium state at the start of each session. 
– – You may directly influence this through the new Day/Night & Time of Day settings. For example, setting your events to run consecutively will create more vehicle-generated heat buildup throughout your event than having each session start four hours after each other. 

Day/Night & Time of Day 

– The Simulator now generates dynamic skies that change as time passes. The sun’s motion in the sky is accurate for the selected event location, date, and time. As the sun and cloud cover move, the lighting in the simulated environment changes to match the sky. 
– – The generated sky will change as time elapses for all Sessions of all types, except for old Replays, Time Trials, and Time Attack Sessions, where conditions are frozen by design. 

– The shadows cast by static objects, such as buildings, trees, and grandstands, now move over time to match the sun’s angle. 
– – These shadows also influence the dynamic track’s temperature where they are cast over time. 

– Regular Season and Hosted events now specify a specific starting date and time for the event. 
– – A user may only select a day of the year for the start of an event that is within the normal range of dates during which the real-world track would be open for on-track activities. 
– – – The default starting date for a Hosted session is a reasonable date in late Spring. 
– – Each Session within a Regular Season or Hosted event (Practice, Qualify, Race, Heat, etc.) also has a specific start time within a 36 hour window relative to the starting date and time of the event. For example, you may create a Hosted Session that features an early morning Practice, followed by a twilight Qualify, followed by a sunrise Race. The default option is to run each session consecutively, so that as soon as one finishes, the next one will begin in real-time. 
– – For Heat Racing Sessions, a user may only specify the specific start times for the first Session within each block of sessions. For example, you can specify the start time for the first Heat race, but not for each subsequent Heat race. A user may also specify the start time for the first Consolation race, but not for each subsequent Consolation race. 

– When selecting the date and time for an event, the local time zone for the selected track is used. 
– – Daylight Saving Time adjustments are taken into account when specifying the event start date and time. However, if a session runs through a time change point, the in-session date and time clock will not adjust for this. 

– Event starting times may still be specified using generic presets: Sunrise, Morning, Afternoon, Late Afternoon, Sunset, and Night; or a user may specify a precise time at the track, such as 3:30pm. 
– – When using the generic presets, the event start time positions the sun at a specific altitude above the horizon to match the generic term. 
– – – Sunrise sets the start time such that the sun begins about 0 degrees above the eastern horizon. 
– – – Morning sets the start time such that the sun begins about 20 degrees above the eastern horizon. 
– – – Afternoon sets the start time such that the sun begins about 58 degrees above the western horizon. 
– – – Late Afternoon sets the start time such that the sun begins about 15 degrees above the western horizon. 
– – – Sunset sets the start time such that the sun begins about 0 degrees below the western horizon. 
– – – Night sets the start time such that the sun begins about 20 degrees below the western horizon. 

– Tracks that have night lighting (ie: any of the iRacing tracks for which a user has been able to select a “Night” event at before) will switch to “Night Mode” during the sunset/twilight phase, and the stadium lights will switch on. These lights will turn off during sunrise. 
– – Tracks without night lighting will still function using the Day/Night & Time of Day system, however they will get darker and darker until they are nearly pitch black. We do not recommend driving cars without headlights at these tracks past sunset. 
– – – As a special bonus, with this 2019 Season 1 Release, Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans has been updated to feature Night Mode! 

– The speed at which the sun moves across the sky may be altered. 
– – For example, an entire simulated day can occur within a 3 hour session. This “accelerated time” only affects the sun itself and how it changes the temperature of the day or night. Weather, cloud cover, etc. are not effected by the accelerated time. 
– – When creating a Session, you may specify 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x speed for the sun. Please note, the track surface temperatures may not keep up as accurately with a highly accelerated sun as they would at normal speed. 

– The Simulation will display the simulated day of the week and wall-clock time in the F1 Black Box, and it will display the simulated date and time on the Replay screen. 
– – While in a session where the sun’s motion is sped up, the wall-clock date/time values will advance at the appropriate rate, and will include the appropriate “2x”, “4x”, or “8x” sun-motion-factor indicator. 
– – In Time Trial and Time Attack Sessions, since the sun position is fixed, these simulation-world date/time values are also fixed, and will include a “0x” sun-motion-factor indicator. 

– Clouds now cast shadows, and these shadows update dynamically as the clouds and the sun move as time passes. Each cloud shadow effects the dynamic track surface temperatures. 
– – When using Specified Weather for an event, the event will start at the specified temperature, but may drift up or down a few degrees depending on the time of day and the duration of the session. 
– – Please note, when building fixed racing setups, expect at least some track and air temperature variance during sessions. 

– Temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and other weather values will change as time elapses during a session. 
– – Currently, these changes are very minimal, and using Generated Weather will allow for slightly more variation during a Session than using Specified Weather. A new weather system is currently in development which will allow the sky conditions to change during the session (ie: clear to overcast, etc,) and will result in far more dynamic weather throughout an event. 

– New “Sky Detail” Graphics Options have been added! 
– – These settings control how many frames are used to update the sky. Low Detail spreads the work out over more frames, so the sky updates may appear jumpy, but the frame rate will be higher. High Detail does more work per frame so the updates are more frequent, but this can adversely affect frame rate. Medium Detail is an average compromise. 

– You must use the iRacing BETA Interface in order to access all of the Day/Night & Time of Day settings that are now available. However, the system will still operate correctly in Sessions created and joined via the classic Membersite. 

– Old saved Replays will now load up with a generated sky instead of the static skyboxes of the past. The sun position and sky conditions will attempt to match the conditions of the original replay to the best of their ability, within reason. The sky will then remain fixed while the Replay runs. 

Driving Aids 

– The Auto-Start Aid is now optional, you can turn it off if you want to manually start your engine when you get into the car. This will be forced to OFF if you map your ignition to an ON/OFF toggle switch. 

– The Auto-Start Aid and Auto-Clean Visor Aid are now allowed when using Touch/Tilt Driving. 

Rallycross 

– Track-config specific setups have been added to a variety of the Rallycross vehicles. 

Hybrid Power Units 

– The PID auto-deployment system now re-calculates the control variable (EOS % offset) multiple times per lap. 

– Adjusted the hybrid system to include the manual deployment offset that compensates for the requirement of a non-zero base value from the refline calculations. 

– Updated the refline calculations for hybrids that reduces placement of end-of-straight markers due to cornering drag. The system needs to see 6 consecutive segments with a drop in speed before it will place an EOS marker. 

– Additional updates to the auto-tuner. The aim with these changes is to achieve greater stability – slower to converge, but less variation once it gets there. 

– PID parameters changed for faster but more stable convergence to target battery charge %. Also, % end-of-straight speed multiplier capped at a maximum value of 1.1. 

– Updated the engine system to account for the Porsche 919 harvesting more energy than it may legally deploy at Le Mans. 

– Fixed a bug where the battery state of charge was not correctly being carried over between driver changes. 

Crowds 

– The crowd system has been rebuilt from the ground up to significantly improve both appearance and performance. In the previous system, crowd members would only be seen facing the camera directly from the front or directly from the rear. With this new system, crowd members now render from 360 degrees and face towards the racing action, rather than towards the viewer’s camera. 

– Each crowd member is rendered from a high fidelity 3D model to a texture with four times the amount of pixels than previously. This results in a crisp, high resolution appearance with accurate normal maps and lighting in the Simulator. The variety of crowd appearance has also increased, with over 33% more unique people than before. 

– Each crowd member is also now an instanced object, and each race fan takes advantage of this technology to reduce their memory usage and rendering time. 

Paint Kit 

– The texture size for all helmet patterns has been increased from 512×512 to 1024×1024. 

– Radical and SimSpeed sponsors have been updated. 

Options 

– All in-car controls not currently in use will no longer be displayed in the Options screen. 

– Some Options and Replay Options screen items have been rearranged and adjusted: 
– – A Sky/Cloud Detail setting has been added to the Options screen. 
– – The Virtual Mirror setting has been removed from the Replay Options screen. 
– – The Far Terrain and Tri-linear Filtering options have been removed from the Options and Replay Options screens; these options are still available for adjustment in the “.ini” file. 

Controls 

– Support has been added for mapping an ON/OFF switch to some toggle controls, that is a switch that remains ON or OFF rather than just a momentary toggle. 

– A checkbox has been added to the Option Screen to disable the Auto-Starter Aid that starts your car when you enter the driver’s seat. 
– – By default, this checkbox is OFF. 
– – The ignition will no longer fire when you trigger the starter, a driver must manually turn on the ignition if you want to run the starter. 
– – – The Default Ignition option is set to OFF if the Auto-Start is disabled. 

– Support has been added for the new QAxis control type. This is a rotary knob that acts as a sequential series of buttons. If the knob has more positions then the states in the item we are attempting to control then each detent on the knob will be mapped 1:1 to the states. 
– – For example if the throttle map has 3 possible options, but your knob has 12 positions, then positions 1, 2, and 3 will adjust the throttle mapping, rather than forcing you to rotate the knob through its full range as you would with an analog knob. If there are more states then positions for the knob, then we will spread them out as best we can, skipping some intermediate states. 
– – Any hardware developer wanting to add a QAxis knob to there controller needs to ensure that the button defines are in sequential order. So a 4 position knob could use buttons 12, 13, 14, 15, but could not use buttons 12, 14, 13, 7. More details on this will be posted to the hardware forums. 
– – The Fanatec CSL Elite McLaren GT3 rim is currently the only rim that ships with support for QAxis rotary knobs, however new rims are expected to be released later this year. 

– A calibration wizard has been added to the in-car controls to simplify the process of setting them. 

– All F7/F8 black box widgets now have a corresponding map-able control. 

– Control calibration improvements have been made, including the enforcement of expected control type when calibrating. This will prevent users from mapping a button to an analog slot by accident. 

Admin Commands 

– Admins are now allowed to throw a Caution, even when the event has cautions set to “OFF”. 
– – For all intents and purposes, this option now means that when cautions are turned off for an event, iRacing Race Control does not throw Cautions, but an Admin may. 

Force Feedback 

– The force feedback setup screen has been reorganized to better support direct drive wheels. 
– – Force units have been rescaled so that linear and non-linear are using the same unit scale. 
– – Clicking on the Strength value will toggle between iRacing units and Newton meters. 
– – A new Wheel Force slider has been added. 
– – – Set this to the peak force of your wheel to help keep the auto function from overdriving your wheel. This also rescales the strength slider so you can not manually oversaturate the wheel on accident. This is only beneficial for users with wheels that are as strong or stronger than the force feedback we are getting from the physics (about 10 Nm or greater), so do not worry about setting it perfectly if you have a belt or gear drive wheel. 
– – “Dampen Oscillations” has been renamed “Reduce Force When Parked” to better reflect what this option does. Also, the default value for this setting has been reduced to 33% from 50%. 
– – The default endstops have been softened from 15 degrees to 45 degrees. 
– – A hard knee has been added that reduces forces above 80 Nm by 80% and clips forces above 120 Nm. 
– – – This should make running into a wall safer without completely destroying the signal. 
– – Mouse-over tooltip help has been added to all force feedback settings. 

– Helper text for racing wheel settings has been updated. 

Replay 

– A pair of settings have been added in the [Replay] section of the “app.ini” file to control how many seconds from the end of the tape Replay playback begins when exiting the car. One setting is for driver swap events, and the other is for non-team events. 

– The “FF to End” behavior has been optimized to reduce system load, and to maintain Live Mode viewing when a new session begins. 

Oculus Rift 

– Rift HMD 1.3.2 support has been migrated to Oculus SDK 1.26.0. 

EasyAnti Cheat 

– A new version of the EAC application has been integrated into iRacing. 

CARS: 

Audi R18 

– Users may now adjust the lengths of bump rubbers on the heave elements. 

– Reduced the maximum packer length for the front heave element to 40mm. 

Audi R8 LMS GT3 

– A compressor shift sound will now trigger every time there is an up-shift from Neutral to 1st Gear. 

BMW Z4 GT3 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

– A compressor shift sound will now trigger every time there is an up-shift from Neutral to 1st Gear. 

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype 

– On-board audio improvements have been made to the engine, gear shifts, backfires, and ignition sounds, and a new pneumatic compressor sound has been added. 

– A compressor shift sound will now trigger every time there is an up-shift from Neutral to 1st Gear. 

Dallara DW12 

– This vehicle now has a single checkbox for changing all tires at once. 
– – A new pit command, “#t” has also been added for toggling all tires at once. 

– Idling fuel consumption has been reduced. 

– Pit limiter sound levels have been reduced. 

Dallara F3 

– NEW CAR! 
– – The Dallara F3 is now available for purchase and use on the track! 
– – – The Dallara F3 car is raced in one of the most successful racing series in the world, Formula 3. It’s a development series for up and coming drivers in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia and has seen many a high profile driver move to the top ranks of open wheel racing in Formula One and IndyCar. Raced in spec series, the F3 car was designed for young drivers to move their way up through the ranks of open wheel racing. Racing an F3 car is often the first venture into professional level racing for young amateurs. 
– – Purchase your Dallara F3 from the iRacing store, right here: http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/CarDetail.do?carid=106 

Dallara IR18 

– This vehicle now has a single checkbox for changing all tires at once. 
– – A new pit command, “#t” has also been added for toggling all tires at once. 

– Idling fuel consumption has been reduced. 

– Gear shift sounds have been improved and the pit limiter sound levels have been reduced. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Dirt Late Model 

– (ALL) – The damage model has been adjusted to reduce performance losses from side and rear impacts slightly. 

– (PRO & SUPER) – Season setups have been updated. 

Dirt Midget 

– Driveline losses have been adjusted to tame wheel stands at Kokomo. 

Dirt Sprint Car Non-Winged 

– (360) – Season setups have been updated. 

Dirt Street Stock 

– Removed a duplicate brake bias bar that appeared when the brake bias bar was rotated. 

Ferrari 488 GT3 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

Ferrari 488 GTE 

– 2019 Season 1 GTE BoP: Engine torque and downforce have been increased slightly. 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

Ford GT – 2017 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

– A compressor shift sound will now trigger every time there is an up-shift from Neutral to 1st Gear. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Ford GT GT3 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

Formula Renault 2.0 

– Garage layout and notes have been updated. 

Formula Renault 3.5 

– NEW CAR! 
– – The Formula Renault 3.5 is now available for purchase and use on the track! 
– – – The (much) bigger brother of the Formula Renault 2.0, the FR3.5 is the perfect fit in the iRacing open wheel ladder system. The open cockpit, V8 powered cars, were traditionally a stepping stone for many drivers who were pursuing careers in Formula One. Featuring a spec chassis and spec motor, the cars allowed drivers to showcase their skills and hopefully get noticed by a Formula One team. The normally aspirated V8 motors produce 530 bhp and the large wings, both front and rear, provide large amounts of downforce and grip. Some say the FR3.5 sounds like a Formula One car should, or at least used to, before they moved to the turbo/hybrid power units. 
– – Purchase your Formula Renault 3.5 from the iRacing store, right here: http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/CarDetail.do?carid=105 

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup 

– Removed the front anti-roll bar pre-load adjustment option from the Garage options. 

– Camber adjustment limits have been reduced. 

Indycar Dallara – 2011 

– This vehicle now has a single checkbox for changing all tires at once. 
– – A new pit command, “#t” has also been added for toggling all tires at once. 

– Idling fuel consumption has been reduced. 

Lotus 49 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Mazda MX-5 Cup – 2015 

– Removed the front anti-roll bar pre-load adjustment option from the Garage options. 

Mazda MX-5 Roadster – 2015 

– Removed the front anti-roll bar pre-load adjustment option from the Garage options. 

McLaren MP4-12C GT3 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

McLaren MP4-30 

– This vehicle now has a single checkbox for changing all tires at once. 
– – A new pit command, “#t” has also been added for toggling all tires at once. 

– Rev override is now adjustable in the garage. 

Mercedes AMG GT3 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

Modified – SK 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado 

– Fixed issues with rear camber limit, and shock installation stiffness. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra 

– Fixed issues with rear camber limit, and shock installation stiffness. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala 

– Fixed an issue where the ignition switch was not appearing correctly when the ignition was turned on. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry 

– Season setups have been updated. 

NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado – 2013 

– Fixed issues with rear camber limit, and shock installation stiffness. 

– 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. 

Porsche 911 RSR 

– Brake Bias may now be adjusted in the garage during events with Fixed Setups. 

– Tires will now correctly disappear when changed during a pitstop. 

Porsche 919 Hybrid 

– 2019 Season 1 LMP1 BoP Changes: MGU-H harvesting rate has been slightly reduced to balance the LMP1 cars on tracks with long straightaways. 

– Tires will now correctly disappear when changed during a pitstop. 

Pro Mazda 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Radical SR8 

– Radical logos have been updated. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Ruf RT 12R 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Silver Crown 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Sprint Car 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Street Stock 

– Maximum front spring stiffness range has been increased to 2500 lb/in to help at high load tracks. 

– Fixed an issue with install stiffness. 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Super Late Model 

– Season setups have been updated. 

Williams-Toyota FW31 

– This vehicle now has a single checkbox for changing all tires at once. 
– – A new pit command, “#t” has also been added for toggling all tires at once. 

– Standing start rev limit has been set to 12k RPM in N and 1st gear, just like the real car. 

– Rev override is now adjustable in the garage. 

TRACKS: 

Atlanta Motor Speedway 

– (Rallycross Long) – Tire barriers have been added to this configuration to prevent gaining time by driving through the grass around the jump. 

– (Rallycross Long) – Adjusted the levels of compact and loose dirt in the starting area, and fixed an issue with the 3rd place starting grid position. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway 

– NEW UPDATED TRACK! 
– – Charlotte Motor Speedway, a newly updated asphalt oval and road track, has been granted to all iRacing Members for FREE! 
– – This track currently features one track configuration: 
– – – Roval 
– – Additional track configurations are planned for release at a later date. 
– – The Charlotte Motor Speedway built a new infield road course, designed specifically for NASCAR competition, in 2018. It utilizes nearly all of the 1.5 mile oval as well as newly built infield portion, thus the name Roval (Road/Oval). The Roval configuration is a 17-turn, 2.28 mile track that challenges the best of drivers and team. Car setups are typically compromises, a car good on the oval may not be so good in the infield and vice versa so drivers and crew chiefs have to decide what matters most to them. Two chicanes, one on the back straight and one just before the start finish line, make for some exciting passing opportunities as competitors can attempt to out brake each other. The Charlotte Roval is a unique infield road course that has already proven to be an exciting venue since its NASCAR debut in 2018. 

– This track has been added to the default iRacing content, and is now FREE for all iRacing Members! 

Charlotte Motor Speedway – 2016 

– The track formerly known as Charlotte Motor Speedway has been renamed Charlotte Motor Speedway – 2016 to make room for the updated version of this real-world track location. 

Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans 

– Night lighting has been fully implemented at this track! 
– – Now, when this track is selected to run at Night, or the new Day/Night & Time of Day system transitions to or from night, all track lights, reflectors, and environment lighting will work correctly and seamlessly! 

Circuit of the Americas 

– Several terrain seams have been fixed. 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway 

– (IndyCar Oval) – Pit stall positions have been shifted slightly. 

Tsukuba Circuit 

– NEW TRACK! 
– – Tsukuba Circuit, a brand new asphalt road track, has been granted to all iRacing Members for FREE! 
– – This track currently features seven track configurations: 
– – – 1000 Full 
– – – 1000 Outer 
– – – 1000 Chicane 
– – – 1000 Reverse 
– – – 2000 Full 
– – – 2000 Moto 
– – – 2000 Short 
– – Tsukuba Circuit, located in Japan, was built in 1970 and is known for hosting sports car, open wheel and motorcycle races – and most notably Time Attack competitions. There are two main configurations, Course 1000 and Course 2000, with multiple variations of both. This makes the track a perfect fit for the iRacing base package as it can be used in multiple series without becoming repetitive. Course 2000 is just over 2 KM in length and features 14 turns. Course 1000 is approximately 1 KM and has 11 turns. While the two main configurations share the same facilities, they are completely independent of each other and don’t share any racing surface. The tracks proximity to Tokyo, Japan has made it extremely popular with local car tuners who compete in Time Attack competitions. Expect to see Tsukuba Circuit feature in both race series and time attack competitions on iRacing. 

– This track has been added to the default iRacing content, and is now FREE for all iRacing Members!

Published in Sim Racing News
Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:45

GTR Franchise Returning In 2018

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18 months have past since any news relating to the GTR 3 Franchise. That silence has ended now, with word that the upcoming sim racer will be on the ground at Gamescom 2018 later this month.

Rather surprisingly, the news doesn’t come from developer SimBin itself. Instead, it comes from Catalyst Games, a Liverpool-based video game production outsourcing company. Rather conveniently, that’s the same city SimBin finds itself in.

 

The tweet reveals that GTR 3 will recreate the FIA World Endurance Championship. What’s interesting is that the 911 GT3 R in the picture doesn’t actually run in the WEC; that’d be the mid-engined 911 RSR. The two cars — The Racing Group’s No. 991 and the No. 9 Gulf Racing machine — competed in IMSA WeatherTech SCC and Super GT, respectively. This could suggest multiple series will at least be partially represented.

Regardless, the focus on the WEC puts the Unreal Engine 4-powered racer in a similar space to Assetto Corsa Competizione. Kunos’ upcoming title, which runs on the same engine, will put the Blancpain GT series in the spotlight when it hits Early Access September 12.

Both racers will feature full 24-hour time of day transitions. One important difference, however, is platform. SimBin is targeting both PC and consoles for GTR 3, whereas ACC is currently PC-only (though that could very well change).

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More news to follow.

 

Published in Sim Racing News
Monday, 22 January 2018 17:41

NR2003:MENCS 2018

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From Splash N 'Go and Studio Speed, with collaboration from Big Evil Designs comes the most realistic mod for the Nr2003 simulator, MENCS 2018.


It includes the most current Chevrolet model in NASCAR that being the sublime Camaro ZL1 other manufacturers in the series includes the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. Although no longer running in the series the mod creators have also included the Dodge Charger. The damage models of the cars are the best that I have seen for Nr2003 and who would have thought that this could be possible from a racing simulator that was originally released back in 2003.

Great attention to detail and overall improvement in the graphics of the cars.
Includes the possibility that you can paint the steering wheel of the cars and play with the design of the driver, which is shown in the Showroom within the player's game menu
MENCS 2018 has digital Dashboards for all brands.
The mod includes all the paintings announced so far for the  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2018, As well as some fictional schemes created by Splash N 'Go..

 

 

 

This modification may cause issues with different gaming systems. We suggest the following to improve performance experience:
All car files should be kept under 4 Mb.
24-bit compressed exported tga files for cars and 1024 24-bit compressed pit crews.
Do not modify your game beyond the point it is recommended for "graphical improvements"

 

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Credits:     3D modelling by: Douglas Allen and Cosmin Ioaneșiu with the stock NR2003 pace car
            Templates: Nick Baker, Chad Mikosz, Taylor Smith, Chris Everett, Cosmin Ioaneșiu, Italo Rapacci and James Hodge (rims textures)
            Textures: Matt Muir, Italo Rapacci, Cosmin Ioaneșiu
            Denis Rioux for the chassis and part textures (used with permission)
            Paint schemes: Chad Mikosz, Nick Baker, Cosmin Ioaneșiu, Chris Everett, George Mihai, Daniel Ruppel, Kevin Dwight, Dobbs , David Baker, Italo Rapacci, Vincent Furlong, Matt Muir, Travis Baker, Maxi Moreno


            Pit crews by Szip on NNracing.com
            Various helpers: Andrew Schwartz, Steve Rada, Robert Panko, Jon Flournoy.

The mod and all associated files can be downloaded @

http://splashngo.studiospeed.club/

Article Created By FabricioMS

 

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
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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Published in Sim Racing News
Saturday, 01 August 2015 20:44

Iracing:Announces Le Mans

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If you ask any iRacing member what track he/she would love to see on the online racing service, one of those answers would be “Le Mans”, and for good reason too: the circuit holds one of the most historic races in all of motor racing. Following the announcement of the Nurburgring coming to iRacing, all eyes fell on France for a potential announcement.

This time, iRacing did not disappoint, with an announcement of Le Mans coming to the sim. Not only that, but they dropped the bombshell that they have already scanned the circuit! Since Circuit de la Sarthe is a temporary circuit, utilizing public roads, iRacing had to travel to Le Mans, France over the 24H weekend to scan the circuit. Luckily, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest was able to help iRacing with gathering data for the circuit.

The video above also showcases iRacer and professional driver Jordan Taylor, who contributed to Corvette Racing’s GTE-PRO win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Greg Hill (VP of Art and Production at iRacing) also elaborated on how everything fell together to the development of this iconic circuit. It is definitely worth the watch.

To celebrate this announcement, iRacing is offering 3 months of racing for $5. Just go to http://www.iracing.com/membership, and use the codePR-LEMANS.

 

 

Published in Sim Racing News
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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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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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:36

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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