Tuesday, 06 March 2018 17:01

IRACING:2018 Season 2 Release Notes

IndyCar 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

 highlights include:

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

Full 2018 Season 2 Changelog:

Racing BETA Interface

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Improved support for scaling the iRacing BETA Interface.

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

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

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

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

– Fixed some text bugs.

Hosted Sessions

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

Custom Car Classes

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

Race Sessions

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

Hosted Results

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

Dynamic Track

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

Dirt

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

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

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

Rallycross

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

Lone Qualifying

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

Driver Swap

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

Hybrid Engines

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

Controls

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

Feedback

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

Spotter

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

Driver Animation

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

Animated Pit Crew

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

Opponent Cars

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

Crowds

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

Rendering

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

Paint Shop

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

Replay

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

Video Capture

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

Telemetry

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

Peripherals

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

iRacing Support

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

CARS:

Audi R18

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

Audi R8 LMS GT3

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

BMW Z4 GT3

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

Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

– Season setups have been updated.

Dallara DW12

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

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

Dallara IR18

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

Dirt Late Model

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

Dirt Midget

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

Dirt Sprint Car

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

Dirt Sprint Car Non-Winged

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

Dirt Street Stock

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

Dirt U.M.P. Modified

– Season setups have been updated.

Ford GT – 2017

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

Ford Mustang FR500S

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

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

Indycar Dallara circa 2011

– Honda logos have been removed from this vehicle.

McLaren MP4-30

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

Mercedes-AMG GT3

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

Modified – SK

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Camping World Chevrolet Silverado

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

NASCAR Camping World Toyota Tundra

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

NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet SS

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

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion

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

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Toyota Camry

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

NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified

– Season setups have been updated.

NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro

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

NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang

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

NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Camry

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

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991)

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

Porsche 919 Hybrid

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

Ruf RT 12R

– (Track) – Season setups have been updated.

Silver Crown

– Season setups have been updated.

Sprint Car

– Season setups have been updated.

V8 Supercar Ford Falcon circa 2012

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

TRACKS:

Atlanta Motor Speedway

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

Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans

– Adjusted the audio system for the jet flyover.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

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

Limaland Motorsports Park

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

Phoenix International Raceway – 2008

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

Pocono Raceway

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

Pocono Raceway – 2011

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

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

Richmond Raceway

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

Sonoma Raceway

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

Texas Motor Speedway

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

USA International Speedway

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

 

 

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

NR2003:MENCS 2018

20184A

 

 

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"

 

SNG header220118

 

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.

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