2019 Season 3 Build is LIVE!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here… Season 3 content is officially LIVE! We’ve got an entire fleet of new content for the new season—check out some of the highlights below:

  • New NASCAR Rides: From the Monster Energy Cup Ford Mustang to brand new Whelen Tour and SK Modifieds, Oval racers have plenty to be excited about in the new build. Also don’t miss the updated Gander Outdoors Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado!
  • Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: Short course off road is iRacing’s newest discipline! Wheel the Pro 4 and Pro 2 trucks on two of the sport’s most exciting tracks, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and Wild West Motorsports Park.
  • Silverstone Circuit: Longtime home of the British Grand Prix, road racers will be excited for our update to Silverstone to bring the track to its current spec.
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    The Road To New Damage

    Starting Out

    My name is Richard Jobling and I am a Senior Software Engineer here at iRacing. For a long time now my primary focus at iRacing has been to develop our new damage model. It’s been a long journey, and I’d like to share some details from along the way.

    When we first discussed improving damage in iRacing, we focused on the goal of adding parts to the cars that would break off during impact. Immediately I started adding more to our to-do list such as improving the particles and sounds to complement breakable parts.

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    Physics Modeling: NTM V7 Info (plus more)

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about the tire model, and I know some of you are eager to hear more about it. It has gone through several iterations since the new tire model (NTM) was first unveiled and I wrote the first incomprehensible blog about it. I am wrapping up the work on the seventh update to the model (V7). Because I haven’t written about it since about the first or second iteration, I’ll include info about version 6 as well. All the cars in the service are currently running on the V6 tire model. All versions prior to that are not worth remembering (except a modified V5 tread rubber model which is used in the V6 tires), so there will be very little here about those.

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    iRacing Development Update – Dirt, Le Mans, VR and more

    We Are Building Dragons

    I have spent a LOT of time in the car and on planes lately traveling to meetings and events for some very exciting developments for iRacing.  I can’t really get into the specifics yet on what these trips are for but during these long drives and flights I have had a lot time to reflect on iRacing.  Some thoughts that popped into my head on my travels….

    It’s pretty amazing to me that not only has iRacing now been around for 12 years but we are now over 50 employees strong!  We actually have a larger development staff than we did at Papyrus over the last five years of that company’s existence.  I loved Papyrus and my time there but I honestly feel that iRacing has far surpassed what we accomplished at Papyrus and we have really done far more than we could ever have dreamed about doing if we still worked there.

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    December Build & Other iRacing Updates

    This is always kind of a depressing time of the year for me, because winter is literally only weeks away and all the real world racing series are finishing up their seasons. I am excited, though, to be heading to Homestead on Friday to celebrate our NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series champion Kenny Humpe and get to watch what is really the only race left in the season. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that this new Chase format does provide a “Super Bowl” event with the final race at Homestead.

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    iRacings’s New Dynamic Tracks & More

    Let’s Talk About Hot Rubber

    Time. You never seem to have enough of it and it moves much faster than you can imagine. I can give you some funny lines about why it has been so long since I have last written one of these blogs, but the straight truth is that I just haven’t had the time! We are so busy here at iRacing trying to bring cool new stuff to our loyal members, that it’s hard to just sit down and collect your thoughts in the way one of these blogs forces you to do. That and I finally got a PlayStation 4…

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    Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster do exist

    Let’s just get the bad news out of the way right away. Driver swaps WILL NOT be in the Season 3 build. Take a minute to go file a protest, punch a wall, crush a six pack or whatever else you need to do to get that frustration out of your system. Then come back and finish reading.

    Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . .

    Okay, feel better? So now that we have got that over with, I am going to write something that anyone that has read one of my blogs knows I never do: Makes as close to a promise as you will ever get from me about release dates. If I was allowed back in Vegas again and a casino would take my bet, I would put money down that driver swaps will be in the season 4 build. In fact, I’d bet all the money I could get my hands on as well although, in reality, that’s not so much considering I have two small children who literally never stop eating. But to reiterate, the driver swap feature really is coming, and it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tyler Hudson’s NASCAR iRacing Championship Blog

    What’s it like to be a NASCAR Champion?  Let’s back up a little bit first.  I remember sitting at my PC a few years ago and watching as Richard Towler walked onto the stage at Homestead Miami to receive his NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship check of $10,000.  Then, watching him walk into the media center with Dale Earnhardt Jr, sit next to him, and answer questions from the media.  In my gut I had envy.  I wanted to be that guy.  I always dreamed growing up of making it in the sport of NASCAR.  Ever since I was a kid that was all I had ever wanted in life more than anything.  It made other challenges in life, like school, especially hard because I couldn’t think about anything else.  I am the type of person who, when I get something in my head, nothing else matters.  Literally.  It consumes every thought, every day dream, every action.  You’re drawn to friends who are racing fans. So in school all we talked was racing.  My senior project in 2004 was on the advances of NASCAR Safety (haha).  So you get the point.  It is all I wanted. 

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    What has happened to road racing in America?

    Last weekend two of the largest American racing series brought their haulers and million dollar race cars to the racing center of the world – Baltimore, MD. Funny thing is that no one seemed to care. The few overhead shots broadcast on TV showed more unoccupied seats than occupied for both the ALMS and the IndyCar races.

    Why race in Baltimore when there are so many great tracks in North America? What’s wrong with Watkins Glen or Montreal for example? Seems like both series were trying to bring the racing to the fans – too bad there aren’t many fans in Baltimore. Maybe the race fans know that the Baltimore street circuit is a Mickey Mouse track (my apologies to Mickey Mouse). It has virtually no sight lines for the fans to watch the action, a ridiculous chicane in the middle of a straight that is so poorly designed the drivers have to bypass it just to start the race, multiple surface types that make it impossible to setup a car properly and extremely tight corner radii that inevitably lead to crumpled race cars. Evidently the front straight is very tricky too as six or seven ALMS cars had their races ended before taking the green flag.

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    1967: The Summer of Lo…tus 49

    As part of our ongoing commitment to make iRacing one of the best driving video games, we aren’t afraid to do a little bit of experimenting. Our team of online racing experts is hard at work trying new things to keep iRacing one of the most innovative, high-performance live online racing games available.

    Now For the Lotus…

    There were a lot of places where people were loving the summer of 1967, but the cockpit of an F1 car with a brand new 3-liter engine was not one of them. The engine formula had just been changed in 1966 to allow 3 liters of displacement, up from 1.5 liters in previous years. 1967 was the first year the teams had time to produce new engines to fully exploit the additional power. And that power was considerable—in just about a single year the drivers (and car designers) had to cope with a doubling of the power, from 200 to 400 horsepower. This created some problems.

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    Valve Index VR headset Review By Sim Racing Corner

    Valve Index VR headset Review By Sim Racing Corner

    Virtual Reality is still struggling to become a mainstream entertainment market. Despite the slow growth, most HMD manufacturers such as Oculus, HTC, Pimax, and HP  have upped their game with new and improved VR units. One of the more recent headsets to hit the market is the Valve Index.

    Jeremy from the Sim Racing Corner YouTube channel reviews the new Valve Index VR headset from a sim racers perspective.

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    FIA To Broaden Its Sim Racing Scope

    FIA To Broaden Its Sim Racing Scope

    I remember mentioning racing games/racing simulators at a real-world racing track or event, would ridicule you in an instant. Blurring the lines between real and virtual motorsport was not a popular topic back then. Those days have now gone, due to the fact that eSports has become big business and sim racing, although late to the ESports game, is starting to take its share of the available revenue. And let’s be honest.

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    Home Build 2DOF Seat Mover

    Home Build 2DOF Seat Mover

    Its always great to see how far certain community members take their imagination, to build their own custom sim racing hardware.

    Aurelien DrLow is building a custom 2DOF seat mover motion simulator, but not as we know it. He came up with a very original concept in which the racing seat is separated in two parts. The top/back of the seat is fixed on the rig, while the bottom is able to sway and surge.

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    Frex H-Shifter Review By The SRG

    Frex H-Shifter Review By The SRG

    Barry Rowland of the Sim Racing Garage reviews the Frex H-Shifter by Japanese Sim Racing gear manufacturer FREX. As usual, Barry literally shows us the ins and outs of the product and performs a hands-on test before sharing his final thoughts.

    The Frex H-Shifter is available via the Official website for 460 US$ + Shipping

     
    Official Webpage –  frex.xsrv.

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