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Featured New iRacing Dirt Trailer, Update Due March 29th

Discussion in 'iRacing' started by Paul Jeffrey, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Building up to a proposed March 29th release, iRacing have revealed a new trailer showcasing the upcoming addition of loose surface dirt oval racing to the service.


    With one of the most substantial updates to ever be attempted by the team behind iRacing waiting in the wings for a release at the end of this month, the team in America have released a nice teaser trailer of the new racing discipline in a effort to help fans pass the time whilst we await a first public release.

    Adding a brand new racing surface and all the associated technical challenges that entails is no mean feat for iRacing.com, and if the update proves to be successfully deployed come March 29th the team should be applauded for their work undertaken over the last 12 months of development.

    First announced back on April Fools Day 2016, it took quite a time for the general sim racing genre to fully appreciate that iRacing were seriously gearing up for this massive departure from the usual type of racing simulated within the sim. Now the dust has well and truly settled down, iRacing have been hard at work securing many impressive licences for this unique form of motorsport and engaging many big name US dirt oval drivers to aid development, so the new update should stand a very real chance of providing the closest to reality experience of dirt oval racing sim racers can participate in today.

    You can view the new trailer below:



    Upon it's release, iRacing will boast Dirt Sprint Cars, Dirt Late Models, Dirt Street Stock, NASCAR Camping World Trucks machines and Legends cars as well as the Eldora Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Volusia Speedway Park tracks.


    iRacing is an online only racing simulation available for PC. Utilising a subscription based system, content can be purchased as individual items priced per piece.

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    Check out the iRacing sub forum here at RaceDepartment to engage with your fellow iRacing fans. Leave a comment about your thoughts on the game, or download one of the many community created setups to help boost your competitive advantage!

    Did you enjoy the new trailer? Looking forward to trying out dirt in the game? Share your thoughts and opinions with us below!
     
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  2. Gui Cramer

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    If someone takes the car and goes the opposite way, will it behave correctly and have awful handling, or was it designed to only perform in that specific left-hand scenario?

    Edit: meaning if the model fits this kind of racing and if the interaction of the wings with the environment is broad enough where no workarounds were necessary.
     
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  3. burrito

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    Based on its geometry I suppose it will be one way only. Either that or the setups will be just like oval where counterclockwise and clockwise are opposite setups.
     
  4. Brice.S.

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    Cars are not created for right turn, so I don't really understand the question...
    I'm really not an oval guy and not at all a dirt oval one...but I'll, for sure, try these things....
    Just wondering how we could handle it without triple screen (or vr), for those using realistic FOV (or close to)
    @++
     
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  5. Tamas Gulyas

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    Ridiculous !!! XDDDDDDD
     
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  6. Sky

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    nice!
     
  7. Eckhart von Glan

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    lengthy post from mr.Gardner on the iRacing forums:

    "Good morning,

    We just wanted to provide an update in regard to the “dirt” software build. It is still on track for next Wednesday, March 29th. Everything is looking good for the release on that day and we are very excited about it. A lot went into the development and we hope you enjoy it. In the meantime, we are working on another video today showing race footage of the winged sprint cars.

    We are planning on putting the dirt content for “pre-sale” this coming Monday. If you have any interest you are welcome to purchase early. There will be 5 pieces of dirt content for sale. All the content will be priced at the standard price of $11.95. (We are using the lower tier pricing for the tracks.) Don’t forget, add a 6th piece of content and you will get 15% off. If you buy 3-5 pieces of content you will receive 10% off. The reason for the pre-sale is with that much content, it will help spread the traffic AND you will be able to test the new content in our offline Test Drive feature during the update. Within the first couple hours of the maintenance period, we'll provide members with early access to pre-ordered and free included dirt content via the Test Drive feature. Follow us on social media for notification for example at @iRacing on twitter. You will still have to download the new content during the maintenance period. The update will likely take several hours. It will be good chance to get some test laps in with Dirt before you get on track with others. That said, we sure wouldn’t mind if not everyone jumps on to update all at once. Take your time, it will help everyone!

    Speaking of that (updates/downloading), we often receive messages that we need to buy more servers or upgrade to fiber and things along those lines. I assure you we have plenty of high-end servers, fiber and state of the art networking and none of that is a bottleneck. We wish it was that easy to just buy more/better. It is typically the distribution of the massive data/content that is the bottleneck. We contract with the same high-end data distribution network (Akamai) as iTunes, Microsoft, ESPN, NBC Sports, Adobe, etc. It just takes some time unfortunately for the data to get distributed and downloaded globally.

    Back to dirt. The 5 pieces content going on sale will be the tracks Williams Grove, Eldora and Volusia. All the dirt tracks have day and night lighting. The cars will be a Late Model which will include three versions for the price of one. A Limited, Pro and Super Late Model. The second car for purchase will be a Winged Sprint Car which also will include three different versions in the car package for the price of one including the 305, 360 and 410. Additionally we will be granting free dirt content including a dirt version of USA Speedway, a Dirt Street Stock, and a Dirt Legends Car. Last but not least dirt versions of the Camping World Trucks (Silverado and Tundra). If you already own those vehicles, you will have the dirt package for free. They are not separate dirt vehicles, it is just that when you are on Dirt, you will have the dirt package for example when the NASCAR series goes to Eldora on the schedule. You can see all the dirt content here: http://www.iracing.com/dirt/

    A few more things to keep in mind on Dirt. We made a few adjustments to safety system. Because dirt cars are meant to be sideways in corners, we adjusted the out of control spin incident well pass 90 degrees for dirt, but you can still get the incident if you do a serious spin. Additionally, we moved heavy contact to 2 points instead of 4 points like it is on pavement since there is more natural contact in dirt racing. Everything else is the same for incidents and the math is the same in calculating safety rating and iRating. It is still our hope to create a separate license for Dirt and some preliminary work has started in that regard.

    We will be putting up 5 series when we release. Three official series and two fun series. The official series will be at the lower license levels with the lower HP Cars to start off at least, for a reason. (The two fun series will the higher HP cars.) We strongly suggest you start with the lower HP cars no matter how experienced you are as a sim racer. Dirt racing is much different than pavement racing. There is much more to it than throwing the car in the corner. To be blunt, it is hard and takes hundreds of laps of practice to get it but it is very fun and rewarding as you progress. I’m not any good at any type of sim racing but I really have struggled not driving dirt like I do pavement. The pedal control overall is a bugger, keeping the pedal down (mostly) through the corners on a short track, the timing of the brakes and steering, the dynamically changing lines and conditions of the dirt is difficult to be proficient never mind master. Even going down the straights you have to concentrate, that car wants to go left big time. It is critical to practice. Watch the Chris Bell video if you get a chance on our YouTube Channel, it is excellent. We will be releasing much more in the coming days and weeks about dirt racing including tips and pointers from experienced real world drivers (and sim racers). Be patient and help each other out like you always do. That is what is great about this community. Most of all, have fun.

    There will be several other nice little non-dirt additions that will be in the “dirt build” next week but this post is long enough. Additionally, we are pretty excited about our June Build. Contrary to popular belief we have been working on many other things beside Dirt.

    We will be watching and listening to your feedback on dirt (and everything else) and looking for ways to improve as always. I also wanted to thank our testers, both our usual testers and the new folks that helped that have real world dirt experience. They were a huge help for Dirt and we simply could not have done it without them. Also a big thanks to our licensing partners across the board. It also would not be possible without them. Most of all, thanks to all of our members, we definitely would not be doing this without you!

    Good racing and a Happy Early April Fools Day!"
     
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  8. billymitchell

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    I am super skeptical of the handling and force feedback for this at launch.

    I'm sure they'll get it to a quality experience by Season 3 or 4 this year, but I won't pay to be a beta tester on a new track surface, tire models, and car physics.
     
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  9. Paul Bennett

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    Not something I'll doing but it should be good as real drivers have helped develop it , like Billy Strange at ISR
     
  10. leseb64

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    Pcars also to was dev by pro pilots ...:roflmao:
     
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  11. Stereo

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    It took me a bit to put my finger on it but why are the tires all clean black rubber? I wouldn't even ask for it to change dynamically (even if that seems completely possible given other parts of the car get dirty) just have it look right while racing, draw some dirt on the texture.
     
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  12. Eckhart von Glan

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    you won't have to pay if you are an iRacing member already, Gardner's post says "... we will be granting free dirt content including a dirt version of USA Speedway, a Dirt Street Stock, and a Dirt Legends Car. Last but not least dirt versions of the Camping World Trucks (Silverado and Tundra). If you already own those vehicles, you will have the dirt package for free. ..." I will definitely not buy any content before having dipped my toe in the water using this free content, so probably not at all this season. That one track and two (or three) cars should be enough to figure for each of us if this is worth the bother or not. I totally reserve judgement until beginning of April.
     
  13. GMcA_74

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    Yes i'll be giving the Free content a try before making any decisions.:thumbsup: