iRacing president Tony Gardner has once again stepped up with a small development update for the 2019 Season 3 build coming up in early June. For those who have not seen it, I’ll provide some highlights plus the full update.
- The new form of racing — Short-Course Off-Road Trucks is on pace for the June release. This includes two trucks and two tracks.
- Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) is in development but will not make the June release. Look for that in September.
- On the NASCAR side, the Ford Mustang Cup Car and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado should be in the June build.
- The Modified Cars may also make the June build. The 208 Tour Modified champion’s car was scanned. This will bring brand new Tour and SK Modified cars to iRacing.
Below is the full update.
Thanks to everyone for your membership and the time you spend iRacing!
I know some members are curious about what is coming next so I figured a good time to do a brief content production update with the quarterly software update about four weeks away.
I’ll start with the new form of racing — Short-Course Off-Road Trucks. The Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks are on pace for the June quarterly release as are two tracks, Wild West and Wild Horse. It is going to be Wildly fun! Later this week we will work on a video for your viewing pleasure. You will get both the Pro 2 and the Pro 4 truck for the price of one vehicle.
While working on the short-course trucks, we improved the dirt particle effects which will carry over to other forms of dirt racing. Speaking of that, we are in full production of Fairbury Speedway. That will miss June, but it will release in September (or earlier) probably. It is far enough along to take screenshots, and we will do that soon with videos to follow. We have also started work on Lernerville Speedway which would be next after Fairbury. We have a full list of tracks that we are doing and then will take it from there. Most on the list have been scanned.
Staying on dirt, we also are working on our first ever purpose-built RallyX track. That track will not make the June build, but plenty more will, keep reading.
We are shooting to get NASCAR Ford Mustang (Cup) in the June build. Same with the 2019 Silverado.
We also are working hard to get a brand new NASCAR Modified car in the build. An all new car including a complete physics update. We scanned the reigning champs car, Justin Bonsignore, who is the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion. We will simply replace the old Modified car so if you own the old one, you will get this for free. We will also be providing two versions like we do now, same car body basically but two different engines (SK and Tour). Again both cars are in the same package for one price if you were to buy it new. (This car will be used in the playoffs for the 2019 NASCAR Ignite Series by the way. The regular season will be the Legends Car, just like last year. A press release is coming out this week about that.)
I don’t want this to turn into a development update, but here is a little tidbit while talking about NASCAR. We are fairly optimistic we will get green-white-checkered into this build. We also have one of the 2019 Xfininity cars done but waiting to get them all done before we release them. As usual, a time consuming and painful process getting all the licensing done and getting our hands on the data to build the cars. On the bright side, we are having some good conversations with our wonderful partners to make this process easier in the future.
Flipping to the road side, we are close on the Audi RS3 LMS TCR car. However, it will miss the June build as I mentioned in another post. I think a completely updated Silverstone will make the June build but it will be a little tight. Barcelona is in full production as well and on track for a 2019 release.
There are multiple other cars and tracks in production but we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. That can get us in trouble.
There is also a tremendous amount going on in regards to new and improved features, some of it, you already know about. AI, new damage model, new sound engine, updated tire model, rain, etc. and making good progress on all of it.