Here are some interesting updates relating to iRacing dirt that are coming up from 2018 Season 2.
- The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Limaland Raceway Park have been confirmed for 2018 Season 3 by both Steve Myers and Tony Gardner.
- iRacing has created a cushion or berm for all dirt tracks. Lots of testing went into making the cushion more lively and feel more like a real cushion. More dirt can build up and the height at which it can build up has been increased significantly. Along with the cushion, there’s a slight overall track grip adjustment for all tracks.
- The Street Stock rev limit has been increased to 6800 RPM.
- The Winged Sprint Car suspension adjustments from this season will be reverted to the initial specification (HOORAY). Also, the nose wing angle will now be adjustable in the iRacing Garage.
- The Dirt Late Model Cars are getting significant suspension updates. Improvements continue. Setup rebuilding continues.
- Dirt Oval Classes C and up will all include heat races.
- The iRacing Dirt World Championship Qualifying Series will begin on March 19. These races will include 3 heats and 2 consolation races. Both the Late Model and Winged Sprint Series will be open to all dirt licenses. More details here and here.
Steve Reis also came forth with some more information on the Dirt late Model updates.
- Updated front bumpstop rate curves with more accurate data
- Updated shock lengths and positions using more accurate data
- Trimmed nose valence and door skirts in the model to more typical lengths and adjusted collision elements accordingly
- Adjusted collision elements in the nose and tail to allow closer racing per member suggestions and feedback
Per Reis: “The net result is a more realistic attitude/stance in terms of how the car stays up on the bars and how things look from the driver’s seat. The left rear hikes up more and the right front travels more. The car feels softer and more lively in general and is just a lot of fun to drive. We had a ton of help from a few real life drivers, and everyone is pretty excited about it. I hope everyone likes it as much as we do. I don’t think the update feels night and day different than the current member’s build, but everyone agrees it is a pretty solid improvement overall.”
AI will not be released in this build but is still on track for a 2018 release.