More cars, updated tracks, different damage model and new camera system: iRacing Season 3 brings lots of new features.
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The popular racing simulation iRacing heads into its third season in 2020. It introduces a lot of updates and new content. Let’s take a look at what’s awaiting us in the new season.
Six new vehicles
The third season features six new cars. Even though there is no DeLorean waiting, you can still travel to the past. Two 1987 NASCAR legends have been added to the game: the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Ford Thunderbird. With the BMW M4 GT4, another highly anticipated, younger model is now available as well. The car was released in 2018 and quickly earned the “Race Car of the Year” title at the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards.
Here is a list of all new cars:
- BMW M4 GT4
- Indy Pro 2000
- NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo – 1987
- NASCAR Ford Thunderbird – 1987
- NASCAR Gander Outdoors Ford F150
- USF 2000
If you already want to test out any of the new cars, you can also go and check out an updated track. Kentucky Speedway was re-built from new scan data. If your purchased the track now known as Legacy Kentucky Speedway – 2011 in the past 24 months you will automatically get access to the new Kentucky Speedway for free.
Road of America underwent some cosmetical changes and comes with graphical updates, including a new track surface, signs, curbs and trees. Only its textures have been altered, so it might not be the most visible change at first glance. People in the comments of the video showcasing the new look quickly pointed out that they were not able to see any differences when watching the video.
The season also brings upgrades such as new tires for a variety of vehicles, a new audio manager, and different options in the camera system which give you a more realistic feeling. For example, you can now adjust camera shake for both on-car and static cameras with a slider. The same goes for the new auto-exposure feature, which can be customized as well.
- New camera system to fine-tune exposure and add camera shaking
- Updated audio manager called xAudio2 API
- Limited tire sets
- Quickie cautions, drive-through penalties, and more Race Control updates
- Stockcars, trucks, and some road car tire updates
Another large change are damage models with new multi-threaded processing. If you now crash into someone or something, your car receives more realistic and detailed damage. You can check out what the changes look like in the end of the video below.
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