iRacing to Complete GTP Grid, First Rain Video Shown

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The top-level prototype roster in iRacing is set to expand again: While the racing sim already has the BMW M V8 Hybrid and the Cadillac V-Series.R on its virtual grids, two more vehicles will join them in competition. Meanwhile, Executive Producer Greg Hill has shown the first video insight into the upcoming weather system implementation - exciting times lay ahead.

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With the influx of manufacturers for the 2023 season, endurance racing in IMSA and WEC has seen renewed interest from fans, and the cars slowly find their way into sim racing as well. BMW's challenger has been in iRacing since late 2022, and the Cadillac joined the sim this June. Thanks to the cooperation with IMSA, two more are set to join them.

Porsche & Acura Still Missing​

While the teaser has both new additions still covered up, the specific mention of IMSA's GTP class can only mean the addition of the Porsche 963 and the Acura ARX-06, as they are the only cars missing to complete the class. For the 2023 season, two Acuras and two Porsches are on the entry list, although the fourth 963 entered by Proton Competition has only raced at the most recent event at Road America this past weekend. Meanwhile, The #7 Porsche-Penske entry took a commanding victory in the hands of Felipe Nasr and Matt Campell.

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Felipe Nasr (left) and Matt Campbell scored the second IMSA victory for Porsche's latest prototype at Road America. Image credit: Porsche Newsroom

Acura has not been doing bad, either: The # 60 Meyer Shank Racing/Curb-Agajanian entry took overall victory in the season-opening Daytona 24 with regular drivers Tom Blomqvist and Colin Braun plus IndyCar stars Hélio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud taking the checkered flag in first position. Blomqvist and Braun also won at Mosport in July.

The other ARX-06 entered by Wayne Taylor Racing and Andretti Autosport may not have won a race yet, but Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor are leading the GTP standings, having come second at Daytona and Mosport while also recording a third place last time out at Road America.

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The #10 Acura of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor may not be a winner in 2023 yet, but the entry is leading the IMSA GTP standings after Road America. Image credit: Acura

First Rain Video Clips​

A crucial endurance element may also arrive soon: After taking a deep dive into the next development steps recently, iRacing Executive Producer Greg Hill showed the first video clips of rain in the simulation during the broadcast of the Race for More 2.4 broadcast, highlighting the different factors that are going to influence weather and the dynamic evolution of tracks in the rain. "It's going to change iRacing significantly. It is already a very dynamic experience, and these rain and advanced weather systems are really going to take it to the next level", stated Hill.

While the graphics are still placeholders according to Hill, the development looks like it is quite advanced. No launch date for the new weather system has been given yet, and with 2023 Season 4 due to start in September, it seems likely that the system could find its way into iRacing with the release of 2024's Season 1 in December of 2023.


Your Thoughts​

What do you think of the latest iRacing development updates and car teasers? Are you looking forward to rain and the full IMSA GTP grid in the sim? Let us know in the comments below!
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iRacing stepping up their profile somewhat, "significant investment" should be a good thing, hiring Terence Groening awhile back was a stroke of genius (as he is a genius!), *finally* getting some Rain after all these years and by all accounts the AI are still pretty decent....may have to take another look later in the year.
 
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I think what many people don't know is, they already have weather in place, as in: wind, moisture (such as fog or morning damp or light fog) and a 24h sun cycle, so getting the rain element in is actually going to happen on a solid foundation.
As others here, I predict a lot of chaos in some of the servers once it is introduced, I would love to see a sort of "wet track driving school" everyone has to take before doing their first event.
Wet racing in other sims has never quite convinced me, but maybe I just suck big time in the simulated wet? In AI mode, I never switch it on, e.g. in ACC or other games.
 
Man, this game gives me such Race 07 vibes! I love it, going back in time... it's such a time machine!
 
I think what many people don't know is, they already have weather in place, as in: wind, moisture (such as fog or morning damp or light fog) and a 24h sun cycle, so getting the rain element in is actually going to happen on a solid foundation.
As others here, I predict a lot of chaos in some of the servers once it is introduced, I would love to see a sort of "wet track driving school" everyone has to take before doing their first event.
Wet racing in other sims has never quite convinced me, but maybe I just suck big time in the simulated wet? In AI mode, I never switch it on, e.g. in ACC or other games.
Really? I find that in acc the ai pace is well balanced in the wet. If you are smooth you can be quicker than them. In ams 2 it's a bit hit and miss tho
 
The expansion of the GTP class along with the increase to the car limit mentioned in the Dev diary should be a very nice combination. And hopefully keeps the IMSA relationship going strong.
I do wonder if this might help us see an expansion of the GT class too given how diverse it is in IMSA
 
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ams2 ai is being worked on for wet weather racing , it’s not there yet. But against human opponents I have had some very good wet weather races in that sim. I’m sure iRacing will do a good job given their superior resources to most of the other dev studios. If they can improve the ffb and add this system I’d go back .
 
weather in iRacing will be good news but first they should fix FFB .... AM2 have much better FFB then iRacing... in AM2 you almost feel the tyers ;) like on real road....
 

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