Rain around the corner for iRacing?

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While iRacing announced early in 2022 rain was being worked on, no ETA was given at the time, with the developer stating they wanted to "make sure it's right". But an accidental leak on their side during a maintenance period seems to indicate the feature's release is getting closer.

While the service was down, an UI box allowing you to select wet tyres was available in local practice sessions. It was however quickly removed through a hotfix right after. This is a positive sign showing progress is made, and backs up Anthony Gardner's declaration that the feature would be coming this year in an interview given to french paper magazine Les Légendes du Jeu Vidéo.

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While the perspective of rain in a sim that is known for being already quite sensitive to drive on dry surfaces might give the chills to some drivers, seeing how intense a race can turn out to be when the weather decides to damp the track should make the endurance events pretty exciting to race and watch, if the Gran Turismo World Finals are any indicator to go by.
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While the perspective of rain in a sim that is known for being already quite sensitive to drive on dry surfaces might give the chills to some drivers.

Quite sensitive to drive on dry surface?????

Several years ago, I would 100% have agreed with this statement, as it was one of the sims I found extremely difficult to get up to speed when jumping back in after a length break.

This past years updates to the physics and tire model, I find it the easiest to jump back into with all the cars I've driven.

As for rain, I'm somewhat excited for the option....it will give endurance races some interesting options, AI racing is where I'll enjoy it the most....ranked lobbies could be a nightmare.

All in all, great to see yet another feature added to the engine :)
 
This past years updates to the physics and tire model, I find it the easiest to jump back into with all the cars I've driven.

Have to admit I've found the same. In the past it used to take a lot longer to acclimatize to iRacing than it does these days.

That speaks to a tyre and handling model that's improving.
 
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I'd bet they'll have the best implementation of rain in a sim yet but their tyre model is going to let them down and it'll be an even more frustrating experience than it should be

Considering the struggles they had (have?) when dynamic rubbering was implemented, and then dynamic heat etc.
I would be surprised of they manage to get this working out of the box.
 
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Yep.

Just wanted to foreshadow what's probably going to happen in this thread.
LOL! So you just wanted to beat them to the punch?

Do you think it helped any?

FWIW I do agree with the point raised that there may be some iterating with how the tire model works in rain after this feature is released. It's a fair assessment based on history, but also based on history, they will figure it out.
 
In regards to the tire model.....I really enjoy the latest tire update to the GT3 and LMPD class....that said, I hope that info/update makes to the rest of the content asap
 
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*grabs popcorn*

#money #irenting #nooneracesinrain

Yep.

Just wanted to foreshadow what's probably going to happen in this thread.

I agree, will turn into a rage fest real soon!
I certainly hope not however just in case let me just say to anyone thinking about posting about the business model etc. don't.
We've heard all that before so stay on topic please.
 
i'd be interested to see this, i'm not a fan of their tyres in the dry so wondering how slippery they'd be in the wet
 

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