Archive for September, 2010

Williams F1 getting ever closer…

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

A second iRacing Williams FW31 teaser video has been released with some exciting footage from a race at Road America. We can see what a typical race might look like with some cars using the official Williams livery and other cars in basic solid colour form. Subscribers will be able to design their own liveries too, so with time there should be enough creativity in the car skins to make the field look more interesting. I think I’ll be attempting to recreate an official Williams livery with alternative sponsors (to add a little bit of individuality).

Another interesting aspect of this teaser is that it showcases the new shadow effects that will be included in the next build. The start of the video shows the ‘soft shadows’ from the Road America trees and I’ll be looking forward to enabling them, as apparently they are very low cost (FPS-wise) to switch on.

iRacing on SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub

Friday, September 10th, 2010

iRacing was featured on SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub program this week and featured a funny segment with AJ Allmendinger. Watch and see what happens when a fellow racer wrecks AJ and see how he takes it…

Pocono Arrives!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Pocono Raceway

Today saw the anticipated release of Pocono Raceway, the latest track in the iRacing service. The track is host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup as well as Truck series and road racers are well served by four interesting road layouts in the infield.

Called the Tricky Triangle by some, the Bermuda Triangle by others, three-cornered Pocono Raceway is utterly unique. Situated in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, the 2.5 mile tri-oval features three very different turns connected by straightaways of varying length. Turn One is banked at 14 degrees, Turn Two (aka the “Tunnel Turn”) is banked at eight degrees and Turn Three at six degrees. Pocono’s main straightaway is the longest on any North American speedway at 3,740 feet, the “Long Pond” straightaway stretches for 3,055 feet between Turns One and Two, while the run from Turn Two to Turn Three is a mere 1,780 feet.