Editor’s note: The following story by Mike Channell appeared on the Top Gear website today. Click here to read the full story (and see an image of Jeremy Clarkson). iRacing launches Blancpain GT3 series Geektastic race simulator to host online GT3 championship. Who’s up for a real-time Spa 24-hour? Fancy going GT racing but don’t have a spare £300,000 stuffed under your Nomex-upholstered mattress?
McLaren Racing and iRacing.com today announced plans to create a digital version of the 2015 McLaren Formula One car for iRacing’s popular online motorsports game. iRacing’s version of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, featuring virtual Kinetic Energy Recovery and Drag Reduction System, will join the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and more than 50 other virtual race cars available on iRacing by late summer. “This is great news for iRacing and the more than 60,000 iRacers around the world,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at iRacing.com. “In addition to making current technology from one of Formula One’s most successful teams available to our members, this project strengthens our relationship with McLaren Racing which already includes the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and McLaren Electronics’ Atlas Express data acquisition system.” “McLaren Racing is looking forward to seeing the McLaren MP4-30 on the virtual tracks of iRacing.” – Jonathan Neale Myers and iRacing chief executive/chief technical officer Dave Kaemmer, recently visited McLaren Racing headquarters in England to meet with Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer and Steve Houghton, Head of Vehicle Dynamics at McLaren Racing for an in-depth discussion of the technical aspects of building the MP4-30 to ensure the creation of an authentic version of the car.
FansChoice.tv and iRacing.com are teaming up to make Tuesdays NASCAR iRacing Night on FansChoice.tv during the 2015 racing season. Beginning tomorrow night, race fans will be able to watch the world’s top sim racers in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com and the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series, on FansChoice.tv on alternate Tuesdays at 9 p.m
2015 NASCAR iRacing.com Series Season Kicks Off Weekend of February 22 NASCAR and iRacing.com announced today a six year extension of iRacing’s licensing agreement as NASCAR’s exclusive online motorsport racing simulation.
The Coanda Simsport HPD-ARX 01c heads to victory in the iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona. Coanda Sim Sport and New World Sim Sport (McLaren MP4-12c GT3) were the ultimate winners in the 2015 iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona, iRacing’s inaugural ‘round the clock event. With Martin Krönke, Paul R Williams, Justin Lindsay and Mitchell deJong taking turns at the wheel, Coanda’s HPD-ARX 01c completed 874 laps to outdistance the similar cars of the Radicals Online and Fenix Motorsports teams to capture the Prototype class win in the event’s top-rated split. In a GT3 class that saw no less than ten cars finish within ten laps of the winners’ mark of 790 laps, Joel Tremblay, Simo Leppänen, Patrick Bachelard, Tim Claessens and Antti Pihlaja piloted their NWSW McLaren to one lap victory over the CORE Motorsports RUF with the Mivano Thrustmaster X-Team BMW Z4 taking the final step on the virtual podium, four laps down. The pristine NWSS McLaren barely put a wheel wrong en route to the GT3 class win
The iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona is scheduled to get underway at 13:00 GMT (8am EST) on January 31. The opening round of the 2015 Road Warrior Series, the race will utilize the driver swap/team feature that enables two or more sim racers to drive the same car and/or assume various roles such as spotter, crew chief and team manager. The event will be a multi-class race for prototypes (HPD-ARX01C) and GT3 (BMW Z4, Ford GT, McLaren MP4-12C and RUF Track) and is open to all iRacers with a road license level of D 4.0 or higher.
iRacing’s First 24 Hour Race Set for January 17-18 Like their counterparts in the Tudor United SportsCar Series participating in last week’s “Roar Before the 24,” iRacers are invited to take part in a pre-season test on January 17-18 in preparation for the iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening round of the 2015 Road Warriors Series, later this month. In addition to fine-tuning their virtual prototypes and GT cars during the test event, competitors will have a chance to familiarize themselves with iRacing’s driver swap/team feature that makes it possible for two or more drivers thousands of miles apart to race the same virtual car around the clock. As well, the test will enable iRacing to optimize the complex systems associated with staging three dozen or more simultaneous online races — with upwards of 40 cars apiece — for 24 hours. This test race will be an official race but will not count in the standings of the Road Warrior Series. “Whether you’re talking about drivers, teams or sanctioning bodies, pre-season testing is an essential element of motorsports,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of iRacing.com. “It’s only fitting to have a pre-season test for our competitors and a final systems check before iRacing’s inaugural 24 hour event. Since the introduction of our driver swap/team feature last month, private leagues have successfully run scores of races lasting up to six hours with 50 or more cars. We want to make sure our first 24 hour race goes just as smoothly.” Prototype and GT competitors alike will prepare for iRacing’s first 24 hour race in the Roar Before the 24 on January 17-18
RaceSpot TV are proud to announce that they have renewed their partnership with iRacing.com Motorsports Simulations, to cover the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series for the 2015 season. In addition, RaceSpot TV shall also provide coverage of the endurance rounds of the 2015 iRacing.com Road Warrior Series, and the 2015 iRacing.com Indianapolis 500
For more than two decades Thrustmaster has brought a unique combination of know-how and innovation to the video games accessory market. Since its founding in 1992, the Oregon-based company has focused on developing precision products that enhance the gaming experience and address the needs of the gaming community worldwide. iRacingNews recently had the opportunity to discuss the company’s past, present and future with Éric Mindjimba, International Marketing Manager of the Guillemot Corporation, parent company of Thrustmaster. Q: Can you talk a little about the history of Thrustmaster? What are the company’s origins