Grinding Tranny Mod 2.0 for rFactor – Released

hardjack79 has released a new version of his innovative Grinding Tranny Mod for rFactor that is aiming to make the title’s H-pattern shifting simulation more realistic and fix a major flaw withrFactor’s gearbox simulation.

As it is, rFactor racers using an H-pattern shifter can shift into any gear at any time, regardless of the state of clutch and throttle, meaning that gearshifts can’t be missed.

The Grinding Tranny Mod for rFactor fixes this issue, requiring players to use the clutch or match revs when shifting in order to avoid missing shifts. The mod uses rFactor’s horn-sound feature to provide a grinding noise and forces the gearbox into neutral should a shift be missed, making H-pattern shifting much more realistic.

Changelog

NEW: After missing you need to make a full clutched reshift to get into gear (clutch-only and fixed time options are also available).
NEW: Has its own sound engine to play grinding sounds (or optionally use rFactor’s horn function to keep CPU load down).
NEW: Driver name and control details are now automatically detected so editing of the ini file is no longer needed.
NEW: Plugin can be turned on/off from within the upgrades menu, and can use different settings for each car (needs mod support).
NEW: Real-time output of gearbox state (grinding or not grinding) so that hobbyists can add FFB to their gear shifters.
IMPROVED: Telemetry can be written to a console and/or a text file to help you analyse your shifting technique (aka post-mortem).

The mod is highly customizable, coming with editable ini-files and different grinding sounds to choose from. You can download the mod below, make sure to also read the very detailed intructions and tips here.

Download Grinding Tranny Mod 2.0 for rFactor Here

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  • Carbonfibre

    This is excelent! Hopefully it’s fully integrated into rF2 as standard.
    I recommend getting DXTweak with this so you can move the clutch biting zone further away from the end of the pedal it make it a little friendlier on the legs and the plastic stops.  :)

  • Blaarontjes

    Somehow I get the wrong image in my head when seeing the word grinding tranny mod. I’m not liking it.

  • kuato

    ..

  • Denis P.

    I’m not sure about this feature. Having tried a similar (albeit simplified) feature in GT5 I found it incredibly frustrating, as you have to look away from the road and at the gear indicator to find out whether you missed a gear or not. IRL you feel everything instantly through the gear stick in your hand.

  • F1Racer

    I was thinking the very same.  I don’t think I`d like to be face to face with a grinding tranny at any point.
    I’m picturing a violent cross-dresser on a Lambretta scooter. Eeww.

  • Rantam

    We at HistorX have been using this new version for months, as betatesters, and believe me, once is properly configured it really boost the immersion and realism.

    Everyone should get this ;)

    Regards

  • Richard

    Fair comment Denis, although with this plugin you’d be hard pressed to ignore the truly awful grinding sound! There is also output for FFB shifters so that you can feel it instantly, although you need to make your own.

  • KastaRules

    This is truly one of the smartest addons for a racing sim. I really hope rF2 and the other next gen sim will integrate something similar.

    Kudos to hardjack79 and all the modders out there who work hard to improve our virtual driving experience!

  • The Biff

    That is just gross.  lol

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