iRacing.com – First BMW Z4 GT3 + COTA Previews

iRacing.com has released first preview shots of the BMW Z4 GT3 that will join their online racing simulation.

The preview shots below shows BMW’s GT3-class challenger dressed up in a BMW factory-colors inspired livery at Circuit of the Americas.

The car will be made available for purchase for iRacing subscribers in late April, as will the Texan Formula One venue.

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  • Nick1

    Looks good

  • Trevor

    Looks very good, I wish iracing wasn’t so expansive… I can go along with the annual fee or whatever but at least include all the cars in it :S don’t make us spend tons more for them…

    • Chris Wright

      I used to have that view, but I gradually realized that even though it is undeniably pricey, it’s actually excellent value for money, given the overall quality of the experience. A lot of peoples’ opinions of iRacing are based on earlier versions and I can only suggest those that haven’t tried it for a while give it another go. It’s so nice to have a completely rounded sim without any of the beta shenanigans that’s arguably plagued our hobby in the past two or three years. The old cliche of iceracing no longer applies and the new tyre model is exceptional. Graphically very impressive too.

      • http://www.bsimracing.com/ Wim

        I agree Chris. I loved it since 2008. I could understand that it was not everybody’s first choice, but now its 2014, and as an online racing system, its brilliant.

      • Roger Wallentin

        I agree its great value if sim racing(!) is your hobby!

        The online racing is far superior to anything else unless you are only running closed league racing

        The driving experience combining sounds, visuals, physics and the online racing is one of if not the best ever. The safety rating system works great to keep racing clean and fair yet competitive.

        AC for example has some catching up on engine sounds and multiplayer before it can compete as a package.

      • Chris Wright

        Agreed. There seems to be euphoria over AC and, in fairness, it is very good, but still has it all to prove as a completed title.

      • Trevor

        iracing has been around since 2008 :S I had no idea. Well from screenshots like these, the beauty is definitely present. I still think for the yearly fee we should get all the cars in it. rF1 and rF2 are too me amazing and it looks good, yet you get free content. AC has got as much content if not more (+ future mods) and it’s only 40 dollars. So yes iRacing is overpriced.

      • Szymon Osiecki

        AC doesn’t have nowhere near the content available in iRacing.

        In the final version of Assetto Corsa you will have 26 cars and many of them are pretty similar (like 11 Lotuses) and only 12 tracks with 15 layouts.

        iR has 42 cars (26 road cars) with much more variety (except of the street cars) and 62 tracks (26 road, 15 rovals, 21 ovals) with 170+ layouts (120+ road and 50 oval) and if you will count the night versions separately (AC doesn’t support night racing) there are 220 available layouts.

      • Cock Pit

        AC v1 Final contents is way better then IR membership Contents.( theres only 2 true road tracks in IR= laguna and okaya with the other 2 is mehh.)
        AC 11 similar Lotuses is way better then IR Pontiac or the Stock Car! The only cars i had fun in IR basic contents is the cadillac and the legends! The Mazda Mx5/Ford Spec is either u hate it or luv it.!

      • Szymon Osiecki

        You’re taking it out of contest comparing free iRacing content with a full game which costs $40.

        Trevor said that iRacing is overpriced and offers less content, which is not true, it offers much more content if you want to buy it. There are many users who would pay at least the iRacing price for such iconic tracks like Suzuka, Bathurst, Interlagos, Montreal, Sebring.

      • Cock Pit

        Ahh there are many users also already bought a buggy car the ruf aka the miss shift car.!

      • Anonymous

        It was fixed many weeks ago 😉

      • Cock Pit

        Downshift bug fix only minimised … 6 pages in iR forum..Go try it at T2 Brand Hatch/T 10 Montreal..Good luck.!

      • Mark

        rF and AC are great, I enjoy using and driving both, but they don’t have the organized and around the clock online races on supplied servers, with a system to reduce wrecking and a system to match driver skill. Then there are race and driver statistics back to day zero, an online steward, league organisation, spectator mode, ghost driving in online races, guaranteed quarterly updates, oval racing, organized special events and great net code. This all costs.

      • Chris Wright

        I agree that until the competitors step up and provide the same kind of complex infrastructure that iRacing has, they will always play second fiddle to it in a multiplayer context.

        SimBin is probably best placed to provide stiff competition going forward – we will see how RRE pans out this year.

      • Mario Strada

        I totally agree. Also if one shops wisely it’s not nearly as expensive as people think.
        I pay less than $4 a month between the 2 for 1 and the buy $75 and get a $100 deals they run. Plus now you can get 25% off when you own all road or all oval and more if you own all of them.

        It’s certainly not affordable, but I’d rather spend my money there than with Sibmin these days. The online racing at iRacing is second to none as far as a whole experience.

        For a while all the cars drove like absolute crap and I was really down on them. But since the later NTM4 and now the NTM 5 it’s like night and day. Still work to do, but what a difference.

    • Anonymous

      You don’t need all cars. Actually, it’s worse to have this spoiling opportunity to jump back and forth from/to totally different classes (when you have it). Master one car at a season.. If you have more exp & time – mix it with another one (and you willl be returning to some cars!).
      You’ll get 8-10$ per season via Race Participation Credit (it pays to race) Program. So you can buy new tracks or if you have enough – the programm will pay for your annual subscription (99$ two years promos twice a year).

  • Markus Ott

    Have they raised the bar for the quality for the 3d models?

    • stabiz

      I have long had this theory that they have two teams (or more), and one of them is better. The most obvious difference in quality is the HPD and the Ford GT, and they were released at the same time. The Ford GT is not a very good 3D model, even the tires look like a roll of duct tape.

      I bet these are the same guys that did the McLaren. But yeah, they are upping the quality.

  • Roger Wallentin

    It looks very good indeed, although in my eyes not as good as AC or pCars versions (mainly due to gfx engine shading etc, model looks top notch).

    Though I will most likely enjoy this more than the other two versions due to the sounds, the new cars in iRacing have the best sounds ever in sim racing!

    Great to get some more variation in the spec classes!

    • Anonymous

      I’m really looking forward to Dx11, and more multiple car classes.

      • Nick1

        What would Dx11 even do? I know AC has it and that’s all I know about it

      • Anonymous

        It pushes more calculations from the CPU to the GPU. Specifically for iRacing they’ve said they’re waiting to rewrite a lot of the shaders until they port to Dx11 so they don’t need to rewrite them.

  • Matt Orr

    Please oh please iRacing schedule guy, don’t spam COTA like you do Spa. Please oh please oh please.

    I hate to think of the “fun” that will be Skips at COTA full circuit. Sadly, I know they will do it. (because everyone will buy COTA)

    • Nick1

      Week 13, Legend cars at COTA. No one will ever get to turn 1

      • Anonymous

        They’ll get TO turn 1, they just won’t get through it 12 wide 🙂

    • Anonymous

      At least CotA has 2 (or maybe 3) layouts, and not just changing pit lane and the s/f line. Here’s hoping they actually use them, because that long back straight would be torture in the club level cars.

  • Markus Ott

    If iRacing was smart, they would open up their service for free in week 13 to test out the new season build, let people see how their sim evolved. I stopped subbing iRacing back in 2011 and I am seriously keen on testing the NTM on some of my former favorite cars and the new cars, but I won’t spend 13 euros just for a blind test.

    • Niel

      €13 for a month? Normal price of 1 month is $12 (= €8,72).

      • Markus Ott

        Yeah, you are right, my bad. Proof how long it has been since the last time. Still too much for a test. It was a general statement that they should open week 13 to the public.

      • Niel

        If they open week 13 to the public, it’s more reason not to race in week 13. The standard is already low enough during that week.

      • Markus Ott

        Who cares? No safety system in place. At least you can test out all the stuff for a week.

      • Anonymous

        I think they point is that with the official racing systems being the biggest selling point of iRacing, week 13 isn’t necessarily putting the best foot forward.

        I would agree on reopening old accounts, perhaps. Those drivers ‘should’ understand week 13, and for many showing the physics improvements would be the key.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t you have a friend with iRacing? How difficult to find one in your location (sure they will share)?

    • Anonymous

      The NTM is getting there, but not quite yet. Better than ever though!

    • Hurdy Hurdy

      ..

  • Markus Ott

    By the way: didn’t iRacing announce the new Indycar some time back? Any words on that? the old one was the car i raced the most. The new one is ugly like hell, but at least it looks like it could be fun to drive.

    • Anonymous

      Tony posted this yesterday on the forums:
      “COTA – in or before next build.

      IRP – a decent chance in next build.

      BMW- shooting for next build

      New Indy car – Definitely not in next build, ideally would have for
      Indy 500 in May but not sure. Possible but far from promising for
      then. Physics wise it is like doing 4 different cars.

      Toyota Gen-6 Still some final contract paper work that is not
      officially closed so until that is wrapped up, hard to give an estimate.”

      He also responded to a question saying they may release just the Speedway package for the 500 and the remainder when it’s done.

      • Nick1

        There’s only 3 configurations for the DW12 though

      • Anonymous

        Some discussion on just how different the superspeedway, speedway, intermediate, and short track configurations are. Apparently the way they limit downforce for each package means the teams have different setup options available.

  • Anonymous

    What an ugly BatMobil, rarely bad looking BMW. IMHO 🙂

  • Leeman

    Actually looking more forward to this than I was the Ruf. Definitely a day-one purchase for me. I’ll probably pass on the track though, unless they’ll use it for the Radical and or the Star Mazda.

  • John Karagiannis

    iRacing “heading” to Europe, AC to USA. This is some interesting convergence.

    • Anonymous

      Not unexpected, iRacing has basically everything in the US, AC needs more outside Europe. AC is going through the same stuff as iRacing in the start, building from local to global.

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