iRacing.com – Imola Laser Scanning Started

iRacing has started laser-scanning operations on a new European track for the online racing simulation – Imola.

The former home of the San Marino Grand Prix will be the first Italian track in iRacing. Another famous Italian venue, Monza, is on iRacing’s long-term to-do list as well.

Officially known as the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the track has been majorly revamped after the 2006 season including a brand new pit complex and layout changes. Most importantly, the new layout lacks the final Variante Bassa chicane when used for car racing, creating a long flat-out straight all the way from Rivazza to the Traguardo corner.

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  • Anonymous

    Given how so many of the sims have the same laser scanned tracks, why don’t tracks laser scan themselves and then have it readily available for license/purchase? If a game maker wanted to include a track but had to pay and wait for laser scanning I feel like that would be worse than simply buying a pre-done package.

    • MatzeLoCal

      As far as I know, there are also some companies that already sell laser-scan data for most of the tracks (i also has been mentioned in the forza-interview from insidesimeracing, IIRC) … but I think it’s better (at least in terms of money) for iRacing and kunos to scan the tracks by themself.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, there are several companies that laser scan the top-tier tracks. The data usually gets sold to race teams, who use the data for their simulators.

        I think the reason you see developers continuing to scan themselves (when they can) is because they still need the photographic reference data. That means they need to make a physical trip to the circuit anyway, and by laser scanning at the same time they know the LIDAR and photos will match 100%.

      • Anonymous

        This makes sense.

  • Anonymous

    I think Monza will likely be the first Italian track, not Imola. They already had the Monza scan and say it’s one of the next two road tracks to be released along with Donington. Imola will be the slightly more long term one.

  • Chris Wright

    So pleasing that iRacing is finally seriously moving along with more great European circuits. Their track modeling is second to none and I really like the amount of atmosphere that’s injected into them too.

  • Anonymous

    very surprised as iRacing usually take 2 or so years to scan what ever they announce but don’t expect this thing to be out in the next couple of years. lately iracing is mainly selling dreams as most of the tracks they announced are far from being released.

    • Niel

      They announced in September last year and it will be released in a couple of weeks. :)

    • Bakkster

      Usually? They used to, but it’s much less frequent now. They’re actually making a solid effort to not tell us about tracks that they sign that won’t be going straight into production, because they learned the lessons from before. Apparently there are a number of other FIA circuits signed but unannounced because they wouldn’t be in active development.

      • Chris D

        Yup just like Toyota was signed but not really. And the Nationwide Camaro was signed but oops not really just yet.

        I find it hard to believe they have FIA circuits signed and woudlnt tell everyone.

      • Bakkster

        It looks like they had Monza scanned before we knew about it. And we only found out about the Toyota because of a database glitch.

        And for clarity, the list Tony commented on had more than FIA Grade 1 tracks. Could have even included Imola at that point.

    • Slaven Ćorluka

      COTA has been done fairly fast so it all depends on which track they see as a priority in development than others. Don’t generalise things.

  • kr1nz

    Anyone knows of a promotion code for existing members?

    • n2k3rf

      no answer yet.

      • kr1nz

        Yea, maybe there’s nothing else for existing members :(

      • Bakkster

        There was a bonus credit deal a few weeks ago. Renewal deals are usually twice a year, good to snag them when they come up for a year or so.

    • n2k3rf

      no answer yet.

  • Patrik Marek

    just when I though it looks fantastic I looked more closely to realize that it’s a photo :) will be interesting to see how it will look like in iRacing

    • RichardHessels

      Not much different.. especially on small pics like the above one…

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