iRacing.com – New Cars Coming Up

iRacing has revealed new high-profile additions to their portfolio of cars.

Fans of European-style touring car racing can look forward to the Kia Optima touring car you can check out below. The shot also shows off the well-progressing Interlagos track that will soon be available.

Oval racing fans can rejoice as well as iRacing has announced to be working on a virtual version of NASCAR’s brand new Gen6 Sprint Cup Car. The world’s biggest stock car racing series will switch to an all-new car platform for the 2013 season and iRacing subscribers will soon be able to try out the new car in the sim as well.

To go along with the new car, iRacing is launching the  World Tour NASCAR iRacing 2013 Series, a 36-race event series that follows the real-life NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

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  • Anonymous

    European-style touring car racing what??? the series is WC i.e.World Challenge! An american series with american racing specs! How an Korean car maker with American specs for an American racing series is a “European-style touring car racing”? Then Americans are the stereotyped as aliens to the rest world.

    • Jorma Stenman

      They said “European-style” which is different from European. The car is probably a four-banger, probably turbocharged (haven’t RTFA, I know…), hence “European-style”. I wonder if this is able to run with the previously announced NGTC Civic. It would be great to again have a series where dissimilar cars can compete. The MX-5s previously ran in the same series, which was nice, although they looked almost the same.

      • somebody somebody

        KIA Optima will get its ass handed to it by the Civic and BMW that are coming in 1-2 years. Though iRacing will probably find a way to equalize them.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt they’ll try to equalize the Kia. It runs the same series as the Cadillac, one class down. It makes too much sense to do World Challenge multiclass with the Optima and CTS-V, then single class BTCC with the Civic and BMW. Use the cars exactly where they should be, since they all have an appropriate partner.

      • somebody somebody

        The Kia is built to GTS regs, the FR500S Mustang is built to GTS regs. The CTS-V is built to GT regs. So Caddy in the top class with Stang and KIA racing each other in the lower one.

      • Anonymous

        The FR500S currently in iRacing is not GTS regs. The chassis was allowed to be upgraded to GTS spec when the Mustang Challenge spec series it was designed for folded. It was a significant change, though: -250lbs. +75HP, slick tires, improved suspension, shorter rear end gear optional, and a few other tweaks.

      • somebody somebody

        But are there any aero differences? I suppose iRacing can tweak the values a bit

      • Anonymous

        The hood is louvred so it would have more front df. It would be a lot of physics work, but I agree once they get a chance it would be a good tweak.

      • Anonymous

        Yup, 2.0L turbocharged inline 4, and if I read the specs a full 30lb (!) of boost. World challenge is really good about having all the car specs public.

    • Anonymous

      I watched all WC races in 2012 and I’m very excited for this car it has potential and I think the main reason they lost to Acura was the fact the drivers messed up regularly and I don’t think they optimized the setups. the car never showed its truly potential in 2012 for one reason or the other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anatoli-Einaufden/100001233823282 Anatoli Einaufden

    Never played iracing because of there paying system. But those official screenshots looking really impressive and realistic to me :-)

    • http://twitter.com/ipitydafool Andrew Male

      It’s worth paying for if you’re serious about sim racing, just for the structured competition alone is worth the sub price.

    • SlowOnlinePilot

      my reply keeps getting deleted! :(
      As Andrew said you should join iRacing. you can play for as little as $5/year with a basic membership. :)

      anyway…the KIA looks nice and I will buy it when it is released. :)

  • WaitingForAC

    I guess atleast Interlagos wont have Battlefield 3 Bloom.

    • http://twitter.com/ipitydafool Andrew Male

      iRacing doesn’t have bloom full stop.

  • Richard Hessels

    Would have never thought that a Kia one day would be considered a high profile racing car. Ah well, another car to spread the already huge amount drivers we have there nowadays. Should be fun for at least a month, than i suspect this car turns out to be just as appealing as the VW Jetta series.

    • somebody somebody

      Well..more power than the Jetta. Just a little something to pass the time with I guess. Because the real touring cars (Civic, BMW) will completely outpace this car. at least 60~70 more hp, lighter, much better chassis, etc. I think this KIA is just an uprated super production car

      • Anonymous

        Actually, this car is probably going to be close to the BTCC cars performance. We haven’t heard how much more than the current 300HP they’re going to have this year, but this Kia is over 400HP though it’s also 500lb heavier. I believe the Kia will have a bit more downforce, thanks to the louvred hood.

      • somebody somebody

        I just guessed that this Kia was the GTS one with 270 HP and 3000 lbs. But idk, could be the different one like you said

      • Anonymous

        Where did you read 270HP? Every source I’ve seen says 400HP or more, though getting power numbers is always tough.

      • somebody somebody

        think I mixed it up with the stock one

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it’s about 270 stock.

    • Anonymous

      It’s the car I’m looking forward to most now, replacing the Civic. Faster than the Mustang without having huge downforce or a locking differential.

  • http://twitter.com/feels3 feels3

    That looks really nice :)

    • Anonymous

      The new car shaders look really good.

  • Marcio

    one does not simply pay twice for iRacing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Colafabio/644649048 Diego Colafabio

    Honestly i’m not a big Kia fun but..this car looks good. I’m just curious to drive it in iRacing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcus-Caton/647940120 Marcus Caton

    The event series is the best part of this, fans will be able to run races before the real one which from personal experience increases ones appreciation/ knowledge base of each track.
    The more Fans get to know and love the different tracks themselves the more they’ll be able to see and appreciate the challenge the drivers are facing.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, though unfortunately WC follows IndyCar a lot meaning 5 of the 9 events are street courses which iRacing doesn’t have. An additional event is at CotA.

      But it’s definitely a way to attract additional fans. I know the Grand Am partnership did that for me.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, though unfortunately WC follows IndyCar a lot meaning 5 of the 9 events are street courses which iRacing doesn’t have. An additional event is at CotA.

      But it’s definitely a way to attract additional fans. I know the Grand Am partnership did that for me.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, though unfortunately WC follows IndyCar a lot meaning 5 of the 9 events are street courses which iRacing doesn’t have. An additional event is at CotA.

      But it’s definitely a way to attract additional fans. I know the Grand Am partnership did that for me.

  • Lafcam

    Not enough to renew my subscription… give me a couple of free month because i was a good members…

  • ChevyFan

    They can’t follow the real Nascar schedule, they only half about 1/4 of the tracks….lol.

    • Anonymous

      1/4? They have all but 2 of the Cup series tracks, and those two are scheduled to be released this year.

    • Anonymous

      I thought they are only missing two? That’s what they claim, think at least one of those is scanned now as well.

      • Anonymous

        Kansas and Auto Club, both are scanned and in production.

  • Dave Robinson

    Did not renew my subscription this year. Waiting for AC to be released and then make a decision. Tried RF2 and that so far has been a big let down IMO. I was a huge RF1 fan for over 5 years and ISI have missed the boat on this one, beta or no beta.
    Liked iracing but simply dont have the time these days to do 30 something laps of practice in so I can be running at the front. This car will be a great addition to the Sim along with the Honda, good luck to them. Iracing for sure will be a better Sim this time next year.

  • daz

    I hope it’s built as sturdy as it looks and not complete with the iRacing paper mache bodywork that some cars come with, when if you sneeze near them, your suspension takes a big hit and you get the meatball flag.

    You watch the likes of BTCC/WTCC on TV and they are always trading paint, rubbing bumpers etc. Do this on iRacing and the car becomes undriveable.

    I’m sure iRacing employed someone last year to go over the damage modelling but no idea how far he has got. Time he pulled his finger out.

    • Anonymous

      The damage engineer hasn’t been there for 6 months yet. I wouldn’t expect anything released for at least another 6. Definitely looking forward to it, though.

  • Phill Routledge

    Hmmmpppffff !!!

    Am I the only person here whom finds it rather shoddy that the second a new NASCAR is announced iRacing makes it available in the sim MUCH MUCH faster than any other other world series content?

    For example Honda LMP car was in development for EVER, new Nasar, oh… it’ll be ready in time for season 2013 and the official series to go with it…

    Just another reason I am walking away…. , iRacing is low priority on everything not from home soil.

    Good luck expecting any other true series which is complete (Other than Nascar or Trucks) where you can race with all the cars and tracks from that given series. Will never happen…

    • Anonymous

      Why us that ‘shoddy’? Not only are the top three NASCAR cars the most populated in the service (10x more drivers per week than the LMP, for example) but NASCAR also pays money for official naming rights to their series and for the oval DWC championship.

      I bet if 1000 people raced the F1 car weekly and FOM paid to sponsor the road DWC you would see equivalent upgrades.

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