iRacing.com – Australian V8Supercars Coming?

Earlier today, iRacing announced to open a new base of race-hosting servers in Australia and a new partnership with NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose to promote the simulation down-under.

It seems like that iRacing’s Australia efforts won’t end with a special promo rate for new members as AustralianIT reports that iRacing is currently looking to accquire the Australian V8 Supercar license. That would bring the country’s most important touring car series to the simulation, a perfect match for the deal with Marcos Ambrose who managed to win the series championship in 2003 & 2004.

The V8 Supercar series uses race cars from Ford & Holden, it races on spectacular Australian tracks like Bathurst, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise. A virtual version of the stunning Mount Panorama raceway Bathurst is specifically mentioned as a possibility in the article, alongside other “local tracks”.

Looks like iRacing is working hard on expanding their content portfolio way beyond the United States. Pair that up with the floating IRL rumors and iRacers may be looking into an rather exciting future.

Via AustralianIT

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  • 2point8

    Seriously? Damn you iRacing, you are so cool but I just refuse to pay a monthly fee when I can only play on the weekends. 🙁

  • AeroMechanical

    If true, that’s some pretty cool news right there. I’m excited to see what iRacing looks like one and two years from now.

  • http://www.arsimulations.com Peter

    Wow hoping this really happens, if it does I’m definitely getting iracing.

  • Piddy

    Bathurst is a great place to visit … here’s one of my holiday snaps … http://www.imageno.com/sgvgxmznnrpzpic.html

  • GeraArg

    Piddy:
    Bathurst is a great place to visit … here’s one of my holiday snaps … http://www.imageno.com/sgvgxmznnrpzpic.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2W0tN30rQY
    😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮

  • Jdz

    Are you able to use the promotion if you already have an account but not subscribed anymore?

  • eddiespag

    I have just gotten my iRacing license/content activated in the last week. I am impressed with the ‘feel’ of the cars and tracks. My experienced observation is this. The fracturing of sim racing (not political or negative)like with rFactor, GTR2 etc. with their many, many wonderful mods is due to this immensity. Since we are a niche and still small community, it’s often difficult to find full servers running events. Yes, many empty ones. iRacing is better at this, but what they must be careful at is that even though the content is top notch, they have to be careful at not releasing too much or pointless content just to ‘impress’. It could possibly lead to the beginning of this fracturing (spreading drivers all over the place). For example, iRacing is going to release soon the 1978 Lotus F1 car. It will be thrilling to drive, but so what (after a while). Will many of us be joining servers where there will be a bunch of Lotus’ running with different skins? What is needed is something like this. This being a race series and a recognized one at that. The IndyCar series is seriously being looked at as well along with other sanctioned SCCA events. Do this and instead of fracturing, they will be polarizing the community. By the way, thank you iRacing for my adrenaline filled days!

  • gregerson888

    I would buy all the tracks and cars guranteed

    this would be absolutely amazing!!!!!

    Marcos Ambrose you bloody legend!!!

  • gregerson888

    from Marcos Ambrose official site

    The push into the Australian and New Zealand markets will involve:

    • Introductory discounts for new players

    • The future introduction of Australian tracks

    • Regular participation by several V8 Supercar drivers and other high-profile racers

    • An on-going range of incentives and competitions

    • The activation of an Australian-based server to ensure ultimate performance

    OMG future Australian tracks, O M F G !!!!

  • unklepepper

    When I did the 1 months free iRacing I was in a road race in the solstice with Marcos Ambrose, I got passed him on lap 1 with a great if I say so myself dummy move. I span a few laps later & he passed me but I forced myself right up the inside of him in turn 1. He quit the race soon after & someone said after the race “was that the Marcos Ambrose?” “Yes” was the reply & I was like “who is he?” “LOL” was the response! I then googled him & discovered who I beat, twice!

    His road stats weren’t that great if I remember correctly, perhaps going left all the time has lost the road racer in him. :happyevil: Or he just might not be much of a simmer.

    I imagine for aussie V8 fans It would be great to race against a guy like him on home tracks.

    Kinda like arcade racers against Nelson Piquet jr in need for speed tokyo drift, coz thats clearly where his talents lie :tongue:

  • Chaz

    gregerson888:
    I would buy all the tracks and cars guranteed
    this would be absolutely amazing!!!!!
    Marcos Ambrose you bloody legend!!!

    ZOMFG!11!!11!! 😮

  • http://timwheatley.org Tim Wheatley (iRacing)

    unklepepper:
    When I did the 1 months free iRacing I was in a road race in the solstice with Marcos Ambrose, I got passed him on lap 1 with a great if I say so myself dummy move. I span a few laps later & he passed me but I forced myself right up the inside of him in turn 1. He quit the race soon after & someone said after the race “was that the Marcos Ambrose?” “Yes” was the reply & I was like “who is he?” “LOL” was the response! I then googled him & discovered who I beat, twice!
    His road stats weren’t that great if I remember correctly, perhaps going left all the time has lost the road racer in him. Or he just might not be much of a simmer.
    I imagine for aussie V8 fans It would be great to race against a guy like him on home tracks.
    Kinda like arcade racers against Nelson Piquet jr in need for speed tokyo drift, coz thats clearly where his talents lie

    From conversations, he doesn’t like the Solstice much. I’m assuming it was that car?

    He spends a lot of time in iRacing, “not much of a simmer” might not be right. 🙂

  • unklepepper

    Does anyone like the solstice? 😆

    Kidding, its a good car to learn the sim for a rookie, which is its job.

    I guess he uses the ovals mainly, as a training tool. Bet he got a shock doing the legends 😆

  • http://timwheatley.org Tim Wheatley (iRacing)

    I’m one of the few who like the Solstice I think. 🙂

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    I like the Solstice at Laguna Seca. But at Lime Rock I hate it with passion.

  • http://timwheatley.org Tim Wheatley (iRacing)

    the.cosmic.pope:
    I like the Solstice at Laguna Seca. But at Lime Rock I hate it with passion.

    I like it at LRP and I’m so-so at Laguna. 😀

  • ermax18

    Tim Wheatley (iRacing):
    I’m one of the few who like the Solstice I think. 🙂

    I also like the Solstice. A car doesn’t have to be fast to be fun. As long as everyone is racing in the same class it will be a “race”. I would have thought people would find a connection with the Solstice because it is a showroom stock car that would be comparable to their own daily drivers but I guess not. 🙂

  • yokelhama

    Piddy:
    Bathurst is a great place to visit … here’s one of my holiday snaps … http://www.imageno.com/sgvgxmznnrpzpic.html

    For rfactor piddy? Please say yes :happy: :happy:

  • http://arseforums.com/phpBB/ r8response

    Tim Wheatley (iRacing):
    I’m one of the few who like the Solstice I think. 🙂

    I like the Solstice alot more than the SRF

  • bab0oN

    eddiespag: My experienced observation is this. The fracturing of sim racing (not political or negative)like with rFactor, GTR2 etc. with their many, many wonderful mods is due to this immensity. Since we are a niche and still small community, it’s often difficult to find full servers running events. Yes, many empty ones. iRacing is better at this, but what they must be careful at is that even though the content is top notch, they have to be careful at not releasing too much or pointless content just to ‘impress’. It could possibly lead to the beginning of this fracturing (spreading drivers all over the place).

    Well, this is something very important to consider.. but as of now I can’t see iRacing miss this point. At least they limited the amount of races for each series this season to provide more official races. They’re very much paying attention to the topic of not spreading racers too much and I guess when some new cars are released others will have to ‘suffer’.
    It might be not to ones liking if the favourite series gets cut but after all it might help – I for one like this aproach and I assume they are deciding such steps according to statistics.

    Looking forward to V8 Supercars and the Lotus! :happy:

  • ermax18

    Piddy:
    Bathurst is a great place to visit … here’s one of my holiday snaps … http://www.imageno.com/sgvgxmznnrpzpic.html

    I would love to see some more pics. Preferably some with fluffy “clouds”. Hehe

  • Raikku

    There’s maintenance going on, something coming?
    (…Vette, maybe?)

  • ermax18

    Raikku, Oh man that would be awesome.

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