iRacing.com – New Build Available

iRacing.com has just updated their online racing service to a new build, iRacing subscribers can download the new version by visiting the members area.

The new build features a special treat for all subscribers as the new Spec Racer Ford is free for everyone. Furthermore, the NASCAR Nationwide Chevrolet Impala SS is now available for purchase. Unlike previously announced, Road Atlanta isn’t instantly available with the new build but can be pre-ordered now.

Speaking of ordering, starting today both subscription fees and content downloads can be paid for using Paypal. Since a considerable amount of members are opting for a monthly subscription plan, iRacing is also lowering the monthly membership fee to $19.

The full list of changes in the new build can be found here, below are some screenshots showing the brand new Spec Racer Ford at Sebring & Lime Rock.

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  • ermax18

    Anyone know when Road Atlanta will be available. I was all excited about getting it today but all you can do is pre-order it today. So when is the actual release?

  • http://www.bsimracing.com BSR-WiX

    The best just got better.. and that every 3 months … Life is good :-)

  • Raikku

    Some said that RA will be available later on this week(?)

    I bought it already, so now i’m just waiting to get it.

  • Sbbrubles

    Just tested and… WOW… Gr8 improvement!

    The Spec Racer is an awesome car!

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

    ermax18:
    Anyone know when Road Atlanta will be available. I was all excited about getting it today but all you can do is pre-order it today. So when is the actual release?

    Later this week, sorry for the delay.

  • Martko

    The new car is amazing, awesome underpowered beast, we are going to see some great races next season.

  • kludger

    The Spec Racer Ford is awesome (and free to all iracing users) I’ll be racing that along with the Mazda this season (if I can take a break from my beloved Skippy), also in this update they really optimized shadows which is great especially for older video cards like my 8800GT, and combined with the multi-class 13th week fun racing, this is really turning into an amazing fun week in iracing. I’m also looking forward to Road Atlanta later this week (prepurchased it along with Watkins and RoadAmerica), Road Atlanta is one track that has been in need of good modeling in a recent sim, most of the ones I’ve tried in rF or GTR2 were in need of love or update.

  • Jdz

    Too bad my subscription finished yesterday.

    :weird:

  • UncleChuckle

    Wow, they charge more per month than the biggest MMORPG in the world.

    Ballsy!

  • Spaceman

    It’s why I ended my sub. In this current climate and with limited time on my hands it is just not possible to justify the price tag. I also didn’t like having to fork out around £30 for cars and tracks upon every promotion. It’s very expensive hobby is iRacing.

    Having said that I found iRacing to be THE best fun I’ve ever had with a racing sim to date. The online racing is hard but fair. The physics modelling sublime and most importantly how the cars feel through the input wheel feels spot on. Only game since maybe Grand Prix Legends were I feel totally in charge of the car and any mistakes are my mistakes.
    If the sub and cost of cars and tracks was halved I would easily pay out for this each month.
    I really miss it.

  • jux

    UncleChuckle:
    Wow, they charge more per month than the biggest MMORPG in the world.
    Ballsy!

    The cheapest option costs the same as the cheapest WoW subscription.

  • drowsy

    I love it when people talk about “the current climate”. I honestly have no idea what it means, because I’m still earning and spending the exact same amount I was a year or two ago. I know it’s mentioned in the news each and every day, but is it supposed to affect me in some way? Fun stuff.

    Anyway, the SRF is an amazing car to drive. I might just keep driving it and the Skippy for the next couple of months, the faster cars are fun but it’s generally race over if you make the slightest mistake with them. That’s realistic, but I really love battling for positions with these slower cars because a small slide on the first lap doesn’t mean that you have no chance to catch the drivers in front of you.

  • Spaceman

    “Current Climate” that would be my wife being made redundant during maternity leave having just had our new born girl.If it hasn’t affected you then count your lucky stars. We thought we were immune. How wrong we were.
    Fact is numbers are down in iracing as people begin to count costs. Halving the price would go some way to clawing back the people count on which iracing needs. Sure races may be full after dusk but the meets are so few and far between (over an hour for the skippy)
    I’d love to get back to the game an get races every half hour with the faster cars

  • ermax18

    drowsy, I haven’t felt the impact of the rescission at all. None of my family or friends have either. But there are several guys in my league who are starting to feel it hard though. So unfortunately there are some people out there feeling the effects. The media does tend to force it down our throats 24/7 though.

  • Paul Kelly

    drowsy:
    I love it when people talk about “the current climate”. I honestly have no idea what it means, because I’m still earning and spending the exact same amount I was a year or two ago.

    The “current climate” means that unless you work in medicine, the government sector or the legal field, your job is at risk more than at any time in this generation.

    So the wise thing to do is to reduce unnecessary expenditures — such as iRacing — and put those dollars into a “rainy day” fund in case your business slumps or your job is trimmed.

    If you’re in a business that isn’t affected by the recession, consider yourself lucky. If you’re not in one of those businesses and are not preparing for the worst, consider yourself stupid.

  • stabiz

    Or optimistic. :grin:

  • ermax18

    Not planing because your optimistic is about as stupid as voting for a president because he has “hope”. Hahaha.

    stabiz:
    Or optimistic.

  • jux

    Spaceman:
    Fact is numbers are down in iracing as people begin to count costs.

    Not true. Last season had more activity than any season before that. Confirmed by the staff and stats done by members.

  • Spaceman

    Here in the UK, if you work in housing, have a trade or work in retail you’re at very high risk. Only area that is safe right now is Catering. Makes me thankful I’m a chef. My wife was a Conveyancer. She wasn’t so lucky. Now our out goings thanks to a high tax Government are spiralling. All of Europe is hit very hard. Wouldn’t like to live in Spain right now.

    Last season probably did have more activity as iracing sent out welcome back e-mails with a reduction one off payment of $21 Even I was tempted to come back for 3 months at that price. Why they cannot do this all the time I don’t know.
    At the time the Dollar to UK Pound was almost 1.1 Up until that point we were paying close to £20 ($38) Doubt many state side would pay that. It’s better now. Down around the £13.50 mark. Still to expensive. EVE Online is cheaper and all extra content is free.
    We’ll see how busy the servers are next month when the offer ends.
    I just hope rFactor 2 doesn’t try the same route.

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

    I understand what you’re saying. But, because I see this comparison a lot, I feel I must say…

    Spaceman:
    EVE Online is cheaper and all extra content is free.

    …and fictional, requiring no research or complex development. I played EVE-Online for a while and it’s ships are obviously plug and play – you enter values of weight, cargo, speed, etc and it does it’s thing. The complex part is the model – which is also fictional and at the modellers disgression – rather than having to be an exact replication of a real object and work reasonably like one.

    The physics in EVE are also ‘original’. Like I said, I played it myself for nearly two years, but it’s awfully easy to see how much awfully easier it would be to give away that type of content for free.

  • Spaceman

    I’d have to completely disagree there. Since launch the amount of content in the game has multiplied immeasurably. And it’s not just ships either that make up EVE Online.
    Not only that but the work that goes into making such a vast and complex game and getting the thing up and running on one vast server.
    Take a look at this page

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expansions_of_Eve_Online

    Now you tell me they why they CCP didn’t ask for any cash and yet the devs of iRacing demand £20 for a single track. Almost the price of a new PC game. It makes you think doesn’t it.

    I’m not saying iracing is poor but the pricing is far to optimistic for a simple pick up and drive game.
    If you want to treat this as a MMO then you need to find ways to keep the money rolling in without players questioning is the game worth it each month.

  • drowsy

    To be fair, the people that are actually playing and enjoying iRacing, really aren’t questioning the pricing. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind if it was cheaper, but if a little money means amazing precision and quality, I’m all for paying. I also played WoW for about four years and EVE for a year or so, and am currently playing Warhammer Online and Age of Conan, and I still have no problem with paying for tracks and cars.

    And thanks for informing my ignorant ass on the climate situation. I guess I’m just lucky enough to live in a city where it seems like 95% of the people are lazy students, which leaves a ton of jobs for people like myself and my friends and family.

  • jux

    Spaceman:

    Now you tell me they why they CCP didn’t ask for any cash and yet the devs of iRacing demand £20 for a single track.

    Because it is a niche product with less than 10,000 active subscribers. The current content prices don’t even cover the costs of developing the content. That is why. EVE Online probably has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, which means they can give content away for free.

  • ermax18

    EVE Online also doesn’t have licensing fees.

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

    FYI – iRacing does not “demand” £20 for every track. The most expensive piece of iRacing content is $25, which for the last few months has hovered around the £16 mark. Before the pound fell it was actually around the £12 mark.

    The iRacing content varies between $15 (all cars and small tracks), $20 (medium tracks) and $25 (larger tracks). So if we take $20 as an average (despite that being a bit high for an average due to the cars bringing the average down) then iRacing charges (not demands) £13.50 for a piece of content.

    Also need to get over this “demands” thing. Apple does not “demand” £300 for an iPhone. Microsoft does not “demand” £180 for an x-Box. Those are the prices of the items, just like $20 is the price of an iRacing item. Nobody demands anything and you don’t have to pay it.

  • Ark

    Tim Wheatley (iRacing): I understand what you’re saying. But, because I see this comparison a lot, I feel I must say…

    …and fictional, requiring no research or complex development. I played EVE-Online for a while and it’s ships are obviously plug and play – you enter values of weight, cargo, speed, etc and it does it’s thing. The complex part is the model – which is also fictional and at the modellers disgression – rather than having to be an exact replication of a real object and work reasonably like one.
    The physics in EVE are also ‘original’. Like I said, I played it myself for nearly two years, but it’s awfully easy to see how much awfully easier it would be to give away that type of content for free.

    Good point, Tim. However, what about when compared to games like WWII Online which comes in at, if I remember correctly, $15/month? Realistic vehicles, damage modeling, constant physics improvements, community events, free game upgrades/updates, France modeled in just about it’s entirety, a ton of vehicles, ships, aircraft, infantry, day – night transitions, and extremely good developer to community contact. The development team also provides fairly quick updates.

    Eve, like you stated, is “original”, and is all fantasy. Games like WWII Online are not. The idea is “original” with regards to it’s inception into MMOG, but what makes up the final product is all based on history.

    Now, don’t get me wrong here, I am not “going after” iRacing at all. In fact, I am a year long subscriber and have purchased just about all the cars as well as the tracks. In addition, I find it to be the best driving simulation in existence and really enjoy the product. It is just hard to justify the current cost to others when there are products out there, albeit in different generes, that do much more for less. A product, like WWII Online, requires just as much research if not more since most of what is modeled based on what happened and what was used 50+ years ago. Not to mention the entire game world is based on the terrain from a different country (the development team is based in Texas).

    I think what it really comes down to is what people look at with regards to value. In all actuality, and I hate using the comparison, I spend much less on iRacing than I ever did going to the bar/club/movies/etc.. Skipping the movies 1 time in a month saves me more money than I spend on iRacing’s subscription, and the movie lasts 2 hours. Personally, I have no problem putting $20/month towards iRacing because I feel like I get a lot more than $20 “worth” of fun back. Nobody “must buy” all of the tracks or all of the cars to enjoy iRacing. There is quite a bit of fun to be had for not all that much money (relatively speaking).

    In the end, however, it really is to each his own.

  • Spaceman

    the.cosmic.pope:
    FYI – iRacing does not “demand” £20 for every track. The most expensive piece of iRacing content is $25
    Also need to get over this “demands” thing. Apple does not “demand” £300 for an iPhone. Microsoft does not “demand” £180 for an x-Box. Those are the prices of the items, just like $20 is the price of an iRacing item. Nobody demands anything and you don’t have to pay it.

    Sorry should have been a dollar sign in my original post.

    Again have to disagree. When you’re promoted after season end, something that was becoming quite easy to do you have to buy “atleast” 2 tracks and a car for the upcoming season. You “Cannot” race the next tiered season otherwise and are stuck in the current season you just raced. Sure you can stay put but most if not all race to get the next car up.
    To jump from the Pontiacs to the skippy costs over £30 as well as the monthly charge.
    It’s just to much for most. Spending hundreds of pounds over the coming year on a game.
    All I’m saying is if they just halved the cost you would get alot more players trying out the game and old returning.
    You make it sound like this would be a bad thing. I’d thought most if not all would be rallying for lower costs.

  • phil23

    I’d love to go back to iRacing. Some of the content is looking really good.

    I certainly enjoyed the Sim for the month I used it and those Spec Racer Fords look a whole lot of fun :happy: .

    Sadly I doubt I’ll be able to afford it for a long time yet :sad2: .

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