New Sounds in iRacing – Preview Video

iRacing has released a new preview video showing off several cars with improved sounds.

The developers recently started introducing a new sound model as the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar and the Chevrolet Impala & Ford Fusion Gen6 NASCARs were the first cars to receive the new treatment.

Now, iRacing has released some new preview footage of more cars featuring improved sounds. The video shows off several cars, including the much-anticipated Lotus 49 historical Formula One car that is due to join iRacing soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Ok, that is really really good. External sounds are amazing. I played the whole video, and that is the proof how good external sounds are.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, aside from missing backfire pops, they’re pretty darn good.

      • Hurdy Hurdy

        Agree. These clips would sound so much better with backfire sounds included.

  • Anonymous

    Did I hear echo and reverb off the walls finally? Hallelujah!

  • GamerMuscle

    Very impressive video

    If they just lowered the price to something that wasn’t totally absurd and changed there monetisation method to something that wasn’t insane.

    Don’t get me wrong I think its perfectly fine for a service to cost substantially more if it delivers something not available elsewhere , the problem with i racing is a combination of how they sell content along with the high price.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      They do deliver something not available elsewhere.

      1) The best online pickup racing out there.
      2) The best oval racing out there.

      • GamerMuscle

        I agree about oval racing , and oval pick-up racing.

        Not so much about pick-up racing on the road side though as its one race every 2 hours or so and often the races are mostly empty with faster cars , unless there has been a massive boost in users since i last went on it.

        On the road side if all you want to drive is mazda skippy solstice then its busy but then those cars are slow to hell and the racing quality is that of a public RF server.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        It all depends on the time really. Living in the Asia-Pacific region, I struggle to find races with a decent amount of people (10 or more) unless I stay up until 11pm or later, so that’s exactly what I do.

        We do have more problems on the road side than oval for participation, but until we do get more members the best way to approach is to find out when the more popular races are each week and then try to make those. Spend the rest of the week preparing for those races. Cars like the Star Mazda consistently see 10+ people racing throughout the day/night as well as the McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Other series have a more difficult time getting drivers like the Lotus 79, V8 Supercar, Radical, Williams F1, etc, but that’s because those cars are more difficult to be competitive in and people don’t want to sacrifice their precious iRating to have some fun.

      • GamerMuscle

        If I’m paying 10X what I would normally pay for a simulator then I expect to be able to have full races in moderate cars every night.

        I spent over $140 on i racing and then just quit because the service is dead on the road side in moderate to fast cars and some cars are barely raced at all.

        I know another user that spent over $190 and they quit for the same reason.

        Subscription + pay for content is absurd , especially at the prices i racing demands, as a result lots of people who would put time into it don’t.

        Until i racing changes its monetisation then i don’t see the user numbers changing on the service that drastically.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        iRacing will never be a big number sim. I think the price is justified. Do I wish it was cheaper and wish we had more members? Of course. I just think the quality of racing, content, and variety justifies the cost. Once we get things like dynamic track conditions, weather, and real endurance racing, I’ll be a member for life.

        Different strokes for different folks.

        Remember that.

      • Anonymous

        Here’s the site you want to check, participation numbers for every series by timeslot and day of the week.
        http://statmonkey.is-a-geek.net/ilom/whatWhen

      • GamerMuscle

        thanks for that I was looking for this link for ages !! :)

      • Anonymous

        You’re welcome. IMO, it’s one of the best 3rd party iRacing tools.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        Despite all these negatives that you (and many others) keep listing, thousands of iRacers absolutely love iRacing and it makes for an excellent community. You will not find the same type of community in any other racing sim/game out there. Here’s a new video from ISR that shows just a little bit about what I’m talking about:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57HfWdv4wFE

        We may pay significantly more than other sim racer, but most of truly believe it’s justified, even if people keep trying to tell us we’re wrong. :)

  • Marco Conti

    Very good. I was fortunate enough to listen to the Cadillac in 2011 at Sonoma and while it was the previous model, the sound was very similar, with the exception that it was much louder than anything I had ever heard on a race track before. When the two caddy drove by the building I was in, you could feel the sound in your solar plexus. The other cars by comparison sounded like vacuum cleaners.

    I am glad iRacing is improving the sounds, I hope they also improve the onboard ones. But they need to cure the snap oversteer in some of the cars or I’ll keep not racing them.

  • Anonymous

    R3E look out. Pcars, nighty night. and Yes, needs some backfire noise.

  • WaitingForAC

    Yawn. Wake me up when they drive correctly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      Wake me up when you have something else to do besides troll iRacing stories.

      • Big Ron

        He trolls nearly everything that´s not called Assetto Corsa.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hornbuckle1 Michael Hornbuckle

        what’s funny is that waitingforAc uses the service more in a week than Jason Garrett and Bakkster do combined in months..but since he isn’t constantly spreading propaganda he is called a troll. Also funny, iracings biggest supporters spend more time praising the game in forums than actually using the service

      • Anonymous

        Isn’t ‘constantly spreading propoganda’ a pretty good reason to call somebody a troll? Hell, he can dislike iRacing as much as he wants, there’s plenty wrong with it not to like, but going out of the way to say so for the hundredth time, or making up imaginary problems when there are plenty of real problems to complain about instead is where I draw the line from ‘justifiably upset’ to ‘butt-hurt’.

        Between my rig being out of service and my wife using the room for grad school I’ve been out for the last two months. Finally got some time in over the weekend and I’m looking forward to racing again. I was quite literally in the best mood I’ve been in for months just from a few hours testing and practice.

      • WaitingForAC

        You mean like making up all the things you do across the sim forum world about how oh but iRacing will this, iRacing will have this.

        At what point does the future come for iRacing?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        I don’t know what WaitingForAC’s real name is on iRacing, so I can’t check his stats. But I’ve run ~350 races in the last 18 months and many more hours just messing around with cars testing them. That’s not the most by any means, but I spend enough time playing iRacing to be able to recognize when people like him are trolling. I troll the iRacing forums constantly, I recognize one when I see one.

        Besides, if you were actually a iRacing member you would know that I’m one of iRacing’s biggest critics on the forum. I hate our tire model (even though it is improving), I hate our perfect conditions, hate our Safety Rating system, I hate that we wait years for what modders do for other games in months, I hate that we’ll never get Nurburgring and most likely never get La Sarthe, I hate that we won’t ever drive the Lotus 49 on period-correct tracks, etc, etc. LOL @ calling me one of “iRacing’s biggest supporters.”

        Get a clue.

      • WaitingForAC

        What am I trolling about specifically?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        You have absolutely nothing to say about the story yet you still respond. You simply respond with a completely off-topic negative comment. That’s trolling.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

        ok if that’s trolling you must be a fanboy as all you do is defend iracing… every1 has there opinion.. my opinion is RF2 with there features they have and are working on will leave all other sims scratching there heads trying to keep up. which i hope they will.

      • WaitingForAC

        Really? I own every one of the Major sims out right now with the exception of rFactor2. Which I plan on picking up in the coming weeks.

    • Donnie Witt

      By saying that you mite wind up like Rip Van Winkle if you know what i mean .

    • Hurdy Hurdy

      Yawn…. wake me up when AC finally gets released

      • WaitingForAC

        Soon enough. I can wait, the TP did plenty of talking. AC will be amazing, not a wait and see game with iRacing. The oh we are small give us time.

        Meanwhile Kunos can do it 10x better with less resources.

  • Anonymous

    sorry………its not the external sounds that are particularly important.
    Its the internal ones. And they still sound totally flat, synthesized, and lacking bass.

    external sounds are great……but we don’t drive the cars from Track camera 1.

    • Donnie Witt

      Well said Ted , Plus how many times have we seen a release come up WELL short of the advertising video . We saw a video of the L49 a lonnnng time ago & where is it . Knowing that the L49 will be compared to the RF2 60’s Brabham i say it still won’t come out .

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

        easy get rf2 whats wrong with both.. afraid you might not like iracing anymore after all those $$ you have spent ? lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      We (many iRacing members) have been begging for improved in-cockpit sounds for a while. They have improved the sound that enters your cockpit from other cars around you so they are making progress, just at a snail’s pace. It does sound REALLY good now when you are oval racing in the new Gen6 Cup car and someone passes you. But the sounds from your own car are still anemic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

        you pay the $$ demand a say it only takes ppl power to make change.
        suggestion: petition iracing for your say other wise shut up do nothing and stay or leave. you have the POWER

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        But there’s nothing bad enough about the game to make me want to leave. I’m generally quite happy with it. But there is always room for improvement. We have a feature request area of the forum where we voice our desires. Many of those features have been implemented in the past and many will in the future.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

      i have to agree the internal sounds are what ppl want and when your watching the racing on tv you listen when they are using the on-board view and sounds its nothing like what you hear from the outside. but the sounds in a video or replay are ORSM. i still think iracing only gives you what they want too, the members are what keep it going with there $$$ why don’t they get a bigger say in the improvements they want for the sim ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        Because we’ve got thousands of members each requesting something different. iRacing DOES listen to what we want. We requested a 50% race length NASCAR series that follows along with the real schedule, we got it. Many people have been absolutely crying for a Super Late Model, we’re getting it. People were screaming for Bathurst, we’re getting it. We’ve been requesting cars to race alongside our current cars like the Corvette, Ford GT, and McLaren. The BMW contract takes care of that request with three different cars coming, maybe more in the future. We’ve been requesting real-time lighting conditions with day/night transitions as well as driver swaps for real endurance racing. We’re getting it.

        Yes, the development is slow, and no I don’t like I slow it is. But the developers strive to get it right the first time instead of hacking something in that halfway works and fixing it later. They don’t always succeed (like with the tire model) but they are trying, and they are listening to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001244358167 John G. Hill

    Sounds real good on my rig’s sound system. Having a Buttkicker helps. Haters gonna hate.

    (Not sure if everybody knows, that when you commit to a series, you get iRacing dollars, which you can use. I always buy my subscription at half off days, and because I paid for the 49 in advance, and iRacing was tardy, I get the car free.)
    I can say that nearly all of us iRacers are pretty stoked about this. I’m leaving a place in my schedule for both the Lotus 49 and 79.

  • Matt Orr

    Finally, a C6R that doesn’t sound like total rubbish for once. The power of a more detailed sound environment that has proper effects.

    You awake everyone else?

    • Richard Hessels

      Zolder early night like we have now in iRacing is ridiculous..
      For hours the sun is on the edge of dissapearing.
      While except for 1 or 2 races a year they will drive morning/afternoon there.
      So driving with openwheelers or cupcars at almost nighttime is strange.
      As in midsummer the sun only goes down between 22.00 – 23.00.
      So i guess the current time of the day at Zolder is at around 20.00 or 21.00 at night.. there are no races there at those times.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        Stop bitching. We aren’t simulating any real racing series, so we don’t need to simulate the time that real cars race at either. All the whining about Zolder is just stupid and makes no sense whatsoever. I can’t wait to see how much you guys whine when finally get real time simulation and every track as the potential to run at any time of the day. “Waaaaaahhhhhh that tree shadow I use as a braking marker moved! Waaaaahhhhhh!” Adapt and overcome.

      • Anonymous

        “We aren’t simulating any real racing series”

        Actually, that is precisely what iRacing is designed for – a sim equivalent of real life racing series.

      • Anonymous

        No, it’s simulated racing, not a simulated FIA (or ACO, or NASCAR, or SCCA) series. There’s a reason why iRacing has their own rules instead of using the FIA or IndyCar rulebooks. They usually get close, but the goal is not necessarily to be identical. That’s what games like Race WTCC or F1 2012 are for.

      • Anonymous

        The real NASCAR series and the iRacing stock car series are about as dissimilar as apples picked from the same tree…

        Or should I bring up them touting all the NASCAR drivers’ testimonials on their website?

      • Anonymous

        Aside from Lucky Dog, or that passing below the yellow line is allowed, or the rest of the restart rules… It’s NASCAR cars with rules by FIRST, same as for every other series. The rulebook would be 5x longer if they needed to follow every rule of the real world series to match. Mandatory blue flags in the FW31, no pit speed limit in the Lotus, second pace car for Grand-Am, not allowed to defend your line in IndyCar. I could go on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hornbuckle1 Michael Hornbuckle

        Those all sound like features I would expect from a sim that costs 10 times the average game and gets updated 4 times a year; not to mention that they themselves advertise the fact that they are in partnerships with the real world sanctioning bodies.

      • Anonymous

        Only if you WANT all those rules. I sure as heck don’t want a lot of those real world rules, especially since a lot of them are specifically meant for the full race lengths. Think like ALMS vs WEC and ELMS. Same cars, different rules depending which sanctioning body runs the race.

        If you want every single car, track, and rule from F1 (or IndyCar, etc), iRacing isn’t for you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

        As Bakkster explained, we aren’t simulating any real life racing series. We don’t have all the tracks required, or the cars. The closest we have come so far is the brand new NASCAR iRacing Series that runs the new generation 6 cup cars. But even then we are still waiting on a couple tracks to be released for it to be complete.

        There is absolutely no reason that someone should be complaining that the lighting at a track isn’t perfect. That’s one of my biggest problems with iRacing, some members become so accustomed to our perfect and never-changing environments that they come to expect a perfect and never-changing environment every time. Zolder has been very love/hate, people like me love it because it’s finally something different to what we get with every other track and some hate it because it’s different than what we get with every other track. I can’t wait to hear the bitching and moaning when we get things like dynamic weather, lighting, track surface conditions, etc.

      • Richard Hessels

        Well.. should i really listen to people like you, telling me to shut my mouth? Just for you.. Zolder lighting is still ridiculous!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=562060798 Timpie Claessens

        The sun being there in the first place is ridiculous, I mean we’re talking about Belgium here >_>

  • Richard Hessels

    Love the sound.. Was about time we get such thrilling noises out of our iR systems.

    Only the graphical engine details they are showing are far to clean, also for the Lotus 78.
    These engine would leak tiny amounts of oil of and collect loads of dust along the way. These old engines would be dirty at all edges and connections after just a few laps already.
    Nothing like modern engines that are almost clean after a long race.
    Before computer engineered parts they would not fit so ultra perfect like they do nowadays.
    Would look much more believable if the would ad some dirt on thos engine textures.

    But hey.. still looking forward to test it all out…

    • Anonymous

      They have the windshields picking up dirt now, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the car does as well.

      The bit I keep noticing is the internals and undercarriage of the car not being in shadow. Requires some fancy lighting algorithms (or cheating it and just permanently coloring them as if shadowed), but it’s the one other big spot that I notice.

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

    Top work as usual, love so much these sounds. Can’t wait :)

  • Big Ron

    Very good work. Sounds impressive with some cars. Especially the V8s are great.

  • Anonymous

    Damn I wish they made a single player version of this sim with Ai’s & all those laser scanned tracks and no on-line mode, it’s not like they cant, their previous titles even though old, has some of the best Ai’s in simracing, kill two birds with one stone follow rf2 & assetto corsa & release a single player version, keep the on-line mode for those that only want to race on-line, would equals more customers & no steam :)

    • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

      I think (rightly or wrongly) they haven’t added an off-line mode because it may compromise charging a subscription fee.

      I feel they should add that mode so you can at least use the content you’ve paid for when you don’t feel like renewing. It’s kinda crazy that you can invest a fair bit of money into iR and suddenly have nothing to show for it should you decide to un-sub.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

    Woah, that sounded really good!!

    Too bad they just included 5 seconds if in-car sounds (which are the most important).

    I might not be able to stay away from iRacing anymore with the Lotus 49 and the new sounds!

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hornbuckle1 Michael Hornbuckle

      I wouldn’t get too excited yet, that in-car sound was still from replay..so far as I know the improved sounds are only external and replay…still a nice touch but several dozen things way more important need to be fixed before I will be re-subscribing

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        Really!? Its cool that they improve sounds but they should obviously start with in-car driving sounds!?

        Ohh well, you dont always get what you want :) Hopefully they will improve the driving sounds as well.

      • Anonymous

        I believe it’s mostly to do with the goals for each sound set. For the in-car they make it sound like you’re wearing earplugs and a helmet. For the replays it’s like a TV camera, so the big difference is the distortion from very loud sounds so it sounds like a video clip gets recorded. The cockpit stuff definitely needs an update, but I’m pretty sure the exterior is a lot easier to do, clipping is relatively easy.

  • http://derekspearedesigns.com/ Derek Speare

    How about a promo code :)

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  • Chris Allen

    Can we get some news on the Ruf? http://www.iracing.com/iracing-to-build-virtual-ruf-rt12r/ States that they hoped to have it to us over 6 months ago.

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