rFactor Pro – Laser Scanning Heaven

Ever since it’s introduction in 2008, rFactor Pro has made a big impact in the racing industry as several Formula One teams among other major motorsport players use the simulation in their simulatorsand for driver & crew training.

For most sim racers, the differences between the normal and the Pro version are hard to grasp as rFactor Pro uses the same graphics engine and the extensions mainly concern connectivity to outside devices & plugins used by racing teams - This page does explain it much better than I can.

One thing however will leave every single rFactor users jealous as rFactor Pro customers have access to a large selection of laser-scanned tracks, including the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife and Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe as the rFactor Pro website reveals:

A large library of Low-Def and photo-realistic High-Def circuit models built from accurate LiDAR surveys is available.  LiDAR based track databases include most of the F1 circuits, North American Indy & NASCAR circuits as well as La Sarthe, Nordschleife and a Vehicle Dynamics proving ground with lane-changes, split Mu and low-Mu surfaces, a handling circuit with inclines and programmable surfaces.

For new tracks we can conduct accurate LiDAR and photographic surveys. Track detail is achieved by mapping survey photographs onto a LiDAR point-cloud generated road surface.  We offer three quality levels, Engineering Quality – equivalent to a traditional low-quality engineering simulator, Low-Definition – equivalent to contemporary game standards of graphics and High-Definition – near photo-realistic circuit models running ambient occlusion.

While knowing this dosen’t really help the regular sim racer at all, the pure thought of a laser-scanned, highly-detailed version of the Nordschleife is almost too much to process. Maybe one day it`ll be available to us regular folks as well…


  • StarFoXySxv550

    Thanks for that info Stabiz, I’ve often wondered lately why people are resonding to biff when there’s no biff comment. lol

  • Glenn Briden

    Hey why not release Rf2 as a base game and offer updates to better tracks ETC. as either seperate tracks or packages this way you would get the tracks you really like yet still have the basic ones to use when needed seems like a good way to offest some expensis to me.

  • YoShImUrA_HistorX

    I would pay gladly 100€ for the Nordschleife or 50€ for Le Mans alone, but I only think it would be wise to release them with rF2 already in game instead of separately. Whenever something is released separately, it can be hacked separately (and converted too). I mean that they could release the track separately and within hours there would be a link for a free download somewhere to the laser scanned Nurby.
    At least that way the devs make sure they sell the whole package from the beggining and they make a profit out of it.
    Would you guys pay, say 200-250€ for rFactor2 from the word go if they had all these laser scanned tracks? If rFactor is anything to go by, I certainly would. :)

  • Ricoo

    The full game could be hacked, so it is not the solution… a more complex solution is needed to fight piracy. iRacing seems to have found one. There is no recent pirate build.

  • DeDios

    I would pay 250euros for all laserscanned tracks..yes but they need to find a solution against piracy.

  • Lars Koldeweij

    May sound weird, but I get pissed when reading this. Of course it’s great those tracks exist, but why the hell don’t we get to drive it? To me the owners/creators seem a bit selfish, like they don’t care about the general public/simracing community. Modders are sweating their a*s of to create tracks while there are some great laser scanned tracks nobody knew about….

  • YoShImUrA_HistorX

    Somebody has done the job of scanning it and I think it is quite legit to ask money for an honest job done. It is a different matter that some modders do their job just for a hobby and share it with the community. ;)

  • YoShImUrA_HistorX

    Yes, the game could and would be hacked, of course, but then again, so I’ve played a hacked version of iRacing that is around the web (note, I am a legal subscriber of iRacing, since that version had only what had been done for it so far, which didn’t even include Sebring)… so there’s always going to be those kind of stuff around. But at least if they are able to sell the tracks with the game, since everyone would need a valid license to proper play online (the noword patch always makes you have a mechanical failure of some kind before the race ends), I think everyone’d have to have the original game.

  • Lars Koldeweij

    True, I agree. But the problem is they don’t sell it. I would gladly pay some money to get a laser scanned Nordschleife (who wouldn’t?). Like you say, modders do it for free and for the love of simracing, which is absolutely fantastic and I’m very thankfull to them. And then suddenly it appears there are 10+ 100% accurate tracks while practically nobody is using them. Seems a but unfair, both to the modders and simracers in general.

  • Bakkster

    For anyone with an iRacing account, this thread has firsthand knowledge from a Williams F1 employee on how they do their mobile scanning with electronics pulled from a cruise missile.

  • guinnness

    There is one tthing tyou all seem to forget : license.
    All these tracks that have been scanned are under some sort of trademark and you have to ask for a license be able to scan these tracks and use them in any piece of software you could make.

    All these licenses are very expensive so i bet that they have been paid by all the racing team that use rfactor pro and in consequence all these licences belong to them, not to ISI

    If ISI want to release all these tracks worlwide they surely have to renegociate, or re-buy, all these licences and the overall bill would certainly be so high that they had so sell rfactor2 ridiculously high priced (several hundred dollars, or even worse) just to be profitable (nobody works for nothing) and almost nobody would buy it.

    That’s why i don’t think we would ever see any of these laser scanned tracks, except for the ones that are lucky enough to work in one of these racing teams that use them. (maybe i’m wrong, i hope so really)

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