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Welcome To The New-Look!

Welcome to the new-look! Please read this story to find out about the new features and your chance to win the Simbin Retro Pack!


What you see here is the fourth evolution of VirtualR since 2007 when this site started out as a simple blog to showcase some screenshots. Along the way, the site has changed it appearance twice to keep up with the growing popularity.

27 months ago, I introduced the last design change to VirtualR (the third in total) and even though the old theme served its purpose well enough, some change was long overdue as VirtualR had outgrown the old site design.

The past theme was done by me and I´m not shy to admit that web design is not one of my biggest talents. Now that the site has gotten even bigger, I´ve finally decided to let a pro have a go at it and this is the result!

Apart from being made with valid code and following common standards (which the old theme did not!), the new look comes with a bunch of major advantages:

  • Pleasing for the eye and easy to read
  • More content showcasing & formatting options that keep popular stories & discussions up and allow me to pack more info like Readme-files into the stories
  • A condensended index page that doesn’t show the content in full. While the old layout had the advantage of showing all the content at once, it was slow to load, especially with lots of embedded videos. With the new layout, only the content you want to read is fully loaded, saving up bandwidth and time.

Aside from all the changes, it was important to me that the site retains a familiar look. Personally, I always hate when my favorite sites introduce drastic changes as it always takes a few days to adjust, that’s why I wanted to retain a familiar look and feel to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.

[head3]New Comment System[/head3]

Along with the new layout, I´m also introducing a new comment system. If you´re a frequent commenter on VirtualR you know that the old system had its bugs and quirks and missed some essential features like the ability to edit postings.

This changes now as the new system allows post editing, better moderation features and some other cool community stuff to make discussing on VirtualR more fun and less frustrating! That includes the ability to collapse parts of the discussion you don’t want to follow, comment notifications and plenty of other neat features so have a look around in the comment area!

Like the old system, the new comment interface requires log-in via a social-media account. Those few of you who don’t use any of the popular services can open an account with Diqus, the comment service provider. If you´re a frequent comment writer on blogs & news sites, chances are that you´ve already used Disqus as it is the single most common comment interface on the web.

Of course, none of the old comments have been lost during the switch and old discussions can be picked up right where you left of.

[head3]Welcome-Gifts to Kick Things Off![/head3]

To give everyone some incentive to try the new comment system right here on the spot , I have some welcome gifts as Simbin has been nice enough to provide Steam codes for their Retro Pack expansion to give away.

I have three codes for the Retro Pack Expansion (for RACE07 owners) and three codes for the Retro Pack Bundle (including RACE07) to give out to lucky winners. To take part in the draw, please reply to this story and mention whether you want to win the expansion or the bundle, please be fair and don’t take part in the draw if you already own the Retro Pack.

[head3]Bugs & Problems[/head3]

Since the new layout has been put together by a professional, the site should look the same on all browsers and operating systems. If you still spot a bug, please report it in the comments.

I´m aware of the following issues, these will be fixed over the weekend:

  • Missing search box

I hope you all enjoy the new look of the site as much as I do (and if you don’t, please give it a few days time!). I´m really looking forward to hear what you guys think so leave me some feedback below!

  • Wim Bries

    Congrats … A very nice update. Apreciated

  • Nuno Paulo

    Ver nice. 🙂 Well done.

  • Gabriel A. Bechtold

    The site seems nice. I’ll keep visiting you evereyday. Best sim’s infos… Retro Expansion!

  • Raymond Tsui

    I would like to participate in the Retro Pack Bundle draw

  • Israel Alvarez Ramos

    Fantastic new-look!!!

  • Arnold Carter Kingpong Wong

    I want the Retro Pack Bundle, lol!

    The site is just better and better now

  • Benjamin G.


  • C Z

    The site’s too laggy.

    • Anonymous

      I disabled the caching for the site update, speeds should go up now 🙂

  • Ufo aka Juggalo

    wow! nice 🙂 and it’s supports g+
    and I would like to participate in the Retro Pack Bundle draw 🙂

  • Bob O’Steen

    Congrats. Awesome new look you efforts are appreciated.

  • Aaron Carlisle

    I’ll participate in the Retro Pack Bundle draw as well!

  • Erick Nagy

    G8 new look! o/

    BTW, I want the retro pack, too! 🙂

  • Paul Kelly

    Very nice redesign, Montoya! Thanks for all of your hard work.

  • Anonymous

    oooh, pretty! Retro pack bundle plz, good sir

  • Ole Marius Myrvold

    I would like to be in the Retro Pack Expansion draw! 🙂

  • Shaun Field

    The site looks excellent! An expansion please!

  • Carbonfibre

    Very flashy, Rob!

    Edit: Yep, I just edited this.

    P.S. Please DON’T include me on the give away, RACE07 would be a waste on me lol.

  • Mike Oppenheimer

    Awesome stuff Montoya. Site looks great. Come a long way.

  • Patrick McTie

    Congrats on the redesign! 

  • Eduardo Kissilevitch

    I want to say congratulations for the new layout, I like it. And I wish long life for this great site.

  • Gerardo

    Looks very very nice!!!!!!! 

  • Pavel Škoda

    Greetings from Czech Republic 🙂
    Great new design, very well arranged. Good to see my favourite web is keeping up to date. As for Retro Pack Bundle I would like to write review on my page if I have one 😉

    P.S. Editing posts works

  • Russell Standring

    The new site design looks great, and Retro Pack bundle.

  • Paul Hooper

    Looks swish, handles well, performance is great – ticks all the key boxes, nice work indeed.

    (oh, and please pop my name in the bundle hat – thanks!) 

  • Anonymous

    Very Slick, and a great step forward to what already is an awesome site.

    Retro Pack Bundle would be nice!

  • Erhard Jussen

    ich war heute morgen überrascht, ist schön geworden!
    ich bewerbe mich für das Retropack

    viele Grüße aus dem Nordschleifenland in der Eifel,Germany

  • Matt Orr

    Awesome layout. Looks so clean and modern, yet not too minimalist.

  • mathias waegemans

    I would like to participate in the Retro Pack Bundle draw

  • Priit Võrk

    I would love to participate in the Retro pack expansion draw.

    The design is very nice and easy to read.

  • Rytis Kareckas

    This is the #1 website for simracing, Appreciate the effort to maintain it like that. As for the draw, I would like the expansion, please.

  • Oskari Kantonen

    I would like to take part in the Bundle draw

  • Csaba

    Nice design!
    (Just very-very quietly: Maybe the content is a bit narrow for me.. but who knows, maybe my taste is wrong 🙂 )

    Anyway, I give the chance to express how cool is your page! A day does not pass, that didn’t look at it at least once. Your simracing-news-collection is awsome!

    😛 …and th Retro Pack expansion would be nice!

  • Francesco Huber

    Ansprechender Style, dezente Optik und sieht gut aus – danke.
    Am Gewinnspiel nehme ich nicht teil, ich zocke nur rFactor (und rFactor2)

  • Jack H

    I would love to take part in the expansion draw 😀

    Loving the theme, very modern and eye catching ^^

  • Guest

    Looks great, just aside from the minor RSS problem at the moment.

    (Put me in for the Retro Expansion)

  • Tero Rehnman

    Looks very good! Retro expansion would be awesome!

  • Ben Jacobs

    Looks fantastic! I’d love to be entered for the Retro Expansion 😀

  • Explosive Face

    I really would quite like the expansion, please. Site update is fantastic too.

  • Павел Драндийски

    Love the new look. I like that u didn’t change it too much. Best of luck 😉

    Have the Race07 and will love to add the Retro pack too 😛

  •ć/100002086812392 Mateo Babić

    looks good…

    dont need gift

  • Ondrej Kover

    I like new web design, it’s cool.

    I would like to have Retro Pack Expansion.

  • Tomas Beha

    Lovely new design – I wouldn’t mind adding the Retro Pack Expansion to my account 🙂

  • Keith Fitzgerald

    New layout looks great! I’d love to win that bundle so I could finally try RACE07 🙂

  • steve farrell

    The new design is cool. Its a pitty you didnt add the option for a dark theme though.

    I would love to win the retro pack bundle because I dont own the game or retro pack.

  • Ivo Simons

    Awesome. 🙂

  • Nick Senior

    Superb redesign, congrats! I visit your site every day. Only comment would be that perhaps the information about the lead articles on the front page should be visible all the time, rather than having to hover your mouse over the picture. Minor detail in what is a massive improvement.

  • Mihail Serafim

    I have been watching VirtualR for a while now, but with the new redesign I’m going to check it more often, as it looks more professional and focused.

    Also, I would love to win the Retro Expansion, as I love the vintage racing cars, but I just can’t get myself to buy it.

  • Ensi Ferrum

    Nice looking

  • Ensi Ferrum

    Nice design. I look often here to get a fast overview what’s new in SimRacing.
    btw, would like to win the Retro Pack without Race 07.

  • Samuel Korthof

    We should give you an incentive for keeping up this great work. This is the site I visit the most besides facebook and twitter. New look is fantastic. Tnx.

  • kkacper89

    Hi, I would like to participate in the Retro Pack expansion giveaway, I’ve the Race 07 already and would really be interested in the 2nd one 😛 . Oh yea the site looks and feels great. Really improved over the last one, even though the last one wasn’t worst one either 🙂

  • Marcel Penzkofer

    Nice move forward, it looks good so far.
    If you pick up your winners of the retro pack, I’d like to get the expansion as I already do own RACE 07 and STCC :).

  • Gregz0r

    Nice! Everybody should be using Disqus.

    I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway.

  • Kenneth Sehested Pedersen

    Looks nice the new layout. But i dont wanna win Race07, im not that much into arcade racing. 😀

  • Diego Colafabio

    i thought i was still drunk lol 😀 great work mate! i like new layout. Keep up the good work, this is the main place for all simracers.

    • Diego Colafabio

      Oh yes..i’d like to win the retro pack bundle 😀

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t expecting to visit a redesigned Virtualr. What a surprise! And it’s very well done. I would like to be in the running for the Retro Expansion. Thank you.

  • Rhys Gardiner

    This is a brilliant update! Very exciting… well done!

    I’d like to request that I be put in the running for the expansion, please. Thank you very much, and may this site continue years into the future. 😀

  • jo5hc

     First time posting on here, and what a great time to do it! New layout looks brilliant.

    Never played a SimBin sim so I would like to be entered for the Race 07 Bundle, please.

    • Ricoo

      If you never played a SimBin game you really don’t deserve it. (joke)

  • Hompe Mozzarella

    Nice site!

    • Hompe


  • Diego Colafabio

    Rob, a n00b question: how can i modify my avatar? i don’t find the way to change it.

    • Ricoo

      Connect to your Discus account or create it. You can change it there.

      • Diego Colafabio


  • Ricoo

    I don’t like the grey zone on the right. It overlap with text. Dirty design.

    • Ricoo

      The look is completely different in Firefox 7.0.1 or Internet Explorer 9.0.3

      • Ricoo

        In Firefox:

      • Ricoo

        I prefer Firefox’s look. IE’s one is too dark.

        I have found the way to get rid of the over lap with the zoom function control+mouse wheel.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for pointing that out, I have none of these problems with Firefox 7, Safari or Chrome on the Mac so I didn’t noticed.

        IE compatability will be looked at.

      • steve farrell

        @ Ricoo : It looks nothing like that (Your first picture) in my Firefox 7.0.1. It looks like your second picture

  • Danny Bouwes

    Awesome, loving the new lay-out.
    Congratulations on what is still one of the best websites in virtual racing.

  • ricomielke1

    where are the smilies?

    • Ricoo

      Yes they are missed a lot here too.

  • Diromo

    I want Retro Pack Bundle since I played several older SimBins games and liked them 🙂
    P.s. dunno how to do this, but on wide monitor (1920 +) grey background with racing tracks on straight takes 50% of page view and main blog material is positioned in narrow section in the middle (I mean narrow – compared to whole wide 🙂 )).

    • Ricoo

      try control+mouse wheel

  • Mart Välja

    Bug report: new RSS feed url:” ” seems to be broken. Feed itself works great, but links in the feed do not work.

    Reason: links contain date, for example:
    New feed:

    Old RSS feed is okay (” “).

  • Anonymous


  • Ricoo

    I forgot to say I don’t want to take part in the SimBin title giveaway since I already bought almost all SimBin titles. 🙂

  • Jann Dircks

    looks great 🙂

  • Richard Hessels

    Nice upgrade to this already great site!

    The Retro Expansion pack is the only thing still missing in my Simbin collection. 

  • O C

    Nice upgrade! Looks great congrats. 😀

  • Anonymous

    Nice redesign, really like it.
    Dunno if it’s a bug, a problem with Opera or anything else, but if I want to add an image via the “+image” button, it says “Just a moment” on the post button, but it never goes away :S 
    And I don’t want to nitpick, but the only thing I don’t really like is the logo…. the V just looks odd. Here’s what I would have done (but that’s just a personal preference I guess):

    Oh, and Retro Pack Bundle pls 😛
    edit: Nevermind the 2nd pic, I can’t seem to delete it from my post

  • rFactor Resources

    Great design is wonderfull! Congratulations!

  • Martin W

    Very nice 😉

    PS: Retro Pack Bundle (including RACE07)

  • Anonymous

    Nice look, feels better and faster. I want the Retro Pack Expansion pls 🙂

  • Pvt Stash

    Interesting update, the site has evolved a lot over the years. Keep up the good work and here’s to a long future.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice site, been reading VirtualR for 1.5 months now and i really like it and this new layout is just outstanding!

    I would like to try and win the Retro Pack Bundle ^^

  • Robert Gödicke

    So this is a “software update” Rob? Hehe…

    I didn’t expect a complete overhaul when I read that maintenance message yesterday, just some regular site maintenance.
    Looks pretty good. It’s a good thing the main menu remained untouched and that general use hasn’t changed much. It’s still VirtualR, it just went 1 step upwards on the evolution ladder. 😉

    And if you really want to get rid of these codes, I’d take the expansion pack please. 🙂

    P.S.: Slideshow doesn’t move back to the first article after showing the fourth atm.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats: it looks very good! Modern and easy to use!

    To take part in the celebrations, I like to win the Retro Pack Expansion.

  • Justin

    What a kind thought to offer prizes! please feel free to send a code for a Steam version of this update my way as i havent been in a position to afford it yet.

  • Christian Frays

    *Good Update. And seems to faster as the old version.

  • Mike

    Great Job! It looks great.
    I’ll take the expansion pack please.

  • Tony Richter


  • Filipe Galego

    Great Job! It looks great.

  • Brad Wrenn

    Site looks great!

    To win the Retro pack would be great!


  • Sirajuddin Maizir

    looks great, loves the background image and the topbar, though the content area can be a little bit wider so it doesn’t look too cramped. I believe the visitors of this site must have big enough monitor(s).

    btw, a Retro Pack Bundle would be nice, I’d love to have it please 🙂

  • Ricardo Almeida

    This new look is much better. Congratulations!

    About the welcome-gift, I would like the Retro Pack Bundle.


  • Ricoo

    Retro pack update is only 4.99 €.

    All those people so poor they can’t buy it is really saddening…

    Really you can’t pay 4.99 € for this great sim!… I am amazed.

  • Evan Maillard

    Very nice, and it’s rare when I like new designs.

  • Nabil Abdool

    Where am I !? I like it here alot 🙂
    think i’ll put my couch over here ====> [^]=====[^]
    looking forwad to a long and comfortable stay!

    Retro Pack Bundle will help complete my simbin collection!

  • Justin ForzaBarça Cruze

    Very nice, liking the look of it so far on the PC.
    However I did try to load up these news stories on the tablet and all I got was the text for some reason along with html tags like for eg. [head1]Welcome![/head1]……..weird.

    • Justin ForzaBarça Cruze

      And just to clarify, this occurs if the browser’s device type/user agent is set to android or ipad.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, some of the new content styling isn’t supported by the mobile theme yet, I´ll look into it.

  • NateDawg

    Was shocked when i checked in this morning. Very nicely done although it always feels weird stepping outside the comfort zone for the first time. I hope people arent looking at me funny 😛

    I would love to have the expansion pack 🙂

  • Morgan Henstridge

    Looks very clean and tidy 🙂

    Would love the Retro Expansion pack 🙂

  • John Cheall

    I like it. Count me in on the bundle please!

  • reintjan hoiting

    After using it for 2 days i have to say, i like it a lot.
    it looks 2011 / 2012 . some social media in there too !
    WEll done , nice job making it!

    (i believe you need to update the text at your donate page)
    I´m not on the payroll of any developer and I don’t accept payments in return for positive reviews or endorsements
    I remember a post for a few weeks ago that you got a job at Slightly mad studio’s. ( Congrats on that. ) so this is a bit incorrect:)

    • Anonymous

      Whoops, thanks for spotting that! Text has been changed 🙂

      • StarFoXySxv550

        Wow Congrats on the job @ SMS

        Also I don’t need a DLC pack incentive to post and say…. this new site is freaking awesome. Glad you got the update sorted out nicely.

  • Terry Welch

    Nice design!  I’m using Firefox 7.0.1, and at most font sizes (Ctrl+ and Ctrl- settings) the right-hand column (links, etc.) does not show up at all.  Not a killer issue, since I can use a large font size that just clips a little bit of the right side text.

    Good luck with the new page design!

  • oldjusk

    Looking good – long time reader, first time commenter here. I’d find a good home for the Retro Pack Bundle if I won it!

  • Pashalis Gergis

    Nice one guys 😉

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations, major improvement. #1 site for sim-related stuff.

  • Wesley M

    Was quite unexpected to suddenly see the design change, certainly takes  a few days to get common to, but I like it.

  • Holy Sword

    nice update, i would like to win the retro pack

  • Chris Considine

    Love the new design!

  • Anonymous

    Need to get used to the new Design, but it seems to load faster now indeed.

    I’d like a copy of the retro pack while I’m already here.

  • Ricoo

    Old discussions have been messed up what makes them unreadable… 🙁

  • Nabil Abusharr

    Love the new look and the mobile version. I would like the BUNDLE please 🙂

  • Raphael Dos Reis Oliveira

    The new Layout is beautiful! Nice artwork and improvements

  • Jermaine Smit

    mmm i dont know. I think i have to get used to it. It looks good but less easy to see everything. But that might be just because i have to get used to it…

  • Derek Speare

    Good luck with the new site design.  I liked it upon my very first impression.

  • Echidna Bahamut

    ´The new layout is fantastic. Grats, superb look

  • Philip Antonia

    The updated site looks fantastic, well done MontoyaVR :).

  • Alex Ventura

    Well  done!

  •ächtele/100001575221366 Jochen Schächtele

    The new layout looks fantastic!

    I would love the Retro pack expansion.

  • Elton Cesar Fernandes

    I want to win the expansion.

  • Cedric Cornelis

    Hi, nice new website look 🙂
    Really appreciate the work you spend in this great website.
    I would like to receive the bundle because I don’t have Race 07.

  • Sam Binfield

    Since starting simracing, maybe three years ago now (that long? :O), Virtual R has become one of the sites I visit everyday when I get on the internet. Having so much news, from such a diverse range of sources, is incredibly useful, and is a damn sight easier than checking a dozen forums everyday. The new look has definatly grown on me, and its nice that the layout has remained virtually unchanged, as this can be one of the most infuriating things when a familiar site gets a redesign. Here’s hoping Virtual R continues to run as such a great service for the foreseable future. I know Montoya had a post about a new job a little while ago, and this site redesign serves well as a statment of intent for the site, and I take my proverbial hat of to him :).

    P.S. The Retro Pack Bundle would be my choice, if I were to be so lucky :p

    EDIT: (thank god for this existing now) The only feature I can really ask for is to have the smileys back in the comments.

  • Neil Hind

    Looks fantastic , well done !

  • Bjørn Gaardbo

    Congrats, Rob 🙂 Looks fine !

  • Simon BC

    The new site looks great but would be even better if the content area was a bit wider, (unless you still have lots of visitors with skinny resolutions).

    I would love to win the expansion pack too!!

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, plenty of people still run 1024 resolution, that’s why most websites stick to this common width. 

      Maybe in a few years time people have upgraded and we can make us of those widescreen monitors 🙂

  • Alex Fernandez

    Really like the new look! Much easier to read. 

    I would like the Retro Pack Bundle please. 🙂

  • Ilija Prentovski

    Awesome look!

    Bundle, please 🙂

  • Mojo66

    Well, only showing a preview of all the articles certainly makes the page load faster, plus it has the nice benefit of increasing the ever so important number of page impressions etc, which is an important metric to ad-driven web sites. Grats on the new design, I think all parties involved profit from it. And btw I already have Race 07 and the retro expansion, for which my GTL mod still is a nice companion, the luckiy winners may have a lot of fun with it 🙂

  •é-Thomas/100001297125962 Hervé Thomas

    Thank you for the new modern look.  😉

  • Dan Boersma


  • Damjan Čule

    My first impression when I came here today was:”sh!t, I went on wrong site again” but than I saw title that welcomes us to the new look of VirtualR. I have to say that I really like it even if I am still getting used to it. But site loads faster than before, looks more modern than before and I like it. Only thing which I don’t like, or maybe I just don’t know how to do it, is that I used to use my nickname instead of my real name as I was able to change that after I login with my google account. But as far as I can see for now, I can’t change that any more.

    As for welcome gifts, if you still have some left, I am interested in Retro Pack Bundle as I do not have Race 07 game.

    I hope that you will be able to continue with this site for many many years to come, as I can find really interesting articles here, every day. Thank you for that

  • Pork Hunt Racing

    nice new look. well done

  • myName

    One thing I really liked about the old site was that you could check all pictures from the articles from the front page. I also liked the bigger look, now it feels a bit tight. The old did nor use the space efficiently either though. Looks really nice though!

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. I really like the new design. It’s very sleek and up to today’s standard.

    I would like the Expansion please 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Looks very nice the new design I’m sure as Simracing continues to grow all your hard work will be even more compensated Rob!
    I want the retro-pack please 🙂

  • Anonymous

    There’s less information on the homepage so I have to click each article to see more, bit annoying. At the same time it feels too “busy”, but it does “look” better.

  • Jason Madigan

    Awesome, the site is looking sweet Rob, keep up the good work, it’s an awesome thing you do here for the community 🙂

  • Sergey Eremin

    Missing favicon.ico

  • Anonymous

    this grey Screen Background isnt optimal.
    in combinate with the Flashticker it hurts and all together felt like “Popcorn”.

    Nope, this design isnt really “Wow” i would say its more “Argh”
    and the lovely Smilies are gone…hmmm

  • Martin Rasmussen

    I blocked the background image. Other than that, it’s a great new layout 🙂

  • Olivier Prenten

    I like it! Very nice update! Thanks MontoyaVR! 😉

  • Jim Parisis

    Sorry but my comment will not be a happy one….
    RIP Dan and Marco….
    Although nice job here guys..

    • Justin ForzaBarça Cruze

      Really not been a good week for motorsport…..

  • Anonymous

    Liking the layout, liking the new features but not liking that I had to add _RR (RacingRenders) to my nick 🙂   Oh well.     Maybe I needed a new look too  heh.

  • Anonymous

    Is it right that, instead of the page auto-updating with comments, that you now have to refresh to see new ones ?

  • Juhan Voolaid

    I really liked the tags, like rfactor2, rFactor, etc … they seem to be gone now

    … also the screenshots should be viewable in popup window (js div) not just link to image file

  • Alex Sawczuk

    Nice work with the update. Personally I’d prefer the category and comments items on the image for the article swapped around. I keep getting confused about which is which. You know with the number of comments usually coming underneath the title etc.

  • Timpie Claessens

    Nice work VirtualR, looks very good 🙂

    I’d like an Retro expansion btw 😀

  • Andrea Candini

    I have to get used to the new look, but I like it. 🙂

    Retro expansion for me, fingers crossed!

  • Brian Duddy

    I do have RACE 07, so the expansion would be good… unlike a lot of redesigns I like this one! A lot of wasted space on my wide monitor, though…

  • dingo carlos

    I want the expansion! …and good job with the new look.. xDD

  • Jann Dircks

    Expansion for me 🙂 I like the new design!

  • Berto Carvalho

    I have RACE 07, so the expansion would be great!

  • Mike Tuppen

    I’d like the retro expansion as I already have the RACE 07 game. Thanks for always giving us the latest in sim racing news…