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iRacing.com – New Zandvoort Previews

iRacing.com – New Zandvoort Previews

iRacing has released three new previews of the Circuit Park Zandvoort, showing the European track at a 99% complete state. iRacing’s version of the Dutch track is due to be released next week.

Opened in 1948, Circuit Park Zandvoort has hosted 30 editions of the Dutch Formula One Grand Prix, today’s layout is 4.18 kilometers long and consists of 11 turns.

Located in the near-beach dunes, the track is notorious for sand being blown on track. The layout is made up of slow and quick corners as well as many elevation changes that make Zandvoort a rather tricky place to drive. Even though Formula One is long gone, the track still hosts many major events, including DTM & WTCC touring car racing as well as an annual A1GP event.

In related news, iRacing’s Steve Myers has released another one of his famous “Cat Herder” blogs were he usually outlines many of the upcoming features and content additions. The newest issue talks about Philip Island and the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar, both of which should be available in May.

Furthermore, iRacing is working on introducing multi-class racing, maybe as early as with the next build. You can read more about that and plenty of other stuff in his latest blog here.

  • Paul Kelly

    Groovy! Can’t wait! :happy:

  • F1_fan_1

    My good lord, those screens are superb!!! 😮

    This proud Dutchman says this might get him back iRacin’ again…. 😆

  • mike84

    wow truly photo realistic. 😮

  • GeraArg

    mike84: wow truly photo realistic.

    Agree, the lighting and textures are perfect. 😯

  • max1492

    Looks great. I just recently signed up for iRacing. I’m still feeling my way around, but I’ll say this. This there is a real sense of maturity in the forums. No flaming, no stupid insults, etc. This site is much better than most, but I did find that refreshing.

  • felipe

    That’s great news for iRacing guys! As I’m not willing to pay such exorbitant amount of money I’m excluded from iRacing but still great to see the old NR2003 updated engine going forward! Congrats guys enjoy it :sd: probably the best track I’ve ever seen (excluding GT5).

  • Suarez10

    Awesome!!!

  • Lenniepen

    Wow 😮
    Did they update the graphics engine?
    These are the best screens i’ve ever seen from iRacing, and maybe from any racesim.
    The lighting and textures are outstanding. Such a variation, small imperfections in terrain and textures, no repetition.

  • kludger

    Great, I had no idea Zandy was going to be out this soon, screenshots look great, I’ll be buying this track for sure next week, it’ one of my faves from GPL/rF/GTREvo, can’t wait to race my Star Mazda there.

  • gtrNL

    felipe: probably the best track I’ve ever seen (excluding GT5).

    I beg to differ. I find GT5 looking like absolute **** compared to this. I mean, I honestly thought this was a real picture. I’ve been to Zandvoort numerous times and this is seriously what it looks like in real life. GT5 is way to much bloom, contrast and colors. GT5 looks great, this looks real.

    Anyway, if I wasn’t a ‘poor’ :sd: student, this would be me signing up for iRacing.

  • ForzaBarca88

    oo textures on this actually look almost like the real track 😮
    Very nice.

  • Zenitchik
  • David Wright

    It does look good – some great detail – but I don’t agree with some earlier posters – it doesn’t look real. Its still the same old washed out iRacing look (though to be fair, Zandvoort grass isn’t particularly green it would seem).

    Hopefully the 1% left to do is to add some life. 🙂

    Or maybe the lazer scanners killed everyone 😉

  • SergeantBoner

    Now this is better, instead of focusing on ‘wholesome all-american’ content, they should be giving us addons like this from around the world more frequently!

  • stabiz

    I think this looks fantastic. So crisp and clean, hopefully rfactor 2 is a big step forward in graphics as well.

  • riches

    The crisp and clean look can be done in rFactor.
    Is more a matter of using the right textures, and a very detailed 3D model.
    iRacing can actually use only one sort of light, midsummer daytime.
    As rFactor can display day/night and seasononal cycles.
    But if done properly like this track it still looks great.
    Is more a question how much effort you put in a track.
    Putting a lot of effort in is where iRacing sticks out.
    Will be blast to race on Zandvoort.

  • Jos

    so you played gt5 with zandvoort, interesting…

    accuracy wise Im sure iracing will be best, people pay for that.

    gran turismo will always be the graphics daddy 😛

    gtrNL:
    I beg to differ. I find GT5 looking like absolute **** compared to this. I mean, I honestly thought this was a real picture. I’ve been to Zandvoort numerous times and this is seriously what it looks like in real life. GT5 is way to much bloom, contrast and colors. GT5 looks great, this looks real.Anyway, if I wasn’t a ‘poor’ student, this would be me signing up for iRacing.

  • moppenheimer

    David Wright: Hopefully the 1% left to do is to add some life.:)Or maybe the lazer scanners killed everyone 😉

    Ive said it before and i will say it again. These previews come from TEST sessions. Like in Rfactor, there are no spectators in the stands and trackside during TEST sessions. During the races, all of them are there.

    As for being washed out, even you haters have to admit this is much less washed out, im not saying its there yet, far from it, but it is an improvment

  • Paul Kelly

    felipe: That’s great news for iRacing guys! As I’m not willing to pay such exorbitant amount of money I’m excluded from iRacing but still great to see the old NR2003 updated engine going forward! Congrats guys enjoy it probably the best track I’ve ever seen (excluding GT5).

    Hey, Felipe: At least your iRacing flame attempts are veiled now!

    “Exorbitant?” Yeah, about $7 to $10 per month for a year with the deals available online. Do you spend more than that on a night at the pub or on takeaway food?

    “Excluded?” Exclusion intimates that iRacing is preventing you from joining. No, you decided not to. It was voluntary.

    “Old NR2003 engine updated?” Dave Kaemmer has said the strongest portions of the NR 2003 engine, such as the net code, were used as a starting point for iRacing. But he also said a lot of the code is new. http://www.iracing.com/membership/faqs-2/

    But hey, I still give you a gold star for subtlety. That’s a new wrinkle for you in your personal war against iRacing.

  • felipe

    Jos: people pay for that.gran turismo will always be the graphics daddy 😛

    Don’t tell me that! So you mean GT5 will be for free? Or you mean it’s more expensive to play iRacing?
    The NR2003 engine is doing a great job alright but… I mean BUT… it’s no match to real life GT5’s graphics engine.
    How much did iRacing cost you to this date? I’ll tell you I spend U$600 for my PS3 and add another U$60 when GT5 is realease. PD has spent over U$100 million since starting GT5 development ! :shame: So yes I expect some greatness out of it it’s NO ordinary game you like it or not.

  • BenUK

    Looks absolutely amazing.

    I don’t own iRacing but it does look incredible. Compare this track to the mess that is the SimBin version, which looks dull, has incorrect camber / bumps etc.

  • navalhawkeye

    felipe:
    Don’t tell me that! So you mean GT5 will be for free? Or you mean it’s more expensive to play iRacing?
    The NR2003 engine is doing a great job alright but… I mean BUT… it’s no match to real life GT5’s graphics engine.
    How much did iRacing cost you to this date? I’ll tell you I spend U$600 for my PS3 and add another U$60 when GT5 is realease. PD has spent over U$100 million since starting GT5 development ! So yes I expect some greatness out of it it’s NO ordinary game you like it or not.

    Unless they drastically change GT5 before it’s released, I will be selling my PS3. The physics are terrible with the G25 – the wheel wobbles back and forth, the cars spin out at like 5mph…it’s just bad. Who cares about graphics as long as they are decent (which iRacings are definitely more than sufficient). For how much they have spent on it, it’s extremely disappointing. I am pretty sure iRacing is working on updating their graphic engine, but it will be a while before it’s released.

  • http://www.racedepartment.com TehFuzzi0n

    felipe:
    Don’t tell me that! So you mean GT5 will be for free? Or you mean it’s more expensive to play iRacing?
    The NR2003 engine is doing a great job alright but… I mean BUT… it’s no match to real life GT5’s graphics engine.
    How much did iRacing cost you to this date? I’ll tell you I spend U$600 for my PS3 and add another U$60 when GT5 is realease. PD has spent over U$100 million since starting GT5 development ! So yes I expect some greatness out of it it’s NO ordinary game you like it or not.

    You’re right, GT5 is far from ordinary… the tracks are far from ordinary in that they are inaccurate and the physics are far from ordinary in that they are very poor and don’t resemble how a real car drives. All its got going for it is the graphics, which requires you to have a 1080p TV. Lets add this up, $600 on a PS3, $60 on the game and another $600 on a TV. iRacing and a good gaming PC costs less than that and while it doesn’t have as good graphics (which it does in quite a few ways actually…) it has better physics, better tracks and a great online community.

    Stop trolling, you’ve got nothing to back up your argument.

  • Diswanio

    Zandy, you mean Sandy lol! Zandvoort

  • drdryvillage

    Amazing stuff 😮

  • Zenitchik

    BenUK: Looks absolutely amazing.I don’t own iRacing but it does look incredible. Compare this track to the mess that is the SimBin version, which looks dull, has incorrect camber / bumps etc.

    Oh, comon! Gtr Evo version holds up pretty well, I can even recognize the track when watching youtube videos 😀 and its like 4 years old by now.

    Here is a very solid comparison I made, since I’m all for IRacing it must be pretty obvoius that IRacing looks even better then images of real thing, check it out:
    http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/129/zandvoort0225102.jpg

    LOL

  • Diswanio

    > has incorrect camber / bumps etc. Very Tue!

    RACE/Rfactor version has lots elevations + Banking very wrong!!

    If you like Race better np! Want the closest to the real ZANDVOORT its pretty obvious! I’ve driven quite alot off laps @ Zandvoort in the DRNT and Youngtimers,
    Trofeo Alfa Romeo.. (used to be TAR) I was allways so unhappy with the RF/Race version! Ok you have bumps and so on, but JUMPS come on..

    I recon if you haven’t actually drove or really raced at ZANDVOORT yourself, you cant judge AMEN

  • hoboracer

    Geez, iracing looks sooo good. I just wish I had the time and money to play it.

  • Jack B

    Re the GT 5 comparisions, remember iRacing can run 43 cars online and GT 5 will only be 16. Both have excellent graphics. GT 5 has a lot of effects, but iRacing’s detail on things like the edge of the rumble strips and the grass is amazing.

    I think I even saw a single Dandylion flower near the edge of the grass where it meets the rumble strip. I wonder what they’re using for grass creation? Whatever it is, it’s awesome.

    As for the colors. I’ve compared tons of pictures on the web and the grass color it depends on the time and whether they’ve enhanced to photo to make it brighter/greener/more vibrant etc. Go pull a bunch of Zandvoort pictures with grass and you’ll see. The colors are dead on depending on the time of year.

    I did the same comparisons with Brands Hatch and it was the same. It depends on the time of year.

    Here are some examples – Tons of brown. In some cases the grass is completely dead. After lots of rain it’s very green. It depends…

    http://www.orangehat.nl/FOTOS/gscpz/Tarzan63.jpg

    http://uatrl.com/pcsim/race07_seat_brn.jpg

    http://www.orangehat.nl/FOTOS/gscpz/PANORAMA73.JPG

  • Zenitchik

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