For more than a decade on iRacing, you’ve been able to drive against the best sim racers in the world in our Official or Ranked racing, and some have risen to the top to race in our World Championship eSports. You’ve also had the ability to run in open practices, run in special events with and without official teams, host races, or run in hundreds of leagues through our hosting and league racing service. In addition, you’ve been able to drive alone out on the track in testing, in Time Trials and in Time Attack.

Beginning with the introduction of iRacing AI, you can begin to race against computer-controlled, highly adjustable drivers in two ways – in single races or in championship seasons. Here’s more information on iRacing AI and how it works:

How do I access iRacing AI?

iRacing AI can only be accessed through iRacing’s Beta UI. To access Beta UI, you can log in to members.iracing.com as normal and click the Beta UI bar at the top of the screen. You can also download a desktop shortcut to be able to access Beta UI without having to log in.

 

When opening Beta UI, click the button on the top left. You’ll see a bar on the left side of the screen with various options. Click “Go Racing” and then the “AI Races” button to access iRacing AI.

Does iRacing AI affect my iRating or Safety Rating?

No. In iRacing AI competition, you are completely on the track by yourself 100% of the time against computer-generated AI cars. Your driving in these races has no bearing on your iRating or your Safety Rating.

What AI content comes with iRacing AI?

Alongside your user-created AI content (rosters and seasons) will be iRacing provided Official AI content. This content is provided as an example and as a challenge to take on AI drivers in pre-created seasons!

Changing an Official Roster will save it as a new roster. Likewise running an Official season will create a copy of the Official season with your results. Official AI content can be copied but cannot be deleted. Visit our AI Roster page for more information on how to adjust AI roster parameters.

My iRacing-provided AI content isn’t loading. What do I do?

If you don’t see the “Sample Porsche Season” when you first launch Beta UI after the update, log out and close Beta UI, and relaunch it again. The Sample Porsche Season should then appear.

What types of events can I run with iRacing AI?

Both single races and championship seasons are available. To access each, click the corresponding button on the “AI Races” page. A single race allows you to test your mettle against virtual competition, while a championship season allows you to track points and finishes across a series of events—whether it’s one that iRacing itself supplies or one that you’ve generated on your own.

How do I run a single race?

Head to the Create an AI Race wizard and click the “Single Race” button. From there, follow the steps in the wizard, starting by setting your track.

 

Set your weather options.

 

Set your race sessions.

 

Choose your car.

 

When setting your opponent roster, you’ll also be prompted with the “Avoid Me” option. When toggled on, this prevents AI cars from making contact with you during the race.

 

Set your track options.

 

Set your track conditions.

 

Set your time of day. When you’re set to go, click the green “Race” button!

How do I set up a season?

Head to the Create an AI Race wizard and click the “Create an AI Season” button. You’ll first be prompted to name your season:

 

From there, follow the same steps that you used on the Single Race menu to select your tracks, weather, race sessions, car, opponent roster, track options, track conditions, and time of day using the corresponding menus.

 

The biggest difference between single race and championship track selection is that you’ll be choosing multiple tracks. Each track added features a drop-down button with available configurations.

 

Set your weather.

 

Set your race sessions.

 

Choose your car.

 

When setting your opponent roster, you’ll also be prompted with the “Avoid Me” option. When toggled on, this prevents AI cars from making contact with you during the race.

 

Set your track options.

 

Set your track conditions.

 

Set your time of day.

 

Now that your general season settings have been selected, you can make further adjustments for each individual race. The buttons underneath each event open up the race settings, weather, track options, track conditions, and time of day menus for each event in your season.

 

Finally, you have the opportunity to set your point system for each event. Multiple real-world point systems are available for you to select, or create a custom system of your own design.

 

Now that you’ve set up your season, hit the green “Race” button to begin your pursuit of the championship!

What does the in-sim interface look like?

When you join a race event, you’ll recognize a familiar interface, with just a few added options. Click the “Prev” and “Next” buttons to skip sessions. For example, if you have a bad start and want to try again, use the back button to restart the race.

Can I pause my race?

While you’re driving, you can use the Pause hotkey on your keyboard if you need to step away. You can set your hotkeys under “Options” in the top right.

Can I re-run a bad race?

Not satisfied with how your last race went? After you’re done, use the “Re-run Last Race” option to give it another try.

What cars and tracks can I use in iRacing AI?

As of iRacing AI’s soft launch in time for 2020 Season 1, only the Porsche 911 GT3 (991) is available to access. It can be driven on the following tracks:

  • Barber Motorsports Park – Full Course
  • Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Grand Prix
  • Donington Park Racing Circuit – Grand Prix
  • NEW Lime Rock Park – Classic
  • Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke – Grand Prix
  • Road America – Full Course
  • Watkins Glen International – Cup

More vehicles and tracks will be added to iRacing AI in future builds.

How is the iRacing AI driver roster generated?

iRacing AI comes equipped with a pre-set AI driver roster that allows you to get on track immediately—no additional work needed! However, you can also randomly generate a driver roster if you’re looking for a new challenge.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can create your own roster of up to 60 AI drivers to compete against. Custom AI rosters include custom paint jobs, adjustable driver personalities, customizable racing skills, and much more. Please note that using over 40 AI Drivers may have an impact on frame rates as well as cause some quirky AI behavior. Visit our AI Roster page for more information on how to adjust AI roster parameters.

How do I adjust the skill level of the iRacing AI driver roster?

As with all parameters of your iRacing AI driver roster, go to “Set AI” > “Edit Roster” to make changes.

Can I share my user-generated iRacing AI seasons and rosters?

Yes! User-Created AI content (AI Rosters and AI Seasons) can be shared with other iRacers.

To share AI Rosters, go to My Documents\iRacing\airosters and copy the directory with the name of the roster you’d like to share. That directory contains all the information on the roster as well as any specified TGA files.

To share AI Seasons, go to My Documents\iRacing\aiseasons and copy the JSON file with the name of the season you’d like to share. This will contain any results from races you’ve run in the season. If you would like to share the season without results, simply Copy the season in the BUI.