Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 Complete the Open Wheel Ladder on Award Winning Racing Game

iRacing.com, the world’s premier online racing game, today announced a formal agreement with Renault to add two new single seat race cars, the Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 3.5. These cars join the more than 40 vehicles already available on iRacing and will be integrated into the open wheel ladder system on iRacing that includes: the Skip Barber Formula 2000, Pro Mazda, Dallara DW12 Indycar, Williams FW31 and soon to be released McLaren–Honda MP4-30.

The Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 cars have long been a part of young drivers’ resumes. Just as in the real world, in iRacing these new cars will be the logical stepping stone for aspiring sim racers around the world. Past champions in Formula Renaults include a distinguished list of drivers; many who have progressed to the top rung of open wheel racing. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Scott Speed all earned championships in Formula Renault 2.0 or Formula Renault 3.5 early in their careers before making the move to Formula 1.

“It is great to partner with Renault to bring both the Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 to iRacing,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice-President and Executive Producer at iRacing.com. “We have been looking to round out the open wheel racing options on iRacing for some time now and these two cars fit the bill perfectly. Just like in the real world you will see iRacers progress through these series on their way to the top series in the sim racing world – the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series where drivers compete for more the $10,000 in cash and prizes.”

iRacing has already begun the process to add the Formula Renault 2.0 to its racing service. CAD data has been collected and design work is underway. The nearly 60,000 iRacers around the world will see the both cars added to iRacing in the coming months.

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24 Comments

Awesome news!!! 😀

Felipe
July 16th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

So the two classic Lotus F1 cars don’t count as open wheel cars then?

Ken
July 16th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

So the classic Lotus F1 cars no longer are considered open wheelers?

Ken
July 16th, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Based on what I could find the Formula Renault 2.0 fits right in with the Formula Mazda we now have very nicely. It has a 5.1W to P ratio and the Mazda is at 5.3. The Mazda does have 38 more BHP but is 240 pounds more.

The Formula Renault 3.5 comes in at the same W to P ratio as the Lotus 79. It has 530 BHP to the Lotus that has 475, but it has an added 90 pounds.

Now, If iRacing is willing to move the Indy Car up to a single series at Class B, combined Road and Oval as in real life. This is starting to become some thing.

I propose the Formula Renault 3.5 and Lotus 79 run together as Class C and the Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Mazda at Class D. The Skip Barber is moved in to the NEW CLASS E level (that should be created as the present ladder is too short). The Rookie Class does not change, it just leads up to the Class E instead of the Class D as it does now.
This can be input into the new upcoming UI Build and would help with the full ladder for both Road and Oval driver

I love the two new cars and my money is already on the table so come on iRacing, take my money please

Falcon
July 16th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

So iracing is going to add not one but TWO more cars to the road open wheel side? Last I checked there is barely any participation in the DW-12, Lotus 49, Lotus 79, and the FW-31. Why add two more cars to split the service up even more?

If iracing wants to add more cars they should be getting stuff that will not be taking participation away from low participation series and/or brings in new members. This won’t do either. Something like adding a 1980s NASCAR would work well since it would be wildly popular and takes away from Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup which have good participation. Another would be more multiclass cars.

Or for the wildly crazy idea: Why not do something new? Add a few NHRA dragsters and funny cars. Scan the Sonoma dragstrip and maybe a few other dragstrips. Shouldn’t really take away much from any current series, could certainly add lots of new members.

Brandon
July 16th, 2015 at 8:13 pm

ok, How does adding a car to the Formula Mazda and Lotus 79 series take away from anything? Both Series will now have two cars to pick from and not just one.
These new cars fit right into the existing series very well.

Nice job iRacing

Falcon
July 16th, 2015 at 9:20 pm

There always has to be a knocker….

Maybe one day in the future, when something exciting comes along, the knockers may have learnt to pull there head in…

Ravage
July 17th, 2015 at 12:30 am

Nice additions, iRacing!!

Derek
July 16th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Great stuff! 😀

Jan
July 16th, 2015 at 11:48 pm

HELL YEAH! NURBURGRING, LE MANS AND NOW FORMULAS RENAULT CARS!

Stefano
July 16th, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Can’t wait to drive the Renaults .. Been racing the Skip but only because participation in the L49/79 is low.

Brett Youlten
July 17th, 2015 at 12:26 am

You should put images of the cars when doing that! 😉

Mathieu
July 17th, 2015 at 1:09 am

Awesome stuff. Have been waiting for something modern between the Star Mazda and F1. IndyCar doesn’t count, and the two old F1 lotus’s are fun, but don’t really count either.

Tom
July 17th, 2015 at 1:18 am

The 2.0 will probably on roughly the same level as the Star Mazda, it has a bit less horsepower, but also less empty weight, the 3.5 will be between it and F1, so yeah, will be a nice fit. 🙂 I guess i’d prefer the 2.0 to the SM anyway, due to it being an european series, and due to the bad engine sound of the SM… 🙂

Jan
July 17th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Clio Cuo or RIOT.

Anonymous
July 17th, 2015 at 5:52 am

Delete the Lotus 49 and Lotus 79 races. Replace with the modern Renault formula cars.

I approve, only weirdos like to drive old legacy cars.

qq
July 17th, 2015 at 8:32 am

I don’t see the Lotus 79 going away, the new car is too good a fit to run with it in the same races. They may be years apart but the to cars will be good together.

The Lotus 49 takes talent as it has not wings to create down force. You most likely don’t like it due to a lack of talent, but we understand

Falcon
July 17th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

GREAT NEWS! That´s a natural “next step” from Skip! Awesome.

Marcelo
July 17th, 2015 at 2:44 pm

This is awesome! Been hoping for this for a long time!! Thanks iRacing for continuing to evolve this sim.

Eric
July 17th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Best news in ages! Some proper racing cars instead of beefed up road cars!

Simon Hulbert
July 18th, 2015 at 8:27 am

big thumbs up to iracing. I agree with falcon. should improve series.not hinder other series & classes.better for all

tony
July 18th, 2015 at 8:28 am

Nice job iRacing! Sim just keeps getting better!

Baily Smith
July 20th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Renault is stepping down from behind WSR. Do not cheer yet.

Bala
July 27th, 2015 at 10:08 am

Ok I’m freaking out. Such a good addition. Can’t wait 🙂

Simon
August 2nd, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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