iRacing 2023 Season 01

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CARS

BMW M Hybrid V8

BMW M Hybrid V8

BMW’s long-awaited return to the highest ranks of prototype racing comes in 2023, as the German manufacturer teams up with chassis partner Dallara and team partner Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to bring the BMW M Hybrid V8 to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Built to the new universal LMDh regulations, two M Hybrid V8s will compete in IMSA’s premier GTP class, but countless more reproductions of the car are set to debut on iRacing before its first racing lap.

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Mercedes-AMG W13 E Performance

Mercedes-AMG W13 E Performance

Fresh out of the 2022 World Driver’s Championship, the Mercedes-AMG W13 E Performance marks the second car built by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team to come to iRacing. Shod in silver in a return to the German manufacturer’s traditional racing colors, the car also represented a drastic change from its predecessor, the W12, due to major changes in regulations from the 2021 season. Its most striking visual changes include much smaller sidepods than previous seasons, which were introduced in preseason testing and used throughout the year.

Toyota GR86

Toyota GR86

The Toyota GR Cup is designed as an amateur racing series that can welcome up-and-comers, casual drivers, and retired legends alike, and the GR86 is up to the task. Custom modifications like a six-speed sequential transmission and aggressive new bodywork elevate the profile of the road-going car for the needs of the track, without becoming too much to handle too quickly. Get behind the wheel of the GR86 and experience one of racing’s most exciting new spec classes before it makes its real-world debut!

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TRACKS

NEW TRACK

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours

Magny-Cours, France

Magny-Cours

About Magny-Cours

Built in 1960 and originally the host of the famous Winfield Racing School, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours has been a constant presence on various national and international open-wheel and GT calendars for decades. Global motorsport fans know Magny-Cours best for hosting the French Grand Prix for nearly two decades from 1991 to 2008, where Michael Schumacher became the first-ever driver to win a single Grand Prix eight times at the same circuit in 2006.

Last revised in 2003, Magny-Cours’ Grand Prix circuit currently stands at 2.741 miles. Its 17 corners begin with the gradual left-hand Grande Courbe, while other corners are named for fellow current and former Grand Prix circuits like Adelaide, Nurburgring, Estoril, and Imola. The lap finishes with the Complexe du Lycée, a hard right-hand corner followed by a right-left chicane back onto the frontstretch.

NEW TRACK

Lincoln Speedway

Abbottstown, PA, USA

About Licoln

Abbottstown, Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway claims to be “Where the Action is the Attraction,” and decades of exciting feature events help it live up to that profile. Frequented by many of the best 410 Sprint Car drivers in the United States, the 3/8 mile, high-banked, clay oval has been in operation for six decades, hosting high-caliber weekly shows and multiple annual visits from the World of Outlaws alike.

Lincoln’s first season took place in 1953, with Walt Ragan taking home the inaugural track championship. Sprint car track record holders include names like Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich, and Donny Schatz, while families like the Dietrichs, Smiths, and Rahmers dominate the list of race winners and track champions along the way. Lincoln even hosted a handful of NASCAR races in the 1950s and 60s, with legends of stock car racing like Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, David Pearson, and Lee and Richard Petty all having taken checkered flags in the Pigeon Hills.

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Sebring International Raceway

Sebring, FL, USA

About Sebring

Laid out on the runways of a World War II air base and the adjacent roadways, Sebring International Raceway is the oldest permanent road-racing circuit in the United States. It hosted its first race on New Year’s Eve, 1950, a six-hour handicap event won by a diminutive Crosley Hotshot two-seat roadster. The first “12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance” was held two years later, and for several years Sebring was the site of America’s only real international races. In 1959 Sebring was the site of the first United States Grand Prix before the event found a permanent home at Watkins Glen. For more than 60 years the world’s top racers have competed for victory at this storied track nestled in central Florida’s orange groves.

The original racecourse was the longest in North America, at more than five miles in length. Today Sebring International Raceway has three configurations, the longest of which is the 3.7-mile circuit used for the mid-March annual 12 Hours of Sebring. Like the original layout, the current circuit features a mix of smooth asphalt-paved roadway and car-busting, tooth-rattling concrete-slab runways. Experts claim that 12 hours racing at Sebring is twice as hard on a car – and its drivers – as the 24 hours at Daytona or Le Mans. With a wide variety of types of corners, from featureless wide-open throttle, wide-radius sweepers to a tight hairpin, Sebring offers a driver a variety of cornering challenges, and its major bumps make cars dance.

Features

Acrylic Clear Coat for Custom Paint Schemes!

This new shader will allows painters to put a clear shell over the existing paint scheme of the car with it’s own specular qualities separate from the underlying materials!

Major Class Updates and New Damage for GT3s and the Dallara LMP2!

Both classes have received the New Damage Model and some extensive updates to tire and aerodynamic parameters to produce an all-new racing experience.

Active reset

Take your practice to a whole new level. Set a checkpoint during your practice and return to that position instantly. Practice the same corner again and again until you get it perfect!

Ford Mustang FR500S Bumper to Bumper Art Updates

One of our longest-lasting lower-level road racing cars, the FR500S is the latest car to get an artistic overhaul!

New AI Additions!

Our AI drivers were busy this season learning how to drive 9 new cars and mastering 23 new track configurations!

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