Digital Duplicate of Current-Era Grand Prix Car Will Be Available in 2010

iRacing.com will build a virtual version of the 2009 AT&T Williams FW31 and make it available to members of its internet-based global motorsport simulation service.  The announcement at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, UK was made jointly by Williams F1 and iRacing.com Motorsport Simulation, LLC.screenhunter_85-jan-13-13341

“Our members range from full-time professional racing drivers to fans who may never sit in a racing car in the physical world,” said Divina Galica, MBE, iRacing’s director of client relations and a former world-class racer in cars and on skis, where she represented Britain in the Olympics on four occasions.

For $12.95 (US) and less than $8.00 per month, anyone virtually anywhere in the world will be able to take the controls of a contemporary grand prix car, test its performance and race against other drivers,” Galica continued. ” We’re excited by the prospect of producing an exact digital duplicate of the AT&T Williams FW31 and very pleased to be able to make the announcement here in the UK, the home of Williams F1 and to the second-largest national contingent of iRacers.”

Galica said that iRacing’s work on the AT&T Williams FW31 was beginning this week with data collection at the team’s headquarters in Grove and that the car is expected to join iRacing’s vehicle inventory later this year.

We’ve been well aware of the superb quality and extreme degree of accuracy of iRacing’s simulation,” said Tom Potter, Williams F1’s Commercial Alliances Manager.  “More people travel into space than are afforded the opportunity to drive a current Formula One car. The annual Philips global promotion with AT&T Williams uniquely offers that opportunity and iRacing has already shown it is a superb form of preparation to stand the best chance of winning the competition – Rob Tarlton, who won last autumn, as well as the runner-up, Thomas Christensen, are both dedicated iRacers.”

Tarlton, an engineering student at the University of Illinois in the US, said that participating in iRacing’s organized online racing series, where he competed against talented racers from around the world, helped him develop the skills that put him in the cockpit of the Williams FW29.

screenhunter_83-jan-13-13321“I started sim-racing with racing games like rFactor and Live for Speed, but then I found iRacing,” said Tarlton.  “The races are great fun in and of themselves, and it definitely helped me develop car control.  In iRacing, you’re encouraged to work your way up to speed safely; you can’t drop wheels off the road or you get penalized.  That helped in the transition to the real cars at Palmer Sport and on the Williams simulator.  I felt comfortable at the limit without dropping wheels off the road.”

Professional racers also use the iRacing service both for fun and to hone their existing skills and learn new tracks and cars.  Former Formula One and current Indy car ace Justin Wilson is a well-known advocate for iRacing and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is likely to be found competing in iRacing events late into the night following a real-world NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

At the press conference that introduced her as a driver for Earnhardt’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team, Danica Patrick revealed that she planned to use iRacing to help make the transition from the Dallara Indy car to the heavier and smaller-tired stock car she’ll be driving in 2010 in addition to her IZOD IndyCar Series commitments.

screenhunter_81-jan-13-1326More than 17,000 people have subscribed to the iRacing online driving service since it was opened to the public less than two years ago.  While the initial focus was on building tracks close to the company’s American base, now that all of the primary North American oval and road-racing facilities are available or under construction, iRacing has embarked on a global expansion.  Last month a millimeter-accurate virtual version of Brands Hatch joined Silverstone in the track inventory and Oulton Park is soon to follow.  Zandvoort and Zolder will join them by year’s end, along with Australia’s Phillip Island and Oran Park Raceway.  Additional tracks will be announced soon.

Using detailed technical data provided by the designers and constructors of the physical versions of the cars, iRacing’s virtual ones feature the same degree of fidelity as its tracks.  Among more than 20 racing cars already in the iRacing inventory or under construction, the Williams FW31 joins the Dallara IC 09 Indy car, Riley Mk XX Daytona Prototype, Radical SR8 V8 sports car, Corvette C6.R Le Mans racer, the 1978 World Championship-winning Lotus 79 and a full complement of NASCAR machinery, including those that contest the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Photos by Charles Coates/LAT Photographic courtesy of Williams F1.

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this is awesome news… great work iracing

Ryan Terry
January 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

i assume it will be a quickie just like dallara so we wont have to actually wait

Karolis Pranckevicius
January 14th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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January 14th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

OH MY GOD!
I HATE IRACING… IT MAKES ME HAVE NO LIFE! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you very much for that!! 😉

Daniel Buck
January 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

WOW – fantastic! Incredible.
Great
Great
Great!!!!!!

Ray Bryden
January 14th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Stunning news! Well done iRacing, I expect I first need to master the Mazda, Radical, Corvette, Riley & Dallara and of course the Lotus before I can be any good with the Williams. A prospect I look forward to very much!

Simon Hulbert
January 14th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Thank you iRacing!

Giovanni Scala
January 14th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

One word: A W E S O M E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Aritan Maia
January 14th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Fantastic, it is truly awesome to be part of this service and community 🙂

Thank you iRacing for bring in us closer to the real deal.

Francisco Costa
January 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Fantastic, it is truly awesome to be part of this service and community 🙂

Thank you iRacing for bringing us closer to the real deal.

Francisco Costa
January 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

meh

jk WOOOOT!!!!

Marcus Caton
January 14th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This is great news!!! 😀

Jeffrey Rietveld
January 14th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

🙂

Luis Babboni
January 14th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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Force Feedback » iRacing e Williams F1 anunciam versão virtual do FW31
January 14th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

BEst day of my life! is it?

Petteri Kotovaara
January 14th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

iRacing just owned the rest of the sim world with this announcement!! RfactWHAT?

Michael Barnett
January 14th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Absolutely fantastic iRacing – another great piece of news. If only the wife could see it that way!

Dave Burnett
January 14th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

very cool

Nick N
January 14th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Without a doubt this is the biggest announcement iRacing has ever made. NASCAR and IRL affiliation were both big deals because of the name power, but I think bringing a modern F1 car in to the service is the next level because the international appeal of iRacing is going to skyrocket. Hopefully more european tracks are to follow because serious F1 simulation will be a massive membership draw.

Justin Rebelo
January 14th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Great. Will you have advanced features in the car like engine maps – boost – various tyres etc etc?

Jesper G
January 14th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Great News. Well done to the whole iRacing Team. Nascar, Indycar and now the Williams F1. Outstanding!

Aaron Devaney
January 14th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Sensational News!

Now that I have had the chance I can proudly say I can race the current years F1 car.

The current brood of F1 fans can experience the same car which they follow on TV. How amazing is that?

Kudos! iracing.

Mahesh Rumale
January 14th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Great news – very impressive that it’s the 2009 model. Thank you Williams for “getting on board” and, of course, thank you iRacing!

Hopefully all the great F1 tracks will follow?

Now, if only I could actually drive the humble Skippy …

John
January 14th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Fantastic. I have been waiting for this . I Love you Iracing dudes 🙂
Will be fun to feel the difference in physics compared to the Lotus79,wich is
my favorite car for the moment 🙂
Great If we also can get some tracks Like Spa,Istanbul etc

Kimmo Tuisku
January 14th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I hope also european tracks will follow. I dream about Track Nordschleife, would be really nice.

Micha Weisskopf
January 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Makes me proud to be part of the iRacing community. Nothing compares.

Ben Styles
January 14th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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January 14th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Maybe J. Villenueve will get active again since this his old teams car. I’d know I can kick his r’s in the skip barber, but he might have a chance in the Williams F1. I’m calling you out JV!

Gary Teall
January 14th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Davina Gallica, Williams and iRacing are awesome! Holy crap! 🙂

Lincoln Miner
January 14th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Awww Geeez now I gotta hire Shumie to teach me how to drive this car. If only I could get him away from Mercedes.

Patrick Moharter
January 15th, 2010 at 4:00 am

wohooo! amazing! I peed a little bit!

Frank H Herfjord
January 15th, 2010 at 9:29 am

Dear iracing,

Will inform my lawyer to ask for divorce LOL
I am happy to race this car on my home track Zandvoort, awesome.

greetz,
Richard

Richard Keur
January 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

awesome news!!!! another fantastic addition to an awesome sim!!!

Doyle

Doyle Lowrance
January 15th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Somebody pinch me. Really looking forward to racing an F1 car in iRacing. Too good to be true. Was excited about the ’79 and it is awesome … just wondering if my 39 year old brain is quick enough for Williams car. 😛

Christiaan LeGrand
January 15th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

This is really great news. This will keep me a member for much longer.
I’d also like to see some circuits come out slowly to complement this car down the road.

Mark
January 16th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Thats great news… Now if only we could get news that SPA is in the works… that’ll definitely make me sub for a year 🙂

Nick
January 18th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Omg Did all other F1 games die!

Arsenio Fajardo
January 18th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Lo vamos a flipar chavales…
Very great news from the best sim!

D.Merino
January 18th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

that’s great news for us F1 fans like myself. but is the others race teams going to follow the williams team with there 2009 cars. because GTR2 has had a F1 2009 mod witch is very good by the way from my experience and they have all the cars for 09 witch they were getting updates through the year in 09. so what i want too know is why are the teams of F1 2009 so hesitant about giving up the licenses for there cars, is it a bernie ecclestone problem, doesn’t that guy have enough money . anyway this would be a advantage to F1 drivers who have choosen iracing platform. lewis hamilton and kimi raikonen have been seen on GTR2 before i have raced kimi a couple of times on the GTR2 platform, but i don’t think they know about iracing, if they did and tried it they would be hooked too.

scott m ford
January 18th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

When is the release date?!

Jimmy Johnson
June 1st, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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