2015 McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Coming to iRacing

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File this news under the “OMG Folder.”  The 2015 – not 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, etc – but the actual car McLaren is campaigning in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship is coming to iRacing in late summer.  iRacing just announced that they have returned from a meeting with McLaren in England with not only a contract to replicate the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 but also CAD data that they are already using to build the car.

My head’s exploded…

This is massive news to have a sim developing a car before the actual car has turned its first lap in competition.  I’m trying to think of another time this has happened in the sim world and am struggling to come up with anything.  Sure, plenty of arcade/simcade titles have had cars come out during the same calendar year but I think this is unprecedented for “sim” titles.

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This news is also a major boost to the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series which has been running the 2009 Williams F1 car since 2010.  Having a proper modern F1 car with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) will be huge.  Speaking of the latter, it will be fascinating to see how iRacing incorporates DRS into the sim.  Will most likely require the creation of “DRS zones” at all of tracks, which should be fun.  I hope you all have plenty of buttons to map on your wheel!

And P.S. iRacing, the McLaren MP4-12C is lovely but I would love to see the mean looking 650S GT3 – Love John

The entire press release can be read below:

McLaren Racing and iRacing.com today announced plans to create a digital version of the 2015 McLaren Formula One car for iRacing’s popular online motorsports game. iRacing’s version of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, featuring virtual Kinetic Energy Recovery and Drag Reduction System, will join the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and more than 50 other virtual race cars available on iRacing by late summer.

“This is great news for iRacing and the more than 60,000 iRacers around the world,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at iRacing.com. “In addition to making current technology from one of Formula One’s most successful teams available to our members, this project strengthens our relationship with McLaren Racing which already includes the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and McLaren Electronics’ Atlas Express data acquisition system.”

Myers and iRacing chief executive/chief technical officer Dave Kaemmer, recently visited McLaren Racing headquarters in England to meet with Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer and Steve Houghton, Head of Vehicle Dynamics at McLaren Racing for an in-depth discussion of the technical aspects of building the MP4-30 to ensure the creation of an authentic version of the car.

“McLaren Racing is pleased to be working with iRacing in developing a digital version of the McLaren MP4-30,” said Neale. “This is the next logical step in what has proven to be a successful relationship between two leaders in the motorsports industry, and everyone at McLaren Racing is looking forward to seeing the McLaren MP4-30 on the virtual tracks of iRacing.”

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