With the recent releases of a new build version, two new road racing cars, the Audi 90 Turbo, Nissan GTP ZX T and Le Mans, iRacing are now turning their attention back to the much anticipated DIRT instalment for their sim racing title. Yesterday the team at iRacing gave us a small taste of the upcoming iRacing DIRT, releasing a new preview image of the #25 Dirt Sprint Car. The pictured car is an in-game test image of the car on the dirt oval of Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
iRacing’s development team have indicated that DIRT’s track physics, art, and track dynamics systems will have coherent real-time functionality. This stated functionality will deliver dynamic, realistic, dirt track environments! The aim of all this is to mimic real track surfaces with dislodged surface dirt, giving way to grooves forming in the track’s surface. Loose flying dirt will also build up on the surround walls during a race, thus demonstrating real-time racing conditions.
Aside from the images you see here, iRacing have also previously started working on the Ford Fiesta Rallycross car and DIRT Late Model cars. What we know about possible dirt tracks for the title is that Eldora Speedway and possibly Williams Grove Speedway, will make it into the title. As of yet, there are no clear indications to which other tracks or possible rallycross circuits may be appearing in the new DIRT addition to iRacing.
Judging by the amount of interest in a dedicated dirt racing instalment, iRacing certainly look like they are onto a winner in terms of creating new content for the simulation. All this hype is getting people excited at the prospect of tearing around a dirt oval and slinging some mud!
A little background information on these pocket rocket racing cars:
*Sprint cars have a very high power-to-weight ratio, at a weight of approximately 1,400 pounds (640 kg) (including the driver) for a 410 Sprint car, power outputs of 900 horsepower (670 kW) to 1,100 horsepower (820 kW) are commonplace for these machines, which is around 140-340 more horsepower than a 2014 Formula One engine. Typically they are powered by a naturally aspirated American V8 with an engine displacement of 410 cubic inches (6.7L) capable of engine speeds of 9000 rpm. Depending on the mechanical setup (engine, gearing, shocks, etc.) and the track layout these cars achieve speeds in excess of 160 mph. A lower budget but likewise very popular class of Sprint cars uses a 360 cubic inch (5.9L) engines that produce approximately 700 horsepower (520 kW). The safety record of sprint car racing in recent years has been greatly improved by the use of roll cages, and especially on dirt tracks, wings, to protect the drivers.