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Everything we know so far about the third iRacing season 2023

The build update for the third iRacing season 2023 is scheduled to be released on June 6, 2023, as iRacing confirmed on Thursday (June 1). As usual, there will be new content in the new build in the form of new race cars, new circuits, new features and a list of updates designed to improve the experience even further.

The new build and content updates come into effect a week ahead of the official launch of the 2023 iRacing third season, which officially begins on either Monday 12th June or Tuesday 13th June, depending on where on the World you are in as the official changeover takes place is at 00:00 GMT.

This build has some awesome new content as well as some great new features and updates to dig into. Here’s what to expect when the build goes live this week. We will continue to update this as news becomes available.

new cars

There is a brand new car to look forward to in Season 3 and that is the Ligier LMP3. That’s all that’s been confirmed so far, but that could change in the coming days.

We also got a taste of a possible LMDh/GTP addition to the family, which we believe will be the Cadillac Hypercar, which is currently competing in IMSA and will also compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next week . It’s not confirmed yet, but we’re putting it here just in case.

Ligier LMP3

One of the first announcements for 2023’s third season was the dentist special. LMP3 racing finally comes to iRacing with the Ligier JS P320 LMP3.

The car is currently competing in the top tier of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, competing in the same races with LMDh/GTP cars, LMP2 cars and GTD machines. However, from next year it will compete in the top class of the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge multi-class races, still with GT4 cars in the mix.

This car comes to us thanks to Sean Creech Motorsport, one of the LMP3 teams currently competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. iRacing used scans and data from the car for the development. Where it will fit into the coming season has yet to be decided.

Cadillac V Series.R

This hasn’t been confirmed by any means, but it certainly sounds like this Cadillac V-Series.R LMDh/GTP will be joining iRacing. A short video was recently posted that is somewhat teasing, and we have a suspicion that it will be the second hypercar to join, alongside the existing BMW M Hybrid V8.

Forza Motorsport announced a few days ago that it has this car on the cover. This shouldn’t affect iRacing in any way, but you never know if licenses or whatever will have to be cleared to make this possible.

Anyway, it looks… rather it sounds like the car is ready for shipment and we hope to see it later this week… if not then hopefully we will be later this year see.

New titles

Season 3 is expected to see at least one new street circuit venue for iRacing. Willow Springs has been announced and revealed for the past few weeks, and earlier this week it was confirmed to ship in the new build.

MotorLand Aragón has also been teased but has yet to be confirmed. Usually when iRacing unveils a half-scan, half-art image of a new track, there’s a good chance it will be available in the next possible build. We’re still waiting for it to come, but here’s more about those new tracks.

Willow Springs

Big Willow in Willow Springs was finally confirmed on Tuesday (May 30) after some initial rumors.

This 2.5 mile road course in California is the oldest permanent road course in the country. There are other routes on the property such as B. Horse Thief Mile and the Streets configurations, but it is not likely that they will be available at this time.

iRacing officially confirms Willow Springs for Season 3 launch in 2023

The route is accompanied by new developments that will become visible as part of the service. “We developed advanced multi-material shaders, finally introduced the foliage system, and completely overhauled our off-track terrain process,” said Greg Hill, iRacing’s senior vice president and executive producer, in a tweet thread.

Where they’ll show up first remains to be seen, but we’ll wait for the patch notes to go into more detail.

MotorLand Aragon

MotorLand Aragón in development and arrival

Like I said before, when you get that much excitement, the track release usually follows soon. MotorLand Aragón is coming to iRacing… will it be in Season 3 though?

Also known as the Circuito de Alcañiz, the track in Alcañiz, Aragon, Spain is a relatively new circuit for motorsport events, having opened back in 2009.

iRacing has shown more of this track than the other tracks they have confirmed are in the pipeline including Pukehoke, Algarve, Misano, Lédenon, Mugello, Kern County (a dirt oval) and a rescan of Zandvoort .

New and updated content and features

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One of the biggest aspects of a new version of iRacing is the many new features that come with the new content. Dirt is probably the biggest change we’ll see as a full refresh is expected.

There’s also a car that’s getting a branding and licensing update, as the iRacing Formula iR-04 becomes the FIA ​​F4 following a new partnership between iRacing and the FIA.

The RicmoTech Ring Meister Series will be a new type of official series driven on one track and many cars. There are also rumors that the number of different vehicles in multi-class and multi-car series will increase from eight to nine…

Dirt refresher

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Perhaps the biggest change to the service will be the Dirt Refresh. The Dirt Oval scene now has tracks that progress in new ways with updated dirt values. The cars will feel different, have more track time and now show less wear and tear.

In the current state of dirt, the tracks essentially have two surfaces: sticky or slippery. This update aims to introduce a water variation on the surface to make it even more complex.

Starting with the new Dirt model, the tires will also wear out, and many cars will also have the new damage model enabled. This is all happening months after the release of the console title World of Outlaws, so there were probably lessons learned along the way, or at least I’d like to think so.

FIA F4

It’s not really a big change, but it’s important on behalf of the partnership. On Tuesday, iRacing announced a new deal with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, resulting in the previous iRacing Formula iR-04 becoming the FIA ​​​​F4 in the new season.

As well as the new branding of the car, there will also be an official FIA series featuring the car and the possibility for official FIA e-sports in the future. What does that mean for the future? We certainly need to keep our eyes open.

Official Ring Masters Series

Another not-so-new but still fairly new update in this build will be the addition of the Ricmotech Ring Masters series in Season 3.

That’s different as it’s not one or a list of cars racing at different tracks over the course of a season, just a track and set of cars that you have to race at over the course of the 12 week period .

The first attempt will take place at the Nürburgring. There will be a list of different cars, from the GT3 to the open wheel single seater, so be sure to check this out if you enjoy driving the Nordschleife.

More vehicle types in sessions?

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That makes sense and is already being announced for the upcoming VCO Watkins Glen 6HR on the iRacing special event calendar.

As new cars and classes are added, iRacing begins to ignore some of their previous content or choose which manufacturers of a particular car class to include or exclude.

If the threshold rises from eight to nine, that could mean series like the IMSA adding an LMP3 class, or potentially adding a Cadillac to the GTP class alongside the BMW in the future. We look forward to this number continuing to grow over time. The more the better.

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