Five cars in iRacing that need updating

There is a new iRacing update every 12 weeks. These updates bring quality of life improvements to the simulator alongside optional paid new content. This can come in the form of new tracks, updates to existing car models, or even new cars.

However, it is the update of existing models that we want to focus on here. While there is a plethora of cars to choose from on the iRacing platform, we believe some of these cars are outdated and in need of a refresh. So here’s a list of cars that we think could use a much-needed update.

Before we begin, while we know there are many other cars that need a refresh to match their real-world counterparts, we can’t list every single one, nor is it realistic for iRacing to make changes to these cars every year . That’s why we’ve tried to focus in this list on cars that haven’t seen any updates in a long time, especially when compared to other cars in their classes.

Dallara F3

This is actually the car that gave us the idea for this article. Ever since the iRacing Formula iR-04, or better known as the F4, came out in March 2022, the Formula 3 car has been looking dated.

Launched in 2018, the Dallara F3 is still one of the most popular open-wheel cars judging by the number of people driving it. It’s got 220 horsepower and you’d be hard pressed not to find people racing in this series.

While the car is still a lot of fun and difficult to drive at times, when you look at its little brother you realize it needs a refresh. In the real world, Dallara has an all-new Formula 3 offering that was launched just a year later in 2019.

We also believe that if the car is updated it could be a perfect series for iRacing esports as you would then have all the updated F4, F3 (no F2 at the moment) and F1 cars showing the progress of real motorsport.

USF 2000 and Indy Pro 2000 PM-18

Indy Pro 2000 PM-18

Let’s stay with two other open wheel cars, the Indy Pro 2000 PM-18 and the USF2000, which we think also need a refresh.

The two cars use the same chassis and are the feeder series to get into IndyCar. The reason we added this to our list is that the 2022 Real World series had significant chassis upgrades, including a wider monocoque with the addition of the halo, as well as new sidepods, underbody, body panels, air ducts, damper covers and the fuel cell.

With all these changes, it’s hard to tell if iRacing would start from scratch and turn it into an entirely new car, or if it would be able to use the existing platform to update the model already there. We hope that the new model could bring more people into the virtual series.

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Audi R8 LMS GT3

As for the popular GT3 cars, the Audi R8 LMS is one that has not received much love from iRacing but also from the community.

Drivers will typically steer more towards Ferrari, BMW, Lamborghini or Porsche when entering GT3 racing. This is because while they are usually faster, they are also newer. The Audi was released in 2016 and while it received BOP improvements, it still needs an update.

With Audi releasing its updated version of the R8 in 2022, dubbed the R8 LMS GT3 EVO II – which is also available for Assetto Corsa Competizione – it’s probably time for iRacing to revamp this sports car and get some people racing the car again to drive.

ARCA Menard’s Chevrolet Impala

ARCA Menard's Chevrolet Impala

This is one that Oval fans have been asking for. The ARCA car was released in 2009 and hasn’t been updated since. The current iRacing ARCA Impala acts as another series of feeders to get into the more popular oval race cars like the NASCAR trucks, Xfinity cars and the premier NASCAR Cup cars. World counterpart now drives the Gen 6 body style.

Since iRacing is really the only sim that does oval racing, it would make sense for the platform to upgrade the Impala to a more representative model to build on its USP.

That rounds out our list of cars that we feel need an update. Sometimes it’s a fine line between a car needing an update and becoming a whole new car, but we tried to walk it. Are there any cars that you think we’ve overlooked? If so, let us know in the comments or on social media so we can continue the discussion.

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