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    Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Hey guys, Rosen has prompted me that this might be a useful thread for those who may be looking at starting with iRacing, and are looking for some help as a new racer.



    What is iRacing?

    From their website "iRacing is the ultimate place to go racing online. From NASCAR, to IndyCar, to sports cars and Grand Prix racing, iRacing has it all. All you need is a PC, a gaming wheel or game pad and an Internet connection. iRacing organizes all of the racing for you, or you can choose to host your own race. Either way the competition is as real as it gets – you’ll be racing against motorsports fans who share your passion for racing."

    Is this game for me?

    First off, if you're into crashing into other cars, this might not be the game for you. At its core iRacing is a simulation experience, if you went to a track day to purpose run into other drivers, you'd find yourself in a lot of shit and banned from motorsports pretty quick.

    iRacing caters to drivers who are looking for the best racing competition around. Players from all around the world play iRacing, and it is very common you will find yourself with some interesting accents around you. Anyone can play iRacing, and everyone is learning if it is their first time in a simulator. iRacing is used by professional drivers worldwide as a tool to practise and learn tracks, and also for enjoyment. Being able to be in a race against a world famous driver is a surreal and awesome experience only offered by iRacing.

    Realism is the primary aspect of iRacing. Every single car and track is laser scanned for accuracy, the tracks down to mm perfection. Every bump and subtle surface change is replicated in the sim. The game utilizes a tyre model that was in development for multiple years, and you know when the developer makes an article that is multiple paragraphs about sidewall flex, you've come to the right place for realism. When you subscribe to iRacing, your real name is taken from your credit card and is displayed to all members. There are no nicknames.

    When you first start playing, don't expect to be #1. The Rookie series is where you will start, with many other learning drivers. iRacing uses a matchmaking system to put you into races with those of similar skill levels, but this is not always possible depending on how many people are racing.



    What do I need to race?

    All you need to start with iRacing is a gamepad with at least three analog inputs. These will cover steering, throttle and braking.

    I have listed some 'kits' that are a great way to start out on iRacing.

    Starter: Logitech DFGT. You can pick these up for around $100-$130 new. The wheel itself is a 900deg capable wheel, and great for beginners. The pedals are its main fault however, and you may find yourself wanting to upgrade down the road.

    Middle: Logitech G27, Thrustmaster T500, Fanatec wheels or DFGT+Better pedals. Depending on preference, any of these wheel and pedals sets are a great next step. The G27 is the best bang for buck at $300, you get pedals, a great wheel and a H pattern shifter.

    High End: There are some serious pieces of kit out there for sim racing. The high end stuff can vary a lot, but you would be looking at things like Triple Screens (best thing to add), a sim rig (cockpit), load cell based brakes, sequential shifter, Shift Light Indicator setups, motion systems, the works! All depends on how much you enjoy the hobby, and what your budget is like.



    What are the costs involved?

    iRacing is a subscription based service. Each piece of content also costs money. It is these two aspects that turn a lot of people off iRacing. Monthly fees at are most $12USD/m. A 2 year subscription will cost you about $7.50/m. iRacing has special offers throughout the year, and deals like $70/1 year ($5.80/m) come up often. Promotion codes are also very common, and at any given time a new member can signup for 3 months for $12USD.

    It pays to race! iRacing will actually reward you with credits if you participate in the majority of any series (not incl Rookie) up to a maximum of $10/season.

    The base package gives you all the content you need to race in the Rookie series plus a little bit more. You will not need to purchase new content until you feel you are ready to move into a new series, of which the most likely thing you will need are extra tracks. Tracks cost between $15 and $20 depending on their size. Most are $15. Cars cost $12. If you purchase multiple items of content at a time, you are able to get a further discount.

    If you wish to try iRacing, let me know and I will shout you your first three months if you refer me when you signup. PM me for details.



    How do I progress in iRacing?

    You may be wondering how you progress in a game like iRacing. There are two main aspects to iRacing.

    iRating

    iRating is your match making level. The higher this is, the tougher the competition. This will fluctuate up and down depending on how you perform against other drivers.

    Safety Rating and License Classes

    Particular cars require particular license classes, they are Rookie, D Class, C Class, B Class and A Class. It is possible to progress from Rookie to A class over a weekend if you're really keen. The way to earn new licenses is to keep your safety rating up! This is a rating calculated on your incidents in races. The more crashes you have, the more this is affected. If you race safely, you can achieve A Class, even if you come last in every single race you enter.

    Oval racing and Road racing have separate iRating and Safety Ratings.

    MPR

    MPR is 'Minimum Participation Requirement' and is required to move through the license classes. For example, to move from Rookie to D Class, you will need to enter and finish 2 races, and achieve a safety rating of 3.0. If you meet the MPR when promotion dates roll around, you are upgraded to D class. It is also possible to 'fast track' these promotions by reaching a safety rating of 4.0 and completing your MPR.

    Community Aspect

    iRacing has a strong community, and lots of dedicated members, even guys who build hardware specifically for the game! The Australian iRacing community is quite strong, and large. The Monday Night V8 races being one of the more popular series, resulting in a turnout of about 60-70 racers each monday night.

    iRacing allows you to join races as they are scheduled. For example rookie races are held once every hour. Once you register for the race, when the time reaches the hour, you can join the race for a short practise before starting on the grid. This enables you to pickup and play if you wish, or to plan your events in advance.

    iRacing also allows you to host a race for a small fee with your own rules, car classes and track using their server systems.

    Custom Skins

    Outside of the default painting mechanism in the game, there are templates for every car in the game to enable you to have your own skin. Other drivers will not see this unless they too have downloaded said skin. There is a program called Trading Paints that automatically downloads other users skins for you to enjoy.

    If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading!

    I will continue to add information to this post as it is requested. Please don't hesitate to post any questions or comments!

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    Re: Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Reserved

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    Re: Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Well done, came out better than expected!!!

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    Re: Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Fantastic briefing Mez!!!

    Inspiring and encouraging for those new to the hobby. Now I just have to get this forum in Public AEF Section.

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    Re: Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Found this informative read on "iRacing's Costs"....>> http://www.nogripracing.com/forum/showt ... ?p=1428031

    Hope it helps.

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    Re: Getting Started with iRacing [Guide]

    Nice Mez well done.

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