If you’re a fan of rear-engined German sportscars, then you may be excited as iRacing adds Porsches from January 2017. And it’s also notable given that a few years ago, the licence for the cars meant they appeared in relatively few games – it seems that now they’ve seen the benefits of opening up.
The announcement was focused around the first car to be digitally created, which is the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, used in 20 real world race series around the world. The fact that Porsche supports so many championships, including the Carerra Cup in Germany, the GT3 Cup in America and the international Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup makes the 911 Gt3 the most produced and used GT race car in the world.
We’ll have to wait and see which race series the Porsche will be available for, and whether there is a specific championship created for the German manufacturer. After all, there is an existing RuF Cup, as well as the longstanding Mazda championship.
iRacing currently boasts around 65,000 members, and remains the online racing option most focused on simulating motorsport competition. While there are plenty of other sim racing options available for the PC, the iRacing set-up includes licenses, safety ratings and officially sanctioned race series.
Membership starts at one month, which is normally $13, but at the moment new memberships are half price, so you can try it for $6.50 and that includes access to 13 cars (including the Mazda MX-5 variants you’re likely to start out in), and 14 tracks including Laguna Seca, Daytona and Lime Rock Park. Aceess to the additional 50+ cars and 70+ tracks requires additionally purchases.