A fairly sizeable 5.14GB pre-Christmas download arrives from Sector 3 Studios with RaceRoom update 0.9.3.081 released for the racing sim.
Despite the file size, it’s described as a small update because it mainly focuses on performance improvements and to prepare for upcoming events and releases. So not everything will have been listed in the change notes to avoid any early reveals, but we do know that there have been plenty of fixes of the AI, handling changes to the Formula cars, BoP adjustments to the WTCC TC1s, and a complete physics overhaul for the IMSA GTO Classics class.
As a fan of the classic content in the sim, it’ll be interesting to see whether the changes keep the fun and character of the GTO Classics, and make them even better to drive. The cars are the Audi 90 Quattro, Ford Mustang IMSA GTO and Nissan 300ZX Z32, which all pack between 650-750hp, and like the European Group 5 equivalents, provide the challenge of getting rounds circuits quickly in a car which can be brutal at any moment.
The changes to the Formula cars are smaller and tweak areas including the steering lock or caster, although mixed tyre compounds have now been removed for the Formula RaceRoom U.S and X-17.
RaceRoom Update 0.9.3.081 Release Notes:
- Download size = 5.1 GB
- Client version = 0.9.3.081
- Client BuildID = 7906845
- Dedi version = 78.0.1331
- Dedi BuildID = 7906604
- Prepared for upcoming content releases and competitions
- New CEF version with hardware acceleration. To enable hardware acceleration of web menus, the game can be started with -cefEnableGPU (however, depending on GPU and driver, the performance can be disappointing, sometimes even worse)
- Web overlays performance – If resolution is higher than 1080, the in-game browser is restrained to 1080. Web textures are scaled up to fit the screen. Optimized browser textures to be between 20% and 50% faster.
- Allowed access to display settings also while in VR (except true fullscreen mode)
- Made VR restart with new resolution if altered in menus
- Added a setting to define the maximum resolution of web UI elements
- Improvements to AI controlled rolling starts to further reduce potential gaps between cars
- Improved audio for drivetrain oscillations – this update deploys the changes to most popular cars. The same improvement to the rest of our cars will be deployed in future updates.
- Fixed Free Camera losing ability to zoom in/out when enabled while inside the cockpit.
- Fixed camera not always resetting the camera state when disabled
- Removed ability to switch to other cars via numpad + and numpad –
- Fixed AI thinking they were running out of battery when driving electric engines
- Fixed position bar setting not being applied properly
- Fixed a case where AI could get a valid laptime without doing any lap on Tourist layout of the Nuerburgring
- Fixed AI selecting the wrong engine power map when switching race sessions
- Audi TT cup – Reduced to 2 spark emitters between front wheels and 2 more between the rear wheels. (side skirts and sills were wrongly emitting sparks before)
- Audi TT RS VLN – Reduced to 2 spark emitters between front wheels and 2 more between the rear wheels. (side skirts and sills were wrongly emitting sparks before)
- BMW M235i – Reviewed and updated spark emitters
- DTM 1992 – Improved AI at low speed and fine tuning of their braking for BMW and Mercedes
- DTM 2003 – Added spark emitters
- DTM 2005 – Added spark emitters
- DTM 13-16 – Fixed front axis breaking at highest steerlock angles
- Formula RaceRoom 2 – Reworked the base setup to be a bit less edgy, Reviewed and updated spark emitters
- Formula RaceRoom 3 – Allowed 3 more degrees of steerlock to go around Macau’s hairpin, Reviewed and updated spark emitters
- Tatuus F4 – Allowed 3 more degrees of steerlock to go around Macau’s hairpin. Moved to a single central spark skid block/spark emitter
- Formula RaceRoom 90 – Fixed caster that was giving 0.1 degree too much by default. Tweaks to AI in slower turns, Reviewed and updated spark emitters
- Formula RaceRoom U.S. – disallowed mixed tyre compounds, tweaked friction and wear rates to give slightly bigger differences between compounds. Improved automatic gearbox/AI gearbox behaviour. Tweaks to AI in slow corners. Reviewed and updated spark emitters
- Formula RaceRoom X-17 – disallowed mixed tyre compounds
- Group C – AI improvements, ironed out some issues with braking and locking brakes
- GT3 – Reconfigured spark emitters so that rocker panels and side sills no longer generate sparks. All cars now have spark emitters between the front wheels and between the rear wheels. Some cars have spark emitters at side exhausts.
- GT4 – Spark emitters between the front wheels and between the rear wheels
- Improved automatic gearbox/AI gearbox behaviour so car remains in higher gears in slow turns for: TCR, Group C, Group 4, Touring Classics, DTM 92, GT3, GT4, Hillclimb, DTM 2020, Carrera Cup, DTM 1995, Formula RaceRoom X-17, Formula RaceRoom 90, BMW M235i, Aquila, TT cup, TT RS VLN, 911 GT3 Cup, Silhouettes, Group 5, GT2
- IMSA GTO Classics – Complete physics overhaul
- Porsche 911 RSR GTE – Fixed undertray feelers and added spark emitters between the axles.
- Touring Classics – Fixed a bad spark emitter on the Volvo 240
- WTCC TC1 – BOP adjustments to close up differences in aero and power to weight ratios across all cars. Increased drag for the Citroen. Equalised fuel use and updated fuel estimates for all cars.
- Brands Hatch – Tweaks to AI cornering
- Daytona – Moved the rolling start spawn locators back a bit. Moved some waypoints to reduce AI sway during rolling starts.
- Dubai – Tweaks to AI cornering
- Hockenheimring – Moved the time attack spawn location to a part where the track is straighter
- Hungaroring – Tweaks to AI cornering. Fixed wrong lighting of the cars when real time reflections were disabled.
- Imola – Track updates to 2021, added the Ayrton Senna wall painting, updated curbs and runoffs. AI improvements.
- Indianapolis – Reviewed cut detections
- Lausitzring – Fixed AI wobbling at the start/finish line
- Monza – Tweaks to AI cornering at Ascari and Lesmo 2 where they were seen running wide and having trouble
- Norisring – Tweaks to AI cornering in first and last turns
- Nuerburgring Muellenbach – TV camera and pit sounds
- Nuerburgring – Moved the time attack spawn locators to a part where the track is straighter. Tweaks to AI to sort their tendency to mix the apex at turn 4.
- Nuerburgring Spring Chicane – Moved some waypoints to reduce AI sway during rolling starts
- RedBull Ring – Tweaks to fuel estimates
- Road America – Fixed a cut detection that was a bit too harsh on the outside.
- Suzuka – Tweaks to AI cornering
- Zandvoort – Tweaks to AI cornering in slow turns
- Zhuhai – Reworked the AI lines and fuel use values. Tweaked the position of the time attack spawn
- Zolder – Tweaks to AI cornering
You can download Raceroom Racing Experience on the PC for free via Steam. Some additional content is available via Steam, but everything can be purchased via the official game store.
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