A new build will be deployed on Tuesday March 8th, with six new cars arriving for iRacing 2022 Season 2. And there should be something for everything with an open wheel machine, four road racing saloons, and a classic oval example, plus updates to the existing NASCAR Camping World Trucks to bring them up to 2022 specifications.
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
First up is the arrivial of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. The model was introduced in 2008, and has been consistently upgraded since then. Built in limited numbers by Aston Martin Racing, the V8 has been a popular choice in GT4 racing, with championships and race wins around the world. In iRacing, it will obviously slot straight into the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, against the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, BMW M4 GT4, and McLaren 570S GT4. But could we see a one-make series echoing the real Aston Martin Challenge?
The Hyundai Veloster N TC
Not only is this the third new touring car to be added in recent months, it’s also the second Hyundai, joining the Elantra TC, the Honda Civic, and the Audi RS3. The Elantra and Civic were new additions for 2022 Season 1, and now we get the earlier Veolster N TCR model which debuted in 2019, and continues to be produced, along with the Hyundai i30 familiar to BTCC fans. The Veloster has a 2 litre, 350hp engine, front wheel drive, and a minimum weight of 1265kg included the driver to support customer racing teams in the USA, winning the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and taking victories in the TC America series.
The iRacing Formula iR-04
The existing USF2000 series on iRacing is similar in performance to the European F4 championship, but tweaked more for oval racing. And although it provides some amazing racing, turnout tends to be a bit smaller than some of the other open wheel classes, so the iRacing Formula iR-04 might provide similar action from Season 2.
It’s a generic version of the cars which are used in national F4 series around the world to provide a step up between karting and full open-wheel racing cars. The F4 rules limited engines to 1.6 litres and 160bhp, which sits between a Formula Ford and the Formula Renault examples.
The 1987 Buick Lesabre
We covered the announcement that the 1987 Buick Lesabre would be one of the new cars arriving for iRacing 2022 Season 2 when it was first mentioned by Executive Director Dale Earnhardt on Twitter.
But in case you missed it, the Le Sabre Grand National is one of the rarest Buick models ever produced, with less than 120 built for homologation so that Bobby Allison and others could race the coupe body style, winning the Winston 500 and Daytona 400 before rule changes forced a return to the Regal as the basis for NASCAR competition. So it’ll now be able to recreate period motorsport against the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Thunderbird.
The Stock Car Pro Series Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze
In a slightly surprising choice considering the ties between Automobilista 2 and the Brazlian Stock Car Pro Series, iRacing is adding two examples from the championship. Chevrolet has been involved since the series started, using the Cruze since 2016, and Toyota joined in 2020.
As well as a 550hp V8 drivers also get an Extra Power system which can be used up to six times per race session, giving a 20 second boost.
This means a new series to use the Stock Car Pro Chevrolet and Toyota, so it will be interesting to see how popular this might be for sim racers looking for something a bit different.
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