Originally scheduled to arrive today, the iRacing 2024 Season 1 update is delayed by 24 hours until Wednesday December 6th, 2023, with downtime from 8:00 EST, or 1pm GMT/UTC.
It’s been postponed while the team investigate an undisclosed issue, which is the first time in a while that a release hasn’t happened on a Tuesday as planned. And while you’re waiting, the iRacing Test Drive service has been enabled, and will remain active for the next 48 hours as compensation. This allows you to test drive any vehicle you’ve downloaded, even if you don’t own it, although you’re limited to the circuits you’ve actually bought.
An extra 24 hours isn’t the end of the world, and the issue is likely to be fairly significant to have caused a delay at the last minute. So it’s better that the problem is fixed before iRacing members around the world rush to download the latest update.
The release notes for the update do say that the release of Mugello was pending final partner approvals, so it may be that something relatively minor hasn’t been signed off, and can be fixed fairly quickly and easily.
And provides some justifcation for having Week 13 fun events at the end of each season to allow updates to be released and tested before official racing starts once again.
Highlights from the upcoming release include the new Audi R8 LMS EVO II GT3 car, the Mugello and Slinger circuits, an update to Okayama, and the new damage model rolling out to 17 additional cars alongside the Audi.
You can sign up to iRacing, here (and credit your referral to ORD, which we’d appreciate!). And see all vehicles included in your basic subscription, or what you can access by paying more, in our full official iRacing car list, here.