After a 24 hour delay, iRacing’s newest build dropped today during their Week 13 Offseason, introducing the much-anticipated New Surface Model that will allegedly revolutionize the sim, or so the promo footage had you believe. Reports from an anonymous source on Reddit claimed iRacing deliberately removed the thermal vision camera at the last minute, so users could not precisely determine whether the surface model was working as intended, or if it was uniform across all users connected to a server – this was a sign of things to come.
Now that the build is out, people have gotten a chance to actually test the thing, and it sure isn’t pretty:
That’s not how you deliver after a solid couple of months hyping this thing up with a bunch of blog posts and technical videos…
As one iRacing member writes:
I want to first start off by saying thanks to iRacing for trying to bring something so big to the service. I know it was a massive undertaking to get it ready this fast.
But here is the bad. The 1.5 milers are back to the 2009-2010 days when it was wide open draft fests. Where did this grip come from? We are flat footing it at every track, so much grip that the tires are pretty much melting at 300 degrees. So at least that is going to factor in maybe.
The track change is not there, I didn’t expect it to be perfect, but I have watched many races in my life, and I know you can see a change in the track a heck of a lot faster. We are running blind right now without the temp camera, so we can’t even understand what is happening, if anything, to the track.
I appreciate the effort and the work you guys do, but I felt that someone had to speak up and get over this placebo effect. I know many people are going to love it now that they can keep up due to the draft, but this has went in a really bad direction with the amount of grip we have in the top three NASCAR series.
And no, for those who say it, the high side is not working, its just as slow as before because there is soooo much grip around the entire track at 0% or 100% (which all run the same lap times).
Please prove me wrong, hopefully Week 1 will do that, but there is something not right with the amount of grip we have now.