Reader Submission #80 – Sim Racing System

srsIt seems as if someone has finally stepped up to the plate and attempted to implement iRacing’s exact online functionality into something other than iRacing. Sim Racing Portugal have created Sim Racing System; an application that allows you to join a race for a scheduled start time, and boot up your sim of choice directly into the server for the beginning of the session. Today’s Reader Submission introduces us to this software, created by Henrique Alves, which has the potential to offer a true alternative to iRacing- because it’s basically the same thing.


SRS2Hello PRC.net, I think you’d like to hear about this.

I developed a fully automated online racing system that uses GSCE, rFactor2, rfactor and Arca Sim Racing X. Anyone who wishes to join only has to register at www.simracingsystem.com with their first and last names (if it’s taken, add an middle name or initial), download the software, and install. The software will ask where the sims are installed. After that all a user has to do, is go to the ‘race’ page and register on a session before the last five minutes of the countdown. The system will prompt to auto-join on the last three minutes. The software will place you directly on the server.

The race page will become available during launch day. At the moment we have 59 users signed up.

This system has potential, as long as people actually show up. Right now on Race2Play, a similar online racing platform, participation still hasn’t reached the elusive iRacing levels that make each event feel like there’s truly something on the line. Sure, some events bring in 30+ registrants, but very rarely does everyone make it to the grid when the event finally arrives. Some guys forget they signed up, others drop out because they lack confidence in the car, but the result is the same: 27 cars sign up, and no more than 16 are on the grid. For SRS to work, people have to actually come out and race. Sounds bizarre, but we’re indeed at a point in time where sim racers rarely play the games they claim to love. I don’t know how you’re going to do this, other than by word of mouth and praying it’s more than just the Portuguese guys that adopt this software.

The biggest challenge is not only getting people to get out on the track in the first place, but encouraging people to play more than just iRacing for their online needs – because a large portion of the sim community presently bow down to Lord Kaemmer, even when the game is suffering from massive technical issues. This is essentially your target audience, as everyone serious about online racing has already signed up for iRacing. So if you can convince those merely putting up with iRacing despite the current crop of flaws to come check out a similar service for a much more stable set of racing sims, I think that’s the key to long-term success. As a former iRacer, you have no idea the number of people I’ve come across who have literally sworn off other sims – no matter how genuinely superior they are in other aspects – because, and I quote: “it’s not iRacing.”

Hell, I remember a month or so ago a certain iRacing champion mentioned on a Facebook status of mine that he’d never even heard of rFactor or ISI, yet others from that group of drivers had admitted in private they were unsatisfied with iRacing but weren’t sure where to go. Look, if you can get the word out to these folks that somebody built an iRacing-like service for a game that doesn’t break every other build or constantly reach into your wallet, it’s just a matter of time before the popularity explodes.

It may seem trying to convert people from one religion to another, but large grids make sim racing fun, and for this to work, you need more than six cars on the track.

 

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38 thoughts on “Reader Submission #80 – Sim Racing System

  1. Well this definitely looks promising… I’m still curious as to why ISI isn’t trying something like this themselves, though. Somebody mentioned in an earlier post that one of the ISI devs stated they’d need upwards of 20 million to attempt something like iRacing’s online system. I doubt this team (Sim Racing Portugal) is working with anything other than hard work and a desire to see rF2 and GSC reach a bigger audience, let alone 20 million bucks… Either way, I really hope this catches on and I’m pretty damn impressed with the effort on display here.

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    1. ive spkoen to isi through email about that,and i quote,” iracing started £25million in dept to get iracing off the ground”,cough cough
      they have no intention at all in doing something like this,its a crying shame that rfactor2 will never reach its full potential

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      1. i cant reply to the question asked below for some reason so i will reply here.
        they didnt say,but the is 65% of n2003 was ported over,i really cant see the game or the online side costing that much,i think its just a marketing ploy by iracing to make us think it must be good for that much,everyone knows when iracing was launched it was just an updated version of n2003 but with the online aspect,we will see with this brazilian program if it really takes millions to do.

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  2. wow this is huge, but if the software it self could be lended to bigger communities ,well there is a good idea. RaceDepartment,Race2Play,GPVWC,VEC and so on.Also if this can be extended to Ac and RaceRoom it’s beyond epic. JUST CONTACT RD!!!!it will go from there

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    1. No need to lend it to other community…..
      Other community members can join to this new community. Nothing can stop you to join here and race in this community and race in other communities too.

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  3. “Hell, I remember a month or so ago a certain iRacing champion mentioned on a Facebook status of mine that he’d never even heard of rFactor or ISI”

    Why am I not surprised, lol…

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  4. This is a great step for simming and lays the foundation for a serious and credible online multiplayer platform.Will join and hopefully be part of the progress. Well done amigos from Portugal!

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  5. Would be interesting to know a little about how this works behind the scenes. It’s not too hard to keep track of race starts and finishes to monitor people dropping out, but tracking who hit who and who’s been off track, like iRacing does, is tricky. This relies entirely on the game providing accurate data about car positions and collisions. In my experience this data tends to be very noisy and unreliable

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  6. Am I missing something? The website linked in the article has *absolutely no information at all* about what this ‘thing’ actually is or what it does. The forum has no posts at all either

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  7. Well I can’t wait,I hate having to use iracing to get my racing fix,the physics are borked and the forum,well that where all the special folks go,bunch of babies,someone posted about this on there forum and already someone said what he did was seedy.
    As soon as I find a viable online solutions iracing will be wiped from my pc.

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  8. Seems like a re-hash of SMS Lobby. It’s not a good sign when there are unofficial download links in their forum encouraging you to install the game and not update it.

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        1. That’s not a jab you brain washed monkey,that’s telling how it is,you can tell when someone is a fanboy when they take offence at facts,he wasn’t making it up now was he.

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      1. Nope, but it does show PRC’s bias and their relentless bashing that they do. Completely off topic, doesn’t need to mention it, yet takes every opportunity to bash iRacing, AC, PCARS, rF2…

        It gets old, and there’s a reason why anyone with a voice of reason knows to ignore 90% of what this “publication” writes up.

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        1. How is it off-topic?

          If iRacing was as good as everybody said it was, there would be no need for others to try their hand at developing third party ranking applications.

          These programs/endeavors exist solely because iRacing have a very real tendency to royally fuck up major updates. Sites like Race2Play, Minorating, and now SRS are fueled by the fact that iRacing shits the bed once in a while, and others think they can do it better.

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      2. There’d be no need to make something identical to iRacing but for a different game if iRacing was as good as everybody said it was.

        Have you seen the people writing to us, explaining how iRacing has monumentally fucked up certain builds and they only keep the game installed because there’s no real alternative? Just because PRC.net is a relatively newer site, doesn’t mean that iRacing botching updates is new as well. This kind of shoddy performance has been around since the service started.

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      3. Thanks, very enlightening.

        In case you’re wondering, iRacing isn’t down 100% of the time… It’s just growing faster now and the updates are so highly anticipated. I think there’s a good reason for people getting excited for iRacing’s newest update.

        But you’ll find a way to skate around that and try to convince people iRacing is the devil of simracing. And that’s okay with us iRacers, we know what we’re getting into, we enjoy it, and will continue to enjoy it.

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        1. Wrong again,iracing is bound by it’s 8year old code,it is running at full capability,you will see this degrade in performance every new build,it’s all on the forum to be read,the devs have said it,and they also say it would take cpu’s that have 32cores for iracing to get any performance benefit.
          So they are saying that iracing runs so shit cuz its bound by today’s pc’s,yet it doesn’t fully utilize any gpu,and only stresses 1 core.
          It’s all a load of bs,they just don’t want to have to rewrite the code,it feels old,4 major builds each year for 8yrs,and it still feels and runs like shit,but they will never do anything about it because 80% of the members are complete moronic fanboys who say everything is the best.
          This is the start of iracings downfall I give it another 2years max before it either can’t handle the load or they have to do a rewrite.
          I’ve not played it for a few days and I’m not going to,all the other Sims just feel so much better and the quality of racing is no different,8 out of 10 races you get wrecked on purpose or by people who have no business trying to race,that is in top splits too.

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  9. From a competition standpoint, I don’t see any benefit to getting users over to a competing service. While we all like variety, ideally, sim racing’s base of users would all be using one game. While that game may not necessarily have to be iRacing, this really doesn’t sound like a viable alternative by any means.

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    1. So you like the stale state iracing is in,it sole focus is content,they have done nothing of note for years,the game is riddled with bugs some years old,not to mention the broken tire model,pointless temperature readings.
      8 years and cant fix the issues they started with.Yeah it’s a joke.I for one will not be resubing,3months is enough for me to see this company is all about drawing u in taking ur money then couldn’t care less.
      No other game forum is locked to non members,you can’t try content before u buy,why’s that.
      Cuz you wouldn’t if you read all the problems and tried all the cars that handle like shit.

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  10. everyone moaning at james for stating facts need to just go look at the pdf of every major update iracing have done,from 2011 there has been hardly anything of note that they have done,you can clearly see they are just doing the bare minimum,they are 100% content focused,8yrs and still has a goofy tire model,8yrs and they havent got a properly modelled transmission or clutch.
    i am so pissed i bought into the sales hype,the only thing going for it is the online play,but then you only get 2 good races outa 10 cuz the attitude is just terrible.
    i thought i was backing a company that was cutting edge,trying to push the boundries,but they are not,they are doing the bare minimum to make the driving experience enjoyable,all they are doing is adding content to draw more in,yet after 3months i am bored and frustrated at the goofy tire model and lack of care about bugs,it makes racing difficult because of there focus on content

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    1. iracing has a broken understeer physics in highspeed croners and this makes the game a joke. I don t know why nobody talks about it and why nothing will be fixed………..

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      1. why u ask me how to fix phyics ? im not the engineer of iracing. But they want to be paid like it is the best sim so it should have correct physics. this understeer makes driving boring becauce its all about hitting the apex wihout a fault means if u are to fast u get understeer in highcorners. But in real life take a spec ford or other no low downforce car u would lose traction and have to fight to stable the car.

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