As the 2021 season comes to a close, iRacing has announced AI support for three new cars and 20 different track layouts to be deployed in season one of 2022.
The cars include the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Elantra CN7 for Touring car racers and the Dallara IR18 for open-wheelers. In terms of tracks, users can now race against AI on the following tracks:
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval, IndyCar Oval)
- Homestead-Miami Speedway (IndyCar Oval)
- World Wide Technology Raceway (Oval)
- Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (Oval)
The following road circuits can also be played with bots in a single-player mode.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Knockhill Racing Circuit
- Watkins Glen International
All road course layouts on these tracks will be available for the AI to race on, and with the Watkins Glen Internation track getting rebuilt, this is bound to make practice sessions easier without any risk to players’ iRatings or their Safety Ratings.
New content arriving for 2022
Users can expect other new content starting with the 2022 season, including the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance Formula One car. The partnership between iRacing and the Mercedes AMG Formula One team was announced earlier this September.
iRacing also intends to add the 2022 vehicle from the Mercedes-AMG Formula One team, which is currently being developed under the latest Formula One regulations for the 2022 season.
The car will be available to drive in-game during the 13th Week Shiny New Shakedown event. With the onset of Week 13 wrapping up iRacing’s 2021 Season 4, there’s a new Touring Car Challenge featuring the Hyundai Elantra N TC and Honda Civic Type R Touring cars racing on Knockhill and Watkins Glen circuits.
Apart from this, there’s a host of several official and unofficial series coming live on the platform for a week to allow players to experiment with a new track and car combinations and car class combinations without worrying about their iRatings or license levels dropping off.