The wait for a legion of impatient online Supercars racers is over, with iRacing releasing a pair of new V8-powered machines in the new year.
The Holden Commodore ZB Supercar has been rolled out to users as a free upgrade, while the Ford Mustang ZB can be purchased in the game.
And the iRacing community has already grabbed the opportunity to reproduce their favourite paintjobs onto the two platforms, including a host of classic liveries from throughout Supercars history.
iRacing users can access these paint skins via various services and use them as their own within the game. Check our gallery above for a selection of some of the best.
An Instagram post from the service previewed both the Holden Commodore ZB and the Ford Mustang in Supercars guise, with the roll-out brought forward to December.
The cars were announced earlier in the year, with a debut expected early next year as part of a new online racing series held in conjunction with Supercars.
“Australian iRacers are some of the most passionate and talented simracers we’ve ever seen,” said iRacing.com motorsport simulations executive producer Steve Myers. “We’re always happy to support our community Down Under, and adding the current generation of Supercars was a no-brainer.”
“iRacing is the ideal partner for Supercars in further developing the Gfinity Supercars Eseries,” said Mitch Kane, the partnerships manager at Supercars.
“The addition of the new Ford Mustang and Holden Commodore ZB and iRacing’s ultra-realistic simracing platform are a perfect marriage as we look to grow our involvement in eSports through our own world championship series.”
The two machines join the current stable of Supercars that include the VZ and VF Commodores (above) and the Ford Falcon BA and FG.
Local tracks include Mt Panorama and Phillip Island, as well as the defunct Oran Park layout in Western Sydney, while Supercars races are held at circuits like Spa in Belgium and the Circuit of the Americas.
Driving the new iRacing 2019 Supercars
A quick test around the Phillip Island circuit in both machines reveals similar characteristics between the two cars, but a marked increase in grip levels and drivability over the older-model Supercars.
However, they are still an incredibly tough car to master, with many forum users calling them the most difficult car in the sim to use.
The two big struggles when trying to tame the Supercar is a lack of turn and a lack of grip feel. The real-life car offers around 430kW and more than 800NM of torque, which is fed through relatively small tyres under a heavy vehicle.
While the new iteration of the Supercar has more grip than its predecessor, it takes a patient hand - and throttle foot! - to get then around a track.
Soon after launch, iRacing revised the tyre modelling on the car, reducing the grip levels and increasing the degradation level (the rate at which the tyres wear out) in response to feedback from sim racers.
Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen is a regular iRacer, while former Supercars champion and NASCAR racer Marcos Ambrose is also a big fan of the challenging and complex sim, which has more than 70,000 active users around the world.
Other notable iRacers include current F1 stars Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.
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