iRacing – Willow Springs International Motorsports Park Previews

iRacing - Willow Springs International Motorsports Park Previews

As far back as 2011, iRacing announced that they had laser-scanned the Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, and started the production work to get the famous American 2.5-mile / nine-turn road racing circuit available in the online racing service. However, soon after the initial statement, the development of the virtual track was put on hold with no specific reason communicated.

Now, all these years later, it seems the wait is over, as Willow Springs International Motorsports Park will be part of next week’s 2023 iRacing Season 3 build release.

Greg Hill, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer at iRacing said: Willow Springs was a challenging yet fun project for our team. Due to the unique landscape, the project pushed them hard to innovate. We developed advanced multi-material shaders, we finally debut the foliage system, and we have completely re-done our off-track terrain process.

Our broadcast team will be relieved to have more placement options for their cameras with a new high-quality five-layer terrain process. Furthermore, our tree implementation received a complete overhaul fixing significant lighting and shading issues present in the former model. Our quality bar gets moved up yet again, with many more tooling, pipeline, and rendering improvements in the works for the future.

Willow Springs International Raceway located in Willow Springs near Rosamond, California in the USA is a super-fast 2.5-mile, nine-turn road racing circuit. It is the oldest permanent road course in the United States. Construction began in 1952, with the inaugural race held on November 23, 1953. The track configuration has been unchanged since.

There are a total of seven tracks at Willow Springs. The largest and most well-known track is Willow Springs International Raceway, more commonly referred to as Big Willow. There are other racing facilities such as The Streets of Willow (1.8-mile road course), The Horse Thief Mile (road course), The Speedway at Willow Springs (1/4 mile paved oval), Willow Springs Kart Track (a .625-mile, 9-turn paved sprint track), The Playpen (a 1/4-mile paved training track), and the Walt James Stadium (Clay Oval and Paved Oval).

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