Finally (FINALLY), iRacing Has an All-New LMP2 Car
Dallara's P217 chassis is now in iRacing
iRacing, the top sim-racing software today, used to settle for an old relic of the early 2000s when it comes to lower-class LMP2 running. Even when the sim itself got hold of two advanced LMP1 cars in the Audi R18 and Porsche 919, P2 players were stuck with the Honda/Acura HPD ARX-01c, a chassis first run in 2006. But that changes today.
Revealed a day ago with the video above, iRacing unveiled the newest addition to its (slowly) growing roster of cars: the Dallara P217. Created to serve a growing customer base for endurance sport prototypes, the P217 is Dallara's alternative to the popular Oreca 07 chassis and competes with other LMP2 cars like the Ligier JS P2 and Riley & Scott Mk.30. It's also the basis for the IMSA-conquering Cadillac DPi-V.R which competes in United Sports Car, America's premier tin-top series.
Outside the United States, the P217 is powered by a regulation Gibson V8 producing 600hp, sent by an Xtrac 6-speed sequential to the rear wheels, giving it ample shove that lets it have a top speed advantage over the rest of the P2 chassis run today. A revision in 2018 fixed its problematic front splitter, ensuring it's just as competent in the corners.
Given iRacing's track record for scan accuracy, expect an experience that's close to driving the real thing, which is a welcome upgrade given that the sim hasn't had a new LMP2 car since launch at a time when there are two LMP1 and four GTE cars in the game. We'll be waiting for its official release and purchase availability as iRacing rolls out its Season 4 build.