After working with iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations since May, 2005, today is my last day and from now on I will no longer be involved in any official capacity with the company. All Private Messages or messages to me on Facebook about iRacing will be directed back to firstname.lastname@example.org which is now answered by someone else. My wife and I are taking a small break next week and then the week after – starting from the end of the month – I will be working with Image Space Incorporated.
Some of the background on my new company:
ISI began with production of military simulators. They have worked on many different types of software but focused most of their development time over the years on racing games/simulators. Examples of older titles produced by the company include Sportscar GT and many F1 titles including F1 Challenge ’99-’02 – all produced for Electronic Arts.
Their software is currently used by other simulation developers and many real-world racing teams, these customers license a version of the software from ISI and modify it for their own needs. Examples of those using this software are RedBull F1 and SIMBIN Development Team.
RedBull F1 – using their modifications to the customer version. rFactor Pro site.
Current public release software from ISI is of course rFactor. It is a standalone racing game/simulator anybody can buy and modify (to a lesser extent than the licensed version mentioned above). This has led to rFactor modifications (mods) which simulate just about every car and track which exists (and a few which don’t exist).
rFactor was released in 2005 and has been updated a few times over the years. rFactor 2 is the next major update from ISI and from what I saw during my interview with the company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it is something I am very excited to be involved in.