Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.8.5)

New content

  • Added Fuji Speedway track
    • Grand Prix layout
  • Added new car: Porsche 963 
  • Added new car: BMW M Hybrid V8 

New features

  • Added Pitstop mechanics
    • In the current version pitstops are without any pit crew or animations, these will be included in a future update
  • Added multi-class race mechanics
  • Added safety car to rolling starts

General

  • Implemented new suspension animation system for better visual experience of car suspension workings
  • Changed DLSS preset settings to reduce problems with “ghosting” behind cars when moving fast

Gameplay

  • Improved rolling start logic

SFX

  • Implemented electric motor sounds logic

Damage

  • Implemented damaged parts replication and improved overall damage system

UI

  • Implemented relative track positions table on in-game UI
  • Implemented rolling start radar
  • Implemented per-class game summary screen
  • Added tire wear to game HUD
  • Adjusted fuel remaining display to show how many laps player has left before running out of fuel
  • Added damage status to in-game HUD
  • Improved experience when binding controls in the input settings screen

New day-night system Updated

  • Road Atlanta
  • Fuji Speedway
  • More tracks getting the night time treatment in a future update. 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed problem with Fanatec wheels sometimes not being recognized correctly by the game
  • Fixed issue with first flying lap sometimes being invalidated for players for no reason
  • Fixed bug with players receiving pit speed limit penalty just after exiting pit lane
  • Fixed some crashes occurring when scrubbing replays
  • Fixed some problems with day/night system giving random light changes when joining a server
  • Fixed some problems with engine / ignition sounds
  • Fixed potential crashes occurring by incorrect drafting-related structures initialization in physics engine
  • Fixed problem with time trials sometimes giving black flag penalty when they shouldn’t
  • Fixed issue with game giving more incident points than a max value allowed in contest settings
  • Fixed issue with lap times sometimes showing last 2 fractional digits instead of first 2 instead
  • Fixed bug with players receiving DSQ when standing in pit garage at night

Known Issues

  • Using Vulkan can cause the game to crash 
  • Nvidia Reflex can cause stuttering. Recommendation is to disable it for now
  • Potential client crash related to DirectX12
  • Curb sounds can disappear after pit stops
  • Replays can crash when scrolling through longer replays
  • Time Trial delta is only shown when PB is set
  • Ghost car does not move in Time Trial Replays
  • In online races, if a car crashes at very high speeds into a wall, it can cause a mini-freeze for all connected clients
  • Getting a black flag in Time Trial will soft lock the player. You have to leave the Time Trial and go back to the Main Menu
  • Updating your profile name will not update your name in any Time Trial leaderboards unless a faster time is set with the new name
  • EV has wrong TC sound, fix in future patch

FOCUSED FEEDBACK EVENTS DOUBLE THE CARS

Ola Racers, 

While we’re hard at work on the next RENNSPORT update (more information about this soon), we felt like it was time to do something together. As you might know, right now in the Closed Beta we limit each split to 12 drivers, this is mainly because we want to make sure performance is as good as possible for a wide range of hardware. But we thought, “Hey, why not just try to double it for a session? And why not invite our Closed Beta testers?” So, we hereby welcome you to our first Focused Feedback session:

DOUBLE THE CARS!

It’s quite simple. On May 4th (May the 4th be with you), we will host a 45-minute race on Spa-Francorchamps with a grid of 24 cars, and we want you to join!

When: May 4th, 20:00 CEST

Track: Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps

Race length: 45 minutes

Set-up: Fixed

Damage: Off

How to join

You need to have access to the closed beta.

  1. Go on our Discord
  2. Check the top right corner for the event and mark yourself as interested.
  3. Register for the race in the game or our app
  4. Before the race begins, join the newly created “Focused Feedback” voice channel and enjoy some friendly banter with the other drivers if you want. 
  5. RACE
  6. Report any feedback you might have. 

As a note, 24 cars on track has not been heavily optimized yet so expect performance to be lower than usual (internally we see an average of 10-15 fps drop compared to lower grid races).

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.8.3)

Changelog 1.8.3

GT3 Cars

  • Reworked Tire compounds to improve driving characteristics
  • New default setups for all cars
  • Balancing out of the box performance of all cars
  • Adjusted steering feel
  • Adjustment to TC behaviour
  • Increased Tire pressure to improve tire simulation stability

While revamping the tire system and fine-tuning their behavior in the physics engine, we discovered that the tire construction was weaker than expected, and increasing the tire pressure increased tire performance and stability. Consequently, we’ve temporarily adjusted tire pressure to approximate these desired results. Currently, in-game tire pressure reads around ≈2.50 bar, equivalent to approximately ≈1.7/1.8 in real-world behavior. Our engineering team plans to address this discrepancy in a future patch, but for now, a pressure reading of ≈2.50 indicates optimal performance. We’d also like to add a little bit of an explanation for the Force Feedback settings, as those have even more impact now!

Max Wheel Torque Capability
This parameter determines the extent of the linear response range for force feedback (FFB). Adjusting this setting allows you to address instances of excessive clipping in the force feedback. Increasing the value can alleviate clipping, while decreasing it may reduce occurrences of clipping. Notably, it doesn’t directly correspond to the torque capacity of your wheelbase.


Sensitivity
This setting determines the linearity of the force feedback. A value of 100 maintains linearity, while values below 100 introduce a cubic curve effect, reducing force feedback for subtle details similar to power steering in cars. Values above 100 create a more logarithmic response, enhancing the amplification of minor vibrations and road nuances.

Green = 200% sensitivity
Blue = 100% sensitivity
Red = 0% sensitivity

We’d advise to just play around with those settings a bit to find something that works best for you!

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.8.2)

Changelog – 1.8.2

  • Improved the tire model of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, reminiscent of the version prior to the 1.8.0 update
  • Enhanced advertisement management for the community track branding
  • Implemented a feature to automatically repair visual damage upon returning to the pits

Known Issues

  • Disabling the pit limiter as soon as the Pit Lane message disappears will result in a penalty due to a desync between the message and the detection point. Wait 1-2s after the UI message disappears to disable the pit limiter
  • Ghost car does not move in Time Trial Replays
  • Shadow textures in Time Trial occasionally do not load correctly. Resetting Time Trial resolves the issue
  • “End on Crossing Finish Line” message will trigger when anyone goes back to pit during Race or Quali. This is only a UI issue, the race stage won’t actually end on crossing the finish line until all cars on track are finished
  • In online races, if a car crashes at very high speeds into a wall, it can cause a mini-freeze for all connected clients
  • Reversing with the Porsche Mission R will recharge the battery
  • Getting a black flag in Time Trial will soft lock the player. You have to leave the Time Trial and go back to the Main Menu
  • Updating your profile name will not update your name in any Time Trial leaderboards unless a faster time is set with the new name
  • EV has wrong TC sound, fix in future patch

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.8.1)

Changelog – 1.8.1

  • Wiped all the leaderboards for all tracks with the MISSION R
  • Reduced power of the MISSION R
  • Disabled “Quali” mode of the MISSION R for the time being
    This mode will be enabled in a later patch again

Known Issues

  • Disabling the pit limiter as soon as the Pit Lane message disappears will result in a penalty due to a desync between the message and the detection point. Wait 1-2s after the UI message disappears to disable the pit limiter
  • Ghost car does not move in Time Trial Replays
  • Shadow textures in Time Trial occasionally do not load correctly. Resetting Time Trial resolves the issue  
  • “End on Crossing Finish Line” message will trigger when anyone goes back to pit during Race or Quali. This is only a UI issue, the race stage won’t actually end on crossing the finish line until all cars on track are finished 
  • In online races, if a car crashes at very high speeds into a wall, it can cause a mini-freeze for all connected clients 
  • Reversing with the Porsche Mission R will recharge the battery
  • Getting a black flag during Time Trial will soft lock the player. You have to leave the Time Trial and go back to the Main Menu. 
  • Updating your profile name will not update your name in any Time Trial Leaderboards unless a faster time is set with the new name
  • EV has wrong TC sound, fix in future patch

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.8.0)

Check out the full patch notes for Beta Update 1.8.0 here.

New content

  • Added Goodwood Hillclimb Track
  • Added Porsche Mission R Car

New features

  • Implemented Time Trial mode
  • Added day-night cycle system for Spa-Francorchamps track.
    •  More tracks featuring full night time coming with future updates.
  • Implemented proper car lights for all available cars
  • Implemented car brakes heating visuals on brake discs
  • Implemented tire deformation and wear visuals
  • Implemented lock to horizon feature
  • Integrated Intel XeSS upscaling technology
  • Integrated Nvidia Reflex technology
  • Integrated Nvidia Frame Generation technology

General

  • Upgraded Unreal Engine from v.5.1.0 to v.5.3.2
  • Updated Nvidia DLSS to v.3.5
  • Improved overall game CPU performance and scaling with increasing number of cars on track
  • Improved frame rate stability for smoother experience
  • Improved server performance
  • Removed an option to set mirrors FPS
  • Added a possibility to change an email address assigned to account in the player profile page
  • Added Sharpness setting in Video Settings

Cars

  • BMW M4 GT3
    • Corrected aero balance
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
    • Corrected top end torque
  • All cars have had their shift lights corrected
  • All cars now have more drag

Physics

  • Improved GT3 tires behavior
    • More consistent grip
    • Reworked slip curve
    • Better tire cooling (Tires now last longer)

The changes to the GT3 tires are part of larger rework coming in a future update.

  • Using telemetry output will no longer affect CPU performance

Gameplay

  • Added possibility to perform actions during a locked-input countdown procedure
    • It is now possible to change TC, BB and ABS while waiting for countdown
  • Implemented in-game pause when player enters in-game menu in single player mode
  • Implemented pit lane lights
  • Improved wheel blur visual quality

SFX

  • Implemented tire lock up sounds for all cars

Input

  • Updated provided wheel presets:
    • Fanatec Podium DD1
    • Fanatec Podium DD2
    • Fanatec CS DD
    • Fanatec CS DD+
    • Fanatec CSL DD
    • Gamepad Preset 
    • Logitech G29
    • Moza R5
    • Moza R9 
    • Simucube 2.0 Pro 
    • Thrustmaster T300RS
  • Added a system to detect your hardware and match it with an existing default preset

UI

  • Added possibility to select favorite cameras in spectator mode
  • Added a possibility to set transparency for some modules in HUD layout editor
  • Added device-based button display on game UI
  • Updated splash screen

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some problems with game servers sometimes not starting because of timeouts
  • Fixed problem with direct input wheel presets detection not working on game boot
  • Fixed some problems with car dashboards displaying invalid values in some cases
  • Fixed some problems occurring when using scrubbing functionality while in replays or live spectator mode
  • Fixed problems with replays not being saved correctly if contest name contains Windows-prohibited characters in its name
  • Fixed problem with on-track marshals sometimes not waving flags correctly
  • Fixed a problem with steering wheel rotation not being correctly replicated while spectating in certain scenarios
  • Fixed some problems with players being penalized for no reason during a rolling start procedure
  • Fixed some penalties-related bugs occurring when player enters or exits pit lane
  • Fixed some problems with ghost visibility when spectating ESL R1-like qualifications
  • Fixed problems with caching filters in quick session settings which led to new cars being hidden after a game update
  • Fixed some problems with holding buttons in menus leading to unexpected behavior
  • Fixed problem with cars in garage sometimes being flipped on their roofs
  • Fixed problem with losing UI focus in some cases
  • Fixed problem with “choppy” impression when looking at credits screen scroll animation
  • Added missing default controller bindings for garage view
  • Fixed a problem with car not being spawned for DNF:ed / DSQ:ed players if they disconnect and reconnect a server
  • Fixed a few typos in the UI
  • Fixed grass being too slippery

Known Issues

  • Disabling the pit limiter as soon as the Pit Lane message disappears will result in a penalty due to a desync between the message and the detection point. Wait 1-2s after the UI message disappears to disable the pit limiter
  • Ghost car does not move in Time Trial Replays
  • Shadow textures in Time Trial occasionally do not load correctly. Resetting Time Trial resolves the issue  
  • “End on Crossing Finish Line” message will trigger when anyone goes back to pit during Race or Quali. This is only a UI issue, the race stage won’t actually end on crossing the finish line until all cars on track are finished 
  • In online races, if a car crashes at very high speeds into a wall, it can cause a mini-freeze for all connected clients 
  • Reversing with the Porsche Mission R will recharge the battery
  • Getting a black flag during Time Trial will soft lock the player. You have to leave the Time Trial and go back to the Main Menu. 
  • Updating your profile name will not update your name in any Time Trial Leaderboards unless a faster time is set with the new name
  • EV has wrong TC sound, fix in future patch

Roadmap 2024

Welcome, racers, to the introduction of our official RENNSPORT Roadmap 2024!

Let’s take a glance at what we have in store for the upcoming months – FOR NOW!

While it might seem empty at first glance, remember though, that we’re just kicking off the year. This Roadmap is a dynamic document that will evolve together with us, being constantly updated and expanded. And who knows, along the way, we might just come across some exciting surprises for you!

Stay tuned! There’s much more to come.

Expanding our Online Services

We are thrilled to unveil a new development supporting our online systems today: the launch of the very first South-East Asian servers in collaboration with the amazing team at Vertex Esports. This marks a significant milestone as we open up directly to the Asian market. Partnering with the passionate community of sim racing enthusiasts in the APAC region, particularly under the banner of ASRF (Asia Sim Racing Federation), we are entering a new era of league races and remarkable events.

This series will showcase everybody’s darling, the GT3 class, pushing the boundaries of skill and precision across four of the most iconic and demanding tracks in RENNSPORT.

But that’s not all – in our continuous quest to engage with our communities, we are introducing dynamic track branding. This innovative feature allows leagues and communities to proudly display their unique logos and supporters, adding some personal touch to each event. This marks the next step towards customization for clubs on RENNSPORT, where every community can carve out its own unique brand identity.

We are very excited to embark on this journey alongside Vertex Esports and the entire sim racing community. Gear up for the ride of a lifetime on the other side of the world – the RENNSPORT South East Asia Servers awaits you!

If you are part of an established sim racing community and are interested in creating your community league in RENNSPORT, make sure to join our Discord Server and contact our Admin LucasB. He will listen to your ideas and wishes for the league and evaluate if we can set something up for you too!

Leap Year Hotlap Week (Race To Win)

Hello folks,

from today on we will offer you the chance to participate in our first-ever “Leap Year Hotlap Week”!

You have the chance to win a brand new VRS® DirectForce® Pro Formula Steering Wheel that is sponsored by VRS and comes to you fresh from the production line. This wheel is just a game-changer.


This competition will end on the 4th of March 00:01 CET and the only thing you need to do is to enter one official race on five different days where you cover one race each.

If you are disqualified or counted as “did not start (DNS) or “did not finish (DNF), those races will not count.

Keep your eyes peeled for more competitions like this to come very soon!!



Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

1. Eligibility

The Hotlap competition is open only to legal residents of a EU country, the UK, the United States and Canada. Proof of residency and age may be required. Employees and directors of Competition Company Suisse AG and their subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, and advertising or promotional agencies or individuals involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge and the immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. In order to enter the Hot Lap Challenge or receive the prize, you must fully comply with the Terms and Conditions  and, by entering, you represent and warrant that you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the Organiser, whose decisions shall be binding and final in all respects relating to this activation. Void where prohibited.

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.7.3) 

Check out the full patch notes for Beta Update 1.7.3 here.

Changes

Tracks

Orchard Road

  • Added Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners setup

Road Atlanta

  • Added Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners setup

Known Issues

  • Rolling Start Limitations
    • No UI to aid the driver in what their position/speed in the rolling start should be (coming soon)
  • If the master volume slider is at 20 or lower, engine sound is not audible in the Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Light artifacting on AMD & Intel GPUs
  • Loading into Replay menu can take longer than usual
  • Gameplay end condition sometimes does not trigger resulting in players being told to do an additional lap after race is completed

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.7.2) 

Check out the full patch notes for Beta Update 1.7.2 here.

Changes

General

  • Removed Porsche Mission R Safety Car standing in pit exit.

Tracks

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

  • Fixed some bugs in Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners setup.

Known Issues

  • Rolling Start Limitations
    • No UI to aid the driver in what their position/speed in the rolling start should be (coming soon)
  • If the master volume slider is at 20 or lower, engine sound is not audible in the Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Light artifacting on AMD & Intel GPUs
  • Loading into Replay menu can take longer than usual

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.7.1) 

Check out the full patch notes for Beta Update 1.7.1 here.

Changes

Cars

  • Updated Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 liveries

Tracks

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

  • Created Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

  • Created Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners.

Known Issues

  • Rolling Start Limitations
    • No UI to aid the driver in what their position/speed in the rolling start should be (coming soon)
  • If the master volume slider is at 20 or lower, engine sound is not audible in the Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Light artifacting on AMD & Intel GPUs

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.7.0)

New content

  • Added Orchard Road Street Circuit
  • Added beta liveries

Physics

General

  • Fixed problem with cars shaking it out on the grid

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992)

  • Fixed issues with car setup which made the car faster than expected

Gameplay features

  • Implemented Leagues

Tracks

  • Fixed problems with stuttering happening on some maps due to light updates

UI

  • Changed main menu layout
  • Changed UI background images
  • Changed in-game loading screen background and layout

General

  • Added in-game credits
  • Fixed problem with yellow flag indicator sometimes blinking
  • Fixed some problems with car lights not working correctly in some cases
  • Fixed problem with new content being hidden by filters when car filters were applied in room settings before the patch
  • Small CPU performance optimizations (more coming soon)

Know Issues

  • Rolling Start Limitations
    • No UI to aid the driver in what their position/speed in the rolling start should be (coming soon)
  • If the master volume slide is at 20 or lower, engine sound is not audible in the Porsche 911 GT3 R

UNDER THE HOOD Episode 4

It’s the holiday season racers! While most people are now taking the time to wind down and prepare for some time off with family and friends, we still have a couple of things left to do with RENNSPORT before we’re ready to touch gra… snow. Today we will go through the next patch, Beta Update 1.7, and just to look back on what happened this year. We’re also getting ready to show you the road map for 2024, but that will be early next year, so just be a little more patient. 

Alright, on to the important stuff first.

Beta Update 1.7

In normal fashion, a beta update comes with new content, improvements across the board and new features. Today we’ll have a look at some of it, but you’ll have to wait until Monday, December 18th for full patch notes. That’s right, Beta Update 1.7 comes out in just a few days!

So, what are the highlights of the update?

  • New Track: First ever community featured content with Orchard Road Street Circuit
  • Leagues 
  • New earnable livery 

Obviously enough, the track, what is this? 

We’ve teamed up with the very fine people over at Legion of Racers, known for their very cool tracks and together with them we’ve crafted the street circuit Orchard Road Street Circuit into RENNSPORT. This goes back to the conversations we started to have earlier in the year at the Summit about opening up the platform for user-created content and for us, this is a huge milestone. Our partnership with Legion of Racers is a very exciting one, so expect content to be a result of this. Please also check them out over here

The track itself is a tight street circuit with a lot of blind corners, begging for close-to-the-wall driving and lots of action. 3.2km long and part of the inaugural HyperDrive Cities Championship and now it’s the first street circuit in RENNSPORT, and we can’t wait for you to try it on December 18. 

We’re also launching our League system, starting with the Holiday Leagues. We have a full explanation of the Leagues and what you can expect in December and January here

New Earnable Livery

We know it is important to celebrate your victories. With Beta Update 1.7, we’re adding two new liveries that you can earn by participating in races. 

The first one, called the Beta Livery you simply earn by participating in one online race. The Beta Winner Livery is earned by winning an online race. You get the livery for the car you own (the one you picked when creating an account). There is no notification system in place just yet, so check your garage after a race or a win to have a look. Get in there and earn them as when the Beta is over, these liveries can’t be earned again. 

Keep an eye out for the full patch notes coming together with the update on December 18th.

Looking back at 2023


It’s been a very eventful year in our world, to say the least. 

  • Launched ESL R1
  • Did the first 8 online rounds of ESL R1
  • Held the RENNSPORT Summit 2023 + ESL R1 Spring Major in Munich
  • Launched the Closed Beta of RENNSPORT
  • RENNSPORT went to Gamers8 as the only sim racing title, on the stage with Fortnite, PUBG, DOTA 2 and more
  • Did 8 online rounds of the ESL R1 fall season
  • Launched the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on RENNSPORT
  • Did the ESL R1 Fall Major at DreamHack Winter
  • Did 4 major updates to the beta, adding new cars, classes, tracks and features. 

Next year, our main focus will be the game. The experience. The driving. The fun. We are working very hard to add new features, more content and refinements and of course, moving from Closed to Open Beta. We’ve also stated that we would have a new car released before the end of the year, but we’re holding that one to make it a bit more special in 2024. More news on all of this will come in due time but for now, have a great holiday season and a very happy new year. Don’t forget to join the Holiday Leagues in RENNSPORT!

Be brave. Brake last.

Kim

Introducing Leagues

Ladies and gentlemen – welcome to the competition.

One of our core visions with RENNSPORT is to create a place where competition matters. Not just for the professional esports driver, but for everyone. Our rating system and the way our splits work have been providing racers in the closed beta with fair lobbies so far, but now we want to take it one step further and let you participate in multi-contest leagues where consistency and track knowledge will be the key to success. There are also unique in-game prizes that you can win! We’ll start it off easy this year with a Holiday League now in December, and once we’re in the new year you’ll be able to prove yourself in different leagues, competing against players of similar skill to you. For now we’re only offering Official Leagues, made by us, but we’re also planning for you to be able to create league races in the future.

Let it rev, let it rev, let it rev…

Kicking off this new era of RENNSPORT competitions is the Holiday League, designed to take advantage of all the content we have in the game right now and for the first time offer multi-contest competitions with the first Holiday League winners to be crowned. Let’s break the Holiday Leagues down first, and after that, we’ll have a look at the Competitive Leagues for 2024. 

The Holiday Leagues are broken up into four different categories; 

  • Porsche GT3 Cup Holiday League
  • GT3 Masters Holiday League
  • Front Wheel Drive  Holiday League
  • Derby Holiday League

These are then split into two different timings with the first starting on December 20th and the second one starting on December 27th. 

Holiday League Schedule December 20-23

  • 19:00 FWD
  • 20:00 Porsche Cup GT3
  • 21:00 Masters of GT3
  • 22:00 Derby

Tracks: Spa-Francorchamps, Daytona International Speedway®, [REDACTED], Monza, 8ETA

Holiday League Schedule December 27-30

  • 19:00 FWD
  • 20:00 Porsche Cup GT3
  • 21:00 Masters of GT3
  • 22:00 Derby

Tracks: Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps, Road Atlanta, 8ETA

All of these races are ranked and have damage off. You will also need a Safety Rating of +0.9 to enter. This does not apply to the Derby League which is unranked and has no Safety Rating requirement.

There will be events created on our Discord to help you be reminded of when the different races start.

Points System Explained 

To make the Holiday Leagues as fair and competitive as possible we needed to create a points system that takes into account different player’s skill levels and multiple splits. The points will be calculated based on several things which we will go through shortly. But the most important question is, how do you earn points? There are three main things to factor in:

  • Finishing position
  • Average RENNSPORT Rating in your split
  • Number of players in your split

We’re calculating the points based on the strength of field (SOF), like this:

Example 1Example 2
SOF1000SOF2000
PosPointsPosPoints
11001200
2902181
3813163
4724145
5635127
6546109
745790
836872
927954
10181036
1191118
120120

SOF is the average RENNSPORT Rating of the players in the split, meaning the higher the skill level of the lobby the more points you get per position. The point value will also be changed based on the number of players in each split.

The maximum points you can achieve is 10% of the SOF. Everyone else gets a percentage of those based on the finishing position.

Our calculations are done as follows: 

max_points = 0.1 * SOF (average rating of all participants in the split)

points = truncate(max_points * ((entries – position) / (entries – 1)))

What this means is that the maximum points that can be earned are 10% of the average RENNSPORT rating across all drivers in your split. Your points specifically will then be factored by the number of drivers in your split, to ensure a fair distribution of points for when drivers are racing without a complete grid. To achieve this we multiply the maximum possible points by a ratio based on your position and the number of drivers on the grid, rounded down. 

Example: SOF = 1000, P5, 12 Players

Points: 100 * ((12 – 5) / (12 – 1)) = 63

EVIN a new car

So far, you’ve been given a GT3 car that you own by simply creating a RENNSPORT account, and while all cars that are available in the closed beta can be driven by anyone, the car you own is unique to you with the EVIN number you have. It’s also the only car you can collect data on, like how long you’ve owned it and kilometres driven. This history is meant to create a bond between you and your car, as you will have it in your account permanently. And by adding more cars to your collection with a unique EVIN you create your garage history. The car you can win in the Holiday League will have a special EVIN number, indicating the car came from the first-ever RENNSPORT Holiday event, and in the future, you can always remember where you got the car by looking at the EVIN. 

So, what car can you win?

While the winner of the Porsche GT3 Cup competition will win a Porsche Cup Car, it’s a bit more complicated for the winners of the GT3 and Front Wheel Drive Leagues. We’ll reach out to the winners via email in early January to confirm what the desired prize car would be. If we don’t hear back by the end of the month, you’ll receive the car you earned the most points in from the competition. There will be no prize for the Derby League winner as this is more of a fun side activity.

…and a Competitive New Year 

Starting on January 11th, 2024, the Leagues will be in full effect. Here the goal is to let you compete against people of similar skill and therefore, you can enter leagues based on your RENNSPORT Rating and Safety Rating. The leagues we will offer at the start are planned to be the following:

Beginner League 

  • Safety Rating: 0.5+
  • No min rating, max rating: 1550
  • Class: Touring Car (GT3 if unavailable)
  • Tracks: Any/All
  • Damage: Off
  • Date/Time: Sundays @ 20:00 CET

Amateur League

  • Safety Rating: 1+
  • Min rating: 1400, Max rating: 1800
  • Class: GT3
  • Tracks: Any/All
  • Damage: Off
  • Date/Time: Saturday @ 20:00 CET

Semi-Pro League

  • Safety Rating: 1.15+
  • Min rating: 1505
  • Class: GT3
  • Tracks: Any/All
  • Damage: Off

Date/Time: Thursday @ 20:00 CET

Praga Cup

  • Safety Rating: 1.15+
  • Min rating: 1505
  • Class: Praga Only
  • Tracks: Any/All
  • Damage: Off
  • Date/Time: Sunday @ 20:00 CET

Derby League

  • Safety Rating: 0
  • No Rating Requirements:
  • Class: Any/Multi
  • Tracks: 8ETA
  • Damage: On
  • NOTE: Does not impact your safety rating
  • Date/Time: Friday @ 21:00 CET

Note that there might be changes to this structure before they’re live in the game. 

That is everything you need to know about our new leagues, for now. You’ll find a new button in the main menu, called “Leagues” after the next update, and that is where your journey begins. We hope to see you in the lobbies during the holiday season. We will keep expanding on this system in 2024 and beyond, and as always, we’re very open to your suggestions and feedback. There will be a dedicated server on our Discord called “Focused Feedback: Leagues” where you can discuss everything surrounding this directly with us. 

See ya on the track.

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.6.1) 

Physics

  • Improved driving behavior of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) car

Tracks

Global

  • Created a system for replaceable banners on tracks

Hockenheimring

  • Created Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 track banners setup

Liveries

  • Added 13 Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland 2024 liveries

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.6.0)

General Fixes

  • Fixed random physics crashes when joining servers

New content

  • Tracks
    • Added Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (GP layout)
    • Added Daytona International Speedway® (Road Course layout)
  • Cars
    • Added Audi RS3 LMS
    • Added Hyundai Elantra N

Physics

  • Reworked driving behavior of all GT3 cars
  • Reworked driving behavior of Praga R1
  • Reworked driving behavior of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992)
  • Improved physics thread code to fix some problems with inconsistency within the physics tick loop which leads to more accurate and stable simulation
  • Changed gravel and grass material physics to make it harder to drive on it
  • Implemented V2 damage system for all cars available in the game
  • Increased default BoP engine power by 0.125% Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
  • Changed rear wing drag increase to 0.0625 * rear wing drag per step Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
  • Modified cars underbody collisions to fix problems with cars sometimes being launched on curbs
  • Changed wheel blur calculations for better visual effect

Cars

General

  • Improved wheel blur effect visual quality
  • Fixed bad dithering on car window stickers
  • Fixed some random crashes caused by incorrect thread synchronization between game and physics
  • Mercedes AMG GT3
    • Fixed problem with low-res icons on car’s dashboard
    • Integrated new baseline setup:
  • Adjusted front dampers setting
  • Modified differential coast setting
  • BMW M4 GT3
    • Slightly reduced rear wing drag
    • Integrated new baseline setup:
      • Adjusted front dampers setting
      • Modified differential power setting
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
    • Changed RPM lights threshold to actually show the best levels to change gears

Tracks

General

  • Implemented system for opening / closing garage doors when players join / leave game server
  • Placed corner cut-detecting cones on all maps available in game
  • Improved sky and lighting quality on all maps
  • Improved foliage quality on all maps
  • Increased fence cull distances on all maps
  • Reduced grip levels on grass to make it slightly harder to drive two wheels on grass

Spa

  • Fixed grid start positioning
  • Changed track limits on turn 3
  • Fixed sausage curb mesh being stuck underground and generating collision issues

Nürburgring GP

  • Adjusted track limits
  • Fixed grid start positioning
  • Improved GPU performance

Gameplay features

  • Implemented badges feature
  • Implemented a simplified first version of rolling start procedure.
  • Improved algorithms for calculating time gained on corner cut to increase its accuracy
  • Fixed problem where second corner cut was sometimes ignored if two cuts were performed one after another
  • Added system which triggers corner cut violation when player touches cones placed in selected areas of each track
  • Fixed problem with corner cut detection system sometimes catching fake corner cuts under certain conditions (like next to Nürburgring GP pit exit)
  • Implemented open lobbies feature
  • Implemented “Did Not Start” status for players which were unable to start playing during gameplay stage
  • Fixed some problems with calculating gaps between players (especially on crossing start/finish line)
  • Reworked yellow flag zones system to fix some problems reported by players
  • Fixed problem with countdown time being included in telemetry data as part of first lap
  • Fixed problem where penalty warnings counter was reset when penalty is given as instant penalty
  • Fixed problem with mirrors not working correctly when “Use One Render Target for Mirrors” option was enabled
  • Fixed problem with color correction for mirrors
  • Fixed problem with incorrect players sorting when players receives give back position penalty during lap-based gameplay stage
  • Fixed edge-case scenario where corner cuts system was reset on start/finish line
  • Fixed issue with Rolling start rules sometimes ending start sequence after leader crosses start/finish line
  • Reworked speed limit parameter logic for rolling start. From now on it’s not implemented as hard limiter and player needs to manually adopt to it
  • Added possibility do configure length of both countdowns used during rolling start procedure
  • Added possibility to define minimum distance between cars during rolling start procedure
  • Fixed problem with corner cuts sometimes being ignored if player finished cutting just before the finish line
  • Added possibility to define max allowed speed and max allowed travel during grid start procedure
  • Fix yellow flag notification flickering when driving outside of track bounds

Input

  • Reworked force feedback thread loop to fix problems with inconsistent/numb force feedback feeling under certain conditions reported by players
  • Added secondary gear-up and gear-down input actions
  • Fixed issue with first direct input device axis always being scaled with an operating range instead of applying it only to steering axes
  • Fixed problems with the wheel calibration tool not resetting some settings before calibrating the wheel
  • Fixed issues with binding wheel input axis that also reports pressing a button leading to unexpected game behavior
  • Added more input presets and fixed some problems with input presets applying
  • Added possibility to enable/disable gamepad rumble in-game settings

Liveries

  • Added new Redline and Faze liveries provided by the teams
  • Updated Garage livery thumbnails
  • Fixed problems with BMW livery colors
  • Added R1 DreamHack Winter 2023 Liveries 

Audio

  • Improved Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) sounds
  • Improved Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) sounds
  • Improved Mercedes AMG GT3 sounds
  • Improved Praga R1 sounds
  • Improved Audi R8 LMS Evo II sounds
  • Optimized number of sounds playing at once by the audio system
  • Fixed some problems with disappearing sounds when playing or spectating
  • Fixes for sound bugs (missing sounds, wrong events etc.)

The new TCR cars are running on our new sound implementation system, which we will also use for all other cars in the future, expect more updates to audio in the future.

VFX

  • Lowered number of particles spawned during collisions

UI

  • Fixed some problems with UI refreshing in replays
  • Added scrollable texts in places where texts might overflow
  • Option selectors are looping when last option gets selected
  • Adjusted tire and brake temperatures display to show the data about temperatures more accurately
  • Implemented leaderboards menu
  • Improved how long strings are displayed on game UI
  • Implemented On HUD engine state indicators
  • Fixed some problems with replay / spectator UI
  • Adjusted penalty messages to always include time gained on corner cut
  • Added possibility to change opacity of proximity radar
  • Added possibility to quickly change slider values with keyboard / controller
  • Fixed problem with minimaps sometimes displaying markers for disconnected players
  • Fixed some problems with players not being able to navigate between tabs with mouse
  • “Press any key” popup on game launch can be closed with mouse click

Network

  • Improved collision behavior between cars when playing online

Spectator/Replay System

  • Improved accuracy of recorded replay data by better time synchronization between clients and server
  • Improved performance when spectating races
  • Improved performance when scrubbing replays
  • Changed the way of displaying “ghost” cars when spectating servers with R1-like qualifying mode
  • Fixed issue with driver’s head being visible on interior camera during replay playback
  • Fix for disappearing audio when scrubbing between stages in replays
  • Fixed issue where vehicles that were not locally controlled during replay recording would not be located in a proper position in replay after scrubbing
  • Fixed a problem with players sometimes not being allowed to spectate while sitting in pits
  • Changed replay naming convention to avoid problems with replay files being overridden

Known Issues

  • Rolling Start Limitations:
    • No UI to aid player in what their position/speed in the rolling start should be
    • UI position warning for P1 & P2 drivers can flicker 
  • If master volume slide is at 20 or lower, engine sound is not audible in Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Garage will only display the “allowed” cars that are selected in the single player tab.
    • Workaround if you can’t see the newly added cars: Go to “Single Player”, “Quick session”, select “Drivers” go to “Allowed Cars” and then select all the cars. 

UNDER THE HOOD Episode 3

Racers! It’s been a while since we did our last update. But today, we want to talk a bit about what is going on here at RENNSPORT. Since we launched the closed beta, we’ve been hard at work on making improvements to the core game while also working on new content. We know it’s been a while since we added anything to the game, so without further ado, here are some things that are coming in the next beta update on November 24, 2023. Note that some of this might change and that every single thing coming is not listed here, but this is what we’re aiming for. 

Introducing, RENNSPORT 1.6.0-beta

Let’s get the elephant out of the room first. 

Physics

We’ve gone through everything to tune and make the general driving experience better. Every single car has been touched and some of them are very different from what you can experience right now. For example, the Praga R1 does have significant downforce now and behaves more like a car of this type should behave. To give you a better understanding, here is Krzysztof from our development team: 

Hello, 

We’ve been focusing on three main topics related to physics and driving as a whole over the last few months, let’s have a look at them: 

  • The first thing we noticed is that some parameters we received from the real-life car data seemed not to work as expected when we put them into the simulation. We identified some problems which occurred during the real data-to-sim translation process. We’ve fixed many of them, so the cars you are driving after this update are more like you would expect them to be.
  • The second thing we spent our time on was improving the tire behaviour. In the past, we received a lot of complaints about them from players and R1 drivers. Now all of the tires used by cars in our game have been tweaked to give players better results in terms of feeling.
  • The third thing which we have spent some time on is adding more data to our force feedback output. The way it used to work lacked some detailed information and there was no feeling when you’re about to lose control over your car. This one is still being worked on but, we’ll be able to release it in one of the upcoming patches soon. 

It’s quite hard to explain the significance of these tweaks, but you will notice them right after the update hits on November 24th. 


Thank you, Krzysztof! So, what else is coming? There are new cars, new tracks and new features that we’ve been working hard on for the last couple of months, let’s break them down by category: 

New features

  • New stats 
  • Leaderboards
  • Rolling Starts

Some of these features are minor updates to the experience while others are new ways to interact with the game. New stats and leaderboards will be visible in your profile, some online races will now be with rolling starts. The rolling starts, like everything else in the beta, is constantly being tweaked, after the update is live we will do a focused feedback gathering on the Discord to hear your feedback.

New tracks

  • Daytona
  • Road Atlanta 

As you might have already seen in ESL R1, we’ve made it across the Atlantic to include two iconic US tracks; Daytona and Road Atlanta. Both are unique in their own ways and great additions to our growing tracklist. For this update, we’re focusing on the Road Course of Road Atlanta, with the Oval being saved for something else… 

New cars

  • [REDACTED]
  • [REDACTED]

We won’t spoil it just yet! But, a completely new car class will be introduced in RENNSPORT next week! There will be a Beta Trailer premiering during the ESL R1 Pre-Show on Friday, November 24th, with the update released shortly after the livestream. This marks the biggest update we’ve done so far, by quite a lot. To dig into everything, read up on the patch notes the day the update is live. 

What else you are asking yourself right now? Well, a couple of things.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

Some other exciting news! Today (actually like 20 minutes ago as of writing this) it was officially revealed that the next season of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will be held on RENNSPORT. There is €25,000 on the line and it is going to start very soon! We recently added the Cup car that will be used in this competition into the closed beta, and we’re stoked to have even more use for it now. In the coming week, we will share more details together with Porsche, how to register, what the format looks like and more, so stay tuned!

Discord Talking Session

Last week we held our third Discord Talking Session! Lucas, Jan and Morris got together to talk about what’s been going on at RENNSPORT for the last year (!). It was a good talk and if you have the time you should listen in. We’ve also committed to doing a talking session at least once per quarter in 2024, with the first one coming in January already, more information on that in due course.

Keys. Keys. Keys. 

There wouldn’t be much of a beta update without a massive key drop right? You might have seen on our social media accounts that on November 24, we’re dropping 15,000 brand-new closed beta keys. We will also make sure that anyone who signed up in 2022 will have a key before the end of the year. We are also getting ready to talk about the open beta… soon. 

Keep an eye on your mailbox next Friday!

ESL R1 Major at Dreamhack Sweden

The fall season is coming to an end! Next week we’ll be watching the best sim racing drivers battle it out to close this season, and also ESL R1 for the year. If you happen to be located near Jönköping in Sweden, swing by, we’ll have a couple of rigs set up where you can experience the latest beta update and have a chat with our team.

https://dreamhack.com/winter/

I think that’s it for now. We have another update coming in December, so expect to hear more soon. In the meantime, catch you trackside. 

-Kim

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.4.0)

New content

  • Added Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992)

Gameplay

  • Modified checkpoints detection code to improve accuracy of lap time calculation system

UI

  • Changed tabs order in main menu

Introducing the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge Road to Hockenheim in RENNSPORT.

With the 1.4.0 update to RENNSPORT we have a new car and a new way to compete in the game; the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge Road to Hockenheim.

Overview

We are excited to bring you our first ever hot lap competition in RENNSPORT! The Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge – Road to Hockenheim! Starting September 22, 21:00 CEST, you will be able to set your fastest laps in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car at the Hockenheimring for a chance to win an exclusive experience together with Porsche and RENNSPORT. 

How the enter

You need to have access to the RENNSPORT Closed Beta to be able to enter. Don’t have a key yet? Sign up for a chance to receive one. 

The Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge – Road to Hockenheim will be held from September 22, 2023 to October 5th, 2023 on RENNSPORT. To enter the competition, simply sign up to the contest named PECCC – Road to Hockenheim. These contests will be held daily, several times per day. Leaderboards are updated automatically and can be viewed in the RENNSPORT App.

How it works

One track and one car is available for this event: 

  • Hockenheimring
  • Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Tyres will refresh on every lap, meaning you can keep driving without worrying about degradation or managing tyre temperatures. Same goes for fuel load, every lap will reset you to the initial load for the fastest lap possible.

How to win

After October 6th, the three drivers with the fastest recorded laps are considered winners of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge – Road to Hockenheim and will be contacted for confirmation and given further details.

Prize

The top three drivers will win an experience at the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland finals together with Porsche, on October 22. Included in the experience:

  • Taxi Rides
  • Paddock Tour
  • Meet the Drivers
  • Gridwalk

More details will be given to the winners.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible for winning you must be a registered citizen of a European country and at least 18 years of age. 

Terms and Conditions 

All drivers that enter the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Challenge – Road to Hockenheim must agree to abide by the Terms and conditions.

Game Update (Patch Notes Beta 1.3.4)

General

  • Introduced fix for game freezing (and crashing) due to potential deadlocks encountered by the RenderThread
  • Fixed issue with vehicles sometimes becoming invisible for the owning players for modes with players being hidden from each other
  • Fixed problem with car wheels picking color from objects nearby
  • Increased max allowed connection bandwidth between server and clients

Liveries

  • Updated R1 liveries’ thumbnails
  • Fixed problem with Team Redline liveries not using correct IDs

Tracks

General

  • Updated banners on all available tracks

Nürburgring

  • Fixed problems with culling when using non-epic video settings

UI

  • In-game leaderboards can now show 15 players before switching to “compressed” mode
  • Incident points for followed player are not displayed to spectators
  • Fixed problem with yellow flag warning sometimes not displaying text correctly

Game Update (Patch Notes)

Game

Physics

  • Reduced lag effect felt by players caused by recent changes in vehicle movement algorithm
  • Disabled anti-stall for Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, BMW M4 GT3 2022, Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020 and Porsche 992 GT3R
  • Reduced rear wing drag for BMW M4 GT3 2022
  • Updated default setups for BMW M4 GT3 and Mercedes-AMG GT3
  • Fixed problems with misfunctioning auto clutch
  • Introduced 3 km/h minimum speed threshold to activate antilock brake system
  • Forced automatic clutch to be always enabled when automatic engine starter is enabled
  • Added engine autostarter selector to auto clutch step of pedals calibration popup. Moved engine autostarter selector close to auto clutch selector on driving aids module of gameplay options

Input

  • Added possibility to define 2 input axes for clutch, throttle and brake inputs (NOTE: You need to reset your input settings for input axes scaling to work properly)

Tracks

Hockenheimring
  • Updated track bounds (T1 exit to old system, finetuning all corridors to avoid false positives)
Monza
  • Updated track bounds (finetuning all corridors to avoid false positives)
Nürburgring
  • Updated track bounds (T8/T9 kerb counts as track, T11 exit kerb counts as track, finetuning all corridors to avoid false positives)
  • Fixed some problems with banners
Spa
  • Fixed problems with culling for some objects

Liveries

  • Updated team liveries for R1 fall season (note: this is still work in progress, so there might be small errors for now, like R1 logo on Apex’ car or spelling Nikodem’s name and liveries may appear twice. Another update will follow before the season.)

Sounds

  • Lowered and adjusted curb volume , Porsche 992 GT3R Gear whine adjusted and lowered in overall Volume

UNDER THE HOOD Episode 2

Racers! Summer is here, but that doesn’t stop us from just spending as much time driving racing games as humanely possible, right? Here at RENNSPORT, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes to bring out the first major beta update!

But before that, I just wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has been driving in the beta, testing out our cars and tracks and battling it out with other players across the world. We are getting valuable feedback every day and together with you we aim to make RENNSPORT the best racing game out there. 

Since our last update, a lot has been going on internally here. You might have seen the GoodWood trailer that featured an upcoming car, the Porsche 963, our first LMDh! We will have more to share on this in the future, but for now, you can have a look at the beautiful trailer:

We’ve also been working hard at the beta and right now we’re getting ready to launch our first update, and it’s a big one. And it’s coming today!

Beta Update August 8th!

Since we opened the doors to the closed beta back in June, we’ve heard your cravings for more content. So, more content coming up.

Here is a summary of what arrives in RENNSPORT today.

  • New car: Praga R1
  • New track: 8ETA 
  • Damage V1
  • Updated curb sound
  • Updated BMW M4 GT3 sound
  • Updated Porsche 992 GT3 R (992) sound
  • Improved cut detection
  • Improved movement correction algorithm

So, what does all this mean? One new car and two new tracks open for more diverse gameplay. We’ve developed this car in the game directly with the experts at Praga, and it is a very fun car to drive in RENNSPORT. We will have dedicated online races with full Praga grids, starting today. As we teased in the last UNDER THE HOOD (are we ready to call it UtH?) we will also release a very special track called 8ETA, created because of the “Only 8 Beta Keys” memes that flooded our Discord when we released the beta. This track is… crazy, there is no other way to put it. Give it a go, upload your best clips, tag us on social media and most importantly, be ready for carnage!

The improved cut detection system is something we’ve been working hard on, let’s have a look on what goals we set up to achieve:

  • More reliability
  • More transparency
  • Less unrealistic driving

Let’s break these goals down a bit:

More reliability
The current cut detection system used the middle of the tyre as a detection point. Now, the outside of the tyre is relevant. This way, the game can detect accurately, if a driver still is on the white line or not. As a consequence of this change, all cut corridors needed to be redrawn.

More transparency
The track limits are now based on the white lines (part of 2 tyres on the white line = always legal). In corner exits, when a kerb is followed by tarmac runoff, we allow 2 wheels on kerb, and 2 wheels beyond. In places where there is a clear green area, we allow the whole green area to be used. In places where there are no clear markings, we placed cones or bollards to make it easier to understand.

Less unrealistic driving
We have noticed that the game allows for some lines that are never used in professional motorsports. The end of the qualifying lap at Monza was the most obvious example, where drivers run close to the pitwall, but also on many corner exits, we have seen that it is faster to have two wheels on the gravel. Therefore, we needed to tighten the track limits in these places for now.

In addition, we have implemented a calculation that RENNSPORT can determine if you gain time or not when you leave the track boundaries. The system is very customisable in the backend and allows for many different consequences for different severities such as slowdowns, incident points, warnings and so on. Throughout the next weeks, we will try some different configurations to find the best settings.

Also starting today, we have our first implementation of a damage system. Since there are no ways to repair damage at the moment, we will have it enabled on all tracks in multiplayer, expect for the new 8ETA track for reasons you will understand when driving it. This is a very first version of the damage feature in RENNSPORT, we want your feedback to keep improving and will test it in several ways during the beta.

So, that last point. Improved movement correction algorithm? This is quite the change, and far too complex for me to to explain, but lets just say, close racing just got closer, and it looks amazing. You will experience it for yourself when driving with the new update.

What about the rest? Updated sounds? We got them. New tyre rotation animation? You bet! Bug fixes? Plenty!

I won’t go through all details here; we have patch notes for that.

Get in there, drive, tell us what you like and don’t like. If you don’t have beta access yet, go to www.rennsport.gg/beta to sign up.

ESL R1 x Gamers8 x RENNSPORT

Some of the team just came back from our first ESL R1 x Gamers8 in Riyadh, and what a show it was! Probably the best looking esport stage ever seen. Four consecutive days of intense racing where we saw Maximilian Benecke win the driver’s championship and the Porsche Coanda Esports Team being crowned winners in the Team Championship. This was a mid-season event with a whooping price pool of 1 million US dollars. You read that right, 1. Million. Dollars. Insert Dr. Evil meme here.

Even though we just brushed off the celebration confetti from Gamers8, the fall season of ESL R1 starts by the end of August, and it’s going to be even more spectacular than the spring season. For full schedule and details, visit www.eslr1.com. The autumn major will be held at Dreamhack Winter in Jönköping, Sweden, and if you are close by in late November you should come up and say hi!

That’s it for this UtH (It’s growing on me). I will be taking some time off In Sweden in the coming weeks, but as soon as I am back, I will be in those Praga lobbies every single day making a fool out of myself. I hope you’re excited about the coming update and I hope to see you in our Discord, sounding off your feedback with the rest of our inspiring community. 

It’s time for me to box, box box, I will catch you online in RENNSPORT soon.

Kim

Game Update (Patch Notes)

Game

  • Physics
    • Implemented Praga R1 physics
    • Implemented V1 damage system for all available cars
    • Changed upshift time for Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
    • Equalised fuel consumption for all GT3 cars
    • Updated default setup files for all Beta-included GT3 cars
    • Adjusted default BoP for BMW M4 GT3 2022, Mercedes-AMG_GT3 2020 and Porsche 911 (992) GT3 R
  • Multiplayer
    • Reworked remote cars movement algorithm for better online multiplayer experience
    • Fixed problem with cars sometimes being spawned in the air and moved down to spawn point at gameplay stage start

  • Gameplay
    • Improved checkpoint times accuracy
    • Reworked corner cut detection systems for better flexibilities when giving penalties
    • Fixed bugs related to corner cutting

  • Input
    • Added predefined input profiles for some devices
    • Added possibility to turn car with mouse input

  • Spectator / replays
    • Improved replay and spectator functionalities for better visual experience

  • Animations
    • Improved driver animations

  • Audio
    • Fixed some issues with some sounds disappearing in certain conditions
    • Updated BMW M4 GT3 car sounds
    • Updated Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) sounds
    • Updated curb sounds
    • Added UI button sounds
    • Fixed some problems with Porsche 911 (992) GT3 R sounds
    • Fixed some problems with curb sounds
    • Fixed some problems with UI sounds
  • UI
    • Added timer showing how much time player has left to be ready before being disqualified from the race
    • Changed tire temperature display UI to show more accurate tire temps
    • Fixed some problems with player history menu
    • Fixed problem with clipping lists in lobbies
    • Loading screen should no longer stop animating in final stage of loading
    • Fixed displaying information about damage in contest preview
    • Fixed problem with damage multiplier in singleplayer being cleared for milestone builds

Art / Tracks / Car Visuals

  • Updated wheel rotation blur effect

UNDER THE HOOD Episode 1

Hey racers, 

Before we begin, let me introduce myself, my name is Kim and I work within the communications department at RENNSPORT. As an avid gamer and sim racer since a very young age, I am very excited about what we’re building here; expect to hear more from me in the future.

Now that we have the Closed Beta running and the game is in more than 8 people’s hands, we thought it would be time to start doing regular updates on the game’s development here on the website.

Welcome to UNDER THE HOOD!

We’re looking at this as a monthly deep dive into what is happening in the RENNSPORT world.  Now, let’s dive into the juicy parts.

First and foremost, to read the latest patch notes, click here.

Second, did you watch our Closed Beta Trailer yet? Here it is. Enjoy.


Today we will talk about the following:

  • RENNSPORT Rating
  • Safety Rating
  • Split System
  • Race Calendar
  • The RENNSPORT Summit 2023
  • 8ETA

The first update to the RENNSPORT Closed Beta is here, and it introduces multiplayer and our ranking system. During the Closed Beta period, we can test our systems in the wild and welcome all your feedback. The multiplayer sessions available now are a chance for us to monitor and for you to try out our systems. Let’s all have some fun together

As a part of this fun, any mileage you put into the car you picked when you first registered will be saved in your account, in the beta and beyond. You can also access any liveries you collected via stream drops or other activities to differentiate yourself from others.


RENNSPORT Rating (RR)

Let’s start with the RENNSPORT Rating. This is our ranking system for players. Everyone in the Closed Beta starts at RR 1500 and will increase or decrease based on your race results. Higher rating = a better racer. At least this is the ambition, but remember that this is still a Closed Beta, and several systems are still subject to change.

The rating is based on the Elo system from chess and is designed to bring players of similar skill together in a race. It is purely based on the race results. Winning against higher-rated players will award more points than winning against lower-rated players. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to gain a rating if you finish in the top half of the leaderboard, although there are some edge cases where this is not the case. Generally, the higher you finish, the more rating points you will gain.

If the race cannot be completed because of a technical issue on the server side, ratings are not updated. However, if a client disconnects during a race, the rating will still be updated based on the final leaderboard.

There will be unranked races during the beta at a later stage, which do not affect the RR.


Safety Rating (SR)

The second rating we have in the game is the Safety Rating. It indicates a player’s race craft and will increase or decrease based on how safe a driver’s racing style is. Everyone starts at SR 1.00. Getting penalties and being involved in incidents will lower the rating, while driving a clean race will increase it. 

We are testing these systems during the beta to ensure they work the way we intend, and we might reset the values at any given time. The ratings will also be reset when the beta ends and RENNSPORT moves into full release.

SR and RR will only be updated if at least three cars participate in a race.


Race Calendar

When multiplayer gets added, you will have direct access to the race calendar, where you can find the multiplayer contests set up by our team. There will be various races every day at a fixed time interval. Every week there will be a set of new combinations of tracks and cars to choose from. Let’s dig into what everything on this screen means:

On the top left, you have the calendar; click on any day to see what races are available. On the bottom left, you can filter out the race you want based on cars and rules. In the middle box, you see the races coming up in chronological order, how many people have already registered,  what the format is (P=Practice, Q=Qualifying, R=Race), and what track it is. You have a summary of the selected race in the box to the right. 

If you want to be notified when a race is about to start if you’re practising that last sector at Spa (like I need to do every single day), you can enable the notification by pressing the “Notify Me” button in the lower right corner but, don’t forget to register as well which you can do 30 minutes before the race starts.

You can also see races on the RENNSPORT app and choose to get notified before the race start directly in the app.

There are more things that the app is usable for, like checking in your car collection, liveries, and upcoming ESL R1 streams. To download, use the links:

For the first week, there will be races on four tracks, Monza, Spa, Hockenheim and Nürburgring, with the following GT3 cars: Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW. There will be a new race every 30 minutes. To be eligible to join a race, you must register within the race calendar. There will be some differences in these races, like qualifying rules and race length, and we would appreciate your feedback on which combinations you liked the most and what you would like to see in the coming weeks.


Split System

After the contest registration period has ended, the grid is separated into splits based on each driver’s RR. For each split, the driver with the highest rating is assigned car number 1; the second highest is given number 2. Soon we will also enable you to create your contests in the game with the parameters and cars you want, but more on that in the coming weeks. 

All in all, this is a beta; we are still testing, and we want you to try with us. Join the multiplayer sessions with an open mind and have fun with other eager races, and don’t forget to give us your feedback on the official RENNSPORT Discord. 


Summit Report

Oh boy. The RENNSPORT Summit 2023 was mad! We officially showed off the Closed Beta Trailer, we had CEO Morris on stage talking about RENNSPORT (did you see the parts about modding yet?), and we had a spectacular ending to the Spring Season of ESL R1 with Marcell Csincsik of R8G crowned as the first-ever champion of ESL R1. It was great to see so many community members coming to Munich to participate in it and all the conversations happening online. We also let some of the sim racing content creators out there have a go at the latest build of the game which resulted in great content and reactions; here are a few for you to enjoy:


More than 8 Closed Beta Keys

As the week progress, we’re sending out more and more keys to the closed beta, and while we won’t share just yet how many keys are floating about in the wild, we are coming up to 60,000 (!) registrations to go through, so bear with us while we increase our capacity. If you’re not already on the waiting list, register here . We know the memes. We know we’re now forever tied to the number 8 (which accidentally also is our company logo). We have sent more than 8 closed beta keys out, we promise. The official RENNSPORT Discord had a blast, and so did we. Here are some of our favorite memes…

As a result of this, we have something special coming up… Let me be the first to show you. 8ETA.


A track. That is an 8. Like the 8 Beta keys? 8ETA? Pretty wild, huh? When and if you can play this, we will share more news in the future.

This wraps up the first UNDER THE HOOD, and I hope you enjoyed it and that some of your questions have been answered in what to expect with the next beta update. Next time we will talk about the upcoming steps of the beta and dive into the topic of modding a bit more. If you still need more, jump in on our Discord channel, be greeted by our superb moderators, and share some conversations with the best memers in the world; looking at you, Wolf of no Key…

As a final note, please note that if you’re on the lower spectrum of our recommended hardware, perfomance might be different driving in multiplayer compared to single player. If this is the case for you, adjust your settings in the in-game menu to have a smoother experience.

So there it is, multiplayer is now live and we hope you will have fun with it. And, let me repeat myself, this is a beta, expect some parts to not work as intended and be vocal with your feedback on our Discord!

Until next time drivers, see you online.

Kim

Game Update (Patch Notes)

General
– Added possibility to join scheduled multiplayer races from the game
– Added race history screen to player profile
– Fixed problems with driver’s animations
– Fixed problems with loading screen disapperaring too quickly
– Added animation when new penalty is given to player
– Fixed some problems with displaying car mileage in game

Racetracks
– Optimisation and visual improvements

Huge growth of RENNSPORT Discord channel continues

More than 10k international members joined the server already.

We are super glad about what has happened on our Discord server so far. Thank you all for the great support and valuable exchange!

Community management has undergone a real transformation in recent years due to the growing interest in games and Esports. Discord as the most used platform offers us as a publisher many opportunities to interact with you. This is a very powerful and helpful option that allows us to get first-hand impressions of what sim racing fans really care about. Since we made our Discord server public, we’ve seen a steady increase in members. By signing up for the Closed Beta waiting list, you became part of our Closed Beta waiting room on Discord, where we constantly interacted with you ever since. Our development team can incorporate your input into the development process. It’s great to see how active you all are when it comes to various polls or discussions about features of the sim.

Going along with our claim of creating the future of virtual racing together with you we hosted our first ever Discord Talking Session on Friday, October 28. During that our CEO Morris sat down with our Lead of Game Development, Krzysztof, and Lucas from the Marketing Team to give you some insights about the current development phase, previews to the Closed Beta and further content releases. They also answered some frequently asked questions of the Discord community. But as there were already a lot of questions handed in before via our Discord #questions channel we couldn’t answer all the live questions of the session. But don’t worry, there will be another session coming up soon. You can watch the whole and uncut video of our Discord Talking Session here.

If you haven’t already, sign up for our Closed Beta Waitlist and become part of the RENNSPORT Community now here

Make sure to also follow our Social Media channels in order not to miss potential Closed Beta Key drops. See you around!