iRacing Is certainly the most well known racing
game simulator, but it certainly isn’t without it’s issues. Monthly subscription fees, tracks need to be purchased, cars need to be purchased, etc. If you’ve read my previous post about sim racing, you know that I’ve chosen a different path: Assetto Corsa.
The two best things about Assetto Corsa are 1) It is VERY cheap. Anywhere between $3 on sale(!), and $20 if you pay full price. And 2) On the PC version, There is an incredible community driven effort to create new content: Cars, Tracks, and literally everything else that has to do with the game (improving on graphics, physics, AI, etc) and nearly all of it: is FREE.
One of the people in our regular sim racing group, a local track day Junkie: Alex “redSerpente” is one of these content creators for the game. Together our group worked to modify the game’s included stock 95 Miata into a Spec Miata. It’s may not be a 100% perfectly accurate Spec Miata. It is capable of turning lap times a bit quicker than real life, but it sure feels close to “right”, and we’re very happy with it… so now we’re sharing it:
If you’ve been on track with NASA Northeast at some point over the last 10 years, you’ll recognize a few of the livery designs. I’m sure we’ll add some more in later versions and updates, but it is quite a labor intensive process and I need a bit of a break.
Click the link below to download the mod file, install as you would any Assetto Corsa car mod:
A Few notes: Some people have reported issues with the steering ratio being off: Make sure the box for “Auto-adjust scale to match car’s steer-lock” is checked in your Assetto Corsa controls settings.
When playing in single player, the AI cars are jacked up super tall. We’ll fix this with our V2 update, but until then: it can be fixed if you save a setup titled “ai_default” it will fix their ride height. The actual specs of the setup don’t matter much, just that the file exists.
As for the car, there’s some adjustment allowed, we tried to keep it somewhat close to what you can do in Spec Miata. My preference is the brake bias pushed all the way forward (Mimicking different compound brake pads), and I’ll occasionally run with the rear bar off (AWB to zero). We’ll likely make that the default setup for the V2 update.
Try it out, let me know what you think! We’re in no rush, but it is likely we’ll eventually release an updated version. Enjoy!
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