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Q2 2022 rFactor 2 Release Now Avaliable And Its Fantastic

It is exciting times for rFactor 2 as the new Q2 2022 release is now out, not only that a lot of fixes have also been addressed and worked on.

With all the build up and announcements, the Q2 release for 2022 in rFactor 2 is finally here. We have seen new tracks coming, new cars and a big overhaul of work that has been done. This is incredible stuff as many used to think that rFactor 2 was being left behind, well, now you can see for yourself how the present and future directions of rFactor 2 will be.


Car Packs

Along with the new content, studio 397 has also been working on bug fixes and issues that have also been implemented on the new release.

Known Issues

  • Sparks cause performance spikes for some users running with uncapped frame rates they can be temporarily disabled by setting specialfx to low (This has minimal impact on other effects)
  • Toggling driver labels doesn’t work in VR
  • Driver labels don’t depth test when MSAA is turned off
  • Spotter may skip words
  • Some terrains may play incorrect scrub sfx


  • Updated Safety Car added to Retail and ModDev. Old Safety Car removed.
  • Added a visual driving line feature, this can be toggled from settings.
  • Removed texture cache to simplify loading.
  • Added an option to set the amount of water on roads at the start of a session.
  • Increased the rate of RealRoad calculations by approximately x4.
  • Added a server option to disable faster real road calculations, as this adds approximately an extra 4KBps per client to server overheads.
  • Improved real road update rates. They’re now separate per real road property, with wet road having a higher update rate.
  • Minor update to default weather conditions for different profiles (Rainy/Overcast/Sunny etc).
  • New algorithm for wet road calculations effecting how quickly surfaces get wet and dry, taking into account drainage, humidity, ambient temperature and sky weather conditions.
  • Updated tyre grip calculations on rubbered in areas when surfaces are wet.
  • Updated how road and rain conditions are reported. Old percentage values now snap to a set percent for each tyre of condition, masking the true absolute condition in the game. The Default HUD has been updated to show a text description.
  • Corrected Rear Flap System default wet weather disable point to work with new weather ranges.
  • Fixed an issue where Cameras constrained to specific paths would not work correctly in replays.
  • Extended Freelook mode to allow control via joypads as well as adjustments of exposure, aperture, sensor size and focus.


  • Added spark effects.
  • Decreased interval of Static Mapper updates from 5 minutes to 10 seconds. This should result in smoother lighting changes at dawn / dusk and as weather conditions change.
  • Corrected Sky Colour to remove Cyan effect.
  • Slight adjustments to exposure for sky colour adjustments when sun at it’s highest.
  • Minor Atmospheric Corrections, including linking AirMass to AirPollution.
  • Reducing fog brightness slightly.
  • Reduced Exposure a touch when the sun is around 10 degrees of altitude.
  • Improved cloud selection at different weather settings.
  • Minor cloud texture improvements.
  • Fixed an issue where Clouds would disappear at really high altitudes.
  • Fixed issues with lighting interpolation in sky rendering at Dusk/Sunrise, which would result in jumps in lighting values.
  • Fixed puddle splashes not setting when rain drops are not used (set to off or scene viewer).
  • Fixed lighting on spray during wet conditions, and tweaked particle profile.
  • Updated reflections on PBR Road and Curb Shaders.
  • Updated Rain Particle settings and fixed rendering on ultra wide screens.
  • Passed through particle settings refining Spray, Dust, Smoke and more.
  • Fixed an issue in VR where the scene would over exposure.
  • Fixed an issue in VR where replay mode would not render correctly.


  • Implemented enhanced cooling system for oil & water. This includes new parameters in the .hdv file. The new model includes:
  • Direct heat transfer between water and oil.
  • Oil radiator.
  • Switchover Thermostat.
  • Separated front and rear brake ducts.
  • Added configurable gear shift protection.


  • Added AI Dry Tyre strategy (Random Dry Tyre in Practice, Softs in Qualifying and try to pick an appropriate tyre for race strategy in race).
  • AI now check if to change Tyre Type just before the pit road entry rather than at the start of the lap.
  • Fixed various issues around AI Tyre Selection when session changes and weather changes – such as not switching to wet tyres when it was dry before but now is wet.
  • Fixed an issue with calculating road conditions when changing session where they would not fully compute.
  • Fixed an issue where cars that don’t allow pit stop refuelling would run a full tank in practice and qualifying.
  • Prevent AI from leaving pits in closed session.
  • Fixed an issue where if there was a set of valid wet tyres, intermediate tyres would default to dry tyres.


  • Always show official sticky servers in the server list even if filters are active.
  • Enabled “Restart warmup” button also when event is in race session.
  • Updated button layout in session controls and setup summary.
  • Added fading out of screen when leaving event or replay.
  • Added condensing of tire name when too long to fit in event standings table.
  • Added help text when hovering over various settings.
  • Added music to showroom.
  • Changed breaking of long chat lines so they only break on full words.
  • Fixed getting stuck in assign control pop-up after assigning tab key.
  • Disabled user text selection everywhere except in text fields.
  • Added highlighting of assigned control key values when hovering over with mouse.
  • Improved transition between different profiles in graphics and gameplay settings menus.
  • Refined styling of car classes in event screen.
  • Refined styling of car classes in fullscreen standings ticker.
  • Disabled “Default max wheel angle” setting when “Max wheel angle mode” is set to automatic.
  • Disabled “Steering wheel range” setting when “Range set by vehicle” setting is enabled.
  • Hid the car selection list when the drive/spectate pop-up is showing when joining a server directly with a join link.
  • Changed searching for cars and tracks so that the list scroll position is kept at the top after search (clearing the search text will scroll to the selected item).
  • Enabled car selection on server during a practice session.
  • Made it possible to add multiple custom graphics profiles.
  • Made it possible to add multiple custom gameplay difficulty profiles.
  • Always sort “All Tracks & Cars” to the top of the list in singleplayer series selection.
  • Added fallback image for showcase tile in case the actual image cannot be loaded.
  • Updated showcase, news and store tiles background image positioning and scaling.
  • Added option to expand server chat window to full height.
  • Setup notes for the highlighted setup (the one you clicked on in the setup list but not yet loaded) are now shown on the setup summary page.
  • Setup notes can now be typed in the setup summary page (the setup still has to be saved to save the changes).
  • When saving a setup, the folder for the current track will be selected by default (instead of the folder of the loaded setup).
  • Removed automatically expanding all found items in car and track selection after search.
  • Added highlighting of selected opponent filters.
  • Fixed multiplayer screen with drive/spectate pop-up showing too soon when using +connect to join a server, and if and when content install is still in progress.
  • You can now select car upgrades directly from the car selection screen without going to the showroom (both in singleplayer and multiplayer).
  • Disabled singleplayer grid position setting if qualifying is enabled.
  • Added two new gearbox graphs:
  • Top speed per gear
  • RPM after upshift
  • The existing graph, gear spacing, is kept as a third option
  • Fixed occasional blank page in the first launch wizard when going to the exit screen and back.
  • Reordered difficulty settings and sliders.
  • Singleplayer RealRoad settings are now enabled only when the weather preset is set to “Scripted”.
  • Renamed “Steering effects strength” setting to “Force feedback direction”.
  • Singleplayer “Race Laps” and “Race Time” settings are now disabled/enabled based on the “Finish Criteria” setting.
  • A singleplayer session can now also be enabled by clicking on the disabled session button in quick event.
  • The “Drive” button now changes to a “Next session” button when session time runs out in singleplayer.
  • Skipping the first launch wizard now takes you to the content selection page, instead of skipping the whole wizard. You can also skip the content selection from there.
  • You can now skip the first launch wizard from any page.


  • Added IBL Visualizer Debug tool to Scene Viewer (already present in ModDev).
  • Added Texture UV Mip Debug tool to Scene Viewer (already present in ModDev).
  • Added AI Vocal Strategy Player File debug option for Mod Dev (Pit Strategies, Tyre Changes and when selected what they are doing – can be expanded in future).
  • Fixed overcast preview mode (note: this is not exactly the same as in game).
  • Updated sample wet masks at Loch Drummond.


  • New Sound Engine
  • New 3D rendering.
  • Vastly increased amount of simulataneously playing effects.
  • Environmental effects and filtering system.
  • Proper cockpit filtering.
  • Autodetection of open and closed cockpits for environment effects and filtering.
  • Sound effects such as skid, kerbs, gravel, wind, suspension and many more now work online and in replays.
  • Support for full surround sound setups.
  • HRTF support (Binaural headphone experience).
  • Vastly improved VR experience.
  • Backwards compatible.
  • Many new sound effects.
  • Support for trackside broadcast microphones.
  • Every car causes audible ambient noise around the whole track.
  • Brand new, modern, customisable file format with much more freedom for audio designers.
  • Improved debugging tools for dev mode.
Darren Buckner

Darren Buckner

Darren became a member of Simrace247 in January 2021 and has been a valuable addition to the platform ever since. He began his journey as an Editor and has progressed to the position of Editor in Chief, owing to his unwavering commitment and hard work. With his profound interest in motorsport and gaming, Darren is passionate about sharing news and exceptional content with like-minded people worldwide.View Author posts

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