What exactly is VRS?

VRS is a web service which provides telemetry analysis and customized feedback to drivers using online racing simulators.

Who is VRS for?

VRS is for any iRacing member who wants to improve their driving skills and performance.

What can VRS do for me?

It has a lot to offer:

  • VRS is a powerful telemetry analysis tool. It records and stores your telemetry data, and keeps track of your racing statistics and your performance trends.
  • VRS partners with some of the top sim racers to give you access to their car setups and telemetry. You can compare and analyze your performance against these top drivers and learn from them.
  • As well, VRS serves as a platform of 1:1 live coaching. You can schedule a coaching session with one of our coaches and discuss various aspects of your driving style, racing practice, etc.
  • With VRS Teams you can seamlessly share telemetry with your teammates and compare each other’s laps.

Ultimately, VRS can help you analyze your performance and show you how to produce faster lap times.

How/where can I buy VRS?

When the VRS software is released to the general public, it will be available on a subscription basis from our website. In the meantime you may participate in our free beta testing program.

What do you need to use VRS?

If you are already racing on iRacing, you only need to sign up with VRS and download the VRS TelemetryLogger. If you are new to racing simulators, you would first have to sign up with iRacing and acquire the necessary equipment (e.g. steering wheel & pedals).

Is VRS compatible with every online racing simulator?

To start, VRS is available for iRacing users only. It is designed to be compatible with other simulators, though. We will prioritize adding support for other simulators based on demand. Contact us to request support for your simulator of choice.

How is VRS better than tools that already exist for iRacing (e.g. iSpeed, Mu/MoTeC, Atlas, etc.)?

Telemetry analysis charting is only one aspect of VRS. VRS is a modern cloud-based app/service which automatically uploads your telemetry in the cloud and does additional processing of your telemetry to make analysis easier and more powerful. VRS keeps track of useful stats and trends and has a number of collaboration features (e.g. Teams, Data Packs, 1:1 Coaching).

On the telemetry charting side of things, we have a user-friendly UI which we optimize for drivers rather than for engineers. We continuously tune the UI in an effort to simplify things and make the analysis more accessible to non-technical people. For example, our Driving Analyzer automatically highlights the part of the track in which you have the biggest opportunity to improve and allows you to compare not just individual laps but also your driving habits and patterns. Check out our Video Tutorials to learn more about the features and functionality that VRS has to offer.

Can I compare myself to other drivers on VRS?

Yes, you can. There are multiple ways to do this:

  • You can compare yourself with your teammates using the Teams feature.
  • You can take advantage of one of our Data Packs. We are partnering with some of the top virtual racers to make their car setups and telemetry available to VRS members. You can load up their telemetry in the Driving Analyzer and compare yourself against them.
  • If you want to learn directly from the pros, VRS allows you to request private 1:1 coaching from the top drivers partnering with us for Data Packs.

What is a Data Pack?

A Data Pack is provided by one of our coaches and it includes:

  • Car setup (.sto) used by the coach.
  • iRacing replay file (.rpy), which you can use to study the coach’s hotlap.
  • Comparison telemetry for the coach’s practice session & hotlap. You can load this telemetry in the Driving Analyzer and compare yourself against the coach.
  • Some data packs include a video tutorial where the coach goes into detail of how to tackle each individual turn.

Overall, we think that Data Packs make for a great self-learning tool. And if at any point you are wondering how the heck the fast driver does “X”, with VRS, you can ask them directly in a Q&A Session, which you can request and book from the site.

Who can access the data I upload to VRS (telemetry, car setups, etc.)?

The permission model in place allows users read and write access to their own data. It allows teammates read access to their teammates’ racing data (but not private account info). It gives coaches read access only to race data of users who have requested a 1:1 coaching session with them. This read access is granted only for the duration the of time after the session is confirmed by the coach and until the session is marked as completed by the coach. The coaches don’t otherwise have access to anyone else’s data. Here is a short video that shows the view of a VRS coach and when/how they can access a client’s data.

Can someone “steal” my setups from VRS?

We put great effort in making sure that your data is safe and can only be accessed in accordance of our permission model (described above). For anyone who is extremely secretive about their setups, the TelemetryLogger has a setting to NOT upload setups. Setup information is recorded in the iRacing live telemetry and .sto files. If setup uploads are disabled, we don’t upload the .sto files and we strip away the session info CarSetup yaml subtree. You lose some utility related to setup sharing and setup change log but that would be the price to pay for extra piece of mind.

The only folks who legitimately need to worry about this are WCS drivers/teams. We offer a number of data packs that come with pretty decent car setups. For example the GT3 datapack setups are only 0.1-0.2s slower that the WCS setups. So, chances are that the vast majority of iRacers are much better off using the setups from our data packs.

That being said, even WCS drivers/teams should not worry. The permission model ensures that only their teammates will have access to their data. Obviously, VRS engineers have internal access to the system and stored data and we (VRS staff) may occasionally access user data to reproduce and fix bugs (not unlike nearly any cloud service). We handle such cases very carefully to be in compliance with our privacy policy. You can be assured that we would never bypass our permissions model to provide anyone access to data of their competitors. This would be both unethical and a privacy violation. We are here for the long term, looking to build a brand and a series of products/services that can be enjoyed and trusted by the entire community.

Can VRS be used in real life, on the track?

Yes, eventually. Currently, VRS is only available for simulator-based training, however, the software is designed to be compatible with data acquisition systems used on the track and it will eventually be available for drivers who want to use it in their real-life racing. If you are only racing on track, you should consider augmenting your real-life practice with simulator practice—even the professionals use simulators on a regular basis.

How exactly do you plan on getting people into real motorsport?

We are very passionate about ultimately creating a path for VRS students into real-life racing (e.g. by establishing partnerships with real-life series and teams). However, this will come at a later stage. We are currently focused on developing an amazing software and educational platform for virtual racing and iRacing specifically.

What is the current status of the project?

VRS is available to iRacing users in an open beta program. If you are interested in becoming a VRS beta tester, please sign up.

How will this software help me improve my lap time and consistency?

VRS can interpret telemetry data and tell you clearly and precisely what you are doing well and where you can improve. By showing you what you are already doing well, VRS will help you do those things more consistently. By telling you where you can improve, VRS will help you improve your overall lap times.

How does the installation work?

Once you have signed up for the service, you will be able to download and install VRS TelemetryLogger. Just follow the on-screen prompts.

What will be installed on my computer? Is it safe?

The VRS TelemetryLogger is the only thing that will be installed on your computer. It is safe, just like any other program you would download from a trusted source.

How do I register for an account on your web app?

We use existing identity provides to establish your VRS account. You can login using Gmail/Google+ or Facebook.

Is there a special requirement to become a beta tester?

You have to be an iRacing user and you have to commit to providing regular feedback to us on your experience using VRS.

How long can I use the beta program? How long the beta program will be available for iRacing users?

As long as you are active on iRacing, you can be a beta tester. However, there is a waiting list as we want to ensure we can work closely with our testers and give their feedback the attention it deserves.

How often can I use it as a beta tester?

There are no restrictions.

That’s great! When will VRS be available for everybody?

Before we release it to the general public, we want to ensure VRS can provide a great user experience. Therefore, it will remain in beta until that time. Check our website for updates.

Branding Guidelines

The Virtual Racing School (VRS) brand includes words, phrases, symbols and designs associated with the products and services provided by Smarty Co. on this an associated websites.

Do

Don’t

  • Use VRS brand in a way that implies partnership, sponsorship or endorsement.
  • Combine any part of the VRS brand with your name, marks or generic terms.
  • Use VRS brand assets in a way that imitates or could be confused with official VRS properties.
  • Present VRS in a way that makes it the most distinctive or prominent feature of what you are creating.
  • Assert right over the VRS brand.
  • Use VRS brand, logos, etc. on merchandise or other products such as t-shirts, hats, etc.

Can I place VRS logos on my car?

If you’d like to help promote us, you can place the VRS logo on your car as long as you are in compliance with our branding guidelines. You have a couple of different options:

  • You can find the VRS logos in the iRacing Paintshop. From the paintshop you can select one of the VRS logos to place on your car. In fact, starting with 2016 Season 2, if you enter 10 official races with the VRS logo on primary position, you could win free coaching on VRS. Find out more here.
  • If you have an entirely custom paint scheme, take a look at our brand assets for vector logo images.

Can I use VRS brand as part of my team name or team slogan?

Generally speaking, no, as it would most likely be in violation of our branding guidelines. For example, you may not use VRS in a way that implies partnership or endorsement. This is only possible in the presence of a formal agreement, as is the case with e.g. Virtual Racing School Coanda Simsport race team.

Can I use VRS brand and/or brand assets on my website?

It depends on your use. Make sure you are in compliance with our branding guidelines. For example, using VRS logo in an article that describes VRS, or your experience with the products/services is allowed. In that case we encourage you to make a reference (include a link) to our official website. An example of disallowed use it making a representation on your website which may mislead visitors to think that your website is either official VRS property or a VRS partner website.

When will I be able to use the VRS software with other simulators like Live for Speed, etc.?

As mentioned above, VRS will be rolled out for other simulators based on demand. The more demand we have for a particular simulator, the sooner VRS will be available for it.

How can I contact you if I have other questions?

We are happy to hear from you with any comments, suggestions or questions you may have. Contact us.

Do you support PayPal for payments on VRS?

We don’t support PayPal and don’t have plans to support it. We are using Stripe which specializes in payment APIs and is one of the top card processors (big internet companies use them, see here). They store your card information securely and the sensitive card details never touch our servers. We can only use their API to make a charge for VRS services. So even if our backend gets compromised, hackers won’t get a hold of your card info.

What payment types do you accept?

We accept credit/debit/prepaid/gift/virtual card payments from the following card companies: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, 3DS. Our card processor is Stripe which specializes in payment APIs and is one of the top card processors (big internet companies use them, see here). They store your card information securely and the sensitive card details never touch our servers.

Does VRS support iRacing on MacOS?

iRacing uses Wine (windows emulation for unix/linux) and our TelemetryLogger can run within the iRacing environment. Please follow these steps:

  • Download the VRS TelemetryLogger installer.
  • Move the downloaded .exe from your Downloads directory to your Mac desktop directory. This is important so that you can locate the .exe in the next step.
  • Click on the iRacing icon. You’ll see the iRacing app menu in the top left corner of the screen. Go to File->Run Command… -> click Browse -> navigate to users/crossover/Desktop/My Mac Desktop -> click VRS-TelemetryLogger-Setup.exe
  • Follow on-screen prompts to complete setup.
  • Depending on your selection, the installer may have started the TelemetryLogger. If not, you can again click on the iRacing icon, navigate from the iRacing menu to File -> Run Command… -> Browse -> navigate to users/crossover/VirtualRacingSchool -> click the VRS-TelemetryLogger.exe
  • The first time the VRS-TelemetryLogger starts, it will walk you through a wizard where you need to pair the TelemetryLogger with your VRS account. Follow the instructions.

To gracefully close the TelemetryLogger, click on the Extras tab and on the Exit button. This would be the only way to exit the TelemetryLogger as the system tray is not displayed anywhere in Wine.