2023's a Wrap

2023’s a Wrap!

2023 has been a busy and intense year for DRE. Let’s take a look at what happened and what lies ahead in 24 👇 I’ve been knee-deep with the new Alpha v2023.1. What I thought would take a couple of months to develop, turned out to be a 10+ months endeavor (hello over-confidence). I could have saved time and cut corners, but I want to make the best spotter for sim racing, which often requires code overhauls.


v2023.1 breaking ground

Auto-Fuel in iRacing vs DRE 2023.1 | Best Spotter for iRacing


There’s a lot to this new 2023.1 branch, but the highlights are:

  • ⛽ Fuel Strategy – foundation for letting DRE make strategy calls before the race start and as you progress through the race
  • 🛞 Tire Wear – Or, knowledge about your tires in general. DRE estimates wear based on historic data and approximate guesstimation of actual driving
  • 🟩⬜🟥 Italian translations of voice commands and DRE speech
  • ⬛🟥🟨German translations of voice commands and DRE speech
  • 📊 Analytics to see your performance
  • 🐛 100’s of bugs squashed since the 2022.3 branch
  • 📝 The code base has been improved internally to path the way for quicker future updates (🤞)


Translations ready

Translations in DRE | Best Spotter for iRacing


The translations alone took months as it required ground-up rebuilding of sentence constructions, but as the core system is in place, it’s easier to bring additional languages along. French is currently in the works and will hit internal testing soon (reach out if you want to test that).


Tire knowledge

Prepare to transform your approach to tire wear and racing tactics, unlocking a new level of strategy and performance. Get ready for a thrilling journey into the future of sim racing! 🏎️💥

Real-Time Tire Health to Maximize Your Strategy


🛞 Estimating Tire Wear: Discover how DRE 2023.1 transforms race strategy with real-time tire data analysis. Learn about its ability to estimate tire wear using historic data, adapt to your unique racing style, and provide valuable insights with every pit stop.

🔄 Pit Shuffle Explained: Uncover the innovative ‘Pit Shuffle’ feature. We discuss how DRE tackles iRacing’s 20-minute telemetry delay by swapping you in and out of the car, offering instant access to critical tire wear data.

🚨 Critical Wear Alert: Stay ahead in the race with DRE’s new alerts for critical tire wear. This feature ensures you’re never in the dark about tire conditions, enabling more informed decisions about tire changes and stints.


Collabs – you next?

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In terms of partnerships, I’ve welcomed onboard Wave Italy and Twitchy Foot Racing to shine some fresh DRE paints on the track, with more partnerships to come in the new year.

Wave Italy at Pocono

And the number of affiliate partners is rapidly increasing. You can earn some bucks yourself – see the Affiliate Program.


Early 2024

Moving into early 2024, I’ll be focusing on releasing v2023.1 to Beta, and later, Stable release channels. The severity is low on the issues reported on DRE Discord, which is a great sign. But more testing is needed before we release 2023.1 into the wild world of Stable. You can help out with testing and give feedback on the current Alpha stage already now.


The main focus of 2024

Let’s drop some of the epic features I want to bring to you guys in 2024 (no promises though):

  • Multi-Sim support covering Assetto Corsa family, Automobilista, and others
  • Intent-based voice commands – speak your mind instead of memorizing exact phrases
  • Personality and emotion: DRE should react to your experiences and how you address DRE and produce relational and contextually clever speech
  • Much more, check out the Roadmap


I seriously want to set DRE free from rigid voice command phrases and monotone speech and let DRE come alive. More on that in the new year…

Happy holidays and see you on track in 2024! 🎇🍾🥂


Egil's waving at you - bye 2023!

Custom Commands Unleashed

Explore how DRE’s latest stable release, v2023.1.5 simplifies racing with multi-command custom commands, revamped controller mapping, enhanced neural voices, and more.

DRE 2023.1 is Live!

Dive into the latest DRE v2023.1 spotter for iRacing with groundbreaking features like advanced Auto Fuel, Real-Time Tire Wear estimations, and multi-language support. It’s a game-changer for iRacing enthusiasts!

Bonjour! 🥐 French Translations in DRE

Discover the exciting expansion of DRE to include French, following German and Italian! Embrace 500+ voice commands and 700+ alerts in French, enhanced through community-driven proofing. Join us in this multilingual journey, making DRE more accessible and engaging for sim-racers globally.

Undercut Racing Team Joins Forces with DRE

Explore the dynamic synergy between Undercut Racing Team and DRE – a partnership that blends cutting-edge technology with the rich legacy of sim racing, promising a thrilling future for the sport!

Real-Time Tire Wear & Health in iRacing?

DRE 2023.1 introduces a tire data feature, enhancing strategy with wear management, historical data, and real-time monitoring, adaptable to track, car, and driver.

Precise Fuel Strategy in DRE 2023.1

DRE 2023.1’s update revamps fuel strategy for racing sims. New features: improved fuel calculations, auto-fueling, multi-driver endurance race support. Adapts to driving styles, offers fuel override for precise, personalized strategies

Explore DRE Alpha Versions

Ever fancied being a tech daredevil? Dive into the quirky world of Alpha testing DRE – where brand new features and excitement live with a few bugs playing hide and seek!

Black Friday 2023 Sale

Black Friday Sale: Save big on DRE subscriptions! New users get 50% off the first year, existing subscribers enjoy 25% off on renewals. Use codes: BFNEW2023 for new sign-ups, BFRENEW2023 for renewals. Act before Nov 30th!

Wave Italy Partners Up!

DRE and Wave Italy are partnering to deliver unparalleled sim racing experiences. Leverage Wave Italy’s professional-grade hardware and DRE’s cutting-edge software for an elevated driving simulation journey.

Interview with Lone Road iRacers Podcast – Round Two

Listen to Egil from DRE discuss the new 2023.1 version and future updates on The Lone Road iRacers Podcast. Topics include improved fuel calculations, graphs, and more. Available on multiple platforms


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