Tuesday, 26 August 2014

How to stop the iRacing spotter reading out a book when calling out lap times

Here's a scenario for you: You have just exited the last tur at Road Atlanta, and you're thundering down the straight towards turn one. You're thinking about your brake and turn in points, the apex, and your corner exit. As you're shaking yourself back into concentration after a moment of relaxation ...

"one ... twenty five ... point ... three zero one"

... That's not really what you need right at that moment.

Yes, you want to know your time, otherwise you wouldn't have checked that box in iRacing options. But let's face facts here, if you need to know the minute then it's pretty irrelevant, isn't it? You worked so hard on the track you got down from five minutes to three. And then do you really need to know the hundredths and thousandths?

That kind of detail is only important when you're out of the car and checking if you shaved another fraction from your personal best.

But, wait, there is a solution. As is often the case with iRacing it's buried in the ini file:

[SPCC]
carLowHiPadding=0.250000                    ; How much clearance, front and back in meters, to give a car before reporting it as clear
enabled=1                                   ; Is the spotter enabled at all?
reportLapsEnabled=1                         ; Enable spotter calls out lap times
reportLapsMinute=0                          ; Call out the minute when calling the time
reportLapsMode_n=0                          ; Spotter calls out lap times, 0 - time, 1 - avg speed
reportLapsPrecision=1                       ; How much precision to display lap times with
text=0                                      ; Does the spotter display text messages?
topic_mask=0
verbosity=2                                 ; How chatty is the spotter?
voice=1                                     ; Does the spotter talk to you?
voicePack=JJ Spotter Pack v6.51             ; Voice pack for spotter, leave blank for default spotter

If you open the iRacing app.ini file in a text editor, found typically in C:\Users\Your_User_Name\Documents\iRacing, search for that section. Yours will look a little differently, but look specifically at these two entries:

reportLapsMinute=0                          ; Call out the minute when calling the time
reportLapsPrecision=1                       ; How much precision to display lap times with

Those settings will change the spotter lap time call to;

"twenty five point three"

I'm sure you'll agree that's much better.

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