Driver swaps in AC require that the start line is positioned before the pits (ideally, after works too). If not, laps will not be counted during a driver swap because the driver who leaves the server may not cross the line.
Some tracks are already compatible like LeMans 2017, but most of them are not.
The purpose of this tutorial is to create a new layout for an existing track to move the start line.
Some prior track modding experience is expected by this guide!
Software required : 3DSimED3
The start line objects we want to move are
Home > Object By Nameand double click on the desired object
We want to move the line before the first pit position:
Right click on the position you want to move the object and click
Memorize YXZ. Note, for the
AC_TIME_0_L object, you should choose a position on the far left of the track. For the
AC_TIME_0_R object you should choose a position on the far right of the track. Make sure that the line between these two positions spans the width of the pitlane and all drivable areas of the track (so for example if a driver is off to the far left of the track they still get a lap time)
With the first
AC_TIME_0_ object selected, click in the right menu on the MR button, it will move the object to the previously saved position
Repeat with the other
Home > New to create a new file
AC_TIME_0_L and click
In the new file go to
Edit > Paste > Paste Objects
Repeat with the other
Export > Plugin Export choose a name and save your kn5 file in the track folder (here I name it imola_driver_swap.kn5, a new name allows me to create a new track layout and keep the original version of the track)
You can now close 3DSimED3!
In the track folder, copy
models.ini and paste it in the same folder, then change its name to
models_<your_kn5_name>.ini. For my example it will be
Edit the file, and add a new model. Then, put the name of your kn5 in
MODEL_0 (very important, your kn5 must be first)
In the ui folder, create a new folder with the same name than the kn5, it must contain:
Back in the track folder, create a new folder again with the name of the kn5, and copy inside the following files and folders (from the folder of the original kn5 that you started with):
Finished! You can test you new layout in Assetto Corsa, check your timer to see if your start line is in the right position!