Before continuing, you must first download the plugin files for rFactor 2 from here.
Telemetry Plugin Installation
Extract the entire archive to either your rFactor2Bin32 or rFactor2Bin64 folder depending on which version you're running. You can extract to both if you want to make sure. If done correctly, you'll have the MotecPlugin.dll sitting beside the TrackIR_rF2_Plugin dll that comes with rF2. If not, try it again.
If correctly installed, when you run rF2 the plugin will create a new LOG folder to store the logs, a MotecPlugin.ini file for setting various options, and by default will log the default channels at the standard rates.
To change the options, quit out of rF2, find the MotecPlugin.ini file which should be in your main rF2 folder*, and check out the available settings.
*UAC users: try C:Users"YourLoginName"AppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgram Files (x86)rFactor2MotecPlugin.ini
Important note: If rF2 crashes when you try to start it after installing the plugin it is probably unable to create the .ini file. This can be caused by UAC or just not having permission to create files in the rF2 install folder. To remedy this, take the fresh .ini file from here:
And put that in your main rF2 folder. Change the values in it so they make sense (especially point it to a new log directory, because it will have trouble writing to "rFactor2LOG" for the same reason it couldn't create the .ini) and it should work.
Telemetry Plugin Usage
By default, logging is active on startup, which means all your driving will be logged. When you jump into a car you'll hear beeps indicating the current logging status:
'Upwards beeps' = logging on. 'Downwards beeps' = logging off.
To toggle between logging on & off, hit Ctrl-M (or your own defined key) while in the car.
Note: In the current version of rF2 a red plugin icon appears when you jump in the car; this is normal and doesn't mean anything has gone wrong. However, plugins are not active until this icon disappears again (currently less than a second), so if you have logging active you won't get logged data for this period, and if you try to switch it on you won't be able to until the icon disappears.
When logging is finished, either through switching it off or by exiting the car, you will hear the beeps indicating the log has finished being built (converted from the temp file) usually after a short pause. You can then open it up in i2Pro as you wish.
If you log a lot of data then try to immediately exit rF2, it might pause on a blackscreen for a short period. A driving stint of several hours should only take 5-10s to finish converting. (longer stints or higher data rates will take longer)
Motec i2 Data Analysis Installation
1) Now that you have installed and tested the plugin, it's time to download a tool for data analysis, in this case, we'll download Motec's i2 (Standard or Pro, whichever version you prefer).
2) After you've downloaded Motec's i2, follow the installation wizard that will help you install the tool.
3) After you've installed Motec's i2, open it. The first time you open it, it will show a welcome screen prompting you to watch a demo video, you may choose to watch it or not.
4) Next comes the "New Workspace Wizard" where the tool will guide you with setting up a workspace. You'll be presented with 4 types of profiles: Circuit, Drag, Engine, and Rally. For demonstration purposes, we'll select "Circuit" as we mostly race on them.
5) After selecting your workspace profile, you'll need to name it and pick a location for it. After this, you can click on Next and then Finish.
6) Once you finish with the wizard setup, you should be presented with something similar to this:
7) You can then open a log file by clicking on File then Open Log File...
8) Navigate to the directory where the telemetry plugin saves the logs and then open it.
You are done! Now you can start playing with the tool and your workspace so that it suits your needs.