You may have seen the term “SimRacing” in recent years, and that is not without reason.
The race is on, as we see SimRacing dominating motorsports on television and YouTube. Now, racers need not spend exorbitant amounts on forming a team or traveling across continents to compete. All you need is your gaming system, a comfortable seat, and loads of practice to kickstart your SimRacing career in Singapore.
Depending on how serious you are (or intend to be) about SimRacing, there are various games that you can pick up to hone your racing skills.
“Just trying out”
To get yourself started, we recommend RaceRoom – a free-to-play game available on Steam. This racing simulator features a realistic driving experience with over 150 cars and 40 tracks for you to play with. Other renowned racing series such as the DTM, WTCC or GT Masters are also available for purchase.
If you are hardcore fan of Formula One, try F1® 2020, which gives a comprehensive experience to all racers. Not only do you get to create your F1 team for the very first time, you also get to race alongside professional F1 drivers on official F1 tracks.
“Needing more kick”
If RaceRoom and F1® 2020 are not enough to give you the adrenaline and challenge that you are looking for, we suggest rFactor 2.
Highly praised by many professional SimRacers, rFactor 2 provides racers more challenge with additional factors to take into account while racing. The game is loved for its sophisticated car and tyre physics, simulating tread wear and tyre temperatures accurately and their subsequent effect on the car. It also has changing track conditions that greatly test your driving and handling abilities.
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“Seriously considering a SimRacing career”
The best training option for those who are thinking about pursuing a SimRacing career definitely has to be iRacing. Although it is a relatively pricier subscription service, it is worth the price. With the ability to play online, you can expect to meet various skilled players worldwide to put your skills to the test.
iRacing allows you to simulate a NASCAR or Grand Prix race with utmost precision about the details, making the experience so immersive, it is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. The game is used by many actual professional drivers and professional SimRacers to train and compete for their races.
To get started on SimRacing, the most fundamental item you need is either a PC or a gaming console to load your game. Once that is out of the way, we can get into the specific equipment needed for SimRacing.
Steering Wheel & Pedals
Finding the right steering wheel and pedals may be challenging if you are unsure of what you require.
If you are just starting out and want to get a feel of the driving experience without having to worry about too many controls, you can consider the Logitech G29/G920. It is compatible with PC, PlayStation and Xbox. For the full range of games compatible with the Logitech G29/G920, click here.
For those who are willing to invest a little more in their equipment, have a look at the Fanatec PODIUM and Clubsport series. Fanatec’s PODIUM wheel base and steering wheels provide the ultimate SimRacing experience with an extremely responsive feel and extensively customisable settings. The Clubsport pedals detect pressure instead of pedal position, giving you a realistic brake feel.
With your console, steering wheel and pedals set, the last thing you need is a comfortable seat. We think that the most value-for-money option is the NextLevel GTtrack. This frame is exceptionally sturdy, but also exceptionally comfortable. This racing simulator cockpit gives you the flexibility to install add-ons such as a motion platform and a traction platform.
THE SIMRACING XPERIENCE STUDIO
SimRacing in Singapore may be significantly cheaper than actual racing, but it is not exactly affordable to most either. That is why you can opt to rent a rig at the Legion of Racers Xperience Studio on an hourly basis! Racers can opt to race on the Logitech G29, the Fanatec CSL ELITE, and the Fanatec PODIUM DD1, with discounted prices for students.
With the SimRacing scene in Singapore growing and gaining recognition, it is a good time to embark on your SimRacing career!