For avid petrolheads who want the most realistic sim racing experience possible, there's no substitute for a high-spec PC and its array of dedicated driving simulators. But while console games will inevitably attract a wider audience, veteran console racers craving a deeper driving experience are frequently migrating to iRacing, the subscription-based PC sim that is often heralded as the quintessential hardcore PC racing simulation thanks to its realistic physics, authentic tracks and cars encompassing a wide variety of disciplines and constant updates that continually evolve iRacing with a stack of new features – last month saw the introduction of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve circuit, the legendary Lotus 49 and changeable weather parameters to name a few, for example, with more content scheduled for October and every three months thereafter.
Over 50,000 racers have joined iRacing since its inception in 2008, with many of its players originating from console racing games.“Console-gamers consistently tell us they were looking to take their sim-racing to the ‘next level,’” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations LLC.
“Our laser-scanned race tracks are an important part of that equation, but they’re just one of the attractions. With road racing and ovals, stock cars, sports cars, open wheel cars, touring cars, and production cars, iRacing is really like dozens of games in one. What’s more, we are continually making iRacing better, whether it’s adding new tracks and features, or enhancing existing elements of the service.”
It's a sentiment supported by the iRacing community: “I have been video game sim-racing for around 13 years,” says Tyler Laughlin of Knoxville, TN. “I always wanted more realism and finally found it with iRacing.”
“Like most people on the service, I was already racing on the consoles but wanted something more,” says Brennan Mercer of Mississauga, Ontario. “I watched a few videos on YouTube, saw some great testimonials from professional drivers and I signed-up. Now I’m hooked.”
“What do I like about iRacing?” says Scott Green, of Albuquerque, NM. “Competing with guys from around the world and the constant updating; they just keep making it better.”
Clearly, iRacing is showing no signs of slowing down, and is fast-approaching its next major milestone as its community continues to grow: namely one billion laps run in official competition.