iRacing is an Online Racing Simulation (ORS) that offers competitive racing in a wide variety of categories and locations. This popular online service is often regarded as one of the best ways to race competitively online.
iRacing? What is this... an Apple product? Don't let the iconic lowercase i throw you off, as iRacing has nothing to do with the tech behemoth.
The biggest unique selling point is the licensing system that requires you to start in the rookie class when kicking off your iRacing career. As you participate in races, and don't crash too often, you will progress your license which opens up more and more racing categories. Speaking of which...
iRacing offers a total of four categories. The two biggest one by far are the Road & Oval categories which are quite self explanatory. As of DATE, the Dirt Oval category was added which provides for muddy fun on smaller oval circuits. The latest addition is the in the form of Rally Cross which even includes a fun jump more often than not.
4 main categories offer over a total of 70+ events to participate in.
These different categories offer events in each of the License classes. For example the Road category provides you with the MX5 cup for road cars and the Skip Barber for your single seater race needs. Both these events will help you progress to the later series.There are 13 rookie events to participate in. Some do require you to purchase additional content though.
It's recommended to master the series by following a logical path. For example if you wish to race in GT3, starting in the famous roadster (MX5 cup) is recommended. Although both series offer a unique look into refining your race craft.
The iRacing License system combined with the Safety Rating is how iRating judges how capable you are behind the wheel in terms of safety. And only that. Safety.
"Your license class acts as sort of a skill ranking system – it determines which series you are qualified to participate in. Everyone starts off with a rookie license. From there, you can work your way to class D, C, B and A."iRacing.com - Getting Started License Classes
Protip - Try to stay out of trouble and drive defensively to get your Safety Rating up.
iRacing provides each of its drivers with a score to keep track of their racing performance. This is unique in the online racing world as most of the online racing is organized through communities & forums if you want anything better than public server racing. iRating is a great addition to the iRacing service.
iRating is a numeric value that iRacing's algorithm calculated based on your performance and is then used in matchmaking to achieve close matched racing. Simply put how fast iRacing thinks you are.
Whenever you finish in the top half of the field you should be gaining iRating. The higher you finish, the more points you should receive. Now this isn't always the case as it's a complex system that takes a lot more factors into consideration before handing out these precious iRating points.
From the more beginner friendly agile & light cars, to the more advanced class racing which are usually both very loud & very fast. iRacing offers a selection of the world's finest racing cars.
iRacing offers a selection of both known and unknown tracks around the world. Want Suzuka, Silverstone or even the full Nordschleife? You got it. That doesn't mean that there's also a ton of lesser known tracks that provide for excellent racing and that can really add up. With a price tag of $10 to $15 USD a piece, this can add up rather quickly.
|Name||Configurations||Length||Location||Turns||Cost (USD)||Date Added|
|The Nürburgring – Nordschleife||28.3 km / 17.6 miles||Germany||170|
|Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans||13.6 km / 8.4 miles||France|
|Imola - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||4.9 km / 3 miles||Italy||17|
More details, such as a track guide and screenshots, can be found on iRacing's track overview.
The official iRacing forum is a great place to stay in touch with the iRacing community. It's a friendly and welcoming environment that can provide a ton of insight into the specifics of cars, tracks and series.
Please note: the official iRacing forums can only be accessed by logging in with your iRacing account.
There's an active modding community within the iRacing community.
Protip - Looking to go faster and gain some insight into your race craft? Consider checking out iSpeed which is a great iRacing HUD Mod.
iRacing is a Subscription service and offers a variety of options for keeping an active subscription. From a single month ($13), three months ($33), one year ($110) to a two year $199 plan. Some quick napkin math shows that the longer commitment comes with a lower price per month.
|Plan||Price||Price per Month||Sales Price (Black Friday 2017)||Sales Price per Month|
Although iRacing used to offer $50 one year plans, those days seem to be over. We now only see 25% discount offers on both their 1 year and 2 year subscriptions a few times a year. One of these times is during the Black Friday Deal Sale you can get access to the service for less than half the full monthly price ($6.21 vs $13) by committing to the two year subscription.
Protip - for best value use the $100 iRacing credit for only $75 deal to purchase a 2 year renewal during a Black Friday Sale. You only pay $4.66 per month with a 2 year renewal.
The base membership comes with a list of tracks and cars that are ready to be explored right out of the gate. There's a complete list of what's included for reference.
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iRacing hosts a ton of official events that are often streamed on the official iRacing Youtube channel.
Want to watch some live racing action? Try checking out the iRacing Twitch page to find some live track action.