Getting started in online racing

Race2Play conducts multiplayer online auto races using commercial racing simulations for the PC, software titles you typically buy at the local games store or online. These titles include:
Drivers of all skill levels are welcome. It doesn't matter how fast you are, so long as you are respectful of your fellow drivers you will fit in just fine. Race2Play members treat sim racing more as a "sport" played online than a "game" ... If that sounds good to you, strap in and get started!

Recommended software

If you are completely new to sim racing, we recommend getting started with the rFactor racing simulation. This title supports the widest variety of racing and largest number of events at Race2Play. You even can get a copy FREE with a PRO PLUS membership at Race2Play. Once you have the sim installed, you can practice offline or go through the software's "Multiplayer" lobby to locate Race2Play's online servers.

Recommended hardware

The recommended computer specs that follow will serve you in ably handling both the current generation and the next generation of racing simulations. If you own a decent system purchased in the last three years, you most likely can run rFactor already to get started.

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 (2.2 GHz or better) or AMD Athlon 64 (3800+ or better), or any of the newer multicore processors matching these clock speeds.
  • MEMORY: 2GB of memory is recommended. More is welcome, but unnecessary.
  • VIDEO CARD: DirectX 9 capable with at least 256MB memory ... Cards such as the older nVidia GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon 9800 on the low end, up to the newer nVidia GTX 480 or ATI Radeon 5870 on the high end.
  • WHEEL & PEDALS: A standard wheel/pedals combo is an excellent starter system and can be found for under $100. If you want to start with better equipment, consider a mid-grade controller that offers finer control and lasts longer. The Logitech G27 is priced in the mid-$200 range.
  • INTERNET CONNECTION: Broadband is pretty much a necessity for online racing. Dial-up and wireless connections are not recommended.

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