How to get started with sim racing - Part 2: Sim-cade

Welcome to part two of our article series on how to get started with sim racing. Today’s topic is the so called sim-cade category, a combination of simulation. Let's get started!

What is sim-cade? It’s a step closer to real world racing but still isn’t a simulator. These types of games will provide a great starting point for many who later wants to get into the hardcore simulators, but also the casual gamer who we covered in part one can have many great hours of racing.

F1 2020 and Assetto Corsa. 
Those games are great examples of what isn’t directly what would be called a simulator, but they have some elements going in that direction. The behaviour of the cars in these are not as realistic as 2 other titles we will come to in part three, but they are a great starting point. All three are available on PC, PS4 and Xbox.

For the F1 games, there are excellent opportunities to join online leagues. 
F1 2020 has a dozen of private leagues which have been running for years. ApexOnlineRacing is known as the most prominent leagues besides the F1 Esport Series. Here you can get racing against fellow racing fans in the incredibly fast Formula one machinery.

Assetto Corsa was released back in 2014, but it’s still very popular within the sim racing community, which is helped by thousands of cars, tracks and much more made by the community for the PC version. In 2016 Kunoz Simulation released Assetto Corsa on the PS4 and Xbox one, but here you don’t have the luxury of the third party content like on the PC version.

The “sequel”, Assetto Corsa Competizione which is the official Blancpain GT series racing game offers everything in the world of GT3 and GT4 racing. Every car brands from the real world series are to be found in the game and you can quickly drop in an open lobby and race against people from all around the globe.

Now that we know a couple of games which could be an option as a starting point for you who wants to climb the sim racing ladder or wants a game which isn’t limited to console only let’s go a step further in terms of equipment.

Fanatec has for years produced great products which suit every level of sim racing. However, they are a bit more expensive than Logitech G29 and Thrustmaster T150 and T300.
The Fanatec CSL Elite is great value for money and can be bought as a bundle with an F1 steering wheel and a set of pedals for 700 Euros. With the pedals, you have an option to buy a loadcell brake kit which will give a more realistic and consistent feeling under braking.
From Fanatec too, the V2,5 wheelbase which goes for 550 Euros, gives you a lot of detail in the force feedback and just like the CSL Elite, you can use multiple wheel rims, so you can use a circular one for rally and a formula style rim for open wheelers, GT’s and prototypes. 
Thrustmaster has an option is a similar price range to the CSL Elite with the TS-PC racer which comes with a formula style rim. 

At this point, you can still mount the wheelbase to a desk or a playseat challenge.
But with the increased forces through the steering wheel and especially if you got a loadcell brake you might start looking at getting an aluminium rig.
Here SimPlexity can be a great option. They also have plenty of customization options which enables you to make your rig more personal. At SimPlexity, you can also buy complete sim racing setups with wheel, pedals, rig, monitor, monitor stand and PC/console. They have a range of 3 alu-rigs, so If you’re on a budget, don’t worry.

That’s the end of part two. Next time we are going into the big simulator titles and more. Stay tuned.

You can find links to all equipment mentioned here down below.

Fanatec CSL Elite F1 bundle

Fanatec ClubSport V2,5 wheelbase

Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer


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