How to get started in sim racing?
The world of sim racing and online games has reported a significant increase in popularity during the past couple of years – especially due to the coronavirus pandemic which has blocked access to real motorsport events and has severely limited the possibility of racing training and competing in both professional and amateur motorsport.
The results of studies of the global simulation games market seem to confirm that, as it has been estimated at 4,04 billion USD in 2019.
How to start sim racing experience to not only understand this field but also enjoy it? How to developing your driving technique correctly? I will explain it in this article, enjoy!
What’s your plan? E-sport? Fun? Training? Get into sim racing!
Before anything else, we must answer the question – why do we want to racing on a virtual circuit? We can divide this into following categories: online championships, driving for fun or professional sim racers training. Furthermore for many sim racers the main goal is to ultimately enter real motorsport.
To competitive racing you don’t really need a high-end sim racing setup to be competitive online racing. For high level driving only a set of steering wheel with pedals is required. A good example of such a set would be the Thrustmaster racing wheel T300 RS with optional TLCM pedals, who, thanks to the load-cell sensor, will offer a satisfactory level of braking precision.
In terms of driving for fun the only limits are your budget and personal preference. For some people it might be sufficient to use what others have for e-sport purposes, other people might focus on the most sophisticated and advanced solutions as a sim racing cockpits or even full racing simulator. I recommend you search for other sim racers preferred setups to get inspiration for something that works for you.
It’s important to remember that expensive sim racing equipment will not directly guarantee faster driving but can offer much more immersion.
When it comes to training before actual race track driving it’s better to focus on the advanced sim racing rig in order to achieve the best racing simulation.
Console or gaming PC – what should be your basis?
Hardware market for sim racing offers many possibilities – from the most basic console or gaming PC sets available in almost every major shop through more advanced solutions with high-end steering wheels and pedal boxes from the same manufacturers who supply their solutions to actual racing drivers and sim racing teams (for example AP Racing or Tilton).
For starters, especially when having a limited budget, it’s good to use the hardware already available at home. Once our abilities improve and we get more fun from sim racing crossing over to PC or buying additional racing accessories will come as a natural process.