rFactor 2 is a realistic, easily extendable racing simulation that offers the latest in vehicle and race customization, great graphics, outstanding multiplayer and the height of racing realism. It features mixed class road racing with ultra realistic dynamics, an immersive sound environment and stunning graphics.
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Release Date: Mar 28, 2013

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August 15


Introducing new and improved Autodromo di Mores: the atmospheric Mediterranean track of Sardegna! This new version offers a bunch of improvements including, 4K textures, balanced colors, an all new “AIW”, and many more changes listed below.


– TDF updated to actual standards
– New HD Track Loader
– Fixed a terrain mesh triangle causing a black patch.
– Fixed Tire Canvas not tagged as light receiver
– Fixed main Starting Light Overhang Z fight
– Fixed missing caps on main Overhang
– Fixed some mesh shadows groups assignation
– Fixed floating shadows in pitlane when using low shadows settings
– Fixed unwanted cut warnings
– Fixed Sewers mapping
– Fixed Asphalt bicolor patch edges to match crackle decals
– Fixed Verges mapping
– A tad more saturation for all Grass Textures
– Terrain maps now in 4K version
– Green Defender Barrier; Fresnel Specular smoothed out to avoid edgy/glitchy speculars
– Vegetation; a tad more luma for all tree/bush textures
– Cones; a tad less sat/luma for albedo map
– Tweaked specular for different asphalts
– Stripes specular tune to match reference
– Added Test Team RRBINs
– AIW various improvements
– Added more side cams.
– All roads updated to latest RealRoad shader
– All roads remapped
– gMotor Normals export for all mesh
– Material optimization and matballs cleaning
– Overall texture tweaking to balance the HDR output
– Applied random VC in the vegetation color palette, for all trees.
– Glass optimization to work a tad better with actual Static
– Fixed outer terrain overlapped vertices causing black patches

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June 17


Image Space Inc. Are very happy to present woochoo’s Matsusaka Circuit! This fabulous figure-8 layout boasts some of the most sweeping and enjoyable asphalt in all of racing.


Matsusaka is popular Japanese circuit based on a figure-8 layout. Opened in the 1960s, it hosts top level open-wheel and GT events, and slower cars can be accommodated on two shorter alternate layouts. Minor layout revisions in its history have added three chicanes, and all currently possible layout variations are available in-game.

Matsusaka for rFactor2 features eight layouts; Grand Prix, International, and East layouts support 54 garage places. West layouts support 21 garage places. All layouts are equipped with trackside lighting suitable for night racing using headlights.

Grand Prix – 3.61 mile roadcourse
The main figure-8 circuit as used for Grand Prix racing, with appropriate additional trackside details, and freshly painted kerbs and white lines.

International – 3.609 mile roadcourse
The main figure-8 circuit as used for GT endurance and sprint events, with some variations in trackside details.

International (Old) – 3.61 mile roadcourse
The base figure-8 circuit, but using the tighter original final chicane.

International (West) – 3.61 mile roadcourse
The base figure-8 circuit, but adding a chicane after the hairpin in the Western half of the circuit.

Motorcycle – 3.62 mile roadcourse
The base figure-8 circuit as used for motorcycle racing, which uses the Western chicane, and the tight final chicane.

East – 1.391 mile roadcourse
A shortened layout using only the Eastern half of the circuit, joined by a tricky variable camber final turn.

West – 2.16 mile roadcourse
A shorter version of the base figure-8 layout, based around an alternative start and pit complex in the Western half of the circuit.A short link roadbypasses the final chicanes and the Eastern half of the circuit.

West (West Chicane) – 2.16 mile roadcourse
The West layout with the addition of the Western Chicane after the hairpin.

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About This Game


rFactor 2 is a realistic, easily extendable racing simulation from Image Space Incorporated. It offers the latest in vehicle and race customization, great graphics, outstanding multiplayer and the height of racing realism. rFactor 2 features mixed class road racing with ultra realistic dynamics, an immersive sound environment and stunning graphics.

You can race against a field of AI cars, or in multi-player mode against others. The simulation supports a full day-night cycle as well as dynamically varying weather conditions such as rain. Tracks feature "real-road" technology that changes the grip as more cars drive on it. You can run full 24 hour endurance events and in multi-player mode, driver swaps are also supported. Everything can be customized by the community, including adding new tracks and cars, and a wealth of add-ons are available on-line.

rFactor 2 is also an evolving product, which will be updated and added to for many years, so the list of features will expand!

Purchase Options

There are basically three different options if you want to purchase rFactor 2:
  • You can buy "rFactor 2" and enjoy every aspect of this simulation except on-line racing.
  • You can buy "rFactor 2 with Lifetime Subscription" and enjoy every aspect of this simulation including a lifetime subscription to on-line racing.
  • You can buy 'rFactor 2" and a separate "rFactor 2 - Online Services Subscription" which gives you the full simulation plus a year worth of on-line racing which you can renew.

If you already own a copy of rFactor 2 outside of Steam, you can use this form to convert that license into a Steam key: https://commerce.rfactor.net/steam-transfer-form.


  • Updated to use multi-core CPU technology
  • Advanced physics engine
  • Newly updated tire model
  • Driving surface construction, even painted line thickness, affects grip levels
  • Engine boost and Turbo modeling
  • Complex aerodynamics
  • Head physics, cockpit vibrations, detailed bump modeling

Dynamic Racing Experience
  • Real-time day/night lighting transitions
  • Realistic wet/dry weather transitions
  • Dynamically laid rubber increases grip throughout racing session(s)
  • Rubber chunks (“marbles”) roll off tires and can affect grip
  • Tires sustain damage from poor driving or setups, affecting grip immediately and over time
  • Dynamically drying racing line after rain
  • Environments filled with animated events like planes, flag marshalls and more…

  • Real-time day/night lighting transitions
  • Projected headlights for night time driving
  • Look to apex and head motion tracking support

  • DX9 advanced graphics engine
  • Real-time day/night transitions
  • Projected headlights for nighttime driving
  • Adjust player and opponent volume ratio
  • See the apex with the Look Ahead slider
  • Adjust your seat and mirror while in the driver’s seat
  • Updating real-time scoring towers
  • Expanded and enhanced gauge and LCD features for vehicle cockpits
  • Improved loading times
  • Updated sound engine
  • Changing engine sounds based on upgraded vehicle performance

  • New AI who will race for and defend positions
  • Define AI opponent types, strength and aggression
  • Races can be lap based, time based or both
  • Vehicle upgrade system

  • “Resume from Replay” allows you to rejoin a race from a saved replay
  • Full screen monitor and ability to rewind
  • Freely move camera from any position including the ever famous exclusive ISI Swingman
  • Spectator mode

  • Opponent car skins automatically transmitted
  • Completely new multiplayer engine
  • Dedicated server
  • Native voting system
  • Add AI to multiplayer games
  • Boot and ban player lists that can be passed around
  • Security checks to combat potential cheating

Open Architecture
  • Support for modder created car and track content
  • Fully adjustable Showroom, UI and HUD layouts
  • More Plugin Interfaces
  • Easy to use customizable multi-language support
  • Rules to simulate different types of racing
  • Completely customize your controller
  • Drop in new vehicle liveries

Cars and Tracks

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, with latest Service Packs
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 3.0 GHz AMD Athlon II x2
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTS 450 or AMD Radeon 5750
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, with latest Service Packs
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel i5 or 4.0 GHz AMD FX
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 760 or AMD 7870
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 60 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
So where do I start? There is so much good to say about this game.

Let's start with the realism: Cars handle very nicely and realisticly. The handling kinda reminds me off iRacing, which in my mind is a good thing as iRacing's physics is 10/10. I would actually say that rFactor 2 has slightly better physics, no doubt. They pushed it to 11/10, and how? Well one example that blew my mind happened in a 3 hour race I did in a GT2 Corvette. I was battling with the AI (we will look at the AI later) and in the exciting battle I got a small hit, went sideways and stood on the brakes while the cars was going sideways on asphalt or concrete. When I continued everything was fine until I reached higher speed or high speed corners and experienced lots of vibrations in my FFB wheel. Why? Because the game simulates flat spots really well. You might say that Assetto Corsa also simulates this, but not as well as rFactor 2.

Then we have the AI. Let me first talk quickly about Assetto Corsa. Assetto Corsa is, at least for me, a game where you do hotlapping, often around the Nurburgring. It is a very fun game, but the level of simulation, the way the cars feel, its not really a racing game, more like a hotlapping game where you drive different cars around different tracks either online of offline for fun. The AI isn't that enjoyable to race with in Assetto Corsa, but when it comes to rFactor 2 they AI is just amazing! If you are close to them they will, not always but often, move to the inside line and give up the ideal racing line to defend their position. They will also dive bomb you if you are going slow into a corner. The AI can also do things wrong, just like a normal person, like get one wheel on the grass and spinout. The AI is also extremely fun to battle with in rFactor 2. I did a 3 hour race in GT2 Corvettes mixed with LMP2 cars. I was in a Corvette. The faster LMP2 AI cars would respect you and find a safe way past you, but they could also cut somewhat close in front of you once they pass you, it just feels so realistic.

There are lots of leagues for this game and race series for the fast and good sim racers out there. Like VEC, Virtual Endurance Championship. It really is a game for racing unlike Assetto Corsa, and obviously you have day night cycles, rain, etc. Not that many cars or tracks included, some cars and tracks are also fictional, but as this is a game for league racing you will find LOTS of HIGH QUALITY cars and tracks. I downloaded a Sebring 12hour track with a league configuration. It is just so good, with the bumps, etc. This is a MUST have game if you're into sim racing. It is kinda like iRacing but with singleplayer and extremely good AI. Obviously you have online racing as there is league racing, but this costs money. You can buy lifetime online service or a subscription.

Solid 11/10 sim racing game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
simply, graphics aside, the best existing simulator
perfect for hardcore sim drivers and online championships
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
183.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Absolutely fantastic physics, AI, and force feedback. Truly a simulator in almost every sense of the word.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
rFactor 2 is the most misunderstood racing sim out there I would dare to say....Certainly lacks "polish" and ease of use however, if you have a decent wheel and pedals and take the time to set the game up according to your system and wheel, then you will quickly see why it is one of top racing platforms there is. I won't write a book as to how and why this is that way, but if your interested in owning a "professional grade" simulator and take a little time to get to know it, then rFactor 2 will become a permanent resident on your hard drive.

When you find your favourite setup, cars and tracks, it will be the racing game you end up spending the most time in one shot compared to the others as it will capture your attention and focus for longer periods of actual racing...I didn't give rF2 a fair shot at first, mostly due to the graphics and I was impatient, but I tweaked the graphics, FFB and ended up downloading the ASR Williams 14b 1992 Formula 1 car a couple of months ago and it is now one of my favorite games. I also suggest taking out the Corvette Z06 street car (original ISI content) on any of the original tracks if you want a quick glimpse to see what kind of physics and tyre model rFactor 2 has to offer.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
rFactor 2 is weird.

The game looks like crap but it also runs like crap.

rFactor 2 offers some tracks and cars I've never seen before but it is also lacking almost every popular racing car and track. Some tracks look okay while others look like they could be from a Playstation 1 game. Yes, there are mods... but the quality of mods is ranges from "good" to "holy ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ what is this supposed to be?". Here is one GT3 car, an old F1 car, then we got this random Toyota street car you could try. Oh, why don't you try this awesome Skip Barber Formula car? Get it? This game has a bit of everything but does nothing well enough.

rFactor 2 is super inconsistent: the game calculates flat spots on your tyres if you lock your wheels under braking... but it doesn't show rain effects on your windscreen when it rains.

There are probably less than 50 players online at all times, yet you have to pay a yearly subscribtion to be able to play online. Just think about that, someone at ISI got paid to have this bright idea.

On track rFactor 2 is amazing and almost unbeatable. The AI has to be one of the best (if not THE best) in the industry. Force feedback and car physics are amazing and the fact that the game dynamically calculates the amount of grip on the racing line for every inch of the track still blows my mind.

But there are so many hurdles and annoying things about rFactor 2 that I rather just play something else and don't even bother. rFactor 2 offers a bit of this and that but nothing really convinces. Hell, they have the best AI in the industry but don't even give you a championship mode?!

Take a look at Autobilista (which uses the same engine) to see what this game could have been.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Best simulator I've played!!!
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166 of 195 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
173.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I ve played hundrets if not thousands of hours of the non-steam version so dont get tricked by the hours played here on steam.

rFactor2 is the most realistic, hardcore racing simulator out there. It most certainly lacks in some departments compared to the competitor sims but what matters the most to me- the driving experience, rFactor2 destroys anything else on the market. Its tyre model is so detailed you really need to know what you are doing in order to replicate results from real life race. This is the sim that helped me to understand how hard racing can be and showed me atleast small fraction of what real life racing drivers have to go through in pursue of victory.
The rF2 community takes full advantage of the wide moddability and thanks to the steam workshop, this is now made even better and easier with everything being updated automatically.
Realistic day and night cycles allow players to replicate some amazing WEC races. There isnt anything more rewarding than finishing 8 hour race after 2 driver swaps. Long races is where all the features of rF2 come to life. If you are here just for a 10 lap quickies, rF2 is not going to shine as much as on realistic race lenghs.

Combining the fact that rF2 is the most pure and raw hardcore experience available with the fact that Image Space Inc are not bunch of profit seeking leeches, rF2 is a nobrainer.
All new content released by ISI is free for all people already own rF2, no paid DLCs, no microtransactions.
Love this sim.
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69 of 81 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I've been playing rFactor 2 since the beta was released in 2012. I will tell you this - rFactor 2 is the best driving race sim out there, bar none. The force Feedback is sublime (with a decent wheel), the AI is the best in the industry and the overall race experience is just unparalleled.

Unfortunately, if you're looking for multiplayer racing, the online component has always been, let's just say, unpopulated... The only way to really get any good MP racing has always been to join a league (of which there are plenty). Hopefully this move to STEAM will fix that and we'll finally have some populated pub servers for pick-up racing.

I'll be honest, nowadays I get my MP fix with iRacing, but rF2 is my go too sim for single player racing. It's just so damn good. I'd really love to see that change now that rF2 is on STEAM. Just need to get some new players to take the plunge. Pretty decent modding scene as well, that's only getting better.

Fair warning, rFactor 2 does take a pretty beastly rig to run and is really only truly enjoyed with a decent FFB wheel and pedal set. This is not one for the hand-me-down old laptop users. For those I'd recommend rF1/GTR 2/Game Stock Car.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
323.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
After owning pretty much most sims in the market - I was skeptical about this one- especially after trying the demo-
But i kept hearing good things about it and the demo doesnt seem to reflect that- so i thought i took the risk and get this-
Put it this way i own 100% content for all tracks and cars in iRacing(not trying to compare) i still love iracing- but after owning this and the lifetime membership and racing online and felt the tyre deg feel on this one- i have not log on to the other sim. Its that freaking good- not gonna lie it takes a bit to learn and just like a good coffee- its much harder to grind and press your own cup vs getting nespresso capsule and putting it into the machine- but the "taste" is totally different - you'll know it- thats what I felt with Rfactor 2 - the real coffee that is grounded fresh and pressed properly- it takes patience to get it right - but oh boy but when its right -need I say anymore.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
Just not to my taste
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8.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
not working
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58.6 hrs
Posted: September 21
Although it only says 40 Hours as of typing, I've put many many more hours into it before it was bought overt Steam.

rFactor 2 is the best Sim I have played to date, sure, if you're looking for a visual experience, go to Project Cars, however they have said that visual improvements and a move to DX11 is in the works, giving more FPS and better graphics.

The AI are fantastic and the most realistic I've seen, they are competitive and know how to defend a position.

Now I've never driven a GT3 at Silverstone, or a NASCAR Chevy round Daytona in real life, but it feels like I am, I feel like I'm taming a beast that could escape from my hands at any moment.

Of course, the game does rely heavily on mods, I will admit, the game does suffer from many poor conversions of cars and tracks from other lower quality games, but there is a big selection of fantastic reworks of some great tracks, you just need to have an extensive look, once you find the golden mods, you'll love the experience.

People need to understand rFactor 2 IS A SIM, it does not have a career mode, it is not marketed to the casual gamer, it's focus is on competitive driving, and race fans.

If you're a race fan go and buy, if you're looking for a mario kart fix, wrong platform m8
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