What do I need to start iRacing?

iRacing is one of the most popular and best racing simulators of all time. Thanks to a unique approach to access the game and a huge catalogue of cars and tracks to choose from, this iRacing has become a huge success.

But what do you need to purchase and own to be able to play iRacing? We've got everything you need to know right here!

System requirements

Before you purchase anything to do with iRacing, it's crucial that you check whether your PC is up to the job. As iRacing is a PC exclusive, you'll need to have a good gaming computer in order to run the game.

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Thankfully, the iRacing website has both the recommended and minimum requirements to run iRacing listed:

Operating System

Minimum: Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Recommended: Windows 10 64-Bit

Processor (CPU)

Minimum: 4 Cores

Some Examples (but not limited to): AMD FX-6300, Intel Core i5-4430, Intel Core i5-2320, AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Recommended: 6 Cores

Some Examples (but not limited to): Intel Core i7-8700K @3.70 GHz, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or better

High End: 8+ Cores

Some Examples (but not limited to): Intel Core 9-10980XE @ 3.0GHz, Intel i9-9900KS @ 4.00 GHz, AMD Ryzen 9 3900X or AMD Ryzen 3950X

Memory (RAM)

Minimum: 16GB

Recommended: 16GB

High End: 32+GB

Graphics (GPU)

A gaming graphics card with dedicated memory (vRAM) is required.

Minimum: 2GB Dedicated vRAM

Some Examples (but not limited to):  Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 @ 2 GB / GTX 1050 or ATI Radeon HD 7850 @ 2GB / AMD RX 550 or better

Recommended: 6GB Dedicated vRAM

Some Examples (but not limited to):  GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB or AMD RX 580 or better

High End: 8+GB Dedicated vRAM

Some Examples (but not limited to):  Nvidia 2080 TI or AMD Radeon VII or better

Storage (Available HDD Space)

Minimum: 25GB

Recommended: 50GB (For all cars and tracks)


Minimum: DX11


If your PC meets the minimum requirements for iRacing, you then need to subscribe to iRacing to play it. Unlike most games, you don't make a one-time purchase, you subscribe to the game. This can either be for a monthly, six-monthly, yearly or two-yearly fee, depending on what you want.

You can subscribe either through Steam or directly on the iRacing website. We recommend going to the iRacing site, as there's the option to pay in USD, which makes it cheaper and the option to go for a two-year subscription. The two-year deal works out at less than £4 per month, the cheapest option available by far.

So, if your PC meets the system requirements and you find the prices reasonable, you can start playing iRacing today!

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