rFactor 2: Get Started guide, which DLC to buy first & more!

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rFactor 2 is an often overlooked member of the sim-racing world, and one that we're rather fond of.

After a rough release in 2013, Studio 397 has taken over the management of the game.

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Now, the game is a hidden gem in the sim-racing world, so let's get you started now!

rFactor 2

rFactor 2 is currently available on Steam for 50% off thanks to the Steam Winter Sale. This makes the game £12.89 currently.

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REAL RACING: rFactor 2 has some incredible physics!

There are a number of DLCs we suggest purchasing in order to enjoy the game to its fullest.

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Thankfully, these are also part of the Winter Sale, and are currently the GT3 Bundle, The Endurance Bundle, and the Track Expansion Bundle.

This will leave you with plenty of content to explore, and some of the best tracks in the world to race at.

Getting Started

Firstly, make sure your hardware is well optimised and ready to run rFactor 2.

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CONTENT: There is a host of fan-made content!

This includes your wheel and pedal setup, which will need to be calibrated once again for use in the game.

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Graphics settings depend massively on your hardware, but make sure to prioritise a higher frame rate if you're using a high refresh rate monitor.

You can also download any mods/tracks you see fit, including Spa! You'll simply need to make sure that this content is checked as installed in the rFactor 2 launcher.

Get Racing

Now, you'll want get racing I'm sure. Firstly, we recommend checking which car and track you have selected, and hop into a practice.

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DRIVE CAREFULLY: You can adjust the AI difficulty in-game!

You can select whether or not you want other AI cars on track with you, weather and time etc.

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You can also change rubber saturation on the track, damage multipler and more. We recommend setting Real Road as Naturally Progressing, as this will best reflect rubbering on track.

Finally, set up your force feedback which is done at the track on the controls tab. If you run a standard force feedback value for your wheel, you'll likely need to turn down you car-specific FFB to 0.75 or lower.

Now, get racing, and enjoy!