And perhaps you might be now considering switching from ACC or iRacing to give it a try.
rFactor 2 is actually a great simulator, but there are some things you should be aware of before you make the switch.
In this review, I’ll try to be as objective as possible and give you an idea of what to expect from rFactor 2.
I’ve started using it a very long time ago to practice for my Formula 3 seasons back in 2015 and 2016.
It also had the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix track which allowed me to get really good at it and to then deliver two Top 5 finishes at the Grand Prix.
Having said that, let’s now start with our in-depth review of rFactor 2!
What is rFactor 2?
rFactor 2 is a sim racing software created by Image Space Incorporated and since 2016 developed by Studio 397.
Similar to its predecessor, rFactor, the software is used by professional racing teams for driver training and race car development.
In addition to that, the software offers a great physics and suspension model that simulates any type of multi-wheeled vehicle of any era.
When was rFactor 2 Released?
The simulator was first released for Windows in late 2012 and was then available to purchase on Steam from March 2013.
Which engine does rFactor 2 use?
The software runs on the Unreal Engine which is known for its great graphics and allows for a lot of flexibility when it comes to modding.
The graphics and sounds in rFactor are amazing and really give you the feeling of being in a real race car.
In addition to that, you have a lot of options to customize your experience to make it as realistic as possible.
Is rFactor 2 Realistic?
Yes, it really is.
Think about it, professional racing teams are using rFactor 2 for driver training and race car development.
That means the simulator has to be pretty damn good and realistic in order to attract their attention.
And that’s what I like about rFactor 2, the realism.
You can really feel the car and tires reacting to the track and the slightest changes in your driving style will be noticeable.
What’s more, the developers keep adding new features to the simulator all the time in order to improve its realism.
Are rFactor 2 tracks laser scanned?
Not all of the tracks are laser scanned but some of the major ones are.
You can check this forum post here to see exactly which track is and isn’t in the laser-scanned list.
Bathurst, Barcelona and Spa-Francorchamps are laser scanned which is really good to know most sim racers.
I think it would be great if all of the tracks were laser scanned as that would add even more realism to the simulator though I can understand how expensive it would be to do so.
In case you were wondering, here’s the full list of rFactor2 cars and tracks available as of 2022.
The simulator is currently only compatible with PC Windows devices which means that any console or Mac users are out of luck.
If you’re on Mac you could install the Windows OS on a virtual machine but that’s beyond the scope of this review.
Console users will have to wait for the developers to release a console version which might never come.
How much does rFactor 2 cost?
The simulator is currently sold for $31.99 on the Steam platform and you could be up and running in minutes.
In addition to that, there is a large modding community for rFactor 2 and you can find skins, tracks and mods for just about anything you want.
Some of them come at an extra cost but the vast majority of them are free.
Is rFactor 2 worth it?
Yes, if you’re into sim racing and wanted to get as close to the real thing as possible then rFactor 2 is definitely worth it.
The simulator is extremely realistic and offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to modding.
In addition to that, there’s a massive modding community for rFactor 2 so you’ll never run out of things to do.
The only downside is that the simulator is currently only compatible with PC Windows devices leaving console and Mac users out in the cold.
Remember that professional teams are using rFactor 2 for driver training and race car development so you know for a fact that the simulator is good.
That’s it for our rFactor 2 review!
Happy sim racing everyone! 🙂
rFactor 2 FAQ
is rfactor 2 on ps4 or xbox?
No, rFactor 2 is not available on PS4 or Xbox. The simulator is only compatible with PC Windows devices at the moment.
is rfactor 2 free?
No, rFactor 2 is not free. The simulator currently retails for $31.99 on the Steam platform.
Does rFactor 2 have single player?
Yes, rFactor 2 does have single player.
You can race against AI drivers who will behave and drive as realistically as possible.
Does rFactor 2 have career mode?
Nope, rFactor 2 doesn’t have a career mode.