rFactor vs rFactor 2: What’s Better?

rFactor vs rFactor 2
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
March 15, 2022

I’m sure many of you sim racers out there are wondering what’s better: rFactor or rFactor 2.

In this blog post, I’ll compare and contrast the two sim racing titles and share my thoughts on which one is better.

We’re going to compare the games based on the following aspects:

  • Release Date
  • Graphics and Physics
  • Device Compatibility
  • Level of realism
  • Variety of cars & tracks
  • Online multiplayer
  • Prices

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What’s the difference between rFactor and rFactor 2?

rFactor 2 is simply the sequel of rFactor(1) which was developed and released back in 2005 by  Image Space Incorporated and then improved upon by Studio 397.

What's the difference between rFactor and rFactor 2?

It therefore has got much better graphics and physics, more content as well as updated cars tracks.

Release Date

The first thing we’re going to compare is the release date. rFactor was released back in August 2005, while rFactor 2 was released in November 2013.

That means that rFactor is over 8 years “older” than RF2.

Release Date

Although release dates may seem irrelevant, actually having a more recent up-to-date game has massive advantages in terms of technology and graphics advancements.

This is especially apparent when you compare the graphics of the two games side by side.

Graphics and Physics

When it comes to graphics and physics, rFactor 2 is the clear winner as its graphics are more realistic and the car physics are more accurate.

Its engine, isiMotor 2.5, is a step forward compared to its predecessor isiMotor 2 from rFactor 1.

Graphics and Physics

That againg underlines how the extra experience gained from 2005 to 2013 has helped make RF2 a more realistic and immersive driving experience.

Device Compatibility

In terms of compatibility, there are no major differences as both the game are purely PC compatible and are not available on console.

Device Compatibility

Of course, the new RF2 requires a more recent operating system version of Windows (7/8/10) than RF1.

Level of realism

The level of realism is, again, higher much in RF2 as it’s a more modern and advanced game. The tracks, weather effects and cars look and feel much more realistic.

Level of realism

It’s important to point out that realism is a very subjective aspect, so what one person may deem as more realistic, another person may not.

Having said that, there’s no doubt that the majority would confirm that RF2 is a way more realistic experience.

Variety of cars & tracks

With it 90 cars and 230+ circuits available, rFactor 2 has a wider selection of content than rFactor 1.

This is to be expected as RF2 is a more recent game and, over time, more content has been added.

Variety of cars & tracks

One aspect where RF2 falls short compared to RF1 is the lack of classic cars.

Online Multiplayer

When it comes to online multiplayer, again, RF2 is the clear winner.

It has a much better system that allows for more organized and competitive races which is key for keeping the audience engaged.

Nowadays the community part plays a major role in the success or failure of racing games, since if they won’t be able to race online with fellow drivers they’d probably quit the game for another ones.


Lastly, when it comes to prices, RF2 is a bit more expensive than RF1.

RF1 currently costs $24.99 on Steam while rFactor 2 costs $31.99.

It’s $7 more expensive though I think that wouldn’t discourage anyone from buying the RF2 game.

Is rFactor 2 better than rFactor 1?

Absolutely. Overall it appears that the developers at Studio 397 took everything they learned from the original rFactor game and used it to create an even better sequel.

The graphics are more realistic, the physics are more accurate, the level of realism is higher and there’s a wider selection of content.

Is rFactor 2 better than rFactor 1?

It’s also worth mentioning that rFactor 2 is more expensive than rFactor 1, but I believe that the extra cost is completely worth it.

Will there be a rFactor 3 in the future?

I’m pretty sure there will be an RF3 anytime soon. It’s passed 9 years since the release of RF2 back in 2013 therefore I expect Studio 397 to release a new game sequel pretty soon. That would be pretty exciting!


So, overall, as you can see it appears that rFactor 2 is the better game in nearly all aspects.

Who knows what the future holds for rFactor 2, but one thing is for sure: it’s a great game that any racing fan should try out.

It rivals the very best sim racing games among multiple different aspects and it’s now very close to the level of realism of iRacing and ACC.

Hope you enjoyed the content.

Happy sim racing! 🙂

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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