Project Sim Racer: Part 2 – Let’s Go Racing!


Many tracks come with alternate layouts.

While in this case Atlanta Motorsports Park only has one road course layout, other tracks have lots of options. Lime Rock, for example, has many different layouts that include or exclude the various chicanes that have been added over the years.

To give you an idea of the breadth of road circuits available, both “official” Studio 397 / Image Space Incorporated tracks as well as user-submitted content:

  • Atlanta Motorsports Park
  • Barber Motorsports Park
  • Matsusaka (Suzuka)
  • Autodrome of Portugal
  • Bathurst
  • Lime Rock Park
  • Carolina Motorsports Park
  • Magny-Cours
  • Palm Beach International Raceway
  • Silverstone

And many more!


rFactor 2 even includes 125cc karts as well as many kart track layouts.

My home track, Atlanta Motorsports Park, has quite the karting circuit. Even better, the recently added NOLA Motorsports Park karting facility is included. If I wanted, I could relive my 24-hour endurance karting experience!

Speaking of the tracks, they are extremely accurately modeled using a combination of laser scanning and other techniques. While you don’t get the true “feel” of elevation change in the simulators as much as you do in real life, you know that it is there. Through all the titles I’ve tested and played with over the years, elevation change is probably the one thing that I’ve yet to find a good simulation of. 

On the home screen, you can also decide what you want to do when you drive. Three options are presented here: Practice, Qualifying, and Race. Each of these “sessions” can be customized.


You can pull a lot of levers here, from weather to lighting to opponent selection and more.

Want to drive a kart with F1 cars around you? Sure why not.

Want it to start raining during qualifying? You can do that, too.

Want it to start getting dark and cold during the race and then suddenly get light again? Alright, why not.

Let’s grab a C6 Corvette and go practice at Atlanta Motorsports Park- one of my home tracks.

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