The best racing games on PC

From honing your timing for a perfect gear shift to kicking out the back-end for a sublime drift, a quality racing game just feels right. If you’re looking to hop in and fire up the engine of a superb racer we’ve got the best breakneck PC picks for you.

Forza Horizon 4

With Forza Horizon 4 the series coasts from the sunny Aussie Outback and into the wet and windy British Isles.

It introduces a whole other world to racing with seasons — you can feel your car react to subtle changes like wet leaves and icy roads, forcing you to skilfully master it if you want the best track times.

Dirt Rally

Dirt Rally proves that strategy and resource management are all too rare in sim-racing. You’ll become surprisingly attached to your ride due to the need to look after it in every race.

Of course, Dirt Rally doesn’t hold you back too much — there’s plenty of reckless driving to do in all the mud and rubble.

TrackMania 2: Canyon

Hold on to your seat when taking on TrackMania 2: Canyon. With dangers straight out of a Hot Wheels set, you’ll take on terrifying hairpin bends and g-force-laden chambers at high speed to conquer these courses.

Sweeping barrel rolls, nigh-impossible jumps, and floating platforms that stick two fingers up to physics are what sets the TrackMania series apart from other arcade racers.

Driver: San Francisco

If Steve McQueen were turned into a videogame he would be Driver: San Francisco.

It’s a game that loves American muscle, roaring engines, squealing tyres, and the steep hills and twisting roads of San Francisco. This is one of the coolest driving games out there and the great soundtrack completes the fantasy.

Shift 2

Shift 2 is the best compromise between realism and accessibility in racing sims, making any new driver feel like a highly competitive racer.

The game constantly shifts to address what you need to perform at a high level, including subtle driving mechanics, to make the most fun out of slick and smooth performance driving.

F1 2016

If you live for the career modes in racing games then make sure you play F1 2016.

It has the most complete career mode to date so that you can now lose your driver entirely if you’re underperforming. Put your skills to the test in this high risk, high reward racer.

Race: Injection

This is as serious as racing games can get. Race: Injection is a difficult game. There are muscle cars, endurance cars, and open-wheel racers to choose from, all brilliantly recreated and offering unique driving challenges.

While a tad dated by some standards, a few minutes with these cars and you won’t even notice the aged appearance.

Assetto Corsa

Less a great racing game and more a superb handling model with a game built around it, Assetto Corsa feels like driving a real car around a real track, to the point of being uncanny at times.

It’s an excellent option for any racing fan after modern, attractive graphics and good AI with high-fidelity simulation.