Indy500, F1 at Monaco, 24H of LeMans, race them all in the comfort of your house. Clothing optional.
So you didn’t end up becoming a racing driver or rider like you’d always hoped. Not to worry, that’s what video games are for. We’ve compiled a list of the most famous races that you can compete in from your very own living room.
The Race: Indy 500
The Game: GRID 2
Known as ‘the greatest spectacle in racing,’ the Indianapolis 500 is Indy Car racing’s most famous race, lasting a gruelling three hours at speeds of well over 200 mph.
GRID 2 from Codemasters boasts not just the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but also the Dallara DW12 Indy Car, allowing you to create your very own Indy 500.
The Race: Monaco Grand Prix
The Game: F1 2013
The Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo is without doubt the most prestigious race in Formula One; it’s the one that every driver wants to win. Described as the ‘jewel in the crown,’ the race around the principality has been part of the calendar since the sport began in 1950.
F1 2013, the officially licensed Formula One game from Codemasters, gives gamers the ultimate Monaco experience. Put the race distance up to 100% and you can enjoy the full 78 laps with dynamic weather, tire wear and no doubt a few safety cars.
The Race: 24 Hours of Le Mans
The Game: Gran Turismo
First held in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the oldest and most famous endurance race in the world. Drivers must cope with changing conditions and the transition from day to night – all on one of the toughest circuits on earth, the Circuit de la Sarthe.
With Gran Turismo 5 (and no doubt GT 6 due out in December), players can experience Le Mans like no other video game… the full 24 hours! You can either try and hardcore it on your own or better still, invite a couple of mates over and you’ve got your very own endurance racing team.
The Race: Erzberg Rodeo
The Game: Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V might seem an odd choice but the open map of Los Santos –- and the inclusion of dirt bikes –- means you can recreate just about any Enduro race you fancy.
The quarry is the perfect setting for the Erzberg Rodeo, while a race from the beach to the top of Mount Chiliad is just like the Red Bull Sea to Sky and remember those stunt jumps? Well that’s the Red Bull X-Fighters right there.
The Race: Rally Finland
The Game: WRC 4
There’s plenty of famous rallies but nothing quite beats the 'Grand Prix of Rallying', Rally Finland. The event is the fastest on the WRC calendar and is famed for the blind crests and huge jumps.
WRC 4 is the official game of the World Rally Championship and features the 2013 cars and drivers, so you can battle for victory with newly-crowned champion Sebastien Ogier at the WRC’s hairiest rally.
The Race: Bathurst 1000
The Game: Forza Motorsport 5
Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 is to V8 Supercars what Monaco is to Formula One. The race consists of 161 laps – that’s 1,000km – around the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.
V8 Supercars have been part of the Forza Motorsport series since Forza 3, but with the addition of the Mount Panorama Circuit for Xbox One’s Forza 5, you’ll happily be able to recreate ‘the Great Race.’