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rFactor available on Steam

rFactor available on Steam

As announced, Image Space Incorporated made the original rFactor Simulator software available on the Steam digital distribution platform. Even though rFactor 1 is about ten years old and already has a follow-up in the form of rFactor2,  it is still a viable simulation platform with a very loyal fanbase.

The man behind the rFactor Steam release is the software developer and avid sim racer Marcel Offermans. Many community members will without a doubt have raced the friendly Dutch Apache software guru. A few months ago, ISI contacted Marcel with the request of bringing rFactor 1 to he Steam platform. As a huge fan of the sim, Marcel gladly accepted, and as a result we can now enjoy the fruits of his labor with a fully Steam integrated version of rFactor.

With features such as the Steam friends system, achievements, matchmaker, Music Player and more, Marcel has a reason to be proud. On his personal blog he published a nice article explaining us the work needed to get the job done.

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With a 15% release reduction price, the Steam version of rFactor retails for €19,54€ instead of the regular €22,99.

Existing rFactor members can convert their regular to a Steam version by requesting a Steam Key at the dedicated rFactor Steam Key webpage.

rFactor Listed Features


  • Updated 15 degrees of freedom physics engine
  • Advanced tire modeling
  • Support for 4-link rear suspension
  • Engine boost modeling
  • Complex aerodynamics
  • Head physics, cockpit vibrations, detailed bump modeling
  • All-new track-specific terrain data file system


  • DX9 advanced graphics engine
  • Real-time day/night transitions
  • Projected headlights for nighttime driving
  • Adjust player and opponent volume ratio
  • See the apex with the Look Ahead slider
  • Adjust your seat and mirror while in the driver’s seat
  • Updating real-time scoring towers
  • Expanded and enhanced gauge and LCD features for vehicle cockpits
  • Improved loading times
  • Updated sound engine
  • Changing engine sounds based on upgraded vehicle performance


  • Career mode with upgrades that affect the vehicle’s appearance, performance, and sound
  • Define AI opponent types, strength and aggression
  • Races can be lap based, time based or both
  • Vehicle upgrade system
  • Vehicle economy including mileage
  • Ambient and track temperature changes throughout the race
  • More configurable keys than you can shake a stick at
  • Multiple Racing Series with vehicle and circuit filters
  • Grid editing


  • Full screen monitor and ability to rewind
  • Freely move camera from any position including the ever famous exclusive ISI Swingman
  • Spectator mode
  • Greatly enhanced replay system including clip splicing
  • Move, duplicate or delete replay clips while assigning camera movements to each
  • Export replays to AVI files defining compression and size options


  • Completely new multiplayer engine
  • Built in race statistics reporting to web based RaceCast system
  • Built in friends list
  • Server bookmarks
  • Dedicated server, including single click option
  • Native voting system
  • Add AI to multiplayer games
  • Built in IRC chat
  • Boot and ban player lists that can be passed around
  • Security checks to combat potential cheating

Open Architecture

  • Extensive support for modders
  • Easy to use customizable multi-language support
  • Define a league schedule
  • Rules to simulate different types of racing
  • Completely customize your controller
  • Drop in new vehicle liveries


  • 2006 Formula IS – High-Performance Open Wheel (Video)
  • 2005 Hammer – Full Bodied GT
  • 2005 Howston – Full Bodied GT
  • National Stock Car – Stock Car
  • Panoz – Full Bodied GT
  • 2005 Rayzor – Rally Turbo
  • 2006 rF3 – Quick and Nimble Open Wheel
  • 2005 Rhez – Small FWD Sport Compact
  • 2006 Rhez – Small FWD Sport Compact
  • 2005 rTrainer – Low-Speed Open Wheel
  • 2005 Venom – Rally
  • 2005 ZR – Affordable High-Performance Sedan


  • Barcelona – Permanent Road Course
  • Brianza – Permanent Road Course
  • Essington Park – Permanent Road Course
  • Jacksonville Speedway – High Banked Superspeedway
  • Jiading – Permanent Road Course
  • Joesville Speedway – Paved Short Track
  • Lienz Festival – Country Roads (Video)
  • Mills Metropark – Permanent Road Course with two layouts
  • Montreal – Permanent Road Course
  • Northamptonshire – Permanent Road Course
  • Nuerburg – Permanent Road Course
  • Orchard Lake – Banked Tri-Oval with Infield Road Course
  • Sardian Heights – Street Circuit with two layouts
  • Toban Raceway Park – Permanent Road Course with four layouts

Runs Best With

  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 3.0 GHz AMD Athlon II x2 or better
  • 4GB RAM or more
  • nVidia 250 GTS or ATI/AMD 4870 or better
  • 512MB Video Memory or more
  • Microsoft Windows Vista 64bit, Windows 7 64bit
  • DirectX 9.0c (included with installer)
  • 2008 C++ SP1 Runtimes (included with the installer)
  • 4GB Hard Drive Space or more
  • Internet Connection
  • Steering wheel and pedals

System Requirements

  • 1.4 GHz processor
  • PC Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP, XP 64-bit, Vista, 7 (will NOT run in Windows 95 or Windows 98 first edition)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Geforce4 4200 or Radeon 9200
  • 128 MB video RAM
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • 2.0 GB of hard drive space for installation
  • Internet connection required for system activation, enabled network adapter required for gameplay
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