Digital Motorsport (or ‘Simulation Racing’) has become increasingly popular in recent years. In its simplest sense, it allows you to experience the thrill of competitive motorsport without ever leaving your home.There are many different games and platforms you can use to compete on. However, the FIA standard is the PS4 game Gran Turismo Sport.
WHERE AND WHEN
Digital Motorsport races take place online, and each gaming platform should provide users with the ability to enter various online races and championships suited to their location and skill level.
LICENCE REQUIREMENTS AND STARTING AGE
Currently, to start competing online in digital motorsport events, you do not require a licence of any level and there are no age restrictions.
HOW TO GET STARTED
People tend to enter Digital Motorsport from two areas. Firstly, there are motorsport competitors who want to stay sharp in the off-season or find digital motorsport more affordable. Secondly, there are those who enjoy driving simulation games and wish to step up to the next level. In essence, all you need to get started is the correct game and platform (PC, Xbox, PS4), a good internet connection, and suitable hardware.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
This will vary according to budget, but as a minimum, sim racers will have a steering wheel and pedal set as this allows greater control and feel than a handheld controller. Over time, racers may add custom seats, better gear leavers, additional monitors, and upgraded steering wheels.
No special clothing is required for Digital Motorsport, however, it is not unusual for people to wear driving gloves for longer sessions to protect both their hands and the steering wheel.