• Danny Lee

5 Great Cars on iRacing for Logitech G29 Drivers

In my opinion some cars in iRacing are just really difficult to drive on entry level wheels, like trying to eat soup with a fork - it’s possible, but it’s gonna be hard work. iRacing doesn’t let you try cars before you buy outside of maintenance windows, so I’ve swapped my Fanatec CSL DD for my old Logitech G29 for a little bit so I can explore the cars I already know well and give my view on which of them are still good to drive with a starter wheel such as this.

These are the cars I think penalise weaker wheels the least, but are popular enough that you can still join the fun in some of the best racing that iRacing can give.

Number 1 - Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo

First up is iRacing’s Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo which, despite looking feisty, is one of the more cooperative and predictable GT3 cars of the bunch. With this car, you can take part in the D class Ferrari Fixed series, the B class Fanatec GT3 challenge, the B class VRS series AND the B class IMSA series.

This makes the Ferrari one of the best utility cars of all. If you get comfy with this thing then you have a variety of series you can jump into. Currently, the fixed setup enforced in the Ferrari Fixed and Fanatec GT3 series is quite stable, if not the fastest the Ferrari can be. All this combines to make the Ferrari GT3 a great companion for low level hardware.

Given the Ferrari’s popularity, range of applicable series you can use it in, and its relatively high speed, this car’s place in the fast but friendly five was assured.

Number 2 - Touring Cars

Next are the touring cars, and I reference the whole class because out of the triple headed roster of front wheel drive touring cars currently available, any one of the Honda, Hyundai or Audi touring cars is as good a choice as the other for forgiving but frenetic racing. The Audi is easier to launch from a standing start and is a bit more ponderous in the way it handles which is good for low power wheelbases, so if you don’t have a favourite then opt for the RS3.

Due to the front wheel drive powertrain, this car offers you a higher chance to reliably finish your race every time if you maintain restraint. Even if you get things badly wrong, your punishment is usually just a little bit of lost time or an off track, and rarely fatal. Although it’s much weaker on my G29, I could still tell when the front tyres were breaking traction and could react to it.

With eligibility for the Class D Touring Car Challenge and the Class C IMSA Pilot Challenge, you’ll have a good spread of racing available with one car purchase. The only question you’ll be left with is whether front wheel drive is your cup of tea.

Number 3 - Dallara P217 LMP2

Third is the Dallara P217 LMP2 - Despite being ferociously quick and nimble, I found the LMP2 to be easier than expected on my G29, even with the fixed sprint setup used in the Ricmotech LMP2 series. The powerful yet peaky engine is not so strong that it easily overpowers the rear tyres unless you’re silly with the throttle, and the high downforce makes this car quite predictable travelling at speed, making it less about feeling the subtle cues that are lost on lower end wheels and more about relying on your reactions and accuracy to get through the lap. So long as you get the hang of relaxing the brakes when the speed drops and the downforce fades and you’re smooth on the throttle then you should find yourself getting cosy with this wonderful car.

The LMP2 does feel a bit numb to steer on a G29, as if you’re just steering a screen instead of steering a car, but generally it’s completely driveable, fun and fast so long as you take extra care to be smooth in the slow bits.

With the ability to use the LMP2 in the Class B IMSA, Class A European Sprint Series and Class B Ricmotech LMP2 series, you get a wide choice of schedules and tracks to choose from on any given race week.

Number 4 - Radical SR8

Fourth in my list is the Radical SR8, iRacing’s special little secret - a brilliant car which has one of the most communicative feedback experiences for the driver, even on low end wheels the Radical is livelier than average.

Because of its low weight and high downforce, every bit of speed you gain in the Radical feels like it pushes the car into the track twice over, meaning the fun correlates directly with how fast you’re going. I found it fairly easy to engage with the Radical’s frantic ways with the G29, and although the excitement factor is much lower without the bombardment of knocks, bumps and cambers I’d normally feel through the CSL DD, the important thing was that it was thoroughly driveable and I could see myself getting used to it.

You’ll have to be on the ball to catch the car if you’re too rough with the power in the slow stuff, but you can definitely have a great time nonetheless, just remember to enlist the help of autoblip, it simplifies the Radical greatly so that you can concentrate on driving.

The C Class Radical Series is the only one you can use the Radical with, and sometimes numbers can be low, but there is a community dedicated to this car with it’s own discord server and broadcasted high strength grid race. The Radical is loved by all whose heart it touches.

Number 5 - Porsche 992 Cup

Last on my list is the Porsche 992 Cup. Yeah - I’m as surprised as you are. When I jumped into a practice session with this thing, on Mount Panorama no less, I had completely assumed that I would be writing this into the dishonorable pile. Instead, I drove out the pits and did 5 fresh-faced laps straight out the gate until I pulled into the pits again with a changed mind.

Yes, this is a difficultish car to drive due to its lack of electronic aids and unforgiving dynamics but it’s much, much more balanced and reasonable than its predecessor and it’s difficult for everyone, regardless of what hardware you’re using, so if you were scared away by the brutal 991 cup from long ago and haven’t been back since, try again and you’ll find the 992 to make a lot more sense overall.

Both the Fixed and Open Setup series are C Class and run opposite eachother, giving you a race as often as every hour if you dabble in both pots.

So these are some of the cars that I think are on the closer end in terms of difficulty or driveability to what they are with my usual CSL DD, and by that I’m saying they are certainly workable if you’re smooth and focused and represent good choices for racing on low power wheels in fast paced series.

That’s not to say it’s much fun, though, Yes I was able to get into a groove and feel somewhat familiar in them but I have to admit I felt like the life and soul were stripped from the cars I listed and the lack of vibrant feedback itself can make you drift out of concentration. The cars I’ve listed are great for getting your foot in the door for some of the best and fastest series on iRacing and deciding if you really do like this sim racing stuff after all, but you will have a much more exciting time when you eventually upgrade. I love my G29, this isn’t me dunking on it, but progress is leaving the original low power wheels behind more and more every year and it’s important to point people to the cars that can still be used with them.

That’s the list as I see it. Comment on the video over on Youtube with your own thoughts if you agree or disagree or have more to add, it’s good for folks to see what the rest of you think.

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