10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

On a tight budget? These brilliant, varied driving games won't cost you a penny
10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Gaming in general is getting pretty expensive these days, especially if you start diving deep into sim racing and all the associated gear. However, it doesn’t have to break your wallet - there’s a plethora of free racers from hardcore sims to full-blown arcade games to sink your teeth into.

We’ve picked out our favourites, ranging from PC simulators down to the most casual of mobile games and everything in between.

1. Copa Petrobras de Marcas

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Copa Petrobras de Marcas is the creation of Reiza Studios that brings Brazilian racing to the PC, allowing you to compete under licensed manufacturers across some of Brazil’s most impressive race tracks. Here’s a free sim that doesn’t skimp on handling and customisation options.

Just for the sheer quirkiness, Copa Petrobras de Marca has appeal - but there’s a genuinely good appeal in this sim-focused title. Effectively an advert for oil company Petrobras, the game is full of licence Brazilian trace tracks and a whole host of touring cars for you to go wheel-to-wheel with. Granted, it’s best played with a wheel and locks you to cockpit view, but it’s a great and unusual taste of South American motorsport.

Get Copa Petrobras de Marcas here

2. CarX Drift Racing 2

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Mobile racing games can often be one-dimensional - usually with side-scrolling button tapping or strategy games masquerading as a racing game. However, CarX Drift Racing 2 is a bonafide drifting simulator and quite a good one at that. Cars aren’t licenced (though it doesn’t take an expert to tell what they’re mimicking) but the handling is convincing. There’s a paid-for console and PC version too, though the mobile take isn’t that far from as polished - and supports Bluetooth controllers.

Get CarX Drift Racing 2 on Google Play or the App Store

3. Trackmania

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Trackmania has a special place in our hearts. The old-school among us may remember Nations Forever as the go-to, free-to-play choice for an arcadey time trial fix. Well, Trackmania is here essentially as a remastered and upgraded version of our beloved. It captures the spirit of the original, but with better graphics and more platforms to play on (as well as PC, it’s on Xbox and PlayStation)

Get Trackmania here

4. RaceRoom Racing Experience

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

RaceRoom is free to play, to begin with at least, though we’ll note early you’ll have to pay for access to the vast majority of content. That said, as an entry point to sim racing, it’s a good place to start - with excellent driving physics and year-round competitive multiplayer events. It’s a bit like iRacing for those strapped for cash.

Get RaceRoom Racing Experience here.

5. Hutch Top Drives

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Top Drives is similar to Top Trumps, but the aim of the game is to collect the different car cards and race them either online or against the AI on your mobile. The game features over 1600 officially licensed cars for you to collect and race, from Bugatti and Pagani to Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and even Caterham. You’ll be able to put your cars to the test in a range of different racing environments, such as drag races, circuits or hill climbs, and it’s free to download on your mobile. Hutch Top Drives will satisfy your inner car collector and can be played anywhere you bring your phone.

Get Hutch Top Drives on Google Play Store and the App Store.

6. Extreme Off-Road Cars 2

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

With nine off-road trails to compete on and five cars that you can choose from, Extreme Off-Road Cars 2 presents a true test of your technical driving abilities and invokes creative manoeuvres. It’s played directly from your browser, so you can jump straight from Facebook or whatever and into a Bowler-tuned Range Rover. From there, feel free to begin your ascent to the summit of a set of very questionable hills.

Play Extreme Off-Road Cars 2 here.

7. Death Rally Classic

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

This game is modelled around the basic principle of competing in championships to earn points and win prizes like many of the games here, except for one lethal rule: your opponents can pelt you with bullets throughout the races. This brutal twist, paired with the charming throwback graphics mean that Death Rally Classic offers hours of fun at no cost to you whatsoever.

Play Death Rally Classic here.

8. Asphalt 9: Legends

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Asphalt games have been consistently among the best mobile racers out there, and Asphalt 9: Legends continues that trend. The arcade-focused racer is a bit like a mix of Outrun mixed with Need For Speed, offering very drift-heavy racing and a variety of licenced and customisable cars. It’s free-to-play on mobile, Xbox and PC - though does come with the caveat of microtransactions laced through. That said, you don’t have to spend a penny to have fun with it.

Get Asphalt 9 here

9. CSR 2

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

Drag racing games are among the most common forms of mobile racers, but none do it better than CSR 2. It’s packed with real-world cars, a variety of permanent and limited-time challenges plus even competitive online multiplayer. The gameplay is simple - requiring you to time a launch and gear changes right - but very addictive too. 

Get CSR 2 on Google Play or the App Store

10. Real Racing 3

10 Free Driving Games You Should Play Right Now

If you’re looking for a taste of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport on your mobile, Real Racing 3 is your best bet. Developed by EA, it’s a racer with a much heavier simulation focus than any mobile game has a right to be - plus the graphics are impressive too. As well as using touchscreen controls, the game even supports Bluetooth controllers and the physics are convincing. It’s a fun and accessible way into simulation racing, and all for free.

Get Real Racing on Google Play or the App Store



good post still

03/12/2016 - 16:00 |
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Lfs + mods = best free game ever. (Hard to tell but the frame is literally on the ground)

03/12/2016 - 16:06 |
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LFS is the best racing game I’ve played. The physics are so spot on plus the setup ability it great. Using the tweak mod let’s for endless fun and allows for ultimate drag machines or track beasts. Love it

03/12/2016 - 16:47 |
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What’s LFS?

03/12/2016 - 19:42 |
0 | 0

DRIFT CITY! nostalgiagasm
I used to play that game years ago. It was kinda sh*t though.

03/12/2016 - 16:10 |
12 | 0

Rip drift city I played a lot of 5 hours 4 years ago ;_;

03/12/2016 - 18:56 |
2 | 0

Too late to play the game, 21st march is near….

03/13/2016 - 14:27 |
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Still playing the game… Old habits die hard.

Rest in pieces (on 21st March 2016).

Still, remember when this game was good?

03/13/2016 - 15:56 |
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[ Insert Name Here ]

Drag racer v3.

03/12/2016 - 16:24 |
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but it doesn’t have any modern cars though..

03/12/2016 - 16:36 |
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Downloading Rigs of Rods right now. Looks hilariously fun lol

03/12/2016 - 16:40 |
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Have you figured out how to open it? I haven’t figured it out.

03/13/2016 - 03:06 |
2 | 2

Have had BeamNg Drive have had rigs of rods beamng is way better
But you need a killer pc though

04/19/2016 - 20:58 |
0 | 4

Playing it for 2 years, only can agree.
But be carefull with downloading mods, some of them clash with each other and can render them useless

05/20/2016 - 07:18 |
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.... 3

Something I have to say about SimRaceway: Avoid the plauge.

03/12/2016 - 16:45 |
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In reply to by .... 3

It wasn’t a plague. It was one man with a disease. That just scared everyone and everything else. Besides, it’s all but gone now and there appears to be no way back for it.

03/12/2016 - 18:08 |
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To anyone who is interested, next patch in RaceRoom Racing Experience will include Nürburgring Nordschleife track and it looks gorgeous!

03/12/2016 - 17:01 |
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Ahh, the download for the game is screwed up, last I checked.

03/12/2016 - 17:19 |
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In reply to by Caro

I managed to download it, can’t actually register though haha. oh well I even contacted support a while ago with no luck :(

03/12/2016 - 20:50 |
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Thanks for this list, Petrobras de Marcas is a really enjoyable game (as a german I’m a bit sad that there’s only brasilian tracks, which are often quite short as it seems though)!

So happy that you added RoR (Rigs of Rods) to this list, mainly modding it is insanely fun, diverting and addictive :DThis is the latest trailer btw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRbQ4OaljWs

03/12/2016 - 17:29 |
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In reply to by DG301

Try beamng! It’s Made by some of the same people and it’s pretty fun!

03/12/2016 - 17:45 |
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In reply to by DG301

;) nice

03/12/2016 - 21:08 |
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In reply to by DG301

Thanks for adding my trailer :).

03/12/2016 - 21:14 |
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Luis Enrique Arriaga 1

In reply to by DG301

How do you open the game? I can’t find a .exe anywhere

03/13/2016 - 03:10 |
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Rip Rigs of rods forums

03/12/2016 - 17:36 |
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They’re working on a new one :)

03/12/2016 - 17:45 |
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