We have compiled a collection of 5 racing video games where you can get on board electric cars to try a different driving experience.
Motorsports purists will probably screw up their noses a bit when they read the title of this special. Hearing the roar of the engine, perhaps with an exaggerated number of cylinders, still excites many, and it is true that this experience remains present in the racing scene. That said, however, it is useless to deny that electric cars are gaining increasing interest, as demonstrated by the success of the recent Formula E event held in Rome with 20,000 spectators on the light rail.
However, electric cars are arriving not only in the racing world, but also in the garages of each of us, thanks to the work of various operators in improving the prevalence of electric mobility, including the Enel X Way. New models of electric cars come on the market every year, from supercars to classic utility vehicles. So if you want to experience the thrill of one electric machinewithout necessarily having to go to a dealer, we have assembled for you 5 racing video games, which offers vehicles of this type in their fleet. Within these titles you will be able to experience the behavior of the torque in traction, up to the silent flow along the asphalt of electric vehicles, often also in a rather realistic and simulative way.
Fasten your seat belts (always, even in electric vehicles) and you’re off!
Gran Turismo 7
We start in reverse chronological order, that is, from the last title released exclusively for Sony consoles. We are clearly talking about Gran Turismo 7, the recent gem created by the talented guys from Poliphony Digital led by historic President Kazunori Yamauchi. In this video game, you can not only sit inside the electric cars to take a ride on the tracks in the game, but you can explore them at 360 °, as we told you in our dedicated review.
The driving experience, both cushion in hand and with the steering wheel, is true to reality, thanks to a good physics engine created by the developers to simulate the cars’ behavior on the asphalt. Among the electric vehicles present we find Porche Taycan Turbo S and Tesla Model S Signature Performancewhile among the prototypes is also the Audi e-Tron Vision GT.
The game will expand in the coming months with future updates, which will no doubt add new electric vehicles to the large fleet of cars present in the game.
Forza Horizon 5
Let’s change our approach while still remaining in racing video games, with the latest efforts from Playground Games released exclusively on Microsoft platforms. It is a decidedly more arcade title than Gran Turismo, with wild races through the beautiful Mexican landscapes. Here we can pamper ourselves with different types of events, some completely wild according to the level of adrenaline generated by particularly dangerous routes, or by the crazy speeds reached.
In our review of Forza Horizon 5, we told you how the video game also offers a truly breathtaking technical sector that gives us one of the most beautiful visual experiences currently available on PC and consoles. The arcade driving model makes Forza Horizon 5 a much more accessible video game. This does not mean that the level of challenge is not present, on the contrary, even the most hardcore gamer will find bread to the teeth without sacrificing the more relaxed experience for those who simply prefer to board the supercars to take a ride along the streets, Mexican.
In the parking lot you will find several hybrid cars such as McLaren P1 from 2013 or the BMW i8 from 2015 while for full electric we find it magnificent and very fast Porsche Taycan.
Although there are no official electric vehicles, we could not help but mention the Assetto Corsa in our specialty. The reason? This video game is without a doubt one of the best driving simulators on the market, despite the fact that it was released some time ago. The physics engine of Kunos Simulations is still today a true monster of fidelity and realism. Within the video game, you can drive several hybrid cars, which therefore have both the injection engine and the electric part.
For example, by driving a car Ferrari without fuel you can experience its performance in eco mode, therefore with pure electric drive. Obviously, the performance will be drastically reduced, but the simulation level is really high. Those who know how to juggle the PC with the installation of mods and extra packages created by the community will definitely find some electric cars to insert into the game to experience the power of the electric pair.
Forza Motorsport 7
Having mentioned Gran Turismo, we could not help but talk about its historical rival: Forza Motorsport. While we’re still waiting for the next chapter scheduled for Xbox Series X | S and PC, we have to settle for the video game released in the now distant 2017. It is a simulation experience with a fleet of over 700 vehicles. Just like in Horizon, the technical level of Forza Motorsport is really impressive in all 32 places in the game. In total, there are about 200 track configurations, where you can show all the horsepower from the machines present.
Turn 10 developers also introduced electric cars as the official car of Formula E or the Tesla Model S. Just buy them with the virtual currency of the video game to try them out in the current circuits.
Project cars 3
Finally, we chose another well-known racing video game where electric cars are present. This is Project Cars 3, which with its not exactly simulative driving model wants to conquer an audience halfway between the arcade and the naked and raw simulation. Unfortunately, the graphics are not on par with some of the aforementioned sacred monsters, but it still defends itself well in a genre where the visual rendering may not be the basic element of the game. The circuits are well made, and in general, the developers of Slightly Mad Studios have implemented a really large amount of content inside their being to entertain the player over time.
Following the launch, DLCs were also released, such as the Electric Pack containing electric cars. Among these we findAudi AI: Racethat Porche Taycan Turbo S and Volkswagen ID.R. Definitely a great way to get on the track and experience the power of the electric motor under the bonnet.
We hope at least we’ve fascinated you to try out some of the electric vehicles present in the video games mentioned above. This category of cars undoubtedly represents the future, both for their efficiency and for reducing pollutant emissions. Decarbonization, digitization and electrification they are without a doubt the key words for the decade we are experiencing and probably also for the next.
If you are interested in learning more about electric vehicles, discovering their benefits and understanding how to buy and use them, we invite you to visit the Enel X Way website. This is an initiative dedicated to individuals to improve accessibility and push for the introduction of electric mobility for a more sustainable and healthier future for our planet.