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  Car video games are more realistic than ever. With famous franchise like Gran Turismo and Forza motorports leading the way in mass market racing simulaion. Car video games are available in all genre, from destruction derby to drag racing. This page covers them all and on every platform: console, pc, mac, mobile, tablets.

The Mad Max series of movies are one of those unique points in the history of film and car fans. From a truly critical standpoint the movies are not that great, but for some reason all three films have garnered a dedicated following.

Perhaps it is the idea that our future could be a rough and inhospitable land filled with hooligans, miscreants, raiders, and other terrible ilk. Perhaps we as a nation built on the automotive fear what may happen if there was a true gasoline crisis.

It could just also be that there are lots of awesome cars and explosions, and hell yes we want more of that.

Whatever the case, the Mad Max universe has proved to be ripe for the picking, and there is a new video game coming for all of us to enjoy. The game is simply titled Mad Max, and thankfully it has very little to do with any movie. Rather, the game is simply set in the world of Mad Max, and Avalanche Studios has used that world as their blank canvas.

The game itself is very car heavy, and while we are sad that you don’t get to cruise around in a kitted out Ford Falcon, Avalanche has given us a pretty bad-ass car to use and modify. They call it the Magnum Opus, and West Coast Customs has built one in real life.

See the new game trailer and learn more about the WCC Magnum Opus after the jump.

This year is shaping up to be a phenomenal time for fans of racing video games. Not only is Forza 5 going strong, but we have rumors of a new Gran Turismo floating around, there is the upcoming Grid Autosport and we even get a new Mario Kart this year. Beyond all these games, there is one new title that has me drooling more than any other, Project CARS.

If you have yet to hear of this game, then crawl out from under your freaking rock and listen up! Project CARS is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios, the crazy team that was responsible for bringing us games like Need For Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed. This new game is one of the largest and most ambitious racing games ever created. Not only in terms of track and car number, but in terms of visual quality and simulation accuracy. Think of it as a mix of Gran Turismo’s massive quantity of cars and tracks mixed with Forza’s painstaking attention to detail.

With every new screenshot and video that arrives the game looks better and bigger and I get even more excited. If you don’t believe me about the quality, hit the jump and check out this astonishing new trailer. It features open wheel racers, track-day toys, GT3 cars and more, all tearing it up around tracks and city streets the world over from the Nurburgring to London.

Look for this new game to hit PC, Xbox One, PS4 and WiiU later this year.

When it comes to racing video games, you usually get one of two types of experiences. Something like Need for Speed that provides pure excitement and speed at the cost of realism, and then you get titles like Forza Motosports that covet realism above all.

But what if you want a game that focuses on the feeling of racing a car? The Grid series of games focuses on providing a racing game that features a feeling of heft, and speed and motion. They don’t give a direct simulation like Gran Turismo, but they don’t feel fake either. It is this middle ground that provides that perfect vicarious thrill.

If this is the kind of game you are looking for, well I have great news for you; there is a new one coming out. The video above is the announcement trailer for Grid Autosport, and it looks to be one hell of a crazy ride. Rather than focusing on GT-style racers, like the past few titles have, this new game provides options for open-wheel racing, prototypes, and much more. They even have full-on tandem drift matches, just like you see in Formula D.

We don’t yet have a full list of cars and tracks, but you can see in the video that there is a great mix of exotic machinery, purpose built racers and high-end sports cars . There also appear to be dedicated tracks as well as street circuits.

If you want to pick up a copy, the game hits store shelves on June 27th for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. I am not making any promises, but don’t be surprised if we post a full review for you guys.

For millions of my generation, Mario Kart was our first introduction to driving. Things have come quite a long way since the original incarnation of this wild racing franchise bowed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.

I was 6 years old, and I was mesmerized by the drifting, weapons and bright animation. It was a far cry from modern games, like Need for Speed , but Mario Kart was one my first steps on the road to becoming a gear head.

Nintendo is continuing the magic of my childhood with the all-new Mario Kart 8. This latest version of the crazy cart racer hits store shelves on the May 30th, 2014 and brings with it all the excitement, mayhem and characters players have come to expect.

As you can see in the video above, Nintendo has added tons of new tracks weapons and gadgets to wreak havoc on your friends with. This latest video also gives us the best look we have had yet at the return of the Rainbow Road course.

Some of the other confirmed additions for the new title include the return of motorbikes and a new buggy class of vehicle. Anti-gravity racing is a new big feature for the game as well.

The game will be available for the Nintendo Wii U system exclusively.

Owning a sports car can be a lot of fun if you live near a race track or if you have the time and means to travel long distances for some fast laps. Things can get even better if this is done on a regular basis, as the next day can provide even more fun by going over the telemetry data.

Track addicts are always looking to improve their runs, so it’s safe to assume that they always connect their car to a telemetry recording device. Corvette Stingray owners, for instance, will be able to order their sports car with a Performance Data Recorder beginning with the 2015 model year.

Naturally, there are all sorts of similar devices to be had as we speak, with most of them being suitable for just any vehicle. However, Toyota will be launching one of their own — it’s called Sports Drive Logger and was created for the affordable GT 86 sports car.

How does it work? Well, Toyota says the device, which was co-developed with Sony, is programmed to collect data passing through the GT 86’s controller area network, which means it will log information such as GPS positioning, accelerator and brake pedal use, gear shifting, engine behavior and vehicle speed.The collected data is optimized so it can be transferred to an USB device for future analysis and use.

Now there’s more good news for those are also into Gran Turismo 6 . The data can be loaded into the video game, where it recreates the said track run. Furthermore, it will allow the user to race against their own or against data uploaded by their friends.

The bad news is that the Sports Drive Logger won’t be available in the U.S. for now, with the device to go on sale only in Japan this June (priced at around $833 at current exchange rates). This is probably why the system only offers support for three local tracks - Fuji, Suzuka and Tsubuka. There’s no word on if and when the Sports Drive Logger will be launched Stateside, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the tech makes it into the Scion FR-S .

Video about the Sports Drive Logger after the jump.

The Lamborghini Huracan is making some serious waves in the auto industry. As the successor to the iconic Gallardo , the Huracan has been as good as advertised, so much so that the new Lamborghini Huracan Driving Simulator is a must-try for anybody looking to see what all the fuss is with Lambo’s new baby.

Give yourself some time to take a few laps in this simulator, and you’ll immediately understand why people are going gaga over the Huracan. if anything, you’ll probably have a better go at it around the race track than the guy who posted this video. It does take a little getting used to because the controls are a little jumpy, but it is cool nonetheless.

Clearly, taming the Huracan around the race track isn’t your forte. To be fair, very few people in the world can keep the reigns on this raging bull and its 610-horsepower engine.

Go check out the simulator as soon as you can. Something tells us those with deep enough pockets will probably run to the nearest Lamborghini dealership to put in an order for the Huracan.

Go here to test for yourself the Lamborghini Huracan Driving Simulator.

Forza Motorsport 5 has a new car pack that it just made available, and the list of cars in it as diverse as they are worthy of inclusion.

The new downloadable content is called the Alpinestars Car Pack and it comes available with a list of ten vehicles that cover a wide range of racing classes and should give gamers of the popular Xbox racing franchise plenty of new options to get their racing groove on.

From old-school classics like the 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe and the 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT all the way to modern exotics like the 2011 Radical SR8 RX and the 2012 Ultima GTR720 , the Alpinestars Car Pack has a lot to offer for those whole Forza 5.

And the best part? The pack only costs $9.99, which is a pretty darn good bargain if it means getting our hands on an Ultima GTR720 and a Radical SR8 RX.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Alpinestars Car Pack and read about the full list of vehicles included in it

By now, a lot of us have probably spent hours of idle time playing Grand Theft Auto V . Don’t worry, we won’t judge because, well, we’ve had our time in that comfortable couch, too.

But everybody that has played GTAV has probably wondered why a lot of their cars are all ambiguously designed instead of being actual real-life models. Well, licensing has a lot to do with that and even with the budget GTAV allegedly has — over $250 million — it appears that none of that was used on securing licenses from these automakers.

But even if the cars in GTAV are fictitious, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have similarities to actual models. Just after the jump you’ll see a comprehensive infographic of the cars from GTAV and compared to their real-life counterparts.

Check out the infographic and notice the resemblances, some of which are pretty uncanny like the Pegassi Vacca (Lamborhini Gallardo ), the Coil Voltic (Tesla Roadster ), the Bravado Buffalo (Dodge Charger STR8 ), and the Lampadi Felon (Jaguar XFR ).

There are loads more comparisons to check out, so better get to it before you spend another round of hours-long GTAV awesomeness.

Click past the jump to see the full infographic.

When I reviewed Forza Motorsports 5 I loved the game, but I felt there were not enough tracks. Turn 10 is doing what it can to change that with a new pack of downloadable content (DLC). The new track is Road America, the legendary race circuit nestled in the thumb of Wisconsin near Elkhart Lake.

Long time Forza fans will know the name, as Road America has been in previous games, but they are not going to recognize the new track in Forza 5. It has been completely redone from the ground up using all the new technology and effects built into Forza 5. The result is a track that feels so real the old versions of the game can’t compete.

The best part about this new DLC map, it is 100-percent free for everybody. Just turn on your shiny new Xbox One, head to the storefront and download the map. Turn 10 Studios has also made sure to integrate the map fully into the game. Road America will immediately become part of all your single player and online interactions. It will blend in smoothly, as though the map came with the game to begin with.

If you decided to buy the Car Pass, I have even more good news. A new pack of cars dubbed the Road America Booster Pack adds five new machines to your arsenal, and it is a “free bonus” for you. It won’t count towards your six car packs that came with the Car Pass.

Hey, Turn 10, thanks for being so awesome. Everyone here at TopSpeed.com and all the Forza 5 players out there appreciate it.

Hit the jump to learn more about the new cars included in the Road America Booster Pack.

If you’ve been a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise since its inception in the late 90’s, you’ve probably heard of Kazunori Yamauchi, the man largely responsible for creating the game.

But what you think you know about Yamauchi is only a small piece of who the man actually is. Fortunately, we won’t have to keep guessing anymore now that an all-new documentary chronicling the man himself has been released.

It’s called "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide" and the official description of the documentary mentions how it’s a film about the “the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution."

In a lot of ways, it really has been an evolution in how we perceive and appreciate car video games ever since the first Gran Turismo came out in 1997. But more than just the game itself, the documentary also goes into great detail about Yamauchi’s constant and relentless pursuit to improve on his baby.

This is a man with a constant need to pursue perfection, and no more is that more evident than on how Gran Turismo has evolved from its first incarnation to what it is today.

The documentary is pretty long, so if you have plans of watching it, make sure nobody bothers you in the next 90 minutes or so.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer of Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide


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