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Torcs Racing Car Simulator


Torcs racing car simulator, is a highly portable multi platform car racing simulator. It allows you to drive in races against opponents simulated by the computer.

You can also develop your own computer-controlled driver (also called a robot) in C or C++.

TORCS is designed to enable pre-programmed AI drivers to race against one another, while allowing the user to control a vehicle using either a keyboard, mouse, or wheel input.

The concept is derived from RARS (the Robot Auto Racing Simulator).

The game offers a wide variety of real-life high-performance vehicles as well as Formula 1 racers and off-road rally racers.

License: GNU/GPL

Size: 549MB

Depends upon: Python 2.7

System requirements:

Minimum: 550MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, OpenGL 1.3 compatible graphics card with 32 MB RAM.
Recommended: 800MHz CPU, 256MB RAM, OpenGL 1.3 compatible graphics card with 64 MB RAM.

Version: 1.3.7

Features include:

  • 3D Car racing simulation for gamers, researchers, engineers and teachers.
  • 50 different cars.
  • More than 20 tracks.
  • 50 opponents to race against.
  • Sophisticated physical model.
  • Graphic features lighting, smoke, skidmarks and glowing.
  • brake disks.

Simulation offers:

  • Simple damage model.
  • Collisions.
  • Tire and wheel properties (springs, dampers, stiffness,…).
  • Aerodynamics (ground effect, spoilers, …).
  • Supports all input devices (steering wheels, joystick, game pads).
  • Lots of community content/add-on software available.
  • Easy to modify.
  • Modular architecture.

Torcs Racing Car Simulator.

Torcs is a cross-platform game, which means it runs on Linux (x86, AMD64 and PPC), FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, MacOSX and even 'toss, toss', Windows operating systems.

How to install via a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install torcs

Press Enter,

NOTE: Tested on Acer Aspire 5750, 8GB RAM, iCore7, 128MB Video and it works great.

Developers website


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