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The 10 Best Racing Games for Mac

The last time we tried to list the best racing games for Mac, we couldn’t even find ten different games, let alone ten good ones. But things sure have changed.

In less than a year, Feral Interactive delivered some of the finest racing games from Codemasters while indie developers have continued their steady supply of quality titles.

After testing and evaluating over 20 games, we came up with our top picks. But don’t worry, as we all have slightly different tastes in games, we made sure most styles and sub-genres were covered, ranging from crazy arcade racers to hardcore simulations.

In spite of their differences, they all have one thing in common: glowing reviews from professionals and gamers alike.

And if you feel like playing something entirely different, this resource has the 100 Best Mac games available today.

Last updated: March 2, 2018

We have tested over 10 new games released since this guide was first created in September 2015 and decided to crown a new all-around champion.

Our PickRunner-UpMacBook PickBudget Pick
Best OverallA close secondFor older MacsA cheaper option
Dirt Rally MacDiRT Rally
F1 2017 Mac artF1 2017Sonic And Sega All Stars Racing MacAll-Stars RacingFlatout 2 MacFlatOut 2
Casual / SimulationSimulationArcadeArcade
⚠️️ Fairly Demanding🔥 Very Demanding✅ Not Demanding✅ Not Demanding
86 Metascore89 Metascore77 Metascore76 Metascore
$59.99$59.99$9.99$3.99
Full Review Full ReviewFull ReviewFull Review

How We Decide

We purchase most of the games we review with our own funds and test them all on these three machines.

We do receive tens of review copies by email each week, but most are largely ignored.

Our favorite Mac Racing games

DiRT Rally

DiRT Rally is the successor to the fan-favourite DiRT 3, a game that we all loved but which suddenly became unavailable to purchase a few months ago.

But as much as I loved DiRT 3, DiRT Rally is a better game in every way. With sophisticated handling, risky gameplay, and great graphics, some call it the greatest rally game ever released and Codemasters’ finest game to date. Dirt Rally is nowhere near as serious as our runner-up, F1 2017, but is still damned entertaining. What makes Dirt Rally our top pick? It can be a challenging and precise simulation or a fun and casual racer; all you need to do is adjust the settings and assists to match your preferences.

Dirt Rally also sports gorgeous graphics with realistic cars competing at top speed in beautifully rendered snowy forests, deserts or plains. Some might argue F1 2017 can look slightly better, but it’s debatable. Both games look great.

DiRT Rally does have a noticeable advantage over F1 2017: this is a brilliant port that runs smoothly on a wide range of machines, including older Macs with integrated graphics. It even performed great on our 2013 13-inch MBP, which ran the game at a respectable 29.34 FPS.

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We tested the game on Medium Preset, Multisampling turned off, V-Sync turned off and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.13, 1.8 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 GB Nvidia 650M / 2 GB AMD Radeon M290 / Intel HD 4000 graphics card or better, 48 GB hard drive space.

F1 2017

Hardcore racing fans, stop your search right here. F1 2017 is Codemasters’ latest Formula 1 game, and thanks to Feral Interactive’s efforts, it was released on Mac and Windows on the same day.

With its screaming V8 engines, chess-like strategy, and extreme handling, this is one of the most realistic Mac race games on this list. That realism makes it a challenging game indeed but put in the effort and the game pays you back with interest.

The game also features every car and circuit from the official Formula 1 2017 season, a huge career mode, a new gameplay mode, invitational events, and basically everything a Formula 1 fan could ask for.

Choosing between F1 2017 and Dirt Rally was a tough call. F1 2017 is a superb game and the only reason Dirt Rally earned our first pick is because it appeals to a larger audience. While Dirt Rally can run on most Macs released since 2012, F1 2017 is a more demanding game. The game couldn’t even launch on our 2013 13-inch MBP and our 2016 13-inch MBP only managed 25 FPS.

But you can’t really blame the game there. The only reason F1 2017 is so demanding is because it's probably the best-looking game on this list.

PS: The fact F1 2017 runs better than the older F1 2013 is proof that Feral Interactive used dark magic on this game (or probably the excellent use of Metal 2).

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We tested the game using the Medium Detail Preset, V-Sync Interval set to 1, Anti-Aliasing set to TAA and 1280x800 resolution:

System Requirements: OS 10.12.5, 2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 2GB AMD R9 M290, 1.5 GB Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics card or better, 36 GB hard drive space.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Less serious than our previous picks, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is hands down the most fun you can have on a race track.

In this kart racing game, you get to choose one of the 20 SEGA characters available, such as Sonic the Hedgehog or Crazy Taxi, and race your way through insane tracks. You’ll collect power-ups to boost your speed or slow down your opponents, and just as in SEGA Superstars Tennis, every character has a special ability that can be used to its advantage.

This probably sounds exactly like Mario Kart and that’s because this is pretty much a Mario Kart clone. But worry not. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in polish, a good AI, and a ton of fun. And as Mario Kart will never make it to MacOS, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is your best alternative. Plus, it features split-screen gameplay, making it a great party game for when you have friends over.

This is a great game on every front but it’s an absolute must if you own an entry-level or older machine. In spite of its beautiful and colorful graphics, this is a forgiving game that runs just fine on older Macs with integrated graphics. In our tests, even our 2013 13-inch MBP ran the game at 39.3 FPS on Medium settings.

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We tested the game using the Medium Texture and Shadow Detail Preset, V-Sync Interval set On, Motion Blur set to On, Soft Particles set to On, and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.8.3, 1.8 GHz Intel Processor, 4 GB RAM, 2GB AMD R9 M290, 256 MB graphics card or better, 4 GB hard drive space.

FlatOut 2

If you’re not one for following racing lines and clean overtaking maneuvers, your search ends here.

FlatOut 2 is a demolition derby game, with absolutely no limits. Often hailed as the highlight in the FlatOut series, almost everything in this game is destructible.

The tracks are designed to be fast, dangerous, and to promote edge-of-your-seat driving. With over 5000 destructible objects on each track and 40 deformable pieces on every car, this game guarantees chaos with every race. The multiplayer is no longer functional, but the AI is programmed to kill and is more than capable of serving your needs.

And at $3.99, this is the perfect purchase if you’re low on cash. There are cheaper racing games out there (we’ll talk about free alternatives in a minute), but Flatout 2 is the perfect combination of quality and price.

The low price comes from the fact Flatout 2 is slightly old now, but that’s ok because this game is all about the in-game physics and spectacular crashes. Plus, older games tend to have lower requirements. During our tests, every machine scored over 50 FPS on Medium settings, including our 2013 13-inch MBP.

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We tested the game using the Medium Texture Quality and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS X Leopard, Intel Processor, 512 MB RAM, 2GB AMD R9 M290, GeForce 7300, Radeon X1600 or Intel GMA X3100
graphics card or better, 4 GB hard drive space.

Also great

GRID 2

The successor to the popular GRID, this game had a lot to live up to. But with its improved graphics and balanced gameplay, GRID 2 effortlessly takes a spot among the ultimate MacOS racing games.

With a huge selection of cars and real-world tracks, GRID 2 features a variety of modes where you can overtake as many opponents as possible, drift your way down a hill, or race through the streets of Paris. But what really sets this game apart is how it combines realism and ease-of-play. Grid 2 is not as hardcore as Gran Turismo, but it takes the best from the simulation genre and puts it into a more manageable package. Plus, the physics engine makes every car feel different.

I love this game so much, I still prefer it to the newer Grid: Autosport. Autosport isn’t bad at all, but it lacks the fun GRID 2 so easily delivers (and it’s cheaper too). Plus, Grid 2 has relatively low system requirements, ensuring most gamers will be able to run it. During our tests, even our oldest machine, the 13-inch MBP from 2013, squeezed an acceptable 27.5 FPS on medium settings.

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We tested the game using the Medium Preset, Multisampling turned off, V-Sync turned off and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.9.4, 2 GHz Intel Processor, 4 GB RAM, 2GB AMD R9 M290, 256 MB graphics card or better, 11 GB hard drive space. Intel HD3000 is not supported.

Race The Sun

Race The Sun is a special kind of racer. Instead of facing opponents in head-to-head competitions, you’ll race your solar-powered craft against the sun.

The sun is your death timer because as it sets, power turns off and you’re done. The sun will eventually set, but you can delay the inevitable by furiously avoiding obstacles and catching speed boosts to reverse the setting sun - at least for a moment.

The game features simple controls that allow you to focus on the basics: flying at insane speeds for as long as possible.The game features a procedural world that changes every day, challenges to gain XP, customization options for your ship, and an ultra-hard world called Apocalypse.

Also of note are the sleek yet simple graphics. Everything is geometrical with few if any textures, resulting in a game with very low system requirements. In fact, all three of our test machines hit 60 FPS (the game is locked to a maximum of 60 FPS). If you have an aging MacBook that can’t seem to run anything anymore, Race The Sun could be the game for you.

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We tested the game using the Good Quality Preset and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.7, Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, SM2.0 graphics card or better, 150 MB hard drive space.

Asphalt 6

What is a game created for iOS even doing here? Don’t let first impressions fool you.

Expecting to find an overly simplified game that would bore me after 5 minutes, Asphalt 6 was a pleasant surprise. Developer Gameloft did a good job bringing this game to MacOS, with improved graphics and gameplay, while keeping everything that made it such a fan-favourite on iOS.

Asphalt 6 is easy to get into, fast, loud, and just good old fun. As long as you keep in mind that this is an arcade game and not a simulation, you’re in for a treat. The game features a huge selection of cars and motorcycles, plenty of different tracks, and intense music. Want to chill and just enjoy yourself? Leave the simulations for another day and launch Asphalt 6.

The other big advantage of this game is performance. Because of its iOS heritage, the system requirements are low enough that even older MacBooks should be able to handle it. Just as with Race The Sun, all three of our test machines did 60 FPS (the maximum FPS the game allows) on medium settings.

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We tested the game using the default settings (which can't be changed in-game):

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System Requirements: OS 10.6.8, Intel Mac.

Distance

Distance is an arcade racer filled with insane tracks and flying cars.

The drool-worthy futuristic graphics alone would make the game worth it, but the gameplay is even better. Cars can use parkour-style stunts to get through laser fields, spike attacks and more. You can also drive upside down, on buildings, walls and even fly to discover shortcuts. With online multiplayer for up to 12 players and split-screen, Distance promises hours of fun. And there’s also a short Adventure mode to help you learn the basics and round things up for solo players.

Although it’s still in development, you can buy the Steam Early Access version. Sometimes Early Access games are rough around the ages and have performance issues, especially on Mac and Linux, which are clearly not the developers’ priority. This is not the case with Distance. The game runs great on MacOS and playing the game on Medium settings was nice and smooth. Even our 2013 13-inch MBP did a reasonably smooth 27.8 FPS.

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We tested the game using the Medium Texture Quality, Draw Distance and Shadow Quality, Partial Anisotropic Filtering, Depth of Field off, Particles On and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.7, 2.3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA Geforce 640M or ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card or better, 5 GB hard drive space.

Road Redemption

Back in the good old days of pixelated gaming, there was one game to rule them all: Road Rash. It was violent and intense. It was glorious. But that was back in 1991 and we had to wait a long time until someone finally delivered a worthy successor: Road Redemption.

This action racing game is about leading your motorcycle gang on an epic journey across the country. By completing races, assassinations, and robberies, you’ll earn money and loot that you can use to upgrade your character, bike, and weapons.

Road Redemption rounds things up with a fun multiplayer mode where you can either work with your friends or against them. Up to you.

For an old-school remaster, Road Redemption isn’t too shabby on the graphics department. The game looks good, even on medium settings, but that comes at a price. This is a relatively demanding game that can be taxing on older machines, especially models with integrated graphics. During our tests, our 2013 13-inch MBP barely managed 27.1 FPS on Medium settings. If you have anything older than that, you may have to lower the settings a lot more.

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We tested the game using the "Good" Quality Preset, V-Sync turned off and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: 64-bit processorOS, 10.7, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics card or better, 1 GB hard drive space.

AudioSurf 2

Audiosurf 2 is unlike any other racing game you’ve played before.

The sequel to Audiosurf, Audiosurf 2 is a rhythm game that focuses on music. In fact, it uses your very own music library to create a unique experience. You will have to navigate it using your levitating vehicle while collecting blocks that appear in sync with the music. And as you get closer to a song’s biggest moments, the game adapts and throws new layers of strategy to challenge you.

The game has over 500 player-created mods and skins on Steam Workshop, in-game leaderboards, enhanced graphics and the ability to search for music. Audiosurf 2 also introduced a wakeboarding mode that lets you distort the songs, jump, and pull off tricks.

If you're into music or rhythm games, this one is just for you.

Audiosurf 2 is a game that goes for stylish graphics instead of realism. Because of this, AudioSurf 2 can look good while having low system requirements. Our 2013 13-inch MBP did 52.6 FPS on Medium settings, which means even older machines should be able to run this game without an issue.

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We tested the game using the Medium Graphics Level, Anti-Aliasing turned off, VSync turned off and 1280x800 resolution:

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System Requirements: OS 10.10, Intel Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, Intel HD3000 graphics card or better, 400 MB hard drive space.

The Competition

We had a hard time limiting the greatest racing games to a Top 10 list. With so many fine games released each year, some had to be left out.

The games below are the ones that almost made it to our Top 10 but didn’t quite make the cut. These games are high-quality and fun and I would recommend them in a heartbeat which is why they deserve to be mentioned:

GameRequirementsOur take
Grid Autosport MacGrid Autosport✅ LowTrying to correct all the weaknesses of GRID 2, this game focuses on the refinements to bring back the greatest GRID 1 was.
Our Review
Blaze Rush MacBlazeRush✅ LowAnother great multiplayer game, BlazeRush is a racing survival game with no health, no leveling, and no brakes!
Download from Steam
Absolute Drift MacAbsolute Drift✅ LowThis is a top-down drifting game anyone can enjoy. It’s fun and it has a nice zen-vibe to it.
Download from Steam
F1 2016 Mac artF1 2016🔥 HighF1 2016 is a fantastic formula 1 game for those looking for a slightly cheaper and/or less demanding experience than F1 2017.
Read More
SpeedRunners MacSpeedRunners✅ LowCars may not be involved, but this cut-throat multiplayer running game is one of the best party games available.
Download from Steam
Neon Drive MacNeon Drive✅ LowNeon Drive is a slick '80s inspired arcade racer that can go from racing to exploding enemy spaceships.
Download from Steam
Guts And Glory MacGuts And Glory⚠️️ MediumRide your bicycle to the finish line while dodging spinning saw blades, deadly spikes, explosives, and more!
Download from Steam
Garfield Kart MacGarfield Kart✅ LowJoin Garfield and friends in this kart racing game that isn't afraid of borrowing from Mario Kart, but does it well.
Download from Steam
Little Racers STREET MacLittle Racers STREET✅ LowLittle Racers STREET is a fun game that successfully combines top-down racing with street racing.
Download from Steam
Dirt 3 MacDiRT 3✅ LowThis excellent couldn't make the cut because it simply not available for purchase anymore... And also because DiRT Rally is an excellent replacement.
Our Review
F1 2013 MacF1 2013✅ LowAt one point in time, F1 2013 was one of the only decent racing games available. Unfortunately, it too was discontinued...
Our Review

Looking for free racing games for Mac?

You may have noticed a few cheap games among our picks, but no free games.

There are some decent free Mac racing games out there but they just can’t be considered among the finest. Still, if you’re exclusively looking for free alternatives, these are a few worth checking out:

CSR Racing free racing games for Mac

CSR Racing

CSR Racing is a simple drag racing game about winning races so you can upgrade your car or buy new ones. The controls are simple, as you only have to control the acceleration at the start of the race and then shift gears at the right time.

With limited controls, it can get boring quickly, but for a free game, CSR has unbelievably high production levels.

Top Speed: Drag & Fast Racing

Similar to CSR, Top Speed is another drag racing game that limits gameplay to hitting the accelerator and shifting gears at the right time while you speed through a straight racetrack.

The gameplay is limited but the graphics are great and you can let your creativity flow through a ton of tuning and customization options.

Gods of Drifting Mac

Gods of Drifting

Gods of Drifting is a nice break from the other games in this section. In Gods of Drifting, you have to master the art of drifting through curves to achieve the top times and earn points.

Again, this game doesn’t feature full-fledged racing, but gamers still agree this is a fun game to play (in spite of funky physics and OS crashes).

Our Criteria

Games have a largely subjective aspect to them. You may love some games while I might prefer completely different ones. This is why we identified a set of criteria that every single one of our picks has to meet:

Native support: This should go without saying, but each and every one of the games mentioned here has to be officially supported on MacOS and does not require Bootcamp or Wine. We’ve seen too many Top Games for MacOS lists that feature Windows-only games…

MacOS performance: There’s a plethora of reliable Windows-PC reviews, guides, and videos on the internet. However, they never acknowledge MacOS gaming. This is why our focus is always on the Mac performance of the games listed here. We test every one of our picks on the following machines:

iMac (5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016):

2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

All games are tested on Medium settings because we know Mac users hang onto their computers for a long time and aren’t always upgrading to the latest and greatest hardware.

These are all the results from our tests in Frames per Second (FPS):

Game 2014 27-inch iMac 2016 13-inch MBP 2013 13-inch MBP
DiRT Rally 115.4 FPS 53.9 FPS 29.3 FPS
GRID 2 79.84 FPS 30.88 FPS 27.46 FPS
F1 2017 59 FPS 25 FPS 0 FPS
Sonic All-Star Racing 60 FPS 51.6 FPS 39.3 FPS
Distance 148.9 FPS 54.2 FPS 27.9 FPS
AudioSurf 2 214.3 FPS 114.6 FPS 52.6 FPS
Asphalt 6 60 FPS 60 FPS 60 FPS
Road Redemption 103 FPS 52.3 FPS 27.1 FPS
Race The Sun 60 FPS 60 FPS 60 FPS
FlatOut 2 60 FPS 60 FPS 53.5 FPS

Best racing games for Mac results

And for reference, this is how we interpret the results:

Below 20 FPS Unplayable Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
20-30 FPS Borderline Can be Ok in slow paced games. Still, not optimal.
30-45 FPS Playable Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
45-60 FPS Smooth Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
60+ FPS Very Smooth For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience.

FPS comparator

A word about controllers: Some genres are meant to be played with a mouse and controller (like any good first-person shooter), but racing games are not. For these tests, we used either a PS4 controller or a wired Xbox 360 controller. If you're more serious than that, you can check Feral Interactive's support page for detailed lists of supported steering wheels (for their games).

Critical acclaim: Video games can be subjective, but to keep this guide as relevant as possible, we only consider proven games with positive reviews from both professional reviewers and average gamers.

Pricing: We all want quality, but pricing also plays an important role. We always keep in mind price tags and production value to give indies and AAA games equal chances. After all, we’re after games that are fun to play. Looks are important but fun gameplay is even more so.

Wrapping Up

If you’re into racing games, you’re in luck. There is no other genre with as many great games that support macOS.

Whether you’re a hardcore fan with a pedal and steering wheel setup or a casual gamer who likes the occasional arcade racer, this list provides quality games to meet your needs. So next time someone tells you there are no good racing games, just point them to this list and get back to the starting line.

Which one is your favorite? Did we miss any you think belong on this list? Let us know in the comments section.

Disclaimer: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission (this is how we pay the bills). This commission comes at no additional cost to you

Please understand that I only mention games because I believe they're interesting, good, and/or fun. Never because I received a free copy or to earn a small commission.

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