If you’ve ever tried to purchase a cheap television at this time of year, but had it snatched away by a mob of octogenarian louts thirsty for blood, then you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon of a ‘Black Friday sale’.
But because we sim racers are a civilised lot, we tend to do our Black Friday shopping online and away from the constant threat of store-based violence. Like any business, sim racing specialists will offer up Black Friday deals on software, hardware and, discounted subscriptions that are unavailable at any other time of year, so it’s worth keeping an eye out.
As a handy little guide, we’ve collated some of the best Black Friday deals for sim racers below (also useful as a Christmas present reference for members of your family unfamiliar and slightly suspicious of things like ‘load cells’).
The discount day itself is Friday 26th November 2021, but some of these will be available before and after that specific date.
This is an evolving article, we’ll keep it updated when we see more deals. Predominately, these offers apply to the UK and USA markets only. If you purchase something from a Traxion.GG link, we may earn a commission. See our affiliate statement.
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Instead of specific items being in a Black Friday, sim racing rig and cockpit experts SIM-LAB has 10% off everything and anything. Simple.
All you need to do is add your desired items to the online checkout and enter the code BF2021 until the 29th November 2021. Job is a good one.
GT Omega has discounts available on its lineup of sim racing rigs and gaming chairs. Highlights include a 33% price reduction on the TITAN cockpit, as well as 32% off their CLG Special Edition gaming chair, down from £279.85 to £189.95.
The Alpine F1 partner has 10% discounts on its range of sim rigs, so its flagship TR160 Racing Simulator starts at £581.40, with the entry level FS3 Steering Wheel Stand/Simulator sitting at £129.60.
Trak Racer also has three other choices of simracing cockpits available with multiple mounting options, and they are also available now with 10% off.
DXRacer is a high-quality gaming chair manufacturer based in North America, and has announced Black Friday discounts of between 10% and 30% on their products, although these are just for US and Canadian customers only.
The latest addtion to its product portfolio is the Air Series gaming chair, and this can be picked up in the Black Friday sale for $449.10 instead of $499, with a choice of four colours and a memory foam pillow for the lower back.
Another highlight from its sale is the discounts available on their Formula FD1 series – pitched by DXRacer as ‘the world’s first gaming chair’. And with a 25% discount – $329 to $246.75 – it’s worth a look if you don’t have space for a rig or your gaming PC doubles as a home working station.
Fanatec has also announced its latest Black Friday sale. Headlining are special deals on the CSL P1 Rim V2, CSL Steering Wheel R300 and the newly-designed CSL Load Cell Kit. The CSL Pedals Tuning Kit, which essentially adds aluminium faceplates to Fanatec’s entry-level pedal set, is also part of the Black Friday sale and is open for pre-orders from 26th November.
Fanatec has also teased us with a ‘special product launch’ announcement, so we will be sure to update you when this happens!
Here’s a current list of Fanatec’s Black Friday deals:
- CSL P1 Rim V2 €/$ 99.95
- CSL Steering Wheel R300 €/$ 199.95
- CSL Elite Load Cell Kit €/$ 119.95
- CSL Pedals Tuning Kit €/$ 34.95 (pre-orders open 26th November)
Professional-grade sim racing equipment manufacturer Simucube has several Black Friday offers, available between the 25th and 29th (11:59 am EET).
The Simucube 2 Ultimate (SC2) is a direct drive wheel base that delivers peak torque of a whopping 32 Nm. It’s usually €3130.80, but there’s 15% off with the online checkout code ‘ejptvtqm’.
One level down is the 25 Nm-generating Simucube 2 Pro, with 10% off the €1438.80 list price using the code ‘f7rv69t8’.
But what use is just a wheel base without an actual wheel and some pedals?
The Simucube Ultimate Bundle includes a Simucube 2 Ultimate wheel base, Ascher Racing F28-SC V2 wheel and two Heusinkveld Ultimate+ pedals. There’s a straight 15% off with no checkout code for this package.
Alienware gaming laptops
Alienware, the gaming-focussed subsidiary of Dell, has several desktop and laptop offers this Black Friday.
For those on the go in the UK, the Alienware m15 gaming laptop range has been heavily discounted, with deals on both the Ryze Edition R5 and R6.
The former uses an AMD Ryze 9 5900HX processor in combination with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, 1TB SSD and 8GB GDDR6 SDRAM. The latter includes an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 11800H processor in combination with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, 2TB SSD and 8GB GDDR6 SDRAM.
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For the US-based audience, the Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen gaming laptop is also reduced. It uses an AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H processor in combination with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, 256GB SSD and 4GB GDDR6 SDRAM.
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen gaming laptop –
Thrustmaster T.Racing Scuderia Ferrari gaming headset
When it comes to being a race spotter, talking to team management during an esports race or simply talking rubbish to your mates online, a headset is essential.
Racing steering wheel and pedals-expert Thrustmaster also makes gaming headsets, so for the full racing vibe, why not pick up a Ferrari branded item?
The Thrustmaster T.Racing Scuderia Ferrari works on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mobile. This wired headset includes an inline mic controller, a noise-cancelling unidirectional mic and a pit-style volume knob. It’s also heavily discounted on Amazon UK, down from £89.99 to just £56.04. Fair warning though, there looks to be limited stock.
Xbox Game Pass Three-Month PC Membership
While Microsoft’s Games Pass service doesn’t solely focus on racing games, there is a shedload bundled into the service, such as the recent smash-hit Forza Horizon 5. We even have a full guide to every racing game on the service.
For US Amazon customers, you can pick up a three-month subscription during Black Friday for your PC with 33% ($10) off.
Sony’s online subscription, which allows you to play racing titles such as Gran Turismo Sport online is reduced for Black Friday. If you know someone with a PS4 or PS5, this will always go down well, as even if they are already subscribed, the months purchased stack.
PlayStation users also receive free games each month with PS+, and while there’s no guarantee that a driving game is included, titles such as Destruction AllStars and Wreckfest have been included in recent months.
PlayStation Plus, 34% off a 12-month subscription, Amazon UK –
PlayStation Plus, 33% off a 12-month subscription, Game UK –
PlayStation Plus, 33% off a 12-month subscription, Amazon US –
Sony’s often-overlooked gaming subscription service, PS Now, is also available at a reduced price during Black Friday. For racing games fans, there’s a surprising number of titles included – especially if the PS3-era was of interest to you.
Some of the racing games on this service include Truck Racer, WRC 5, WRC 8, Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo, Ride 3, Project CARS 2 and Need for Speed Rivals.
iRacing has deals for all sim racers, whether you’re new to the service or your returning for another go. New memberships will see 50% off on select membership lengths while renewed accounts can get 25% off.
Of course, the best deal is to sign away for two years, whether you’re new or returning, but even a single month sub for new members is pretty enticing, to say the least.
NEW MEMBERS (Register on iRacing.com):
- 1 Month Sub (normally $13) = $6.50
- 3 Month Sub (normally $33) = $16.50
- 12 Month Sub (normally $110) = $55.00
- 24 Month Sub (normally $199) = $99.50
REACTIVATING / RENEWAL MEMBERS:
- 12 Month Sub (normally $110) = $82.50 | CODE: PR-21BF12
- 24 Month Sub (normally $199) = $149.25 | CODE: PR-21BF24
Trackmania Club Access
However, if you’d like to play as part of a club or customise the look of your vehicle, a Club Access subscription will be right up your street, especially if you are aiming for those author medals.
For Black Friday, you can snap up 20% off one year Club access and 25% off three year Club access when purchased through the Ubisoft Store.
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It’s worth noting that this discount does not apply to the pay monthly subscriptions.
Codemasters and EA have announced a Black Friday deal for F1 2021, the official Formula 1 game.
You can try the game for free right now via the digital stores across Xbox, PC and Playstation platforms, with a trial that provides players with the opportunity to sample a Grand Prix at Monza, as well as a taster of the much-vaunted Braking Point and My Team modes.
For PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S owners, there’s up to 50% off the base game, and a similar saving on the Deluxe Edition too via digital stores.
F1 2021 PC Steam digital, Amazon, 50% off –
F1 2021 Deluxe Edition PC Steam digital, Amazon, 49% off –
F1 2021, Xbox physical, Game UK –
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The latest instalment of the official World Rally Championship games slides into view, and after some recent patches and additional content is the best contemporary rally game around.
This Black Friday, you can now save on some of the WRC 10 versions via digital stores, with up to 50% off and even more discount if you’re a current PlayStation Plus subscriber. If you’re tight on budget, last season’s WRC 9 is also reduced.
WRC 10 PS4, 45% off, PlayStation Store –
WRC 10 PS4, 50% off, PlayStation Store UK with an active PS+ membership –
WRC 10 PC, 15% off, Epic Games Store –
wipEout Omega Collection
Don’t let this fly under your radar. A combination of the two of the best anti-grav racing games of all time – wipEout HD/Fury and wipEout 2048 – optimised in luscious high frame rates and 4K, with incredible VR support, wipEout Omega Collection is a must for PS4, and if you’re new to the PlayStation ecosystem with the PS5, an essential purchase.
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This all-new motorcycle sim-racing platform sees you spend hours tuning up, repairing and tinkering your bike, before taking to the track with a serious physics engine.
The Nintendo Switch version launched a little rough around the edges, but if you’re looking for an out-and-out simulator for the portable system, this could be an option.
Hot Wheels Unleashed
The physical version of Hot Wheels Unleashed – one of our favourite racing games of 2021 – is 25% off on Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation versions at several retailers, online and in-store.
It’s a hugely enjoyable game, created with care and attention to detail. Even the most serious of sim races will glean some enjoyment out of this game.
Hot Wheels Unleashed Switch, $20 off, Best Buy US –
Hot Wheels Unleashed PS5, $20 off, Best Buy US –
Hot Wheels Unleashed Switch, Game UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed PS5, Game UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed PS4, Game UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed Xbox, Game UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed Switch, Amazon UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed PS4, Amazon UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed PS5, Amazon UK –
Hot Wheels Unleashed Xbox Series X|S, Amazon UK –
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe by HORI
This Hori steering wheel for use on the Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a bit of a running joke among the Traxion.GG team. MK8 is hardly in need of a wheel, right?
But, when I was young, I was playing TOCA 2 on PlayStation with a Mad Catz wheel and I loved it. It helped me get into sim racing further down the line and it wasn’t realistic even in the slightest.
So, if you know a budding racer who is too young to have a top-spec PC and Simucube wheel, this could be a fun entry point.
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe by HORI, Best Buy US –
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle
No, this isn’t a sim racing platform. But come on, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a definitive racing game that will define this era. Jump on-board, have fun, enjoy your commute.
It may not be the wanky new OLED Switch, the the existing model still had a lot going for it. With Switch hardware and software residuals rock solid, it’s rare to see any discount on first-party bundles. This deal will not be around for long.
Nintendo Switch Neon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle, Game UK,
Nintendo Switch Neon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle, Smyths UK,
Nintendo Switch Neon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle with Just Dance 2022, Amazon UK,
Nintendo Switch Neon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle, GameStop US – $299.99
Burnout Paradise Remastered, Nintendo Switch
It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and a superb Switch port. One of the, if not the, best Burnout game, Paradise brought a unique network-connected open-world formula to the arcade racing genre – and nailed it.
Genre-deifning, playing the game on the go is as good an excuse as any to pick up this for the 76th time.
Burnout Paradise Remastered, Nintendo Switch, $20 off, GameStop US –
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, Nintendo Switch
The spiritual successor to Burnout Paradise, created by the same Criterion team, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is also remastered, and also on the Nintendo Switch. Plus, depending on the retailler, reduced during Black Friday.
If you don’t have the portable version of Burnout Paradise, get that instead. But, if you perhaps own a Switch and are tired of Paradise, this is a solid option.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, Nintendo Switch, Smyths UK –
Forza Horizon 4
I mean, it’s affordable and enjoyable – but the chance you already have this is very high. The one main reason for picking this up, however, is you get the distinct feeling that Microsfot will de-list it forever anytime soon.
Forza Horizon 4, Xbox One, GameStop US –
Forza Horizon 4, Standard Edition Xbox One and PC digital code, Amazon UK –
Forza Horizon 4, Standard Edition Xbox One and PC digital code, Xbox UK –
Forza Horizon 4, Standard Edition Xbox One and PC digital code, Xbox US –
Forza Horizon 4, Deluxe Edition Xbox One and PC digital code, Xbox UK –
Forza Horizon 4, Deluxe Edition Xbox One and PC digital code, Xbox US –
Razer Kraken X
If you’re looking for a budget gaming headset then you can’t look past the Razer Kraken X. Its normal retail price is £49.99, but can now be picked up for only £26.29. Ideal as a cheap backup headset or as your first foray into online gaming. Also available in the US for as little as $27.15.
HyperX Cloud II
These excellent cans from HyperX have 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound have awesome sound quality and if you get the wireless examples, ultimate freedom. However, for a large saving you really can’t go wrong with this wired version – one of the Traxion team swears by his pair.
HyperX Cloud II, £16.50 off, Amazon.co.uk –
HyperX Cloud II, $21 off, Amazon.com –
Razer Kiyo Pro
If you’re one of the growing band of simracers who stream, then this excellent full-HD webcam from Razer will be right up your street. Using Open Broadcaster Software, the Razer provides seamless 60 fps and is HDR-enabled so your fresh-faced look can be captured perfectly in hour 23 of a 24 hour race.
Razer Kiyo Pro, £83.69 off, Amazon.co.uk –
Elgato have just announced their Black Friday deals available worldwide. With the popularity of streaming these days, no doubt there’s many sim racers out there in the market for webcams, microphones, lights and peripherals. With up to 30% off their streamer-friendly products, we’ve picked out the Elgato Wave:3 microphone since it has the biggest discount.
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Abruzzi are currently having a Black Friday sale on their range of sim racing clothing and equipment. The best deal we’ve found is on these suede-leather karting boots – perfect if you use hydraulic or stiff load cell pedals for lengthy periods. Abruzzi also have discounted gloves and karting suits in their Black Friday Sale -perfect if you fancy a bit more immersion in KartKraft!
Abruzzi Pro1 Karting Boots Black, £25 off, Abruzzi,
Oculus Quest 128GB and 256GB
The Oculus Quest 2 has emerged as one of the more popular VR headsets on the market, and is certainly looked upon as great value for money compared to other, more expensive headsets. UK retailer Very is offering £50 cashback on the 128GB and 256GB versions, effectively meaning they retail for £249 and £349 respectively, but only if you use the code TVGMR at checkout.
Oculus Quest 2 128GB, £50 off, Very,
Oculus Quest 2 256GB, £50 off, Very,
RIG 500 Pro HC and WRC 10
RIG Gaming’s 500 PRO HC headset can be purchased alongside a copy of WRC10 for $49 until 28th November. This offer is exclusive to GameStop stores only. Considering WRC10 on PS5 retails for $34.99, this sounds like a great deal if you’re in the market for a new headset and some rallying thrills.
RIG 500 PRO HC + WRC10, GameStop, $49
We fully expect several games, publishers, hardware manufacturers and retaillers to offer further deals, so we’ll update this article as often as possible with the latest Black Friday sim racing steals. As always, let us know in the comments below if you’ve picked up a bargain.