We’re used to some of the biggest names in the sim racing content creation scene like Jimmy Broadbent, Tiametmarduk and Jardier. But a large number of more mainstream content creators have taken up sim racing in recent times.
Image credit: Terroriser / summit1g
As we all know, sim racing has soared in popularity over the last few years, with more people outside the dedicated sim racing community bubble taking it up. We’ve had sportspeople like Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and golfer Ian Poulter getting involved, and of course more and more professional racers are doing so too.
But we’ve also been seeing a large number of creators who are more renowned on YouTube or Twitch for their more mainstream gaming content taking to the racing wheel. Here are just five of the many content creators who have given sim racing a go.
Brian Michael Hanby or ‘TheGamingTerroriser‘ is an Irish YouTuber who has amassed nearly four million subscribers. He is most prominently known for making videos with his friends who are also big YouTubers such as Daithi de Nogla, I Am Wildcat, BasicallyIDoWrk and most of all, Evan ‘Vanoss’ Fong.
The group play together on a variety of games including GTA Online, Minecraft, Garry’s Mod, Among Us, Gartic Phone and many more. It would be an injustice for us to not mention his startingly amazing impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is perhaps his most famous impression, although he does good impersonations of a lot of other people too.
One of the reccuring jokes as of late among his friends and fans involves alluding to a purchase that Terroriser made. He spent $30,000 on a simulator made by Cool Performance, the sim company affiliated with McLaren driver Lando Norris.
He occasionally streams his My Team career mode on the F1 games but has also taken up iRacing, having done a few races with a couple of Lando’s mates. He’s even been invited to commentate for a Codemasters creators raceoff, so hopefully we see more of Terroriser in sim racing. Plus now, if you go onto F1 2021 you can earn a bunch of Terroriser-themed items.
This is a name you will know from the YouTube channel ‘OutsideXbox’ which has around 2.6 million subscribers. Channell is one of the hosts alongside Jane Douglas and Andy Farrant, and they make content centred on all kinds of video games.
Channell though has always been into racing, and has even done some stuff with us here at OverTake.
In early 2020, Channell was invited to participate in the Formula E Race at Home Challenge and competed alongside some of the fastest sim racers, and also the one-off celebrity race in the Heineken Legends event where he went up against 2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg and his childhood hero David Coulthard who he ended up finishing ahead of.
He’s also been able to take up racing in the real world and now hosts the Top Gear Gaming Show on the Top Gear YouTube channel alongside Gran Turismo championship host Julia Hardy. Channell provides an invaluable service to the sim racing world by educating the more casual gaming audience about driving games and competitive esports racing.
Jaryd ‘summit1g‘ Lazar is one of the greatest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world, having formerly played the game competitively at a very high level.
After retiring from competitive gaming, Lazar became a full-time Twitch streamer who, at one point, had just shy of 100,000 Twitch subscribers. Lazar doesn’t just restrict himself to just CS:GO and has always been into racing, thus he decided to get a rig worth $7,500.
He mainly plays iRacing, and has even challenged Lando Norris to a raceoff. Albeit with Summit having tested the Mazda MX-5 rookies car on the Oulton Park Fosters layout for about a week whilst Norris could only do five minutes of preperation.
Summit’s chat strongly disagreed with his claim that he could beat Norris, since Lando has been playing iRacing since he was eight years old and won on his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge against seasoned IndyCar pros.
You’ve probably come across this guy if you’ve ever gone searching for a Twitch rage compilation. Félix ‘xQc‘ Lengyel was a competitive Overwatch player before becoming a Twitch streamer full time, and is seen as a bit of a polarising figure in the world of online gaming, racking up a few suspensions and bans in his time for a variety of reasons.
He now streams a large selection of games as part of Luminosity Gaming, and currently has just short of 90,000 subscribers on his Twitch.
Like many streamers, he decided to dip his toe in the world of sim racing. However, his driving left quite a bit to be desired, with many sim racers watching his streams to offer constructive feedback. Lengyel has streamed the likes of Assetto Corsa and Forza Horizon 5.
xQc may not be troubling the front of any races but we can all have a laugh watching him make a fool of himself, and that’s important because being good at a game isn’t always the be-all and end-all, it’s about having a good time.
If you grew up watching Minecraft videos in the early part of last decade, you probably knew this name. Jordan ‘CaptainSparklez‘ Maron has over 11 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel, which he began after running a semi-successful channel centred on Call of Duty videos.
He’s also released a lot of Minecraft themed songs, you’ll probably be most familiar with one called ‘Revenge’, which was a parody of Usher’s ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love’ song. It became so popular, it took on a life of its own.
Maron’s efforts in sim racing has ranged from playing the F1 games and Assetto Corsa, by his own admission he isn’t that good at it. He is doing a career mode series on his Jordan Games channel if you fancy following his efforts there.
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