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Live for Speed is an online racing simulator. Its main features are the realistic physics engine and internet multiplayer with up to 32 players in race. This simulator offers 20 cars of various types and classes - from classic road cars to GTR's and single-seaters. Most of the cars are fictional. However, there are 4 real car replicas in the game: RaceAbout, MRT5, Formula BMW FB02 and BMW Sauber F1.06. The recommended controller is a steering wheel and pedals, although there is a good support of a mouse or a keyboard.

You can race on 7 large track areas, while each area has a number of its configurations. There is also an autocross area with a 1/4 mile drag strip or a skid pad. Licensed users can make their own "autocross layouts" - several objects (cones, walls, poles, tyre stacks etc.) can be placed on any track and wherever they like, so new original tracks can be created.

A free demo version can be downloaded from their website. It has got almost all features of the licensed versions - ability to race online, full online web statistics, unlimited setup changes etc. The demo is restricted to 3 cars and 1 track with 3 configurations (+ reversed) to try out. To access all cars and tracks and all features of this game, you have to buy a license. So far, there are two licenses to buy - S1 and S2. S1 contains 4 cars and 9 tracks (including demo), while S2 contains all cars and tracks available in Live for Speed.

The three developers have a close connection to the community and recently visit the official forum to get ideas what the players want to see in the game. The game is being developed all the time and new features are published in free patches.

In the recent S2 patches, several improvements were made. Physics and graphics were improved, new cars were added (BMW Sauber F1.06 and Formula BMW FB02). The maximum number of players in the server has been increased as well - from 16 to 32 in race and 47 in the server (spectating + in race).


Live for Speed Windows The usual mess-up at the rallye cross track.
Live for Speed Windows The in-game server list with the chat window.
Live for Speed Windows Some drag racing in the evening.
Live for Speed Windows The setup screen. Here you can tweak your setup with over 40 different options available.

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Alternate Titles

  • "速度生活" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "LFS" -- short form

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User Reviews

The best online (and off-line) racing simulator. Period. herniator (3) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Nov, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Boomtown Feb 12, 2004 9 out of 10 90
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Aug 03, 2003 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2003 81 out of 100 81
CanardPC Jan 21, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Aug 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Gamigo Aug 29, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79 Aug 21, 2003 15 out of 20 75
PC Games (Germany) Sep 25, 2003 39 out of 100 39


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Actually only three people have worked full-time on the game and earned money with it: Scawen Roberts, Eric Bailey and Victor van Vlaardingen. All other people mentioned in the credits contributed for free.


The game does not have/need an installer. You just copy all files to a directory on your HD and run the game. As Live for Speed does not write any files in other directories or add registry keys it does not need an uninstaller too - just like in the good old days of DOS...

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GP4Flo (115) added Live for Speed (Windows) on Nov 13, 2003