The best PS5 racing games January 2023

If you're feeling fast and furious, put your skills to the test with the best PS5 racing games you can play on your PlayStation 5 right now

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Looking for high-adrenaline races, demolition, or perhaps a little off-roading? Well, you’re in the right place. We’ve collated a list of all the best PS5 racing games on offer right now. It’s a saturated market and one of the most popular gaming genres, so unsurprisingly there’s a lot to choose from. Somehow, by the power vested in us at The Loadout, we’ve managed to whittle down the list to just ten racing games you’ll want to try out on the PlayStation 5.

In this guide to the best PS5 racing games, we’re looking at the full spectrum of racing games available to play right now from arcade racers to hardcore sims to full-on arena destruction. Away from our list of the best PS5 games, there’s a little something for everyone, and we promise they’re wheel-y good. If you’re on the lookout for other games to try out on PS5 in the future, might we be so bold as to suggest checking out our guide to upcoming PS5 games? Now, let’s get down to fulfilling that need for speed.

Here are the best PS5 racing games:

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Need for Speed Unbound
  • F1 2021
  • MXGP 2021
  • DiRT 5
  • WRC 10
  • Wreckfest
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Riders Republic
  • RiMS Racing

PS5 racing games: A black Honda on the track in Gran Turismo 7

1. Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 takes advantage of the  PS5’s shiny capabilities and as such, it deserves a spot on our list. It takes everything Sony’s premier racing game team have learned over the past two decades and improves on it in every way.

Gran Turismo is an iconic franchise and the features for Gran Turismo 7 like weather and temperature affecting the circuits just slap more realism on top of what was already there.

Still conflicted? Read our Gran Turismo 7 review.

Best PS5 racing games: ASAP Rocky leans against a car in Need for Speed Unbound

2. Need for Speed Unbound

While retaining the Need For Speed formula and tropes we all know and love, 2022’s Need For Speed Unbound looks to inject some new life into the series with a striking new art style and hip, fashion-focused aesthetic.

As you’ll learn in our Need For Speed Unbound review, that aesthetic often struggles to land, but it certainly delivers on the gameplay front. Unbound also looks gorgeous on the PS5, and it has a wide variety of popular cars to buy, modify, and race.

PS5 racing games: A blue F1 car on the grid in F1 22

3. F1 2022

Developer Codemasters has been in the business of racing games for over 30 years, and with F1 2022 it isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Unsurprisingly, with such a large foothold in the racing gaming genre, Codemasters appears on our list multiple times.

F1 2022 is the 21st game in the Formula One franchise and features a brand new story mode, alongside a career mode, and much, much more that puts this sim racer out in front with a lot to offer.

PS5 racing games: motorcross riders racing around a track in MXGP 21

4. MXGP 2021

From developer Milestone comes MXGP21. If you like motocross racing, then this one’s for you. The franchise started back in 2014 and is centred wholly around the FIM Motocross World Championship.

MXGP 2021 reaches new heights though with the visual capabilities of the PS5, a new career mode, and legacy track favourites from previous editions. Milestone is also the great mind behind Hot Wheels Unleashed, which we’ll talk about later.

PS5 racing games: Two rally cars jostle in DirT 5

5. DiRT 5

Hello to Codemasters once again, but this time we’re off-roading for some extreme racing. DiRT 5 is an arcade racer that, first and foremost, brings fun for PS5 players everywhere.

Travel around the globe, race around some incredible tracks, and do so behind the wheel of some of the world’s most iconic cars.

PS5 racing games: WRC cars on a dirt track in WRC10

6. WRC 10

An officially licensed rally racer, WRC 10 is the next iteration in an already incredibly popular franchise and 10 takes the baton and runs with it. What’s new here is the 50th anniversary cars which have been inserted into the game to celebrate the championship’s – you guessed it – 50th anniversary.

With a bunch of classic cars to choose from as well as historic events to play through from Acropolis to Germany to Argentina, WRC 10 takes it up a gear.

PS5 racing games: A totalled car in Wreckfest

7. Wreckfest

Wreckfest is a demolition derby themed racing game with chaos at the forefront. It’s very pick-up-and-play in nature making it a great, easy choice for an online racing game with friends. While cars are fun and all, let’s not forget to mention you can also do demolition derby with a lawnmower, if you fancy it.

It’s a lot of fun and there’s lots to do from different events to online multiplayer that all spell out carnage. Demolition and destruction truly is at the heart of all the fun.

PS5 racing games: A hotwheels car careers around an orange track in Hot Wheels Unleashed

8. Hot Wheels Unleashed

Hot Wheels, leading the way… with this exhilarating, vibrant, and very fun PS5 game from the iconic toy franchise. Developer Milestone has made this arcade racing game that boasts retro cars and crazy tracks for players to whip round in style.

From basement to skyscraper to college campus, Hot Wheels has a range of environments on which to race and you can even create your own tracks. One for all ages.

PS5 racing games: a stuntman wearing a mask with flares jumps off a cliff on a BMX in Riders Republic

9. Riders Republic

How about a racing game that is open-world and reeks of adventure? Well, that’s where Riders Republic steps in. You’ve got a range of extreme sports to compete in from mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and wingsuit flying all on offer.

This one’s from Ubisoft and the French developer excels at bringing a massive multiplayer playground to the PS5. In satisfying 60FPS, riders can meet and compete in a variety of modes including, of course, fast-paced mass racing.

PS5 racing games: A motorcyclist flies around a corner of a track in Rims Racing

10. RiMS Racing

RiMS Racing is a motorbike simulation with a bit of a twist. You’re not only racing in this one, but adjusting the bike parts to give you the best ride, depending on what you’re after. It combines mechanics with racing in what developer RaceWard Studio explains as being perpetuated by the fact, “a race is not purely won on the track.”

To truly excel in RiMS Racing, you must channel your inner engineer and begin to understand what goes into your ride to make it come out on top.

And we’re at the end of our best PS5 racing games list. There are ten top games there that should satisfy your need for speed – in whatever form it takes.