Since its release in 2014, Assetto Corsa has become one of the most popular racing simulators on the planet: not just for the way that it drives but the wealth of mods available to install.
These mods range from tracks and graphical enhancements through to different cars like open-wheelers, touring cars, and GT racers, which are available for free, as official DLC, or payware at a small price.
On this page, you’ll find all of the best mods to use in 2021 on Assetto Corsa, as well as how you can go about installing these top mods.
1. Race Sim Studio Formula Hybrid 2020
Mod Type: Car
Download: Formula Hybrid 2020 mod
Race Sim Studio’s Formula One cars have set the standard in recent years, and the 2020 model may just be their best yet. The incredibly accurate model, a generic 2020 F1 car, looks especially stunning when applied with realistic skins from sites such as RaceDepartment.
Coupled with the sounds and physics, RSS have delivered what is perhaps the most enjoyable experience of driving a current generation Formula One car outside of the official F1 game. Taking one of these cars around Mugello and Imola is something that you must do if you haven’t already.
Mod Type: Weather/Graphical
Download: Sol mod
Whilst Assetto Corsa is now slightly dated graphically, that hasn’t stopped modders from trying to enhance the game’s appearance. The incredible Sol mod hosted on RaceDepartment is perhaps one of the main reasons why the game has enjoyed such longevity.
The mod enhances the overall appearance of the game, adds thunder, rain, day and night transitions, and a general improvement to the shades, shadows, and feel of the game. This is an absolute must-have addition to your Assetto Corsa game.
3. VRC McLaren MP4-20
Mod Type: Car
Download: VRC McLaren MP4-20 mod
The 2005 McLaren MP4-20 is possibly the greatest Formula One car to never win a world title. The sight of Kimi Räikkönen hurling this thing around Monaco on his qualifying run is something that fans will never forget, and who can forget his remarkable Japanese Grand Prix victory that year?
VRC have produced a very accurate representation of the car in this Assetto Corsa mod, from the physics to the sounds. That V10 scream is music to anyone’s ears. Better still, you can throw the car into any corner, and it will stay planted to the ground.
4. Kunos Ferrari F2004
While technically a DLC and not an outright mod, the Kunos F2004 certainly deserves a mention here. The sounds are spot on, and the physics accurately represent what was the fastest Formula One car prior to the 2020 Mercedes W11.
Despite the traction control, you have to be careful: those V10 engines were mighty powerful, and the car can certainly bite.
5. Race Sim Studio Formula Hybrid X 2022
Mod Type: Car
Download: Formula Hybrid X 2022 mod
Formula One’s new technical rules were postponed a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Assetto Corsa, thanks to RSS, you can experience the new cars a year early.
This car is a different kettle of fish to the 2020 machine: the loss of downforce is obvious, and corners that were flat out now need a lot more care than they did before. This car requires a patient driving technique, but in races, you can feel the gains made in minimising the loss of downforce and the reduction in dirty air. It feels more 1970s than 2020s.
6. Race Sim Studio Formula Americas 2020
Mod Type: Car
Download: Formula Americas 2020 mod
Yes, another RSS mod, but for a good reason! RSS Have replicated the 2020 IndyCar Series model, complete with aeroscreen. When you add in the Texas Motor Speedway circuit available via VRC, you can have some amazing oval races, or just find those extra hundredths of a second on a hot lap.
Outside of iRacing, this is probably the best representation of America’s premier open-wheel series. We just need rolling starts added and a decent Indianapolis Motor Speedway mod.
7. Donington Park
Mod Type: Track
Download: Donington Park mod
Speaking of circuits, the freely available Donington Park on RaceDepartment is one of the most detailed track mods Assetto Corsa has ever seen. This is not an rFactor conversion; this is a bespoke track, accurately modelled from the pits to the trackside scenery.
The racing circuit itself has been done justice, feeling every bit like the real track that thrills us each year in the British Touring Car Championship. It’s a reminder that in the UK, there are some amazing circuits outside of Silverstone.
Mod Type: Circuit
Download: Goodwood mod
Another of the RaceDepartment-hosted mod that deserves a mention is Goodwood. Both the hillclimb and the actual track have been modelled, but the track is our point of focus here.
It’s a superb mod. Using it makes you feel like you’re thrown back into the 1950s and 1960s, and there’s nothing better than throwing a classic F1 car or GT racer around this picturesque circuit.
9. BMW 320I-STW
Mod Type: Car
Download: BMW 320I-STW mod
Classic touring cars certainly need more hype. The BMW 320I-STW is for those who love the Super Touring era of the BTCC – and rubbing really was racing back then.
It looks great, sounds great, and matches up perfectly against the Nissan Primera mod for the game (see below). Further enhancing its appeal as an Assetto Corsa mod, classic BMWs always looked the part. There wasn’t a big grille, just a simple, smooth body that looks even better in BMW’s racing colours.
10. 1999 Nissan Primera BTCC
Mod Type: Car
Download: Nissan Primera mod
The Primera was made famous in the BTCC thanks to Matt Neal’s incredible win in the car at Donington Park. In Assetto Corsa, the Nissan Primera mod is incredibly fun to use.
Add in the BMW mod above, and you can relive what were probably the glory days of the BTCC – just as the budgets started to spiral out of control. It’s a shame that there aren’t more classic BTCC machines available as mods in Assetto Corsa because a full grid of these things would be sensational.
If you want to enhance your racing experience, download and install some of the best mods for Assetto Corsa showcased above.
How to install Assetto Corsa mods
Installing mods on Assetto Corsa is fairly straightforward. Your mod will usually come in a .rar or .zip file; open those files, then find your Assetto Corsa installation folder on your PC.
Installing mods on Assetto Corsa is usually straightforward. Here are the steps that you should follow:
- Download the mod from the website;
- Let it download, and then click on the .rar/.zip file;
- Head to your Assetto Corsa install folder. If you don’t know it, right-click on the game in your Steam Library, click on ‘Local files,’ and then at the top, click ‘Browse;’
- Read the Read Me that comes with the mod, which should say to drag and drop the contents of the downloaded file straight into the Assetto Corsa install folder;
- If you are using Content Manager, drag and drop the downloaded file into it, click the three lines at the top right, and then ‘Install,’ and it will be done automatically;
- Now the content of the mod will appear in your Assetto Corsa game.
Most mods come with very clear Read Me files and installation guides to help you get the best mods in Assetto Corsa.
Can you mod Assetto Corsa on PS4 or Xbox?
Modding for Assetto Corsa is only possible on PC, so neither the Xbox nor PS4 copies of the game can make use of the many mods available.