EA Sports F1 series

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EA Sports F1 series
F1 Challenge '99-'02 Logo.png

Logo for last game in series,
F1 Challenge '99-'02
Developer(s) Image Space Incorporated
Visual Science
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Designer(s) Image Space Incorporated
Visual Science
Platform(s) Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) 2003
Genre(s) Sim racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Career mode, Online

The EA Sports F1 series consists of five racing simulation games based on Formula One motorsport. The games were released annually between 2000 and 2003, stopped selling, then continued in 2006. They were developed by Image Space Incorporated (PC) and Visual Science (Console Versions).


The Formula One games have a variety of 'driving aids' options that can be tailored to the users' own tastes. Thus, in terms of car handling, the game can play either as an arcade racer or a driving simulation.

F1 Challenge '99-'02[edit]

After losing the official F1 license from Formula One Administration Ltd. to a multi-year exclusive licensing contract between FOA and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (publishers of the competing Formula One series on PlayStation/PlayStation 2), ISI developed their final release hitting stores in 2003. Showcasing four full seasons of Formula 1 from 1999 to 2002, many people thought it would be a type of compilation of all the games previously made by ISI but in fact the title turned into a cult following platform for both modders and sim racers.

Before this release ISI often tended to make mistakes at the time of modeling the tracks, cars and sounds. ISI listened to the fans and fixed almost every single aspect from previous versions, most noticeable was the sound which proved to be the most realistic to date, it was later improved in 2004 in a 3rd party mod release; Also the cars models were changed and made from scratch for this release to make them more realistic. Track versions were created specifically for each season resembling the real circuits.

The use of simple text files for track, drivers and cars physics parameters lead to gradually make F1C, as it is known, into a powerful 3D racing platform which saw from year 2003 onwards the release of mods from independent developers who posted their work for free in their web sites tuning not only cars physics but circuit physics and of course release every time track dependent liveries and 3D models for the cars.

F1 Career Challenge[edit]

F1 Career Challenge
Developer(s) Image Space Incorporated
Visual Science
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Platform(s) Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube
Release date(s) Mid 2003

F1 Career Challenge is the console version of F1 Challenge '99-'02. It is the first F1 game which has a career mode. It is based on four seasons: the 1999 Formula One season, the 2000 Formula One season, the 2001 Formula One season and the 2002 Formula One season.


The EA Sports F1 series was based around various known standards, such as text files for storing player data and an industry known format for circuit geometry. Many extra circuits were created for the series, especially F1 Challenge '99-'02 (often shortened to F1 Challenge or even F1C). The complete 2003 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) was released for free, as well as one Gran Turismo game released commercially. There were also mods in the "RH" (Ralph Hummerich) series for the following seasons, RH2003, RH2004 and RH2005. All three were released for F1 Challenge. Another mod group which also have done F1 seasons for F1 Challenge '99-'02 is the CTDP group (Cars and Tracks Development Project). These are the biggest "rivals" for the RH Modifications as they appear to develop the game as well as update it.

Going back in time, F1 Challenge also served as the basis for the freely available "F1 '74 '75 Mod" developed by a modding team called CREW. It provided a simulation of the numerous F1 cars of 1974 and 1975, including the championship-winning McLaren M23 and Ferrari 312T. Other great mods are the CK mods and the 1971 carset.

In August 2011 a free full mod named F1 XT 2010 Final, which was created by XiatStudio Modding Group, all the cars were converted from rFactor mod F1 RFT 2010. This mod contains all full 2010 seasons F1 cars and 19 tracks. Later, XiatStudio released patch of "Test Driver Mode", enables players to drive on test driver's cars.

Currently the best known and used is the FIRe, consisting of 27 seasons of Formula 1 and a "Championship of Legends" to all who were champions from 1988 to 2014.[1]

The first mod in the game with all seasons (1950-2015) "F1 Challenge VB" from Italy is available. It's features include hundreds of drivers, tracks used in every season of the Formula One World Championship, as well as other race tracks used in the CART, Indycar and V8 Supercars series. It can be played in ten different languages, including English.[2]



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