Start your engines, folks: Real Racing 3 is now available to download for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Though Firemonkeys's racer has been available in beta form to Australian and New Zealand-based iOS gamers for the past two weeks, today we can ALL get behind the driving wheel of this new free-to-play racing sim.

Once you've downloaded Real Racing 3, you'll be able to step into the virtual cockpit of over 45 officially licensed cars and participate in over 900 international events.

The Real Racing 3 dev has also updated its track roster, meaning you can power your way around real-world courses like Silverstone and Laguna Seca.

The standout feature in Real Racing 3, though, is probably the Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) mode, which enables you to race against your friends' ghosts even when your buddies are offline.

It's Real Racing 3's free-to-play model, however - integrated into the series for the first time here - which has generated the most attention and controversy.

You can download Real Racing 3 for free on iOS [download] and Android [download] right now to find out what all the F2P fuss is about for yourself.

After doing so, feel free to let us know what YOU think about the way in which Firemonkeys and EA have integrated the freemium business model into their high-end racer.

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