Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
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Gran Turismo 3 British Car Guide
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Sony PS2) British Cars Guide 1. INTRODUCTION This guide was made as an accompaniment to the German Car Guide already published on gamesfaqs. It provides data on all British cars featured in the game, as well as a suggestion of a playing path. Since the British cars depicted in the game are now much more realistic compared to earlier GT games (eg. Lotus being easier to drive, Aston Martin being Faster), it is now much more feasible to play (and win) the simulation game using them. Since the supercars in the game are heavily influenced by the James Bond 007 movies, I have also included a partial list of what GT3 cars have been used in the series. This guide is based on the Euro/PAL version of the game. Some raw data has been provided by DConnoy and CHalfpenny. mmmm | <- Use a monospace font such as Courier, so that iiii | <- the two lines match up with each other 2. LEGAL STUFF Version 1.8, Dec 2002 - Jan 2005, Richard Walledge. Contact me via the email address on: http://www.geocities.com/kesmaster.geo To be hosted intact on ign.com This guide is for personal use only, and cannot be reproduced This may not be used for any profitable or promotional purposes 3. CAR LISTING "S" in the Aspiration column means that the car switches from NA to Turbo when it is fully upgraded. "®" denotes that a car can compete in the Professional Formula GT event. Horsepower and weight have been included both as new (0 km, and before an oil change), and also after maximum tuning. The Formula One cars have been included on the assumption that they represent a 1994 Williams/Tyrrell hybrid and the 1988 McLaren. I suppose technically the Tickford Falcon (Mondeo) could also be included here, but I have left it out since it is specified as Australian. Also the Shellby AC Cobra, but again it's specified as American instead. For the record, the following cars appear in the previous game "GT2" on PlayStation, but not in GT3: Aston Mtn DB6 Jaguar XJR, XJ Sport 3.2, XJR15 GT Race Car, Lotus Elan S2, Europa, MGF 1.8i VVC, Mini MK1, TVR Cerbera 4.5, Chimaera 5.0, Vauxhall Tigra Ice, Corsa Sport, For the record, the following appear in the expansion game "GT Concept 2001 Tokyo", but not in GT3: the New Mini-S and the Jaguar S-Type R MAKE MODEL DRV AS St.HP St.Wt Tn.HP Tn.Wt PRICE AWARD | Aston Mtn DB7 Vantage Coupe FR S 407 1775 636 1508 154700 Aston Mtn Vanquish FR N 449 1820 745 1547 - P/British Aston Mtn V8 Vantage FR S 542 1990 945 1691 455000 Jaguar XKR Coupe FR S 368 1640 651 1394 104890 Jaguar XJ220 Road Car MR T 501 1375 838 1375 780000 E/Mistral Jaguar ®XJ220 Race Car 41 MR T 542 1320 907 1320 - P/World Lister ®Storm V12 Race FR N 576 1438 883 1438 1198000 E/Mountan Lotus Elise 190 MR S 181 670 267 596 58530 A/European Lotus Motor Sport Elise MR S 195 700 336 623 100000 Lotus Esprit V8 SE MR T 342 1380 1006 1173 106000 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 MR T 342 1300 1006 1105 113540 Mini Mini Cooper 1.3i FF S 61 720 169 640 - B/Light Vauxhall VX220/Speedster MR N 140 850 346 756 38390 Vauxhall ®Calibra Tour Cr 6 4WD N 449 1060 722 1060 - P/World Vauxhall ®Astra Tour Car 7 FR N 454 1000 790 1000 - A/German TVR Griffith 500 FR N 330 1060 591 943 80780 P/Tuscan TVR Speed 6 FR N 350 1100 624 979 62410 TVR Speed 12 FR N 798 1020 1019 907 - P/Tuscan F1 ®Polyphony001 MR N 790 540 790 540 - E F1 ®Polyphony002 MR T 789 540 789 540 - E 4. GAME PROGRESSION My philosophy is that it's not worth buying a car that can be won, since it's just a waste of money if you will win one sooner or later anyway (especially if it's a guaranteed prize). The only disadvantage to this is that you cannot choose the color of your acquisitions. Incidently, the Arcade mode only features 4 British cars initially (Vauxhall, Mini and Lotus), but two TVRs can be unlocked by winning areas on hard. Unfortunately, you cannot start the game with a British car, so the quickest way to get one is to buy either a Suzuki or Daihatsu and tune it just enough to win the Beginner League Lightweight Challenge. With a souped-up Mini you can make a start on the rest of the Beginner League Events, and win most of them (fit a turbo stage 2 and supersoft tyres). Racing in this car is great fun, and has that "Italian Job" (film) feel - you might even try the odd handbrake turn on some hairpins... Being front-wheel drive, it's impossible to spin, and so you won't regret spending money on this car. From there, you can get a Vauxhall Speedster, which should serve you well enough to finish a few more races. This is also a good car to get the hang of early on, since it is mid-engined, and so it will get you used to the behavior of them for later in the game. From there, your next goal should be to win a Lotus Elise in order to get a bit more money (and for entry to some later dedicated Trophies, and because it's so light, tyre wear is very slow). Incidently, did anybody notice the blooper? On the Pro screen, it says it's "10 rounds", but in fact it's only 5! A great car to win next is the fast Vauxhall (Opel) Astra Touring Car Team Phoenix, which can also be used to win most of the Rally Events (remember to raise up the suspension height and adjust spring rates etc) Obviously the only car able to compete in the 4WD races is the Calibra, so you don't really have any choice but to win that (if needed, use the Save and keep Aborting and Reloading until you get it). Another typo mistake is that this car is called "Caribra" in the garage! As for Endurance races, you might first try a dummy run of 10 laps or so, until everybody else has pitted in. This will give you an idea of what you should use for your strategy. If your car doesn't handle well, then try a medium tyre, but if it already has the grip, then go for a harder (longer-lasting) compound. You might even try a mix at the front/back. Tinkering with the settings helps on all circuits, but with endurance it's especially important. At the very least you should find a final gear so that you reach your top speed before the end of the longest straight. Hope to win either a Jaguar XJ220 (the fastest production car of its time) or a Lister Storm, or an F1, which can then be used to clear the rest of the game. For a bit more fun, buy the TVR Speed 6, and use it to win a Griffith 500 (which can be used to win the Roadster events) For one of the best all-round cars, try the high-powered but snaky TVR Speed 12, which is the most powerful production car in the world... Such a good P:W ratio makes it a sure-fire win in the Professional League Normal (untuned) Digital Cup. Beware though, that these races are very long, and so by about half way though the championship, your oil will be dirty, and you risk permanent damage to your engine. Since this car is quite difficult to come by, you will ideally want to have enough points so that you can exit shortly after your dash light comes on. Including license tests and Arcade mode, you should be able to get well over 70% game completion just by using vehicles manufactured in the UK... You might also want to select only music by artists from Britain (Ash, Death In Vegas, Feeder and Muse) 5. JAMES BOND Die Another Day (2002): Aston Martin V12 Vanquish silver (and Jaguar XKR green) The Living Daylights (1987): Aston Martin V8 Volante blackish (convertible) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Aston Martin DB5 Golden Eye (1995): Aston Martin DB5 License To Kill (1989): Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II A View To A Kill (1985): Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II For Your Eyes Only (1981): Lotus Esprit Turbo red The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Lotus Esprit S1 white Diamands Are Forever (1971): Ford Mustang On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): Aston Martin DBS black Thunderball (1965): Aston Martin DB5 silver Goldfinger (1964): Aston Martin DB5 silver and Rolls Royce Phantom III From Russia With Love (1963): Bentley 4 1/2 6. REQUESTS Since it appears customary to have a requests section, mine is as follows: i Include more real circuits, such as the world-famous Silverstone, in Northamptonshire, one of the historical homes of motorsport, or also a Swedish snow Rally course, or an African desert one. ii Include more non-Japanese cars, such as the multiple LeMans winning Bentley EXP Speed 8, the MG ZS touring car, and more Audis and Renaults iii More dynamics, such as Weather and changable Time of Day (on every course) iv More cars ON TRACK! Considering other games have up to 22 competitors, surely an increase to at least 10 (or 6 in 2P mode) isn't unreasonable? I'd be happy to accept a drop in graphical standard for this. v What about Rewind/FF controls for the replays? And DEFINATELY have an option so that you don't have to watch (or manually skip) an event that is Aborted or very short (such as 400m test). Annoying intrusions from the replays and menus are probably the only thing wrong with GT... °²³ª#ø