Simulation Mode Walkthrough - Guide for Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
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GRAN TURISMO 3: A-SPEC FAQ-Simulation Mode Walkthrough 1. Intro 2. Definitions 3. Controller Buttons/Functions 4. Racing Styles 5. Course List/Styles 6. Car List - Win Locations and/or Buy prices 7. Credits 8. Disclaimer 9. Contact Information 10. Random Artwork ======== 1. Intro ======== In the real-life Gran Turismo or Grand Tour, the races are much more fair than the races you will experience in this game. To win you will need to pass. That is what most of this guide deals with. You cannot just put your foot down and pass them. The point is missed that on the track, everybody has their foot down. Learn this. Use this. You're gonna need it. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is a game in which you take on the role of an amateur driver who races in Sunday competitions. Through the game you will go from your measly 10,000 credits to a multi-milionaire professional racer who can conquer all tracks in any condition. You can conquer any type of vehicle and any type of terrain, from asphalt to rain to dirt to mud. This guide will walk you through the simulation mode of GT3 and will reveal the win locations and buy prices of all 150 cars in this game. The goal of any race, is obviously to get around the track in the fastest time possible. That's all you need to know. Read this guide and go win your races. Drivers...start your engines. ============== 2. Definitions ============== Apex: The middle point of th einside edge of a turn. Oversteer: The tendency of the rear end of a car to spin around and cause the car to spin 180 degrees Understeer: The tendency of a car to not turn fully and slide off the track at high speeds Dig: The tendency of a car to oversteer when the nose touches the inside berm of a turn Berm: The walls lining the inside and outside of a turn Accelerate: To increase the speed of a car by pressing the X button E-Brake: to lock up the wheels (FR: rear wheels) (FF: front wheels) (MR: rear wheels) (4WD: all wheels) Brake: To rapidly slow the car by pressing the square button FF: Front engine placement and front-wheel drive FR: Front engine placement and rear-wheel drive MR: Middle engine placement and rear-wheel drive 4WD: Front engine placement and all-wheel drive AT: Automatic Transmission MT: Manual Transmission (arcade mode only) =============================== 3. Controller Buttons/Functions =============================== X= Accelerate (pressure sensitive) O= Emergency Brake Triangle= Reverse (pressure sensitive) Square= Standard Brake (pressure sensitive) L-Stick= Steering R-Stick= Inactive Directional Pad= Inactive Start= Pause Menu Select= Inactive R1= Toggle Viewpoint R2= Upshift (MT only) R3= Inactive L1= Look Back L2= Downshift (MT only) L3= Inactive ================ 4. Racing Styles ================ ________ DRIFTING: Drifting is a style of turn taking in racing that was perfected in Japan. While drifting has become less popular, it is still an effective racing style that can benefit you in high speed races. To drift, you will have to find some way to skid. The best way is to brake to one gear higher than suggested in your spedometer, fishtail when you come to a turn and before entering it, lock up your tires with the E-Brake to get into a controlled oversteered slide. When your car has spun between 50 and 80 degrees, slam the tires the opposite direction of the turn to keep yourself from spinning around. This also allows you to stay stable and be in a controlled slide as you go through the turn. If timed right, you will come out of the turn just facing about 30 degrees off center. Correct this oversteer and continue your race. ======= WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS RACING STYLE IN THE LICENSE TESTS AS IT IS SLOWER AND LESS EXACT. YOU WILL FAIL IF YOU SLIDE OFF THE TRACK. ======= ____________________ SKIP BARBER STRATEGY: A man by the name of Skip Barber perfected the most widely recognized racing style in racing sports today. Many people believe that the best route around the turn is to follow the inside edge, as it is the shortest route. But it is also the slowest. We are looking for the fastest route. When presented with this alternative, they say you need to take the outside edge. This is dangerous, as it takes all control you had over your car if you hit the wall. The fastest way around a turn is to start on the outside edge at the gear suggested in your spedometer. Turn into the curve and lower yourself to the inside apex. When you exit the turn, raise back to the outside at full acceleration. For S-Turns, overshoot the inside apex and go to the inside of the second turn. It is the fastest route and the safest. ======= WARNING: USE THIS STRATEGY IN THE LICENSE TESTS AS SUGGESTED. ======= CHEATER STRATEGY: The last strategy is the one the weasels use. It is also one of the fastest and most effective. To do this you need a turn where the berms line the egdes of the turns. Go into the turn at full acceleration allow the car ride the outside berm all the way around the track. You will usually exit the turn at one gear higher than the than suggested speed, and therefore, be the fastest one out of the turn. This strategy works best on Super Special Routes 5 and 11, and Super Speedway. ======= WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS STRATEGY IN THE LICENST TESTS AS YOU WILL FAIL INSTANTLY BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHEATER. Im not kidding, you will fail. ======= ===================== 5. Course List/Styles ===================== Apricot Hill Raceway -Skip Barber Complex String -Skip Barber Cote d'Azur -Skip Barber Deep Forest Raceway -Drifting Grand Valley Speedway -Skip Barber Laguna Seca Raceway -Skip Barber Mid-Field Raceway -Drifting/Skip Barber Rome Circuit -Cheater/Skip Barber Seattle Circuit -Skip Barber Smokey Mountain -Drifting Special Stage Route 11 -Cheater Special Stage Route 5 -Cheater Super Speedway -Cheater Swiss Alps -Drifting Tahiti Circuit -Drifting Tahiti Maze -Drifting Test Course -Skip Barber Tokyo Route 246 -Drifting/Skip Barber Trial Mountain -Skip Barber ============================================= 6. Car List - Win Locations and/or Buy prices ============================================= ----- ACURA ----- Integra Type R - Buy for 27,480c 3.2Cl Type S - Buy for 34,230c NSX 1993 - Buy for 94,790c NSX 1997 - Buy for 99,570c RSX Type-S - Win Cote D'Azur Endurance Race ---------- ALFA ROMEO ---------- 156 2.5 V6 24V - Buy for 38,910c DB7 Vantage Coupe - Buy for 154,720c Vanquish - Win British GT Cup(PRO)/Gold IA Licence V8 Vantage - Buy for 455,000c ---- AUDI ---- S4 - Buy for 39,730c/Win Audi TT Race(AMA) TT 1.8T Quatro - Buy for 46,580c/Win Audi TT(BEG)/Win American Champ(AM) --- BMW --- 328ci - Buy for 50,690c --------- CHEVROLET --------- Camaro Z28 - Buy for 22,830c Camaro SS - Buy for 29,350c/Win Stars & Stripes(AMA) Corvette Grand Sport - Buy for 40,010c Corvette Z06 - Buy for 54,000c Corvette C5R - Buy for 1,000,000c/Win Super Speedway Endurance/Win Grand Valley Endurance Camaro Race Car - Win American Champ(AMA)/Win SSR11 Endurance -------- CHRYSLER -------- PT Cruiser - Buy for 17,980c ------- CITROEN ------- Xsara Rally Car - Buy for 350,000c/Win SSR5(Rally) -------- DAIHATSU -------- Mira TR-XX Avanzato R - Buy for 11,140c/Win Race for Turbo Sports(BEG) Storia X4 - Buy for 13,900c ----- DODGE ----- Viper GTS - Buy for 78,680c Viper GTS Concept - Win GT All-Star(PRO)/Gold S Licence Viper GTS-R Team Oreca - Buy for 1,000,000c/Win all Amateur races ---- FIAT ---- Coupe Turbo Plus - Buy for 21,030c ---- FORD ---- Mustang SVT Cobra R - Buy for 31,150c Escort Rally Car - Win Tahiti Maze(Rally) Focus Rally Car - Buy for 350,000c/Win Smokey Mountain(Rally) GT40 1966 - Win GT All-Stars(AMA) GT40 1969 - Win GT World Champ(PRO) --------------------------------------- FORMULA 1 CARS (existence: unconfirmed) --------------------------------------- Diablo - unknown F090/S - unknown F094/H - unknown F094/S - unknown F686/M - unknown F687/S - unknown F688/S - unknown ------ GILLET ------ Vertigo Race Car - Buy for 1,200,000c/Win European Champ(AMA)/Win Rome 2Hr End ----- HONDA ----- CR-X del Sol SiR - Buy for 31,150c/Win NA Sports Car Cup(BEG) Civic SiR-II - Buy for 18,890c/Win Type R Meeting(BEG) Civic Type R - Buy for 19,980c Integra Type R 98 - Buy for 25,160c Accord Euro-R - Buy for 25,330c S2000 - Buy for 33,800c/Win Type R Meeting(AMA) S2000 Type V - Buy for 35,600c NSX Type S Zero - Buy for 98,570c/Win MR Challenge(AMA) NSX Type R - Buy for 99,570c/Win Type R Meeting(AMA) Castrol Mugen NSX GT Car - Buy for 1,250,000c/Win All Japan Champ(PRO) Raybrig NSX Race Car - Win GT All-Stars(AMA) Arta NSX - Win All Japan Champ(AMA)/Win SSR11(Endurance) S2000 LM Race Car - Win Trial Mountain 2Hr Endurance Mugen S2000 - Win Type R Meeting(AMA) ------ JAGUAR ------ XKR Coupe - Buy for 104,980c XJ220 Road Car - Buy for 780,000c/Win Cote D'Azur Endurance XJ220 Race Car - Win GT World Championship(PRO) ------ LANCIA ------ Delta HF Integrate Rally Car - Buy for 500,000c ------ LISTER ------ Storm V12 Race Car - Buy for 1,198,000c/Win Trial Mountain 2-Hr Endurance ----- LOTUS ----- Elise 190 - Buy for 58,530c/Win European Championship(AMA)/Win Elise Trophy(PRO) Espirit V8-SE - Buy for 106,000c Espirit Sport 350 - Buy for 113,540c Motor Sport Elise - Buy for 100,000c ----- MAZDA ----- Demio GL-X - Buy for 14,660c Roadster MX-5 1989 - Buy for 16,900c/Win Clubman Cup Roadster MX-5 1993 - Buy for 17,000c/Win GT World Champ(BEG) Roadster MX-5 1.8RS - Buy for 22,950c/Win Roadster Endurance Roadtser LS - Buy for 23,280c/Win Spider & Roadster Cup(AMA)/Gold B Licence Savanna RX-7 Infini III - Buy for 32,300c/Win 80's Cup(BEG) RX-7 Type RS - Buy for 37,780c/Win American Champ(AMA) RX-7 Type RZ - Buy for 39,980c/Win Japanese Champ(AMA) RX-8 - Win NA Sports(AMA)/GT Worlds(AMA)/Gold A Licence 787B - Win Like the Wind(PRO)/75% Game Completion RX-7 LM Race Car - Win Dream Car Race(AMA)/Win Tokyo 246 Endurance -------- MERCEDES -------- SLK 230 Kompressor - Buy for 55,310c/Win Silver Arrow(BEG) CLK55 - Buy for 93,110c CL600 - Buy for 133,950c CLK Touring Car - Win Silver Arrow(AMA) ---------- MITSUBISHI ---------- Mine's Lancer Evolution VI - Win Turbo Sports(AMA) FTO GP Version R - Buy for 21,600c/Win Japan Champ(AMA) Lancer Evolution VII RS - Buy for 25,180c Lancer Evolution VI RS - Buy for 25,980c Lancer Evolution IV GSR - Buy for 29,980c/Win Japan Chmap(AMA) Lancer Evolution VII GSR - Buy for 29,980c/Win 4WD Challenge(AMA) Lancer Evolution V GSR - Buy for 32,480c/Win all Beginner Races Lancer Evolution VI GSR - Buy for 32,480c/Win GT World Champ(BEG) Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinenen Edition - Buy for 32,780c 3000GT VR-4 Turbo - Buy for 43,230c 3000GT VR-4 - Buy for 43,320c Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car - Win Evolution Meeting/Win Smokey Mt Rally Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype - Win 4WD Challenge(PRO)/Win Swiss Alps II Rally FTO 1996 LM Race Car - Win Dream Car Race/Win Cote D'Azur Endurance ------ NISSAN ------ Mine's Skyline GTR-N1 V Spec - Win GT All-Star(AMA)/ Win Trial Mt 2Hr End. Silvia Varietta - Buy for 27,980c Skyline GTS-t Type M - Buy for 23,850c Skyline 1994 GT-R V Spec II - Buy for 52,600c/Win Euro Champ(AMA) Skyline GT-R spec - Buy for 53,900c Skyline 1999 GT-R V spec - Buy for 55,980c Skyline 2000 GT-R V Spec II - Buy for 57,480c Silvia 1991 K's 2000cc - Buy for 20,360c Silvia 1998 K's 1800cc - Buy for 18,860c/Win FR Challenge(BEG) 240 SX K's Areo - Buy for 23,950c Silvia Spec-R Aero - Buy for 25,600c 240 SX Fastback Type X - Buy for 24,980c 300ZX Twin Turbo - Buy for 39,900c 320ZX 2by2 - Buy for 43,980c Pennzoil Nismo GT-R - Buy for 785,000c/Win All Japan Champ(PRO) Z Concept - Win GT World Champ(AMA)/Gold iB Licence Nismo GT-R LM Road Car - Win FR Challenge(PRO)/Win Seattle Endurance R390 GT1 LM Race Car - Win GT All Star(PRO) R390 GT1 Road Car - Win GT World(PRO)/Win Grand Valley 300 End. Nismo 400R - Win Race of Red Emblem Nismo Skyline GTR R-Tune - Win GT All-Star(AMA) Nismo Skyline GTR S-Tune - Win 80'S Car Challenge(AMA) C-West Razo Silvia JGTC - Win GT World Champ(AMA)/Win Tokyo 246 End. Loctite Zexel JGTC - Win GT All-Japan Champ(AMA) Calsonic Skyline JGTC - Win All-Japan Camp(AMA)/Win Laguna Seca End. Nismo GT-R LM Road Car - Win FR Challenge(PRO) ---- OPEL ---- Speedster - Buy for 38,390 Calibra Touring Car - Win GT World Champ(PRO) Astra Touring Car - Win German Touring Car Cup(AMA) ------ PAGINI ------ Zonda C12 - Buy for 275,010c/Win NA Sports(PRO) Zonda C12-S - Buy for 352,440c Zonda LM Race Car - Win Rome 2Hr Endurance ----- PANOZ ----- Esperante GTR-1 - Buy for 2,000,000c/Win Dream Car Cup(AMA)/Win Seattle Endur. ------- PEUGEOT ------- 206 S16 - Buy for 23,360c 206 Rally Car - Buy for 350,000c/Win Swiss Alps Rally ------- RENAULT ------- Clio Sport V6 24V - Buy for 43,400c Clio Sport Race Car - Buy for 300,000c/ Win Super Speedway Endurance ----- ROVER ----- Mini Cooper 1.3l - Win Lightweight-K Cup/Win European Championship(AMA) --- RUF --- 3400S - Buy for 76,740c/Win German Touring(AMA) RGT - Buy for 160,000c/Win Boxer Spirit(PRO) CTR2 - Buy for 382,000c/Win Turbo Sports(PRO) ------ SHELBY ------ Cobra - Buy for 500,000c/Win Spider & Roadster Race(PRO) ----- Spoon ----- S2000 - Win Type R Meeting(AMA) Civic Type-R - Win FF Challenge(PRO) S2000 Race Car - Win Dream Car Cup(AMA)/Win Stars & Stripes(AMA)/Win Grand Valley 300 Endurance ------ SUBARU ------ Legacy B4 RSK - Buy for 26,430c Impreza Sedan WRX STi Ver VI - Buy for 29,190c/Win American Champ(AMA) Impreza Wagon WRX STi Ver VI - Buy for 29,190c/Win Japanese Champ(AM) Legacy Touring Wagon GT-8 - Buy for 29,330c Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi - Buy for 29,980c Legacy B4 Blitzen - Buy for 30,000c/Win Boxer Spirit(AMA) Impreza Sedan WRX STi 2001 - Buy for 31,980c Impreza Sedan WRX STi 2000 - Win GT All-Stars(PRO) Impreza 22B STi Version - Buy for 50,000c Impreza Rally Car - Buy for 300,000c/Win Taihiti Maze II Rally Impreza Rally Car Prototype - Win SSR5 Wet II(Rally)/Gold Rally Licence Impreza LM Race Car - Win Dream Car Race(AMA) ------ SUZUKI ------ Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited - Buy for 12,220c/Win 4WD Challenge(AMA) Escudo Pikes Peak Version - Buy for 1,000,000c/Win all Rallies/Win Polyphony Digital Cup -------- Tickford -------- Falcon XR8 Race Car - Buy for 1,500,000c/Win Super Speedway 150 End. ----------- TOMMY KAIRA ----------- ZZ-S - Buy for 56,800c ZZ II - Win MR Challenge(PRO)/Win Seattle End. ------ TOYOTA ------ Vitz Euro Edition - Buy for 12,880c Vitz RS 1.5 - Buy for 14,530c/Win FF Challenge(BEG)/Win Vitz Race(BEG) Celica SS-II Fastback - Buy for 19,700c/Win Altezza Race(BEG) MR-S S Edition - Buy for 19,800c/Win MR Challenge(AMA) Lexus IS - Buy for 20,600c Celica SS-II - Buy for 21,360c MR2 G-Limited - Buy for 23,750c Altezza RS200 - Buy for 24,000c MR2 GT-S - Buy for 27,130c Celica GT-Four - Buy for 32,660c/Win GT World(AMA) Supra SZ-R - Buy for 34,700c Supra RZ - Buy for 44,800c/Win Vitz Cup(PRO) Corolla Rally Car - Buy for 300,000c/Win Taihiti II Challenge Castrol Tom's Supra - Buy for 1,250,000c/ Win Vitz Cup(PRO) Celica Rally Car - Win Tahiti Challenge Rally GT-One Race Car - Win GT All-Stars(PRO)/ Win Dream Car Champ(PRO)/Win Polyphony Cup GT-One Road Car - Win Tokyo 246 Endurance Chaser Tom's X540 - Win Altezza Race(AMA) Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex - Buy for 13,550c/Win Sunday Cup Altezza LM Race Car - Win Altezza Cup(AMA)/Win Vitz Cup(PRO)/Win Laguna Seca Endurnace Autobacs Apex MR-S GT Car - Win Japan Champ(PRO)/Win SSR11 Endurance Celica TRD Sports M - Win FF Challenge(AMA) Denso Sard Supra 2000 - Win Japan Champ(AMA) Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex Shigeno Version - Win FR Challenge(AMA) --- TVR --- Griffith 500 - Buy for 62,410/Win TVR Tuscan Challenge(PRO) Tuscan Speed 6 - Buy for 80,790 Speed 12 - Win TVR Tuscan Challenge(PRO)/Win Polyphony Cup ---------- VOLKSWAGEN ---------- New Beetle 2.0 - Buy for 15,930 New Beetle RSI - Buy for 70,000/Win Beetle Cup(BEG) Lupo Cup Car - Win German Touring Car Cup(AMA) New Beetle Cup Car - Win German Touring Car Cup(AMA)/Win Clio Cup(PRO) ========== 7. Credits ========== SCEA and Polyphony - for making the game Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation - for Windows and Notepad John Hawes - for building my computer PWizard - for putting this FAQ on his site Nevermore - for founding CheatHappens.com ============= 8. Disclaimer ============= When I wrote this guide, I was driving a fully modified Tommy Kiara ZZII concept car, a fully modifies Esperantine GTR-1, and a fully modified Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car. The ZZII cannot be purchased but can be won in the Seatle Circut Endurance race. The RX-7 LM Race Car cannot be purchased but is one of the four cars that can be won in the Amateur Dream Car Championship. The Esperantine GTR-1 can be purchased from Panoz I have made this guide easy to read and navigate. In the Car List (FAQ-part 6) the existence of the Formula 1 Cars has not yet been confirmed, and as such, the buy prices and win locations have not been confirmed either. If you know these, please use the contact info at the bottom of this guide to inform me and I will make the necessary changes. In the Course List/Styles (FAQ-part 5) where there are multiple racing styles listed, use what you learned in Racing Styles (FAQ-part 4) to figure out what strategy should be used with what turn. Enjoy! ====================== 9. Contact Information ====================== My e-mail adress is [email protected] Please contact me only if you need a change to this guide, or if there is an error in my information. ================== 10. Random Artwork ================== Step back from your computer and look at this