Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

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Strategy Guide

          
                              TABLE OF CONTENTS
                               -INTRODUCTION
                               -STARTING OFF
                               -DRIVING 101
                               -RACE SERIES LIST
                                -BEGINNER LEAGUE
                                -AMATEUR LEAGUE
                                -PROFFESINAL LEAGUE
                                -RALLY EVENTS
                                -ENDURANCE RACES
                               -ADVANCED TUNING
                               -COMPLETE CAR LIST
                               -PRIZE CARS
                               -THE TRACKS
                               -APPENDIX


INTRODUCTION

The Gran Turismo series is considered by many to be the single greatest racing 
franchise of all time and Polyphony Digital's latest, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec could be 
the best game that the series has to offer. With unprecedented graphical excellence 
and an insane amount of depth, you'll be hard pressed to find any other racing game 
with the overall play value that GT3 brings to the table. 

This guide will show you everything that the game has to offer, including complete 
details on all of the game's tracks, cars, prize cars and race series. Plus, for 
those looking for a little help, we offer up some driving instructions, track 
strategies, tips, and advanced tuning instructions. To cut to the chase, this Gran 
Turismo 3 A-spec strategy guide will provide you with everything you need to know 
about GT3. 

NOTE: This guide should be considered a work in progress, as not all of the sections 
have been completely finished. The i.LINK Battle Mode section is still completely 
under construction and we're still planning to add more information to the Driving 
101 section pertaining to the License Tests and will add more detailed strategies to 
the section on the Tracks. 

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STARTING OFF

The Gran Turismo franchise is full-fledged racing dynasty and Polyphony Digital's 
most recent addition to the series, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, is arguably the best that 
it has to offer. Consequently, it's conceivable that GT3 is the best racing game in 
that's ever been released on a console. 

With that said, GT3 isn't your ordinary racing game. Those familiar with the series 
already know what we mean by this, but for those new to the world of Gran Turismo, 
be warned that it takes time and effort to get used to the ultra-realistic handling 
that this game has to offer. It's not perfect -- no car damage and there are some 
ways to cheat because of this -- but you can't come into this game thinking that 
you'll use your powersliding skills learned while playing Ridge Racer and get very 
far. 

Just because the game is a simulation, don't dare start thinking that it's going to 
be boring, though, because that's far from the truth. Learning to realistically 
drive the different vehicles in the game is completely gratifying and Polyphony 
Digital has once again set-up the game to constantly reward you throughout and keep 
you eager to play more. 

As in the previous titles, GT3 has two main gameplay modes: Arcade Mode and Gran 
Turismo Mode. The Arcade Mode is a great way to jump right into the racing with a 
nice and varied set of cars, which could be used as a nice way to practice up and 
hone your skills for the Gran Turismo Mode. Just be sure to use the "racing" setup 
and not "drift", as it'll better prepare you for what's ahead. 

In the Gran Turismo Mode, you're given 18,000 credits to start off with and several 
Beginner League races that you can jump into without having to earn any of the 
Licenses. 

GETTING OFF TO A FAST START 


Whether you're a GT veteran or a first-timer, the first thing you should do once you 
start the Gran Turismo Mode is to jump into the License Center and try to earn the 
class B license. But don't just stop there. You really ought to spend the time, 
which will probably take you at least two to three hours, to get all gold medals in 
the B license because it'll make starting the game about 100 times easier than if 
you don't. 

Not only will this make you a much more skilled driver, but for getting all gold 
medals you are rewarded a Mazda Miata MX-5. While this car isn't really any better 
than what you can buy at the start of the game, the fact that you didn't buy it 
means that you can use that initial 18,000 credits to buy a LOT of upgrades -- 
enough to make playing through a good amount of the Beginner League races without 
much to worry about. 

Also you should try to get the A, International B, International A, Super license 
and Rally license, because the skills you learn here will definitely help you out in 
the game. 

Conversely, we fully understand that not all of you may have the skill or patience 
to get all gold medals in the B License Test or might simply be more interested in 
getting right into the game. If you fall into this category, you'll have to use your 
18,000 credits to buy yourself a car. 

Since GT3 no longer has used cars, the list of purchasable cars at the beginning of 
the game is pretty short and the selection isn't really all that exciting. Here's a 
full list of all the cars in the game that fall under the 18,000 price range, along 
with each car's price and initial horsepower rating: 


Daihatsu Mira TR XX Avanzato R (11,140 Cr., 63 hp, FF) 

Daihatsu Storia X4 (13,900 Cr., 118 hp, 4WD) 

Mazda Demio GL-X (14,660 Cr., 98 hp, FF) 

Mazda Miata MX-5 (16,900 Cr., 128 hp, FR) 

Mazda Miata MX-5 (17,000 Cr., 118HP, FR) 

Suzuki Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited (12,220 Cr., 63 hp, 4WD) 

Toyota Vitz Euro Edition (12,880 Cr., 86 hp, FF) 

Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (13,550 Cr., 128 hp, FR) 

Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 (14,530 Cr., 108 hp, FF) 

Chrysler PT Cruiser (17,980 Cr., 149 hp, FF) 

Volkswagen New Beetle 2.0 (15,930 Cr., 115 hp, FF) 

Of these, we actually have two that come highly recommended -- the Toyota Sprinter 
Trueno GT Apex and the Chrysler PT Cruiser. With the Trueno, you get a decent amount 
of power for a relatively low price. Plus, after you buy it, you'll have enough cash 
to purchase a Semi-Racing Muffler & Air Cleaner upgrade for 2,800 credits and a 
Racing Chip upgrade for 1,000 credits, which will push you over the 135 horsepower 
mark and make winning the first few tournaments a breeze. 


 
Likewise, the 149 hp Chrysler PT Cruiser, even without upgrades, is powerful enough 
to destroy the initial competition. And despite the way it looks, the FF (front 
engine, front wheel drive) design helps make it fairly easy to drive. 

Even though these are the cars we recommend picking up first, you can actually get 
away with buying any of the initially available cars and still have a shot at 
winning. The first few races can be won with any of the initially available cars, 
it's just going to take a little more skillful driving with these than with either 
the Trueno or PT Cruiser. 

When it comes time to buy a second car, you with something that you can get a lot of 
horsepower and a high to speed out of (for a reasonable price) like the Mitsubishi 
3000GT or Nissan Skyline. Use it to run as many different races as possible until 
you can pretty much max out its various upgrades. One you have it fully tuned, widen 
out the gears and use it on the Professional League Like The Wind race that has you 
battle it out on the Test Course. What do you get out of this? Well, not only do you 
get a lot of cash for very little work, but you also win a Mazda 787B, which is 
probably the best non-F1 car in the game. You can use it to win just about every 
single race that it's eligible for. 

This is only a recommendation and the honest truth is that you should go with 
whatever car you feel comfortable with, as you have a lot of choices and all of them 
are really good ones to make. Trust your gut and go with a car that you think fits 
your style. 

TIP: For an even easier start, you can just take the stock Toyota Trueno and 
immediately race it on the Trial Mountain race in the Sunday Cup of Beginner League. 
It should be a relatively easy win, which will give you 5,500 credits and enough 
money to put a Turbo Kit upgrade and oil change, which will bring your horsepower to 
around 170 HP. This will make winning the first few cup races as easy as pie.  

TUNING YOUR CAR 

The first upgrades to your car should either be a Muffler & Air Cleaner, Racing Chip 
or Weight Reduction to your car. The first two give a good amount of horsepower 
boost for a minimal investment and reducing the weight of your car helps its 
handling and acceleration. 

Likewise, if you have a car that can get a Turbo upgrade, you should be able to get 
a fairly substantial horsepower upgrade with the racing intercooler without shelling 
out an obscene amount of dough. 

Since the super-soft racing slicks are so much more expensive in GT3 than they were 
in GT2, this isn't something you can upgrade that early, but once you get to the 
point where you can buy some, it'll make a huge difference in the way your car will 
handle. However, since some of the Amateur and all of the Professional League races 
have mandatory tire wear, these tires will only benefit you in the Beginner League 
races and the ones in the Amateur League that don't yet force you to race with tire 
wear. 

After this, it's really all about doing what you want to do and just experimenting 
with what works best for you. The racing flywheel is a good purchase since it helps 
the engine rev more freely and deliver power far better and upgrades to the 
suspension or anything to help get your more horsepower will definitely improve your 
car. Getting the full customization for your gears is also a very worthwhile 
investment because once you get to a race that forces you to race on the Test 
Course, you'll want to have the ability to adjust your gear ratios because you might 
not be able to win otherwise. 

CHEAP HORSEPOWER UPGRADE 


If you want a very quick and inexpensive horsepower upgrade for a new car that 
you've either purchased or won as a prize, look no further than the GT Auto Car 
Maintenance Shop and the Oil Change. For 250 Cr., you can change the oil in your new 
car and get an immediate HP boost. If it's something in the 900+ horsepower range, 
it's not too out of the ordinary to see this simple little task push the total over 
1000. 


 
THE QUICKEST WAY TO EARN CREDITS 


Thanks to some reader submissions, the best way that we've found to make a lot of 
money quickly is to enter the Amateur League European Championship. It's a five race 
with only three laps per race, so it can be completed in less than 20 minutes. You 
need to finish first in the first four races, earning 7,500 credits per race, then 
save your game. Enter the fifth and final race and simply quit out of it to end the 
series. If you finished first in the first four races, you'll win the series, more 
prize money (30,000 Cr.) and one of four random prize cars. If you get the Gillet 
Vertigo Race Car, you can sell it for 300,000 credits, thus bringing your 20-minute 
prize total to 360,000 credits. If you don't get the Vertigo Race Car, just re-load 
your saved game and exit the race until you win the Vertigo. Doing this, you can net 
yourself nearly 1,000,000 credits per hour. 

The only problem here is that you're going to need a car that's at least 500 HP in 
order to compete. For those at an earlier stage in the game and looking for an easy 
way to make some bank, here's another suggestion. Get a car that you've tweaked out 
to where it's around the 300 HP range and pretty quick. Enter the Super Speedway 
race in the GT World Championship in the Beginner League. The race will take you a 
little less than four minutes and you're awarded 10,000 for finishing first. This'll 
net you an easy 150,000 in about an hour, which should be enough for you to buy 
something that you'll be able to tweak enough to race on the Amateur League European 
Championship. 

CHEATERS ALWAYS PROSPER 


For some, this has been the Achilles heel of the Gran Turismo series -- because of 
the game's lack of a damage model; it's easy to use overly aggressive and 
unrealistic cheat tactics to win games. What we mean by this is that you can use the 
walls or other cars to help you around turns quicker than you could if you properly 
slowed down and took a realistic racing line. For example, if you're heading towards 
a 180 degree turn and are towards the back of the pack, instead of braking the way 
you should, head in to the corner full steam and ram into the side of cars in front 
of you. You'll be able to use that car to slow you down and get you around the 
corner ahead of it. 

While it's possible to cheat like this in GT3, it's not something we recommend that 
you do. It's so much more rewarding to learn how to correctly drive and to win races 
with skillful racing techniques instead of just using the game's weaknesses to your 
advantage. 

SORT YOUR GARAGE 


Now that the game allows you to up to 200 cars in your garage, the sort feature is 
as important as ever. When in your garage, you can press start and the sort your 
garage based on options like Acquire Order, Name, Make, Color, Value, Mileage, 
Power, Drivetrain, and NA/Turbo. 

UPGRADE YOUR CAR FOR FREE 


Here's a little trick you can do to save money on upgrading your cars. First, you 
must have 2 memory cards. Save your game onto both MEMORY CARD #1 and MEMORY CARD 
#2. Buy the car that you want and upgrade it as much as you can (if you have the 
money, buy every single upgrade you can think of, including every tire type). Now 
save the game onto only MEMORY CARD #2. 

After you've finished saving the game, load the saved game data from the other card, 
MEMORY CARD #1 (this should be the original save before you purchased anything). Go 
to your Home and then the Trade section to Load Garage Data from MEMORY CARD #2. Now 
you can buy the car that you spent hundreds of thousands upgrading for its original 
sticker price. 

TIP: You can use this at the beginning of the game to get an extra one or two 
upgrades for your very first car. 

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DRIVING 101

While it is possible to cheat in Gran Turismo 3 A-spec and win, you'll only be 
cheating yourself if you take this route. To get the most out of GT3, we highly 
suggest that you teach yourself how to drive. In this section, we'll give you all 
the details you need to know to become a driving expert in the game. 

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS: 

Big beginner tip: when cornering, remember the racing adage, "slow in, fast out". 
It's the key to success. Learn to brake early and get on the power as early as 
possible so you accelerate out of a bend. Don't brake late -- you'll still be out of 
control and decelerating deep into the corner, and you'll end up coming out of the 
corner slowly and quite possibly still not under full control of the car. 

So just think: if you're exiting a corner too slowly, it's because you didn't brake 
soon enough. If you're accelerating out of a corner, you're getting it right. 
Practice, practice, practice! 

 WHEELSPIN 


While it's great fun sliding cars through corners with their wheels spinning, it's 
actually totally inefficient for racing. Think about it - every revolution of the 
car's wheel while spinning is a wasted one - if that wheel was gripping the car 
would be moving forward at a much quicker rate. To drive a car efficiently, you have 
to brake early so you can get on the power through the corner and accelerate out of 
the corner at the limit of the car's grip. 

 BRAKING 


Braking for corners correctly is extremely important. Do it too early and you lose 
an awful lot of time; too late and you come off the track and lose even more time 
(particularly if there's a sandy runoff area). So how do you get it right? 

 BRAKING MARKERS 


The trick is to remember to look for braking markers - trackside objects that help 
you identify exactly when to slam on the brakes for a corner. You don't have to do 
it for every corner - sweeping ones can easily be gotten right don't need this. But 
for severe corners - particularly those at the end of long straights when you're 
going absolutely flat out - it's absolutely crucial that you look for a point where 
you know you can slam on the brakes and enter the corner at the perfect speed. 

Several practice laps will quickly enable you to hunt these out. Look for signposts, 
trees, overhead gantries, fence posts, curbs - anything that is clearly recognizable 
that you can easily remember. Basically, as you're approaching the corner, quickly 
look around and as you start to brake and observe what recognizable objects are 
nearby and choose one of those as your braking point. If you've braked too late or 
too early, change your braking accordingly on the next lap, using your originally 
selected braking point as reference and either braking later or earlier depending on 
what happened before. You might even need to look for another marker because you 
need to brake that much earlier or later. Keep repeating this process until you have 
the perfect braking point. 

Once you have a braking point identified, you can then use it every time you race, 
modifying it depending on the car you're using by using the strategy outlined above. 
It sounds quite complex, but if you're prepared to put a little time into this, 
you'll find your lap times will improve immensely. 

 FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CARS 


A front wheel drive car displays heavy understeering behavior while cornering - that 
means it wants to go straight ahead instead of going around the corner. Cars of this 
type have to be driven hard in order to obtain fast cornering. You have to brake 
late, very late, to successfully negotiate the corner. Basically, at the very last 
moment into the corner, turn in and blip the brake to change the car's attitude 
through the corner, tucking in the front tires and making the back want to slide 
around. The faster the approach to a corner, the more you have to brake, but don't 
forget - the later you brake, the faster you navigate the bend. 

If it looks like the car is about to go off the road, you can "gas it" - punching 
the accelerator while steering into the corner actually helps it grip and get around 
the bend. However, doing this is inefficient since it spins the tires, and it's best 
to use this tactic only in an emergency. 

 REAR WHEEL DRIVE CARS 


Rear wheel drive cars are the most fun to drive since you can slide them around the 
corners. Cars of this type have a natural tendency to oversteer - that means that 
the back of the car wants to break loose and slide around into the corner, 
essentially spinning the car out. Whenever a car slides in this way, you should 
steer into the slide until the car begins to straighten out. 

The best way to drive a rear wheel powered car is with respect. Brake in a straight 
line, get off the brakes and turn into the corner, get the car balanced and then 
when the car is settled, get on the gas and power out of the corner under 
acceleration, using the full width of the road. 

Getting the power on too early over-exaggerates the oversteer and the car simply 
spins out of control. Doing it too late results in a loss of acceleration out of the 
corner. 

 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CARS 


The roadholding characteristics of these cars is a bit more complex. They are a 
combination of both of the above. A four wheel drive car has a tendency to 
understeer when entering the corner and oversteer when exiting. Like with front 
wheel drive cars, the driver has to brake late when entering the corner, turning in 
at the last moment of braking. The car leans into the corner, and then as it bounces 
back on its suspension, get back on the gas to slide the car through the corner. It 
takes some practice to learn the timing of the "bounce". Do it too early and the car 
simply understeers in a straight line and won't make the corner. Do it too late and 
you lose considerable speed. Also, the heavier the car, the more prone to 
understeering it is - with a car that carries a lot of weight, you really have to 
heave it into the corner, virtually sending it sideways before you get back on the 
gas to wrestle it through the bend. 

 CORNERING IN PRACTICE 


FRONT WHEEL DRIVE 

Approach the corner at speed. 
Turn into the corner and blip the brakes to avoid understeer - don't forget to keep 
those front wheels turned into the corner at all times. 
Keep turning in and as soon as car has stopped understeering and is turning into the 
bend, get on the gas. 
Try to keep the wheels straight at this point, which allows maximum acceleration. 
Keep the power on and blast out of the corner at top speed - use the full width of 
the road if necessary to ensure maximum exit speed. 
REAR WHEEL DRIVE 

Approach the corner at speed. 
Brake in a straight line - don't brake while turning or the car will spin. 
When you've finished braking, turn the car into the corner. Don't power on at this 
point or the car will spin. 
When the car is settled and sliding neutrally (or simply driving around the bend 
with all wheels gripping), power on and steer into the slide if the back end starts 
to break away. 
Use the full width of the road to ensure maximum acceleration and exit speed. 
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE 

Approach the corner at speed. 
Brake in a straight line, turn in and blip the brakes - watch for understeer at this 
point. If the car is doing this, turn in and blip the brakes again. 
Power on when the car has bounced on its suspension and has settled into a neutral 
slide. 
Keep the power on and the car will four wheel drift through the bend, cornering 
flat. 
Use the full width of the road to maximize exit speed. 
 ENGINE MAINTENANCE 

One of the new additions to the Gran Turismo series is the ability to change your 
engine oil in the GT Auto Car Maintenance Shop, where you can also buy new rims and 
have your car wash. However, unlike the other two options, changing your engine oil 
plays a very important role in the game. As you put miles on your car, the oil meter 
will slowly turn from green to a really dark and dingy brown, which signifies that 
the oil in the car's engine is old and should be changed. It's important to keep 
track of this and change your oil often, because if you don't, you'll suffer a dip 
in your horsepower and you don't want that to happen. 

We also suggest that you change your oil before the start of any long championship 
series race that has 10 races in it as you won't be able to change your oil during a 
series and you'll want to keep your engine fresh as long as possible. 

TIP: If you win a new prize car or buy a new car, change the oil before you use it. 
You'll an instant horsepower upgrade that can be anywhere from five to 100 HPs. 

 PIT STRATEGY 


GT3 has more races with mandatory tire wear than were in either GT2 or the first 
Gran Turismo, so pit strategy, or better yet, tire strategy is a very important 
facet of the game. In races of five laps or less with tire wear, you'll want to use 
the T5 Racing Tires because they're highest grip tires that'll last you all five 
laps so you don't have to pit. 

For races with tire wear that are 10 laps or more, we suggest using the T2 Racing 
Tires because in most instances you'll be able to get through an entire race without 
having to pit. Whereas the computer will have to pit at least once in the 10 lap 
races and two or even three times in the 20 lap races. This gives you about 10-15 
seconds to work with in the 10 lap races and 20-45 seconds to work with in the 20 
lap races. Just be extra careful on the first two laps as these tires will stay cold 
(blue) a lot longer than the normal T5 Racing Tires, which means that you won't have 
as much traction as you might be used to. 

If you look at this as cheating and not something that you want to do, then you'll 
have to look into intelligent pit strategy. For the best pitting strategy, you'll 
need to know exactly how many times you MUST pit in each race and try to split the 
pit stops evenly. For example, if you find that you must pit at least two times 
during a 20-lap race, you should pit after laps 7 and 14, so that you race as much 
as possible on warm tires and not too much on overly worn or cold tires. 
 
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RACE SERIES LIST

Here we have a complete guide to all of the races that you'll find in the Gran 
Turismo Mode of GT3. We cover every single event, the tracks that you'll have to 
race on, the limitations, the kinds of cars you're up against and our 
recommendations on what cars to use. 

CONTENTS 

Beginner League 
Amateur League 
Professional League 
Rally Events 
Endurance Races 


BEGINNER LEAGUE

Sunday Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Super Speedway (3 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (2 laps)
Trial Mountain (2 laps)


Requirements:
None 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Nothing really. Your opponents here will be made up of cars like the Civic SiR-II, 
Vitz, New Beetle 2.0, CR-X Del-Sol SiR, Mini Cooper and Demio GL-X. Any car that you 
start the game off with should be enough to come out on top here. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 1,000
2nd -- 900
3rd -- 800
4th -- 700
5th -- 600
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE-86 Type I) 



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 Clubman Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)


Requirements:
None 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The biggest challenge here will likely come from something like the Mazda MX-5 
Miata, Miata 1.8 RS, PT Cruiser or MR-S S Edition. The car you started with and a 
few upgrades should be more than enough to take this cup. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 1,000
2nd -- 900
3rd -- 800
4th -- 700
5th -- 600
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mazda MX-5 Miata 



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 FF Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps)
Rome Circuit (2 laps)


Requirements:
Front Engine, Front Wheel Drive cars only 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The cars you'll face here include the Lupo Cup Car, 206 S16, Vitz RS 1.5, Demio GL-
X, New Beetle 2.0 and a few other FF cars. We suggest you use something like a Civic 
Type-R because it can take on these cars stock and when upgraded will also work well 
in the Amateur and Professional FF Challenges. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 1,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 800
4th -- 700
5th -- 600
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 



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 FR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Grand Valley Raceway (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (2 laps)


Requirements:
Front Engine, Rear Wheel Drive cars only 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You'll be pitted against cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Sprinter Trueno, BMW 328ci, 
240SX Fastback Type X, SLK 230 Kompressor, and Silvia K's. If you started with the 
Trueno, it should be enough to win this with a few upgrades. If not, the Miata you 
won from the Clubman Cup can win these races. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 1,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 800
4th -- 700
5th -- 600
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Nissan Silvia K's 1800cc 



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 MR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (2 laps)


Requirements:
Mid Engine, Rear Wheel Drive cars only. 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Low-powered and stock MR cars like the Speedster, MR2, and MR-S will be your 
opponents here. We don't suggest going out of your way to buy a MR car to race here, 
just wait till you win one of the many high-powered MR prize cars and make easy time 
of this competition. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 2,000
2nd -- 1,500
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 500
5th -- 400
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Toyota MR-S S Edition 



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 4WD Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (2 laps)


Requirements:
Four Wheel Drive cars only. 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Stock powered 4WD cars like the Storia X4, Legacy B4 RSK, S4, New Beetle Rsi, and 
Audi TT 1.8T Quattro. Even though you can win these with less, go ahead and get a 
good 4WD car that's highly upgradeable for future use, such as any of the Nissan 
Skylines, Lancer Evolutions, 3000GTs or Subaru Imprezas. You'll be able to get a lot 
of use out of them down the road. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 2,000
2nd -- 1,500
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 500
5th -- 400
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Suzuki Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited 



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 Light Weight K Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Super Speedway (4 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)


Requirements:
None. 

Cars Permitted:
Mira TR-XX Avanzato R Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited Mini Cooper 1.3i 

What You're Up Against:
Guess what? You're up against the same kinds of cars that you can use. Don't bother 
buying anything for this, as the Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited you win in the 4WD 
Challenge can win this cup. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 2,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mini Cooper 1.3i 



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 Stars & Stripes Gran Championship 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Seattle Circuit (2 laps)
Super Speedway (4 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (2 laps)


Requirements:
None. 

Cars Permitted:
Acura CL 3.2 Type S
Acura NSX
Acura Integra Type R
Corvette Grand Sport
Camaro Z28
Corvette Z06
Camaro SS
Camaro Race Car
Corvette C5R
PT Cruiser
Viper GTSR Concept
Viper GTS-R Team Oreca
Viper GTS
Focus Rally Car
Mustang SVT Cobra R
GT40 Race Car
GT40
Esperante GTR-1
Cobra


What You're Up Against:
American cars like Cobras, Corvettes, Mustangs and Vipers will be your enemies here. 
Any of these cars with upgrades will do just fine, or better yet use a prize car 
like a Camaro Race Car, Corvette C5R or Viper GTS-R Team Oreca. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 3,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Chevrolet Camaro SS 



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 Spider & Roadster 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)
Test Course (2 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (2 laps)


Requirements:
None 

Cars Permitted:
S2000 Type V
S2000
CR-X Del-Sol SiR
Elise 190
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS
Mazda MX-5 Miata LS
SLK 230 Kompressor
Mugen S2000
Silvia Varietta
Speedster
RUF 3400S
Cobra
Spoon S2000
MR-S S Edition
Griffith 500


What You're Up Against:
Nothing too difficult, just some Miatas, Silvia Variettas, MR-S S Editions, CR-X Del-
Sol SiRs, and Speedsters. The Miata you won earlier can handle this fine with some 
upgrades, but if you want something that can be used later, try something like the 
RUF 3400S or any of the S2000s. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 2,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS 



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 80's Sports Car Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps)
Tokyo R246 (2 laps)
Seattle Circuit (2 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
Mazda RX-7 Infini III
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune (R32) 
Skyline GTS-t Type M (R32) 
Skyline GT-R Vspec II (R32) 
Silvia K's S13 2000cc
Silvia K's S13 1800cc
300ZX Twin Turbo 2seater
300ZX Twin Turbo 2 by 2
Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex
Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex S.S. Version


What You're Up Against:
Look forward to racing against cars like the Trueno, Skyline GTS-t Type M, RX-7 
Infini III, Silvia K's S13 1800
cc, and Mazda MX-5 Miata. We suggest that you don't buy a car for this and just use 
something that you've won. The Silvia K's S13 2000
cc and Skyline GT-R Vspec II are both very good choices here. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 2,500
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mazda Savanna RX7 Infini III 



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 Race of NA Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Apricot Hill Raceway (2 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (2 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (2 laps)


Requirements:
B License NA vehicles only 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Naturally aspirated cars like the Sprinter Trueno, Vitz, MR-S, 206 S16, PT Cruiser, 
BMW 328ci, and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Your Miata prize car or Trueno could easily work 
here if souped-up a bit. If you bought a Civic Type-R for the FF Challenge, that 
with a NA Stage 2 upgrade will also work just fine. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 1,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Honda CRX Del Sol SiR 



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 Race of Turbo Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Mid-Field Raceway II (2 laps)
Test Course (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (2 laps)


Requirements:
B License Turbo vehicles only 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Your competition here will be made up of cars like the 3000GT VR-4, Silvia K's S13 
2000
cc, 240SX Fastback Type X, Audi TT 1.8T Quattro, Skyline GTS-t Type M (R32) and 
Coupe Turbo Plus. If you have any of the 4WD cars we recommended earlier, like the 
3000GT, Skyline, Lancer Evolution or Impreza, those could be used here with some 
turbo upgrades. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 1,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Daihatsu Mira TR XX Avanzato R 



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 Tourist Trophy 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (2 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (2 laps)
Cote d'Azur (3 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
Audi TT 1.8T Quattro 

What You're Up Against:
Lots of Audi TT 1.8T Quattros. The Audis here don't seem to be upgraded at all, so 
you can compete here without any upgrades or with some minor ones, like a racing 
muffler and computer chip, if you want to make things a little easier on you. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0
Bonus:
10,000


Prize Car:
Audi TT 1.8T Quattro (1 of 4) 



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 Legend of Silver Arrow 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Test Course (2 laps)
Trial Mountain II (2 laps)
Rome Circuit II (2 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
CLK Touring Car
CLK55
CL600
SLK 230 Kompressor


What You're Up Against:
You'll face everything from the list above except for the CLK Touring Car. If you've 
won one of these, use it to wipe out the competition. Otherwise any of the Mercedes 
will work with a few horsepower upgrades. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 500
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor 



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 Toyota Altezza Race 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Mid-Field Raceway (2 laps)
Tokyo R246 (2 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps)
Seattle Circuit (2 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
Altezza RS200
Lexus IS
Altezza LM Race Car


What You're Up Against:
The field is stacked with Altezza RS200s and that's the car you should go with. Do 
the standard upgrades to it and you should be able to win without much of a hassle. 
If you don't want to waste money here, you can win an Altezza LM Race Car in a 
latter race that'll win here with ease. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 1,000
2nd -- 500
3rd -- 200
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0
Bonus:
10,000


Prize Car:
Toyota Celica SS-II (New Model) 
Toyota Celica SS-II (1 of 3) 




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 Vitz Race 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (2 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)
Tokyo R246 (2 laps)
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 II (2 laps)


Requirements:
None. 

Cars Permitted:
Vitz Euro Edition
Vitz RS 1.5


What You're Up Against:
You'll go up against a mixture of Euro and RS 1.5 Vitzs. Go with the Vitz RS 1.5 
that you won early and upgrade it a little if you don't want stiff competition. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 1,500
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0
Bonus:
10,000 

Prize Car:
Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 (1 of 4) 



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 Type R Meeting 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (2 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway Trial Mountain II (2 laps)
Super Speedway (4 laps)
Tokyo R246 II (2 laps)


Requirements:
None 

Cars Permitted:
Accord Euro R
NSX Type R
Civic Type R
Acura Integra Type R
Spoon Civic Type-R


What You're Up Against:
You'll find yourself facing a bunch of Accord, Civic, and Integra Type R's here. Any 
of these cars with some minor upgrades will suffice. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0
Bonus:
10,000


Prize Car:
Acura RSX Type-S (1 of 4) 



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 Evolution Meeting 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (2 laps)


Requirements:
None 

Cars Permitted:
Lancer Evolution IV GSR
Lancer Evolution V GSR
Lancer Evolution VI GSR
Lancer Evolution VI GSR T.M.E. 
Lancer Evolution VI GSR T.M.E. (stripe) 
Lancer Evolution VI RS
Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car
Lancer Evolution VII GSR
Lancer Evolution VII RS
Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype


What You're Up Against:
Here you'll face a mixture of all the non-rally Evolutions. If you haven't won a 
version, buy one like the VI GSR T.M.E. and give it a few upgrades. It shouldn't be 
too difficult to win these races. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 1,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 800
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Car:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR 



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 Beetle Cup 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (2 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (2 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (2 laps)
Test Course (2 laps)
Cote d'Azur (3 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
New Beetle 2.0
New Beetle RSi
New Beetle Cup Car


What You're Up Against:
You'll go against a field full of New Beetle Cup Cars. Buy a Beetle RSi and give it 
all the major upgrades and you should be able to take on the Cup Cars without having 
to use any driving skills whatsoever. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 2,500
3rd -- 1,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 800
6th -- 500
Bonus:
10,000


Prize Car:
Volkswagen New Beetle RSi (1 of 4) 



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 Gran Turismo World Championship 

Championship Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (2 laps)
Super Speedway (4 laps)
Trial Mountain (2 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (2 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (2 laps)
Seattle Circuit (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (2 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (2 laps)
Trial Mountain II (2 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
This is obviously the toughest of the Beginner League events. Here you'll face cars 
like the C-West Razo Silvia, Focus Rally Car, Impreza Rally Car Prototype, Escort 
Rally Car, Xsara Rally Car, and SuperAutoBacs Apex MR-S. Shouldn't be a problem, 
though, as if you have anything that's got 400
horses or more, you should be able to take this series quite easily. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 2,000
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 300
5th -- 200
6th -- 100
Bonus:
50,000


Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR
Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II (R32) 
Toyota Celica GT-Four
Mazda MX-5 Miata


AMATEUR LEAGUE

Japanese Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (3 laps)
Super Speedway (6 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (3 laps)
Tokyo R246 II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to be matched up against cars like the NSX Type S Zero, Lancer 
Evolution VI GSR, 300ZX, Supra RZ, 3000GT VR-4, Impreza WRX STi, Legacy B4 Blitzen, 
Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34). The NSX is probably the biggest worry, so get 
something you know will take on a modified NSX Type S Zero and go with it. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 7,500
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 200


Bonus:
20,000


Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R
Mazda RX-7 Type RZ
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR
Subaru Impreza Wagon WRX STi Version VI 




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 American Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Seattle Circuit (3 laps)
Trial Mountain (3 laps)
Super Speedway (6 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (3 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Here you're going to see cars like the Shelby Cobra, Corvette Z06, Camaro SS, 
Corvette Grand Sport, Mustang SVT Cobra R, and Corvette C5R. If it's one of the cars 
that makes an appearance, the Corvette C5R will be your biggest worry, otherwise, 
probably the Cobra. You'll need something pretty fast to take on either one. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 7,500
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 200


Bonus:
20,000


Prize Cars:
Chevy Camaro Race Car
Mazda RX-7 Type RS
Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi Version VI
Audi TT 1.8T Quattro




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 European Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (3 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (3 laps)
Rome Circuit II (3 laps)
Cote d'Azur (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The cars you'll see in this championship include the Speedster, Elise 190, 206 S16, 
CLK55, Clio Sport V6 24V, S4, 328ci, and TT 1.8T Quattro. This one isn't too hard. 
Any car that you have tuned up pretty high can probably take on this pack of cars 
without much of a problem. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 7,500
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 200


Bonus:
20,000


Prize Cars:
Lotus Elise 190
Gillet Vertigo Race Car
Mini Cooper 1.3i
Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) 




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 Gran Turismo World Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (5 laps)
Trial Mountain (5 laps)
Seattle Circuit (5 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
This championship has you up against the likes of cars such as the Loctite Zexel GT-
R, Pennzoil Nismo GT-R, Arta NSX, Calsonic Skyline, Denso Sard Supra GT, Storm V12 
Race Car, Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Oreca, Corvette C5R and the Castrol Tom's Supra. We 
suggest using a race car here and not just one of your powered-up regular cars. 
It'll make things much more bearable. Don't worry if you find yourself way behind 
either the Viper or C5R because they'll pit after laps 3 or 4 on all the races 
expect for Laguna Seca and Seattle Circuit, giving you easy chances to pass them. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 2,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 0


Bonus:
100,000


Prize Cars:
Nissan C-West Razo Silvia
Nissan Z Concept Car
Toyota GT-One Road Car
Mazda RX-8




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 German Touring Car Challenge 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (3 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (3 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (3 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (3 laps)
Tokyo R246 (3 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
German touring cars like the Calibra, CLK, and Astra. These cars provide a very 
stiff challenge and shouldn't be taken on with something that's not got a lot of 
horsepower. If you don't have one of these German touring cars, then go with a high-
powered rally car or some kind of heavily tuned race car. 

Prize Money:
1st --10,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 3,000
4th -- 1,500
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
30,000


Prize Cars:
Volkswagen New Beetle Cup Car
Volkswagen Lupo Cup Car
Opel Astra Touring Car
RUF 3400S




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 FF Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps)
Rome Circuit II (5 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (5 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
Front Engine, Front Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Front-engine, front wheel drive cars like the FTO GP Version R, Civic SiR-II, Civic 
Type R, Celica SS-II, and CR-X Del-Sol SiR. A souped-up Civic Type R should be more 
than enough to handle this. And if you're not a fan of Civics, the Celica and FTO 
are also great FF cars to use. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Celica TRD Sports M 



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 FR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (5 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps)
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
Front-engine, Rear-Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
In these races you're going to face cars like the Mazda RX-7 Type RZ, Silvia Spec R 
Aero, S2000 Type V, 300ZX, and Supra RZ. There are a lot of great FR prize cars, so 
you should use one of those here. Any of the race modified Skylines will work great. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex Shigeno Version 



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 MR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 II (5 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
Mid-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You'll see some moderately powerful cars like the ZZS, Motor Sport Elise, Clio Sport 
V6 24V, NSX Type S Zero, and MR2 GT-S. A lot of GT3's best cars are this class; so 
if you want an easy time, go with the 787B, GT-One, R390 or any of the F1 cars. If 
you want more of a challenge, just pick something from the pack and upgrade it a 
bunch. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Honda NSX Type S Zero 



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 4WD Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Super Speedway (5 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
4WD car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
In these races, you're going to see cars like the Lancer Evolution IV GSR, Skyline 
GT-R Vspec II (R32), Impreza Sports Wagon STi, S4, TT 1.8T Quattro, Celica GT-Four, 
and 3000GT VR-4. You can use any of these with a lot of horsepower upgrades and get 
by without much of a hassle. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR 



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 Stars & Stripes Grand Championship 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Seattle Circuit (3 laps)
Super Speedway (6 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (3 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
Acura CL 3.2 Type S
Acura NSX
Acura Integra Type R
Corvette Grand Sport
Camaro Z28
Corvette Z06
Camaro SS
Camaro Race Car
Corvette C5R
PT Cruiser
Viper GTSR Concept
Viper GTS-R Team Oreca
Viper GTS
Focus Rally Car
Escort Rally Car
Mustang SVT Cobra R
GT40 Race Car
GT40
Esperante GTR-1
Cobra


What You're Up Against:
These races will feature the likes of the Cobra, Viper GTS, Camaro SS, Corvette 
Grand Sport, Mustang SVT Cobra R, and Camaro Z28. If you have the Camaro Race Car, 
Corvette C5R, Viper Team Oreca or Concept, use one and make this pack your bitch. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 7,500
2nd -- 2,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Spoon Sports S2000 Race Car 



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 Boxer Spirit 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (3 laps)
Seattle Circuit (3 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
RUF 3400S
RUF RGT
RUF CTR2
Impreza WRX STi
Impreza Sports Wagon STi
Impreza Rally Car
Impreza 228 STi Version
Impreza Sedan WRX STi Version VI
Impreza Wagon WRX STi Version VI
Impreza Rally Car Prototype
Legacy B4 RSK
Legacy B4 Blitzen
Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B
Impreza LM Race Car


What You're Up Against:
Other boxers like the Impreza Sedan WRX STi, Impreza 22B-STi Version, Impreza WRX 
STi, Legacy B4 Blitzen, and Legacy B4 RSK. Any of these cars with slight upgrades 
can win, but if you want to have an easy time here try to use an upgrade RUF or the 
Impreza LM Race Car. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen 



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 80's Sports Car Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (3 laps)
Trial Mountain II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
Mazda RX-7 Infini III
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune (R32) 
Skyline GTS-t Type M (R32) 
Skyline GT-R Vspec II (R32) 
Silvia K's S13 2000cc
Silvia K's S13 1800cc
300ZX Twin Turbo 2seater
300ZX Twin Turbo 2 by 2
Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex
Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex S.S. Version


What You're Up Against:
The cars you'll face here include the Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex, Silvia K's S13 1800
cc, Skyline GTS-t Type M, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Mazda RX-7 Infini III. Any of the 
eligible Skylines souped-up or the 300ZX's souped-up can be used very effectively 
here. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 8,000
2nd -- 4,000
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 500
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune 



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 Race of NA Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Apricot Hill Raceway II (3 laps)
Super Speedway (6 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
NA car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:


Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mazda RX-8 



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 Race of Turbo Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Apricot Hill Raceway II (3 laps)
Test Course (3 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 
Turbocharged car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Medium powered turbocharged cars are used here, such as the New Beetle RSi, MR2 GT-
S, Legacy B4 Blitzen, Silvia Spec R Aero, S4, and Impreza Sedan WRX STi. You should 
have a turbocharged car that can easily smoke these by now. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 3,000
3rd -- 2,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mine's Lancer Evolution VI GSR 



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 Gran Turismo All Stars 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (5 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (5 laps)
Test Course (5 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (5 laps)
Rome Circuit II (5 laps)
Seattle Circuit (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (5 laps)
Tokyo R246 II (5 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The All Star cars featured here include the Calsonic Skyline, Denso Sard Supra GT, 
Raybrig NSX, Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car, and Impreza Rally Car Prototype. You'll 
want one of the race-modified cars here, such as the ones that you're facing or the 
Le Mans or F1 cars for an even easier time. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 25,000
2nd -- 8,000
3rd -- 4,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
200,000


Prize Cars:
Mine's GT-R N1 V-spec
Raybrig NSX
Ford GT40
Nismo GT-R R-tune




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 All Japan GT Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps)
Rome Circuit (5 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 II (5 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps)
Super Speedway (10 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (5 laps)
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
In this championship, you'll be pitted against the likes of the Arta NSX, Castrol 
Mugen NSX, Loctite Zexel GT-R, Calsonic Skyline, Denso Sard Supra, Castrol Tom's 
Supra and Pennzoil Nismo GT-R. Your biggest worry will be the Arta NSX, so use 
something that'll beat that. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 2,500
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
150,000


Prize Cars:
Arta NSX
Denso Supra Race Car
Calsonic Skyline
Loctite Zexel GT-R




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 Tourist Trophy 


Championship Race 

Tracks:


Requirements:
Seattle Circuit (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (3 laps)
Trial Mountain (3 laps)
Rome Circuit (3 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
Audi TT 1.8T Quattro 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to be racing against all Audi TT 1.8T Quattros here. Just use one, max 
out its upgrades and make waste of the competition. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 6,000
3rd -- 4,500
4th -- 3,500
5th -- 1,500
6th -- 500


Bonus:
40,000


Prize Cars:
Audi S4 (1 of 4) 



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 Race of Red Emblem 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (3 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (3 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
Nismo 40R Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune Nismo Skyline GT-R R-tune Skyline GT-R Vspec II 
(R32) Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) Skyline GT-R V-spec (R34) Skyline GT-R V-spec II 
(R34) Pennzoil Nismo GT-R JGTC Loctite Zexel GT-R JGTC Calsonic Skyline GT-R JGTC 
Nismo GT-R LM Road Car (R33) Mine's Skyline GT-R N1 V-spec (R34) Skyline GTS-t Type 
M (R32) 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to be pitted against a lot of different Skylines here. Take a regular 
one and max it out or go with one of the race modified versions like the Loctite 
Zexel or Calsonic. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 1,000
3rd -- 500
4th -- 400
5th -- 300
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Nismo 400
R 



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 Legend of Silver Arrow 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (3 laps)
Super Speedway (6 laps)
Rome Circuit II (3 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
CLK Touring Car
CLK55
CL600
SLK 230 Kompressor


What You're Up Against:
You'll face the CLK55, CL600, and SLK 230 Kompressor, but not the CLK Touring Car. 
If you have the Touring Car, feel free to use it. Otherwise, max out one of the 
other Mercedes. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 20,000
2nd -- 7,500
3rd -- 3,000
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 200


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mercedes Benz CLK Touring Car (D2 AMG Mercedes) 



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 Toyota Altezza Race 


Championship Race 

Tracks:


Requirements:
Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (4 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (4 laps)
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)
Cote d'Azur (7 laps)


Requirements:
A License 

Cars Permitted:
Altezza RS200
Lexus IS
Altezza LM Race Car


What You're Up Against:
You'll face a full pack of Altezza RS200s. The stylish LM Race Car will make mince 
meat of these guys, so use it if you have it. Otherwise, power up a RS200 to its 
fullest and go with that. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 1,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
30,000


Prize Cars:
Tom's X540 Chaser
Toyota Altezza LM Race Car
Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 (1 of 2) 




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 Type R Meeting 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (5 laps)
Super Speedway (10 laps)
Tokyo R246 II (5 laps)
Cote d'Azur (7 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
Accord Euro R
NSX Type R
Civic Type R
Acura Integra Type R
Spoon Civic Type-R


What You're Up Against:
You're going to face the Civic Type R, NSX Type R, Integra Type R 98 spec, and 
Accord Euro R. You should probably go with the NSX Type R with all the normal 
upgrades. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 4,000
4th -- 2,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
150,000


Prize Cars:
Honda NSX Type R
Spoon Sports S2000
Mugen S2000
Honda S2000




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 Evolution Meeting 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Mid-Field Raceway II (6 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (4 laps)
Tokyo R246 (5 laps)


Requirements:
B License 

Cars Permitted:
Lancer Evolution IV GSR
Lancer Evolution V GSR
Lancer Evolution VI GSR
Lancer Evolution VI GSR T.M.E. 
Lancer Evolution VI GSR T.M.E. (stripe) 
Lancer Evolution VI RS
Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car
Lancer Evolution VII GSR
Lancer Evolution VII RS
Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype


What You're Up Against:
You'll face a mixture of different Evolutions and you're going to need one that's 
fairly powered up to win here. How powered up depends on your driving skills, but if 
it's stock, it won't win regardless. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 4,000
4th -- 2,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car 



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 Dream Car Championship 



 
Championship Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (5 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (5 laps)
Test Course (5 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (5 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (7 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The final Amateur League race has you go against a bunch of LM race cars like the 
S2000, Altezza, RX-7, FTO and Impreza, plus a ZZ. You'll need a quality race car 
here, so if you don't have one of these use one of the JGTC, Le Mans or F1 cars from 
your garage. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 25,000
2nd -- 15,000
3rd -- 7,500
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
150,000


Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi FTO LM Race Car
Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car
Honda S2000 LM Race Car
Subaru Impreza LM Race Car



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British GT Car Cup 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (10 laps)
Rome Circuit II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to face some cars from the UK like the Motor Sport Elise, Tuscan Speed 
Six, V8 Vantage, Vanquish and XKR Coupe. You, however, are not limited to cars from 
the UK, so choose whatever you want to -- just aim for something with at least 500 
horses. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 20,000
2nd -- 7,500
3rd -- 6,000
4th -- 5,000
5th -- 2,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Aston Martin Vanquish 



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 Gran Turismo World Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Grand Valley Speedway (10 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (10 laps)
Trial Mountain (10 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (10 laps)
Test Course (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (10 laps)
Tokyo R246 (10 laps)
Cote d'Azur (15 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to face some really tough cars including the R390 GT1 LM Race Car, 787B 
and GT-One (plus other cars you don't really have to worry about). If you have one 
of these three cars and it's been maxed-out, then you can win with solid racing. 
Otherwise, try an F1 car if you're not up to the "solid" racing part of this. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 35,000
2nd -- 10,000
3rd -- 7,500
4th -- 6,000
5th -- 3,000
6th -- 0


Bonus:
250,000


Prize Cars:
Ford GT40 Race Car
Opel Calibra Touring Car
Nissan R390 GT1 Road Car
Jaguar XJ220 Race Car




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 FF Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway II (10 laps)
Rome Circuit (10 laps)
Cote d'Azur (10 laps)


Requirements:
IA License
Front-Engine, Front Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Your competition in these races include the Spoon Civic Type-R, FTO GP Version R, 
Celica TRD Sports M, Integra Type R 98 spec, Accord Euro-R, and Coupe Turbo Plus. If 
you have a fully powered-up Civic Type R, FTO or Celica, it should be enough to win. 
But, this is a difficult race, so you might want to get an advantage by using super 
slick racing tires, because the it'll allow you to make it through the whole race 
without having to pit. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 6,000
3rd -- 4,000
4th -- 3,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Spoon Sports Civic Type R 



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 FR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Apricot Hill Raceway (10 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (15 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IA License
Front-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The cars that'll try and keep you down in this challenge includes the Camaro SS, 
Corvette Z06, Griffith 500, CLK 55, XKR Coupe, Mustang SVT Cobra R, and CL600. The 
best FR cars in the game are the race modified Skylines (like the Loctite Zexel and 
Calsonic), the Tickford Falcon XR8, and the Dodge Vipers, so we suggest using them. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 7,500
3rd -- 5,000
4th -- 3,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Nismo GT-R LM Road Car 



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 MR Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain (10 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (10 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (15 laps)


Requirements:
IA License
Mid-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to see some high-powered MR vehicles like the GT40, Zonda C12S, RUF 
3400S, and Esprit Sport 350 in these races. But you don't need to worry because you 
should have some beasts in this category by now including the R390, GT-One, Mazda 
787B or any of the F1 cars. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 20,000
2nd -- 7,500
3rd -- 5,000
4th -- 3,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Tommy Kaira ZZII 



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 4WD Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Special Stage Route 5 (10 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (10 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (15 laps)


Requirements:
IA License
4WD car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
You're going to face 4WD cars like the Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34), Skyline GT-R 
Vspec (R33), Lancer Evolution VI GSR, Lancer Evolution VII GSR, Legacy B4 Blitzen, 
S4, 3000GT VR-4, and Celica GT-Four. If you've already beefed-up something like a 
3000GT or Skyline to around 1000 horsepower, it'll do just fine against these car. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 10,000
3rd -- 5,000
4th -- 3,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype 



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 Spider & Roadster 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Grand Valley Speedway (10 laps)
Trial Mountain (10 laps)
Cote d'Azur (15 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
S2000 Type V
S2000
CR-X Del-Sol SiR
Elise 190
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS
Mazda MX-5 Miata LS
SLK 230 Kompressor
Mugen S2000
Silvia Varietta
Speedster
RUF 3400S
Cobra
Spoon S2000
MR-S S Edition
Griffith 500


What You're Up Against:
In these races you're going to be up against a line-up of cars that includes the 
Griffith 500, Elise 190, Motor Sport Elise, S2000 Type V, ZZS, and RUF 3400S. The 
toughest of these are probably the Motor Sport Elise and S2000 Type V. Any of these 
cars completely powered-up will do the trick with some driving skill. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 6,000
3rd -- 4,500
4th -- 3,500
5th -- 1,500
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Shelby Cobra 



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 Boxer Spirit 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Deep Forest Raceway II (10 laps)
Rome Circuit (10 laps)
Super Speedway (20 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
RUF 3400S
RUF RGT
RUF CTR2
Impreza WRX STi
Impreza Sports Wagon STi
Impreza Rally Car
Impreza 228 STi Version
Impreza Sedan WRX STi Version VI
Impreza Wagon WRX STi Version VI
Impreza Rally Car Prototype
Legacy B4 RSK
Legacy B4 Blitzen
Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B
Impreza LM Race Car


What You're Up Against:
This time around you'll have to face some RUF's along with the Imprezas. You'll need 
an Impreza that's been souped-up to 400 horses or more or a powered-up RUF to win 
here. The Impreza LM Race Car will also do the trick 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 7,000
3rd -- 4,000
4th -- 3,000
5th --1,000
6th -- 500


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
RUF RGT 



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 Race of NA Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Apricot Hill Raceway (10 laps)
Seattle Circuit (10 laps)
Tokyo R246 (10 laps)


Requirements:
IB License
NA car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The Viper GTS, ZZS, Griffith 500 Zonda C12, NSX Type S Zero, and Clio Sport V6 24V 
are the kinds of cars you'll face here. Just go with whatever your favorite and most 
powerful NA car is, you should have plenty of them if you're thinking this far into 
the game. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 20,000
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 2,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Pagani Zonda C12 



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 Race of Turbo Sports 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Mid-Field Raceway (10 laps)
Test Course (10 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (15 laps)


Requirements:
IB License Turbocharged car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The cars that you're put up against here include the Mine's Skyline, Impreza WRX 
STi, Mine's Lancer Evolution, Esprit Sport 350, Lancer Evolution VII GSR, Skyline GT-
R V-spec II (R34), Supra RZ and Mazda RX-7 Type RS. Look in your garage for your 
most powerful turbocharged car and just use that. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 7,500
3rd -- 5,000
4th -- 2,500
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
RUF CTR 2 



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 Gran Turismo All Stars 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Laguna Seca Raceway (15 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (15 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (15 laps)
Test Course (15 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (15 laps)
Rome Circuit (15 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (15 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (15 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (15 laps)
Tokyo R246 (15 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Your main competition in this Championship Race 

Tracks:
are the Nissan R390 GT1 LM Race Car and Toyota GT-One Race Car, with the Nissan 
being the one to worry about the most. With these two top-of-the-line vehicles, you 
better have one heck of a car if you expect to win. As with just about every other 
race, any of the F1 cars will make things pretty cake, but that's kind of boring. We 
suggest either using something like the Mazda 787B or the R390 GT-One. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 50,000
2nd -- 20,000
3rd -- 7,500
4th -- 5,000
5th -- 3,000
6th -- 0


Bonus:
400,000


Prize Cars:
Dodge Viper GTSR Concept
Nissan R390 GT1 LM Race Car
Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi
Toyota GT-One Race Car




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 All Japan GT Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Grand Valley Speedway (15 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (20 laps)
Test Course (15 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 (15 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (20 laps)
Trial Mountain (15 laps)
Rome Circuit II (15 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (15 laps)
Tokyo R246 (15 laps)
Cote d'Azur (20 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
This field is generally packed with a bunch of Skyline's and NSX's with the Arta NSX 
or Raybrig NSX being the most dangerous of the bunch. Any of these types of cars can 
be used for a good competitive race and if you want to have an easy go at it, just 
use something like the 787B, R390 GT1 or any of the F1 cars. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 10,000
3rd -- 7,000
4th -- 5,000
5th -- 1,000
6th -- 0


Bonus:
250,000


Prize Cars:
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune
Castrol Mugen NSX
Toyota MR-S Autobacs Apex JGTC
Pagani Zonda Race Car




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 Italian Avant Garde 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (10 laps)
Rome Circuit II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
Zonda C12
Zonda C12S
Zonda Race Car


What You're Up Against:
Nothing but Pagani Zonda Race CarsÂ…. So, you'll want to use the same and power it up 
as much as possible. Going with super slick racing tires will help out a lot because 
you won't have to pit and they will. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 8,500
3rd -- 7,000
4th -- 5,500
5th -- 2,500
6th -- 1,000


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Pagani Zonda Race Car 



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 Race of Red Emblem 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tokyo R246 (10 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
Nismo 40R
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune
Nismo Skyline GT-R R-tune
Skyline GT-R Vspec II (R32) 
Skyline GT-R Vspec (R33) 
Skyline GT-R V-spec (R34) 
Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) 
Pennzoil Nismo GT-R JGTC
Loctite Zexel GT-R JGTC
Calsonic Skyline GT-R JGTC
Nismo GT-R LM Road Car (R33) 
Mine's Skyline GT-R N1 V-spec (R34) 
Skyline GTS-t Type M (R32) 


What You're Up Against:
Powered-up versions of all the non-race modified Skylines. So, you should take a 
race modified Skyline (Loctite Zexel and Calsonic both work well) and use it with 
some upgrades. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 25,000
2nd -- 8,000
3rd -- 7,000
4th -- 5,500
5th -- 2,500
6th -- 1,000


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Calsonic Skyline 



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 Vitz Race 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit II (10 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (10 laps)
Test Course (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (10 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (10 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
Toyota Vitz Euro Edition
Toyota Vitz RS 1.5


What You're Up Against:
A field made up entirely of Toyota Vitz RS 1.5's. The Euro Edition won't get you 
anywhere in this race, so get a RS 1.5 and go at it. Since these cars are all at the 
same level of power, you can expect a tough race here. In fact, this might be one of 
the most challenging of all the racing championships in GT3. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 7,500
2nd -- 5,000
3rd -- 2,500
4th -- 1,000
5th -- 500
6th -- 300


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Toyota Vitz RS 1.5
Toyota Altezza LM Race Car
Tom's Castrol Supra
Toyota Supra RZ




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 Elise Trophy 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Cote d'Azur (10 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (10 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (10 laps)
Rome Circuit II (10 laps)
Trial Mountain (10 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
Lotus Elise 190
Lotus Motor Sport Elise


What You're Up Against:
You'll face a group that features both the Lotus Elise 190 and Motor Sport Elise. 
Obviously, you'll get the most competition from the Motor Sport versions, so that's 
the car you should take into this one. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 7,000
3rd -- 3,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
60,000


Prize Cars:
Lotus Elise 190 (1 of 4) 



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 Clio Trophy 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Rome Circuit (10 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (10 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway (10 laps)
Cote d'Azur (15 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
Renault Clio Sport V6 24V
Renault Clio Sport Race Car


What You're Up Against:
You'll find a bunch of similarly tuned Clio Sport V6 24V's here. If you soup-up a 
Sport V6, you can expect a rather easy time here, but for a great challenge, don't 
pump it up all the way. However, if you don't want to worry too much and have the 
cash go ahead and buy the Race Car version for a very easy time. FYI, these cars are 
actually a lot of fun to drive. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 15,000
2nd -- 7,000
3rd -- 3,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
60,000


Prize Cars:
Volkswagen New Beetle Cup Car (1 of 4) 



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 TVR Tuscan Challenge 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain II (10 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 (10 laps)
Rome Circuit II (10 laps)
Seattle Circuit (10 laps)
Test Course (10 laps)


Requirements:
IB License 

Cars Permitted:
TVR Tuscan Speed Six 

What You're Up Against:
Yep, you guessed it -- other TVR Tuscan Speed Six's. You don't have a choice here, 
so just get a Speed Six and soup it up to the max. Pick the Chameleon Blue color if 
you want the car from the movie Swordfish. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 50,000
2nd -- 10,000
3rd -- 5,000
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
45,000


Prize Cars:
TVR Speed 12
TVR Griffith (1 of 3) 




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 Dream Car Championship 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Test Course (15 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (15 laps)
Trial Mountain II (15 laps)
Tokyo R246 (15 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (15 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (15 laps)
Cote d'Azur (20 laps)


Requirements:
S License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
This championship puts you against a bunch of LM Race Cars including the Mazda RX-7 
LM Race Car and Honda S2000 Race Car. You'll need a similarly powerful car, so 
either use one of these, any of the Le Mans cars or something souped-up to the 900 
horsepower range. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 40,000
2nd -- 9,500
3rd -- 8,000
4th -- 6,500
5th -- 3,500
6th -- 1,000


Bonus:
250,000


Prize Cars:
F090/s
Toyota GT-One Race Car
Panoz Esperante GTR
Mitsubishi FTO LM Race Car




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 Polyphony Digital Cup 


Championship Race 

Tracks:
Trial Mountain II (20 laps)
Mid-Field Raceway II (20 laps)
Rome Circuit II (20 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 II (20 laps)
Seattle Circuit II (20 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway II (20 laps)
Deep Forest Raceway II (20 laps)
Special Stage Route 11 II (20 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway II (20 laps)
Tokyo R246 II (20 laps)


Requirements:
S License
Normal Cars Only - Car Cannot Be Tuned 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
The competition here seems to be more varied than most, but the best cars that you 
seem to get put up against are the Nissan Skylines, Chevrolet Corvette Z06's, 
Chevrolet Camaros, Z Concept Cars, or Lancer Evolutions. Just try and use a car 
that's pretty powered up without any engine upgrades. Some cars that you might want 
to consider using are the Dodge Viper, Pagani Zonda S, RUF CTR2, Aston Martin 
Vanquish, TVR Speed 12, or anything else with a lot of horsepower stock. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 50,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
450,000


Prize Cars:
F094/S
Toyota GT-One Race Car
Suzuki Escudo Pike's Peak Edition
TVR Speed 12




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 Like The Wind 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Test Course (20 laps)


Requirements:
S License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
You'll see a few different car line-ups here, with something like the Speed 12, GT-
One or Mazda 787B being the potential car or cars to beat. The important thing here 
is top speed, so get whatever car you have that has the highest top speed -- 
acceleration and handling is not an issue on the Test Course. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 10,000
2nd -- 6,000
3rd -- 4,500
4th -- 3,500
5th -- 1,500
6th -- 800


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mazda 787B 



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 Formula GT Championship 



 
Championship Race 

Tracks:
Mid-Field Raceway (30 laps)
Seattle Circuit (40 laps)
Grand Valley Speedway (27 laps)
Super Speedway (50 laps)
Rome Circuit (28 laps)
Test Course (25 laps)
Laguna Seca Raceway (33 laps)
Apricot Hill Raceway (27 laps)
Tokyo R246 (25 laps)
Cote d'Azur (78 laps)


Requirements:
S License Racing car 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations 

What You're Up Against:
Lost work time, marital problems and sickness due to the lack of sleep. This series 
will take you longer to beat than Onimusha, Starfighter and The Bouncer combined and 
is so much more challenging. The F094/S is a good F1 car to use here, but any should 
work. Make sure you change your oil before you start this to give you a quick HP 
boost and a fresh start. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 30,000
2nd -- 8,500
3rd -- 7,000
4th -- 5,500
5th -- 2,500
6th -- 1,000


Bonus:
250,000


Prize Cars:
F686/M
F687/S
F688/S
F090/S 


RALLY EVENTS

Rally Challenge 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tahiti Circuit (2 laps)
Tahiti Circuit (3 laps)
Tahiti Circuit (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
206 Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Toyota Celica Rally Car 



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 Tahiti Maze 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tahiti Maze (2 laps)
Tahiti Maze (3 laps)
Tahiti Maze (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Ford Escort Rally Car 



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 Smokey Mountain Rally 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Smokey Mountain (3 laps)
Smokey Mountain (5 laps)
Smokey Mountain (7 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Impreza Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Ford Focus Rally Car 



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 Rally of Alps 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Swiss Alps (3 laps)
Swiss Alps (5 laps)
Swiss Alps (7 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Impreza Rally Car Prototype 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Peugeot 206 Rally Car 



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 Rally Challenge II 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tahiti Circuit II (2 laps)
Tahiti Circuit II (3 laps)
Tahiti Circuit II (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Escort Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Toyota Corolla Rally Car 



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 Tahiti Maze II 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Tahiti Maze II (2 laps)
Tahiti Maze II (3 laps)
Tahiti Maze II (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Subaru Impreza Rally Car 



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 Smokey Mountain Rally II 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Smokey Mountain II (3 laps)
Smokey Mountain II (5 laps)
Smokey Mountain II (7 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Corolla Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car 



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 Rally of Alps II 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Swiss Alps II (3 laps)
Swiss Alps II (5 laps)
Swiss Alps II (7 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Rally tires Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Celica Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype 



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 Super Special Route 5 (Wet) 


Single Race 

Tracks:
Special Stage Route 5 Wet (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 Wet (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 Wet (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Citroen Xsara Rally Car 



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 Super Special Route 5 (Wet) II 



 
Single Race 

Tracks:
Special Stage Route 5 Wet II (2 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 Wet II (3 laps)
Special Stage Route 5 Wet II (5 laps)


Requirements:
Rally license
Cars Permitted No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Impreza Rally Car Prototype 

Prize Money:
1st -- 5,000
2nd -- 0
3rd -- 0
4th -- 0
5th -- 0
6th -- 0


Bonus:
N/A 

Prize Cars:
Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype 


ENDURANCE RACES

Grand Valley 300 


Track:
Grand Valley Speedway (60 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
You'll be up against cars like the Raybrig NSX, Arta NSX, Loctite Zexel GT-R, 
Pennzoil Nismo GT-R, Calsonic Skyline, Denso Sard Supra GT, Castrol Tom's Supra, and 
Castrol Mugen NSX. Go ahead and cheat by using any of the F1 cars or super slick 
racing tires on a similarly tuned car. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 400,000
2nd -- 100,000
3rd -- 85,000
4th -- 65,000
5th -- 40,000
6th -- 11,000


Prize Cars:
F090/S
Subaru Impreza LM Edition
Nissan R390 GT1 Road Car
Spoon Sports S2000 Race Car




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 Seattle 100 Miles 


Track:
Seattle Circuit (40 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Here you'll face a line-up filled with cars like the Corvette Z06, Viper GTS, 
Mustang SVT Cobra R, Camaro Z28, Camaro SS, Corvette Grand Sport and Cobra. Once 
again, we suggest cheating. Go with a car as powerful or more than these and use 
super slick racing tires or just use an F1 car. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 150,000
2nd -- 70,000
3rd -- 55,000
4th -- 45,000
5th -- 20,000
6th -- 9,000


Prize Cars:
F687/S
Nismo GT-R LM Road Car
Panoz Esperante GTR-1
Tommy Kaira ZZ II




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 Laguna Seca 200 Endurance 


Track:
Laguna Seca Raceway (90 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
You'll come up against some exotic race cars here like the Vertigo Race Car, 
Esperante GTR-1, GT40 Race Car, Storm V12 Race Car, Viper GTS-R Team Oreca and CLK 
Touring Car. You should know the trick by now. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 300,000
2nd -- 85,000
3rd -- 70,000
4th -- 55,000
5th -- 30,000
6th -- 10,000


Prize Cars:
Calsonic Skyline
F686/M
F687/S
Toyota Altezza LM Race Car




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 Passage to Colosseo 


Track:
Rome Circuit (2 Hours) 

Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Look for a line-up of cars like the Griffith 500, 156 2.5 V6 24V, S4, Coupe Turbo 
Plus, Clio Sport V6 24V, and 206 S16. Not too difficult of a challenge, but we still 
say go with something powerful, use the super slick racing tires or use an F1 car. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 300,000
2nd -- 85,000
3rd -- 70,000
4th -- 55,000
5th -- 30,000
6th -- 10,000


Prize Cars:
Gillet Vertigo Race Car
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Rally Car
F688/S
Pagani Zonda Race Car




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 Trial Mountain Endurance 


Track:
Trial Mountain (2 Hours) 

Requirements:
IA License
Normal Cars Only - Car Cannot Be Tuned 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
In this race you're going to face unmodified cars like the NSX Type S Zero, Skyline 
GT-R Vspec II, Skyline GT-R V-spec II, Mazda RX-7 Type RZ, Supra RZ, Impreza WRX 
STi, and Lancer Evolution VII RS. Use a car that's got a lot of power stock like any 
of the Dodge Vipers and go with the super slick racing tires. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 150,000
2nd -- 70,000
3rd -- 55,000
4th -- 45,000
5th -- 20,000
6th -- 9,000


Prize Cars:
F094/H
Lister Storm V12 Race Car
Mine's Skyline GT-R N1 V-spec
Honda S2000 LM Race Car




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 Special Stage Route 11 


Track:
Special Stage Route 11 (50 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
You'll face some finely tuned automobiles here like the Zonda Race Car, 787B, GT-One 
Race Car, GT40 Race Car, Viper GTS-R Team Oreca, Esperante GTR-1 and XJ220 Race Car. 
Use one of your best cars and throw on the super slick tires. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 500,000
2nd -- 120,000
3rd -- 100,000
4th -- 80,000
5th -- 50,000
6th -- 12,000


Prize Cars:
Toyota MR-S Autobacs Apex
Arta NSX
F687/S
Nissan C-West Razo Silva




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 Roadster Endurance 


Track:
Apricot Hill Raceway (40 laps)


Requirements:
IA License
Normal Cars Only - Car Cannot Be Tuned 

Cars Permitted:
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS
Mazda MX-5 Miata LS


What You're Up Against:
The Miata, Miata 1.8 RS, and Miata LS will be your competition. Go with the LS 
version and equip it with some super slick racing tires. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 100,000
2nd -- 60,000
3rd -- 45,000
4th -- 35,000
5th -- 15,000
6th -- 8,000


Prize Cars:
F688/S
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS
Mazda MX-5 Miata VR Limited A




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 Tokyo Route 246 


Track:
Tokyo R245 (100 laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Here you'll be pitted against Japanese cars like the Loctite Zexel GT-R, Arta NSX, 
Raybrig NSX, Denso Sard Supra GT, Castrol Tom's Supra, Castrol Mugen NSX, and 
Pennzoil Nismo GT-R. You know the way. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 400,000
2nd -- 100,000
3rd -- 85,000
4th -- 65,000
5th -- 40,000
6th -- 11,000


Prize Cars:
F094/H
Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car
Nissan C-West Razo Silvia
Toyota GT-One Road Car




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 Mistral 78 Laps 


Track:
Cote d'Azur (78 Laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
Here you'll face cars like the S2000 LM Race Car, FTO LM Race Car, GT-One Race Car, 
RX-7 LM Race Car, R390 GT1 LM Race Car, FTO LM Race Car, and 787B. Hell, this is 
Monaco, just use and F1 car and don't feel dirty about lapping the competition 
several times. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 500,000
2nd -- 120,000
3rd -- 100,000
4th -- 80,000
5th -- 50,000
6th -- 12,000


Prize Cars:
F686/M
Mitsubishi FTO LM Race Car
Jaguar XJ220 Road Car
Pagani Zonda Race Car




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 Super Speedway 150 Miles 



 

Track:
Super Speedway (100 Laps)


Requirements:
IA License 

Cars Permitted:
No Limitations. 

What You're Up Against:
The line-up has cars like the Mine's Skyline, RUF 3400S, Spoon S2000, Mugen S2000, 
Celica TRD Sports M, Motor Sport Elise, and Mine's Lancer Evolution. Don't even 
worry about racing this -- just use the Escudo Pikes Peak car and wall ride all 100 
laps without even worrying about your glowing red tires. 

Prize Money:
1st -- 200,000
2nd -- 80,000
3rd -- 65,000
4th -- 50,000
5th -- 25,000
6th -- 9,500


Prize Cars:
Chevrolet Corvette C5R
F090/S
Tickford Falcon XR8 Race Car
Clio Sports Race Car



ADVANCED TUNING

The following is a complete listing and description of the various tuning parts you 
can buy to upgrade the functioning of your car. Tuning is vital to success in GT3 -- 
you may be able to win the Sunday Cup with a stock car, but victory in the races 
that matter will go to those who spend the money to make their cars go. Not all of 
the parts in the game may be available or even helpful to certain cars, though, so 
use this information to determine what parts you need for what you want a particular 
car to do. 

 ENGINE & INTAKE SYSTEM 


Muffler: 

Sports
"Combines a less-restrictive replacement sports-model air cleaner with a low back-
pressure sports muffler to improve intake and exhaust flow. Ideal as a first-time 
turbo upgrade. Improves high-rpm torque in non supercharged engines." 

Semi-Racing
"A competition-grade air cleaner with urethane sponge filter is combined with a low-
back pressure muffler designed to enhance engine performance at high rpm. Ideal for 
large-displacement turbo engines. When using with a non-supercharged engine, proper 
tuning beforehand is a must." 

Racing
"Delivering even better intake efficiency than the semi-racing model, this racing 
air cleaner with a velocity stack is combined with a high- efficiency straight 
muffler designed for racing cars that normally operate in the high-rpm range. 
Suitable for tunings that maximize peak power. Reduces low-rpm torque and so 
requires proper consideration of engine characteristics, gear ratio, and other 
factors." 

The long and the short of it is that the muffler upgrades kick up your horsepower. 
They're no substitute for actual displacement, but they can give you a very useful 
boost, especially early in the game -- this is a good cheap upgrade to consider when 
you're starting out. 

NA Tune-up: 

Stage 1
"Boosts the power of non-supercharged engines by adjusting the ignition and valve 
timing and by installing thinner head gaskets for a higher compression ratio. The 
exhaust manifold is also replaced. Peak power is enhanced without affecting low-rpm 
torque." 

Stage 2
"Picks up where Stage 1 leaves off. Not only raises the compression ratio even 
further with high-compression pistons and head polishing, but also boots high- rpm 
output by replacing the cams, mounting reinforced valve springs, and Port and 
Polish. Although low-speed torque is diminished somewhat, the emphasis here is on 
boosting high-rpm power. The Engine Management Computer is also reset according to 
your vehicle specs." 

Stage 3
"Following up on Stage 2 enhancements, this upgrade completely overhauls the engine 
to enhance high-rpm performance. Higher-compression pistons, special high-lift 
racing cams with a large amount of valve overlap, heavy-duty competition valve 
springs and connection rods, and engine block strengthening are all part of the 
package. The power band is shifted to the medium to high range to boost maximum 
horsepower." 

"NA" stands for Normally Aspirated. It refers to an engine that doesn't have 
assistance in forcing more air into its cylinders -- i.e., it doesn't have a 
turbocharger or a supercharger. In GT3, NA Tuning works somewhat like turbocharging, 
giving you a remarkable increase in power, but the effect is somewhat different in 
practice. You don't have the striking effect of turbo lag that pops up in highly-
tuned turbo engines. 

GT3 differs from its predecessors by very frequently offering the option to upgrade 
a car with either NA Tuning or a turbocharger. In GT and GT2, it was generally 
impossible to add a turbo to an NA car, but now you can, and so you should choose 
according to which option gives you the best power for the circumstances and suits 
your tastes in driving. It's also worth noting that, for finesse drivers, the most 
power is not necessarily the best thing. A massive power upgrade looks like fun on 
paper, and it may win you races, but you'll also have a more pronounced tendency to 
whim-wham off the walls on your way to the finish line if you sack your low-rev 
power -- it hurts your cornering ability, especially if you don't have the tires and 
suspension modifications to keep that power under control. Choose wisely, then. 

Port Polish
"Polishes the interior of the intake ports, reducing air-flow resistance boosts 
engine power by what may seem a low degree, but is essential for normally aspirated 
and supercharged engines alike." 

Not a lot of horsepower here, but like they say, an important accompaniment for a 
highly-tuned car. 

Full-Engine Balancing
"An extensive upgrade that includes piston and connecting rod weight balancing, and 
a precision-balanced crankshaft. Reduces vibration and bearing loads, and allows 
higher engine speeds. The rev limiter is reset to take advantage of this." 

This is another one of the minor horsepower upgrades, but a useful one for more 
ridiculously powerful cars. 

Displacement Up
"There's no replacement for displacement. This upgrade raises cylinder displacement 
by increasing engine bore and stroke. Greater displacement generally boosts the 
engine's torque in all rpm ranges." 

This modification kicks up your engine's power at the most fundamental level, 
increasing the bore and stroke with bigger cylinders and other parts. Many cars 
don't have access to this upgrade, it mainly being reserved for pushrod engines like 
the one in the Viper, but take it if you can. 

Racing Chip
"The most basic upgrade. Altering the Engine Management Program settings allows you 
to boost power by adjusting engine ignition timing, the air/fuel ratio, and other 
variables. For turbocharged vehicles, the air filter and muffler are also replaced, 
for a beginner's-level upgrade." 

What he said. A cheap and cheerful horsepower upgrade, very good for adding a little 
extra kick to your first car. 


 
 SUSPENSION & BRAKES 


Suspension: 

Sports
"An all-purpose, beginner-friendly suspension kit that covers all types of driving, 
from street to circuit. Both front and rear shock absorbers are adjustable to one of 
10 damping force levels. Camber angle is also adjustable. Clearance is lowered 
approximately 1 inch in the front and back. Two-way low-pressure gas shock absorbers 
(adjustable to 10 levels)." 

Semi-Racing
"A ride height-altering suspension kit for intermediate drivers. Spring rate and the 
shock absorber damping force are harder than with normal sports suspension. Front 
and rear ride height is adjustable in 1-millimeter increments. Damping force is 
adjustable to one of 10 levels, and camber angle is also adjustable. Single high-
pressure gas shock absorbers." 

Full Customization
"Enables tuning of all suspension parts. Adjusts shock absorbers, replaces springs 
with ones with different spring rates, and replaces the stabilizer (anti-roll bar), 
which controls the vehicle's lateral roll stiffness. Wheel camber can be changed, 
and toe-in is also adjustable. Shock absorber compression (bound) and extension 
(rebound) are independently adjustable to one of 10 levels." 

Suspension modification kits do a little on their own to alter and improve your 
car's handling (for example, the Sports kit lowers your ride height for a lower 
center of gravity and better handling), but their real purpose is to enable you to 
make changes -- hopefully for the better -- on your own. The Sports package unlocks 
a few tuning options to a limited degree. Semi-Racing increases the amount of 
latitude in those areas and adds the ability to tweak your car's ride height at 
will. Full Custom unlocks the broadest spectrum of suspension setting options, 
allowing you to tune a racer for peak performance. For advice on what to change and 
what to leave alone, see the Settings Guide later in this section. 

Racing Brakes
"Contains carbon metallic brake pads for dependable stopping power, even during long-
distance driving. With far more initial stopping power and fade resistance than 
ordinary brakes, these brakes are also suitable for endurance races. Brake fluid 
(DOT 5) is also changed." 

What you see is what you get. Racing brakes give you better stopping power, and if 
the game simulated brake pad wear like it does tire wear, they'd probably last 
longer, too. They're a vital complement to serious power upgrades. 

Brake Balance Controller
"Controls the anti-lock braking system to maintain the desired balance in braking 
power between the front and rear brakes. Strengthen the front to increase understeer 
for extra stability, or strengthen the rear to increase oversteer for better 
maneuverability. Remember that a too-strong rear brake balance increases the 
likelihood of spinout." 

In practical terms, what this does is unlock the brake balance options in the 
Settings menu. If you want to fiddle with your front and rear brakes, you'll have to 
fork out the coin for this upgrade. 

 DRIVETRAIN 


Clutch: 

Big Single Plate
"Changes the clutch feeling during upshifting, so that upshifting feels more direct 
than with a normal clutch." 

Double Plate
"This racing clutch kit features dual clutch places, ideal for high-torque, high- 
power vehicles. Reduces clutch slippage during upshifting, improving acceleration." 

Triple Plate
"Featuring three clutch places, this clutch kit boosts torque transmission and 
enhances the directness of the power. Ideal for highly-tuned cars." 

The clutch is the weak link when it comes to fast shifting -- gear selection means 
nothing if the cogs don't engage and disengage smartly. The three clutch upgrades 
respectively kick up your shift speed a little bit more, with the triple-plate 
clutch being the one you want for a high-powered car that needs to get out of the 
corners and into its high-rev powerband quickly. 

Flywheel: 

Sports
"A lightweight flywheel made with chrome molybdenum steel. Lets the engine rev more 
quickly. Improves acceleration slightly, but with narrow-powerband engines, revs may 
drop below the powerband unless a close-ratio transmission is also used." 

Semi-Racing
"Even lighter than the sports type, this flywheel is especially designed for racing. 
Makes for a quick-revving engine. Improves acceleration slightly, but with narrow-
powerband engines, revs may drop below the powerband even more easily unless a close-
ratio transmission is also used." 

Racing
"A super-lightweight flywheel exclusively for racing. Makes for a quick-revving 
engine that also drops revs quickly. Improves acceleration and deceleration, but 
with narrow-powerband engines, revs may drop below the powerband unless a close- 
ratio transmission is also used and the driver can master the proper shifting 
technique." 

The flywheel modifications play a role mainly when you're using the standard 
transmission, since the game's version of an automatic transmission will naturally 
take care of that proper shifting technique for you. If you shift for yourself, 
you'll have to work with this particular modification to get the most out of it, and 
possibly do a little gear ratio tuning to keep your acceleration smooth. 

Carbon Propellor Shaft
"A lightweight driveshaft made with a carbon composite. Situated between the engine 
and the differential gear in front-engined, rear wheel drive or all wheel drive 
cars, the driveshaft is just as important as the flywheel for acceleration 
performance." 

This simple modification isn't available for some cars, but when you can buy it, 
it's a good choice to reduce your weight and kick up acceleration. 

Transmission: 

Sports
"Replaces a normal transmission assembly with a transmission with closer gear ratios 
in all five gears. Prevents revs from dropping below the powerband when upshifting, 
and allows smoother downshifts. Ensures useful power in a variety of turns. 
Recommended for non-supercharged engines." 

Semi-Racing
"These gear ratios are even closer than those of the Sports Close- Ratio 
Transmission. This gearbox is ideal for highly-tuned cars with a narrow powerband. 
Note that upshifting and downshifting will become more frequent. Because of time 
loss during shifting, this transmission may be counterproductive in cars with high-
torque, wide-powerband engines." 

Full Customization
"For races that permit the replacement of all gears, including the final drive gear. 
This upgrade also makes it possible to fine-tune the gear ratios according to 
vehicle specs and circuit features." 

Respectively, then: Sports is good for a lower-power street-type car, Semi-Racing is 
what you want in something comparatively serious, and Full Custom is the choice for 
the serious racer. Full Custom's advantage is that it unlocks the complete selection 
of gear ratio options in the Settings menu, so if you want to fool around with your 
ratios (and you will, if you get deep into the game), you need the most expensive 
transmission package. See the settings guide for advice. 

Limited-Slip Differential 

1-way
"This limited-slip activates the limited-slip effect only during acceleration, and 
so is suitable for front wheel drive vehicles, which are difficult to turn under any 
conditions. The absence of the limited-slip effect during braking makes it possible 
to maximize turning power. However, the tendency of the vehicle to lose stability 
during braking should be noted. The shortcoming of this type of limited-slip is that 
vehicle characteristics during acceleration change greatly when the accelerator is 
released to decelerate." 

1.5-way
"Reduces the limited-slip effect during deceleration while maintaining the full 
limited-slip effect during acceleration. This ensures powerful traction, and during 
braking, prevents excessive reduction in the force of the car attempting to turn. 
Free of quirkiness, this is a good all-around limited-slip unit." 

2-way
"A limited-slip differential that delivers the limited slip effect during both 
acceleration and deceleration. Stabilizes the vehicle attitude during braking, 
thereby permitting even harder braking. Delivers powerful traction during 
acceleration, but clearly makes turning more difficult and so is suited to drivers 
who are skilled at turning." 

Full Customization
"This special racing modification allows independent adjustment of the limited-slip 
effect during acceleration and deceleration. Although capable of greatly changing a 
car's performance, this modification requires careful adjustment as improper 
adjustment can destroy the car's balance." 

The differential is the set of gears on your car that marries the driveshaft to the 
drive axle. A limited-slip differential, occasionally described as "positraction" 
(as in "four-speed dual-quad positraction 409," for you Beach Boys fans), is a 
widget that controls the torque split between the drive wheels, sending more torque 
to one wheel so as to give it more power. For practical driving, this is handy for 
keeping both wheels moving your car, even on slippery surfaces -- the wheel that 
needs more power to grip gets it. For racing, it also has its uses, maintaining 
uniform grip so you can get braking and acceleration force down to the track when 
you're heading into and out of a turn. 

As for which one you want to buy, total gearheads should naturally take the Full 
Custom option, since it unlocks the broadest selection of variable LSD settings. 1-
way and 1.5-way both work quite well for FF cars, and the 1.5-way offers the most 
effect for beginning drivers who don't quite have a handle on when to brake and when 
to accelerate in a turn. If you think you really know how to apex, though, you'll 
get the most out of the 2-way. 

Be warned, however, that it's possible to throw your car completely out of whack by 
fiddling with the LSD. See the settings section for some tips. 

 TURBO KIT SYSTEM 


Turbo Kit: 

Stage 1
"A turbo kit that uses a compact turbocharger to generate high-rpm torque without 
sacrificing torque in the low to medium rance. Minimal turbo lag and high response 
combine to create an excellent balance suitable for all types of circuits. metal 
gaskets, oil coolor, a reinforced oil pump, and other high-durability parts are also 
installed." 

Stage 2
"A turbo kit that stresses high-rpm peak power and low to mid-range balance. Torque 
in the low range is somewhat low compared to Turbo Kit 1, but mid to high range 
power is boosted considerably. In addition to metal gaskets, oil cooler, a 
reinforced oil pump, and other high- durability parts, a fuel pump, injector, 
computer, and other turbo components are also installed." 

Stage 3
"A turbo kit that focuses on quarter-mile acceleration. The powerband shifts further 
into the high-rpm range than with Turbo it 2. For greater effectiveness, this turbo 
kit should be combined with a close-ratio transmission and other parts. The cam is 
also replaced with one designed for turbo characteristics. In addition to metal 
gaskets, oil cooler, a reinforced oil pump, and other high-durability parts, a fuel 
pump, injector, computer, and other turbo components are also installed." 

Stage 4
"An oversized, high-rpm, high-output turbo kit designed purely with maximum 
horsepower in mind. Suitable for maximum-speed contests, for instance. The cam is 
also replaced with one designed for turbo characteristics. Ina ddition to metal 
gaskets, oil cooler, a reinforced oil pump, and other high-durability parts, a 
special fuel pump, injector, computer, and other turbo components are also 
installed." 

A turbocharger derives its name from its mechanical centerpiece, a turbine. That 
turbine spins at an extremely high rate to power a compressor that forces more air 
into the intakes, improving the power and efficiency of combustion. Just for 
trivia's sake, though GT3 draws no practical distinction between the two, a 
supercharger does the same thing, but also steals a little mechanical assistance 
from the engine's driveshaft (for a nice visual lesson in how it works, watch the 
opening chase in The Road Warrior). 

The turbocharger is likely the most popular upgrade in any GT game, and it's 
definitely one of the most effective when it comes to boosting your performance. 
It's worth noting, however, that it's not necessarily worth the cost or the effort 
to turn your ride into a drag racer just for the sake of posting the highest 
possible horsepower number. Remember that RUF set its speed record in a car with 
less than 500bhp. That monstrous horsepower is balanced somewhat by turbo lag and 
loss of torque in the low revs, which makes it tough to climb out of low speeds in 
case you spin out or crash. In very imprecise terms, you sacrifice some acceleration 
for that evil top end. 

Thus, when you equip your turbo, it's wise to also have the corresponding parts for 
better acceleration (like the flywheel, clutch, and prop shaft modifications) and 
transmission modification. A Full Custom transmission lets you tune your ratios to 
compensate for problems at the low end and stretch out your potential at the top 
end. 

Intercooler: 

Sports
"This air-cooled intercooler cools the hot intake air after it is pressurized by the 
turbocharger. By lowering the intake air temperature, air density is increased, 
allowing for more fuel to be used and boosting power. An essential part for a high-
performance turbo engine." 

Racing
"Boosts the power of a supercharged engine by lowering the intake air temperature. 
The larger capacity increases the temperature-reducing capabilities but slightly 
lowers engine response. This high-capacity intercooler is a suitable upgrade for 
engines with a high maximum supercharging pressure." 

Practically speaking, an intercooler just provides a horsepower upgrade to 
complement that provided by a turbocharger, but there's no reason to turn down extra 
power at this price. 

 TIRES 


Sports
"Sports tires are for paved-road driving and have a greater grip than normal tires. 
Mounting high-performance tires enhances a car's cornering, acceleration, and 
braking performance and is the most effective upgrade. Purchasing tires entitles you 
to subsequent tire services for as long as you own those tires. Front and rear tires 
must be purchased together." 

Sports tires are cheaper than racing slicks and demand a little less pondering of 
the balance between hardness and grip. Kit out a street racer with these and you'll 
see a nice improvement in all areas of handling. 

Racing 

Racing tires, also known as "racing slicks," are nearly treadless tires used 
exclusively for high-speed driving on the glass-smooth surface of a racetrack. In 
GT3, there are six types of racing tires: 

Super Hard
Hard
Medium Hard
Medium
Medium Soft
Soft
Super Soft


The harder a tire is, the more resilient it is, the longer it takes to warm up to 
maximum efficiency (when you see race drivers doing zig-zags during caution laps, 
they're warming their tires), and the less grip it offers. In GT and GT2, there was 
essentially only one choice: Super Soft tires provided the most grip and needed no 
warming, so they were the best option, despite their high price. GT3, however, 
throws a bigger kink into the tire situation, because tire wear is a factor in many 
more races, and tires generally wear out much, much faster than they did in the 
previous games. A set of Super Soft tires will now die before the end of a five-lap 
race, although you'll corner on rails for as long as they last. 

Thus, go ahead and run Super Soft tires in races with no tire wear, but you'll want 
to turn to a compound on the harder side of the spectrum for the tire-wear-enabled 
races in the Amateur and Professional leagues. Try out various compounds once you 
have some money to play with and see which one offers you the best balance -- we 
like Hard or Super Hard for endurance races, but that may be a bit on the 
conservative side. 


 
Professional
"A tire that even more closely approximates the characteristic of actual, real-life 
tires. These tires make driving with the game controller extremely difficult and so 
provide a virtual experience of real-life driving (as opposed to video-game 
driving), requiring early braking, careful steering, and delicate accelerator 
manipulation. This is a set of front and rear tires for paved surfaces." 

If anybody actually uses these, we'd like to hear their comments. So far as we can 
tell, they're only for the curious or the demented. 

Rally
"Dirt racing tires, which must be mounted on all 4 wheels for racing on dirt 
courses. These tires are designed to ensure vehicle controllability on slippery 
gravel and other unpaved surfaces. Dirt racing tires are available only for certain 
vehicle types." 

Rally tires are essentially just a racing license for the rally championships. It's 
surprising how many cars in GT3 can run them -- it's not just Lancers and Imprezas. 
Bolt some knobby tires on your turbocharged Skyline and you'll run away with most 
special stages. 

 STABILITY CONTROL & OTHERS 


Weight Reduction: 

Stage 1
"Lightens the vehicle by removing unnecessary parts and replacing others with parts 
made of lightweight-material. The numerous advantages of a lighter car include 
enhanced acceleration performance, improved cornering and braking, and better tire 
durability." 

Stage 2
"Lightens the vehicle more by removing more parts and/or replacing more with lighter 
materials." 

Stage 3
"Takes Stage 2 lightening a step further." 

Power is only half of what makes a car go fast. The real key is power-to-weight 
ratio, the comparison between the amount of power delivered by the engine and the 
amount of steel/aluminum/ceramic/carbon fiber that power has to push forward. A 
Dodge Caravan has more horsepower than a Lotus Elise by some distance, but it's not 
going to beat one off the line any time soon. Weight Reduction, then, is vital to 
building a fast car, and it's one of the upgrades you want to buy early on, 
especially considering how cheap the first two stages are. 

AYC Controller
"This component changes the setting of the Yaw Control System, which generates 
rotational moment in the vehicle by controlling the distribution of torque between 
the left and ride drive wheels. Raising the setting creates rotational moment during 
cornering, for better acceleration during turns. Note that too high a setting 
increases oversteer, and thus the likelihood of tire spinning." 

In real life, there are several different specimens of what's generally referred to 
as Active Yaw Control. For the most part, though, they work somewhat like the 
limited-slip differential, automatically varying the torque split between either 
side of the vehicle to shove it in one direction or the other. In theory, you want 
the AYC to help push you into a corner just enough -- that's how it works in most 
road-legal cars, forcing them to follow a safe and sane cornering line in spite of 
potentially dangerous acceleration on the driver's part. In GT3, though, it can do a 
variety of things depending on how you set it up. Check the settings section for 
advice. 

VCD Controller
"This center differential makes it possible to change the front and rear torque 
distribution in a 4WD vehicle. The setting range is 100% front/0% rear to 0% 
front/rear 100%. A 4WD vehicle can be made to handle like an FF car by shifting the 
torque distribution to the front wheels or like an FR car by shifting the torque 
toward the rear wheels. Torque distribution cannot be changed while the vehicle is 
moving." 

This is an all-new modification for GT3, but you can only apply it to certain 4WD 
cars. If you remember from our discussion of differentials earlier on, the diff is 
what joins the driveshaft to the axles. FWD and RWD cars only have one, since 
there's only one axle talking to the road. A 4WD car, however, has three: one in 
front, one in back, and one in the center. The VCD controller lets you mess with the 
torque split that happens in that center differential, sending more or less power to 
the front or rear. How you set this is essentially a matter of taste, but if your 
driving style leans toward one end or the other, this could give you an advantage on 
the special stages in an Impreza or Lancer, or on the GT circuit in your Skyline. 

 SETTINGS GUIDE 


Before you go to the racetrack, you have the option of altering many of your car's 
settings, and the more tuning parts you buy, the more settings you can tweak. This 
is the province of advanced GT3 drivers, who want to get the absolute peak 
performance out of their cars -- less committed racers can still walk away with a 
win using the game's default settings. 

The following is a brief guide to what you can change and what effects those changes 
will have. Incorrectly altering many of these settings can completely destroy the 
performance of your car, so the most important advice regarding settings changes is 
to use caution. Before you start tinkering with settings like suspension, gear 
ratios, LSD, and stability control, save the default setting to a memory card, or 
just get a sheet of paper and write down the original numbers. You don't want to 
find yourself with a completely out-of-whack car that you can't retune back to 
normal behavior. 

 SUSPENSION 



 
SPRING RATIO
Adjust the hardness of the springs.
The stiffer you make the springs, the faster and more responsively the car steers. 
However, over-stiffening the springs makes the car very unstable on rough roads. 
Some courses have smoother roads than others -- the smoother the road, the stiffer 
you can make the springs. Thus, stiff springs are a poor choice for rally courses, 
or something like Laguna Seca, but they may give you an advantage on a gentler 
course like Special Stage R5. 

RIDE HEIGHT RATIO
Adjust the height of the car. 
Lowering the car's height lowers its center of gravity and makes it more stable on 
the road. However, over-lowering the car causes it to bottom out, which means you 
can completely go out of control following a jump or particularly vicious bump. This 
can be balanced by increasing the spring ratio and damper ratio -- but race the 
track continually while adjusting to ensure maximum balance for each particular 
track. Again, the smoother the track, the lower you can adjust the car. 

SHOCK ABSORBERS
Adjust the decreasing strength (dampening ratio) of the damper. 
The softer the dampers, the more the car rolls into corners and over-reacts to bumps 
in the road. The harder they are, the more unstable the car gets out of corners. 
Some of the lighter cars have problems getting their power down cleanly on the road -
- their tires spin and the car shakes. By softening the dampers, the tires are able 
to grip better -- the down-side is that the body roll is over-exaggerated through 
corners. When this happens, adjust the Spring Ratio and to lessen the effect. 

CAMBER ANGLE
Adjust the negative camber angle. Camber angle is the angle at which your tires sit 
in relation to the car when viewed from the front or rear. This makes little 
difference to overall performance, and setting this wrongly can completely ruin the 
car's handling, braking and steering. A slight tweak negatively (so that the tires 
lean slightly towards the car) increases the car's stability through corners, but 
this is offset by loss of braking ability and steering effectiveness. In most cases, 
it's best to leave this as is. 

TOE ANGLE
Adjust the toe-in or -out of your tires.
Toe angle is the angle at which your tires sit in relation to the car when viewed 
from the top. Like camber, a little negative toe can improve handling, but it's not 
a major factor in performance, and too much toe either way can seriously damage 
performance. It can also increase the speed of tire wear, which is a much bigger 
factor in GT3 than it was in GT2. 

STABILIZER
Adjust the roll rigidity of the stabilizers.
The stabilizers affect the car's cornering ability by making it more stable. Over-
adjusting the stabilizers causes the car to become over-reactive on the straights. 
Under-adjusting makes it roll through corners and become very unstable. Just 
remember -- the car's stability is also directly affected by the dampers and spring 
ratio -- so adjust this in relation to the other two. 

BRAKE
Adjust the brake balance front and back.
The more powerful the brake setting, the more the car's weight is thrown forward 
during the braking process. This can cause real handling problems if you brake while 
turning. Basically, the more powerful the front brakes, the more the car understeers 
(that means it wants to carry on in a straight line) and the more powerful the back 
brakes, the more the car oversteers (the back wants to slide around). The latter 
condition is more preferable because it helps the cornering effort, but can cause a 
loss of traction. Tweak the brakes to suit your driving style, starting with the 
rear brakes first. 

 ENGINE 


TURBO BOOST PRESSURE
Adjust the turbo boost pressure. 
The higher the setting, the higher the peak power is raised, but this detrimentally 
affects the low-down acceleration is affected. Generally speaking, you want to have 
turbo pressure at maximum, unless you're driving a course that requires strong low- 
and mid-range acceleration (such as Special Stage R11). 

 DRIVETRAIN 


GEAR RATIOS
Adjust the ratio for each speed gear.
Lowering the final drive ratio reduces the car's acceleration, but enables it to 
reach faster speeds (idea for a top speed test, for example, or very high speed 
courses). The higher the final drive, the better the acceleration, but it lowers top 
speed. Adjusting each individual gear ratio enables you to ensure that the engine 
revs are always kept in the car's power band. This is particularly important for 
turbo cars where the power band kicks in at higher revs -- by not keeping the revs 
in the power band results in very poor pickup, reducing the car's low- and mid-range 
performance, drastically affecting the car's performance on the more twisty tracks. 

GT3 has brought back the handy-dandy gear graphs from the original GT, so it's 
pretty easy to intuit what kind of results your individual gear changes will have. 
The farther forward on the graph the gear's little line goes, the more top speed 
you'll get. The steeper the line is, the faster you'll accelerate through that gear. 
This being a game, you can do stuff with your ratios that would turn your 
transmission and engine into hash in reality. For example, you might want to have 
very short low gears and very long high gears. The vast majority of shade-tree 
tuners, though, will want to just use the "Short-Long" slider at the bottom of the 
menu to quickly trade off between acceleration and top end. 


 
LSD -- INITIAL TORQUE
Adjust the initial torque provided by the LSD.
Depending on your car's drivetrain, you'll have one or two options here. FF cars can 
change the front setting, FR cars can change the rear, 4WD cars can change both. 
Raising the initial torque increases your stability in turns, but at a cost in 
cornering ability -- i.e., it's harder to turn. Generally, raising the initial 
torque is not recommended, except for Drift Kings with a knack for using the 
accelerator to push themselves around turns. 

LSD -- ACCELERATION
Adjust the effect of the LSD while accelerating.
A higher LSD acceleration setting gives you more grip when accelerating, for faster 
acceleration out of a corner, but a corresponding decrease in grip when 
decelerating, which can cause a loss of stability while braking. This can be 
moderated by adjusting the LSD deceleration setting as well. 

LSD -- DECELERATION
Adjust the effect of the LSD while braking.
Take the LSD acceleration description and turn it around. A higher LSD deceleration 
setting gives you more grip when braking, which makes for more comfortable turning 
when you slow down quickly, but less when accelerating, which you can compensate for 
by adjusting the LSD acceleration setting. 

 MISCELLANEOUS 


DOWNFORCE
Adjust the downforce. 
Increasing the overall downforce (by adjusting both front and rear by the same 
amount) essentially makes the car heavier, this making it more stable at higher 
speeds. However, this increase in "weight" is to the detriment of top-end 
performance. If you follow auto racing at all, you'll hear plenty of discussion 
about drag as it relates to spoiler angles, and this is at the heart of that -- 
downforce is good for handling and stability but bad for top speed. 

Meanwhile, changing front or rear downforce individually can affect cornering. 
Increasing the front downforce alone causes it to oversteer. Increasing the rear 
downforce causes it to understeer. Thus, more rear downforce can give you a 
cornering advantage in a tail-happy car, while more front downforce will push you 
into a turn more effectively if your car would rather stay in a straight line. 
[Reverend's note: Thanks to those who wrote in to correct this bit in the first rev 
of the guide.] 

AYC CONTROLLER
Adjust the setting of the Active Yaw Control.
The AYC slider determines the effect that a car's Active Yaw Control system has on 
its performance in turns. A higher setting will assist in pushing your car through 
the turns, enabling better acceleration in the corners, but if it's turned up too 
high, the possibility of fishtailing and spinning out becomes significantly greater. 
Not that many cars have AYC, so you probably won't find yourself adjusting this very 
often anyway, but as with all professional-level modifications, use caution and 
remember the initial settings so you can reset them if your performance is seriously 
degraded. 

ACTIVE STABILITY MANAGEMENT
Adjust the setting of the ASM controller.
Some cars have ASM, some don't. This is a system that automatically controls the 
brake force distribution to all four wheels. In practical applications, it's used to 
slow the vehicle during cornering and give it strong yaw moment when it gets out of 
hand in the corners. In GT3, you can set it high to provide more grip in corners, 
but this comes at a cost in acceleration and handling response. Set it low and you 
lose some of that stability, but you gain back the responsive steering. 

TCS CONTROLLER
Adjust the setting of the Traction Control System.
Traction Control is a catch-all term for a variety of systems that limit power to a 
wheel that is losing grip on the road. Some use a limited-slip differential, some 
use automatic braking, some use automatic control of the drivetrain. In all cases, 
their effect is to increase stability and grip in the corners, albeit at a loss in 
speed when going flat-out in the straights. The TCS can be a boon to cars that are 
difficult to handle in the corners, though, so this is an option worth exploring. 

VARIABLE CENTER DIFF CONTROLLER
Adjust the setting of the VCD system.
As mentioned above, the Variable Center Differential lets you control the torque 
split between the front and rear wheels of a 4WD car, making its behavior more like 
a front- or rear-wheel-drive car. Put it all one way and you have an FF car; all the 
other and you have an FR car. Adjust it to suit your driving style if you have a 4WD 
car you particularly want to tinker with, but as always, remember what to set it 
back to if things go awry. 


COMPLETE CAR LIST

Here we have a complete listing of all the cars that we've found in the game. Most 
cars come in a variety of colors and there aren't any used ones available here in 
GT3 like there was in both of the PlayStation Gran Turismo titles. We have been able 
to completely confirm the existence of 185 different cars in the American version of 
GT3 but there might be even more. 

We've separated the cars based on the country that their manufactures can be found 
in, plus a special section for Fantasy Cars (the F1 based cars that Sony doesn't 
like people calling F1 cars): 



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Japan 
USA 
Germany 
France 
Italy 
UK 
Belgium 
Australia 
Fantasy Cars 


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 JAPAN 


Daihatsu 
Mira TR XX Avanzato R 11,140 
Storia X4 13,900 


Honda 
CR-X del Sol SiR 18,730 
Civic SiR-II 18,890 
Civic Type R 19,980 
Integra Type R 25,160 
Accord Euro R 25,330 
S2000 33,800 
S2000 type-v 35,600 
NSX type S Zero 98,570 
NSX type R 99,570 
Castrol Mugen NSX 1,250,000 
Mugen S2000 
Spoon Sports S2000 
Spoon Sports S2000 Race Car 
Spoon Sports Civic Type R 
S2000 LM Race Car 
Arta NSX 
Raybrig NSX 


Mazda 
Demio GL-X 14,660 
Miata MX-5 (1989) 16,900 
Miata MX-5 (1993) 17,000 
Miata MX-5 1.8RS 22,950 
Miata MX-5 LS 23,280 
Savanna RX-7 Infini III 32,300 
RX-7 LM Race Car 
Mazda Miata VR Limited A 
RX-7 Type RS 37,780 
RX-7 Type RZ 39,980 
RX-8 **** 
787B **** 


Mitsubishi 
FTO GP version R 21,600 
Lancer Evolution VII RS 25,180 
Lancer Evolution VI RS 25,980 
Lancer Evolution IV GSR 29,980 
Lancer Evolution VII GSR 29,980 
Lancer Evolution V GSR 32,480 
Lancer Evolution VI GSR 32,480 
Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinen Edition 32,780 
Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinen Edition (stripe) 32,780 
3000GT VR-4 Turbo 43,230 
3000GT VR-4 43,230 
Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car **** 
Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype **** 
Mine's Lancer Evolution VI 
FTO LM Race Car 


Nissan 
240SX Fastback Type X 24,980 
240SX K's Aero 23,950 
300ZX Twin Turbo 2by2 43,980 
300ZX Twin Turbo 2seater 39,900 
Calsonic Skyline JGTC 
C-West Razo Silvia JGTC 
Loctite Zexel GT-R JGTC 
Mine's Skyline GT-R N1 V-spec (R34) 
Nismo 400R 
Nismo GT-R LM Road Car **** 
Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune (R32) 
Nismo GT-R R-tune 
Pennzoil Nismo GT-R 785,000 
R390 GT1 LM Race Car **** 
R390 GT1 Road Car 
Silvia K's 1800cc 18,860 
Silvia K's 2000cc 20,360 
Silvia Spec-R Aero 25,600 
Silvia Varietta 27,980 
Skyline GT-R V spec (R33) 53,900 
Skyline GT-R V spec II (R33) 52,600 
Skyline GT-R V-spec (R34) 55,980 
Skyline GT-R Vspec II (R32) 
Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) 57,480 
Skyline GTS-t Type M (R32) 23,850 
Z Concept **** 


Subaru 
Legacy B4 RSK 26,430 
Impreza Sedan WRX STi Version VI 29,190 
Impreza WRX STi Version 
Impreza Wagon WRX STi Version VI 29,190 
Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B 29,300 
Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi 29,980 
Legacy Blitzen B4 30,000 
Impreza Sedan WRX STi 31,980 
Impreza 228 STi Version 50,000 
Impreza Rally Car 300,000 
Impreza Rally Car Prototype **** 
Impreza LM Race Car 


Suzuki 
Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited 12,220 
Escudo Pikes Peak Version 1,000,000 


Tommy Kaira ZZ-S 56,800 
ZZ II **** 


Toyota 
Chaser TOMS X540 
Vitz Euro Edition 12,880 
Sprinter Trueno GT Apex 13,550 
Vitz RS 1.5 14,530 
Celica SS-II (new) 19,700 
MR-S S Edition 19,800 
Lexus IS 20,600 
Celica SS-II 21,360 
MR2 G-Limited 23,750 
Altezza RS200 24,000 
MR2 GT-S 27,130 
Celica GT-Four 32,660 
Supra SZ-R 34,700 
Supra RZ 44,800 
Corolla Rally Car 300,000 
Castrol Tom's Supra 1,250,000 
Celica Rally Car **** 
GT-One Race Car **** 
Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex S.S. version 
Denso Sard Supra 
Celica TRD Sports M 
Super Autobacs Apex MR-S 
GT-One Road Car 
Altezza Race Car 


 
UNITED STATES
 


Acura 
Integra Type R 27,480 
3.2 CL Type S 34,230 
NSX 94,790 
NSX 99,570 
RSX Type-S **** 


Chevrolet 
Camaro Z28 22,830 
Camaro SS 29,530 
Corvette Grand Sport 40,010 
Corvette Z06 54,000 
Corvette CR5 1,000,000 
Camaro Race Car 


Chrysler 
PT Cruiser 17,980 


Dodge 
Viper GTS 78,680 
Viper GTS R Concept **** 
Viper GTS R Team ORECA 1,000,000 


Ford 
Mustang SVT Cobra R 31,150 
Escort Rally Car **** 
Focus Rally Car 350,000 
GT40 Race Car **** 
GT40 


Panoz 
Esperante GTR-1 2,000,000 


Shelby 
Cobra 500,000 


 GERMANY 


Audi 
S4 39,730 
TT 1.8 T Quattro 46,580 


>BMW 
328 ci 50,690 


Mercedes-Benz 
SLK 230 Kompressor 55,310 
CLK 55 93,110 
CL 600 133,950 
CLK Touring Car **** 


Opel 
Speedster 38,390 
Calibra Touring Car **** 
Astra Touring Car **** 


RUF 
3400 S 76,740 
RGT 160,000 
CTR2 382,000 


Volkswagen 
New Beetle 2.0 15,930 
New Beetle Rsi 70,000 
Lupo Cup Car **** 
New Beetle Cup Car **** 


 FRANCE 


Citroen 
Xsara Rally Car 350,000 


Peugeot 
206 S16 23,360 
206 Rally Car 350,000 


Renault 
Clio Sport V6 24V 43,400 
Clio Sport Race Car 300,000 


 ITALY 


Alfa Romeo 
156 2.5 V6 24V 38,910 


Fiat 
Coupe Turbo Plus 21,030 


Lancia Delta HF Integrale Rally Car 500,000 


Pagani 
Zonda C12 275,010 
Zonda S 352,440 
Zonda Race Car 


 UNITED KINGDOM 


Aston Martin 
DB7 Vantage Coupe 154,720 
Vanquish **** 
V8 Vantage 455,000 


Jaguar 
XKR Coupe 104,890 
XJ220 Road Car 780,000 
XJ200 Race Car 


Lister 
Storm V12 Race Car 1,198,000 


Lotus 
Elise 190 58,530 
Esprit V8-SE 106,000 
Esprit Sport 350 113,540 
Motor Sport Elise 100,000 


Mini 
Cooper 1.3i 


TVR 
Griffith 500 62,410 
Tuscan Speed Six 80,780 
Speed 12 **** 


 BELGIUM 


Gillet 
Vertigo Race Car 1,200,000 


 AUSTRALIA 


Tickford 
Falcon XR8 Race Car 1,500,000 


 FANTASY CARS 


F090/S 
F686/M 
F094/H 
F094/S 
F688/S 
F687/S 


PRIZE CARS

There's no doubt in our minds that the prize cars you can win in GT3 is one of the 
game's strongest aspects. You're given a after getting all gold medals in every 
single Gran Turismo Mode event, with single race and rally events providing a single 
prize car that can't be won more than once and the championship race and endurance 
races giving up one of four random cars. 

GETTING THE PRIZE CAR YOU WANT 


Save your game before the last race in a championship series that you have at LEAST 
an 11-point lead over the second place opponent. 
Start the final race and quit out of it. Since you had an 11-point lead over the 
closest opponent, you'll still win the race series and get the bonus car. 
If the prize car you're awarded is the one you want, then keep it and move on. If 
it's not the car you want, then go back and Load your save game from before the last 
race and repeat the process until you get the prize car that you were hoping for. 
MULTIPLE PRIZE CARS FROM ONE RACE 

To do this trick, you're going to need a LOT of money and two PS2 memory cards. 


Save your game on MEMORY CARD #1 before the last race in a championship series that 
you have at LEAST an 11-point lead over the car in second place. 

Start the final race and quit out of it. Since you had an 11-point lead over the 
closest opponent, you'll still win the race series and get the bonus car. 
Once you are rewarded your bonus car, save your game onto MEMORY CARD #2. 
Load your game off of MEMORY CARD #1, then once again start the final race and quit 
out of it to finish the series. If you get the same prize car as before, exit out of 
the series and load your save from MEMORY CARD #1 again. If you get a different 
prize car, then head to the next step. 
Now, you must go to the Trade section in your Home and Load Garage Data from MEMORY 
CARD #2. Buy the first prize car that you won. You'll now have both prize cars in 
your current Garage. Save this data onto MEMORY CARD #2. 
Load the save data from MEMORY CARD #1 and repeat the above process to get the third 
prize car. Buy the first two prize cars from the MEMORY CARD #2 saved game, and then 
save the Garage with all three cars onto MEMORY CARD #2 again. 
Load the saved data from MEMORY CARD #1 and quit out of the race again to get the 
prize car. Keep doing this until you get the fourth and final random prize car. Once 
you get it, simply buy the three previous cars from MEMORY CARD #2. 
TIP: You should make sure that the fourth prize car that you get is the most 
expensive of the three because it's the one you will NOT have to pay for. Buy the 
three lowest priced prize cars and just win the most expensive one. 



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 BEGINNER LEAGUE 


Sunday Cup -- Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE-86 Type I) 
Clubman Cup -- Mazda MX-5 Miata 
FF Challenge -- Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 
FR Challenge -- Nissan Silvia K's 1800cc 
MR Challenge -- Toyota MR-S S Edition 
4WD Challenge -- Suzuki Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited 
Lightweight K Cup -- Mini Cooper 1.3i 
Stars and Stripes Grand Championship -- Chevrolet Camaro SS 
Spider/Roadster Cup -- Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS 
80's Sports Car Cup -- Mazda Savanna RX7 Infini III 
NA Race of NA Sports -- Honda CRX Del Sol SiR 
Turbo Race of Turbo Sports -- Daihatsu Mira TR XX Avanzato R 
Tourist Trophy Audi TT Race -- Audi TT 1.8T Quattro 
Legend of Silver Arrow Mercedes Benz -- Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor 
Altezza Race -- Toyota Celica SS-II (New), Toyota Celica SS-II, Toyota Celica SS-II, 
Toyota Celica SS-II 
Vitz Race -- Toyota Vitz RS 1.5, Toyota Vitz RS 1.5, Toyota Vitz RS 1.5, Toyota Vitz 
RS 1.5 
Type R Meeting -- Acura RSX Type-S, Acura RSX Type-S, Acura RSX Type-S, Acura RSX 
Type-S 
Evolution Meeting -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR 
Beetle Cup -- Volkswagen New Beetle RSi, Volkswagen New Beetle RSi, Volkswagen New 
Beetle RSi, Volkswagen New Beetle RSi 
Grand Turismo World Championship -- Toyota Celica GT-Four, Mitsubishi Lancer 
Evolution VI GSR, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan Skyline GTR Vspec II (R32) 


Get all Golds -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V GSR 


 
 AMATEUR LEAGUE 


Japanese Championship -- Mazda RX-7 Type RZ, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR, 
Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R, Subaru Impreza WRX STi Version VI Wagon 
American Championship -- Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi Version VI, Chevrolet Camaro 
Race Car, Audi TT 1.8T Quattro, Mazda RX7 Type RS 
European Championship -- Lotus Elise 190, Nissan GTR V-Spec, Gillet Vertigo Race 
Car, Mini Cooper 1.3i 
Gran Turismo World Championship -- Nissan C-West Razo Silvia, Nissan Z Concept car, 
Toyota GT-One Road Car, Mazda RX8 
German Touring Car Challenge -- Volkswagen Lupo Cup Car, Volkswagen New Beetle Cup 
Car, Opel Astra Touring Car, RUF 3400S 
FF Challenge -- Celica TRD Sports M 
FR Challenge -- Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex Shigeno Version 
MR Challenge -- Honda NSX Type S Zero 
4WD Challenge -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR 
Stars & Stripes Grand Championship -- Spoon Sports S2000 Race Car 
Boxer Spirit -- Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen 
80s Sports Car Cup -- Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune 
NA Race of NA Sports -- Mazda RX8 
Turbo - Race of Turbo Sports -- Mines Lancer Evolution VI GSR 
Gran Turismo All-Stars -- Mine's GT-R-N1 V-spec, Raybrig NSX, Ford GT40, Nismo GT-R 
R-Tune 
All Japanese GT Championship -- Arta NSX, Denso Supra Race Car, Calsonic Skyline, 
Loctite Zexel GT-R 
Tourist Trophy -- Audi S4, Audi S4, Audi S4, Audi S4 
Race of Red Emblem -- Nismo 400R 
Legend of Silver Arrow -- Mercedes Benz CLK Touring Car (D2 AMG Mercedes) 
Altezza Championship Race -- Tom's X540 Chaser, Toyota Altezza LM Race Car, Toyota 
Vitz RS 1.5, Toyota Vitz RS 1.5 
Type R Meeting -- Honda NSX Type-R, Spoon Sports S2000, Mugen S2000, Honda S2000 
Evolution Meeting -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car 
Dream Car Championship -- Mitsubishi FTO LM Race Car, Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car, Honda 
S2000 LM Race Car, Subaru Impreza LM Race Car 

Get all Golds -- Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Oreca 


 
 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE 


British GT Car Cup -- Aston Martin Vanquish 
Gran Turismo World Championship -- Ford GT40 Race Car, Opel Calibra Touring Car, 
Nissan R390 GT1 Road Car, Jaguar XJ220 Race Car 
FF Challenge -- Spoon Sports Civic Type R 
FR Challenge -- Nismo GT-R LM Road Car 
MR Challenge -- Tommy Kaira ZZII 
4WD Challenge -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype 
Spider & Roadster Championship -- Shelby Cobra 
Boxer Spirit -- RUF RGT 
NA - Race of NA Sports -- Pagani Zonda C12S 
Turbo - Race of Turbo Sports -- RUF CTR 2 
Gran Turismo All Stars -- Nissan R390 GT1 LM Race Car, Dodge Viper GTS-R Concept, 
Toyota GT-One Race Car, Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi 
All Japan GT Championship -- Nismo Skyline GT-R S-tune, Castrol Mugen NSX, Toyota MR-
S Autobacs Apex, Pagani Zonda Race Car 
Italian Avant Garde -- Pagani Zonda Race Car 
Race of Red Emblem -- Calsonic Skyline 
Vitz Race -- Toyota Vitz RS 1.5, Toyota Altezza LM Race Car, Tom's Castrol Supra, 
Toyota Supra RZ 
Elise Trophy -- Lotus Elise 190, Lotus Elise 190, Lotus Elise 190, Lotus Elise 190 
Clio Trophy -- Volkswagen Beetle Cup Racer, Volkswagen Beetle Cup Racer, Volkswagen 
Beetle Cup Racer, Volkswagen Beetle Cup Racer 
TVR Tuscan Challenge -- TVR Speed 12, TVR Griffith 500, TVR Griffith 500, TVR 
Griffith 500 
Dream Car Championship -- Toyota GT-One Race Car, Panoz Esperante GTR, FTO LM Race 
Car, F090/S 
Polyphony Digital Cup -- Suzuki Escudo Pike's Peak Edition, F094/S, Toyota GT-One 
Race Car, TVR Speed 12 
Like the Wind -- Mazda 787B 
Formula GT Championship Race -- F686/M, F687/S, F688/S, F090/S 

Get all Golds -- F686/M 


 
 RALLY 


Rally Challenge -- Toyota Celica Rally Car 
Tahiti Maze -- Ford Escort Rally Car 
Smokey Mountain Rally -- Ford Focus Rally Car 
Rally of Alps -- Peugeot 206 Rally Car 
Rally Challenge II -- Toyota Corolla Rally Car 
Tahiti Maze II -- Subaru Impreza Rally Car 
Smokey Mountain II -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Rally Car 
Rally of Alps II -- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype 
Super Special Route 5 (Wet) -- Citroen Xsara Rally Car 
Super Special Stage 5 (Wet II) -- Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype 

Get all Golds -- Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Version 


 
 ENDURANCE 


Grand Valley 300 -- F090/S, Subaru Impreza LM Edition, Nissan 390 GT1 Road Car, 
Spoon Sports S2000 Race Car 
Seattle 100 Miles -- F687/S, Nismo GT-R LM Road Car, Panoz Esperante GTR-1, Tommy 
Kaira ZZ II 
Laguna Seca 200 Endurance -- Calsonic Skyline, F686/M, F687/S, Toyota Altezza LM 
Race Car 
Passage to Colosseo -- Gillet Vertigo Race Car, Lancia Delta HF integrale Rally Car, 
F688/S, Pagani Zonda Race Car 
Trial Mountain Endurance -- F094/H, Lister Storm V12 Race Car, Mine's Skyline GT-R 
N1 V-spec, Honda S2000 LM Race Car 
Special Stage Route 11 -- Toyota MR-S Autobacs Apex, Arta NSX, F687/S, Nissan C-West 
Razo Silvia 
Roadster Endurance -- F688/S, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 RS, Mazda Miata 
VR Limited A 
Tokyo Route 246 -- F094/H, Mazda RX7 LM Race Car, Nissan C-West Razo Silvia, Toyota 
GT-One Road Car 
Mistral 78 Laps -- F686/M, Mitsubishi FTO LM Race Car, Jaguar XJ220 Road Car, Pagani 
Zonda Race Car 
Super Speedway 150 Miles -- Chevrolet Corvette C5R, Tickford Falcon XR8 Race Car, 
F090/S, Clio Sport Race Car 

Get all Golds -- F094/H 


 
 LICENSE TESTS 


All Golds on B License -- Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 
All Golds on A License -- Mazda RX8 
All Golds on IB License -- Nissan Z Concept Car 
All Golds on IA License -- Aston Martin Vanquish 
All Golds on S License -- Dodge Viper GTSR Concept Car 
All Golds on Rally License -- Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype 

 MISCELLANEOUS 


50% Complete -- Chevrolet Corvette C5R 
75% Complete -- Mazda 787B 
100% Complete -- F094/S 
All Races in Gran Turismo Mode -- F688/S 
Complete Time Attack Mode -- Panoz Esperante GTR-1 


THE TRACKS

In Gran Turismo 3 A-spec you will find 19 completely different tracks, with Special 
Stage Route 5 having a wet road version bringing the total up to 20. And of these 20 
tracks, 16 offer a reversed version, thus the grand total of tracks in the game can 
be considered 36, depending on what your personal definition of a different track 
is. While you'll only encounter 34 of them in the Simulation Mode, as you can't race 
on Complex String, you have access to all 36 in the Free Run section of the Arcade 
Mode. 

This section of the strategy guide is here to provide you with a general look at the 
tracks, as well as some basic strategy to use when racing on them and more detailed 
tips on taking each track's key turns. 

Apricot Hill Raceway 
 
Total Length: 2.402 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Complex String 
 
Total Length: 6.981 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Cote d'Azur 
 
Total Length: 2.090 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: No 

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Deep Forest 
 
Total Length: 2.222 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Grand Valley Speedway 
 
Total Length: 3.121 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Laguna Seca Raceway 
 
Total Length: 2.276 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: No 

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Mid-Field Raceway 
 
Total Length: 2.235 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Rome Circuit 
 
Total Length: 2.459 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Seattle Circuit 
 
Total Length: 2.400 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Smokey Mountain 
 
Total Length: 2.223 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Dirt 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Special Stage Route 11 
 
Total Length: 2.834 miles 
Condition: Night / Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Special Stage Route 5 
 
Total Length: 2.350 miles 
Condition: Night / Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Special Stage Route 5 Wet 
 
Total Length: 2.350 miles 
Condition: Night / Wet 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Super Speedway 
 
Total Length: 1.494 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: No 

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Swiss Alps 
 
Total Length: 2.044 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Dirt 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Tahiti Circuit 
 
Total Length: 2.313 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Dirt 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Tahiti Maze 
 
Total Length: 2.209 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Dirt 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Test Course 
 
Total Length: 6.426 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: No 

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Tokyo R246 
 
Total Length: 3.182 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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Trial Mountain 
 
Total Length: 2.437 miles 
Condition: Dry 
Surface: Tarmac 
Reverse Available: Yes 

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APPENDIX

Acura
Homepage: www.acura.com 

Honda's American prestige brand has a sportier side than its rivals Lexus and 
Infiniti, with its best-known models being the Integra coupe and the semi-exotic 
NSX. GT3 has the honor of hosting both those and the new RSX, the coupe that will 
replace the Integra with the coming of the new model year. 

Standout models: The RSX is more of a curiosity than a serious racer, but the 
Integra Type R is as good as its reputation for FF races. The racing NSX models, 
such as the JGTC Raybrig NSX, are a little more difficult to drive than some of 
their competition, but their MR handling can reward practice with very fast 
cornering. 

Alfa Romeo
Homepage: www.alfaromeo.com 

Like Fiat, this name is actually an interesting acronym: Alfa stands for "Anonima 
Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili." "Romeo," however, just means "Romeo," that being the 
last name of founder Nicola Romeo. The argent, a serpent ondoyant in pale azure, 
crowned with a ducal crown or and vorant a child gules, as well as those nifty five-
circle Alfa rims, appears on only one car in GT3, the V6 version of the new 156 
coupe. This is not a car with a lot of go for its class -- it'll be handily beaten 
by the Integra or the Fiat Coupe -- but the Alfa name and styling have an undeniable 
cachet. 

Aston Martin
Homepage: www.astonmartin.com 

Aston Martin has a brilliant history as one of England's most respected luxury 
automotive manufacturers, but to be brutally frank, in GT3 terms these cars are and 
always will be slugs. Too heavy and too slow, no matter how much V8 power is stuffed 
under the hood -- you can't appreciate a beautifully-appointed interior in this 
game, after all. 

Standout models: The big surprise here is the V12 Vanquish, which is notable on 
account of you can't actually drive one in real life yet. Thus, GT3's the perfect 
chance for a test drive. 

Audi
Homepage: www.audi.com 

German automaker Audi produced some of the greatest driver's cars of the 80s -- the 
4WD Quattro served as the inspiration for the Subaru Impreza. Nowadays, it has not 
yet managed to recapture that magic, although the S4 is a pretty decent go at it, 
and the TT coupe is nothing if not a head-turner. 

Standout models: The S4 is an interesting drive, but the beastly RS4 variant would 
have been more fun (it tacks on about 100 extra horsepower). The TT inspires very 
mixed opinions, regarding both its styling and its performance, but the fact of the 
matter is that you're going to have to learn to drive one at some point for the 
Tourist Trophy races. 

BMW
Homepage: www.bmw.com 

BMW's showing in GT3 is a bit of a head-scratcher. If its reputation, as the ad 
taglines put it, is to be built around the Ultimate Driving Machine, why is it that 
all they'll let you drive in this game is the 328ci coupe, favored ride of nouveau-
riche jackasses the world over? Presumably rides like the M series and the Z8 are 
locked up in other license agreements or beyond the reach of SCE's pocketbook, but 
if so, why did they even bother shelling out for the BMW name in the first place? 

Chevrolet
Homepage: www.chevrolet.com 

Chevrolet gets no respect outside the United States, and it certainly has its foes 
in the homeland as well, but the Corvette and Camaro do represent many years of 
racing heritage, checkered though the company's reliability record may be. 
Furthermore, it looks as if the Corvette might be undergoing a bit of a 
rehabilitation as far as its international reputation -- its designers have recently 
put some admirable work into bringing its handling up to snuff. 

Standout models: The Camaro is still the red-headed stepchild of the brand, with 
plenty of cheap power but very little in the way of class or finesse. The new 
Corvette Z06, however, is a far better drive than you might expect of the model or 
Chevy as a brand. For something with as much FR power as it has, it has remarkably 
forgiving handling. The C5R racer is a bit more along the lines of what you'd 
expect, though -- it's maniacally fast in the straights, but it's a drag car in the 
corners, and it has a tendency to burn tires a bit faster than is convenient. 

Chrysler
Homepage: www.chryslercars.com 

There is no Chrysler -- now, there is only the hideous shambling conjoint-twin beast 
that is DaimlerChrysler. The company has one claim to fame as far as even vaguely 
track-suited cars are concerned, and it is included in GT3: the PT Cruiser. Which is 
actually not a bad choice for a starting-out car, since you can now afford it from 
the beginning in the American version. Silly though it may look, it's not half as 
ugly as the Sprinter Trueno (well, depending on your taste, anyway), and it can 
actually make a pretty respectable showing in the earliest races. 

Citroen
Homepage: www.citroen.com 

France's down-home automaker, known outside Europe mainly for the extremely cheap, 
extremely fragile, and extremely charming 2CV city car, is quietly becoming a force 
in the World Rally Championship these days. The new Citroen team is getting off to a 
slow start as far as its frequency of race entries, but when the new Xsara does hit 
the special stages, it generally posts some impressive times, at least when 
mechanical difficulties don't intrude. That car, which is the one Citroen entry in 
GT3, may not have the big-name credibility of the Lancer or Impreza, but it's a nice 
quirky choice for rally enthusiasts. 

Daihatsu
Homepage: www.ingway.co.jp/~daihatsu 

Why is this make here? The Gran Turismo mini-car ranks have thinned to the point 
where all that is left is the Mini Cooper, the Suzuki Alto Works, the Toyota Vitz, 
the Mazda Demio, and the Daihatsu Mira and Storia. Of the lot, only the Vitz offers 
any reason to race it. So why Daihatsu, when its only contributions are a dying 
class, and the modeling time could have been spent on an actually cool K-car? That 
these are here and the Honda Beat is not is frankly criminal... 

Dodge
Homepage: www.4adodge.com 

Chrysler's more successful brand is here for one reason and one reason only: the 
Viper, beloved of GT fans throughout the life of the series. GT3 gives you all the 
Viper you can handle, with the current GTS, the 2003 GTS-R concept, and the Team 
Oreca racer. The concept Viper is a bit of a surprise, with unusually good handling 
containing its brute power -- good luck finding it, though. 

Fiat
Homepage: www.fiat.com 

It stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino -- betcha can't say that three 
times fast. Like the rest of the venerable Italian brands in GT3, it fields only one 
entry, the sporty Coupe Turbo Plus. This is definitely not a car to count out in its 
class, though, since its stock 223ps will beat the Integra Type R. 

Ford
Homepage: www.ford.com 

Is it First On Race Day, or Fails On Race Day? To toss in a third option, my late 
grandfather's preferred interpretation was Fix Or Repair Daily. But anyway, enough 
with the cheap shots. Though Americans generally associate FoMoCo only with NASCAR 
competition (that being the only breed of racing this country seems to know exists), 
it actually has a history of success across the whole spectrum of motor racing, and 
GT3 represents this very well. 

Standout models: Ignore the SVT "Cobra" R -- it's fast, but wretchedly tail-happy. 
The Escort and Focus are both durable rally competitors, the Escort having been a 
WRC presence for decades now, and the GT40 can still hang in the class it dominated 
30 years ago. Produced by Lee Iacocca's marketing schemes and Carroll Shelby's race 
know-how, the GT40 was the crowning achievement of Ford's racing efforts in the 60s -
- it finished 1-2-3 at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring in 1966, and continued to be a 
force in competition for the rest of the decade. 

Gillet
Homepage: www.gilletvertigo.com 

There's only one, the ridiculously powerful and bizarrely styled Vertigo race car. 
Probably the fastest thing to ever come out of Belgium (and don't ask "Why Belgium?" 
because we don't know). Where this car shines is acceleration, the stock version's 
3.2 second 0-60 time being a world record. It will be beaten on the straights by 
more highly-tuned racers, but the funky lines make this a great individualist's car. 

Honda
Homepage: www.honda.com 

GT3 is the first game in the series to divide up Honda and Acura in both the 
Japanese and American versions. Strangely enough, though, some models appear both 
places -- you'll still find the NSX under Honda. Whatever...in any event, the choice 
of rice-boys everywhere is as solid a make as it has been in Gran Turismos past, 
running the gamut from sporty coupes to all-out JGTC power. 

Standout models: Under the Honda badge, there are two cars to pay attention to -- 
the Civic Type R and the S2000. The Civic, of course, is the ride every import tuner 
wishes he could drive. Pity it's not available in the states. The S2000, meanwhile, 
is terribly fun to drive, especially given the accompaniment of its 9000 rpm at 
peak, and while the stock model's handling pales in comparison to a few, see if you 
can't find the GT-livery racing S2000. It's one of the most entertaining race models 
in the game. 

Jaguar
Homepage: www.jaguarcars.com 

Gran Turismo offers a unique opportunity to the Jaguar enthusiast. You can drive one 
of England's most beloved luxury cars while resting secure in the knowledge that the 
electrical system will not go tits-up on you at any given moment. 

Lancia
Homepage: www.lancia.com 

Lancia has been making automobiles in Italy for nearly a hundred years, and has been 
a competitor in rally events for more than half that time. Today, its competitor is 
the Delta HF Integrale, which is the one representative of the brand in GT3. It is 
not cheap, nor does it have the smooth lines of most of the other WRC cars, and it 
certainly doesn't have the Lancia Stratos' exotic appeal, but is a surprisingly 
strong competitor on the dirt tracks. 

Lister
Homepage: www.listercars.co.uk 

Lister is a racing company first and foremost, having run cars with a variety of 
power and other sponsors for decades now. Appropriately, it's a racer that takes 
point for the marque in GT3, the street-legal Storm V12 having been left behind in 
GT2. To be precise, the Lister Storm featured in the game is the green and yellow 
GT2 version, which has met considerable success in GT racing worldwide. 

Lotus
Homepage: www.lotuscars.co.uk 

Colin Chapman's garage tuning company eventually became one of the world's most 
respected sports brands and the winningest Formula 1 team in history (although 
either Ferrari or McLaren should eclipse the record in a few seasons). Lotus fell on 
hard times after Chapman's death, but the development of the Elise in the mid-90s 
heralded a renaissance for the company and the concept of the hardcore sports car. 

Standout models: The Elise is available in both Sport 190 and Motorsport editions, 
but the Motorsport version is the one you want to drive unless you absolutely can't 
stand the extra styling gimmicks. It's upgraded with better suspension and 
aerodynamics, and you can tune it to a higher level of performance. A fully-tuned 
Motorsport Elise is what you need for the Elise Trophy, and it's not a bad entry in 
the MR championships. All around, this is one of the sharpest driver's cars in the 
game and the real world, a supremely nimble sports car that makes up in finesse what 
it lacks in power. Meanwhile, the Esprit Sport 350 model is one of the biggest 
sleepers in the game. In GT2, you couldn't tune it into a serious competitor, but 
now an aftermarket turbo will kick it up over 1000ps. The result is a car with 
ridiculous performance and some of the quickest handling in the MR supercar ranks. 

Mazda
Homepage: www.mazda.com 

Mazda is currently trying to pull itself out of a bit of a sink, with the gradual 
degradation of its brand image leaving it somewhat adrift in the market these days. 
The Miata/Roadster is of course a big hit worldwide, but the RX-7 is well behind the 
pack among sporting enthusiasts. Thus, the impending arrival of cars like the RX-8 
and the Mazda Performance Series (a pair of sporting concepts based on the 323 and 
626, likely due out in time to appear in the next GT game). 

Standout models: The RX-8 is of course the fun model to test drive, and the 
structure of the prize-car system early on will probably put you behind the wheel of 
a Miata once or twice, but for a real competitive edge, you need to look to the race-
car ranks. The 787B won at Le Mans for good reason. It may very well be the best car 
in its class in GT3, with better acceleration and cornering than other high-powered 
prototypes like the Nissan R390 and the Toyota GT-One. A great choice for the upper 
echelon of races. 

Mercedes
Homepage: www.mercedes-benz.com 

Neither of the big German marques has a very impressive showing in GT3, but the 
Silver Arrow fares better than the blue propellor. The SLK230 is a fun little 
roadster, the CL600 is entertaining in a thuggish sort of way, and the CLK DTM racer 
is as sturdy a competitor as the other fast touring cars. Slide a copy of "Seminar" 
into the CD changer and enjoy the waft. 

Mine's
Homepage: www.mines-wave.com 

Mine's is a Japanese aftermarket tuning company that takes stock sportscars and 
turns them into absurdly powerful turbocharged monsters. Two of its models appear in 
GT3, a Lancer Evo and a Nissan Skyline. Both of these are to be respected more for 
their looks than their performance, though, since you can take a stock version of 
either car and tune it into something much more powerful than the Mine's editions. 
Drive them for fun, but not necessarily to win. 

Mini
Homepage: www.mini.com 

The Mini is dead, long live the Mini. The above web link does not actually go to a 
site dedicated to the classic Mini, but to the home of BMW's forthcoming new Mini. 
The original Mini, designed by Alec Issigonis and produced by Rover for round about 
40 years, has finally gone out of production, BMW having taken the brand name as the 
one souvenir of its brief association with Rover. GT3, then, in an odd sort of way, 
stands as one monument among many to a classic automotive design. Yes, it won't win 
you many races, even in the comparatively sporty Mini Cooper trim, but it's one of 
the most darling cars ever made. 

Mitsubishi
Homepage: www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry is one of the world's largest manufacturing combines, with 
its three-diamond logo appearing on everything from cars to computer parts. In auto 
racing, it's best known for the mighty Lancer Evo, which is currently a dominating 
force in the World Rally Championship in the hands of driver Tommi Makinen. The Evo, 
currently on its seventh iteration (IV through VII appear in GT3), is respected 
worldwide as a true 4WD supercar -- well, "worldwide" in that case refers 
to "everywhere but the US," since you can't buy one over here. 

Standout models: There's the Evo, and then there's everything else. GT3 producer 
Kazunori Yamauchi drives one, so why shouldn't you? The FTO is a decent FF sports 
car, but the Integra Type R is probably a better choice there, and while the 3000GT 
has characteristics similar to the mighty Nissan Skyline, it's heavier and less 
responsive. Take advantage of the chance to test-drive the brand-new Evo VII 
instead. 

Nissan
Homepage: www.nissan.co.jp 

The link given is to the Japanese Nissan page, because it's Japan that gets all of 
the Nissan models worth driving. The Z is beloved, but well past its prime, and the 
SX is a pale imitation of the beast to which it's meant to represent the 
alternative. As we all know, there's only one Nissan worth driving. 

Standout models: The Skyline, described by CAR magazine as "the car every 
PlayStation addict wants in real life." It is available in many trim lines and no 
less than three racing versions in GT3, and they are all brilliantly powerful cars 
to drive. The Skyline's presence is so strong that it nearly eclipses the R390 Le 
Mans winner, which is a strong competitor against the likes of the Mazda 787B and 
the Toyota GT-One. 

Opel
Homepage: www.opel.com 

To explain, Opel is the Continental arm of General Motors, just as Vauxhall is its 
British extension. Its catalog differs substantially from the one you'd see at a GM 
dealership in the states, though, and in the opinion of most Europeans it differs 
substantially for the better. 

Standout models: The Opel touring cars have the same rough-and-ready speed and 
handling as most of the other cars in their class, but the real sleeper in these 
ranks is the Opel Speedster, the European version of the new Vauxhall VX220 (if you 
look VERY closely at the jumble of logos in the Japanese intro movie, the VX220 
badge is there, though it never appears in the actual game). It's designed somewhat 
like the Lotus Elise, and happens to be built in Lotus' factory, but it's got more 
power and arguably more friendly handling. Definitely a car to try out, especially 
for MR races. 

Pagani
Homepage: www.modena-design.it/pagani.htm 

Pagani was founded by an ex-Lamborghini designer, Horacio Pagani, who sought to 
build his own mid-engined supercar with Mercedes power in memory of legendary race 
driver Juan Miguel Fangio. The result is pretty special: 500 horsepower from a 
Mercedes/AMG V12 and a 0-60 time scraping the 4-second mark. 

Standout models: Both the C12 and C12 S versions of the Zonda don't differ 
significantly -- the S variant just has a bit more horsepower. The Zonda worth 
driving is the gorgeous racing edition, which handles better, offers more tuning 
options, and has a cute little Michelin Man decal on the right rear quarter. 

Panoz
Homepage: www.panozauto.com 

"Panoz" sounds a trifle Italian, but founder Daniel Panoz was born in Ireland and 
set up his car company in Atlanta. The company's first model, the Roadster, was a 
lightweight sports car cast from a Lotus 7 sort of mold. It's since become better 
known for more practical cars like the Esperante Roadster, as well as unusual 
success (for a small American company) in GT racing. 

Standout models: Panoz enters only one car, the Esperante GTR-1. This Batmobile 
lookalike is one of the more successful American-made GT cars in recent years, and 
particularly notable because it's one of the only cars in its class to use a front-
mounted engine. It sits rather back in the pack compared to some of the Japanese 
prototype cars, but it's one of those cars that endears with its distinctive 
appearance and performance. 

Peugeot
Homepage: www.peugeot.com 

Peugeot got its start in steam-powered cars in the late 19th century. It has, of 
course, come a long way since then, forming a powerful alliance with Citroen to 
become the PSA Group. It's also become a World Rally Championship competitor of 
late -- as Citroen is now with its dark-horse Xsara, so Peugeot was just a season or 
so back with its 206 rally car. It's smaller than the Evo or Impreza, handling more 
like Toyota's Corolla racer, making it extremely nimble when sliding around the 
turns. Definitely high on the list for rally racers. 

Renault
Homepage: www.renault.com 

Renault is a name normally associated with staid, Christian Democratic French 
transport, but in fact the company is a quietly powerful racing force. Renault 
engines have won the majority of Formula One championships in the last ten years or 
so, and the company is ready to field its own full-fledged F1 team next season. GT3 
shows off the company's racing chops remarkably well: the sporting versions of the 
Clio hatchback are supremely fast despite their small size. The V6 Clio is the king 
of the hot hatch ranks, and the race-tuned Clio is one of the best racers in the 
game, pound for pound. 

RUF
Homepage: http://www.ruf-automobile.de 

Alois Ruf Sr. founded his company as a service garage in 1939, and over the next 
couple of decades made some small fame modifying Volkswagen Beetles and other cars 
for superior efficiency. Alois Ruf Jr. succeeded his father in the mid-70s, and took 
the same basic idea in a rather different direction, eventually setting a world 
speed record for a street-legal car with the original RUF CTR Yellow Bird. RUF 
creates Porsche-derived supercars of mind-boggling performance, all of which are 
excellent entries on the GT3 track. 

Standout models: All of the RUFs go like hell and handle surprisingly well for that, 
although things will still get a little squirrely if you tune them to their four-
figure horsepower maximums. The most distinctive of the lot is the Boxster-derived 
3400S, which is a very neat-handling MR car, but for raw power nothing beats the CTR 
2 -- its 4WD drivetrain makes it more friendly (relatively speaking) than the RWD 
RGT. 

Shelby
Homepage: www.shelbyamerican.com 

Carroll Shelby started out life as a chicken farmer, a rather humble beginning for a 
man who would eventually co-drive a Le Mans winner, design a world-champion GT car, 
and become one of the few people in history who could get away with 
saying "Ferrari's ass is mine!" He's since settled down to working on the occasional 
aftermarket-modified car, contributing to the development of the Dodge Viper, and 
marketing the limited-run Shelby Series 1 sports car. 

Standout models: With the legendary GT350 out of the game, all that is left is the 
original AC/Ford hybrid Shelby Cobra. Its short wheelbase compensates somewhat for 
the massive amount of power heading for its rear wheels, but this is still a tough 
car to control, especially when highly tuned. The nostalgic should enjoy driving it 
to success in FR or NA championships. 

Spoon
Homepage: spoonsports.co.jp 

Spoon Sports falls into the same category as Mine's, an aftermarket parts outfit 
that occasionally turns out a sporting version of a popular road car. Their efforts 
are concentrated on modified Hondas, all marked by the company's trademark carbon-
fiber bonnet. 

Standout models: The question is, do you drive a stock Civic or Integra Type R, or 
do you go for the Spoon model and suffer the iniquitously ugly rims and hood for the 
sake of the slightly improved handling and extra 20-odd horsepower? Particularly 
considering you can tune that lovely Integra to well beyond the Spoon's limits? And 
we won't even speak of the Spoon S2000... 

Subaru
Homepage: www.subaru.com 

In ten years of the 90s, Subaru evolved from a second-line Japanese specialty 
manufacturer to the producer of some of the world's finest practical fast cars. 
Patterned after the famous Audi Quattro of the late 80s, the turbocharged Impreza 
won the hearts of motoring enthusiasts and more than one World Rally Championship, 
with the aid of racing company Prodrive and driver Colin McRae (heard of him, have 
you?). This year, Subaru's made the first attempt to change the familiar, if 
slightly dull styling of the Impreza, and GT3 gives you the chance to drive the new 
and old versions in both STi-tuned street trim and WRC blue and gold. 

Standout models: Well, it is naturally all about the Impreza. The Legacy models are 
fun in a Stage-4-turbo-station-wagon sort of way, but it's the shorter sedan that 
properly gets down to business. The new version of the Impreza has very similar 
power to the old one, but its driving dynamics have improved as advertised. Try both 
to see what you think, and be sure to come up with some kind of smart remark about 
the new headlights -- everyone else in the world has. 

Suzuki
Homepage: www.suzukiauto.com 

Gran Turismo presents a very unfamiliar view of Suzuki. In the mass culture of the 
United States, the company is still remembered for the brief Samurai fad, and its 
accompanying rollover scandals, hideous breaches of taste in customizing, et cetera. 
In GT, it fields one of the weakest cars in the game (the Alto Works K-car), and the 
unquestionably fastest, the ridiculous Escudo hillclimb car. 

Standout models: When you absolutely don't want to actually have to drive a race, 
you pick the Escudo. It can now take a Stage 4 turbo to boot it up near something 
like 1800 horsepower, which is more than enough to let you ride the walls all the 
way through the Super Speedway endurance race. It has no style, no elan, no respect 
whatsoever, but it certainly gets the job done. 

Tickford
Homepage: http://www.fordtickfordracing.com 

Tickford is an Australian firm that began life in the early 18th century, building 
horse-drawn coaches. It's now an Australian division of Ford, although it produces 
cars unique to itself, particularly the V8 Falcon. It's the Falcon that represents 
the company in GT3, in the race-tuned form that competes in the Australian touring-
car series. The Falcon XR8 is a surprisingly powerful competitor, and a much better 
handler than the superficially similar Corvette CR5. 620bhp is nothing to sneeze at, 
and it's extremely stable in the turns. 

Tommykaira
Homepage: www.tommykaira.com 

Properly speaking it should be "Tommy Kaira," but we'll respect his desire for 
quirkiness. Tommy kaira is a small Japanese manufacturer of limited-run sportscars 
with Toyota power. They're built rather on the Lotus Elise model, emphasizing light 
weight over brawny engines. 

Standout models: The ZZ-S is a fun sports car, but the real thrills can be found 
behind the wheel of the ZZ-II, which is a brute for all its tiny coupe size. 550ps 
and 4WD make for a car that can hang with the RUFs while delivering Lotus-like 
handling. 

Toyota
Homepage: www.toyota.com 

Of the Japanese big six, Toyota is at the forefront, it and Honda being the only 
major Japanese automakers who haven't had to seek an alliance with foreign firms to 
survive the turbulent auto industry of the last several years. It's arguable that it 
fields the largest variety of models in GT3, from hatches all the way up to Le Mans 
prototypes. Regardless of what sort of car you want to race, there is probably a 
Toyota for you. 

Standout models: Plenty. Your first car will probably be a Toyota, actually -- the 
Sprinter Trueno, ugly bastard though it may be, is cheap enough to buy right off and 
it'll easily burn the Sunday Cup competition. Beyond that, what to choose...The Vitz 
you'll have to race at some point, since there's a Vitz-specific race series. Pity, 
because it's pretty rotten as hatches go. In the racing ranks, many of Toyota's 
entries stand a slight second-best. The GT-One will be beaten by the 787B, and the 
Tom's Supra GT is a difficult drive in comparison to other JGTC rides. The Celica 
rally car is a definite sleeper, though, as is the street GT-Four. You can tune a 
Celica up to Lancer or Impreza levels of power, and its 4WD handling is dynamite. 

TVR
Homepage: www.tvr-eng.co.uk 

Trevor Wilkinson got started in car design with a modified Alvis Firebird in the 
late 40s, but the company that bears his name (TreVoR, get it?) was soon something 
much bigger. Since the 50s, TVR has stubbornly plowed its own route, selling some of 
the most inexpensive power on four wheels that can be had anywhere in the world. The 
average modern TVR will match or beat a Ferrari for about a third of the price. The 
flip side is that a TVR places the vast majority of the responsibility for 
controlling that power in the driver's hands -- no traction control, stability 
management, or even anti-lock brakes have ever found their way into a production 
TVR. 

Standout models: There really isn't one. TVRs are all variations on the same theme --
 light weight, huge engine, minimal assistance, hold on tight. The Speed 12 is 
driven by the same philosophy as the Griffith, it just takes the idea a little bit 
further. That said, the Speed 12 is essentially a novelty, not something you can 
drive very effectively off the test track. The Griffith is the best of the TVRs for 
actual driving, but you'll naturally need to master the Tuscan for its model-
specific race series. 

Volkswagen
Homepage: www.vw.com 

Ferdinand Porsche's "people's car," a term which came to define the entire 
manufacturer that produced it, is of course the centerpiece of VW's showing in GT3. 
It comes in three flavors: stock, RSi, and "cup car," the latter being a race-tuned 
version for Beetle-specific race series. The one that puts the most power to the 
ground is the turbo V6 RSi, though, which is downright mad for a Beetle, 
particularly considering that you can tune it up to ridiculous heights of power. 
It's arguable, though, that VW's most charming entry isn't a Beetle at all -- the 
Euro-only Lupo cup car has some of the cutest styling in the world today. 

 

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