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                                         Test Drive Le Mans™
                                                {FAQ}
                                         Platform: Dreamcast™
                                            Version: Final
                                       Brett "Nemesis" Franklin
                                     E-Mail: nemesis@flipmode.com
                               My website: http://nemmysresource.cjb.net
    
    
    
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                   01. Introduction                   05. Race / Prize Guide
    
                   02. Legal Stuff                    06. Basic Strategies
    
                   03. Updates / Revision History
    
    
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    01. Introduction
    
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    As I'm sure you've read in most magazines and/or online reviews (or not),
    Test Drive Le Mans for the Dreamcast is the very definition of a sleeper
    hit. I mean, I never had heard of this game until I received the game for
    Christmas, and when I played it, it blew my mind. It has one of the best
    racing engines this side of Gran Turismo, the best graphics for a racer
    (save for possibly F355, but then again, F355 only has 1 racing view...)
    on the Dreamcast, and the game is very realistic. It comes packed with tons
    of real licensed cars, real tracks, as well as car physics that are
    actually REALISTIC! There are no spin-outs every 3 seconds like in Gran
    Turismo 1 and 2 (yes, there are some spin-outs in Le Mans, but you shouldn't
    spin-out if you know how to handle the turns and cicanes). I could go on
    all day about Test Drive Le Mans, but I'd be wasting your time (hell, you're
    only reading this because you are bored, or you just want the FAQ to help
    yourself ^_^). It's the best racer on the DC, and my favorite sim racer
    other than Gran Turismo 2. That, and it's only $30, new. Go buy it. Along
    with Metropolis Street Racer for the Dreamcast. :P
    
    
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    02. Legal Stuff
    
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    04. Race / Prize Guide
    
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    ===============================================================================
    = ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: QUICK RACE :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
    ===============================================================================
    
                                  Donington National:
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                                   Suzuka West Track
                                      Brno Track
                                           
                                           
                                  Catalunya National:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                              Donington Grand Prix Track
                                           
                                           
                                     Suzuka East:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                              Catalunya Grand Prix Track
                                           
                                           
                                       Le Mans:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                                     Bugatti Track
    
    
                      Brno, Donington GP, Bugatti, Catalunya GP:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                                Suzuka Grand Prix Track
    
    
                                  Suzuka Grand Prix:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                                Jaguar XJR9 LM (Jaguar)
    
    
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    = :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: CHAMPIONSHIP ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
    ===============================================================================
    **NOTE: The Pole Position Times in each of the Championship races are based
            on the Amatuer Difficulty level. They may differ if you are playing
            on Intermediate or Expert.
    
    In the Championship Mode of Test Drive Le Mans, you race in a series of
    races, and for each race, depending on what position you were in at the end
    of the race, you receive points. Here is what each position will nab you in
    terms of point-value:
    
    Place         Points
    ---------------------
    1st           10
    2nd           06
    3rd           04
    4th           03
    5th           02
    6th           01
    7th           00
    8th           00
    9th           00
    10th          00
    11th          00
    12th          00
    
    At the end of the series of races, the racer with the most points total, wins
    that series of races, and will win the 2 cars.
    
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     _____________________________/                   \____________________________
    {                                   Rookie GT                                  }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Suzuka East            0:46.227               05
    Donington National     1:08.417               05
    Catalunya National     1:07.937               05
    
    Recommended Car(s) to Use:
    ==========================================================
    Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
    GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    Chrysler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
    Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
    
    
                                   ___________________
     _____________________________/                   \____________________________
    {                                    Pro GT                                    }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Suzuki West            1:09.512               05
    Bugatti                1:47.438               05
    Brno                   2:02.908               05
    
    Recommended Car(s) to Use:
    ==========================================================
    Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
    GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
    Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
    
    
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     _____________________________/                   \____________________________
    {                                   GT Enduro                                  }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Donington National     1:07.526               10
    Catalunya National     1:09.257               10
    
    Recommended Car to Use:
    ==========================================================
    Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsport)
    BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    
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     _____________________________/                   \____________________________
    {                                 Open Prototype                               }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Brno                   1:50.998               10
    Catalunya Grand Prix   1:38.051               10
    Suzuka Grand Prix      1:52.124               10
    
    Recommended Car to Use:
    ==========================================================
    BMW V 12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    Toyota GT 1 (Toyota Motorsports) <---- Only eligable in LeMans race
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
    
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    {                                Closed Prototype                              }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Bugatti                1:39.060               10
    Donington Grand Prix   1:24.605               10
    Brno                   1:51.332               10
    
    Recommended Car to Use:
    ==========================================================
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    LMGTP (GTC Competition)
    BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    
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     _____________________________/                   \____________________________
    {                                Prototype Enduro                              }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Catalunya Grand Prix   1:36.976               15
    Brno                   1:50.529               15
    Suzuka Grand Prix      1:53.560               15
    
    Recommended Car(s) to Use:
    ==========================================================
    BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
    Cars you Win:
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    Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsports)
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
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    {                                 Super Enduro                                 }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Suzuka Grand Prix      1:54.881               10
    Brno                   1:51.667               10
    Bugatti                1:40.729               10
    Donington Grand Prix   1:24.192               10
    Catalunya Grand Prix   1:38.739               10
    
    Recommended Car(s) to Use:
    ==========================================================
    BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    LMP (Pilot Racing)
    Audi R8C (Audi Sport UK)
    
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    {                                Winter Challenge                              }
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    Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
    ==========================================================
    Catalunya Grand Prix   1:39.337               15
    Bugatti                1:39.790               15
    Donington Grand Prix   1:24.495               15
    
    Recommended Car(s) to Use:
    ==========================================================
    BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
    Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
    
    Cars you Win:
    ==========================================================
    Panoz Esperante GTR (Panoz Motorsports)
    Audi R8R (Team Joest)
    
    
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    = ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: LE MANS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
    ===============================================================================
         
         Recommended Cars (in order of quality) to use for all Le Mans races:
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          01. Toyota GT1 (Toyota Motorsports)
          02. BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
          03. Jaguar XJR9 LM (Jaguar)
          04. Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
          05. Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsports)
          06. LMGTP (GTC Competition)
          07. Audi R8C (Audi Sport UK)
          08. LMP (JMB Competition)
          09. LMP (Joest Racing)
          10. Panoz Esperante GTR (Panoz Motorsports)
          11. LMP (Kremer Racing)
          12. Lister Storm GTL (Newcastle Lister Storm)
          14. Riley & Scott MKIII S2 (Riley & Scott Europe)
          15. Crysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
          16. Crysler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
          17. GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)
          18. GT2 (Roock Racing)
          19. GT2 (Team Agusta Racing)
    
                                      10 Minutes:
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                                 Le Mans 24 Hours Cup
                                     View Credits
    
                                           
                                      30 Minutes:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                                 Le Mans 24 Hours Cup
                                     View Credits
    
    
                                        1 Hour:
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                                      Peugeot 905
                                           
                                           
                                       6 Hours:
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                                    Elf Courage C52
                                       Sauber C9
    
    
                                       24 Hours:
                   ------------------------------------------------
                            Toyota GT1 (Toyota Motorsports)
                                      Lancia LC2
    
    
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    = ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: TIME TRIAL :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
    ===============================================================================
    
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    {                               Donington National                              }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
    =============================================
    1:01.000         0:58.000       1.926 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    GT2 (Rook Racing)
    
    
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    {                               Catalunya National                              }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:00.000         0:58.000       1.901 MI
    
    Car you win:
    =============================================
    GT2 (Larbre Competition)
    
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    {                                    Le Mans                                    }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    3:37.000         3:30.000       8.454 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    Mercedes CLK-LM
    
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    0:43.000         0:40.000       1.491 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    Audi R8R (Team Joest)
    
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    {                              Catalunya Grand Prix                             }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:34.000         1:31.000       2.920 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    Nissan R 390
    
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    {                                  Suzuka West                                  }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:02.000         0:59.000       1.988 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)
    
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    {                              Donington Grand Prix                             }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:21.000         1:18.000       2.500 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    Mantara LM (Team Marcos)
    
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    {                                    Bugatti                                    }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:35.000         1.32.000       2.756 MI
    
    Car you win:
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    Elf Courage C36
    
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    {                                     Brno                                      }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:46.000         1:43.000       3.357 MI
    
    Car you win:
    =============================================
    Toyota GT1
    
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    {                               Suzuka Grand Prix                               }
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    Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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    1:49.000         1:45.000       3.604 MI
    
    Car you win:
    =============================================
    Nissan R391
    
    
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    • Power slide as much as you can on most turns in the game. To power slide,
      slow down a bit before the turn or chicane with the footbrake, then as
      you turn, hit the handbrake to make your car swing around the bend (make
      your car go into the proper direction first), then hit one of your brakes
      (handbrake is easier to use) while you are facing the direction you wish
      to be in (straight), and continue driving as normal.
    
    • Whenever you are steering into a turn, and smoke begins to come from your
      tires, this is a sure-sign that your car is about to spin-out if a
      counter-steer isn't used soon. To counter this eventual spin-out, simply
      lay off the gas a bit, and counter-steer (steer into the opposite direction)
      to regain your grip on the road, and to avoid the spin-out easily.
    
    • Sometimes (or a lot of the time), you can't power-slide in Test Drive Le
      Mans, since the racing engine isn't designed for it like Gran Turismo 2
      or Ridge Racer. The cars in Test Drive Le Mans stick to the road much
      better than other racing games, so power-sliding isn't necessary most
      of the time.
    
    • You don't have to power slide around each turn. Some turns are too tight
      to try to manuever around, so just brake very hard with the footbrake
      to come to an almost complete stop, then turn your car into the desired
      direction, and hit the gas to get moving again.
    
    • Don't be too hard on the controls, since they are sort of touchy. The
      cars handle arcade-like, so you won't be spinning out after each turn,
      unless you really turn sharply or hit a wall at great speeds.
    
    • Try not to hit the other car in a race, since you will bounce off of
      him/her, and slow yourself down, and possibly spin-out.
    
    • Try to avoid all walls and barriers. Walls and barriers can slow your
      car down drastically, and they can also cause your car to have an un-
      necessary spin-out, which you don't want.
    
    • To recover from a spin-out quickly, simply let off the gas while you are
      spinning or moving, then steer with the spin until you slow down. Once
      you have done this, simply countersteer (steer into the direction you
      are spinning), then you will have regained control of your vehicle.
    
    • Try not to power-slide TOO much in the game. Why? Because the physics
      engine of Test Drive Le Mans is very realistic, and if you try to power-
      slide around a sharp turn at high speeds, your car will skid or spin-out.
    
    • Don't take sharp turns at very high speeds (this is especially bad with
      very, VERY fast cars). Doing this may cause your car to stop or slide, 
      and will slow you down big-time.
    
    
    
    
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