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                                 CSR Racing
                             For iPhone / iPad
                    Guide by Michael Funaro (Lordmagnet)
                        Guide Version 1.03 (12-19-12)
                            (1st Ver.: 7-02-12)

Game Information

Developed by Boss Alien LTD


Published by NaturalMotion Games


Released: June 28th, 2012


Current Game Version (as of this guide version): 1.2.0


Game Overview

The game is separated into 5 levels known as tiers. To progress to the next tier you must participate in Crew Battles and eventually defeat the Crew Leader.


To be able to beat the crew members you will need to modify your vehicle. Regulation Races are a great place to grind out some cash.


When you reach a new tier, you will need to buy a new vehicle of that tier type (see the Vehicle list for details).


Races come in 2 distances:


1/4 mile race: These are the most common type, and also the more difficult in my opinion. These races require better timing on the players part, with good starts and good shifting. Grip and Gearbox stats are important here.

1/2 mile race: These endurance races depend a bit more on the vehicle stats. Power and weight are important here.

Races come in 4 difficulties:


Easy (1 bar filled out of the 4):

Don't fear these. Your vehicle is superior in every way to your opponents, and even with racing slip ups on your part you should win (Don't fall asleep at the wheel though, it's not impossible to lose).

Challenging (2 bars filled out of the 4):

Your vehicle rating is very similar to the opponents. Sloppy driving skills will see you lose this race, but perfect (or good) launches and shifting will grab you the win.

Hard (3 bars filled out of the 4):

Your opponent has a superior vehicle rating to you, and you need more modifications to your vehicle. These races might be possible to win with perfect driving, a mechanic tune up, and lots of luck.

Extreme (4 bars filled out of the 4):

Don't even attempt it. You need a serious vehicle upgrade.

Race Overview

Each race requires 3 interactions from the player: The vehicle launch, shifting gears, and using the nitrous boost.


Vehicle Launch:


The race will not start until you are pushing on the accelerator.

For a 'Perfect Start' you will need to rev the vehicle at the rpm where the green shift lift is flashing by the time the race starts. This shift light can be found between the tachometer and the gear indicator.

Tip: The accelerator doesn't need to be pressed down when the race starts, all that matters is the rpm the vehicle is currently revved to. If you have a problem with launches, try to over-rev the engine and let the rev fall down to the green shift light position when the countdown is over.

Shifting Gears:


For a 'Perfect Shift' you need to hit the upshift paddle (the right paddle) when the green shift light is flashing. Below the shift light you will see 3 blue lights build up (bottom to top) before the green shift light activates, like it is saying "1...2...3...shift now". Above the tachometer you will also see the words 'GET READY' and 'SHIFT NOW'.

Nitrous Boost:


Nitrous will give you a serious boost of speed during races. The nitrous button can be found on the left side of the race view. It is a red circular button with N2O written on it.

Tip: The best time to boost is after your wheelspins. Thus, I prefer to use it after shifting into 3rd gear, since you wheelspin on launch and usually after shifting into 2nd. Nitrous boosting during wheelspin will only extend the spin longer.

After Race Screen:


Not only do you race faster with Perfect and Good shifts/starts, but you also earn bonus cash.

Notes
  • Vehicles cannot be purchased with Cash currency until you have unlocked their corresponding tier (i.e. a T4 car until you are on level Tier 4).
  • These stats are initial values upon purchase.

N/A = Not Available. Vehicle cannot be purchased in this currency.


? = Currently unknown.

Audi

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
A1T1$24,500N/AFWD(Initial)16518228443546400
(Max)34825727183838159
TT RST2N/A35 GAWD(Initial)34134032005346400
(Max)?????
R8 V10 FSIT4$235,20071 GAWD(Initial)50652037159250380
(Max)?????
R8 LMS ultraT5$460,990100 GRWD(Initial)60150029108505350
(Max)?????
R8 LMS ultra CSRT5N/A1,000 GRWD(Initial)62455028759205325
(Max)?????

BMW

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
125i CoupeT1N/A21 GRWD(Initial)21321833184167450
(Max)34627732144313200
Z4 sDrive35iT2$56,22529 GRWD(Initial)30730235205850510
(Max)?????
1M CoupeT2$61,87529 GRWD(Initial)30935032965250505
(Max)44546231125867255
M3 CoupeT3$112,00050 GRWD(Initial)40841437046748420
(Max)?????
Z4 GT3T5$456,200100 GRWD(Initial)60251526247232400
(Max)?????

Chevrolet

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Camaro SST2$67,50029 GRWD(Initial)31442640406243495
(Max)?????
Camaro ZL1T3$120,40050 GRWD(Initial)41555042007248475
(Max)?????
Corvette C6T3$140,00050 GRWD(Initial)41743032085500465
(Max)?????
Corvette ZR1T4$255,78071 GRWD(Initial)50163835307299390
(Max)?????

Ford

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Focus STT1$25,000N/AFWD(Initial)16722233064000480
(Max)34230930864333230
Focus RST2$50,65029 GFWD(Initial)30130132344673500
(Max)?????
Mustang GTT2$64,68029 GRWD(Initial)30341236656164490
(Max)?????
Mustang Boss 302T3$126,00050 GRWD(Initial)41544433066267430
(Max)?????
Mustang Boss LST3N/A58 GRWD(Initial)43644432916282410
(Max)?????
GTT4$246,96071 GRWD(Initial)50155034857500400
(Max)?????
Mustang Cobra JetT5$470,400100 GRWD(Initial)602618320010000400
(Max)7011084284411393150

Mini

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Mini Cooper ST1$23,000N/AFWD(Initial)16118126793174510
(Max)34824525333533260
John Cooper WorksT1N/A21 GFWD(Initial)21921126563364470
(Max)34526125593541220

Nissan

VehicleTierPrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Altima 2.5S CoupeT1$24,000N/AFWD(Initial)16817531684013520
(Max)35224730444372270
370ZT2$59,06029 GRWD(Initial)30933232324961480
(Max)?????
Yoshiro's 370ZT2Win RaceWin RaceRWD(Initial)443?30795354230
(Max)?????
Nissan GT-RT4$228,14471 GAWD(Initial)50248540859275300
(Max)?????

Tier 1 (T1)

VehiclePrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Mini Cooper S$23,000N/AFWD(Initial)16118126793174510
(Max)34824525333533260
Audi A1$24,500N/AFWD(Initial)16518228443546400
(Max)34825727183838159
Ford Focus ST$25,000N/AFWD(Initial)16722233064000480
(Max)34230930864333230
Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe$24,000N/AFWD(Initial)16817531684013520
(Max)35224730444372270
BMW 125i CoupeN/A21 GRWD(Initial)21321833184167450
(Max)34627732144313200
Mini John Cooper WorksN/A21 GFWD(Initial)21921126563364470
(Max)34526125593541220

Tier 2 (T2)

VehiclePrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Ford Focus RS$50,65029 GFWD(Initial)30130132344673500
(Max)?????
Ford Mustang GT$64,68029 GRWD(Initial)30341236656164490
(Max)?????
BMW Z4 sDrive35i$56,22529 GRWD(Initial)30730235205850510
(Max)?????
Nissan 370Z$59,06029 GRWD(Initial)30933232324961480
(Max)?????
BMW 1M Coupe$61,87529 GRWD(Initial)30935032965250505
(Max)44546231125867255
Chevrolet Camaro SS$67,50029 GRWD(Initial)31442640406243495
(Max)?????
Audi TT RSN/A35 GAWD(Initial)34134032005346400
(Max)?????
Yoshiro's 370ZWin RaceWin RaceRWD(Initial)443?30795354230
(Max)?????

Tier 3 (T3)

VehiclePrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
BMW M3 Coupe$112,00050 GRWD(Initial)40841437046748420
(Max)?????
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1$120,40050 GRWD(Initial)41555042007248475
(Max)?????
Ford Mustang Boss 302$126,00050 GRWD(Initial)41544433066267430
(Max)?????
Chevrolet Corvette C6$140,00050 GRWD(Initial)41743032085500465
(Max)?????
Ford Mustang Boss LSN/A58 GRWD(Initial)43644432916282410
(Max)?????

Tier 4 (T4)

VehiclePrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Ford GT$246,96071 GRWD(Initial)50155034857500400
(Max)?????
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1$255,78071 GRWD(Initial)50163835307299390
(Max)?????
Nissan GT-R$228,14471 GAWD(Initial)50248540859275300
(Max)?????
Audi R8 V10 FSI$235,20071 GAWD(Initial)50652037159250380
(Max)?????

Tier 5 (T5)

VehiclePrice (Cash)Price (Gold)DrivetrainStatsRatingPowerWeightGripGearbox
Audi R8 LMS ultra$460,990100 GRWD(Initial)60150029108505350
(Max)?????
BMW Z4 GT3$456,200100 GRWD(Initial)60251526247232400
(Max)?????
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet$470,400100 GRWD(Initial)602618320010000400
(Max)7011084284411393150
Audi R8 LMS ultra CSRN/A1,000 GRWD(Initial)62455028759205325
(Max)?????

Tier

The tier of your vehicle dictates which races it can compete in.

Rating

The overall strength of your vehicle.

Power

Increases acceleration when not spinning the wheels. As a side effect increases wheelspin.

Weight

Note: The lower the number the better.


Decreasing weight increases acceleration. As a side effect decreases grip.

Grip

Decreases wheelspin.

Gearbox

Note: The lower the number the better.


Decreasing gearbox increases rev speed, and decreases shift time.


Notes
  • Each modification has 5 stages of upgrades.
  • Stage 4 and 5 modifications are considered import mods, and take time for the parts to become available.

Body

Stat Change: -Weight (Good effect), -Grip (Bad effect)

Tires

Stat Change: +Grip

Gear Box

Most of the time this upgrades improves Gearbox, but sometimes it will improve Grip instead.


Stat Change: -Gearbox (Good effect) / +Grip

Engine

Stat Change: +Power

Turbo

Stat Change: +Power

Intake

Stat Change: +Power

Nitrous

No stat change, but provides the nitrous boost during races. Further upgrades provide more powerful boosts.

Decals

Found under the Paintshop, decals provide bonus cash in races.


Regulation Race

Available: Tier 1+


Race your own car and set the difficulty higher for bigger prizes.


3 selectable difficulties: Rookie, Amateur, & Pro. This mode can be raced indefinitely.

Ladder

Available: Tier 1+


Race your own car against progressively tougher opponents for increasing prizes.


24 rounds each tier.

Challenge

Available: Tier 1+


Rise to the challenge and beat a mystery street racer!

Daily Battle

Available: Tier 1+


High reward in special loan cars. Three per day. Come back each day for Bigger Prizes.

Crew Battle

Available: Tier 1+


Beat crew members in turn, then beat the crew leader to unlock the next tier.


This category consists of 4 crew members and 3 battles against the crew leader.


Note: Each battle against the crew leader costs 2 gas units.

Restriction

Available: Tier 2+, Available to all tiers after beating tier 5


Fit the correct upgrades to qualify to enter this event.


Challenges:


Challenge NameRequirement
Light Weight DerbyRequires vehicle weight under a threshold
Heavy Weight ContestRequires vehicle weight over a threshold
Road Tire TrophyNo tire upgrades allowed
Burning Rubber ChallengeRequires upgraded tires
No Gas TrophyNo nitrous upgrades allowed
Laughing Gas ChallengeRequires nitrous installed
Wrong Wheels ChallengeRequires front wheel drive (FWD)
Rear Wheel Thunder / Stomping Ground / Hunting GroundRequires rear wheel drive (RWD)
All Wheel Drive ContestRequres all wheel drive (AWD)
Nissan GT-R CupRequires a Nissan GT-R
Mustang Cobra Jet CupRequires a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
Audi R8 LMS CupRequires an Audi R8 LMS ultra

Car Specific

Available: Tier 3+, Available to all tiers after beating tier 5


A test of your upgrade and tuning skill as well as your driving prowess.


Accessible by only the specificed vehicle type.

Manufacturer

Available: Tier 4 only


Race in cars from a single manufacturer. Choose the right car and upgrades to win.


Fangz (Tier 1)

1/4 Mile Races


Crew MemberVehicleVehicle RatingRace Prize
LutherAudi A1195$2,000
Ale$haNissan Altima Coupe218$2,500
SweenyBMW 125i Coupe238$3,000
Max GearshiftFord Focus ST251$3,500
Papa BizMini Cooper S
(Race 1)268$4,000
(Race 2)283$4,500
(Race 3)297$35,000

Iron Samurai (Tier 2)

1/4 Mile Races


Crew MemberVehicleVehicle RatingRace Prize
JunjiFord Mustang GT323$4,000
Miyoko TakaiFord Focus RS335$4,500
KenjiCamaro SS355$5,000
David KatanaBMW 1M Coupe368$5,500
Yoshiro (Leader)Nissan 370Z
(Race 1)376$6,000
(Race 2)387$6,500
(Race 3)399$60,000
(Race 4 - Optional)444Yoshiro's 370Z

Stallion Riders (Tier 3)

1/2 Mile Races


Crew MemberVehicleVehicle RatingRace Prize
Professor Dee$5,500
Alieda (Leader)
(Race 1)
(Race 2)
(Race 3)

War Pigs (Tier 4)

1/4 Mile Races


Crew MemberVehicleVehicle RatingRace Prize
Carlito (Leader)Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
(Race 1)
(Race 2)
(Race 3)601$240,000

Silver Skulls (Tier 5)

1/2 Mile Races


Crew MemberVehicleVehicle RatingRace Prize
Lee HaunBMW Z4 GT3613$15,000
TrucksFord Mustang Cobra Jet625$16,000
NeonjaBMW Z4 GT3638$17,000
Harmony BreaksFord Mustang Cobra Jet656$18,000
Errol (Leader)Audi R8 LMS ultra
(Race 1)661$20,000
(Race 2)675$21,000
(Race 3)682$480,000

Agent Deal

At the end of races you have a chance for an Agent Deal to pop up. The Agent will offer a random car (limited by the highest tier you have access to, but usually the tier you were currently racing in) 50% (or 75%, but this is unconfirmed by me) off the cost. These are amazing deals!

High Stakes Challenge

After the final race with a crew leader, they will offer you an optional race where you can win their vehicle. Note that unless your vehicle is fully modified and is mechanic tuned, or you purchase the super nitrous for $2.99, you will most definitely lose this race. So skip this and save your 5 gold.


Notes

Intro


This section is dedicated to answering "Which car should I choose?" More specifically, which car to choose per tier. The only real, 100% correct answer to this is: "Whichever car you want." All vehicles will do the trick, but if you're a numbers kind of person, this section may help you.

Test Scenario


All times were taken from the opponents in each difficulty of the Regulation Race. I felt these was a good scenario since all the vehicles shared the same rating and the AI driving is pretty consistent.

Tier 1

>>>


VehicleRookie Times (Rating: 130)Amateur Times (Rating: 225)Pro Times (Rating: )
Nissan Altima Coupe16.533, 16.52623.206, 23.131, 23.115
Mini Cooper S16.012, 16.01423.035, 23.027, 23.021, 23.026, 23.039
Ford Focus ST16.314, 16.31223.018
Audi A115.945, 16.01223.291, 23.296, 23.291, 23.287, 23.283

Tier 2

>>>


VehicleRookie Times (Rating: 300)Amateur Times (Rating: )Pro Times (Rating: )

Tier 3

Mustang Boss LS* > Mustang Boss 302 > Corvette C6 > Camaro ZL1 > M3 Coupe


VehicleRookie Times (Rating: 403)Amateur Times (Rating: )Pro Times (Rating: 468)
Camaro ZL112.680, 12.591, 12.716, 12.63011.756
Corvette C612.593, 12.599, 12.624, 12.75311.709, 11.705
Mustang Boss 30212.70711.625, 11.621, 11.619, 11.601, 11.594, 11.601, 11.609
BMW M3 Coupe12.820, 12.806, 12.844, 12.808

Tier 4

T4 / 560


Audi R8 > Nissan GT-R > Corvette ZR1 > Ford GT


VehicleTimes
Ford GT10.461, 10.466, 10.458
Corvette ZR110.462, 10.461, 10.461
Nissan GT-R10.404, 10.406, 10.410
Audi R810.336, 10.336, 10.327, 10.397, 10.332

Tier 5

Audi R8 LMS ultra CSR* > Audi R8 LMS ultra > BMW Z4 GT3 > Ford Mustang Cobra Jet


VehicleRookie Times (Rating: 601)Amateur Times (Rating: 635)Pro Times (Rating: 670)
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet10.189, 10.57214.641, 14.6018.458
BMW Z4 GT314.6028.553
Audi R8 LMS ultra10.18014.575, 14.5878.531

Asterisk(*) = A gold purchase only vehicle


WARNING

These glitches/exploits don't work as of the current game version (confirmed fixed as of version 1.1.0). I'm keeping these up for reference.)

Time/Date manipulation

Many of the features in the game can be manipulated by changing your devices date and time. This can be achieved by going to Settings >> General >> Date & Time. Turn off 'Set Automatically' and select 'Set Date & Time'. See the sections below for further details.

Infinite Free Gold

Manually set your device date ahead 1 month and return to the game. Each time this is done you will be given 1 gold for free. Remember to change the year when going from December to January.

Infinite Free Gas

Set your device time forward an hour to instantly replenish your gas supply.

Instant Delivery Of Vehicles & Parts

Set your device time forward the appropriate amount to instantly receive delivery of vehicles and parts. An hour will do the trick for all.

Reset Daily / Challenge Races Instantly

Setting your device ahead a day will refresh these races instantly.

Attach a Social Networking Site

  • Sign up for Facebook and attach it to this game. If you already have an account, make a secondary account. I myself use a secondary account just for game purposes. This can also be done via Twitter or SMS. This will provide several benefits in this game:
    • Attaching your Facebook will give you a gold.
    • Sharing your level ups will give you cash.
    • Under the gas list, invite yourself on facebook to get free gas (limited to 3 times a day per method).

Easy End Game Cash Farming

Tip from Rivan:

"Tier 5 ladder final race can be lost countless times, earning a minimum of $15,999 per loss.
In addition you earn:
$5,999 per perfect start
$3,999 per perfect shift
$1,999 per good shift.

Depending on your car upgrades, you can get 5 perfect shifts in the 1/4mile.

I'm using the R8 LMS Ultra with level 5 everything except intake is 4, nitro is 3, body is 3. Given that spec I only get 4 shifts in before race end, but: If you hold down the gas during the countdown and release it just as the "1" reaches it's smallest point, you will perfect start every time. No more "feathering" the pedal.

So, doing that, I make a maximum of $37,994 per loss."

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What are the requirements of this game?
A: Compatible with iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPod touch 3rd/4th Gen, and iPad, with iOS 4.0 or later.

Q: Do I need to spend any money on this game?
A: No. Not only is this app free, but the whole game can be played and completed without purchasing any in-game currency.

Q: How can I earn gold without paying for it?
A: Each level up provides you with a single gold, each defeated crew leader earns you 5 gold. Rating the app will yield a few gold. Also see the Tips, Tricks & Cheats secton of this guide for more.

Q: Images and vehicle skins aren't showing up in my game.
A: Until this bug is fixed you will need to restart the game. An easy way to do this is while in-game hold the sleep button down until the "Slide to power off" appears, instead, hold down the Home button on the device. This will force close the current app.

Q: When I buy a new car do I have to buy upgrades for it all over again?
A: Yes. Each new car comes stock and will need to be re-upgraded.

Note
  • Keep in mind, you do not need to purchase any currency to play or complete this game.
  • If you are purchasing currency to buy a vehicle, purchase gold and not cash, you will get more out of it.

Cash

TitleAmountCost
Pocket Money$15,000USD 2.99
Allowance$26,500USD 4.99
Salary$56,000USD 9.99
Safe Investment$125,000USD 19.99
Truck O' Cash$375,000USD 49.99
Bank Vault$1,000,000USD 99.99

Gold

TitleAmountCost
A Few Chips30 GUSD 2.99
High Roller55 GUSD 4.99
Executive Case115 GUSD 9.99
VIP Vault250 GUSD 19.99
Gold Truck900 GUSD 59.99
Gold Mine1,650 GUSD 99.99

Achievements

TitleDescriptionPoints
Half Tier 1 EventsComplete 50% of events in Tier 110
All Tier 1 EventsComplete all events in Tier 120
Half Tier 2 EventsComplete 50% of events in Tier 210
All Tier 2 EventsComplete all events in Tier 220
Half Tier 3 EventsComplete 50% of events in Tier 310
All Tier 3 EventsComplete all events in Tier 320
Half Tier 4 EventsComplete 50% of events in Tier 410
All Tier 4 EventsComplete all events in Tier 420
WannabeBeat the first crew leader20
MaybeBeat the second crew leader30
Drag QueenBeat the third crew leader40
ContenderBeat the fourth crew leader50
Drag KingBeat All The Crew Leaders100
Smoking!Wheelspin for 500ft10
Straight Line SpeedBeat 10 Second 1/4 Mile20
Errol Would Be ProudBeat a 15 second 1/2 Mile20
Speed DemonReach a speed of 180mph10
Where's My Opponent?Win a race by more than a second10
Did I Win?Win a race by less than 1/100 of a second10
Oh, So Close...Lose a race by less than 1/100 of a second10
Slick ShifterMake every shift in a run a Perfect one10
So You Wanna Go Fast?Fully upgrade a car15
EnthusiastBuy a car from 4 different tiers10
CollectorOwn 18 cars10
ChameleonChange the colour of your car5
Big SpenderSpend a total of $5 million25
You've Been FettledUse the mechanic5
Mr ImpatientPay to speed up the delivery of a car5
You Got Gold!Spend a total of 250 gold10
Buy My WheelsBuy a car from BMW5
niCe and HEaVYBuy a car from Chevrolet5
plaiN IS SANeBuy a car from Nissan5
AUDIophileBuy a car from Audi5
only a MINI purchaseBuy a car from Mini5
an you afFORD it?Buy a car from Ford5
5/5... We Hope! :)Rate this app10
Half Tier 5 EventsComplete 50% of events in Tier 510
All Tier 5 EventsComplete all events in Tier 520

Credit / Thanks

  • Thanks to Nate via email for Vehicle information, Race mode information, and a gas trick.
  • Thanks to Rivan for cash farming tip.
  • Thanks to Haiqi for the FWD challenge name.
  • Thanks to PT for tier 1 max stats.
  • Thanks to Arturo for some car stats.

Copyright Notices

Copyright 2012 Michael Funaro


This may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.


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CSR Racing is Copyright NaturalMotion Games Ltd 2012.


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