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    Walkthrough/FAQ #01
    by Alex Jones (alexj2002)
    
    Game : Need For Speed 2
    Format : PC
    Publisher / Developer : EA/EA
    Game Type : Racing
    
    Version 1.03
    August 2nd, 2006
    
    Contents:
    
    1. Copyright/Distribution
    2. Car Guide
    3. Track Guide
    4. Cheats
    5. Top Tips
    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    7. Version History
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    | 1. Copyright/Distibution   |
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    Thanks for picking up this guide!
    
    I have released the text in this guide into the public domain. That means you 
    may do whatever you want with it. Put on your site, in a magazine, copy it, 
    change it, sell it, whatever. It's yours to do what you want with it. I accept
    no responsibility for whatever happens when you use it.
    
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    | 2. Car Guide		     |
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    There are 9 cars in the game each with their own qualities,weak points
    and driving style.
    
    They are:
    
    1. McLaren F1
    2. Ferrari F50
    3. Ford GT90
    4. Jaguar XJ220
    5. Lotus GT1
    6. Lotus Esprit V8
    7. Italdesign Cala
    8. Isdera Commendatore 112i
    9. Ford Indigo
    
    Below are the facts and figures of each of them, as well as some infomation
    on how they drive, and their strengths and weaknesses.
    
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    1. McLaren F1
    
    Price : $873,000
    Status : Production
    Weight : 2509lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 41.2% / 58.8%
    Length : 168.8 in
    Width : 71.6in
    Height : 44.8in
    
    Top Speed : 231 mph
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.2 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 6.3 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 48 Valve, V12
    Displacement - 6064cc
    Horsepower - 627bhp @ 7500RPM
    Torque - 479 lb/ft @ 4000-7000 RPM
    Max Engine Speed - 7500RPM
    Brakes F/R - 13.0 in / 12.0 in
    Tires F/R - 235/45ZR17/315/45ZR17
    
    The McLaren F1 is the ultimate car in the game. Reaching a top speed of 231MPH
    makes it the ideal car for the Proving Ground, although it's top speed is not
    as useful elsewhere. Beginners should however look elsewhere - this car is a
    bit of a handful round bends at speed.
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    2. Ferrari F50
    
    Price : $500,000
    Status : Production
    Weight : 3080lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 40.9% / 59.1%
    Length : 176.4 in
    Width : 78.2in
    Height : 49.1in
    
    Top Speed : 202 mph
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.7 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 6.0 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 60 Valve, V12
    Displacement - 4700cc
    Horsepower - 513bhp @ 8500RPM
    Torque - 347 lb/ft @ 6500 RPM
    Max Engine Speed - 8500RPM
    Brakes F/R - 14.0 in / 13.2 in
    Tires F/R - 245/35ZR18/335/30ZR18
    
    The ideal beginners car. This one has average all-round acceleration,speed and
    handling. It may not be the best in any catagory but is a very good
    compromise. If you're struggling, try this.
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    3. Ford GT90
    
    Price : Not For Sale
    Status : Prototype
    Weight : 3200lbs (est)
    Weight Distribution F/R : 42% / 58%
    Length : 176.0 in
    Width : 77.3in
    Height : 44.9in
    
    Top Speed : 220 mph (est)
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.1 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 6.2 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 5 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 48 Valve, V12,Quad Turbo
    Displacement - 5927cc
    Horsepower - 720bhp @ 6300RPM
    Torque - 650 lb/ft @ 4750 RPM (est)
    Max Engine Speed - 6300RPM
    Brakes F/R - 12.9 in / 12.9 in
    Tires F/R - 275/35ZR18/355/30ZR19
    
    This car feels fast. It's blue cockpit is either loved or hated, and the Ford
    badge is hardly supercar related but this is a suprisingly good car. A quick
    drive through North Country shows the best of this car.
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    4. Jaguar XJ220
    
    Price : $339,000
    Status : Production
    Weight : 3241 lbs (kerb)
    Weight Distribution F/R : 41.5% / 58.5%
    Length : 194.2 in
    Width : 87.5 in
    Height : 45.3 in
    
    Top Speed : 213 mph
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.4 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 7.9 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 5 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 24 Valve, V12, twin-turbo
    Displacement - 3497cc
    Horsepower - 542bhp @ 7200RPM
    Torque - 475 lb/ft @ 4500 RPM (est)
    Max Engine Speed - 7200 RPM
    Brakes F/R - 13.0 in / 11.8 in
    Tires F/R - 255/45ZR17/345/35ZR18
    
    A bit of an ugly looking car, compared to some of the others on offer, and
    with a dashboard taken straight out of a Ford Fiesta it would seem, the Jag
    has quick accelaration and speed, but can be a bit difficult to handle, as it
    slides quite a bit.
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    5. Lotus GT1
    
    Price : $645,000
    Status : Prototype
    Weight : 2315lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 40% / 60%
    Length : 176.8 in
    Width : 81.5 in
    Height : 43.3 in
    
    Top Speed : 195 mph (est)
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.8 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 9.0 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - V8, Twin-Turbo
    Displacement - 3506cc
    Horsepower - 350bhp @ 6500RPM
    Torque - 295 lb/ft @ 4250 RPM
    Max Engine Speed - 7200RPM
    Brakes F/R - 14.0 in / 14.0 in
    Tires F/R - 275/35ZR18/345/35ZR18
    
    Nice looking, a bit slow accelerating and not super fast, but quite a good car
    all-round. Not quite a first choice but good for a challange.
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    6. Lotus Esprit V8
    
    Price : $82,000
    Status : Production
    Weight : 3042lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 42.7% / 57.3%
    Length : 173.8 in
    Width : 74.1 in
    Height : 45.3 in
    
    Top Speed : 175 mph
    0 to 60 MPH - 4.8 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 10.5 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 5 Speed
    
    Engine Type - V8, Twin-Turbo
    Displacement - 3506cc
    Horsepower - 350bhp @ 6500RPM
    Torque - 295 lb/ft @ 4250 RPM
    Max Engine Speed - 7200RPM
    Brakes F/R - 11.6 in / 11.8 in
    Tires F/R - 235/40ZR17/285/35ZR18
    
    A real challange in the cheapest car on offer. Despite sharing the engine with
    the GT1 it can't keep up with the rest of the field. Still it's a classic. Try
    it out for maximum difficulty.
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    7. Italdesign Cala
    
    Price : Not For Sale
    Status : Prototype
    Weight : 2844lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 37.7% / 62.3%
    Length : 172.8 in
    Width : 74.8 in
    Height : 48.1 in
    
    Top Speed : 181 mph (est)
    0 to 60 MPH - 5.0 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - 10.9 Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 40 Valve, V-10
    Displacement - 3900cc
    Horsepower - 400bhp @ 7200RPM
    Torque - N/A
    Max Engine Speed - 7500RPM
    Brakes F/R - 12.2 in / 12.2 in
    Tires F/R - 225/40ZR18/295/40ZR18
    
    A middle of the field car, slow accelerating and a low top speed but steady.
    Not a car I'd choose either for a challange or an easy race.
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    8. Isdera Commendatore 112i
    
    Price : $485,000
    Status : Prototype
    Weight : 3256lbs
    Weight Distribution F/R : 47.5% / 52.5%
    Length : 182.0 in
    Width : 73.5 in
    Height : 40.6 in
    
    Top Speed : 212 mph (est)
    0 to 60 MPH - 4.0 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - N/A
    
    Transmission Type - Manual
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 48 Valve, V-12
    Displacement - 6000cc
    Horsepower - 408bhp @ 6200RPM
    Torque - 522 lb/ft @ 3800 RPM
    Max Engine Speed - 6200RPM
    Brakes F/R - 13.0 in / 12.2 in
    Tires F/R - 255/35ZR18/295/35ZR19
    
    OK acceleration and faster than a Ferrari, but another car I wouldn't choose
    normally, especially as it looks so ugly! Try once, but not a really good, or
    really bad car.
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    9. Ford Indigo
    
    Price : Not For Sale
    Status : Prototype
    Weight : 2300lbs (est)
    Weight Distribution F/R : 40% / 60%
    Length : 175.3 in
    Width : 82in
    Height : 39.5in
    
    Top Speed : 180 mph (est)
    0 to 60 MPH - 3.9 Seconds
    0 to 100 MPH - N/A Seconds
    
    Transmission Type - Sequential electro-hydraulic shift
    Gearbox - 6 Speed
    
    Engine Type - 48 Valve, V12
    Displacement - 5935cc
    Horsepower - 435bhp @ 6100RPM
    Torque - 405 lb/ft @ 5250 RPM (est)
    Max Engine Speed - 6500 RPM
    Brakes F/R - 13.2 in / 14.0 in
    Tires F/R - 325/30ZR17/355/35ZR18
    
    The fastest looking car, as it takes it's styling from Formula 1 and indy car
    racers. It's low performance figures are made up for by low weight, 900lbs
    lighter than Ford's other racer the GT90. A personeal favorite of mine, and
    a well suited car to the Monolothic Studios track.
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    | 3. Track Guide	     |
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    The game has 7 tracks. Each has it's own reqirements,challanges
    and obstacles. The oncoming traffic can be turned off, but for the
    purposes of this guide is on.
    
    Track:Proving Ground
    Country:Norway
    Length:3.2 Miles
    Difficulty:Very Easy
    Recommended Car:McLaren F1
    Notes: Nothing to worry about here, just keep in a straight line on
    the straights and stay in the outside lane on the bends to carry as
    much speed as possible through the two corners. No traffic here.
    
    Track:Outback
    Country:Austrailia
    Length:4.7 Miles
    Difficulty:Easy
    Recommended Car:McLaren F1
    Notes: First time off the track and onto the road. Here you'll face
    Land Rovers,Jeeps and Camper Vans driving at you and getting in your way.
    The track starts in the city before moving into the desert land. Slow down
    slightly for the jumps or you'll lose control on landing. Watch out near
    the end when you're surronded by cliff edges - the road splits into two,
    with a large rock in the middle of the road. Choose left or right early,
    and there's a chance to cross over sides in the middle.
    
    Track:North Country
    Country:North Europe
    Length:4.7 Miles
    Difficulty:Medium
    Recommended Car:Ferrari F50
    Notes: Little bit harder this one, although not as hard as the map looks. The
    four horrible looking bends are actually quite easy provided you don't cut the
    corner. Elsewhere you'll have trucks,Volvos and 2CVs as traffic. Watch out
    about 40 seconds into the lap, the track narrows suddenly as you reach a
    bridge. Also right at the very end of the track the track splits into two with
    a pillar in the middle.
    
    Track:Pacific Spirit
    Country:Canada
    Length:5.0 Miles
    Difficulty:Medium
    Recommended Car:Ford Indigo
    Notes: Not that much to comment on this one. A very twisty track,so handling
    is important here. Traffic includes school buses,trucks and Mercedes'
    
    Track:Mediterrano
    Country:Greece
    Length:4.0 Miles
    Difficulty:Hard
    Recommended Car:Ford Indigo
    Notes: Watch out for the very steep hill at the start. Take it too fast and
    you'll be rolling sideways down. The other main danger comes at the end where
    you take the wooden bridge. Part of the barrier is missing and it's a long
    drop down. Land Rovers,Volvo's and VW Beetles will all get in the way.
    
    Track:Mystic Peaks
    Country:Nepal
    Length: 4.7 Miles
    Difficulty:Very Hard
    Recommended Car:Lotus GT1
    Notes: This one is as hard as it looks on the map. Driving through this track
    is made more difficult by sloping roads making it harder to turn. Early on
    watch your speed over crests. Keep to the road surface especially in the snow.
    While also dodging Jeeps,lorry's,pickups and Camper Vans take care through the
    middle of the snow section for boxes left by a crashed plane. Be careful at
    the end of the big wooden bridge. There is a huge drop if you're travelling
    too fast. Right at the end of the lap there's another middle of the road split
    be careful.
    
    Track:Monolithic Studios
    Country:USA
    Length: 4.5 Miles
    Difficulty:Medium
    Recommended Car:Ford Indigo
    Notes: This track is not available at the beginning of the game. To unlock it
    type "Hollywood" at the main menu. This drive through filmsets does have some
    optical illusions which look like obstacles and vice-versa (especially in
    the space stage) Traffic here consists of Limos and Tour Buses. Watch out for:
    Steep hill in stage 4 four, a near vertical drop at the end of stage 6, a
    dinosaur on track in stage 9 and a small jump at the end of the lap.
    
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    | 4. Cheats		     |
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    Although cheating usually means just that, in this game the cheats are to
    add bonus cars,tracks and features to the game. The cheats are taken from
    various websites,guides and magazines.
    
    -Drive the Ford Indigo - Type "RED RACER" at the main screen.
    -Drive at Monolithic Studios - Type "Hollywood" at the main screen.
    -Drive at Night -- hold "n" while the track is loading
    -Upgrade all cars to Pioneer Engines -- type "PIONEER" at the car select
    screen.
    -Drive other cars --  Type what you want at the car select screen:
    
    bus -- School Bus
    bmw -- BMW
    commanche -- Jeep Commanche
    drive29 -- Monolitihic Studios Bus
    drive30 -- Limousine
    drive31 -- Citroen 2CV
    drive36 -- Cart
    drive37 -- Outhouse
    drive38 -- T-Rex
    drive39 -- Cowboy wagon
    drive40 -- Wagon
    drive41 -- Souvenier Stand 1
    drive42 -- Souvenier Stand 2
    drive43 -- Souvenier Stand 3
    drive44 -- Log
    drive45 -- Monorail
    drive46 -- Hoverpolice
    drive47 -- UFO
    drive48 -- Sewage Truck
    drive49 -- Snowy Wooden Box 1
    drive50 -- Snowy Wooden Box 2
    jeepyj -- Jeep YJ
    landcruiser -- Toyota Landcruiser
    mercedes -- Mercedes Benz
    miata -- Mazda Miata
    quattro -- Audi Quattro
    semi -- Semi
    snowtruck -- Snowplow
    vanagon -- Volkswagen Van
    volvo -- Volvo
    vwbug -- Volkswagen Bug
    vwfb -- Volkswagen Fastback
    armytruck -- Army Truck
    
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    | 5. Top Tips		     |
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    If you want to get faster follow these basic but important driving tips:
    
    i.   Don't crash into objects - an obvious one, but you'll also lose lots of
         time if you do.
    
    ii.  Keep on the track - again fairly obvious, going offroad means lost time.
    
    iii. Don't start accelerating too early at the start of the race - Else you'll
         generate lots of wheelspin.
    
    iv.  Don't corner too fast - else you'll crash (see i.)
    
    v.   Slow slightly when going over jumps - there may be corners, which you may
         miss and crash (see i.).
    
    vi.  Don't weave - Weaving across the road takes longer than going in a
         straight line.
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    | 6. Frequently   	     |
    |         Asked              |	
    |           Questions        |
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    You may ask what's the point of having a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    section to this guide as the whole thing is meant to be a FAQ. However this
    section works on a question and answer basis, you ask it i'll answer it. If
    you have a question about the game e-mail me: Current e-mail address can be
    found on my website.
    
    Q. In the opening intro movie a glimpse of an engine with a blue Indigo badge
    on it is shown. The car is also mentioned in the section containing the
    history of Ford. Is there an option to drive this car.
    
    A. Yes! Simply type on the main menu screen REDRACER and the Ford
    Indigo will be unlocked. For more on the Ford Indigo see the Cars
    Guide section above.
    
    
    Q. What is the best car to use on (TRACK NAME) track?
    
    A. For a guide on the best car/track combination see the Track Guide section
    above.
    
    
    Q. Are there any cheats for the game?
    
    A. You can unlock special cars by typing the corresponding code from the
    above cheats section.
    
    
    Q. Is it possible to tune the cars and change the settings?
    
    A. No, it is not possible to modify the car's settings or tune them on this
       game.
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    | 7. Version History	     |
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    Version 1.0 (Released 31/MAY/03)- Tracks,Cars,FAQ and Cheats sections.
    
    Version 1.01 (Released 07/JUNE/03) - Corrected Minor Mistakes, Updated
    permitted sites list
    
    Version 1.02 (Released 23/JUNE/03) - Updated Permitted Sites List, added new
    questions.
    
    Version 1.03 (Released 02/AUG/06) - Released into Public Domain. Removed
    Permitted Sites list, changed copyright notice.
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    Credits:
    
    ASCII Art - Alex Jones
    
    Track and Car Facts taken from the game.
    
    Need For Speed and EA/Electronic Arts are Trademarks of Electronic Arts
    All Manufatures and Models are Trademarks of their respective companies.
    
    Thanks to CJayC @ GameFaqs.com for posting my guides.
    
    All other trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned
    by their respective trademark and copyright holders.