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    Minimal Buys FAQ by Havok3595

    Updated: 08/24/05 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    This FAQ is for Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 4 and is 
    copyright 2005 by Michael Weaver, aka Havok3595.  At the 
    present time, it can only be shown on www gamefaqs com
    
    This is version 2.1.  Version 2.0 was updated from version 
    1.0 on June 24, 2005.  Version 1.1, a previously upgraded 
    version, was lost to the mists of my home computer.  Notable 
    changes in version 2.0 include a list of all cars you have to 
    buy and less speculation in certain parts.  Version 2.1 was 
    upgraded from Version 2.0 on August 17, 2005.  Notable 
    changes in version 2.1 include a quick and dirty list of each 
    race and a prize car selection for it as well as a brief word 
    on A-Spec points and some other general tips.
    
    Playing Gran Turismo 4 with minimal buys guide:
    
    The idea for this FAQ actually came from the Gran Turismo 3 
    board, where discussion was had about the fact that you only 
    need to buy two cars to make it through the entire game.  
    It's a little different with Gran Turismo 4 because there are 
    so many one make races, but you can still get about 60% 
    through the game (I got 58.6%) without any buys.  It's also 
    easier to do than it was in 3, partially because you needed 
    golds on licenses or completion of Arcade Mode to receive 
    your first car in GT3, whereas even a bronze on a license 
    test will yield a car in GT4.  I finally broke down and 
    bought a car before exploring every possible avenue, but I 
    did have a garage of over 100 by the time I did so.  I have 
    continued the playthrough with very minimal buys, and that 
    will be covered in the second part of the guide.
    
    Chapters 1-8 are a talky walkthrough.  Chapter 9 is a list of 
    what you need to do to go forward.  Chapter 10 is a quicklist 
    if you absolutely have to get any one particular race done 
    without a buy.  Chapter 11 contains some general information 
    that didn't fit elsewhere.
    
    Chapter 1: Your first car(s) (C01)
    Chapter 2: Beginner events and Special Conditions (C02)
    Chapter 3: A brief segue to America (C03)
    Chapter 4: It's Professional Time (C04)
    Chapter 5: One Make Madness, part 1 (C05)
    Chapter 6: Endurance Hall (or.B-Spec snooze time) (C06)
    Chapter 7: The land of the rising sun (C07)
    Chapter 8: That's Old Europe. (C08)
    Chapter 9: Tying it up and moving forward (C09)
    Chapter 10: How to get there from here, or six degrees of 
    Kevin Bacon (C10)
    Chapter 11: A few tips, tricks, and A-Spec points (C11)
    
    Chapter 1: Your first car(s) (C01)
    
    I have used Ebony Ivory's prize car FAQ as a basis for this 
    guide.  I have found it to be very accurate, and essential to 
    the planning stages.  Here are the cars that can be attained 
    without owning a car of your own:
    
    LICENSE EXAMS:
    B(Bronze)  : VOLKSWAGEN Lupo 1.4 '02
    B(Silver)  : MAZDA KUSABI '03
    B(Gold)    : HONDA S500 '63
    A(Bronze)  : PONTIAC Sunfire GXP Concept '02
    A(Silver)  : ACURA DN-X '02
    A(Gold)    : NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R (Gran Turismo Version) '01
    IB(Bronze) : NIKE One 2022
    IB(Silver) : MAZDA RX-8 Concept (Type-II) '04
    IB(Gold)   : JENSEN HEALEY Interceptor Mk.III '74
    IA(Bronze) : NISMO 270R '94 (S14)
    IA(Silver) : NISSAN GT-R Concept (TokyoShow) '01
    IA(Gold)   : DOME ZERO '78
    S(Bronze)  : MERCURY Cougar XR-7 '67
    S(Silver)  : PONTIAC Solstice Coupe Concept '02
    S(Gold)    : FORD Model T Tourer '15
    
    MISSION HALL:
    Mission 1-10  : DMC DeLorean S2 '04
    Mission 11-20 : JAY LENO Tank Car '03
    Mission 21-24 : PAGANI Zonda Race Car '01
    Mission 25-29 : TOYOTA 7 Race Car '70
    Mission 30-34 : NISSAN R89C Race Car '89
    
    There are a total of 20 cars that you can win without having 
    a car, and some are better than others.  There are only two 
    that you absolutely need, and those are the Nismo 270R and 
    the Lupo 1.4.  The Sunfire GXP Concept doesn't hurt either.  
    When I played through, I only won nine of these twenty, and 
    it was more than sufficient.  I had all bronze licenses, 
    silver A and B, and Missions 1-10 and 21-24.  Note that 
    missions are only available once you get specific licenses 
    (all are available with IA, some only require IB).
    
    Chapter 2: Beginner events and Special Conditions (C02)
    
    Beginner events would be the logical place to start, which is 
    why we will not start there.  Easy Special Conditions are 
    pretty (duh) easy, and they include some of the more 
    innovative tracks.  You only need an A license to race them, 
    but I heartily recommend getting your IA first so you have 
    the lovely Nismo.  You can win a little with the Sunfire, but 
    you have to upgrade it (worst expenditure ever: using my 
    transferred credits wholly on upgrading the Sunfire).  
    Anyway, the first two Special Conditions races are cake with 
    the Nismo, and you win two great cars, the Cadillac Cien and 
    Toyota RSC Rally Raid.  Now you've got a lot of options.  
    
    The best option is to get a few miles on that Nismo in 
    Beginner Events.  It can destroy the Sunday Cup.  It can win 
    the appropriate drivetrain series (FR).  Then, the Cien can 
    win MR for you and the Rally Raid can win 4WD.  
    Unfortunately, you need to buy tires for the Rally Raid to 
    compete in 4WD.  This should be your first expenditure 
    (unless you went the Sunfire route).  Then, try running the 
    Sunfire in the FF Challenge.  You may need to upgrade it a 
    little, I had already upgraded it a lot and it walked away 
    with the race.  If you need money, you can race George V 
    Paris (Easy) and Tsukuba Wet (Easy).  Do that anyway, on 
    second thought.
    
    Alright, now there are 3 Beginner races left 
    (Spider/Roadster, Truck, and K-Car).  Sadly, you never win a 
    truck except from the truck race, so that will be left 
    undone.  Your Autobianchi Abarth from the Sunday Cup needs 
    some upgrades to win the K-Car race, so upgrade it if you can 
    afford to.  You don't have a convertible yet, but that's not 
    so bad.  You'll get one.  The dirt and snow tracks in Special 
    Conditions Easy are still there, and there's three ways you 
    can go about this.  You can buy dirt and snow tires for the 
    Rally Raid RSC, or you can race Medium Capri Rally for the 
    Impreza '01 Prototype Rally Car or Hard Capri for the Ford 
    RS200 Rally Car.  Those are the two best winnable rally cars 
    in my opinion, and conserving energy and buying dirt and snow 
    tires for them now (instead of doing it for the RSC Rally 
    Raid) is probably a good idea.  At this point, the Nismo 
    should be able to handle all the tarmac rallies (except maybe 
    Tsukuba Wet Hard, against a class C race car), and your RS200 
    or Impreza Prototype should be able to handle the dirt and 
    snow.  I failed to complete 3 special condition races before 
    buying (Hard Grand Canyon, Hard Cathedral Rocks I, Hard 
    Cathedral Rocks II), but only because I got sick of them.  
    I'm sure they're all winnable with the RS200 or Impreza 
    Prototype.  That makes it 33 more cars from the rallies (I 
    only got 30 of them), 6 from Beginner Hall with two races not 
    done (for now).  We'll come back for that Spider/Roadster 
    later.  If you've won all those, you're at 59 cars.
    
    Chapter 3: A brief segue to America (C03)
    
    The American events section is ideally suited for this kind 
    of playthrough.  It shouldn't take long.
    
    Take the Cien to the Hot Rod competition, you'll win a 
    Chevelle.  Upgrade the Chevelle and win the Muscle Car 
    competition and Stars and Stripes (the latter is also doable 
    with the Super Bird from the Muscle Car competition, if you 
    like it more).  Take the Camaro Race Car from there to win 
    American GT.  Now, you've got a C1 Convertible.  
    Spider/Roadster time!  Upgrade the C1 and take it to town.  A 
    transmission is probably all you really need, but I went 
    whole hog.
    
    So, there's an easy 5 more cars.  If you're doing everything, 
    there's 64 cars won so far.  I made 50 on my playthrough, 
    which seems small.but there's only one more possible win car 
    that I didn't get.  Right now, Special Conditions should be 
    done.  Beginner Events should be done except for the stupid 
    truck race.  American Hall should be done, and Driving 
    Missions and Licenses attained (for maximum car count).  
    What's next?
    
    Chapter 4: It's Professional Time (C04)
    
    Ah, Pro Hall.  Home of two events that seem to perplex 
    everyone, Supercar Festival and GT Worlds.  We can't compete 
    in GT Worlds because we didn't finish the truck race.  That's 
    unfortunate, but it happens.  That also means we'll never get 
    to Extreme events without a buy.  Oh well.  Worse things have 
    happened.
    
    You now have a wide variety of cars to use, so use whatever 
    you like for Clubman Cup and Tuning Car.  Just about 
    everything can compete in those, so you'll have no problems.  
    Use the Cien for NA Challenge if you, in fact, want no 
    challenge.  You have a variety of Turbo options as well, 
    including just slapping a Turbo on the Cien.  You can sort 
    your garage by NA/Turbo, so find and use whatever car you 
    want: you have a variety of both.  I recommend tricking out 
    the Ginetta G4 and winning both World Classic and World 
    Compact with it, but a word of warning.  Sometimes an AC 
    Cobra pops up in World Classic, and the Ginetta may not be 
    able to handle that jelly.  The Chevelle and Super Bird can 
    also compete there, so consider them.  If you just can't get 
    it, don't worry.  There are at least two other cars we can 
    win that meet the criteria and are better than what you have 
    now.
    
    The Impreza '01 Prototype Rally Car won Boxer Spirit with 
    ease for me.  The RUF Yellow Bird from that won most of the 
    Supercar Festival for me, but not all.  If you're good, you 
    should be able to do it.  If not, don't worry.  This is 
    another race that we win a better car for later.  It's 
    possible that you have 8 more cars at this point (cumulative 
    72).  If you're missing World Classic and Supercar, don't 
    worry.  We'll talk about them more later, and it's not like 
    you can use the Daimler Motor Carriage anyway (although the 
    Cizeta is absolutely necessary).
    
    Chapter 5: One Make Madness, part 1 (C05)
    
    It's time to show off the dominance of your various and 
    sundry cars in One-Make land.  There are a number of One-
    Makes you can do.
    
    I would start with Chevy.  The Camaro Race Car is more than a 
    little unfair in Camaro Meeting, unfortunately it's all 
    you'll get.  The C1 Corvette is on the other side of the 
    power scale in Vette!  Vette!  Vette!, but it'll do (with 
    upgrades).  Now, remember how I told you we'd get better 
    World Classics later?  The C2 Z06 Vette Race Car from 1963 is 
    one of them.  Eat that, AC Cobra.  Two more cars with ease, 
    three if you didn't get around to World Classics before.  
    Cumulative is now 76.
    
    Unfortunately, those are the only American One Make Races we 
    can do (not that there's an awful lot that we can't do, which 
    is nigh criminal).  Let's go to Japan, because there's a LOT 
    we can do there.
    
    First, let's hit Subaru to win the Stars of Pleiades with the 
    '01 Rally Car Prototype (not even halfway fair).  We'll 
    follow by taking the HDC6 (from Easy Cathedral Rocks II) to 
    the Hyundai Sports Festival.  I upgraded it.  I think you 
    need to, but if you want to try stock.be my guest.  The '01 
    Honda NSX-R Concept from NA Sports will win the Type R 
    meeting in Honda, and then the old reliable Nismo will 
    destroy Silvia Sisters over in Nissan, stock.  The Option 
    Stream Z from the Tuning Car race will own the Z race in 
    Nissan, as well.  Pop over to the Evolution Meeting in 
    Mitsubishi with the Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car '97 from 
    Normal Ice Arena.  We have a number of options for Mazda's RE 
    Club and RX-8 Cup, choose one for each (use garage sort for 
    Mazda).  I think I used Tsukuba Wet (Easy)'s 2001 RX-8 
    Concept (Type I) for both, but the RE Club was the devil with 
    that, even maxed out.  Use the 2003 BP Falken RX-7 to reduce 
    the challenge to nil.  Not a bad run of it now, eight more 
    cars for a running total of 84.
    
    There are two more one-makes to do right now, and they both 
    suck.  The Volkswagen Lupo cup requires you to max out your 
    Bronze B license Lupo to hell and back, so do it and drive 
    well.  Then, there's the Alpine Cup.  The Alpine that you won 
    way back when in George V Paris (Easy) can win it, but be 
    careful.  You need to supe it up, so do so.but be cautious 
    because this car likes to drive sideways when tuned.  Your B-
    Spec driver may handle it better, but then again he may not.  
    Don't worry though: the prize from the Alpine Cup will easily 
    get you gold on the races you don't win the first time 
    through.  Go for points alone.  Another word of warning: 
    since all Alpines are the same color, it's hard to 
    differentiate which opponent is the one closing in on your 
    point total and which one has been underperforming.  You'll 
    therefore not be able to do strategic blocks of the point 
    leader very well, but it's a safe bet he's the guy who's 
    fastest.  Anyway, two more hard fought cars.we're at 86. We 
    should also be at 25%, which means it is happy time.  If not, 
    skip to Chapter 7 and onward and come back to Chapter 6 when 
    you get there.
    
    Chapter 6: Endurance Hall (or.B-Spec snooze time) (C06)
    
    Let me first say that I am very ambivalent on the hot topic 
    B-Spec controversy.  Is it necessary, or should you "be a 
    man" and race everything yourself?  I don't care.  It's up to 
    you.  Either way you do it, the Endurance Hall is the easiest 
    part of the game if you make it easy and heartbreaking if you 
    make it hard.  I was a wuss.  I won the El Capitan Endurance 
    first (with the good old Cien), and then took that monster of 
    a Toyota, the Minolta, everywhere else except Roadster 4 
    Hours (since we can't do that).  Actually, I lie.  I did a 
    few more challenging races, usually when I was in the mood to 
    A-Spec.  But you CAN Minolta your way through it, and that's 
    probably the best way to do it in B-Spec because your point 
    value doesn't really matter (sole reason to make A-Spec races 
    challenging) and even the worst B-Spec driver can win with 
    the Minolta.  Once you finish the Nurb 24 hour race, you may 
    want to switch over to using the Polyphony Formula Gran 
    Turismo, particularly since it doesn't degrade.  Or you may 
    not.  Your choice.  A further word of warning: No matter how 
    much you love B-Spec, A-Spec the Super Speedway Endurance.  
    It's not that long, and the B-Spec driver doesn't know what 
    the heck to do about it.  Apparently there's a bug with B-
    Spec and the Sarthe endurances that makes it want to hit the 
    wall, but I didn't experience that.  I also won them both 
    with the Formula GT, so you absolutely can win them with 
    that.  
    
    Congratulations.  You now have 15 more cars, with only 4 hour 
    Roadster undone in Endurance Hall.  That's a running total of 
    101cars, the century mark.  You also got the 25% prize car, 
    so you really have 102  Woot.  Additionally, the NSX-R Road 
    Car Prototype from 8 hours Motegi can destroy the Supercar 
    Festival if you haven't already done that, and the 1969 Ford 
    GT40 from 200 miles Laguna Seca is yet another World Classic 
    destroying car.  There's no excuse to not have those done 
    now.
    
    Chapter 7: The land of the rising sun (C07)
    
    Now you have every weapon in your arsenal to win the Japanese 
    Events.  You have many options for the Japanese Championship, 
    so take whatever one you like the most.  Same thing with the 
    Japan GT Championship.  The Calsonic Skyline from 9 hour 
    Tsukuba is probably the most fair, and the Minolta (as 
    always) is a sure thing.  The Formula GT should be useable, 
    too, if you are not opposed to being unreasonably unfair.  
    
    The little Honda from World Compact will win Japanese Compact 
    for you, and it's a lot of fun to drive.  I needed to upgrade 
    it somewhat, but you may not need to.  For the 70's 
    challenge, use the nice 1971 240ZG you won from the Z one 
    make.  The Sileighty from Silvia Sisters is your friend for 
    the 90's race, which is odd since it is supposed to be 
    production cars only and that Sileighty is not a production 
    car.  If you didn't already (and I didn't list it, so you 
    might not have), go win the Red Emblem One-Make in Nissan's 
    one make races.  You should have a couple Skylines to choose 
    from, go with whichever makes you happy (or the Calsonic if 
    you want to destroy it).  Unfortunately, you do not win a car 
    eligible for Japan 80's to my knowledge, so you have to 
    settle for leaving it undone for now.  Be happy with your six 
    more cars, for a garage of 108
    
    Chapter 8: That's Old Europe. (C08)
    
    Besides the inaccessible Extreme Events, Europe is the only 
    place left to go.  Well, there's a few more one makes we'll 
    get to, but not many.  Europe is a pretty diverse group of 
    events, and we'll enjoy them all.  That's right, they're all 
    winnable.
    
    Let's take it from the top.  You should have a number of nice 
    Euro cars for the Pan Euro Championship.  If you passed 50%, 
    that Jaguar is fine.  The Audi R8 and Bentley Speed 8 from 
    the Sarthe Endurances should also work.  Any of those options 
    except the Audi can roll on to the British GT Cup, with the 
    fourth option being the Jag you just won.
    
    Switch over to the Ginetta for the British Lightweight Cup.  
    I understand that one of the Jaguar race cars can also 
    compete in it, but that's overkill.  Still, far be it from me 
    to tell you how to play.  Skip the DTM for now, we'll be back 
    in a few.  Go win the Lotus Classics with the Europa Special 
    from the Lightweight Cup in the meantime.  Four more lovely 
    cars, five counting the 50% prize, we're now at 113. 
    
    The Italian Festival is unable to deal with the sheer power 
    of the Cizeta from Supercar Festival.  You don't even need to 
    try.  Too bad it's the only applicable car you have besides 
    the Autobianchi Abarth.  Switch to the 1980 Renault 5 Turbo 
    from Tahiti Easy and upgrade it to taste for the Tout French 
    Championship and the Hot Hatch Championship.  Three more, 
    116.
    
    You have two notable European Classics, the Jaguar E-Type 
    from British GT and the Ginetta from back in the day 
    (Beginner Lightweight). Either will win the Classic Car and 
    1000 miles championships.  Of note: You can race ANY old 
    production car in 1000 miles, including the Chevelle and 
    Super Bird.  Be warned, though: you'll face a field of Fiats 
    and such, so extreme power=extreme boredom.  We're up to 118 
    cars.  Schwarzvald Liga A and B and the DTM are left.  
    
    Sheer insanity, I know, but the Bronze B Lupo 1.4 can win 
    Schwarzvald Liga A when fully upgraded.  Depending on who 
    you're against, it can be anywhere from 22 to 199 A-Spec 
    Points.  Not for the faint of heart, but I managed it (and, 
    as I said before, I'm not all that good).  As for Liga 
    B.there's too many options to count.  I used the Nuovolari 
    Quattro (25% prize).  These two prize cars can then win one 
    makes: Legends of the Silver Arrow with your B prize Mercedes 
    Touring Car (yielding a superior Mercedes Touring Car) and 
    BMW's M Club with the A prize.  Use the Silver Arrow Mercedes 
    plus upgrades to defeat the DTM.  You now have 123 cars if 
    you did everything, I was 15 cars behind this at 108.  You 
    are ready for your final challenge.  The final One Make 
    available.  The illustrious and exciting Citroen 2CV-2HP 
    Challenge.
    
    You win the 2CV back from the French races.  You use it to 
    win another lovely 2CV.  I don't really count this car, but 
    your garage size will be 124 with it, so.there's that.  
    Congratulations.
    
    Chapter 9: Tying it up and moving forward (C09)
    
    I was at 58.6% when I finally broke down and bought a Dodge 
    Ram to win the truck series.  I imagine that over 60% is 
    available, I'd be interested if someone with more skill than 
    I would give it a go.  
    
    The non-One Make races that you are missing at this point 
    are:
    Beginner: Sport Truck
    Professional: GT World Championships
    Extreme: All
    Endurance: 4 Hour Roadster
    Japan: Japan 80's 
    
    You can win all of these races by only buying two cars.  The 
    first car is any truck, the Ram being a popular choice.  The 
    second car is a 1989 Miata.  However, there are still many 
    One-Makes to go.  Here's a full list of every car you need to 
    buy to get 100%:
    
    Any sport truck
    Daihatsu Copen, any variety 
    Daihatsu Midget II
    Honda Civic, any variety * 
    Isuzu, any variety * 
    Mazda Miata, any variety *
    Mitsubishi Mirage, either variety *
    Nissan Compact *
    Subaru 360
    Suzuki K Car (the prize car from K Car can then win Suzuki 
    Concept race)
    Lexus for the Altezza Race, any variety
    Toyoya Vitz, any variety
    Chrysler Crossfire
    Saleen S7
    Shelby, any variety
    Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
    Aston Martin, any variety
    Audi A3 3.2 quattro
    Audi TT, any variety
    BMW 1 series, any variety
    Lotus Elise, any variety
    Mercedes-Benz SL, any variety
    MG, any variety
    Mini Cooper, any variety
    Opel Speedster, either variety (non-turbo recommended)
    Peugeot 206, any variety (Rally Car recommended)
    Renault Clio, any variety
    Renault Megane, any variety
    Triumph Spitfire 1500
    TVR, any model
    Volkswagen GTi
    Volkswagen Beetle (sadly, there are no Beetle GTi's).
    
    A grand total of 32 cars therefore need to be bought.  An 
    Asterisk indicates a car with a model that can be purchased 
    to race in Japan 80's.  I can't vouch for their ability to 
    compete necessarily, but the 1989 Miata was fine (so I 
    imagine most of the rest would be).
    
    Contrary to popular theory, you do not need to spam the DTCM 
    or Capri Rally to make money.  I have all races that require 
    a specific car done and have not repeated a race.  I also 
    haven't sold a car I didn't have a duplicate of.  
    
    Chapter 10: How to get there from here, or six degrees of 
    Kevin Bacon (C10)
    
    This is a quick and dirty list of the quickest way to get 
    each possible race done.  Note that not all of these are 
    optimal, and some have alternate solutions.  Each group will 
    start with a license test car, a driving mission car, or a % 
    reward (in that order).  Since those events don't require a 
    specific car to win, they will not be listed here.  Any group 
    that asks for a gold license car for shortest path will have 
    an alternate without a gold license.
    
    BEGINNER HALL:
    Sunday Cup: B Bronze License Lupo + mods or B Silver License 
    Kusabi
    
    FF Challenge: B Bronze License Lupo + mods or A Bronze 
    License Sunfire GXP
    
    FR Challenge: IA Bronze Nismo 270R
    
    4WD Challenge: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Capri Easy for 
    RSC Rally Raid
    
    MR Challenge: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Umbria Easy for 
    Cadillac Cien
    
    Light Weight K Cup: B Gold Honda S500 + mods or B Silver 
    Kusabi to Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods.
    
    Spider/Roadster: B Gold Honda S500 + mods or A Bronze License 
    Sunfire GXP to Umbria Easy for Cadillac Cien to American Hot 
    Rod Competition for Chevelle SS to Stars and Stripes for 
    Camaro LM Race Car to American Championship for Corvette C1 
    Convertible + mods. 
    
    PROFESSIONAL HALL:
    Clubman Cup: IA Bronze license Nismo 270R
    
    Tuning Car Grand Prix: IA Bronze license Nismo 270R
    
    Race of NA Sports: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Umbria 
    Easy for Cadillac Cien
    
    Race of Turbo Sports: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Umbria 
    Easy for Cadillac Cien, add supercharger
    
    Boxer Spirit: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to Capri Normal 
    for Subrau Impreza Rally Car Prototype
    
    World Classic Car Series: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to 
    Umbria Easy for Cadillac Cien to American Hot Rod Competition 
    for Chevelle SS + mods.  Make sure AC Cobra is not in the 
    line-up.
    
    World Compact Car: B License Gold Honda S500 or B License 
    Bronze Lupo+mods to Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods 
    to Lightweight K Cup for Ginetta G4.
    
    Supercar Festival: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to Capri 
    Normal for Subrau Impreza Rally Car Prototype to Boxer Spirit 
    for RUF Yellowbird + mods
    
    ENDURANCE HALL: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to El Capitan 
    200 miles for Toyota Minolta 88C-V.  Then win everything else 
    except the Roadster (which can't be done) with that.  Slap 
    sports tires on it as needed.  Cheap, but this is the 
    quickest possible way, not most competitive way.
    
    JAPANESE HALL:
     Japanese Championship: The IA Bronze Nismo 270R (your 
    workhorse) should be able to do this.
    
    Japanese GT Championship: IA Bronze Nismo 270R to El Capitan 
    Endurance for the Minolta 88C-V.  Take that to Tsukuba 9 hour 
    for the Calsonic Skyline for more fairness.the Japanese 
    Championship Fairlady Z Race Car will work too (see above).
    
    Japanese 70's Classic: IA Bronze Nismo 270R to Tuning Car 
    Grand Prix for OPTION Stream Z to Nissan one-make Z Club for 
    Nissan 240ZG '71.
    
    Japanese 90's Challenge: IA Bronze Nismo 270R to Nissan 
    Silvia Sisters one-make for the '98 Sileighty.  Like the NSX-
    R Prototype, the Sileighty is not a production car (at least 
    this one isn't), but somehow it counts as production.  The 
    Nismo does not.
    
    Japan Compact Car: B License Gold Honda S500 or B License 
    Bronze Lupo+mods to Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods 
    to Lightweight K Cup for Ginetta G4 for Honda S800 RSC Race 
    Car
    
    EUROPEAN HALL:
    European Championship: 50% prize Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car or 
    Nismo 270R to El Capitan Endurance for Toyota Minolta 88C-V 
    to La Sarthe 24 hour Endurance II for Bentley Speed 8.
    
    British GT Cup: 50% prize Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car or Nismo 270R 
    to El Capitan Endurance for Toyota Minolta 88C-V to La Sarthe 
    24 hour Endurance II for Bentley Speed 8.
    
    British Light Weight Race: B License Bronze Lupo+mods to 
    Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods to Lightweight K Cup 
    for Ginetta G4
    
    DTCM: 25% prize Nuovolari Quattro to Schwarzwald Liga B for 
    MERCEDES-BENZ AMG 190E 2.5 16V Evolution II (DTM) to Legends 
    of the Silver Arrow Mercedes One-Make for CLK Touring Car.  
    Do not try this with the AMG Evo II unless you are a glutton 
    for punishment.
    
    Italian Festival: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to Capri 
    Normal for Subrau Impreza Rally Car Prototype to Boxer Spirit 
    for RUF Yellowbird + mods for Cizeta V16T.  You can also get 
    here through 1000 Miles' Giulia Sprint Speciale, but the 
    Cizeta is funny.  The field is so lame that you can have no 
    skill with the Cizeta and still win.
    
    French Championship: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to Capri 
    Normal for Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype + dirt tires to 
    Tahiti Easy for Renault 5 Turbo+mods.
    
    European Classic Car Championship: B License Bronze Lupo+mods 
    to Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods to Lightweight K 
    Cup for Ginetta G4 or (50% prize Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car or 
    Nismo 270R to El Capitan Endurance for Toyota Minolta 88C-V 
    to La Sarthe 24 hour Endurance II for Bentley Speed 8.) to 
    British GT Cup for Jaguar E-Type
    
    European Hot Hatch Championship: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R 
    to Capri Normal for Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype + dirt 
    tires to Tahiti Easy for Renault 5 Turbo+mods
    
    1000 Miles!: (50% prize Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car or Nismo 270R 
    to El Capitan Endurance for Toyota Minolta 88C-V to La Sarthe 
    24 hour Endurance II for Bentley Speed 8.) to British GT Cup 
    for Jaguar E-Type OR A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Umbria 
    Easy for Cadillac Cien to American Hot Rod Competition for 
    Chevelle SS
    
    Schwarzwald Liga A: B Bronze license Lupo + every mod in the 
    book.
    
    Schwarzwald Liga B: 25% prize Nuovolari Quattro
    
    AMERICAN HALL:
    American Championship: S Bronze License Mercury XR-7 to 
    American Muscle Car Championship for Plymouth Superbird for 
    Camaro LM Race Car
    
    Stars and Stripes: S Bronze License Mercury XR-7 to American 
    Muscle Car Championship for Plymouth Superbird
    
    American Hot Rod Championship: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP 
    to Umbria Easy for Cadillac Cien
    
    American Muscle Car Championship: S Bronze License Mercury 
    XR-7 
    
    SPECIAL CONDITIONS HALL:
    Basically, take the Bronze IA Nismo to any Capri rally.  The 
    Hard is probably the best bet for the RS200 Rally Car.  Then, 
    slap dirt and snow tires on it as needed.  One exception:
    
    Tsukuba (Wet) Hard: You'll be against a powerful race car.  
    It can be done with a much weaker car (especially if you punt 
    the race car into the dirt ASAP), but you might want to get 
    the Minolta or something (see Endurance above).
    
    One Makes (the ones that can be done):
    
    Honda: Type R Meeting: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to Umbria 
    Easy for Cadillac Cien to Race of NA Sports for NSX-R Concept 
    '01.
    
    Hyundai: Hyundai Sports Festival: IA Bronze License Nismo 
    270R to Capri Normal for Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype + 
    dirt tires to Cathedral Rocks II Easy for HCD6
    
    Mazda: RE Club: IB Silver RX-8 Concept.  To RX-8 Cup for the 
    race car if you need to.
    
    Mazda: RX-8 Cup: IB Silver RX-8 Concept
    
    Mitsubishi: Evolution Meeting: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R 
    to Capri Normal for Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype + snow 
    tires to Ice Arena Normal for Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car
    
    Nissan: Race of Red Emblem: The A Gold or IA Silver Skylines 
    are the two easiest.  There's a few others you can get, 
    including the Calsonic from 9 hours Tsukuba.  Any way you 
    slice it, you're overpowering it a lot.
    
    Nissan: Silvia Sisters: IA Bronze license Nismo 270R
    
    Nissan: Z Club: IA Bronze Nismo 270R to Tuning Car Grand Prix 
    for OPTION Stream Z
    
    Subaru: Race of Pleiades: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to 
    Capri Normal for Subrau Impreza Rally Car Prototype
    
    Chevrolet: Corvette Festival: A Bronze License Sunfire GXP to 
    Umbria Easy for Cadillac Cien to American Hot Rod Competition 
    for Chevelle SS to Stars and Stripes for Camaro LM Race Car 
    to American Championship for Corvette C1 Convertible + mods.
    
    Chevrolet: Camaro Meeting: S Bronze License Mercury XR-7 to 
    American Muscle Car Championship for Plymouth Superbird for 
    Camaro LM Race Car
    
    Alpine: Alpine Cup: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to George V 
    Paris Easy for Alpine A310 1600 VE + mods
    
    BMW: M Club: Lupo Cup: B Bronze license Lupo + every mod in 
    the book to Schwarzvald Liga A for BMW M3 GTR Race Car
    
    Citroen: 2HP-2CV Classics: IA Bronze License Nismo 270R to 
    Capri Normal for Subaru Impreza Rally Car Prototype + dirt 
    tires to Tahiti Easy for Renault 5 Turbo+mods for Citroen 2CV
    
    Lotus: Lotus Classic Cup: B License Bronze Lupo+mods to 
    Sunday Cup for Autobianchi Abarth + mods to Lightweight K Cup 
    for Ginetta G4 to British Lightweight Cup for Lotus Europa 
    Special.
    
    Mercedes-Benz: Legends of the Silver Arrow: 25% prize 
    Nuovolari Quattro to Schwarzwald Liga B for MERCEDES-BENZ AMG 
    190E 2.5 16V Evolution II (DTM)
    
    Volkswagen: Lupo Cup: B Bronze license Lupo + every mod in 
    the book.
    
    Chapter 11: A few tips, tricks, and A-Spec points (C11)
    
    You may have noticed that there are several places where A-
    Spec points are minimal, such as the Camaro race. It's a sad 
    thing, but true.  If you must have A-Spec points, you can 
    generally race the prize car for a race back in the race for 
    more points.  This is true of the Camaro race, the Italian 
    races, A Thousand Miles (depending on what you took in), and 
    many others.  It may seem that no-buy and A-Spec points are 
    mutually exclusive, but it isn't always the case.  I say work 
    on it later.  Another option is to slap N1 tires on your 
    Camaro LM Race Car or Cizeta V16T, but I didn't do that 
    personally and wouldn't recommend it.
    
    Another thing is about the license tests.  I haven't got all 
    gold, and you probably won't either (no offense).  You really 
    don't need all gold.  You don't even need all silver.  There 
    is not a single race that a gold or silver license car can be 
    raced in that another winnable car does not work for.  They 
    may work better, but you can still get by without them.  I 
    recommend going back for them later (which is what I'm trying 
    to do now).
    
    How about transferring licenses over from GT3?  Well, I don't 
    recommend it.  The Lupo 1.4 is absolutely necessary to get 
    the most completion percentage.  I guess the Sunfire GXP 
    Concept is optional, but it was good to me.  Your license 
    cars are your first workhorses, and the Nike One isn't able 
    to race, so if you skip B and A you'll need to get the IA 
    Bronze or IB Silver.  IB has the cone slaloms which I find to 
    be more irritating than anything else in the world, so I'd 
    recommend going with the IA.  You'll still need the Lupo 
    eventually, though.
    
    Transferring money over from GT3?  I did it.  I know some 
    find that to be "cheating", but I wasted it on a NA upgrade 
    on the Sunfire GXP Concept, thinking the Sunfire could own a 
    lot of races with it.  Turns out.not the case.
    
    If the cars I suggest for a race don't work for you, upgrade 
    a little more.  The biggest instance of this will be the Lupo 
    1.4, even fully upgraded you need nerves of steel to win with 
    it.  The wing really helped out in Schwarzvald Liga A 
    (although I did a 199 point race wingless in there).  Also, 
    roadblock, wallride, grass cut, nitrous.these are all 
    restrictions we arbitrarily put on ourselves.  Whatever your 
    conscious is good with, do that.  I wallride infrequently, 
    same with grass cuts, but if I need to in order to win a race 
    the gloves are off.  A few driving missions almost require a 
    wallride.  The one exception to the selective morality rule 
    is Fuji 90's, where a grasscut on the last chicane is almost 
    definitely cheating.  But, I'd be lying if I said I never did 
    it.  The grasscut on Suzuka (full)'s final chicane is 
    tempting, but I find it isn't always as effective as you want 
    it to be.  Taking that chicane properly sets up much better 
    lines, in my opinion.
    
    Another option is to try a different car.  Many races have 
    multiple no-buy solutions, try a few different cars and see 
    what works.  I hope to eventually add a list to this of every 
    race that each of the hundred-some cars you'll win is a 
    viable choice for.  Input would be appreciated.
    
    There are at least eight cars flagged "special" that you will 
    win but be unable to race anywhere.  So don't bother trying.  
    These are:
    Ford Model T
    Toyota Motor Triathalon Race Car
    Chrysler Prowler Convertible
    Auto Union Streamline
    Jay Leno Tank Car
    Nike One 2022
    Benz Patent Motor Carriage
    Daimler Motor Carriage
    The "special" flag is given to cars whose animations are too 
    complex to have on the track with other cars.  I'm told the 
    Streamline is only able to be driven on the Nurburgring.  It 
    also has the distinction of not being available in Arcade 
    Mode, unlike any of the others.
    
    Afterward:
    
    I'd like to thank a number of people who helped out with this 
    FAQ, including GTRacer, Oldguy1957, and jdwilli4 from the 
    gamefaqs forums.  Others have contributed on the boards, but 
    I lost my original thanks list.  I apologize for that error, 
    but consider yourself thanked regardless.
    
    Also, I'd like to thank Polyphony Digital and Sony for a 
    great game.
    
    I hope you enjoyed this FAQ, it is my first attempt.  Feel 
    free to contact me at Havok3595 (at) hotmail.com if you have 
    further questions or information.  Be sure to put GT4 FAQ in 
    the subject line since I get a ton of spam.
    

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