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    Project Gotham Racing 2
    - FAQ/Walkthrough 
    Written by: James Pelchar (jesterguy) 
    Version 1.00
    Date: 11.26.02
    Email: hyper_mickey@hotmail.com 
    *If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, send them to my 
     email, I will try to respond as quickly as possible.  I do recieve a 
     lot of email daily so it may take some time for me to respond to your
    I.    Updates
    II.   Introduction
    III.  Controller
    IV.   Kudos System
    V.    Single Player
    VI.   Multiplayer
    VII.  Xbox Live
    VIII. Cars List
    IX.   Bonuses/Secrets
    X.    Disclaimer
    XI.   Credits
    I. Updates
    Version 1.00 - First version of the guide.  Packed a ton of info in
                   here, future versions will entail filling the parts out
                   more completely as I accumulate more information.
                   Updates should be pretty frequent so new stuff will be
                   added shortly!
    IN THE NEXT UPDATE: Will be done filling out my suggestions for each 
    class, token levels, more on Geometry Wars, and piecing 
    together/organzing all my sections so they are more complete and 
    II. Introduction
    Project Gotham Racing 2 is the much anticipated sequel to one of Xbox's 
    most popular racing franchises.  The hugely hyped game has delivered in 
    all areas and exceeded the already monumental expectations.  Tons to 
    unlock, lots of variety in cars, tracks, music, the works.  The Xbox 
    Live features are sure to hold your attention for a long time to come.  
    This brilliant piece of work will without a doubt top the favorites 
    lists of many gamers around the world.
    In this guide you will find a list of the cars, the modes of play 
    broken down into sections, secrets, tips and much more.  New 
    information will always be added, hopefully you can find something of 
    use in all this!  You better...
    III. Controller
    A:         Hand Brake
    B:         Down Shift
    X:         Up Shift (Reverse when stopped)
    Y:         Look Behind
    White:     Switch Camera View
    Black:     Switch Camera View
    L.Analog:  Turn/Steer
    R.Analog:  Look Behind/Around
    D-Pad:     Turn/Steer
    L.Trigger: Brake (Reverse when stopped)
    R.Trigger: Accelerate
    Select:    Horn
    Start:     Pause Game
    IV. Kudos System
    Kudos are the points you recieve in and after races for doing certain 
    things.  The more Kudos you accumulate, the higher your Rank will go.  
    When you increase your rank you get Tokens which will allow you to 
    purchase new cars.  You can get Kudos points from the single player or 
    even from racing online!
    When you perform something that will earn you points it'll take a 
    couple seconds to actually bank it into your total.  If you hit a wall 
    before it banks, you will lose the kudos that haven't been banked.  
    However, if you've got a combo going (2 or more kudo moves) that 
    haven't been banked, if you hit a wall they will still remain until 
    they are banked.  Now that you are thoroughly confused, here are the 
    Token Levels:
    NOTE: I've decided to only list the ones where there is a token
          increase since listing them all would be long and pointless.
    -Level- -Points Needed- -Tokens-
       03                      2
       11                      6
       12                      7
       14       106,000        8
       16       132,750        9
       17       147,000       10
       20       194,250       15
       31       401,750       17
                          -- During the Race --
    There are many ways to gain more Kudos points during the race, this is 
    accomplished by doing certain tricks:
    - Nice Slide! (+N/A pts.): You get Kudos points for doing power slides,
      this happens when you make a sharp turn and the car slides sideways. 
      The longer you hold the slide the more the point total will increase.
      It is easy to get a pretty good amount of points for sliding all the
      way through S-turns.
    - 360! (+100 pts.): Spin your car completely around in a circle and you
      will get the 360 bonus.
    - Sweet Overtake! (+50 pts.): When doing a race against another
      opponent you will get points for overtaking their car.  The amount
      decreases for each time you pass a specific car.
    - Great Drafting! (+N/A pts.): When going at high speeds, stay directly
      behind the car in front of yours.  This will put you in their airflow
      and give you a quick boost and allow you to pass them with relative
      ease.  The longer you stay in this airflow, the more points you will
    - Clean Section ( pts.): When you pass between a checkpoint without
      hitting any walls, you will get a Clean Section bonus.  This 
      encourages you to drive more carefully and will also get you through
      the track quicker.
    - Good Line! (+N/A pts.): If you take a turn going the optimal speed 
      you get a Nice Line bonus.  Learn how to take the turns faster and
      with more precision and the point total for your line will increase.
    - Two Wheels! (+N/A pts.): Have your car go on two wheels and you get
      the Two Wheels bonus.  This can be easily done by hitting a turn at a 
      fast speed and going up on the apron (red/blue and white striped 
      piece) on the side of the road.  Also if you hit small bumps in the
      road at a higher speed your car will lift off a little.  Either of
      these will put your car on 2 wheels and get you a bonus.
    - Cool Air! (+N/A pts.): Just the same as the Two Wheels bonus only you
      can attain it if you hit the bump at a higer speed and get the entire
      car airborne.  The longer the car is in the air, the bigger your
    - Cone Gate (+10 pts.): When you do the Cone Challenges, you will get 
      points for every cone gate you pass.  The gate is between the two
      orange cones.
                          -- After the Race --
    Kudos can be gained even after the race is over!  There are a few of 
    them also:
    - Clean Race (+250 pts.): Complete an entire race without hitting one
      of the barriers and you will get the Clean Race bonus after the round
      is over.
    - Fastest Lap (+100 pts.): Set an initial time or beat your old fastest
      lap time and you will get the Fastest Lap bonus after the round is
    - Position Bonus (+N/A pts.): When racing against opponents you will
      get a bonus based on which place you finished.  The better you place,
      the better the bonus.
    - Completion Bonus (+N/A pts.): After finishing a challenge you will
      get a Completion Bonus based on what difficulty you've got it set on. 
      Steel will get you the least points and as you increase the 
      difficulty, the total points you recieve will increase as well.
    - Time Bonus (+N/A pts.): For timed races you will get a Time Bonus for
      however many seconds you make it under the goal.  For example, if the
      goal is for 1:00:00 and you complete it in 0:45:00, you will recieve
      15 points for completing it 15 seconds under the goal.
    V. Single Player
    1. The Medal System
    2. Cars by Classes
    3. Kudos World Series (+Tips!)
    4. Arcade Racing
       - Street Race
       - Timed Run
       - Cone Challenge (+Tips!)
    5. Time Attack
       - Circuit Challenge
       - Car Challenge
                         -- The Medal System --
    Medals are basically a way to change the difficulty of the challenge.  
    From easiest to hardest it goes: Steel, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum.  
    Steel is the Novice level, kinda like a practice session for the harder 
    difficulties.  Platinum is the hardest to play on, the times will be 
    shorter, the points will increase, and the computer controlled cars 
    will drive cleaner, good luck!  Here are the completion bonuses for 
    beating a challenge on each difficulty level:
    Silver   1,500 pts.
                           -- Cars by Classes --
    The following is a breakdown of the cars in each class that you will 
    use for both online and offline.  The Default cars are the ones you 
    begin with and don't have to buy.  The Unlock cars are the ones you 
    will need to buy in order to race with, the costs for these are located 
    in the Car List section of this guide.  I have also added some 
    suggestions on which cars are your best bet underneat the list for the 
    NOTE: These suggestions are just personal opinions!  Each person has a
          different style of driving, I may like some cars that you don't,
          I'm just trying to give the best overall choice.  My opinions are
          also based on what I see people using frequently online as it is
          a pretty good indication of which cars are the best in each
    (** Denotes a Special Car that is obtained by completing the Kudos
        World Series on a certain difficulty.  For more info on these cars,
        see the Bonuses/Secrets area of the guide.)
    Compact Sports: (Default)MINI Cooper S
                             Seat Leon Cupra R
                             Volkswagen New Beetle RSi                         
                     (Unlock)Lancia Delta Integrale Evo
                             Volkswagen R32
                             Renault Clio V6
                             Honda Civic Type-R(J)
                             Ford Focus RS
    SUGGESTIONS: I suggest using the Ford Focus RS for everything in this
                 series on one player, it is easily the best out of the
                 bunch.  For online purposes I'd also stick with the Focus
                 but I have seen the Clio getting a little play as well.
    Sports Convert.:(Default)Toyota MR2 Spyder
                             Mazda Miata MX-5
                     (Unlock)BMW Z4 3.0i
                             Honda S2000
                             Porsche Boxter S
                             Audi TT Roadster
    SUGGESTIONS: The Porsche and S2000 seem to be favored both online and
                 off.  Each are pretty well balanced against one another so
                 whichever you want is a good choice.  The Z4 also gets a
                 decent amount of play online but not as much as the
                 Porsche or S2K.
    Coupe Series:   (Defualt)Honda Integra Type-R(J)
                             Mazda RX-8
                     (Unlock)Audi TT 3.2 Quattro
                             BMW M3
                             Audi S4
                             Nissan 350Z
                             Audi TT Coupe
    Sports Utility: (Default)Chevrolet SSR
                             Volvo XC90
                     (Unlock)Ford SVT Lightning
                             BMW X5 4.6is
                             Porsche Cayene Turbo
                             Mercedes ML55 AMG
    SUGGESTIONS: By far the best pick out of this class is the Porsche,
                 with the Mercedes trailing far behind.  The Porsche is the
                 best choice to use for both single and multiplayer.
    Pacific Muscle: (Default)Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo
                             Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
                     (Unlock)Nissan Skyline GT-R(R34) Nur
                             Subaru Impreza WRX STi
                             Mazda RX-7
                             Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII
    SUGGESTIONS: The Skyline is my pick for this class for single player.
                 It power slides very easily so it is a good car to really
                 rack up a lot of Kudos around the track.  For online I've 
                 seen the most use out of the Supra, Skyline, STi.  With
                 the exception of the VR4 (possibly), any car is a good
                 choice as long as you can handle it, they're all pretty
                 well balanced.
    Roadster Series:(Default)Renault Spider
                             Vauxhall VX220
                     (Unlock)AC 427 MKII
                             Caterham 7 Classic
                             Lotus 340R
                             Lotus Elise
    Classics Series:(Default)Porsche 550 Spyder
                             Toyota 2000GT
                     (Unlock)Lancia Stratos
                             Ferrari Dino 246GT
                             Ferrari 275GTB
                             Porsche 911 RS2.7
                             Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
                             Jaguar E-Type
                             Nissan 240Z
                             **Ferrari 250 GTO
    Sports Coupe:   (Default)Cadillac XLR
                             Lexus SC 430
                             Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe (966)
                             Morgan Aero 8
                             TVR Tamora
                             Audi RS6
                             Jaguar XKR
    American Muscle:(Default)Chevrolet Camaro Z28
                             Pontiac GTO
                     (Unlock)Pontiac Trans Am
                             Ford SVT Mustang Cobra
                             Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2
                             Chevrolet Camaro SS
                             Corvette Sting Ray
    Super Cars:     (Default)Ferrari 360 Spider
                             Ferrari 355 F1
                     (Unlock)TVR Tuscan Speed 6
                             Ferrari 360 Modena
                             Dodge Viper GTS
                             Chevrolet Corvette Z06
                             Porsche 911 Turbo
                             **Delfino Feroce
    SUGGESTIONS: You can acquire the Delfino by completing the Kudos World
                 Series on Steel difficulty.  This car has superior 
                 acceleration and above average handling so it can dust the
                 cars in this class when in the hands of a good driver.
    Grand Touring:  (Default)Lotus Esprit V8
                             Aston Martin Vanquish
                     (Unlock)Ferrari 575M Maranello
                             Mercedes SL55 AMG
                             Ferrari 550 Barchetta
                             Ferrari Testarossa
                             Bentley Continental GT
    Track Specials: (Default)Vauxhall VX220 Turbo
                             Lotus Exige
                     (Unlock)Ferrari Challenge Stradale
                             Porsche 911 GT3 (966)
                             Noble M12 GTO3
                             Honda NSX Type-R(J)
                             Dodge Viper SRT-10
    Extreme Series: (Default)Porsche 911 GT2 (933)
                             Ford GT40
                     (Unlock)Pagani Zonda S
                             Enzo Ferrari
                             Koenigsegg CC V8S
                             Porsche Carrera GT
                             **TVR Cerbera Speed 12
                             **Porsche 911 GT1
                             **Mercedes CLK-GTR
    SUGGESTIONS: Really any car from this class is a good choice since all
                 of the stats are very comparable.  More than anything it
                 comes down to how good of a driver you are as opposed to 
                 which car has the best stats.  Then Enzo seems to be the
                 most favored overall but a good driver can win with any 
                 car in the class.
                         -- Kudos World Series --
    The Kudos World Series is the main one player mode in the game.  You 
    compete in a variety of challenges in 14 different car classes to earn 
    Kudos and, if you're on Xbox Live, a place in the standings for each 
    track.  The following is a little summary of the types of challenges 
    you must pass:
    - Street Race - A basic race against computer controlled cars.  You
      must place in 3rd or higher to complete the challenge.
    - One on One - Much like the Street Race, only this time you are trying
      to beat just one computer controlled car.  Obviously, you need to
      place first in order to complete the challenge.
    - Hot Lap - 
    - Timed Run - 
    - Overtake - 
    - Cone Challenge - Weave in and out of a cone setup on a track.  To 
      beat the scores you try and link together a combo while going through
      the cone course.  Hitting a cone is like hitting a wall, it will stop
      your combo or clear your points if you don't have a combo running.
    - Speed Camera - Meet or beat a set speed in order to pass this event. 
      For example, if the speed is set to 96 MPH, you must get at or above
      96 MPH in order for the camera to photograph your car.
      TIP: If you've got Xbox Live and are have having trouble beating the 
      Platinum level, download a ghost!  Pick the top ranked person for
      that stage and learn how they take the line, it'll give you a very
      good idea on how to complete it with the correct speed.
                         -- Arcade Racing --
    Another way to get some extra Kudos is doing the Arcade Races.  Here 
    you will compete in three different types of challenges: Street Race, 
    Timed Run, and Cone Challenge.  You are given 20 challenges to do in 
    each catigory so there is a lot of Kudos to be earned.  
      TIP: Cone Challenges are the source of frustration for many gamers
      attempting the harder difficulties.  When the next cone or section
      break seems to be just a little to far out of reach, do a quick
      little power slide.  This will keep your combo going a little bit
      longer so you can make it to the next cone or checkpoint.
      TIP: Speed isn't always important!  You don't have to fly through the
      course in order to complete it.  In fact, doing so may cause you to
      hit a wall and lose all of those hard earned points in your combo. 
      Take it slow, learn the course, find the best way to link everything
                          -- Time Attack --
    In the Time Attack mode you don't earn any Kudos, unfortunately.  This 
    is just more of a way to set your personal bests on tracks based on 
    time instead of having to worry about getting Kudos as well.
    - Circuit Challenge: You are able to pick your city, track, and car in
      this mode.  There are a huge amount of tracks available once they've
      been unlocked so it'll keep you busy for a while.
    - Car Challenge: You are only able to select your car here.  Each car
      is assigned a different track so you don't get to pick whatever you
      want.  With over 100 cars to choose from, this might take a while...
    VII. Xbox Live
    Argueably the most fun and rewarding part of Project Gotham 2 is its 
    online components.  Hook up your Xbox to the net and when you begin 
    you'll be asked to sign into your account.  Doing so will enable you to 
    store your ghosts and points on the servers as well as go head to head 
    against others from around the world.
    More information about this section will be available in the next 
    update so check back!
    VIII. Cars List
    -Car Name-                     -Tokens-
    AC 427 MKII                        8
    Ascari KZ1                        17
    Aston Martin Vanquish           Default
    Audi RS6                           8
    Audi S4                            5
    Audi TT 3.2 Quattro                3
    Audi TT Coupe                      3
    Audi TT Roadster                   3
    Bentley Continental               14
    BMW M3                             5
    BMW X5 6.6is                       6
    BMW Z4 3.0i                       
    Cadillac XLR                    Default
    Caterham 7 Classic                 8
    Chevrolet Camaro SS               10
    Chevrolet Camaro Z28            Default
    Chevrolet Corvette Z06            12
    Chevrolet SSR                   Default
    Corvette Sting Ray                11
    Dodge Viper GTS                   12
    Dodge Viper SRT-10                14
    Enzo Ferrari                      22
    Ferrari 275 GTB                    9
    Ferrari 355 F1                  Default
    Ferrari 360 Modena                12
    Ferrari 360 Spider              Default
    Ferrari 550 Barchetta             13
    Ferrari 575M Maranello            14
    Ferrari Challenge Stradale        14
    Ferrari Dino 246 GT                8
    Ferrari F40                       17
    Ferrari F50                       19
    Ferrari Testarossa                12
    Ford Focus RS                     
    Ford GT                         Default
    Ford GT40                       Default
    Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2          9
    Ford SVT Lightning                 4
    Ford SVT Mustang Cobra            11
    Honda Civic Type-R (J)             1
    Honda Integra Type-R (J)        Default
    Honda NSX Type-R (J)              13
    Honda S2000                        3
    Iceni                              9
    Jaguar E-Type                      8
    Jaguar XJ220                      19
    Jaguar XKR                         8
    Koenigsegg CC V8S                 22
    Lancia Delta Integrale Evo         3
    Lancia Stratos                     9
    Lexus SC 430                    Default
    Lotus 340R                         7
    Lotus Elise                        6
    Lotus Esprit V8                 Default
    Lotus Exige                     Default
    Mazda Miata MX-5                Default
    Mazda RX-7                         5
    Mazda RX-8                      Default
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing            7
    Mercedes ML55 AMG                  5
    Mercedes SL55 AMG                 13
    MINI Cooper S                   Default
    Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4           Default
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII    6
    Morgan Aero 8                     10
    Nissan 240Z                        7
    Nissan 350Z                        4
    Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Nur      7
    Noble M12 GTO3                    15
    Pagani Zonda S                    22
    Pontiac GTO                     Default
    Pontiac Trans Am                   9
    Porsche 550 Spyder              Default
    Porsche 911 Carerra Coupe (966)    9
    Porsche 911 GT2 (993)           Default
    Porsche 911 GT3 (996)             14
    Porsche 911 RS 2.7                 8
    Porsche 911 Turbo (996)           12
    Porsche 959                       17
    Porsche Boxter S                   4
    Porsche Carrera GT                22
    Porsche Cayenne Turbo              6
    Renault Clio V6                    1
    Renault Spider                  Default
    Saleen S7                       Default
    Seat Leon Cupra R               Default
    Subaru Impreza WRX STi             6
    Toyota 2000GT                   Default
    Toyota MR2 Spyder               Default
    Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo         Default
    TVR Tamora                        10
    TVR Tuscan Speed 6                12
    Vauxhall VX220                  Default
    Vauxhall VX220 Turbo            Default
    Volkswagen New Beetle RSi       Default
    Volkswagen R32                     2
    Volvo XC90                      Default
    *Delfino Feroce                 Special
    *Ferrari 250 GTO                Special
    *Mercedes CLK-GTR               Special
    *Porsche 911 GT1                Special
    *TVR Cerbera Speed 12           Special
    IX. Bonuses/Secrets
    - A. Special Cars
    - B. Geometry Wars
    - C. Quick Start
                        -- A. Special Cars --
    There are 5 special cars to unlock in the game, you can see which ones 
    they are by going into your showroom.  They will all be covered until 
    you complete the requirements to drive them.  The following is the way 
    to unlock the special cars:
    - Car -               - How to Unlock -
    Delfino Feroce        Complete KWS on Steel difficulty
    Ferrari 250 GTO       Complete KWS on Bronze difficulty
    Mercedes CLK-GTR      Complete KWS on Gold difficulty
    Porsche 911 GT1       Complete KWS on Silver difficulty
    TVR Cerbera Speed 12  Complete KWS on Platinum difficulty
                         -- B. Geometry Wars --
    Geometry Wars is a little minigame you can access by going into your 
    garage at any time.  The arcade cabinet for it will be off to the side 
    near the tools, rims, etc.  Walk up to the machine and press A to begin 
                         -- C. Quick Start --
    If you've played Mario Kart for the SNES you probably know what I'm
      talking about.  At the beginning of a race you get that little speed
      boost right off the bat.  At the moment I do not know how I
      accomplished this, all I know is that I've done it.  I was playing
      online and using a Ferrari F50 at the time, when we started I
      instantly jumped ahead of everyone (who were also using F50's) and
      was to the front of the pack and a little bit ahead within 2 seconds. 
      Needless to say I got a lot of "How the hell did he do that?!"
      responses over the headset, and to be honest, I wish I knew.  I'm
      currently experimenting with it, trying to figure out exactly what I
      did to get this.  Maybe it was a glitch?  Maybe it was something that
      has to do with timing?  Hopefully I'll get more info on it in the
      next update.  Check back!
    X. Legal
    This FAQ is (c) Copyright 2003 to James Pelchar aka 'jesterguy'.  This 
    is for personal use only, you may not put this on your site or use it 
    to make a profit.  If you do wish to use this FAQ, contact me at my 
    mail and I will consider it.  Do not distribute this document, or alter 
    it in any way shape or form.  It can be printed out for personal 
    private use only.  You can NOT use this document without my permission.  
    Please contact me if you found this FAQ on a site other than 
    XI. Credits
    I'd like to thank:
    The People - For reading my FAQ, I hope its helpful, comments and
      things to add are always welcomed. 
    Microsoft Game Studios/Bizarre Creations - For making this wonderful
      game.  I'm now hopelessly addicted, I hope you're happy!
    CJayC - For putting this FAQ up, and making an excellent site.