------------------------------------------------------- Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Un-Official Game Guide/FAQ Author: kyriian E-Mail: email@example.com Started: December 9, 03 ------------------------------------------------------- Copyright 2003 kyriian, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED If you intend to use this FAQ in other websites, please email me and I will consider the purposal. Any part of this FAQ, if found on other gameguides, websites, or any other media that does not bear reference the source (mine). I will pursue the issue! -The Following Users/Websites has been preapproved to post this information: -GameFAQs.com -Paul Gannon's GT Site Version 1.0C -Minor Update Version 1.0B -Tests Done! (Finally) -Apologies for the delay, it hasn't been a nice few months for me in terms of school and stuff Version 1.0A -Tests done up to Coffee Brake 4, made some minor corrections, started Driving Techniques section+updated to condense them into one single section. -Tracks Completed Version 1.0 -Menu, cars (All but one car), Tests(Green and Yellow), Tracks (All but Fuji and Cita d' Aria) *********************************************************************** TABLE OF CONTENTS Section Description FIND CODE A Introduction A0001 B Driving Techniques(To be Updated) B0001 C Tracks C0001 D Cars D0001 E Licence Descriptions E0001 F Game Setup F0001 G FAQ G0001 H Credits H0001 *********************************************************************** Section A: INTRODUCTION Section: A0001 Gran Turismo is back! In japan this prelaunch title gives gamers a chance to test out the highly hyped Gran Turismo's fourth installment. Gran Turismo redefined the racing genre, namely the similation genre by introducing a gear-head's dream, of the ability to tune your own car in performance categories in the similation mode, with mind boggling speed in arcade. It simply is the best racer around on PS2, and have yet been equaled. SECTION B: Driving Techniques B0001 *********************************************************************** This section is for those new to the game. Automatic vs. Manual: The long standing fight. In reality MOST automatics takes performance away from the driver but most people drive them because they are alot easier to handle in traffic. I did say most because paddle shifters such as Audi's DSG, Ferrari's F1 Style, and BMW's SMG are impressive and sometimes can shift faster than a human hand can, but are generally VERY expensive. Manual is a direct way of shifting gears by hand thru the use of a clutch. I am not here to explain the difference and the mechanics of it here. In the game, the difference between automatic and manual is slim. Because automatic basically is the computer doing the shifting for you. It's all well and good for most people because they always get the right gear. However more advance drivers might find that a tad too easy, also is the odd instance when you want to downshift beyond computer's shift point. There are these instances, most often occuring with tight corners, where the computer seems to take longer to realize it and downshift. Using manual have you changing gears manually using L1 and R1. The hard thing is launching a car actually. A manual w/o TCS can be nightmarish launching a car esp. for cars like the Viper. Throttle technique needs to be mastered Throttle Technique: Taking full advantage of the equipment you have is a very important aspect of racing in GT 4. I believe other than die-hard racing fans would not own a wheel, because it's generally too expensive. Your's truly does not own a wheel. Using the d-pad is very much like any other game with the exception of the throttle (X) button. Basically braking requires max ALMOST all the time. Rarely will there be a need to use less braking force than max. Throttle is another matter. Drivetrain plays a role; which I will cover next. Dependant on which drivetrain, throttle should be applied as necessary when going for a quick exit. Some cars can go for full throttle if the spot selected to do so is perfect for that, however most cars will understeer, this is especially true with some 4WD and FFs. Lowering throttle mid-corner can correct it somewhat, also is modulating throttle, by using half throttle, you can do well in most corner exit while getting at least a little boost to get ready for the straight ahead. Throttle technique is not only used for correcting understeer, it is also useful to learn how to properly launch a car w/o resorting to using second gear launches. I suggest practice on a very powerful car to best understand burnouts. With an automatic the car and TCS will work together to almost elimate burnouts and produce perfect acceleration. People using manual can learn by limiting full throttle, rather hold the accelerator at a certain rpm. Once the car is on it's way, it will slip, so keep the throttle at the level before the launch until you can start hearing the rpm needle slowing down, at which point full throttle! It's a technique I find quite useful, but hard to pull off consistently. Rallying Technique: To generalize, dirt is just asphault without the grip. To take the corners, putting the cars sideways is the only way. With a 4WD rally car, it is very easy to do so. All you got to do is to turn, and wait until the car is drifting. You can tell when it is, because you will see the car's front facing the barriers. This moment is when you modulate throttle to control the drift. NEVER ever go full throttle, if you do you will most likely spin. Using handbrake requires a little more attention. Use handbrake only in hairpins. Slow down to a trickle, and turn, then pull the handbrake, just for a sec, or as long as needed. On gravel this typically means just half a second to throw the rear out. If pulled off correctly, get on the throttle and you should get right back on track. Consequently, Handbrake can be used on asphault on FF cars to throw out the rear intentionally. It is usually the only way to do a real drift in a FF. The time to do so is mid-turn. Tap the handbrake as needed to drift. By rapidly locking the rear wheels, you can turn very quickily. It has more effect than left foot braking(throttle while braking). However alot more diffcult to control correctly. And it is usually better to just use brake-throttle for turning for FF cars. Overall, rallying in real life and in the game world is worlds apart. There are not as much factors as in real life. The Scandinavian drifts involve multiple left foot brakes, multiple countersteer and various throttle techniques that the layman will not need to know to go fast. *********************************************************************** SECTION C: Tracks C0001 The tracks availiable on GT4 prologue are future tracks availiable in the full version soon to be available. The five tracks are as follows Circuit Tsukuba New York Circuit Grand Canyon Fuji Circuit Cita d' Aria * After A LOT of testing I am almost sure that the secret Hong Kong track, shown in the ending movie is NOT in the game. I have recived emails about it; mostly trying to get that track just like me but I am almost sure that it doesn't exist.* LEGEND----------- * Important Turns @ Take Late Apex # Take Early Apex ^ Dangerous section $ Passing Spot & Drag on straight to pass Track 1) Curcuit Tsukuba Length: Short Designed for: Street cars Location: Japan Turns: 9 Tsukuba is one of Japan's most famous circuits, featured in countless 'OUT MOTORING' CDs, it's typically a street car race course. Distance wise it's relatively short and it has a good combination of different types of corners, that can challenge beginners, and advance users alike. Turn 1$: Typically computer cars will turn in quite early, but you shouldn't take it like any other corner, go in wide and exit close to the apex, try to aim for a slightly late apex to take advantage of both the start straight, and the following cichane Turn 2+3@: A very small cicane that sets up the fourth corner. This can be taken at full speed, cut into the white section on the exit to set up for a wide entry into the fourth corner. Turn 4$, @: CPU's will once again dive in hard for an early apex, since you are taking the late apex be aware and not to let the computer taking the corner on the inside, otherwise that might screw up your exit. Turn 5: A slightly deceptive corner, if in doubt give it some brake before turning on full throttle, even just lift off throttle to enter the corner then apply the gas on exit is fine. This sets up the sixth and seventh corners, the length of the following straight isn't long, so advantage of going fast in turn 5 isn't significant Turn 6+7: A 2 turn section, most cars can take them on full throttle, but the very high hp cars such as the McLaren F1 might not take it as easily, the exit of corner five can affect the exit of corner six, and subsequently the entry of seven and the setup of eight. Give faint motion entering corner six and full throttle should be no problem for most cars Turn 8*, $, @: A very important turn, as it sets up the backstraight, it can determine win or loss with this turn. Usually a normal setup should be okay, but since the turn goes hard, then goes a little more before the straight, it's important to aim for the late apex and bolt down the straight. CPUs will take the normal apex so you can pass them on the straight quite easily after you set up the late apex here Turn 9^, &: A very wide corner that goes to back to the start. Slow down a little and apply mid corner throttle technique by tapping the gas every now and then, as you see the exit, give it full throttle and aim for the curb. Easy to pull off, but understeer can cause bad results in this corner * Important Turns @ Take Late Apex # Take Early Apex ^ Dangerous section $ Passing Spot & Drag on straight to pass Track 2) New York Street Circuit Length: Long Designed for: All cars Location: U.S.A. Turns: 12 Look, it's NYC!! The place is recognizable, even TGI Friday is here. Don't stop too long though. In this version, New York should be the fastest course in the game, the back straight and the pit straight is extremely long. Turn 1+2 ^, $, &: The first and second corner can be taken in unison, you'd be going very fast here so brake early. This is an excellent place to pass by pulling off drag down the straight. Try not to aim toward the curb here on the exit of the second curve, many cars will slide if you go on the throttle and get onto the curb here, scraping off precious speed for the straight, accelerate later, just so you don't lose speed on the second corner exit. Turn 3 $, &: Once again, very long straight before the turn but not as long as the start straight. Drag off others to gain position entering this corner, try and aim for a late apex to make best use of the wide exit. Turn 4+5: These two corners are hard to master, like the second corner, the fourth corner has those pesky high curb so avoid. The street widens on the exit of four so you can go a little higher speed than normally possible. Set up for the fifth corner by light tapping brake, then free wheel and step on it just before the apex of the corner. The exit is very wide so take advantage of it. Turn 6#+7@+8#+9@: These four corners are low speed 90 degree turns that require a little more skill to pull off quickily. Turn 6 and 7 is easy. Dive in hard for a early apex and brake hard to the outside and set up for a late exit on 7. That way you set up wide entering 8, aim for a late apex again to set up for full throttle exit on 9. Get it? Of course I'm generalizing, there are changing situations that might warrant a different stragey. Turn 10+11+12* So many combination corners here, right? Right. Turn 10 sets up 11, and 11 inturn sets up 12. Go full throttle and only brake hard as you enter turn 11, the wide circle isn't going to kill you, but some FF might not be able to pull off the full throttle then full slow down method here. Going wide mid corner and dive hard for the outside to set up for 12. Typically people can generally go full throttle on 12, driving a manual car make sure you shift, otherwise you might get caught slowing down, and elimate the need to set up wide. This corner very important! * Important Turns @ Take Late Apex # Take Early Apex ^ Dangerous section $ Passing Spot & Drag on straight to pass Track 3) Grand Canyon Rally Track Length: Long Designed for: Rally Cars Location: U.S.A. Turns: Too many to count (TO BE UPDATED) I'm sure everyone has seen this circuit one time or another in action when GT4 was first shown. The track is a real eye-candy, but a real nightmare.. it's super hard, with hairpins up the yin-yang. I'm not going to invest my time in helping you how to defeat this track, instead, like all rally tracks, rely on hand braking, drifting on wide... you are not going to be in fourth long. I'll generalize the sections as follows Starting to Canyon view section: This section makes up mostly of mid speed long sweepers. Slowing down early is the key to making it quick here. Cutting corners often work here too Canyon Section to Grassfield: The tight section makes up of mostly straights follow by low speed corners, use the handbrake up the hill, down the hill make sure you slow down early to go back to the grassfield section Grassfield to Start^: Keeping the car straight and you can go really fast here down the grassfield. Once past it drift wide to in, and drift back in the next cichane. The final section are hairpins and should be taken with the handbrake pulled. Hard to master and it's easy to mess up and spin. * Important Turns @ Take Late Apex # Take Early Apex ^ Dangerous section $ Passing Spot & Drag on straight to pass Track 4) Fuji Circuit Length: Long Designed for: Race Cars Location: Japan Turns: 11 Fuji is a world famous race course in Japan, a regular venue in the famous JGTC series. A long race course that includes one of the longest back straights in the game, a mix of cichanes, and one single hairpin, makes this track a true racer paradise Turn 1*,#,&+2 : The first two turns are very important to passing. You are likely going very quickily into this low speed turn, so brake early and brake hard! Approach the corner and go for an early apex, be aware while going for an early apex not to run into the gravel trap. Going for a early apex; if pulled off correctly, will set you up for a fast exit to the straight after corner 2. Turn 3^+4: Turn 3 can be tricky, mainly because it's diffcult to judge the distance to the apex itself. The saving grace is the dirt trap at the inside of corner 4 that extends to the area straight past turn 3. Using turn 3 sets up turn 4, cut a little and get on the throttle early on turn 3, because of the dirt lot even getting a wheel or two into the dirt won't hurt your laptime. Turn 5: The deceptive mid speed sweeper should be taken by hugging the inside curb. Use throttle technique rather than constant braking and full throttle can shave some time here too. Turn 6*: Turn 6 can be taken alot of ways, since it sets up for a slightly long straight, there are several ways you can take this. Generally using a late apex gets you faster on the straight, but can be dangerous as the corner entry can be obstructed by the little crest that happens to be before turn 6. Use a normal apex and aim for the ouside curb. You should be able to get the best time. Turn 7: Nothing special. Go full throttle and sweep to the outside when you can see the cichane ahead Turn 8@+9@+10@ *, ^, $: A very important series of turns. These series sets you up for the straight so its imperitive that you get these right. You should aim for a late apex on all corners. The reason for corner 8 is because you can almost scrape by 9 without losing speed and therefore gets you full throttle long before you normally can. Early apex is also useful for 8 if you intend to pass Corner 10 can be taken at full throttle and aim for the outside for the last corner Turn 11: Don't slow down for this one. Simply go full throttle to pass this high speed sweeper. * Important Turns @ Take Late Apex # Take Early Apex ^ Dangerous section $ Passing Spot & Drag on straight to pass Track 5) Cita d' Aria Length: Long Designed for: Road Cars, Small Cars Location: n/a (Italy?) Turns: Cita d' Aria is the most beautiful track in GT4 Prologue. It makes New York look like Courtney Love on dope! Yet deep down beneath this silken track is a complete nightmare. Some examples would be, nightmarishly narrow, huge elevation changes, long straights follow by low speed hairpins. It takes alot of skills to pull it off correctly. Start to Cichane: The gentle uphill section isn't diffcult. The hard thing is overcoming the cichane. Turn early and aim for the straight- est line possible. Otherwise watch the walls. Cichane to First City Gate: The section is home to the first hairpin. Go full throttle down the hill and go for a early apex down to the hairpin. Try and aim for a late apex, and even if you miss cutting corner completely don't worry too much. The next corner, after the hairpin watchout to those FFs. Most cars will probably only make it if you hold throttle. Gun it for the gate First Gate to Uphill Cichane: This is the narrowest section in the track. Brake early and avoid those walls. Imediately once you entered the town, be careful for the viewers section jutting out. Use low speed and once again either hold throttle at a certain degree, while negociating the section before the long straight, or just tap it every time you get the chance to. Tapping works better here. Careful for the crest just before the straight. Uphill Cichane+Hairpin: These two corners require some special attention so I devote a section to it 1)Uphill cichane: Scrape by the right wall as you cut into the side walk for the fastest time. Try to brake on the straight to set you up and avoid braking as you go uphill for the hairpin. 2)Hairpin: This is the hardest corner in the track, and possibly the game. There's a mild uphill degree here. The key is to try and aim for the late apex, which can set you up faster uphill. Brake early, if you dived hard at the uphill cichane then just brake as you see the corner. You are likely completely off the line, but going slow and in first gear you should be able to pull it off altogether. Past the gate is a little section that juts out. Those taking a more normal line might want to be very careful. Hairpin to Finish: This section is mostly uphill and it remains a very narrow section. MT drivers would want to redline the engine before upshifting as you can lose alot of speed here, this is especially true if you are driving a low horsepower car. Avoid those walls! The only hard corner is a very steep incline section, almost just before the finish line. Downshift and keep the engine revving high so you can still pull up the very steep section after the corner Good Luck! *********************************************************************** SECTION D: Cars D0001 NORMAL CARS Nissan Fairlady 240ZG '71 Honda Odessy L Type '03 Nissan Silvia K's Aero (S14) '96 Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT (V35)/Infiniti G35 Coupe '03 Honda Integra Type R 98 Spec (Japan Spec) '98 Subaru Legacy Touring 2.0 GT Spec B '03 Toyota MR2 GTS (SW20) '98 Nissan Skyline GTR VSPECII Nur (R34) '02 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII GSR '03 Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX Sti VER. VI (GC) '99 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IV Rally Car '97 Toyota Celica GT4 Rally Car '95 GREEN LESSON CARS: Mazda Demio SP '03 (School Mode Lesson 1) Honda Fit W '01 (School Mode Lesson 2) Nissan March 12C 5DR (K12) (School Mode Lesson 3) Toyota ist 1.5S 2WD '02/Scion xA (School Mode Lesson 4) Mazda Roadster 1.6 NA '89/Mazda Miata (NA6C) (School Mode Lesson 5) ALTO Works Suzuki Sport Ltd. '97 (School Mode Lesson 6) YELLOW LESSON CARS: Toyota bB Z 1.5X Version 2WD/Scion xB (School Mode Lesson 7) Mitsubishi Colt 1.5 Sport X Ver. 02 (School Mode Lesson 8) Daihatsu Copen Active Top 02' (School Mode Lesson 9) Subaru Legacy B4 2.0 GT Spec B '03 (School Mode Lesson 10) ********************************** Daihatsu Mira TRXX AVANZATO R '97 (Coffee Break Lesson 1) ********************************** Mercedes SL55 AMG '02 (School Mode Lesson 11) Volkswagen LUPO GTI Cup Car '03 (School Mode Lesson 12) BLUE LESSON CARS Honda TAKATA DOME NSX (JGTC #18) '03 (School Mode Lesson 13) Subaru Legacy 3.0R '03 (School Mode Lesson 14) Spoon Honda Civic Type R (EK) '99 (School Mode Lesson 15) Nismo Fairlady Z Z tune (Z33) '03 (School Mode Lesson 16) *********************************** Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon 3.0R '03 (Coffee Break Lesson 2) *********************************** Ford Focus Rally Car '99 (School Mode Lesson 17) Honda Beat '91 (School Mode Lesson 18) Lotus Elise Sport 190 '00 (School Mode Lesson 19) RED LESSON CARS Spoon Honda Fit Race Car '03 (School Mode Lesson 20) Honda Civic Type R (EK) '98 (School Mode Lesson 21) Subaru Impreza WRX STi (GD Type II) '02 (School Mode Lesson 22) Dodge Viper GTS '98 (School Mode Lesson 23) *********************************** Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD) '02 (Coffee Break Lesson 3) *********************************** Subaru Impreza Rally Car (GC) '99 (School Mode Lesson 24) Honda NSX Type S Zero '97 (School Mode Lesson 25) PURPLE LESSON CARS Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 GSR '98 (School Mode Lesson 26) Nissan Skyline GTR Vspec II (R32) '94 (School Mode Lesson 27) Mazda RX8 Type S'03 (School Mode Lesson 28) Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster '03 (School Mode Lesson 29) ************************************ Suzuki Cappuchino '92 (Coffee Break Lesson 4) ************************************ Toyota Celica SS-II Tuning Car '03 (ZZT231) (School Mode Lesson 30) Spoon Honda S2000 Race Car '03 (School Mode Lesson 31) Toyota Vitz 1.5RS '00 (School Mode Lesson 32) Nissan XANAVI NISMO GTR (JGTC #23) '03 (School Mode Lesson 33) CUSCO SUBARU ADVAN IMPREZA (JGTC #77) '03 (School Mode Lesson 34) McLaren F1 GTR FINA (Long Version) '97 (School Mode Lesson 35) Toyota Prius G Touring Selection '03 (School Mode Lesson 36) ************************************ Honda S2000 '03 (Coffee Break Lesson 5) ************************************ Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII MR '03 (School Mode Lesson 37) Toyota WOODONE TOM's Supra (JGTC #36) '03 (School Mode Lesson 38) Ford GT '02 (School Mode Lesson 39) Subaru Impreza Rally Car (GD Type II) '03 (School Mode Lesson 40) Lancia Delta HF Integrale Rally Car '92 (School Mode Lesson 41) ************************************ *Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car 03' (ALL GOLD IN GREEN ZONE) Mazda KUSABI '03 (ALL GOLD IN YELLOW ZONE) Mitsubishi i '03 (ALL GOLD IN BLUE ZONE) Suzuki Concept S2 '03 (ALL GOLD IN RED) Honda HSC '03 (ALL GOLD IN PURPLE)** *Franck Santos told me this one, a credit goes to him for this, although I noticed it too, I just forgotten to put it in. Thanks anyways! **I believe this is what it would be, I just saw a picture of it on Gamespot.com *********************************************************************** SECTION E: School Mode lesson FAQ Section E0001 For Quick links, type in these phrases into the Find dialogue box E0002: Green Level E0003: Yellow Level E0004: Blue Level E0005: Red Level E0006: Purple Level School Mode in GT4 Prologue is much like any other GT game's licence game. You complete certain objectives and unlock cars and secrets. Don't fret if you don't get all gold. You win cars as long as you pass. There are five stages, four of which are visible to you from the beginning. They are separated by color and there are coffee cup symbols that designate break time missions, that are usually more fun, but can be very frustrating for some of them. Here's the rundown Green: Beginner stuff, easy stuff for any driver Yellow: Intermediate stuff, a decent challenge, but nothing too hard Blue: Advance Stuff, lessons gets progressively diffcult. Red: Hard stuff, diffcult lessons that hone your skills as a GT driver Purple (Secret): Racing Stuff: Teaches you everything about racing! The Lesson Mode can get frustrating, there are some basic rules they all have: 1) NO HITTING CPU CARS: As what it says, however gentle touching is allowed, because even the best driver can't avoid the sudden braking of some CPU opponents. Remember this only applies pretty much only your car's front end and the opponent's rear end. Once you are mid way passs the computer, ramming them doesn't have any effect. 2) NO SLAMMING THE CAR INTO THE WALL AT HIGH SPEED: This can be a grey area. Sometimes it doesn't even register if you ram a little hard. But for example if you ram the wall sideways at 150km, of course they'd disqualify you. 3) NO HITTING CONES: This is no brainer. Touching the cones counts as disqualification, so maximize the limit by just slipping by them. 4) NO CUTTING THE GRASS: There is some exception to this, but more often than not, the game won't allow you to have all four wheels in the gravel/grass. Usually they reduce speed in any case, so why go into them. GREEN LEVEL *********************************************************** Quick Link: E0002 LESSON 1: TURNING IN OVAL AT 50 KM/H Diffculty: Easy Car: Mazda Demio Sp '03 Time: Gold:1.47.600/Silver:1.48.000/Bronze: -.--.--- Track: Driving Park: Beginner's Course The first lesson requires very little skills. Simply launch the Demio to 50km and take two laps at Driving Park Beginner's Course. Follow the Blue line for the best results. Getting Silver and above though requires some skill. Cutting corner will reduce your laptimes, going inside exiting corners also save some time over two laps. So in otherwords try to go for the shortest distance around the track instead of the most efficient one. Gold shouldn't be too diffcult. LESSON 2: LANE CHANGE/PASSING Diffculty: Easy Car: Honda Fit W '01 Time: Gold:0.12.180/Silver:0.12.200/Bronze:0.13.000 Track: Circuit Fuji (PIT STRAIGHT) The second misson is easier than the first. Your goal is basically powering through the course WITHOUT touching the cones. The key is to cut as close as possible to the cones, using faint motion. Gold once again requires a little luck, but this isn't overly diffcult to get a gold. LESSON 3: FULL STOP 1 Diffculty: Easy Car: Nissan March 12C 5dr (K12)' 03 Time: Gold: 0.36.600/Silver: 0.36.800/Bronze: 0.37.500 Track: Circuit Fuji (FINAL CORNER+PIT STRAIGHT) The setup of this mission is to practice your timing with the brakes. The guidelines on the ground is the best aid to you. Hammer the throttle on the straight until the front-end of the March hits the red section. IMEDIATELY let go of the throttle and press brake HARD. DO NOT USE HANDBRAKE in thinking that it aids stopping: IT DOESN'T. Your car should stop in the blue and white checkered area for the goal. The most efficient time is to make it so that the rear wheels just touches the section of the stopping area. Time the braking correctly with the ground markings, and it's relatively easy to attain a gold. LESSON 4: CORNERING LIMIT Diffculty: Easy Car: Toyota ist 1.5S 2WD '02 Time: Gold: 0.21.200/Silver:0.21.400/Bronze:0.22.000 Track: Circuit Tsukuba (FINAL SECTION) The lesson forces you to attempt going as quickily as you can after a long straight to a gentle mid-speed sweeper. The car's ability doesn't impress at all, going into the corner using faint motion and only step on the gas gently until you see the exit. You can try accelerating out the moment you are in the middle of the curb on your right side. Braking while using the throttle (Left/Right foot braking) can help if you find yourself darting toward the grass instead of the goal. LESSON 5: TURN IN OVAL W/O SPEED LIMIT Diffculty: Easy Car: Mazda Roadster 1.6 NA '89 Time: Gold:1.03.300/Silver" 1.04.200/Bronze:1.10.000 Track: Driving Park: Beginner's Course This isn't diffcult, partly because of the excellent handling of the Roadster. Following the line and listening to the gear-flashing gizmo can help you well. However, some advance driver might find a better line through the wide corner. I find that to efficiently finish this course following the line you'd have to run pretty darn close to the limit to get it. Otherwise, times are relatively lax so it's possible to pass with a few mistakes. LESSON 6: DIRT TRACK PRACTICE Diffculty: Easy Car: ALTO WORKS Suzuki Sport Ltd. '97 Time: Gold:2.28.000/Silver:2.29.500/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Grand Canyon (Secluded section) The ALTO Works is an excellent track weapon, you won't need to go under second gear for most corners. Infact, most corners require no braking. Rely on letting go on the throttle and use throttle technique to pull off a power slide on dirt. Once again, going fast requires some skills. The first corner and the last corner can make or break you. I usually go full throttle on both and typically it yields good results. Try and becareful not to hit the barriers though YOU PASSED THE GREEN LEVEL!!! E0003: YELLOW LEVEL This is the intermediate stuff. Things become slightly more diffcult than the first level, however not much more. LESSON 7: MEMORIZING A TRACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Toyota bB Z 1.5 X Version 2WD '00 Time: Gold: 2.52.000/Silver: 2.55.000/Bronze: -.--.--- Track: Circuit Tsukuba The objective is to go around circuit Tsukuba twice, using the first lap as a warm up to the second one to set your time up. The times aren't too bad and it seems the bB handles quite well. Attaining a gold here is not going to kill you. LESSON 8: HAIRPIN HANDLING Diffculty: Easy-Medium Car: Mitsubishi Colt 1.5 Sport X Version '02 Time: Gold:0.19.800/Silver:0.20.000/Bronze:0.22.500 Track: Circuit Tsukuba The diffculty of this lies in the exit. Pulling off a 19.800 time is not easy, especially with the bad abilities of the Colt. Use full throttle until you hit the hairpin. Whether you aim for a late apex or not it matters little. It is usually where you decide to exit that's going to be the deciding key. LESSON 9: CICHANE DRIVING Diffculty: Easy Car: Daihatsu Copen Active Top '02 Time: Gold:0.16.500/Silver:0.17.000/Bronze:0.18.000 Track: Cita d' Aria This isn't as bad as it looks. This involves you to turn one gentle high speed bend then aim for a quick line through the uphill cichane. The Copen handles like a dream so it isn't as diffcult as it would seem to attain a gold. The diffculty lies in the uphill part where you steer to the exit. Due to it's uphill, you will understeer. Try not to tempt fate and go into the corner slower, try to exit quicker. That way you don't waste time trying to correct your line LESSON 10: RAPID TURNING ON DIRT TRACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Subaru Legacy B4 2.0 GT Spec B '03 Time: Gold: 0.12.000/Silver:0.12.500/Bronze: 0.13.500 Track: Grand Canyon Cut as close as possible in rally track is the key to sucess here. Try not to aim far and aim for a late apex. I always go in as tight as possible to take advantage of short distance. Aim close to the outside, but not slam onto the rocks that awaits you. Going fast here takes some practice. Feather the throttle on entry and aim hard and put pedal to the metal for the exit. I generally slip by the exit and get the gold. LESSON 11: HIGHSPEED BRAKING Diffculty: Easy Car: Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG '02 Time: Gold: 0.31.000/Silver:0.31.250/Bronze:0.32.500 Track: Fuji Circuit This is an extension to the first Braking test. Diffculty has been risen considering you are handling the 490 horsepower SL55. The test is, however easier by the excellent brakes of the SL. Simply put pedal to the metal from the start, and dart till you see the red zone, where you should slam hard on the brakes till you finish inside the goal area. Gold isn't diffcult to attain. COFFEE BREAK 1: DRIVE IN 8 SHAPE Diffculty: Easy Car: Daihatsu Mira TRXX AVANZATO R '97 Time: Gold:0.24.000/Silver:0.27.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: ? The first coffee break marks the beginning of a terrible nightmare. The goal is to push down all the cones laid in a 8 shape. The diffcult thing is not getting the bronze, it's watching your speed during turning. The key is to utilize the car's width (in the case of the mira, the lack of it) to turn as quickily as possible while staying close to the cone so you can actually shove it down. My recommendation is to restart if you miss one, chances are you probably screwed it up already. LESSON 12: CICHANE DRIVING 2 Diffculty: Easy Car: Volkswagen Lupo GTI Cup Car '03 Time:Gold:0.19.800/Silver: 0.20.000/Bronze:0.21.000 Track: Fuji Raceway The final test for Yellow zone isn't diffcult. The lupo handles like a dream so you can go quite quickily through the cichane. The key is to go for a late apex in the first corner and try to accelerate as early as possible for the exit of the third corner in this test. DON't cut wide for the exit, chances are you can shave a few hundredth of a second by cutting close to the right to shorten distance. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU BEAT THE YELLOW ZONE! E0004: BLUE LEVEL Things gets a little more diffcult at this stage LESSON 13: MEMORIZE A TRACK 2 Diffculty: Easy Car: Honda TAKATA DOME NSX (JGTC #18) '03 Time: Gold: 3.13.000/Silver:3.18.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: New York The goal here is to go for two laps in New York. The lap times aren't too bad, and as a JGTC car the Honda is as good as any. Achieving a gold isn't hard here. The diffculty is avoid those walls and avoid braking late. Hitting a wall too hard is instant disqualification. Avoid those walls is the main objective here LESSON 14: SPECIAL CORNER Diffculty: Medium Car: Subaru Legacy 3.0R '03 Time: Gold:0.25.700/Silver:0.26.000/Bronze:0.27.000 Track: New York This is slightly more diffcult to pull off for a gold, partly because the Legacy has alot of body roll and it bounces quite badly if you cut into the inside curb. To go fast is to just shave the curb rather than cutting onto it. The goal is to aim for a late exit here, and brake as late as possible, once the car is straightened out after the corner entry, go full throttle for the exit shaving the inside curb for fast exit. LESSON 15: CITY COURSE: RIGHT CORNER ATTACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Spoon Honda Civic Type R (EK) '99 Time: Gold:0.24.750/Silver:0.25.250/Bronze:0.26.750 Track: New York Got sick of New York yet? This time you are taking the Spoon Type R through the hard section of New York. The series of 90 degree bends can be taken mostly at second gear since the Type R has a suprisingly huge power band. NEVER let the rpm drop below 8k otherwise pulling out of corners can be a hassle. To go quick here hit the throttle early on turn 1, and same goes for turn 2, turn 3 cut as close to the wall as possible while going pretty much full throttle. If pulled off correctly, you should just slide by the outside wall. LESSON 16: HIGH SPEED BRAKING AND TURNING Diffculty: Easy Car: Nismo Fairlady Z Z tune (Z33) '03 Time: Gold:0.48.000/Silver:0.48.500/Bronze:0.50.000 Track: Fuji The Z is a great car, too bad to execute a 48 second here takes more stragey than pure skills. Going down the back straight, just put pedal to the metal till you hit the braking zone. At which point slow down and turn in when you can. The two corners can be taken alot of ways but I find the best way to go for the quickest exit is if you turn the first one slightly slower than necessary and aim full throttle for exit. COFFEE BRAKE 2: PUSH DOWN RANDOM PLACED CONES Diffculty: Hard Car: Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon 3.0R '03 Time: Gold:0.52.000/Silver:1.00.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Trackk: Driving Park; Gymnastics Course Where do I begin. This is probably the worst nightmare that can come from the creators. Your goal is to push down all the cones scattered around the course. The Legacy suffers like all Legacies; alot of body motion and understeer. Several things can make this slightly easier 1)Plan the route! I suggest hitting the first cone on the bottom of the screen closest to the start first, and go till the end, do a u-turn and come back hit the cones again. Basically going row by row will save some time 2)Use the handbrake when you are at the end of the row. Although there is no clear-cut line per-se. However, looking at the map before you start and draw out a clean line will help you. Also use the map to aid you if you ever feel the last cone is missing. Franck Santos sent this tip in: In Coffee Break Mission 2 (where you use the Legacy Wagon), notice that despite the messy arrangement of the 20 cones, you can still make out two vaguely oblong circuits. Try to follow this course as closely as possible. Watch out as the Legacy tends to miss some cones by inches if you take the sharper turns too widely. LESSON 17: MID-HIGH SPEED DRIVING-DIRT Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Ford Focus Rally Car '99 Time: Gold: 0.16.000/Silver:0.16.750/Bronze:0.18.000 Track: Grand Canyon The hard thing is to contain the Focus while braking uphill for the first bend. You are likely going quite fast after the last jump. DO NOT listen to the line, rather cut as close to the inside as possible for the second corner can save you quite a bit of time. Overall it isn't too bad. The times can be quite annoying though. Also beware of disqualification by hitting walls too hard. It happens if you drive too fast into the second bend, which can happen. LESSON 18: DIFFCULT CORNER ATTACK Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Honda Beat '91 Time: Gold:0.16.000/Silver:0.16.500/Bronze:0.17.400 Track: Cita d'Aria The Beat handles like a dream, too bad this is a very hard series of corners. The first corner is a push over, the second one sets up for the third one and the subsequent fourth one for the exit. The best line is go for an early apex in the second corner, go super wide as you brake, down as slow as possible and aim for a late apex in the third corner, which should get you set up for the fourth one. LESSON 19: ATTACK MINI COURSE Diffculty: Easy Car: Lotus Elise Sport 190 '00 Time: Gold:1.02.000/Silver:1.03.000/Bronze:1.09.000 Track: Driving Park: Beginner Course If the Beat handles well, then this is going to be even better! The Elise is an absolute monster, too bad you don't really get to show off its full potential. Be aware that it is a lot more tail happy than the Beat. The Elise can take most of this course in second and third gear. The danger is the wide corner before the finish, which the car has the potential to drift it's rear out too much. Try not to slow down instead by using countersteering to correct the line. Otherwise, clocking 1.02 here isn't too bad Congratulations! All Blue Passed!! E0005: Red Level This is when stuff starts becoming diffcult. LESSON 20: MEMORIZING A TRACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Spoon Fit Race Car '03 Time: Gold:4.04.000/Silver:4.06.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Cita d' Aria The hardest thing of this is avoiding the walls on the two laps. Remember slamming into them yields disqualifications. Getting the time isn't too bad. Keep in mind in the uphill section before the finish try and redline the engine before upshifting otherwise you might lose too much speed. The Fit handles fine so it isn't too diffcult. LESSON 21: CONTINUOUS CORNER REALISTIC ATTACK Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Honda Civic Type R (EK)'98 Time: Gold:0.45.500/Silver:0.46.500/Bronze:0.51.000 Track: New York This is an extension from Blue Zone's Lesson 15. The extention goes to the back section before the big roundabout. The Type R handles ok but suffers from quite a bit of understeer. Use the Type R's ability to attack corners to your advantage and use late apex for almost all corners should get you a gold. LESSON 22: CITY COURSE ATTACK Diffculty: Diffcult Car: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (GD Type II) '02 Time: Gold:0.22.750/Silver:0.23.250/Bronze:0.25.000 Track: Cita d'Aria The diffcult thing here is the series of corners. The first cichane make sure you brake early and cut in as early as possible, just scrape by the big gate's side wall and get onto the sidewalk on the exit to minimize speed loss. The uphill section's hairpin is the real killer. There seems to be no easy way or taking this corner, my best suggestion is go slow on entry, which somehows lets the car straighten out on exit. The last danger is after the gate and the hairpin. There's a little section on the right side that juts out of the screen. Those who have taken the hairpin's exit wide might want to be really careful, since the Sti can get caught in that. LESSON 23: HIGH HP ACCELERATION+LAUNCH Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Dodge Viper GTS '98 Time: Gold:0.09.650/Silver:0.09.850/Bronze:0.10.000 Track: Fuji Circuit The Viper does burnouts like no other car. If you are a beginner then I suggest using automatic. Launching the Viper sucessfully takes alot of throttle control. Or the easiest way is to exploit second gear launch. The power won't be as great as first gear but at least the tires will grip onto the asphault. 9 seconds is easy to reach if second gear launch is properly used. Using first gear then it takes alot of throttle control and I would not personally recommend this unless you got your own set of pedals with your wheel. COFFEE BRAKE 3: PUSH DOWN CONES IN TRACK SETUP Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Mazda RX7 Spirit R Type A (FD) '02 Time: Gold: 0.57.000/Silver:1.00.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Driving Park: Gymnastics Course The Spirit R is without TCS on this one so launching just do what you do last time. The RX7 is alot wider than the Mira TRXX you used in the first Coffee Brake, but this is alot harder course. Use the RX7's width to go as quickily as possible down the corners. The real danger is the hairpins as judging how quick you can go without losing sight of a cone. I suggest moving out to top view to give you a slightly better view where each individual cone is laid as sometimes even if the cone is off the screen you cannot tell whether you hit it or not. LESSON 24: HAIRPIN DRIFTING Diffculty: Hard Car: Subaru Impreza Rally Car (GC) '99 Time: Gold:0.17.600/Silver:0.18.750/Bronze:0.19.000 Track: Grand Canyon As I've stated before in the Grand Canyon section, the rally system got a complete makeover, and now reacts alot more realistic. Keeping the GC from losing it is a very important part in keeping your cool. The two hairpins handles the same. Try to thread the throttle, and not mash it after pulling the handbrake. Remember not to hold down the handbrake either, if you aren't feeling confident, just use handbrake, and let the car coast. Once the car's pointing in the right direction, cease all steering and gun it. I find that this is quite effective. LESSON 25: HIGH SPEED SALOM Diffculty: Hard Car: Honda NSX Type S Zero '97 Time: Gold:0.17.000/Silver:0.17.750/Bronze:0.20.000 Track: Fuji Shrudders.... Recall the dreadful salom tests from Gran Turismo 2? They are back, but thankfully they replaced tire barriers with cones, yet crashing into them yields disqualifications so they aint much better either. The NSX has a good powerband, leave the car in second and redline it and you should be able to pull off a 17 second. The key to the salom is taking the late apex so you are already set up for the next one, also is tap the throttle, instead of mashing and braking; thus you maintain a steadier speed throughout the course. The hidden danger is the final finish area, where they limit you to a certain area within it. Even if you fly through the course, you still need to aim for the finish area and not to push down the cones beside it. Congratulations, you have unlocked the Purple Zone! E0006: PURPLE ZONE This stuff teaches you how to race against others. This class is perhaps the most annoying of all the tests LESSON: 26 FIRST RACE PRACTICE; CORNER ENTRY ATTACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 GSR '98 Time: Gold:0.16.400/Silver:0.17.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Tsukuba The objective here is to pass the other EVO 5 and aim for a good time. If you can't pass the other car then even if you clock a 16 second time you won't take it. Go attack the hairpin for an early apex to pass the other evo and don't worry too much about the exit. This isn't too diffcult to achieve. LESSON 27: FIRST RACE PRACTICE; CORNER EXIT ATTACK Diffculty: Easy Car: Nissan Skyline GTR (R32) VSPEC II '94 Time: Gold:0.23.400/Silver:0.24.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Tsukuba The objective is to use the RB26DETT's power on exit. Follow the other GTR until you get to the hairpin, aim for a late apex and pass the other car on the inside as the CPU drifts outside, follow by mashing the throttle down the straight. LESSON 28: FIRST RACE PRACTICE; DRAFTING Diffculty: Easy Car: Mazda RX8 Type S '03 Time: Gold:0.51.800/Silver:0.52.300/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Fuji The RX8 maybe a good handler but it requires some attention to achieve max torque. You pulled out of the last corner and catch the other RX8. Don't worry too much about the corner, just put pedal to the metal and try and listen to the wind noise. If you are drafting off the CPU, then you won't hear the wind noise. Draft until you are almost at his bumper, at which point, slip past him to the goal. Gold is not diffcult here. LESSOM 29: RACE 1 Diffculty: Medium Car: Nissan Z Roadster '03 Time: Gold:1.21.000/Silver:2.00.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Tsukuba You got 3 laps to catch the other Z. The computer has a 10 second lead. Passing him and you'd have to wait 10 seconds while you hold on to the lead before the race will finish. To get gold you MUST pass the computer before the first corner on the second lap. That's typically my reference. Being careful not to ram into him! COFFEE BRAKE 4: PUSH DOWN CONES IN OVAL EXTENTION Diffculty: Easy Car: Suzuki Cappuchino '92 Time: Gold:0.41.000/Silver:0.45.000/Bronze: -.--.--- Track: Driving Park:Beginner's Course I find this quite easy compared to the other coffee brakes. The Cappuchino handles like no other car. It has perfect handling and can take corners alot faster than you think. However like the first coffee brake, the car isn't too wide. Being careful you are running the cones' line is very important for a gold. LESSON 30: RACE 2 Diffculty: Easy Car: Toyota Celica SS-II Tuning Car '03 (ZZT231) Time: Gold: 1.38.000/Silver:3.20.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: Fuji The goal here is to catch, and pass the other car. The computer has a 10 second lead on ya. The times aren't too bad. Once again, like all races, avoid hitting the other car. The Celica handles very well, so it's very easy to pass. As a reference, you must pass the other car in 1.27.999 if you are to pass the test. Like the Race 1; passing the other car by the end of the first lap should be good reference. You got 5 laps to do this LESSON 31: RACE 3 Diffculty: Easy Car: Spoon Honda S2000 Race Car '03 Time: Gold: 2.40.000/Silver:3.40.000/Bronze:-.--.--- Track: New York This is easier than the last one. Lap times are very lax, and the other computer, despite having 10 seconds ahead. You should have no trouble passing the computer before the require time. My best time is 2.27, meaning i passed the other guy in just 2 minutes and 17 seconds.. showing how easy this really is LESSON 32: RACE 4 Diffculty: Hard Car: Toyota Vitz 1.5RS '00 Time: Gold: 1st/Silver: 2nd/Bronze: 3rd Track: Tsukuba This involves you to race against 3 other CPU racers and beat them in 1 lap. While the gap between third and second is very small. Catching the first place guy is HARD. My best time involves me pushing the first place guy out of the way gently just before the finish line to get me the gold. It's very easy to pass the third and second place cars even before the cichane. LESSON 33: RACE 5 Diffculty: Intermediate Car: Xanavi Nismo GTR (JGTC #23) '03 Time: Gold: 1st/Silver: 2nd/Bronze: 3rd Track: Fuji Fuji has become quite an easy course, so winning this isn't as diffcult as the previous one. The key is to drag off CPU opponents as there are alot of long straights follow by slow corners that can be taken advantaged of. LESSON 34: RACE 6 Diffculty: Easy Car: CUSCO Subaru Advan Impreza (JGTC #77) '03 Time: Gold: 1st/Silver: 2nd/Bronze: 3rd Track: New York The CPU here is dismal at best. The NY track is long, and have good oppertunity for passing. Getting any trophy here is not diffcult. Make sure you keep off the walls and you will do fine. LESSON 35: RACE 7 Diffculty: Hard Car: Mclaren F1 GTR FINA(Long Version) '97 Time: Gold: 1st/Silver: 2nd/Bronze: 3rd Track: Fuji 10 laps, the CPU has around a 40 second lead over you. Your job is to catch the guys up front. The cars CPU are driving are as follows 5)Mazda RX8 touring car 4)Honda NSX JGTC touring car 3)Nissan Z JGTC touring car 2)Nissan R390 GT1 Race car 1)Toyota GT1 Race Car Catching up to the first place guy might seem very diffcult, but it isn't. The F1 is an excellent track weapon, and the only place you'll have trouble against the first 2 place cars is down the pit straight. My suggestion is use swiftness and turn in consistent lap times instead of aiming for your best performance out of every lap. Chances are you won't get the perfect lap everytime and you are bound to mess up once or twice. Refer to the Fuji attack guide for more info about Fuji. Corner 3 and 4, along with 5 will allow you to shorten your laptime rapidly. I've seen the GTR going over 200km at corner 5. LESSON 36: Fuel Economy Race Diffculty: Hard Car: Toyota Prius G Touring Selection '03 Time: Gold: 1.30.000/Silver: 1.40.000/Bronze: 1.50.000 Track: Tsukuba From the laptimes, they don't look bad at all. However it is the additional requirement that yields alot of diqualification. I've recived alot of E-mail about this, so here's the hidden trick: You MUST get 10 km/L OR OVER to get a pass with any time. I found it best to feather the throttle on straights. Seeing the figures not dropping is a good sign. Use trail braking to gain more km/L, down the back straight before the finish, try to accelerate harder on the last hairpin's exit then just once again feather the throttle. Use the brakes to control the car on the last sweeper and you should get 10k/L. If you don't. Slow down and you should get it. It's diffcult to tell you how to achieve 10k/L. I can only say that full throttle will never net you that figure COFFEE BRAKE 5: STAY WITHIN THE CONES! Diffculty: Hard Car: Honda S2000 '03 Time: Gold: 0.40.000/Silver: 0.50.000/Bronze: -.--.--- Track: Driving Park, Gymnastics Course Why o Why couldn't they have given me a better car for this. Sure the S2000 is a great car, but it's too big! A Mira or a Cappuchino would've been alot better. Anyways, your goal is to stay WITHIN the cones line and finish the course. The most tricky part is the 90 degree bends. As well as the backup section. For the 90 degree bends, go VERY slowly, you should have no problems, shave as close as possible to the cones as you can. You must be at crawling speed if you don't want to hit a cone. The Section after that, involves you to stop, turn on reverse and back up till you can continue. This is the only way you can do this otherwise you will never make even silver if you intend to do it forward. Leave plenty of room to stop, and make sure the car's straight; parallel to the cones, before going backwards. When you see the open path, hit the brakes, and keep going. Finally stop within the goal area! Finally, its all over! The dreaded Coffee Brake missions are DONE!! I am not lying either LESSON 37: TIME TRAIL: TSUKUBA Diffculty: Hard Car: Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION 8 MR '03 Time: Gold: 1.06.700/Silver: 1.07.200/Bronze: 1.09.600 Track: Tsukuba The finale lessons have you going around all the tracks in one lap achieving the laptimes required. You are given good cars to do this. However, I felt the MR isn't as good as the normal Evo 8 because it seems to REALLY LIKE TO UNDERSTEER especially if you are going full throttle on exit. To master this car you really need to master corner entry and take advantage of the car's natural grip to attack corners. The laptimes are VERY tight, I often find myself achieving under silver before I get more consistent. The reason is that Tsukuba isn't a long track; there isn't much time to recover from mistakes if you make them. LESSON 38: TIME TRAIL: FUJI Diffculty: Medium Car: Toyota WOODONE TOM's Supra (JGTC#36) '03 Time: Gold: 1.23.500/Silver: 1.26.000/Bronze: 1.28.000 Track: Fuji With the 10 lap race behind you, Fuji should be mastered at this stage. The Supra handles like a God. It literally can corner as if on rails. It grabs the asphault like no other car either, so it is not so diffcult to get a gold here. Be aware of the deceptive corners, refer to the Fuji attack guide for more information if you are having trouble keeping the car on track. LESSON 39: TIME TRAIL: NEW YORK Diffculty: Medium Car: Ford GT '02 Time: Gold: 1.30.700/Silver: 1.32.500/Bronze: 1.40.000 Track: New York The GT40 is once again, like all the other cars in Time Trail the best you can find. However, New York's danger is cutting corners. Avoid using the sholders (cutting directly into them) to turn because that could upset the suspension and cause the car to bounce. Clocking 1.30.700 here is not hard, the danger is avoiding to risk everything by taking corners too fast and cause a hard crash that yields a disqualification LESSON 40: TIME TRAIL: GRAND CANYON Diffculty: Medium Car: Subaru Impreza Rally Car (GD II) '03 Time: Gold: 2.28.500/Silver: 2.32.000/Bronze: 2.45.000 Track: Grand Canyon It seems the last Rally test is alot easier than the others. Partly because you are given the Impreza to do this in. Avoid those walls, and cut in close to achieve good time. The most dangerous spots are the canyon hairpins, which many might oversteer a little and spin. The bigger danger is the 2 hairpins before the finish, which is also dangerous if taken wrong. LESSON 41: TIME TRAIL: CITA D'ARIA Diffculty: Hard Car: Lancia Delta HF Integrale Rally Car '92 Time: Gold: 1.37.000/Silver: 1.39.000/Bronze: 1.50.000 Track: Cita D'Aria The tight track combine with hard times make this very diffcult, thankfully the car given to you isn't as bad as you think. The Delta can rip this course quickily if you know how to handle a car like this on asphault. Tuck the front in by using trail braking, and modulate the throttle until the car can make a clean exit. Follow the Cita d'Aria track attack and you should have little problems. Congratulations! *********************************************************************** SECTION F: GAME SETUP F0001 The game is pretty much Gran Turismo 4 lite. Pretty much like the series of motorshow lite GT games. This is for some minor translations. MAIN MENU SCHOOL MODE-To challenge pre-determined courses and unlock cars ARCADE MODE-To test out your mettle against CPU drivers SAVE-Save your game here LOAD-Load your game here REPLAY THEATHER-All your exploits on the track can be re-lived here SCHOOL MODE: As described above, pretty much used to unlock cars by participating in rule-based lessons. They maybe a waste of time for most hardcore GT players, but gives new players something to try out, and for advance users to unlock secrets. ARCADE MODE: Once Arcade mode is selected, the following three options presents itself BEGIN:Uh.... to begin? OPTIONS: Choose your race options here BACK: Go back to the main menu, can also be accomplished by using the triangle button. OPTIONS: Here you choose your options. The prime two you want to look is the bottom two. The first allows you to turn on or off CPU opponents, the other selects the diffculty. EASY: 1 CPU, SUPER EASY ADVANCE: Full Grid, easy PRO: Full Grid, hard Ok, so I lied. GT4 Prologue's CPU is weak as hell. I've never seen such terrible computer drivers. Even though Polyphony digital promised a much better AI, with emotions. I pass them and knock them off track, yet they set up themselves next time I lap them, and yet they do the same line, never changing, and absolutely slow as hell! This I just found, but unconfirmed. If you choose any of the closed circuits (NY, Cita d' Aria), for lower diffculties, crash detections seems to take more to react. Which means, the degree at which you crash into the wall has correlations to whether you have to slow down. The higher the diffculty, the more strict the crash controls. Also, keep in mind that Grand Canyon, and Cita D'Aria never has any CPU opponents. Followed by a Track and a Car selection screen. Once a car is selected, color options pop up. Followed by three option bars, the first is transmission AT: Automatic transmission, unlike in real life, the difference between automatic and manual is not great, so beginner drivers won't have to adjust to playing manual. Because it really doesn't take much away from the performance of the car MT: Manual Transmission, uses the buttons L2 and R2 to upshift and downshift. There's no worry of overrevving the engine so no worries if you accidentally went into first gear at speeds above 300km. Some cars do not offer this as an option (namely electric cars in the game) Next is TCS: In layman's term. It is anti-slip control, and applies the brake, and decelerate the engine whenever wheelspin is detected. On: Leaving Traction Control on can help with launch, can help with about every aspect of racing, however, some will find the system quite limited, and serious drivers would probably want to keep this off. Off: Turning TCS off means putting pedal to the metal for launch is going to produce huge amounts of burnout, leaving you with little speed gains and therefore delay your start. Also is that the computer wont reduce speed even if wheelspin is already taking place. Yet this offer a much more direct feel and advance players will like this better. Finally is tire choice Street: My guess is that it's street performance tires, that provide adequate traction for sport driving. Sport: No idea, but it seems to provide the best grip and easier handling.. even FF cars won't understeer unless you really mess up with these Normal: The worst tire, but also maybe the choice for top players. The road will feel more realistic than the other two. Racing: Only availiable on racing cars, basically rally tires or slicks for racing. Then the race will begin, you can review your replay after the race is over again if you pressed start during the replay after the race. The option to begin again will happen after the race. I'll update this section as soon as questions come up. *********************************************************************** Section G: FAQ G0001 Q: Why write a FAQ on GT4 Prologue? A: Simple, because I wanted to. Q: What's the secret Track? A: I have no idea, however, i think if one exists, it would be Hong Kong, I've seen countless screens on that track so I think it would be that. Q: What's your favourite car? A: My favourite car is the Mini Cooper S, but since I have to do it without this car, my favourite are numerous. The RX7 is super good in handling, my other favourites include the Beat, the Cappuchino, the EVO 8 MR, the Ford GT, and that Motor Traithlon Car. Q: What's the meaning of the -.--.--- times in the Lesson mode? A: My best guess is when one takes all day to complete they'd give it to you anyways. Basically by my best judgement one would guess that as long as you finish, you get the car. *UPDATE: This is confirmed, that all courses with this as the bronze time means you can take your sweet time, and as long as you don't leave the track you will pass. Q: Why is the AI so stupid and weak? A: Your best bet is to ask the guys at Polyphony. They made the AI. Once again, they are no challenge to me, so I doubt anybody would have much trouble winning. Q: How many points does a Gold/Silver/Bronze trophy net? and what relations does it have to the overall progress of the game. A: To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what relations they have. Even after I completed all exercises in Lesson mode and redo them. I have to complete all gold in Green before the Motor Traithlon car would unlock. My guess is just a way of telling how well you are doing. Q: When is the full on version of GT4 coming? A: I am currently in Canada and I asked the clerk at a store once. He told me Mid-May. My guess is that it would be around that time for North American release. Japan probably would get it first, and Europe last. Of course this is just what I think will happen. Q: Is the AI going to be fixed for the final version? A: God I would hope so. *This is from Michael Hirsch Q: Another option caught my interest on GT4 P. Have you noticed, that when you select the "Podium"-Icon to see the record times and press X highlighted on one of your best times another window opens showing a 4-number 8(?)-digits code . This reminds me to the system Codemaster Colin McRay for PSX was using. Always driving a record time, the Game generates a code which could be submitted via the internet to show the world your records. A: That's my thought exactly, but I will have to find where to submit these codes, thanks for the heads up! *his is a paraphrase from Sam Diep, he brought this to my attention Q: Is there two player mode, and does it do the same thing of de-specing a car? A: I didn't even run into 2 player mode. Anyone know how to access this pls email me!!! MORE QUESTIONS SOON TO COME WITH REQUESTS OF EMAIL: I will attach your name and sender of a perticular question if you ask me to. Otherwise I respect your want for an anonymous name. Section H: Credits -Yours truly for writing this FAQ -Polyphony for making this lite GT4 -Gamespot.com for providing the clue to the final car -Michael Hirsch for his question. I didn't even catch it the first time. -Forelli_Boy for various tips -Sam Diep for his question YOUR NAME WILL APPEAR HERE IF YOU CONTRIBUTE!