GT4 Licenses Gold Medal Guide

Discussion in 'GT4 Events' started by The Missing Link, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. The Missing Link

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    "The Official Gran Turismo 4 Gold Medal Licensing Guide"

    Here it is, the guide to getting all golds for GT4. This time through, it is presented to you from a much broader team. There are more editors, I was not the only writer, and there are far more sites participating in hosting a version of the guide.

    One of the goals for this guide was to make it easier to use than the guide for GT3. To do this, one of the editor's came up with a great idea. By pushing 'CTRL+F' on your keyboard while in the thread, a, "Find in this page," window pops-up. From here it is simple, just type the first three or four letters and numbers of the test you are looking for, and click "Find." The page will automatically scroll to that part of the page. The licenses are labelled without any dashes or hyphens ( - ). For example; B14, IB9, CB3. B = B Licenses, A = A Licenses, IB = International B Licenses, IA = International A Licenses, S = Super Licneses, CB = Coffee Breaks.

    It only makes sense to start any guide out with some basics. Here are explanations to just about eveything that might not be self-explanatory during the course of the guide.

    Basics:
    -You will need lots of determination to attain all gold medals. There are quite a few in this installment of Gran Turismo that are exceedingly tedious, and require loads of patience.
    -Skills, you will need some. However, I am hoping that by giving you the fine details and points of notice, you will in fact be able to increase your skill through driving the suggested lines, methods, and the like.
    -Transmission: there are plenty of great drivers among the vast amount of GT boards that drive automatic, or AT it's called in Gran Turismo. However, I highly recommend learning manual. There will be plenty of situations where AT is just not putting you in the correct gear, and especially throughout the majority of tests in B and A, you will find that learning manual is easy, since shifting is minimized for a couple of reasons. Most of the cars are slow to begin with, and don't shift a whole lot; many tests are very, very short; often downshifting will only cost you time because you are only going to be in the gear for a few mph.
    -Driving line: first and foremost, you should only give steering input when you absolutely need to. The more you steer, the more speed you scrub off, or in the case of accelerating, the slower you accelerate. When you do steer, try to do it as smoothly as you can, there is no point tapping left and right repeatedly, just push softly and let go softly (if using the DS2, I presume most wheel users can steer smoothly enough most of the time.)

    Terms:
    Launch @ xxxx RPM: this means that when a test begins with a standing start, you want to be at or as near to xxxx RPM as possible when the test starts, of course, at full throttle. (Note: if the launch is not at full throttle a more detailed description will follow for that specific test.)

    Shifting: Much like GT3, it appears as though the best time to shift (for every car I have driven thus far) is just before you get to the rev limiter. This varies from car to car. What I suggest is to use your first run to see at what RPM the needle bounces, knowing that you have to shift at as small a fraction of a second before that particular RPM.

    Tapping: Tap is meant for the gas or brake, and it varies from rapid tapping (an old, old technique from back to the days of Gran Turismo 1) and is exactly what it sounds like, a rapid succession of taps to keep the cars speed more or less constant. However, with the invention of the Dual Shock 2, the buttons are all pressure sensitive, and this technique is mostly reserved for the exceptionally fast cars. The other end of the spectrum is slow tapping, which is usually used in the slower cars, and again, is exactly what it sounds like. Moderate pressure applied and released to maintain the balance of the car.

    Coasting/Slight Lifting: I am clumping these two together because they are very similar. Coasting is basically what it sounds like, but generally, I coast with a very, very faint application of the throttle, just to keep the speed up a little bit without disturbing the balance of the car in mid-turn.

    Light throttle: Somewhere between one-quarter and one-half throttle.
    Moderate/Medium throttle: Right about half-throttle, or slightly higher.
    Nearly-full throttle: Exactly what it sounds like, about four-fifths to nine-tenths full throttle.
    Gradually bringing it to full throttle: This just means do not push the throttle all the way down immediately, you are still bringing it to full throttle quickly, just not an immediate; nothing to full.


    Tricks:
    -Pushing the R3 button (right joystick) into the controller (not up, down, left or right) will activate the "guide line." This line is very straightforward. The colour of it ranges from a heavy blue to very pale blue (nearing white), white, and very pale red to very heavy red. It means exactly what it would seem like, the darker the blue, the harder you should press the throttle, when white, coast, and when it's red, braking of course. (Note this only works for tests on B and A license, and also does not work on any of the "Pace Lap" tests.)
    -Watching the Demo: this trick is very handy if you just can't seem to find those last tenths, or if you just can't seem to find the lines at all. It is especially useful to watch when you have a comparable lap time, to see where you can further gain some time.
    -In AT (automatic transmission), holding down either the R2 or L2 button will prevent the game from shifting. This is useful to hold off on shifting up to the next gear while accelerating, and also when in a turn where it is a waste to downshift, even though you will be going slow enough to be in a lower gear.
     
  2. The Missing Link

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    B1 - Driving Park Test Course 100m, Start and Stop; Mazda Demio (J) `99

    Launch at about 3000 RPM in 1st gear at full throttle. Hold 1st gear until 26-27 mph and shift to 2nd. Halfway through the '100' on the ground, start braking and steering slightly left, don't forget to downshift.

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    B2 - Driving Park Test Course 200m, Start and Stop; Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Turbo (J)

    Launch in 1st gear at full revs (although ideal launch is 3500-4000 RPM). Shift to 2nd at 35-36 mph, shift to 3rd at 65-66 mph. Start braking about 35-40m from the finish line (just past white 150m line on the ground), steering left then quickly right, or; right then quickly left.

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    B3 - Deep Forest Raceway, Turn 1; Honda CR-X Del Sol SiR `92

    Launch full throttle at anything between 2750 and 5250 RPM, shift at 35-36 mph for 2nd gear, and 61-62 mph for 3rd gear. All the while, smoothly get over to the right side curb. Start making your turn-in about halfway along the right side curb. Start braking about midway across track. Brake down to about 50 mph and coast to about 47 mph, and then get back on full throttle. Stay close to, without touching, the inside rumble strip on apex. Stay smooth to finish line.

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    B4 - Deep Forest Raceway, Turn 1; Nissan Silvia Q's Aero S14`96

    Launch full throttle between 4500 and 6000 RPM, shift into 2nd at 35-36 mph, and 3rd at 65-66 mph, while smoothly moving over to the far right side. About halfway along rumble strip start turn in and braking at the same time. Slow to about 54-55 mph, coasting very briefly while the car settles before getting back on full throttle. Stay as close to the left inside rumble strip without touching it on apex. Stay smooth to the finish line.

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    B5 - Tsukuba Circuit, Full Pace Lap; Mini One '02

    Before even starting this test, you should know this: you never have to use 1st gear, aside from the initial standing start. Launch between 5000 and 6000 RPM. Shift into 2nd at 40 mph, brake slightly entering turn, but coast for most of it, the car seems to behave better. Get back on full throttle (still in 2nd gear) at about 40 mph, steering out smoothly. Stay close or even on the rumbles through the quick ess turn. I recommend shifting into 3rd at about 68 mph (short of max revs.) This is because leaving it in second gear you will hit the rev limiter causing you to slow down.

    Brake as late as possible heading into the hairpin, braking to about 43-44 mph, and coasting down to about 37 mph. Get back on full throttle as soon as possible (it is actually a lot sooner that you think), and try to stay as close to, without touching, that inside rumble strip on apex. Try to get over to the left side as quickly as possible after exit. This is required in order to take the quick right turn coming up at full throttle. Getting the turn-in angle correct is a little bit tricky, but after a couple of tries you should get it. Speed should drop to no less than 55 mph, and if you get smooth at it you will stay at 57 mph. Once again, follow the pace car nice and smoothly through the double left turns. Shift into 3rd at 71 mph.

    Just like the first turn, use coasting as much or more than braking to slow the car. Initially, brake down to about 48-52 mph, then coast down to about 40 before getting back on full throttle. As usual, try to make steering out of the turn as smooth as possible. Shift into 3rd at 71 mph. Follow as closely as you can the line of the Skyline into the final turn, however instead of braking, start coasting a fraction of a second before turning in. Coast down to about 66 mph, staying in 3rd gear, while maintaining as smooth a line as possible. Get back on full throttle at 66 mph, maintaining that smooth line. You should exit the turn just short of running onto the rumble strip. (It will slow you down. The Mini is not powerful enough to overcome the bumpiness.) If you have done this correctly, you will cross the finish line at 71-72 mph.

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    B6 - Driving Park Test Course 500m, Start and Stop; Renault Megane 2.0 16V `03

    This one has a tricky start, so here goes the description. Try to launch at three-quarters to four-fifths of full throttle, between 3250 and 4750 RPM, maintain three-quarters to four-fifths of full throttle, fluctuating to minimize wheelspin, but maintaining maximum acceleration. At about 16-17 mph, make a quick (but gradual) change to full throttle. Shift into 2nd gear at 36-37 mph, into 3rd gear at 67-68 mph. Start braking as the car crosses the 450m white line, veering either left then right, or right then left. Don't forget to downshift - it helps to slow the car A LOT!

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    B7 - Driving Park Test Course 1000m, Start and Stop; Dodge Viper GTS `99

    Again, this test has a tricky start. In 1st gear, launch between 3000 and 4000 RPM, maintaining two-thirds of full throttle until about 20 mph, and then gradually increasing to full throttle. You should be at full throttle by 40 mph. Shift into 2nd at 58-59mph, into 3rd at 88-89 mph, and into 4th at 124 mph. Start braking about halfway between 800m and 850m lines. This time, weaving side to side is a lot more difficult, since if you touch a wall even slightly, you fail. I suggest you refrain from swerving side-to-side until nearing the 950m line. And again, don't forget to downshift; it helps to slow the car A LOT!

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    B8 - Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, Final Loop; Mazda MX-5 Miata J-Limited (NA, J) `91

    Get over to the left side and straighten out, start braking after turning in at about 71-72 mph. Continue to brake down to about 47-48 mph, coast for a bit to 38-39 mph, then get back to full throttle. You should apex right about the middle of the loop, with both right tires just onto the rumble strip. Exit as smoothly as possible, and do not shift into 3rd unless you hit the limiter well before the finish line.

    At this point, instead of going to "next test," I tend to exit back out to the B License Main Menu, skipping the Coffee Break, and continuing on with B9. For the Coffee Break gold medal guide, there will be an altogether separate thread/forum. Personally, I don't consider them a part of the actual licenses, you receive no reward for beating them. Well, you do receive the reward of getting to say you have gold on them, but I just plain dislike the Coffee Break tests A LOT!

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    B9 - Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, Final Loop; BMW M3 CSL `03

    Get over to the left side and straighten out, start braking as you start turning in, around 89-91 mph. Brake down to about 43-44 mph, and coast to about 36-37 mph. Get back on the throttle at about three-quarters to four-fifths of full throttle, until you know the car is going to hook up. You should just graze the rumble strip, closer to the turn exit than entry, but still in the middle. Steer smoothly to straighten out, shift into 3rd at 67 mph.

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    B10 - Laguna Seca Raceway, Full Pace Lap; Citroen C3 1.6 `02

    Launch at 6000 to 7000 RPM in 1st gear. Steer slightly left, straightening out the line relative to the track as much as possible. Shift into 2nd at 36 mph, into 3rd at 66 mph. Start braking at turn marker 1, while steering hard to the left, you should go wide of the rumble strip by about one car width.

    Continue braking down to about 45 mph and coast for a moment to let the car settle, you should never be traveling less than 40 mph in this double left turn. Full throttle and steer smoothly out, avoid the rumble strip on the right, as it has a very high ridge. When approaching the second turn DO NOT shift into 3rd gear. Instead, as you get to 65 mph let off the throttle enough to maintain 64-65 mph, and brake slightly down to 54-57 mph for the right turn. Full throttle at the apex and smooth steering out, shifting into 3rd at 66 mph. Your T1 time should be around 41.000 seconds, but as high as 41.500 and you're still ok.

    The next right can be taken at full throttle, but you have to get the turn-in just right, slightly lifting will cure a slightly-off line without any worry of traveling too far outside on exit, you should get two wheels about half on the right side rumble strip if turn in is correct. Try to follow in the Pace Car's line here, since I believe you are drafting him, and it probably helps out.

    For the hard left, start braking and turning at the same time which is right about turn marker 2. You should be able to stay above 55 mph through this turn. However, even as low as 53 mph is still plenty fast enough. Heading uphill shift into 3rd at 63 mph as you will need a little more torque to hasten your climb up this hill. Your T2 time should be somewhere around 1'11.000, but again, as high as 1'11.700 and you're ok.

    Now, this left turn is a little tricky with this car. It is quite possible to take it full throttle. However, it is very difficult to do so. I recommend lifting slightly as you turn in, and then tapping once or twice to jerk the car a little as you get on that rumble strip. This should pretty much guarantee a safe exit, as you don’t really want to get onto the outside rumble since is another one with a high ridge. This hill climb should start around 68-71 mph, and again, stay in the Pace Car's draft.

    Start braking for the corkscrew at turn marker 2, and slow to about 40 mph staying in the middle of the track. Get very slight on the throttle--about one-quarter-- until you are facing downhill and the car is stable. Full throttle as soon as you know the car won't get out of shape. Attempt to stay mid-track at the base of the hill, because you’ll want to get back over to the right side. Shift into 3rd at 66 mph, and start throttle tapping on turn-in, you should just graze the inside, then outside rumble strips. The line doesn't match up to well against the Skyline, but it works better than his line. The T3 time should be about 1'41.000 to 1'41.500.

    For the right turn up next, brake a little late and aim for about 62-63 mph, then right back onto full throttle. You should very solidly hit the rumble strip on the right side, but you should not come shooting off of it way outside, it should still be smooth. As soon as the car has recovered, get back to the right side, and start braking halfway between turn markers 2 and 3. Slow down to about 40 mph, and turn-in should aim to get two tires solidly on the left rumble strip. Full throttle as you hit this strip, and your car will continue to slow to about 34-38 mph, depending on how much the rumble interrupted your line. Use full throttle with minimal steering to the finish, shifting into 3rd at 66 mph.

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    B11 - Grand Canyon, Beginning of Switchbacks; Toyota Celica 2000GT-Four (ST165) `86

    Start anywhere between 4500 and 6000 RPM in 1st gear at full throttle. Make a very smooth and gradual turn, staying tight to the inside wall, shifting into 2nd gear at 31-32 mph. Stay close to the right side wall, and brake hard while steering in coming off of the ridge. Shift into 1st, and try to maintain at least 16 mph through the turn, while on full throttle. This should put you sliding across the orange fence to the inside fairly tight, and just grazing the ridge on the outside. Shift into 2nd at 32-33 mph.

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    B12 - Swiss Alps, Fast Right; Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 `85

    Maintain full throttle for the duration of the test, shift into 3rd at 63 mph, while smoothly steering right and staying to the left. Make a long and light turn in as you pass the last of the crowd members, trying to keep an angle of about 25-40 degrees to the corner, your speed should stay above 63 mph, and as you approach the apex steer left slightly, just enough to straighten out the car without banging the outside wall. Keep as straight of a line as you can to the finish.

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    B13 - Tsukuba Circuit, Final Corner; Fiat Barchetta Giovane Due `00

    Shift at 59 mph, while getting as close to the left grass as possible. Start turn-in and braking lightly at about 84 mph, down to about 75 mph, coast down to about 63 mph and get back on full throttle. Maintain a smooth line to the finish. Using the left rumble is ok, as the Fiat has enough power to overcome the bumpiness.

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    B14 - EL Capitan, First set of turns; Infiniti G35 Coupe `03

    This test is very tedious, yet fun because the G35 is a really nice car. Basically, hold off from braking as long as you can, and then slow to about 66-69 mph, coasting down to about 58-60 mph. Then it's back on full throttle, aiming to be solidly on the inside rumble strip, with minimal steering input from the turn exit to finish line.

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    B15 - Infineon Raceway, Full Pace Lap; Chrysler PT Cruiser `00

    Launch at full revs in 1st gear, shift into 2nd at 30 mph, shift into 3rd at 57 mph. Don't worry about the Skyline's line here. Just stay smooth, then brake down to about 53 mph, and try to stay tight to the inside right for the turn. While exiting on the outside rumble strip, get back into the draft.

    Coast to make the left turn, and then tap the brakes to bring the speed down to about 58 mph for the blind right. T1 should be about 36.000-36.500 seconds. Brake hard down to 44 mph in 2nd gear, and coast to about 41-42 mph before getting on full throttle.

    Shift into 3rd at 57 mph, and stay in the draft, shifting into 4th at the crest of the hill at 85 mph. Brake down to about 65 mph, coasting with light throttle until about two-third's of the way through the turn, then gradually get on full throttle (just as you get to the shadow created by the bridge). Once recovered from the understeer, get back in the draft.

    Start heavy braking shortly after you've crested the little hill, and slow down to about 43-44 mph, then coast briefly so the car settles before getting back on full throttle. You should miss the first rumble strip, and just graze the exit rumble strip swinging wide near the cones, shift into 3rd at 57 mph.

    For this slalom, take it at full throttle for the first two bends, using as much track as necessary, then ease off the throttle slightly as you enter the third bend, and shift into fourth. This will help to keep the car from understeering wide into the cones. Your T2 time should be around 1'32.250 to 1'33.000. Again full throttle through the fifth bend, braking down to about 83-84 mph and then coasting/light throttle until you know you are clear of the grass to the left.

    Follow the Skyline, as you don't want to hit any of the cones at the pit lane entry, and then brake hard down to about 33-34 mph in 2nd gear for this second last turn. Use full throttle all the way to the finish following the Skyline as smoothly as possible.

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    B16 - Tsukuba Circuit, Spoon Corner; BMW 120D '04

    This test has a pretty difficult start. This turn needs to be taken at full throttle. To learn the turn-in angle, I suggest pushing R3 before the test is underway, so that the "driving-line," appears. Other than that, this line is useless, so just use it to learn the turn-in for the first turn. You should be able to maintain a minimum speed of 60 mph, and steer smoothly through the double left turns. Start braking as late as you can safely do so, all the way down to about 37-38 mph. Coast briefly down to 34-35 mph, and immediately go to full throttle. You should be hitting the apex about three-quarters of the way through the turn, since it is a true hairpin. Shift into 3rd at 57 mph, and maintain little to no steering input to the finish line.

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    Well, there you have it, all of B License golds. You are well on your way to getting all golds, and, believe me, there is no turning back at this point. Having gotten all of these, your desire to get even more becomes insatiable. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Gran Turismo 4 gives you a prize car per medal level attainment. So, unlike GT1, 2, and 3, you already have 3 cars in your garage without having spent a single credit.

    The cars are:
    VW Lupo 1.4
    Mazda KUSABI
    Honda S500

    Nothing overly special, but it's a great start to your car collection, again, seeing as you have spent no credits. 8)
     
  3. The Missing Link

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    Moving into the A licenses, things get slightly more complex. However, these tests are still not overly difficult, and hopefully you AT drivers out there have taken the time to get accustomed to MT. MT is still relatively easy to use, as shifting is limited in the A tests, however, you will be shifting more, which is good, because practice makes perfect.

    Oh, and of course, if you haven't taken a break yet, do it, it helps. It allows your mind to settle a little and decompress all of the information it has just learned. Gran Turismo 4 forces you to drive very close to realistically, especially in the slower cars that have been used thus far.

    Without further ado; the A Licenses!

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    A1 - High Speed Ring, Complex Corners; Mitsubishi FTO GP-X `02

    Shift into 3rd at 70 mph, while getting over to the left side and straightening out. For the rest of the test, stay in 3rd gear, there is no need to shift into 2nd gear. For the first turn, start braking after turning in, and slow down to about 62-63 mph. Coast until the car is stable, and start getting on the throttle lightly. You should be able to get up to 70+ mph between the two turns, and for the second turn, this time do not brake, coast the car down to about 63-64 mph, and get back on the throttle hard enough that you are accelerating, but not pushing the car too wide out of the turn. Full throttle with minimal steering input to the finish.

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    A2 - High Speed Ring, Complex Corners; Lotus Elise 111R' `04

    Shift into 3rd at 74 mph, again smoothly getting to the left side and straightening out. Brake down to about 65-66 mph and coast to settle the car. Use moderate throttle application to slowly accelerate the car until full throttle can be taken. Shift into 3rd at 73 mph, and you should be able to get up over 75 mph between the turns. Brake down to about 66-67 mph, and again, coasting very briefly to settle the car, and getting on the throttle with moderate to heavy application. Shift into 3rd at 74 mph, which should happen at the exit of the second turn. Unless you really nailed that second turn, you will not have to shift into 4th gear before the test is over.

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    A3 - Deep Forest Raceway, Final Turn; Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS `03

    There is a big trick to this test, and really, the test is quite easy. DO NOT apply the throttle at any point mid-turn. Wait until you know the car is capable of handling the power before getting on the throttle. With that in mind, here are the guidelines; maintain a very smooth line through the first turn, starting wide, turning-in and ending wide right, shift into 4th at 93 mph. Turn in shortly after the rumble strip begins and brake late, you should be able to get up near 109-110 mph. The braking should have started about midway across track, down to about 83-87 mph, now coast. If this has all been done properly, the car will never go slower than 83 mph, and gently get onto the inside rumble strip, once you have gotten to the inside rumble strip it should be clear that you can get back on full throttle, steer gently to keep away from the grass on the outside.

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    A4 - Suzuka Circuit, Back Straight; Subaru Legacy B4 3.0R `03

    Much like the last test, your car will turn a whole lot better if you brake initially, and then coast for most of the actual turning. With that in mind; stay smooth, and keep to the right side of the track, do NOT shift into 4th at 120 mph, instead ease up on the throttle for a moment because you have to start braking now anyways. Shifting into 4th unsettles the car and makes the braking zone more difficult to handle. Slow to about 101-102 mph and coast until you can be on full throttle, rapid tapping on exit also works to keep the car away from the cones to the right. You should be able to maintain a minimum of 97 mph and as usual, keep it smooth to the finish line.

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    A5 - Grand Valley East, Full Pace Lap; Audi A3 3.2 Quattro `03

    Launch at full throttle in 1st gear. Follow the pace car's line, shifting into 2nd at 38 mph, 3rd at 63 mph, 4th at 89-90 mph. Brake down to about 50 mph, and coast/light throttle through the bulk of the turn, following the Skyline's line for the most part. Continue up the hill, and you are better off to stay in the draft of the Skyline than taking a wider line.

    Brake and coast a bit for this blind right turn, but keep to the Skyline, don't let it run-away on you. The turn starts out simple, but there is a second right shortly after that is quite a bit tighter, it may take a couple of tries to find the rhythm, but they can easily be done above 80 mph. For the next two hard rights, first slow down to about 73-74 mph, and then to about 50 mph. The tighter you can make the second of the turns, the better, you want to stay close to the right side on exit, since the left that is coming, is far more important to get done correctly. For the left turn, you should be able to maintain a speed above 48 mph, but preferably over 50. The turn seems a lot tighter than in previous installments of the Gran Turismo series, but that shouldn't matter.

    Through the tunnel, just follow the Skyline, keeping steering input smooth. Brake lightly, and coast for the majority of the right turn, and get back to the left side, always following the Skyline. Brake down to about 64-67 mph and coast a little for the first of the two last turns. Once you are able to get back to full throttle, stay full throttle to the finish line following the Skyline and staying in the draft.

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    A6 - Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, Complex Corners; Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor `98

    Straighten the car out, and stay in 3rd gear, start braking around 93 mph down to about 64 mph. Do not exit wide, maintaining a minimum of 60 mph still in 3rd gear. Coast/brake lightly to get the car back down to 60 mph for the second turn, and stay tight to the rumble with full throttle once you get onto the rumble strip. The exit can be a little tricky, if you are not smooth enough leaving the rumble strip the car will powerslide a little. Get back to the right side on exit, and start braking around 90 mph, when you can actually see the hard left turn. Slow to about 45 mph and start turning before you are finished braking. Coast for a moment so that the car settles, and get back on full throttle, never going slower than 43 mph. Stay smooth to the finish line, shifting into 3rd at 59 mph.

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    A7 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Complex Corners; Volkswagen Golf V GTI `05

    The test launches you at a very gentle left turn, do not follow it, stay wide right for the real left turn, you will need to use as much track as you can to keep your speed up. Turn in hard, and coast very briefly to help the car turn, staying above 93 mph. Straighten out the car as quickly as possible, the next left is much slower and heavy braking is needed. Slow down to about 54-57 mph in 2nd gear, aim to get the left side wheels onto the rumble strip. Get back on full throttle as early as possible, staying smooth through the right, shift into 3rd at 74 mph and minimize steering input to the finish line.

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    A8 - El Capitan, Hairpin; Mazda RX-8 Type S (J) `03

    Stay in 2nd gear through the hairpin. Keep about one car width from the inside for the first half of the turn, tightening up the line for the turn exit. The white line painted on the track makes the first part of the turn easy, as it is a good distance to keep from the rumble. Brake slightly/coast to setup for the turn exit. You should be able to stay above 58 mph through the exit, and shift into 3rd at 71 mph. Stay on the right side, because there is still a left turn. Steer hard into the turn maintaining full throttle and getting the left side wheels well onto the rumble strip. You should be able to go through the finish line without getting near the bridge wall.

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    A9 - Suzuka Circuit, Esses; Honda Cicic Type R (EP) `04

    This test is very tedious, you can get the gold real quick, or it may take many tries. What it really boils down to, is maintaining the smoothest line through the three ess turns. First of all, stay in 3rd gear the whole time. For the first turn coast a bit and turn in hard keeping a minimum of 74 mph. For the second turn brake lightly to get the car down to about 66 mph, coasting on down to about 63 mph and get back on full throttle. For the final turn try to follow the darkened asphalt as it has the smoothest line, coast briefly once or twice to get the turn in angle correct, but otherwise maintain full throttle to the finish.

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    A10 - Suzuka Circuit, Full Pace Lap; Acura Integra Type R (DC5) `05

    One of the big differences I have found in GT4 compared to the previous versions is front-wheel-drive cars. They have become quite a lot more realistic and just DO NOT turn when applying full throttle. For the majority of the turns, try to be coasting or lightly applying throttle, otherwise the car pretty much stops turning. Launch in 2nd gear at full throttle, shift into 3rd at 60-61 mph, into 4th at 88-89 mph while getting over to the left side. The first turn of Suzuka is quite tricky; it is a tightening J-Turn. So the approach is to only slow down very minimally for the first half of the turn, and making sure to get back to the far left to setup for the second part of the turn. Slow to about 55-58 mph and coast down to about 51-52 mph. Get back on the throttle very lightly, this turn is much longer than it seems. Maintain about 53 mph until exit and get back on full throttle shifting into 3rd at 60-61 mph.

    The next part of the test should be fairly easy, since it is the same as A9. While the car you are driving is a bit faster, it also handles a bit better. So just like A9, try to be as smooth as you can, and follow the same speed patterns. Exiting the third ess turn leaves you with the final of Suzuka's ess turns. This right turn is very deceptive; it's another J-Turn that gradually gets tighter. It is best to continue full throttle until the car starts pushing to the outside of the track. Brake slightly and coast, maintaining a minimum of 55 mph. Following the Skyline through here is very difficult, and I recommend using it more as a guide than the actual best line. The left turn can be taken nearly full throttle, but coast for a bit to make sure the angle is correct and that the speed has dropped a couple of mph to ensure a safe exit. Stay full throttle once you've exited all the way through the next set of simple turns.

    You will get up over 100 mph, and the hard right is quite difficult. The turn exit heads downhill, so you can't really tell where it goes. Brake hard down to about 76-79 mph and turn hard, staying in 4th gear. The ideal turn-in is much earlier than you will initially think because the apex is very early. Stay smooth on exit getting both left side wheels onto the rumble strip to maintain maximum speed. The next right is a little easier, because you can see your exit. Again, brake quickly and hard, getting the car down to about 50-54 mph staying in 3rd gear. Make a very hard turn in because the apex is again quite a bit earlier than expected. This time keep away from the outside rumble strip as the car will be traveling slow enough that the rumble strip interrupts acceleration. Your T1 time should be around 1'16.250 to 1'16.750. Stay full throttle, keeping inside the draft of the Skyline. For the hairpin you will have to slow to about 35 mph in 2nd gear, and again, do not get back to full throttle until you are on exit and will not run too wide into the grass.

    The Skyline will lose you for the first bit of the double kinked straightaway, but you will eventually get back into the draft. For the second kink turn very hard and a little early otherwise you will have to do some slight lifting to straighten out the car. Brake hard down to about 65 mph in 3rd gear and make a slightly wide turn. This is another J-style turn, with the latter portion being tighter. Stay in 3rd gear and slow to about 55 mph, be patient about getting back to full throttle as the car will exit too wide and you will lose the Skyline correcting a too early acceleration. Stay inside the draft, even though the line of the Skyline does not seem ideal. Your T2 time should be about 2'14.500 to 2'15.000.

    This turn is very difficult at this approach speed. It's best to brake before turning, and coast through the turn, maintaining at least 85 mph in 4th gear, Avoid getting back to full throttle until you have actually exited the turn and are nearing the right side rumble strip. The upcoming ess turn is very slow, and you will come very close to hitting the Skyline. Both turns are taken at about 40-42 mph, with a very quick acceleration and brake between them. Stay smooth to the finish line, and follow the Skyline, since the final bend to the front straight is hard to see.

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    A11 - Grand Canyon, Applied Dirt Driving; Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione `91
    - Courtsey of JBrennen

    The main key to this test: do not use the brakes.

    At the start, begin steering for the left side of the track -- look down the course along the rocks on the left and there is a little mound of dirt near the end which protrudes into the left edge of the course. You want to literally run over this mound of dirt at about 45 MPH in 2nd gear. The shift point to 2nd is about 41-42 mph.

    You should turn hard to the right as you cross the mound of dirt. Remember: Don't brake! Lift off the throttle to induce trailing-throttle oversteer, and downshift to 1st while off the throttle. The car should start to drift around the 180 degree bend. Once the drift is induced, get back to full throttle. Fine-tune the car's direction as you drift, but don't make any major adjustments. If you do it right, the car should drift all of the way around under full throttle in 1st gear.

    You'll probably need to turn to the right to end the drift and get back to straight-line driving. A big key to a really good time is ending the drift as early as possible to maximize your straight-line acceleration to the finish line. When done right, you'll stop the drift and get back to straight-ahead acceleration quite a bit before you can see the finish line. While accelerating, shift back to 2nd at about 41-42 mph. You should cross the finish at a minimum of 55 MPH.

    **NOTE** When done right, you will stay full throttle through the transition from drifting to full throttle, all the way to the finish line.

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    A12 - Tahiti Maze, Switchbacks; Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi (GD, Type-II) `02
    -Courtesy of JBrennen

    Just when you figured out the trick to A11...

    Along comes a test where you need to use the brakes quite a bit.

    At the start, head over to the left edge of the track. Shift up to 3rd gear at about 57 mph -- you will not be there long, but the downshift back to 2nd will help push the rear of the car out for the first drift.

    Just before you get to the last shadow that crosses the track, cut the wheel hard to the right, downshift to 2nd, and get on the brakes. You're going to keep the wheel turned and stay on the brake until the car is sliding sideways perpendicular to the inside wall. At this point, go full throttle and steer the car as needed to get you to exit the hairpin pointed straight down the track.

    Stay in 2nd gear and line up along the right side of the track. The entry to the next hairpin should start just after the big shadow that crosses the track. Downshift to 1st for this hairpin, but use the same technique as the last hairpin -- this time you'll be going slower because it's a tighter turn.

    After exiting the 2nd hairpin, shift back up to 2nd gear at redline, then repeat the procedure used for the last corner -- get on the outside edge of the track, then turn in, downshift to 1st and brake, establish the drift, then full throttle and steer for the exit.

    Exit the 3rd hairpin, back to 2nd gear at redline. The last left hander before the finish line should be taken full throttle, but your turn-in point will be very early -- experiment to find the turn-in point that works for you. Once the turn is begun, ease off on the steering -- you don't want to have to make a countersteer correction before the finish line as that can only slow you down. Stay in 2nd all the way to the finish line.

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    A13 - Trial Mountain Circuit, Blind Corners; Nissan Skyline GT-R VSpec II (R32) `94

    Launch 1st gear 5000-6000 RPM. Before turning at all, get to 2nd gear at 45 mph, and then begin turn-in. Wait until about mid-turn before letting off, and coast only enough to settle the car, your speed should stay above 56 mph at all times, cresting the hill at exit over 64 mph. Brake hard down to about 51 mph and stay near the rumble strips on the left. Coast through the first half of the turn, getting back on full throttle just before the apex.

    Shift into 3rd at 79 mph. Brake hard down to about 67 mph as you pass the stones that jut out on the left. Keep tight to the inside through the right turn, never falling below 65 mph. Once at the apex, full throttle out. Shift into 3rd at 77 mph, and get close to the right side of the tunnel wall. Brake down to about 61-62 mph and turn in hard, ideally you will get very, very close to the inside wall without touching it, and start accelerating well before the apex. You should be able to exit the turn as you shift into 3rd at 78-79 mph, and from this point do not steer at all unless you have to. Shifting into 4th is optional, it appears to make little to no difference to the time.

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    A14 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Blind Corners; Audi TT Coupe 1.8T Quattro `00

    This test is a little cumbersome because the track lacks smoothness. However, the key is to be as smooth as the track will allow. The Audi doesn't accelerate well, so keeping up its momentum is of paramount importance. To start, stay to the right and shift into 4th at 84 mph. Turn in quickly, but not for very long, the left turn is very short, smoothly turn right trying to continually accelerate. Get over to the left side of the track, and as soon as the track heads downhill, brake hard to about 80-81 mph and coast staying tight to the inside to about 78 mph before gently getting back on the throttle. Once the track opens up get back to full throttle, hopefully you will stay out of the grass. Brake very, very late for the hard right, you should be just shifting into 3rd at about 65-68 mph and coasting to let the car settle before braking hard into 2nd gear at about 42-43 mph. Stay tight to the rumble without getting onto it with full throttle. Smoothly steer out of the gentle right and steer as minimally as possible to the finish.

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    A15 - Trial Mountain Circuit, Full Pace Lap; Mazda Mazda6 5-Door `03

    Launch 1st gear between 4000 and 5500 RPM. Shift into 2nd at 35 mph, shift into 3rd at 69 mph. Keep the line as smooth as you can, using as much track as necessary for the left then right. Get over to the right side (following the Skyline), and then turn in hard initially to the left without letting off or braking. Lighten up the turning as you approach the apex. If done properly you will get the left side wheels onto the rumble and turning will become easy, maintaining a minimum of 82 mph. Follow the Skyline again, and start you turn in as it does, start braking as you get midway across track, brake down to about 60 mph, and coast through the middle of the turn, trying to stay above 54 mph. Steer very smoothly cresting the hill, the car can get terribly upset. Your T1 time should be about 32.000.

    Just like in A13 brake hard to about 53 mph and coast through the first half of the turn, getting back on full throttle just before the apex. Your speed should never go under 50 mph. Shift into 3rd at 69 mph and as you pass the stones that jut out to your left, coast/light brake down to 65 mph and stay as tight to the inside as possible. Shift into 2nd gear when you want to accelerate out of the corner, and you should have coasted down to no lower than 62 mph. Get over to the right side of the tunnel wall, shifting into third at 69 mph. Leave it in 3rd and brake down to about 63 mph while turning in hard left. Aim to get as close to the inside wall as possible. Full acceleration should begin before getting to the inside apex, and you should be able to exit the turn right in the draft of the Skyline. Your T2 time should be about 1'00.000.

    Shift into 4th at 102 mph. Brake hard down to about 58-59 mph throughout turn in, and coast to settle car, never going slower than 55 mph. Full throttle all the way up the hill through the short ess. Get very tight to left wall cresting the hill at the end of ess, and brake hard down to about 53 mph while turning in. If you catch the rumble strip, immediately go back to full throttle, otherwise, light throttle until the car settles, or you know you will make the turn exit without hitting the outside wall. Your T3 time should be about 1'38.000.

    Turn in and brake once the car is headed towards the apex, slow down to about 50 mph and coast briefly across the apex and back to full throttle. Stay in the Skyline's draft and coast most of the way to the apex of the front straight kink once you start turn-in. Full throttle before getting to the apex and follow the Skyline to maintain drafting.

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    A16 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Graduation Test; Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD) `02

    Shift into 4th at 97 mph staying to the right. The first left is very gentle, and doesn't require much steering, stay to the right on exit. Brake hard down to about 86-88 mph and coast briefly to settle the car. Full throttle through the left apex and all the way around the gentle right. Get over to the left side, and start braking just before the car is headed downhill, slow to about 61-63 mph. Get on full throttle just past the apex, and keep smooth because the RX-7 likes to fish-tail.

    Shift into 4th and light brake/coast through the right turn, slowing to about 88-90 mph. Brake quick and hard down to about 80 for the following left, attempting to keep the car in a smooth line. Leave the car in 4th gear to make the hard right, and it is a very quick turn that can be taken at about 80-84 mph. Stay in 4th to the next turn, and slow to about 73-74 mph in 3rd gear, coast the first half of the turn to apex and get back on full throttle. The exit is blind, but after one or two tries you will know where the track goes.

    Do not shift into 4th before the next left, leave it in 3rd and brake down to about 61-62 mph. This is a reverse J-Turn that starts tight and widens out, so you can get back on full throttle rather quickly. Wait as long as possible to brake for the final turn, and slow to about 64-66 mph, staying in 3rd gear. Accelerate as you pass the apex and stay smooth to the finish line.

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    Well, there you have it, all of A License golds. This puts you about 1/ 4 of the way to getting all golds. I say 1/4 because these tests are quite a lot simpler and easier than most of the IA and S tests, but, we will get to those. IB isn't exceedingly difficult, however, take a break, relax, for getting this far deserves that much.

    Of course, don't forget to go to your garage and check out your 3 new cars, that again, have cost you nothing as far as in-game credits go.

    Pontiac Sunfire GXP Conncept `02
    Acura DN-X `02
    Nissan Gran Turismo Skyline GT-R `01

    At least there are some real cool-looking cars for the A licenses. The Sunfire is nothing special, but seeing as my real life car is a Sunfire, I am excited to have it :). The DN-X looks like a whole lot of fun, and hey, nothing wrong with winning the same car as you trail in the pace laps. 8)
     
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    Once again, the tests are about to get more difficult than the last set. Some of the IB tests are pretty easy, and some of them are very difficult. For the most part, as long as you take your time, trying to be as smooth as you can, and do not push the car overly hard, your times will keep dropping. Learning patience is also important. Realize that if you have never gotten something before, the first time getting to a goal, it will be sufficiently more difficult than any of the subsequent times you attempt it.

    Just keep in mind that you are more likely to have to repeatedly try a test dozens of times (or more) than you are to achieve your goal within a handful of tries. So, just have patience, you will get there eventually.

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    IB1 - Tsukuba Circuit, Trail Braking; Hyundai Tiburon GT `01

    Straighten out the car and shift into 4th at 85 mph. Continue to accelerate until just before turning in, and brake hard while turning in, slowing down to about 40 mph in 2nd gear. Coast through the middle of the turn, and gradually increase throttle pressure, you should be full throttle just before going through the apex. Steering at this point should be minimal, as the idea behind trail braking is a late apex so that the speed carried out of the turn is higher. This means that the angle of the car through the turn is wide at the beginning and narrower through the end, minimizing steering input at the end. Shift into 3rd at 57 mph and as per the usual, steer as minimally as possible to the finish.

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    IB2 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Trail Braking; Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R129) `98

    Get the car gently to the right side, but only as much as you require to get through the very gentle left bend, which should not be very much at all. Stay full throttle from the start all the way until you need to start braking for the tight right turn. Make sure after the left bend to get to the left side of the track. This is again a trail braking test, and as such, requires the braking to start very late. The ideal brake point seems to be where the guard rail on the right side near the bushes ends, there is also a big green sign there. It is difficult to gauge where this is in relation to the car and track, so I suggest doing a couple of runs for yourself, and watching the replay to figure out where this is in better relation to you and the track.

    Right when you start braking is also right when you start turning in, at first it doesn't seem like the car is going to slow down enough, but luckily the grade of the track fixes this apparent problem. Most of the turn is done near the rumble strip, but not on it. Continue braking all the way down to about 57-62 mph in 2nd gear, I leave such a wide range because I know that when done correctly, even faster than 62 mph is possible. Coast very, very briefly and get on full throttle immediately. This will cause a very minimal amount of power oversteer which the car corrects all on its own once exiting the turn. It is almost a straight line to the finish from here, so try to steer as little as possible, shifting into 3rd at 84 mph.

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    IB3 - Suzuka Circuit, Spoon Hairpin; Honda Prelude Type S `98

    Gently make right steering inputs, or one smooth gentle input, shifting into 4th at 98 mph. You will be amazed at how much time can be lost by not steering smoothly through the double kink here, so just keep trying until you can steer very smoothly. Start braking just as you pass the little road/walkway on the right side, and slow all the way down to about 65-66 mph in 3rd gear. Coast to the apex and get back on full throttle getting yourself back to the right side of the track. This time you will start your turn-in before braking, and about midway across the track, brake to about 56-57 mph in 2nd gear. Hold a very light throttle application until you are just past the apex, and go to full throttle. You should avoid getting the left side wheels onto the rumble strip at apex, because it will unsettle the full throttle application a lot. Shift into 3rd at 66 mph, and only steer to the left slightly, getting to the finish in as straight a line as possible.

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    IB4 - Deep Forest Raceway, Middle Section; Audi S4 `03

    There are two big tips to this test:
    1) Do not allow the Audi to start sliding, it just does not have the power to overcome any kind of powersliding;
    2) You really don't have to use the brakes all that much (much like the Mini Full Pace Lap from the B Licenses).

    With that in mind, the test starts you heading into the right turn, so lightly steer left to stay with the rumble strip. Continue accelerating until you can see most of the turn, which should be about 66-67 mph. Coast and turn in, tap the brakes once or twice very quickly if you are not getting close to the inside of the turn, but do not go slower than 54 mph. Once you are on the inside rumble strip--which is convieniently painted white and green--get on the throttle and modulate it near half throttle. You should go to full throttle once you can see your line through the tunnel, naturally, that line is from the right corner to the left corner. You should be shifting into 3rd at 69-70 mph as the car 'dumps' down the little hill at the end of the tunnel, if you are not shifting at this point, you need to get on full throttle a little sooner coming out of the turn. Upon exiting the tunnel, you only need to be towards the left side of the track, not necesarily on the rumble strip, because more importantly, you need get two wheels into the right side grass at the top of the little hill.

    Once you graze this hill there is a bump while going downhill, this is when you need to start turning in to the left and coasting. Once again, coast more than brake, but, you will need to lightly tap the brakes a few times to slow the car down sufficiently. Your aim through here is to stay at 74 mph as you leave the inside left and veer out to the right, and once again, modulate between half throttle and coasting until you are sure you will not travel too far outside. Coast briefly just before turn in, it will help make a sharper turn in angle, and then go back to modulating throttle pressure. Your goal is to just get the left side wheels on the rumble strip, while full throttle. If you can do that, it is full throttle to the finish line. However, if you miss the rumble strip on apex, you will need to lift once or twice to correct your turn angle and avoid hitting the wall on the right side. From here it is the usual, steer only as much as required to not contact and walls to the finish line.

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    IB5 - Costa Di Amalfi, Full Pace Lap; Peugeot 206 RC `03

    The first point of note here is that following the Skyline's line is nearly useless, other than where drafting will come into play. Launch in 1st gear at 4000-5500 RPM. The car veers to the left on acceleration, so steer lightly to the right, shifting into 2nd at 40-41 mph. Shift into 3rd at 69 mph and now you can get in behind the Skyline. For this first hairpin turn, you will want to use the Skyline as your braking marker. Hold off from braking until you are really starting to close in on the Skyline. Do not worry, for the Skyline will accelerate half way through the turn, and brake again, so you will not get the chance to plow into it. Ideally you will have dropped the speed to no lower than 35 mph. From about one-third of the way through the turn, you can maintain full throttle. Heading up the hill, stay in 2nd gear until after the car has landed from the little jump and you get to 67-68 mph.

    Get to the right side of the track (this is one of the rare situations that following the Skyline works, not because of the draft, but because it actually follows a good line), and just like the first hairpin, refrain from braking until you are closing in on the Skyline. This time your speed should get no lower than about 33 mph and just like last time, you can go to full throttle well before the apex and just steer out. Shift into 3rd at 67 mph and again, wait until you are closing in on the Skyline to brake. This is actually the easiest of these three hairpins, and can be taken at 34+ mph. Heading up the hill, your T1 goal is between 55.400 and 55.800.

    Follow the Skyline through the twisty road here. There is a nasty bump that can send you flying into the wall on the right. This turn is quite a bit trickier than the previous three, but again, once you are closing in on the Skyline, brake hard down to 30-31 mph, coasting only long enough for the car to settle (about 1/10th of a second), and go full throttle steering out. For this turn keep accelerating to about 54-55 mph, and then coast and tap the brakes as you need to, maintaining a minimum of 43 mph through the turn. This turn can throw you off, however the kink towards the end is very odd. I suggest maintaining 47-48 mph towards the end, even though you can see the exit. Otherwise the car is likely to throw itself into the edge of the bridge, and either fail you, or lose significant time from a wall contact.

    Going through the double ess here is about the only time you are actually going to benefit from drafting the skyline. The key is to stay smooth, for the first bend, lift slightly once or twice to maintain proper angle through the turn, following the Skyline. For the second, you will need to coast through the apex, as the turn is significantly longer than any of the other ones. Your T2 time should be about 1'27.250 to 1'27.750. Once the car is settled, go full throttle attempting to stay in the draft all the way to the hard right turn.

    Hold off on braking until you just pass the edge of the brick wall, and slow all the way down to about 45-46 mph, and maintain that speed until you are really headed downhill. This is probably the trickiest section of the test simply because the Skyline gets terribly upset and slows down, whereas if you are smooth, you will not. I suggest keeping full throttle until you are too close for comfort and coasting a little. The coming turn is more difficult in the second half, but braking early will help with that. Slow down to about 70 mph in 3rd gear, and coast through the right kink, staying close to the right wall. Just as you hit the apex on the right side, brake hard down to about 28-29 mph in 2nd gear, and coast to settle the car. You cannot get on full throttle for quite a while, because the turn exit is very sharp.

    There is a nice little trick to get through this quick ess turn, shift into 3rd just before turning in, this will bog the car for a second or two, making the turn in easier, and coast through the apex of the second bend. Avoid prematurely accelerating out of the turn, because the track is not nearly as wide as it appears. The reason for going into third is that it does help the turn in, but more importantly, you will not lose traction through the bumpier second half of the ess turn, thus maintaining a higher average speed. Continue to chase the Skyline here; it is the 2nd of three places where it might actually make a difference. Once again, wait until you start to close the gap between yourself and the Skyline before braking. Slow all the way down to about 30 mph in 2nd gear, and modulate the throttle to keep from hitting the Skyline, the inside wall, and the outside wall on exit.

    Accelerate hard down the hill, unfortunately, if you wait until you are closing the gap on the Skyline to brake, you will run into him and fail, so try to brake in time with the Skyline, all the way down to 20 mph in 1st gear. Coast through most of the turn, it is very difficult to see the apex, the exit, well everything. Just keep coasting, but maintaining about 17-18 mph until you are certain you are clear of the apex and the outside wall. Accelerate hard again, chasing the Skyline, but do not shift into 2nd, it unsettles the car terribly during braking. This time you are forced to slow all the way down to about 15-16 mph. However, you can see the apex and turn exit this time, just follow the Skyline as best you can to the finish line.

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    IB6 - Fuji Speedway, Cone Slalom--ASM On; BMW Z4 `03

    This test is really about patience, and I have a feeling you will need lots of it. Launch 1st gear between 3000 and 4500 RPM and steer to the right a little. Obviously the goal is to build up a rhythm. Before I describe the rhythm, I have found through trial and error (too busy concentrating on the damn cones) that shifting into 3rd happens at 66 mph. Now, to describe the rhythm; up to 69-71 mph it is really straight-forward, just steer enough to avoid the cones, the car handles perfectly fine. I used light taps to go left and right, since it is extremely difficult to use longer-smoother steering inputs.

    Once you shift into 3rd gear, the test becomes difficult. Basically, use throttle modulation at all times, lifting slightly, and back to full throttle from 70+ mph all the way to the finish. Your speed through each successive section should increase by about 1 mph, so that you are passing the last set of cones headed towards the finish at 74-75 mph. Eventually your fingers (if you are using the DS2) will adjust to each other's rhythm, and your throttle modulation will sync up with your steering taps. I presume using the wheel this combined rhythm will come much faster.

    A big tip for any slalom course is to be turning before the cone. So, you want to already heading across the cone as you are passing it, instead of starting to cross the centerline as you pass the cone, this helps a lot in maintaining stability, and means that you are beginning your turn in halfway between cones, instead of when you are nearing them. One of the big goals here is to get through the test without having the ASM light blink at you, since that means you are smooth enough with the car that you don't need it, you'll understand why in the next test.

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    IB7 - Fuji Speedway, Cone Slalom--ASM Off; BMW Z4 `03

    Here you are again, exact same test except for one detail, no more ASM. That's fine, all that should change is the launch, which I am happy to say, is still quite easy. If you were able to complete the previous test without having the ASM light blinking at you (save for the initial standing start), this test should be just as easy once you get the launch right. Hopefully you got a good feel for the throttle modulated launch in the Renault Megane and Dodge Viper, it is more or less the same concept. Launch between one-half and three-quarters throttle between 5000 and 6500 RPM, continue to modulate between one-half and three-quarters up to about 18-20 mph, and then go to full throttle. A good launch time is under 0.700. Anything over that, and just keep practicing the throttle modulation. From here the test is basically the exact same, easy until you are into 3rd gear at 70+ mph. Again, just maintain 68-72 mph until the last three or four bends, the car should maintain a manageable balance.

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    IB8 - New York, Successive 90-Degree Flat Corners; Chrysler Crossfire `04

    Much like the last test, the key here is developing a rhythm; this time though, there is braking involved. There is another key point to note; this particular section of New York has very wide turns, make full use of the track tracing a turn from out-in-out getting as close to--without touching--the walls as you can. Finally, one of the great things about this test is the first five corners, they all have just about identical cornering speeds; varied from 47-51 mph.

    The test lets you out at the top end of 3rd gear, do not shift into 4th. Brake hard down to about 47-48 mph aiming to get as much of the car onto that inside rumble strip as possible. Exiting really wide can be detrimental here, as you need to get all the way back to the right side of the track, the next turn is a left. Start braking just as you pass the final bright orange turn marker sign, and turn in shortly after starting to brake. Again, your goal speed is about 47-48 mph.

    This time the next turns comes up a whole lot more quickly, and you will notice why I suggest traveling slower than you actually can, you need to very quickly get to the left side of the track to setup for the next right. Again, accelerate hard and brake down to about 50-51 mph. This turn you can exit very wide, using the entire track, so a higher turn speed is usable. Just like that last few corners, get as much of the car onto the inside rumble to help slide the car around the turn.

    You are now approaching a double left hander, not to worry, there are plenty of objects to indicate when to start braking. Begin braking shortly after passing the last of the bright orange turn signs. This time, slow all the way down to 46-47 mph, and try to make a late entry into the turn, so that you can exit the second of the two lefts early and closer to the left side. Through the transition zone between the two left turns, I suggest heavy coasting to full throttle to make the rear end slip out slightly. Once you are clear of the second apex, Begin braking all the way down to about 32-33 mph, and stay as tight to the wall on the right as you can.

    The final turn is a whole lot easier than the last three, especially if you have managed to keep the car balanced through that last turn. For turn in, coast the car down to about 39-41 mph, and get on full throttle once at the apex, you should have no trouble keeping the car off of the guardrail to the right on exit. Make sure to maintain that smooth line without steering once headed towards the finish.

    **Special Point of Interest** Make sure to watch your replay in one of the 'Behind the Car' cameras. Check out that spoiler! It pops up and down several times, nothing special, but it’s definitely fun to look at. :)

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    IB9 - Citti Di Aria, Tight City Street Turns; Volkswagen Bora V6 4Motion `01

    First of all, if you have never seen this course before you are in for a huge shock to your system. You are thrown into a tiny little narrow alleyway at 90+ mph! This of course is very reminiscent of what most of us see in movies that involve driving through the tight twisty streets of cities in Europe. Of course, if you have not yet noticed that the past few tests are very dependent on developing and finding the rhythm to the section of track, this is no different. There is only one or two actual racing lines possible to take through these bends, and they are quite difficult to find if you are overdriving the car. I suggest driving through it a couple of times at a much lower speed, because the best lines through each turn seem to be grooved into the road. The car (at low speeds) will naturally glide through these grooves.

    Now, you are ready to tackle it at full speed! :) You will have to adjust the steering almost immediately upon gaining control of the car. Otherwise you will bump the wall on the right, but try to stay close to that wall. Brake for an instant to slow the car to about 84-85 mph through the bend, and do not get back on the throttle, let it coast, and brake heavily when you start seeing the turn open up. Slow to about 50-53 mph and stay in third gear, there is a definite groove here that your car will just navigate on its own. When you have done this right, you can go right to full throttle at the apex. Trace smoothly through the blind turn, and stay tight to the right side. Start braking hard when you can recognize a hard rectangular break of sunlight in the shadow of the buildings, slowing down to about 31-33 mph in 2nd gear.

    Only apply half throttle approaching the next turn, it is very deceiving, and there is another wall hidden behind the first one. Through here you are in another slalom that requires both throttle modulation and steering modulation to sync up with one another. You should be gradually increasing speed through each of the 4 bends, and full throttle by the time you are apexing the final turn about to head down the steep hill, as you apex the final turn, shift into 3rd gear at 54-55 mph, it will help to maintain your line without having to lift off the throttle too much. Stay smooth to the finish line.

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    IB10 - Hong Kong, Full Pace Lap; MGF `97

    Launch 1st gear at anything above 3500 RPM, shift into 2nd at 36 mph, and take note of the Skyline. Get over very tight to that right side wall. In this test, the Skyline is actually very, very useful, learn when it brakes and try to be just a little bit later on the brakes than it. The problem with this car is that it just does not accelerate out of turns very well if there is any kind of lateral slide happening. To compensate for this, you need to have the car slowed down to the proper speed to ensure a smooth line through all but 2 turns! Never fear, I am writing this entire guide to save you the trouble of figuring out all of the tiny details on your own.

    From the right side, brake hard down to about 36-37 mph, and coast down to 33-34 mph, getting back on full throttle as early as you can. This is a long straight, with a kink, followed by a short straight, so exit speed is very important. Shift into 3rd at 64-65 mph. Follow the Skyline, and like I said, try to time your braking to coincide with it. This turn is just disastrous when a large drift is induced from throttle oversteer. Try to slow the car down to about 65-66 mph in a straight line, and turn with half-throttle application to maintain as minimal drifting as possible. The car is likely to still slide around a lot on you, but that is perfectly fine as long as you are in control of the slide, and not scrubbing off lots of speed. You should be back to full throttle just after passing the apex, and back on over to the left side. Again, do all or most of the braking in a straight line; the car will naturally drift through this right turn. Fortunately, the turn widens out as it goes along, so you only have to slow down just enough to miss the outside wall, about 60-61 mph. Allow the car to drift gently, slowly recovering it as you see the opening up to the short straightaway. Stay in 3rd gear.

    Brake hard down to about 40-42 mph before turning so that the car does not drift at all. Just like the Crossfire at New York, the key here is to maintain the highest speed possible through mid-turn, keeping in mind that another flat 90-degree bend is coming up. Again, stay in 3rd gear, do not worry about shifting into 4th, brake hard, and maintain as little drifting as possible. Slow the car to about 45-46 mph and get on full throttle as early as possible, this is another long straightaway. Your T1 should be about 41.300 to 41.500. Shift into 3rd at 64 mph, and into 4th at 91 mph. Start braking hard as you reach the end of the red and white striped guardrail down to about 30-31 mph, and coast down to about 27-28 mph while turning. Wait until the car is past the apex to get back on full throttle, and stay on the right side, following the Skyline.

    Start braking where the rumble strip starts to your right, and slow to about 41-42 mph. Shift into 3rd at 64 mph, and your T2 should be about 1'20.000 to 1'20.500. Start braking as you go under the 50m sign overhead, slowing down to about 45-46 mph. This turn has a very wide exit, use that to your advantage, and get back over to the right side, being mindful of the guardrail. Again start braking as you go underneath the 50m overhead sign, this time down to about 46 mph. Try staying closer to the middle of the track on exit, as you will need lots of track for the next two turns, and they come up very quickly.

    You will probably have to start braking as you get the car to the left side, because unless you took the previous turn very slowly, you just don't have enough time to get all the way left. Slow the car to about 39 mph and stay very close to that inside right wall. For the final turn you do not need to use the brakes, just coast and steer gently enough to keep from drifting, but firm enough to actually make it around the turn. You should be able to get back to full throttle at or just after the apex, and try to stay in the draft of the Skyline to the finish.

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    IB11 -Grand Canyon, High-Speed Dirt Techniques; Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR GSR `04
    - Courtesy of JBrennen

    Shift to 3rd gear at the start and immediately make a slight steering correction to get you pointed down the straight. Shift to 4th gear while in the air off of the second jump. Line up a bit right of the centerline of the track.

    Just after the last banner which hangs across the track, begin your turn to the left for the upcoming corner. As you turn in, double downshift to 2nd gear. Once the car starts to turn, ride the brakes for a bit to bring the speed down so that you can stay close to the left side of the track. The remainder of the test is basically two linked power drifts in 2nd gear--a left turn drift, then into a right turn drift with no pause between them. You will want to use the brakes a little between the two drifts--not so much because you want to bleed off speed--but because the car will rotate more quickly under braking. When not riding the brakes to rotate the car, you should be full throttle. You may need to shift to 3rd just before the finish line, so be ready for that.

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    IB12 - Ice Arena, Driving on Ice and Snow; Toyota Celica GT-Four RC (ST185) `91
    - Courtesy of JBrennen

    The launch is very important for getting gold--or better--times. I found that the best launch occurs at 5000 RPM in 1st gear. Since the engine on this car accelerates so quickly when revving in neutral, this means timing the start signal. Try holding revs at about 3000, and then going full throttle just a split second before the start. You want to be full throttle at 5000 RPM so that the turbo is developing a good amount of boost.

    Practice the launch; the difference between a good launch and a mediocre launch--full throttle bouncing off the rev limiter in 1st--is worth about 0.2 to 0.3 seconds.

    Upshift to 2nd at redline. Take the first two gentle corners full throttle and "late apex" both of them. Set up for the first hairpin on the right side of the track.

    The two hairpins are taken similarly. Both involve a downshift to 1st, hard braking to establish the drift and rotate the car, and then powering out of the corner full throttle. Countersteer will probably be necessary as you exit in order to stop the car's rotation. You will upshift to 2nd between the two hairpins.

    After exiting the second hairpin, upshift to 2nd and go full throttle to the finish line. Getting the right turn-in point to take the left hander full throttle while keeping it off the walls takes a little practice, but it's crucial to getting a good time. You don't need to cross the finish line going straight. . .

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    IB13 - El Capitan, Undulating Ess Turns; Ford Focus RS `02

    This test is fairly straightforward, you just have to keep one thing in mind; the Focus understeers like a pig. On launch get a little more to the left than the test leaves you, and wait until you are turning in to brake down to about 65 mph in 3rd gear. Coast around the first half of the first turn, getting back on light throttle about midway between the two of them. Go full throttle once you car is lined up for the exit, and you should be shifting into 4th gear at 78 mph just as you start the gentle left bend.

    Stay smooth and on the left side, the next right is a little tricky, because the turn in happens very early. Turn in hard and coast until the apex, the car will feel very loose, but it stays in a smooth line. Try to maintain at least 92 mph. Once at the apex go back to full throttle and keep the car straight slightly heading to the inside of the long left. When you start your turn in begin coasting, and continue to coast until the car is veering into the wall, you should maintain at least 84 mph, and get back on full throttle once you see the turn opening up. Keep a smooth line with minimal steering input, shifting to 5th at 108 mph.

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    IB14 - El Capitan, Complex, Undulating Corners; Mercedes-Benz SL 600 (R320) `04

    This test requires very smooth steering inputs; every turn has something that can upset the car if steering input is not done correctly. To start, steer to the right and get close to the grass, shift into 3rd at 85 mph. Start your turn-in early and do not let go of full throttle, this left turn can be taken flat out, while increasing speed. You want to stay as smooth as you can, and just graze the inside rumble strip to help keep the car to the left side of the track. Do not worry about getting all the way to the left edge; just be on the left side. Start braking hard and turning in once the bright yellow turn sign is at the right edge of your TV screen. Slow all the way down to about 67-68 mph, and coast to allow the car to settle. You should be back on full throttle as you start climbing the hill and steering right for the second turn. Stay full throttle once you go back to full throttle, if your turn exit is going to be too wide, just shift into 3rd earlier than 85 mph. Shifting as low as 80 mph will not cost you very much time, and is okay because it will cause temporary lag to the accelerator allowing you to complete the turn without lifting off the throttle.

    Stay close to the right side of the tunnel, and lift a little as you turn in, maintain at least 93-94 mph, staying tight to the left side wall once you have turned. Give the brakes a quick stab once you crest the top of the hill (there is another bright yellow turn sign here), and begin your turn in. Maintain at least 89 mph, and the car will seem to float through the turn fairly effortlessly. The trick to keeping the car straight on exit through this Corkscrewesque turn is to lift a little when cresting the hill, so the wheels do not start spinning erratically.

    Once the car has 'landed,' you should be back on full throttle, smoothly steering to the left. You should be able to get up to 112-113 mph before you need to brake quickly down to about 104-105 mph followed by a little bit of coasting, and then get back on full throttle, all the while steering hard to the left. If you go too wide, try slowing down a bit later, so that you are deeper into the turn.

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    IB15 - Citta Di Aria, Full Pace Lap; Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 `65

    There are two ways to start this test. If you have more or less mastered the throttle modulation and feeling the amount of wheelspin; start in first gear launching at about 3500-5000 RPM and modulate until you can go full throttle, shifting into 2nd gear at 29-30 mph. However, if that technique is still foreign to you, just launch at full revs in 2nd gear, you will not lose a whole lot of time.

    Almost immediately you have to veer to the right to avoid contacting the corner of the wall. Stay smooth, following the Skyline, and shift into 3rd at 52 mph. Do not shift into 4th gear, hold third to 77 mph, coast and turn in a little, then give the brakes a hard stab, very quickly slowing you to about 64-65 mph, all the while in a straight line. As soon as you have released the brake continue with the turn in, staying tight to the right side wall. Brake hard down to about 45-46 mph in 3rd gear once the car is aligned for the tight chicane, coasting to scrub off more speed if you need to, and to settle the car, it definitely likes to fishtail and powerslide.

    You should be on full throttle by the time you are half-way between the two corners of the chicane, and stay to the right of the track. You will have to trace this left turn very smoothly, gradually getting over to the left side. The rear end will want to slide out, just keep the steering to a minimal amount and the car should never get too unsettled. Brake hard before turning in, down to about 62-63 mph, and get back on full throttle with a full right locked turn.

    Once you can see the short straight, try to straighten out a little, you now have to now brake all the way down to 30 mph in 2nd gear. If your car is at too much of an angle, you will definitely spin out. This turn is quite deceiving, keep light throttle application until the Skyline starts to pull away from you rapidly. The turn is not very wide on exit, and you immediately have to make a gentle left turn. Go too fast and you will either hit the bridge, or get way too wide in the left turn, either failing or losing a lot of speed rubbing along walls. Shift into 3rd at 50-51 mph, and this should happen when you are near the apex of the gentle left.

    Follow the Skyline, and stay smooth on the steering inputs, your T1 time should be about 55.500 to 56.000. Continue to follow the Skyline (in the draft) all the way up the hill and through the arches. Shift into 4th at 78 mph. At the top of the hill you should recognize this section from IB9. Start braking hard just after you have crossed a bright white patch in the road. The first couple of times through here, you might not take notice of it until it is too late, but after two or three tries you should generally know where this bright spot it.

    Ideally, this turn is done in one smooth braking motion. If you are on the brakes a little too early, you will coast/light throttle in the tight alley, if you were on them at the right time, you will only lift from the brakes momentarily before going back to hard braking. If you are too late, expect to fail because touching a concrete road barrier is an automatic fail. Slow down to about 52-53 mph staying in 3rd gear. Just like the Audi, the car will glide right through the grooves of the road if you are at the correct speeds. Stay smooth through the right and brake hard in time with the Skyline. Slow to about 32 mph in 2nd gear, and get on the throttle lightly as soon as you apex.

    Keep light throttle/coasting around the first two turns here, the Giulia is much more likely to spin than the Bora. Once you have cleared the 2nd turn (the white wall on the left) get back to near full throttle, with slight lifting to correct your turn angle if you need to. You should be full throttle by the time you are just past the apex of the third turn about to jump down the hill. Shift into 3rd at about 50-51 mph before going through the apex of the third of the ess turns, and stay smooth behind the Skyline in the draft. Shift into 4th at about 78 mph at the bottom of the hill, your T2 time should be about 1'30.900 to 1'31.400.

    You will need to start braking as soon as the T2 split time appears on screen. Just like the bright white patch, it may take two or three runs to know when this is going to appear in relation to the track. Slow all the way down to about 45-46 mph in 2nd gear, and through the turn stay tight to the right side. This is another 'trick' corner that is not nearly as wide as it looks.

    Follow the Skyline up the hill, staying in 2nd gear. Get close to, but avoid brushing the inside concrete barrier, it will not fail you here for a light touch, but it does slow you down quite a lot on impact. Brake very late for this hairpin, all the way down to about 24-25 mph. As soon as you get to that speed, immediately to go partial throttle, and gradually bring it up to full throttle. You should not be on full throttle until you are parallel to the track and going about 37 mph, which is about half-way between the sharp turn and the approaching arch.

    After going through the arch, stay towards the left, because there is a nasty curb on the right side that either fails you, or severely slows you down (meaning you will not make a gold time) if you touch it. Shift into 3rd a little early at 49-50 mph as you enter this alleyway, and keep your lines smooth. Very little steering input is required up the hill, only enough to stay clear of the walls.

    There is a red and white striped concrete barrier where the track veers left, maintain full throttle, and steer smoothly as you go through this bend. Make sure to get the car over to the right side of the track, the next left is a little tricky. Do not shift into 4th gear, you will begin braking at about 76-77 mph. Brake hard down to about 55-57 mph, and start your turn in just before you are finished braking. Coast briefly staying close to the left side wall, the track keeps going left for a little longer than you expect. From here, just keep steering to a minimum and avoid the walls/barriers.

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    IB16 - Citta Di Aria, Graduation Test; Lotus Esprit V8 `02

    Fortunately for you, you were just on this track, and should be at least partially familiar with the turns. Unfortunately, you probably have not driven a high speed 350ish Hp mid-engined semi-supercar on this track. Never fear, it is simple when broken down into the three main components of the test.

    1) Your braking point. It seems a little hazy at first, because there is little to use as a braking marker, but, you should be braking just as you pass underneath the overhead Gran Turismo banner. Slow all the way down to about 66-67 mph, turning in and coasting as soon as you are able to turn through the arch. This should leave you on the right side rumble strip headed uphill at about 61-64 mph, depending on how early you were braking. Just keep trying this section, it really is not all that difficult, you just have to get the correct braking point to slow the car down sufficiently--but not too much--for the arch-way turn.

    2) As soon as you are clear of the arch and on the rumble strip, go full throttle headed just to the right of the concrete barrier, coast/light brake as you reach the apex until you are safe to get back on the throttle. The trick to this very tight turn is to try to drift it ever-so-slightly. You will have to start braking from the right side of the track and your car will head towards the left (outside) wall. It should slow down enough to avoid getting too close to that outside wall, and you will begin a very faint drift towards the end of your braking, which is good. Slow down to about 30 mph, and coast briefly, do not let the speed fall below 28 mph, and once you can see the turn starting to open up, get on full throttle while maintaining a right locked turn with your steering. This will bring you very close to the left wall on exit, but you are already steering to the right, so just gently bring it back to center so you do not hit the left side of the arch.

    3) Going through the arch. This time it is much more difficult to stay to the left, avoiding that nasty curbing on the right side beyond the arch. However, it is still very possible (and almost required) that you maintain full throttle from the exit of the last turn to the finish line. You have to just barely miss touching the left side of the arch, (and by just barely miss touching the left side of the arch, I mean, "Just barely, as in you cannot wedge a piece of paper between the car and the wall of the arch,") and continue to steer left as you pass the arch. Once you can see the road ahead, let the car straighten out, shifting into 3rd at 68 mph, and maintaining a smooth line up the hill to the finish.

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    Well, there you have it, 48 Gold Medals. Be proud of yourself, this was no easy task, especially considering the complexity of the second half of the IB licenses. Take a little walk around, strut a little, relax a little. Go outside and enjoy a breath of fresh air, do something to take your mind off of Gran Turismo for at least 20 minutes. A) You deserve it, but more importantly, B) You need it! The IA tests get much more complex, some are quite difficult, but nevertheless, you have gotten this far, and there is most definitely no turning back, you are a Gold Junkie at this point, and I know all too well that by getting more than half way there, your brain will not allow you to give up.

    Did I forget to mention there are another 3 new cars in your garage?
    Nike One 2022
    Mazda RX-8 Concept (Type-II) `01
    Jensen Interceptor MkIII `74

    So that's 9 cars total now, and you still haven't spent any credits, very, very cool. Like I said though, go take a break, I know I am (from writing this guide out) in between each section. :D
     
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    Well, here you are, moving into a very difficult region of gold medaling.

    Before venturing into getting all of the IA Licenses gold, you need to keep a few things in mind.

    1 - Take breaks often. If you are here reading this guide for some help, it is more than likely true that you are already frustrated with some of the tests. Taking a break for even 15 minutes can make a world of difference.

    2 - Drinking or smoking when you are getting all worked up is probably not going to help you out. Think about it, in the real world, when you drink or smoke does your driving ability get any better? Ya, I believe we can all realistically say there is only one answer here, in fact, the answer is worse than no. Your skills and abilities most definitely are hindered anywhere from slightly to severely. Since this game is actually simulating pretty close to real world physics, it is safe to say that drinking or smoking will only unsettle your nerves the same as it would in real life.

    3 - Take lots of breaks. Oh, I already said that? Well, take note: breaks will make your life a whole lot easier. I will also say it again; even a short 15-minute break from the game will allow your brain time to settle down and assimilate any information it has taken in.

    4 - Have fun. I mean really, what is the point of playing this game if you are not having any fun? This is after all a game. When your, 'Fun factor,' begins to deteriorate, walk away, give yourself that minimum 15-minute break.

    Ok, ok, I will stop hassling you now, just remember to take some damn breaks!

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    IA1 - Mid-Field Raceway, Complex Corners; Jaguar XJ220 `92

    Well, at least for those of you who have played any of the other games in the Gran Turismo series, you know the track, and it has not changed very much at all. Begin turning in very shortly after the test gives you control of the car. Start braking as you approach the corner, until you cross the apex, at about 70 mph. Coast out to the middle of the track, maintaining no less than 64 mph, and start throttle modulating towards the second right.

    You should be at full throttle about two car lengths before the apex, and stay on full throttle, the little blip that occurs does not disrupt the car movement very much. You should be able to get the car to about one car width from the right side rumble strip, accelerating past 100 mph.

    Just after the rumble strip starts, turn in aiming to get the car on the rumble strip, but you will not actually get to the rumble strip just yet. Once the car is no longer able to turn due to its speed, brake heavy down to about 65-66 mph, all the while holding the steering locked to the left. Use modulating throttle control to get the car up to about 71-75 mph and onto the rumble strip, you should be on full throttle once you can see past the barrier to your left and down the hill. Shift into 3rd at 105 mph.

    Stay wide to the right, and come across the track gently and smoothly, you want to just touch the rumble strip to your right, and the brakes really hard for the turn in, which should slow you down to about 130 mph, coasting across the right side of the short ess. Start full braking once you get to the apex of this turn.

    Aim to get two wheels onto the rumble strip for the 180-degree turn, you should be going at least 44 mph through here, and you will have to wait until about three-quarters of the way around the rumble strip to get on full throttle. This will put you wide into the outside rumble strip, so gently steer back towards the track, but only enough to avoid hitting the pole supporting the finish line banner.

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    IA2 - Suzuka Circuit, Complex Corners; Alfa Romeo Spider 3.0 V6 24V `01

    The first half of this test should be fairly easy; you have already driven it on two other tests. Get on over to the right side, and coast as you turn in, keeping up at least 70 mph and getting a lot of the car over the rumble strip. Come off of the rumble strip smoothly accelerating to straighten out the attitude of the car. Go back to coasting and give the brakes a quick/light tap to reduce the speed to about 66 mph, trying to stay on the dark black groove. Go full throttle up the hill and then coast/quick light tap of the brakes to reduce speed to about 65 mph. Once you get to the apex full throttle until the car starts to push too hard to the outside, and brake lightly/coast to about 60 mph, still trying to follow the darkened groove on the road.

    The double left up ahead can be taken at full throttle, but you need to be setup almost perfectly for that, so, as you get to the apex, coast briefly to scrub off about 1-2 mph (maintaining about 70 mph), and keep to full throttle. You will swing very wide to the outside, but, I think that is what we are supposed to do, use as much of the track as available. Keep a smooth line, gradually making your way over to the left, and shift into 4th at 90 mph.

    This next turn is so deceptive I can hardly believe it sometimes. Just like the last time you drove through here, the key is to brake early, and turn in a lot sooner than you think you should. The turn can be taken above 80 mph, but even as fast as 77 mph will be okay. I suggest braking about halfway between the 100m and 50m signs off to the left, and only very briefly, as you are not traveling much faster than 80 mph.

    Stay high on the rumble strip at full throttle, start full braking right at the end of the rumble strip, all the way down to about 53-54 mph. Coast briefly so the car can settle, and get back on full throttle. Now, if you managed to stay above 53 mph for this turn, stay in 3rd gear. However, if you end up going between 49 and 52 mph, go into 2nd gear, shifting into 3rd at 60-61 mph.

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    IA3 - Fuji Speedway `90's, Chicanes; Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34) `00

    The key to this test is the first hard right turn; you need to brake as late as absolutely possible. To start you need to have the car steering to the right very lightly, staying on the left edge of the darkened asphalt. You will reach about 118-119 mph before braking, which is just before the darker groove gets to the left edge of the track. Brake all the way down to about 54-55 mph while turning in. You should almost get the entire car onto the rumble strip at the right.

    Get back on full throttle as you get to the apex, still steering hard right. You should be almost right on the centerline of the track, and you will need to start braking and steering left at the same time. Start doing this as the rumble strip to the left is just starting. You will need to slow down to about 42-43 mph, followed by light throttle application. You want to make a very late apex on this turn, as the groove of the track dictates this to be the faster line. Get back on full throttle by the time you get to the apex.

    Getting onto the rumble strip to the left is a terrible idea, it will just cause some wheel spin and the car will drift faintly. The problem is, at such a low speed the car will not accelerate very well while in even slightest drift. Now you are following the darkened asphalt again, try to avoid getting on the right side rumble strip, but you can just graze it without losing too much speed. Shift into 3rd at 72-73 mph while maintaining a smooth line, you will probably be steering very faintly all the way to the finish, which is okay it will not cause too much of a speed loss.

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    IA4 - Apricot Hill, Chicanes; FPV GT `04

    Shift into 3rd at 68-69 mph. Avoid getting on the rumble strip to the left, but stay very close to it. Turn right very smoothly, you do not want to initiate any kind of drift, because it scrubs off lots of speed. Smoothly get back to the right side of the track, and start braking hard just as the right side rumble strip ends. Start your turn-in aiming to get on the left side rumble strip, shifting into 2nd as you get onto the rumble.

    The best line through the quick chicane is nearly straight, taking the first turn on a late apex, and the 2nd as a textbook out-in-out. Drifting out of the latter turn of the chicane is fine, so long as it is a light controlled powerslide. Shift into 3rd at 69 mph and you will have to coast just after turn in until you get near to the apex of the turn, maintain at least 78 mph. Go back to full throttle and maintain a smooth line to the finish.

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    IA5 - El Capitan, Full Pace Lap; Seat Ibiza Cupra `04

    Launch in 1st gear at 3500-5000 RPM, shift into 2nd gear at 37 mph, into 3rd gear at 67 mph. Keep a smooth line following the Skyline around the gentle right. Brake hard down to about 60 mph, and stay in third, and maintain 57-60 mph throughout the majority of the turn. Keep a smooth line, and try to trace the same line as the Skyline. Once you are nearing the exit, downshift to 2nd gear, and stay tight to the rumble strip. On exit you should end up near the right side grass, shifting into 3rd at 66 mph.

    Stay closer to the right side, and make a very smooth left turn. You do not need to slow down at all, and you can actually increase your speed through this turn if you are smooth enough. Stay towards the left side on exit, and hold off from braking until that bright yellow turn sign has left your screen on the right side. Slow all the way down to about 60-63 mph, and get back on full throttle. Aim to apex both the short right and left turns at the top and bottom of the hill following a straight line. Follow the Skyline's line towards the tunnel. Your T1 should be about 50.000 to 50.350.

    Maintain full throttle all the way up the hill and just before you turn in, brake hard down to about 69-72 mph. Really, you can handle going through the turn at full throttle, however, the damn Skyline slows down a lot and you will either pass it, or slam into the rear bumper. Ideally you will either give the Skyline a gentle push, or just miss making a contact. Stay in the draft until about half-way around the long sweeping left. Coast through the midsection, and get back to full throttle towards the end. Shift into 4th as you exit, at about 99-100 mph, getting back to the left side. Start braking hard as the dark grey guardrail appears on the left. Slow all the way down to about 47-48 mph, coasting for the first bit of the turn-in. Get back on full throttle, aiming to hit a slightly late apex.

    This should put you relatively in the same line that the Skyline is following, you will need to coast slightly about halfway through the left turn, down to about 54-55 mph, and then get back on full throttle while maintaining left lock steering. This should put you just over the inside rumble strip, with plenty of breathing room on exit. Shift into 3rd at 67 mph. Stay to the right side, and coast as you turn in, getting back on full throttle before apexing on the rumble strip. This should allow you a fast turn with plenty of breathing room from the bridge on exit. T2 time should be around 1'39.400 to 1'39.800.


    Start braking just before the end of the bridge, slowing all the way down to about 54-55 mph. Turn in hard, and maintain the angle. This turn is quite a bit sharper than it seems. You should exit near the outside rumble strip and be on full throttle just after the mid-point of the turn. Shift into 3rd at 67 mph, while smoothly getting over to the left side. Brake late for this turn. Typically as you start turn-in, start braking, slowing down to about 56-57 mph, and coasting until you have exited and are approach the centerline of the track. Gradually increase the throttle pressure, and coast on down to about 53-54 mph for the second of the two rights, getting back on full throttle well before the apex. Stay full throttle all the way through the next two gentle left bends. Shift into 3rd at 67 mph.

    Coast through the right turn, getting back on full throttle just before the apex and maintaining at least 80 mph. You should exit just about on the centerline of the track. Stay on full throttle through the first bit of the turn, coasting through the middle. Maintain at least 73 mph, and once you see the turn start to open up, the Skyline will pull away, this is your signal to go back to full throttle, and from here, just try to stay smooth and inside the draft of the Skyline.

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    IA6 - Autumn Ring, Complex Corners; Honda S2000 Type V `00

    Stay in the line the demo releases you in at first. Make a very smooth left while maintaining 2nd gear. You should stay to the right on exit with minimal drifting. Shift into 3rd as you turn in for the right, aiming to get as much of your car over the rumble strip as possible. Lift off the throttle while steering hard to the right. However, do not lift too much or steer hard right for too long or the car will swing around on you.

    Ideally, you want to induce a minimal drift, maintaining about 60-63 mph all the way through the next left. Just before reaching the apex of this left turn, downshift into 2nd to help stabilize the car and turn to the right gently. This should put you over the right rumble strip at about 62-63 mph, and heading outwards to the left. Start braking a little early, down to about 56-62 mph. There is such a wide range in speed here because the speed really depends on your angle to the turn, and how much room you have to accelerate. The tighter your line, the slower you need to go.

    Get on full throttle just before the apex, getting slightly onto the inside rumble strip. This will induce a drift on exit, so try to minimize the steering when you are leaving the rumble strip. Continue to accelerate until just about where the pit lane meets up with the track, brake hard all the way down to about 38-39 mph. Coast until you get to the apex, which should be about 36-37 mph, and get back on full throttle. Once again your goal is to get most of the car overtop of the rumble, with minimal steering so you do not put the car into a big drift on exit. Try to make sure the car is straight and not sliding at all towards the finish line.

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    IA7 - Trial Mountain Circuit, Complex Corners; RUF CTR "Yellow Bird" `87

    Stay in 3rd gear, and get a little closer to the right side wall. Start a medium turn-in just before the shadows over the track end. Begin heavy braking about a half-second after starting the turn in. This will induce slight oversteer, which turns into a large drift due to the banking of the turn, and the nature of the CTR. Slow all the way down to about 56-57 mph in 2nd gear, and immediately go full throttle to continue the drift. Once the tires connect, lift slightly to keep away from the outside wall on exit. Shift into 3rd at 80-81 mph.

    Get back over to the left side, and just after starting turn-in, coast a little so the car is in better shape for the next turn. Brake hard down to about 80 mph just before reaching the apex of the hill. Coast for a second as you apex the hill, so the car does not get terribly out of shape for the next turn. Once past the hill, brake hard down to about 57-59 mph, coasting to the apex. Get back on full throttle just after passing the apex, and smoothly get the car to the right side, preferably before heading down the hill. Start braking hard, and steering in lightly once you get to the bottom of the hill. Slow down to about 53-54 mph, and use throttle control to bring the car around the turn, ideally getting on full throttle as you move past the centerline of the track. Stay smooth to the finish line.

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    IA8 - Hong Kong, Complex City Street Corners; Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 24V `98

    Smoothly get over to the right side of the track, shifting into 3rd at 58 mph, and into 4th at 87 mph. Watch out for the red and white striped concrete barrier. Start heavy braking about half-way between the concrete barrier and the rumble strip, slowing down to about 27-29 mph, turning in as late as possible. Get back on full throttle before the apex, the car will just not accelerate out of the turn otherwise. Stay to the right side on exit, shift into 3rd at 57 mph. Start braking just as the rumble strip starts, slowing down to about 41-42 mph and coasting past the apex. Get on full throttle just after passing the apex. This should put you on the outside rumble strip at about 45-47 mph, depending on how early you were able to get on the throttle.

    Get back over to the left side, shifting into 3rd at 57 mph. Start braking just before the rumble strip starts, which is also just after you pass underneath the 50m overhead sign. Slow down to about 46 mph, and continue to coast through the apex. You should go over the rumble strip with the right side wheels, getting back on full throttle just after the apex. Smoothly get over to the right side, and watch out for where the guardrail begins, as it is an instant fail should you hit it. There are no good markings for the braking point of this turn, except for faint yellow lines on the ground. It will probably take several passes to see them clearly, but start braking and turn in at the same time. Slow down to about 52-53 mph, coasting through the apex, and get back on full throttle before slowing below 46-47 mph.

    Stay in 2nd gear, there is no need to shift to 3rd. Smoothly get over to the left side, and tap the brake two or three times, follow by coasting through the apex of this turn. Keep up to at least 37 mph, but stay closer to the right on exit. Turn in hard and then tap the brakes and coast to the apex for the final turn, getting on full throttle just before the apex. Maintain at least 39 mph, and stay smooth to the finish line.

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    IA9 - Opera Paris, Complex City Street Corners; Citroen Xsara VTR `03

    Shift into 3rd at 59 mph, staying to the right side. Hold off on braking until you are passing the yellow advertisement signs to your right. Slow down to about 47 mph, very light throttle through the apex. Maintain light throttle all the way until just before you reach the apex of the second chicane. You should get out to about the centerline of the track between the chicanes, which is highlighted nicely by a dark patch of bricks. Shift into 3rd at 59 mph, smoothly getting over to the left side of the track.

    This next turn is extremely odd - it seems half like a chicane, but followed by a decreasing radius J-turn. Start braking hard down to about 49-53 mph, just before going under the big red Opera sign. Get onto the right side rumble strip and as you come off of it, give the brakes a quick stab to slow down to about 39-40 mph, coasting through the apex. When done correctly you will gently push up onto the outside rumble strip with a little breathing room to the wall. Get back on full throttle shortly after passing through the apex.

    Stay up on the rumble strip, and brake very late down to about 28-29 mph, and once the car is actually turning, go back to full throttle. Do not even think about going into first gear; it sucks terribly. Leave it in second until the finish line. From here, the car lacks the power to do anything. What you need to do is just steer as smoothly as you can, continually increasing your speed from the apex of the tight double left/hairpin all the way to the finish.

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    IA10 - Fuji Speedway 2005, Full Pace Lap; Toyota Caldina GT-Four `02

    Launch in 1st gear at anything above 4000 RPM, shift into 2nd at 47 mph, and into 3rd at 87 mph, all the while slightly getting over to the left to stay directly behind the Skyline. Start braking just as the Skyline makes its turn-in, and start your turn-in late. It is faster to take this turn using the late apex technique. Slow all the way down to about 38-40 mph, coasting briefly to avoid possible contact with the Skyline. Get on full throttle just before getting to the apex, and follow the Skyline (smoothly, not erratically), trying to stay in the draft. You should be able to stay in the draft all the way through this straight, up until just before you start braking.

    Once again, start braking just as the Skyline makes the turn-in, slowing down to about 72-73 mph, and coasting to the apex. Just before reaching the apex, get back to about three-quarters throttle, and bring it up to full throttle as you cross the apex. This should leave you pretty much in the draft of the Skyline, but it will pull away from you quickly. Shift into 3rd at 87 mph, and start a light, moderate right turn. Maintain the same turn angle while full throttle until about half way through the turn, you should be just left of the centerline of the track. Give the brakes a quick stab and shift into second, keeping your speed at about 73-74 mph, while going to full right lock. Gradually increase your speed to about 76-77 mph using modulating throttle pressure until just past the apex, and then go full throttle.

    Get over to the right side of the track as best as possible, and brake hard down to about 46-47 mph, coasting the rest of the way to the apex. Get on full throttle just before getting to the apex, and if done correctly, you will exit right up the Skyline's tailpipe. Stay in the draft, shifting into 3rd at 87 mph. As soon as you see the brake lights of the Skyline, brake hard, staying just off of the rumble strip. Slow all the way down to about 43-45 mph, all while going straight. Coast through the apex, further slowing the car to about 36-38 mph, and then it’s back to full throttle after getting past the rumble strip.

    You will probably need to lift a little to correct your turn angle for the gentle left, maintaining at least 42-43 mph. Try to stay in the draft, but more than likely, the Skyline will once again tear off into the distance without you. However, do your best to follow the same line as the Skyline, and start braking as you cross the centerline of the track, slowing down to about 50-53 mph. You should get most of the car over the rumble strip here, and be able to go full throttle just as you hit the apex. Again, follow the Skyline’s line as best you can, and coast for a bit when you see the Skyline brake, maintaining about 58-60 mph.

    Brake early for this turn, slowing the car to about 42-44 mph, and coasting through the apex. The exit is a very odd shape, and getting on the throttle too early will push the car outside the extent of the track. Now you are once again trying to follow the same line as the Skyline, except this time you are also trying to brake at the same point(s) as it brakes. Slow down to about 45-46 mph, getting both right side wheels onto the rumble strip. More than likely you will exit the turn wider than the Skyline, but very quickly you will be in the draft without too much steering input. As usual, stay in the draft with minimal steering input to the finish.

    Unfortunately, there are no split times for this layout of Fuji, however, there is one big tip to getting a gold time; Smooth flowing lines. All but two or three of the turns on this layout are highly technical, and maximizing track usage with smooth flowing lines is the key to success.

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    IA11 - Swiss Alps, Double Hairpin; Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Rally Raid Car `03

    Shift into 4th as you crest the top of the hill immediately upon starting. Make a hard turn-in just after landing from the last bump/jump along the straight, braking down to about 63-66 mph shortly afterwards. When done correctly the car will be pointing along the same direction as the short stretch between the two immediate turns. Maintain this angle until about halfway between the two turns, then go to left lock while braking down to about 19-23 mph in 1st gear.

    Once you are facing the same direction as the next straight, go back to full throttle. This should be almost immediately after you have finished braking. Shift into 2nd at 41-43 mph, staying near the centerline of the track. Shift into 3rd at 62 mph, and begin a medium turn-in shortly after that. Once you are headed into the turn, go to a full lock turn and coast/throttle steer the car all the way around. You should be able to maintain at least 47 mph, and straighten it out just as you can see down the straight. Unless you were really flying through the latter part of the turn, you will not need to shift into 3rd.

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    IA12 - Chamonix, Driving on Snow and Ice; Toyota Celica GT-Four Rally Car (ST185) `95

    The biggest difference between racing on dirt, and racing on snow is getting the car to rotate. In the snow it happens a lot faster, and is a whole lot more difficult to overcome/correct. Having said that, as long as you take your time and try to be smooth here at Chamonix the gold is not too tough to get.

    Maintain full throttle and do not turn yet. Once you can see the turn, coast/light throttle, reducing your speed to about 46 mph before going back to full throttle. Continue full throttle and shift into 3rd at 60 mph, start braking hard pretty early, you should only get up to about 68 mph. The big thing about snow is slow in, slow out. Slow down to about 40 mph while drifting into the apex, and get on full throttle briefly just as you pass the apex.

    Give the brakes a very hard and brief press to slow down sufficiently for the kink to the next turn, about 38 mph is good. Once past the apex of the kink, brake hard while steering in to rotate the car. Be careful not to over rotate the car, as a spin is quite possible. Maintain about 27-28 mph through the turn, and also maintain the angle. You should exit just short of an impact with the outside wall, and accelerating away while correcting the drift.

    For this tight turn the big trick is to brake much sooner than the game implies. Start braking and a mild turn-in, as this turn does not need to be done in a full drift, just a slight powerslide. Maintain about 33-34 mph through the apex, getting back on full throttle shortly thereafter. Once again, you should just miss impacting the wall on the outside. Shift into 3rd at 60 mph, and follow the bank as it veers slightly to the right. Start braking a little earlier than the game suggests, slowing down to about 45-46 mph in 2nd gear. Use modulating throttle to maintain the speed and angle of the car, going back to full throttle just past the apex.

    You will not need to shift into 3rd, and brake down to about 37 mph just as you would think you need to shift to 3rd gear. This will induce a mild drift, and you should continue to coast down to about 34-35 mph, staying just right of the centerline on exit. Briefly go to full throttle, getting you up to about 44-45 mph, and brake hard while turning in, slowing you down to about 28 mph. Use throttle modulation to maintain this speed, and your angle should be a mild drift, about half way between a typical road style tracking angle, and a typical 'facing the apex' rally style drift. The turn continues for quite some time, and shortly after passing the apex, gradually increase throttle pressure until you can see the coming straight.

    Continue full throttle until you need to correct your angle to take the next turn. As you start turning right, brake hard down to about 33-35 mph, going full throttle as soon as possible. Ideally you will maintain a typical rally style drift, where you are facing the apex at all times, maintaining about 38-39 mph. Coast past the apex of the second right before going back to full throttle. From here, go full throttle to the finish line, you do not need to worry about slowing down or turning the car since the finish line is at the beginning of the next turn.

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    IA13 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Complex Corners; BMW M5 `05

    This test is very intimidating, as the BMW reaches speeds in excess of 150 mph, and the car is very unstable at these speeds. As usual, a quick break down of the two main sections of the test makes dealing with the instability of the car quite a bit easier.

    Do not touch the steering to start, maintain the line you are left on, it will safely clear the first rumble strip. Shift into 5th at 140 mph, and smoothly steer a little left, then right, and left again, staying between the rumbles, but maintaining as straight a line as possible. Make sure to be right beside--not on--the right side rumble strip approaching the fast left. Getting the braking point correct is quite difficult; it will likely take you more than three attempts. However, it is shortly after the rumble strip starts to your right. Slow down to about 123-124 mph in a straight line, and start turning in and coasting very early. Ideally the left side of the car will be completely on the rumble strip, maintaining no less than 117 mph. This should leave you at about the centerline of the track on exit, and briefly go back to full throttle shortly after passing the apex.

    As you cross the first bit of grafiti on the track brake hard down to about 84-85 mph in 3rd gear, aiming to get as much of the car as you can on the inside rumble strip. You should be able to maintain at least 85 mph through this right turn, getting back on near-full/full throttle just after leaving the rumble strip. Shortly after passing the purple grafiti on the track, brake down to about 60 mph while turning in hard to the left. Ideally this will induce a slight power oversteer, making the continually decreasing radius left turn easier to navigate towards the end. You should be able to maintain at least 54 mph through the end of the left, using throttle modulation to maintain the angle and speed. Once you get to the apex, briefly go to full throttle up to about 60 mph, while steering moderately heavily to the right. This will again induce a slight power oversteer, while you get onto the rumble strip. This turn is taken best as a late apex, and once again, you want to get as much of the car atop the rumble as possible, maintaining at least 58 mph. Go back to full throttle (you should have been throttle modulating this whole time, maintaining angle and speed around 58-59 mph) once you are on the rumble strip. If you are exiting the turn too wide, simply shift into 3rd as you leave the rumble strip to retard acceleration briefly. If you are managing a good exit, shift into 3rd at 73 mph. Keep smooth to the finish line, you should not need to steer very much at all.

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    IA14 - Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, Complex Corners; TVR Tamora `02

    The big trick to this test is to avoid using 2nd gear, as it is not needed at all. Maintain the line you are given and shift into 4th at 77 mph. Very shortly after shifting, you will need to make a smooth turn in to the left, aiming to be about one car width wide of the inside rumble strip. Stay wide on exit, and let the car start to come back into the track before braking very quickly to about 78 mph in 3rd gear. Leave it in 3rd gear all the way to the next turn, and start braking down to about 46 mph just after passing the apex of the first turn of this chicane. The car should naturally flow onto the second curb of the chicane, and as soon as it touches the curb, go back to full throttle, using slight lifting to avoid going off to the outside should your angle be slightly off. Maintain a smooth line to the finish and gold should come fairly quickly.

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    IA15 - Nurburgring Nordschleife, Full Pace Lap; Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 - 16 Evolution II `91

    I highly recommend that you go into arcade mode, find a decent handling rear-wheel-drive car with about 220-240 horsepower and learn Nurburgring if you do not already know all of it. This will greatly reduce your frustration on this test, as trying to learn the lines from the Skyline is just plain annoying. There are at least 8 spots where you can run into the Skyline from behind, which will fail you, and you will likely forget half of the turns you made up to this point. The gold time for this test is quite easy to get, as long as you know at least 60% of the turns. Much like most of the longer tests, getting a gold time only requires that you keep smooth lines, and do not push the car too hard. However, I still recommend going into Arcade Mode and making sure you know nearly the entire track before proceeding with this test.

    Some good car choices:
    Chrysler Crossfire
    Pontiac GTO 5.7 Coupe
    Infiniti G35 Coupe
    Lexus SC300
    Mazda RX-7 Bathurst
    Nismo 270R
    Amuse S2000 (Not the R1)
    BMW Z4
    BMW M3
    And of course, if you have unlocked the Same Benz (190 E2.5 - 16 Evolution II `91) that would clearly be a great choice.

    Having said that, each turn (except for chicanes, esses, and other 'double' turns) will be given its own paragraph for approach, entry, maintaining the line, and exit.

    One final note; When I mention that the Skyline is going to pull away very quickly, I am telling you that so you are anticipating it. It is just a part of the test, the Pace Car will naturally increase it's pace when you are going along at a fast pace.

    Launch 2nd gear full revs, once the revs drop down to 3000 RPM shift into 1st gear, maintaining full throttle, shifting back into 2nd gear at 40 mph. The entire time, smoothly get over to the right wall.

    Turn 1 - Continue accelerating to about 52-53 mph, and brake hard to about 43-44 mph while turning in. Getting on medium throttle until apex, (maintaining 43-44 mph) go full throttle as you pass the apex.

    Turn 2 - Full throttle, shift into 3rd at 67 mph, into 4th at 94 mph.

    Turn 3 - Tap the brakes on turn-in, and coast to the apex, going full throttle just after passing the apex, maintaining about 92+ mph through the heart of the turn.

    Turn 4 - Full throttle, follow the Skyline. Stay in the draft.

    Turn 5 - Brake hard as you just begin to catch the Skyline, and slow to about 87-88 mph while turning in.

    Turn 6 - Maintain a smooth line from the last turn, and brake hard and in time with the Skyline (you should not be directly behind), slowing to about 59-60 mph, going immediately to full throttle.

    Turn 7 - Maintain full throttle and follow the same line the Skyline takes, tap the brakes just at the end of the turn.

    Turn 8 - Back to full throttle after tapping the brake, and continue to follow the line of the Skyline.

    Turn 9 - Brake hard as you cross the centerline of the track, slowing to about 63-64 mph, while turning hard left. Full throttle just before touching the rumble strip.

    Turn 10 - Brake to about 60-62 mph, maintaining a smooth line, accelerating after passing the apex. Stay in 3rd gear.

    Turn 11 - Stay in the same line as the Skyline at full throttle. Through the entire last section you should have been right on the Skyline almost constantly in the draft. Shift into 4th at 97 mph.

    Turn 12 - Full throttle, follow the Skyline. Stay in the draft. Your T1 should be no slower than 1'00.500.

    Turn 13 - Just as you land from the little jump, tap the brakes once or twice to slow the car to about 102-103 mph, coasting through the majority of the turn. Go back to full throttle once you know it is safe (typically as you cross the centerline of the track).

    Turns 14, 15, 16 and 17 - Full throttle, follow the Skyline, shift to 5th at 136 mph. At this point you are probably right in the Skyline's tailpipe, just ease off the throttle to maintain about one to two car lengths distance.

    Turn 18 - Slow to about 130 mph in 4th gear. Stay right on the rumble strip through the whole turn.

    Turn 19 - Start braking in time, or just as you see the brake lights come on from the Skyline. Follow the same line as the Skyline, slowing to about 55-56 mph, and throttle modulating to maintain that speed. Go full throttle just as the Skyline begins to pull away, shifting into 3rd at 67 mph just as you exit the turn. Your T2 should be no slower than 1'42.000.

    Turns 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 - Follow the Skyline, shift into 4th at 97 mph, 5th at 136 mph, and get to the right side going uphill, but stay off of the rumble strip.

    Turn 25 - This is one of the most problematic turns of the test, since the Skyline slows down far too early, and far too much. Begin braking much the same as you did in the M5, just after passing the beginning of the rumble strip. Slow to about 95-97 mph, and follow the Skyline around the turn, going full throttle as the Skyline pulls away.

    Turn 26 - Just maintain a smooth line behind the Skyline. You will not be pushing your car at all, and it is easy to stay right on the Skyline without hitting it.

    Turns 27 and 28 - Again, just stay in time with the Skyline. You will not be pushing the car too hard, and it is much easier through here than it was in the M5. Exiting turn 28, you can go full throttle very early, and you will notice the Skyline pulls away from you very quickly.

    Turns 29 and 30 - Full throttle, following the Skyline, your T3 should be no slower than 2'17.500. Shift into 4th at 97 mph.

    Turn 31 - Brake hard to about 93-94 mph when you go over a large amount of graffiti, turning in at almost the same time. Use about half throttle to maintain the line without going too wide on exit. Get back to full throttle when you know it is safe.

    Turn 32 - This turn is strange - it just keeps going, much longer than it looks like it will. Slow to about 60 mph and maintain that until you are headed uphill and can see the next turn.

    Turn 33 - Full throttle, follow the Skyline.

    Turn 34 - Brake down to about 54 mph in 2nd gear, and coast for a bit. Wait before getting back on full throttle, as the turn tightens up towards the end. Shift into 3rd at 67 mph.

    Turn 35 - Tap the brakes or coast through the turn, which is not nearly as tight as it seems. Maintain at least 87 mph.

    Turn 36 - Full throttle, follow the Skyline, shifting into 4th at 96 mph.

    Turns 37 and 38 - Brake slightly and coast through the first turn in 3rd gear, gradually going back to full throttle. You should be at full throttle about halfway between the two turns, all the while smoothly turning right. Shift into 4th at 97 mph.

    Turn 39 - Brake late while turning in. You should not come too close to hitting the Skyline. Aim to get the right side of the car onto the rumble strip.

    Turns 40 and 41 - Coast briefly before slowing to about 40 mph in 2nd gear, and maintain moderate throttle modulation through the apex of the tight left. You should be on full throttle as you exit the left, and smoothly steer through the right turn, shifting into 3rd at 67 mph, just as you exit. Your T4 should be no slower than 3'20.000.

    Turns 42 and 43 - Begin braking hard just before you reach the end of the rumble strip to your right. It is also a good idea to turn in a little early because you will probably end up right on the bumper of the Skyline. Slow to about 60 mph and go back to full throttle immediately.

    Turns 44 and 45 - Turn 44 is the setup turn for 45. Just stay to the left and brake quickly and hard to about 63-64 mph as you apex turn 44. Follow the early turn-in point of the Skyline, and maintain about 63-64 mph past the apex before going to full throttle.

    Turns 46 and 47- Full throttle. Stay in the draft.

    Turn 48 - This is the same as IB2, and the brake point is nearly the same, with nearly the same approach. Stay wide to the left (do not get onto the grass at all), and begin braking as the bright green sign leaves your screen on the right side. Slow all the way to about 56-57 mph in 2nd gear, coasting through the apex. Get back on full throttle shortly after the apex, and shift into 3rd gear to avoid impacting the wall on the outside.

    Turns 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 57 - Full throttle staying in the draft of the Skyline. Points of note: your T5 should be no slower than 4'08.000, shift into 4th at 96 mph, shift into 5th at 136 mph. Turn 55 in particular, the Skyline will make easy as it is about the only confusing turn in this sequence. For turns 56 and 57 you will notice that you have once again crept right up the tailpipe of the Skyline, however, same as in the beginning of the lap, coast to maintain about two car lengths.

    Turn 58 - Brake quickly to about 100-102 mph in 4th gear, and follow the same line as the Skyline. Your T6 should be no slower than 4'42.000

    Turns 59 and 60 - Follow the Skyline, staying in the draft. Turn 60 might require a quick lift/brake tap if you are not following the line of the Skyline closely.

    Turn 61 - Brake hard as you see the brake lights of the Skyline come on. Slow down to about 49-50 mph in 3rd gear. Keep it in 3rd just for the sake of ease - 2nd is faster, but if you are near my suggested split times, you are well ahead of the gold time. The lost 0.500 or so should not make a great big difference. Coast/light throttle through most of this tight turn, getting back to full throttle as you apex.

    Turn 62 - You should be able to maintain a more or less straight line up the hill, so I will not count the two kinks as turns. Begin braking as you near the top of the hill and can really see the turn. Slow down to about 40-42 mph in 2nd gear, and hold it steady on the strange concrete patch. Go full throttle once you can see the exit.

    Turns 63, 64 and 65 - Follow the Skyline, trying to stay in the draft, but it likely will pull away quite a bit. Either way, just follow the same line at full throttle, shifting into 3rd at 67 mph and 4th at 95 mph.

    Turn 66 - This turn can throw you off quite a bit. Just pay close attention to when the Skyline turns in, and attempt to mimic that. You should be able to maintain full throttle all the way around. However, lifting a little will not hurt your time very much.

    Turns 67 and 68 - Continue to follow the Skyline as closely as you can; this turn can be taken quite a lot faster than you initially think. Slow down to about 75 mph and turn in hard, aiming to just get the left side of the car onto the rumble strip, going to full throttle as you apex.

    Turn 69 - Full throttle following the Skyline. Your T7 should be no slower than 5'45.000.

    Turn 70 - Brake hard as you crest the hill and begin a slight downhill. Slow the car to about 53-54 mph in 2nd gear, and hold it near that speed briefly. Full throttle once you pass the apex, shifting into 3rd at 67 mph. This is the same as the A license graduation test (A16 in the RX-7 Spirit R), and the technique is much the same.

    Turn 71 - Full throttle following the Skyline.

    Turn 72 - Shift into 4th at 93 mph, and coast once you do this. Coast until the apex, and get back to full throttle for a moment.

    Turn 73 - Brake quickly to about 82-83 mph, staying tight to the left rumble strip. Full throttle once you reach the apex.

    Turn 74 - Again, brake quickly slowing the car to about 79-80 mph, coasting past the apex, and going full throttle as you cross the centerline of the track.

    Turn 75 - Brake hard as the rumble strip to the left ends, slowing to about 72-73 mph in 3rd gear. Use light throttle to the apex, maintaining that speed, and go to full throttle just after passing the apex.

    Turn 76 - Do not shift into 4th. Brake hard while turning in (follow the same line as the Skyline), slowing down to about 62-63 mph, and almost immediately get back to full throttle.

    Turn 77 - Begin braking hard just before the brown brick/curbing to the left ends, slowing to about 62-63 mph while turning in. Coast past the apex, getting back on full throttle as you cross the centerline of the track.

    Turn 78 - Brake hard to about 60 mph, holding that speed to the apex, gradually bring it back up to full throttle after apexing to ensure staying out of the dirt to the left.

    Turn 79 - Brake a little bit late, slowing to about 63-64 mph, and turning in hard. This turn is tighter towards the top of the hill, and you can stay outside when you brake a little late.

    Turns 80 and 81 - Full throttle following the Skyline, you should be exceeding 90 mph before reaching turn 81, and if you are, make certain you are in 4th gear before hitting the apex of turn 81. Your T8 should be no slower than 6'37.000.

    Turn 82 - Again, I will not count the two kinks along the road, as you can travel a straight line through them. Brake hard as you leave the little hill, slowing to about 75 mph and turning in with the Skyline. Use full throttle all the way up the hill, smoothly following the rumble strip and curve of the road.

    Turn 83 - More than likely, you will have to lift as you enter the turn and go back to full throttle at the apex. This turn can be taken full throttle, but you have to get it just right.

    Turns 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88 - This should be taken at full throttle, but you may need to lift here and there depending on how smooth your line is. Just try to follow the same path the Skyline is leading, and like I said, full throttle, maybe two or three lifts if you are uncomfortable or get slightly out of shape. Your T9 should be no slower than 7'05.500

    Turn 89 - Brake to about 85 mph in 3rd gear, coast/light throttle to the apex, and go back to full throttle at the apex.

    Turn 90 - Stay to the right side on exit of turn 90, and begin braking hard as the dark brick/curbing to the right ends. Slow down to about 71-72 mph, getting back on full throttle as you get to the apex.

    Turn 91 - Stay to the right again, and brake hard down to about 59-60 mph in 3rd gear. Try to maintain a smooth line on the strange concrete patches. It is difficult; just keep your steering consistent and smooth. You can nearly go full throttle once you are in the turn, but at least go to one-half to three-quarters throttle until you can see the exit.

    Turn 92 - Follow the Skyline, and brake slightly down to about 75-78 mph as you cross some grafiti going up the hill. This is a long sweeping turn that just keeps going and going. Maintain a smooth line, gradually increasing your speed from about 80 mph as you crest the top of the hill, to 100+ mph in 4th gear as you get onto the straight.

    Straightaway - Pretty straight forward here, just stay in the draft, and just like before, as you get too close for comfort on the bumper of the Skyline, let off a bit to maintain about three to four car lengths. Your T10 should be about 7'59.000 or faster.

    Turn 93 - Take note of the bridge going over the track, as that is the location of turn 94. Go full throttle, following the Skyline. Your T11 should be 8'27.000 or faster.

    Turn 94 - Stay on full throttle, and stay near the centerline of the track.

    Turn 95 - Brake hard down to about 110 mph, and maintain very smooth steering input.

    Turn 96 - Turn in and begin braking as you start to gain on the Skyline. Continue slowing and staying to the left side of the track, all the way down to about 55 mph in 2nd gear. Coast through the apex, and go back to full throttle once past the apex.

    Turn 97 - Continue full throttle staying tight to the rumble strip, or slightly on the rumble strip.

    Turn 98 - Start braking hard as you pass the white concrete to your left, slowing down to about 41-42 mph in 2nd gear. Follow the Skyline up the hill.

    Turn 99 - Oh wait... that is correct, you are done ;)

    Wheeeeeeeeewwwwwww.... that was a lot of work.

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    IA16 - Circuit De La Sarthe II, "The 240 mph Test"; Nissan R92CP Race Car `92

    First of all, no, you will never get to 240 mph. However, this test became notorious very quickly between a lot of friends as the 240 mph test. And yes, the first two-thirds of the test is boring, as you can make yourself a pot of coffee, check your email, and have a smoke before getting to the second turn. I advise against doing that however, because you do want to maintain 233-235 mph as much as possible without wandering all over the track. One last important note, it seems as though wheel users are having little to no difficulty whatsoever with this test, so I am almost exclusively speaking on behalf of those of us using the "Hand Vibrator."

    Another point to note; I do not care what you think, or what anyone tells you is the legal limits of the track, for now, let us just worry about getting to the second turn as quickly as possible. If that means going between the bright blue/yellow rumble strip and the grass, then do it. After you feel you have mastered the fine art of throttle controlling this beast, be my guest and get the gold according to more strict standards. I warn you though, if you plan on doing that now, you are on your own.

    First rule of this test: DO NOT use 2nd gear.

    Second rule of this test: Other than the first turn, never, ever try to apply throttle while on a rumble strip.

    Ok, I guess now that I have all of those points out of the way, you are ready to batter your brain and thumbs on controlling this thing at low speeds (high speed is real easy, there is probably a good three to four thousand pounds worth of downforce being generated).

    Full throttle up to about 129-130 mph, and brake hard, then turn in. Ideally, you will maintain no less than 117 mph through this turn. And like I said, for now, I really do not care what anyone thinks the limits of the track are, if the game passes you, it is ok. The line I take through this turn is simple; brake hard and go to medium throttle as you cross the right-side blue and yellow rumble strip, getting most or all of the car onto the brown. By the time you are at the apex here, you should be back on full throttle. The car will ideally stream across the track and cross the blue and yellow rumble again, getting all or most of the car into the brown. Make sure to keep the car in 4th gear. If you are in third gear and touch the rumble strip while on full throttle, expect to become extremely dizzy. The rear end will snap around on you so fast you will not see it coming.

    Shift into 5th at about 182-186 mph, it is hard to gauge where the actual shift point is because of how rough the road surface is. Through the gentle right bend, use minimal steering input and maintain a smooth line to maximize your speed.

    Now instead of making that pot of coffee, concentrate on keeping the car on the centerline of the track. However, I do not recommend constantly giving it small steering inputs; just give it some here and there as you need to in order to stay relatively close to, or on, that centerline. The right bend seems treacherous the first time through, however, it too is easy. You will know when you are almost there because there will be a bunch of bright green cones that you go whizzing by. How they manage to stand still if beyond me - I am sure that the vortex of wind coming off of the rear wing is incredible.

    You can actually see the turn coming; just give it a soft smooth right steering input, staying between the two heavy white lines. The road seems rougher outside of those two lines, thus why you should be trying to stay on the centerline. After completing the gentle right bend, get closer to the left side heavy white line, but stay to the right of it!

    You will have to steer pretty hard to the right (and only momentarily). Upon letting go of the steering input, brake, hard. Push that “Square” button through the DS2 if you have to; this car needs to come out of warp speed in a hurry. Since the car is still generating loads of downforce, you can somewhat gently steer the car to the left side of the track. And I mean very gently.

    Now, I know this sounds absurd, but slowing the car down to 40 mph, turning, making sure it is straight and lined up for the next coffee-pot-athon, then getting back on the throttle (no more steering input, I'm serious) is much, much faster than trying to do all three things at once. Ideally though, you will only have to slow down to about 53-57 mph. Remember to stay in 3rd gear. Do whatever you can to avoid these rumble strips. I do not care how well you can manipulate and control the "X" button with your thumb; you will light up the tires. Just as a reference, I messed up this turn (on the run I am writing this guide from) and slowed down to 42 mph, never touching a rumble, and not giving any throttle while turning. I also never touched any of the three rumble strips. I still made a gold time with nearly a quarter second to spare.

    Once again, you are attempting to stay on that centerline as best you can. Wandering from it slightly is ok, but through the quick right bends use that centerline as your guide. You cannot see much else anyways, just a bunch of blurry greens and greys. Shift into 3rd at about 135 mph, and into 4th at about 185 mph.

    Hold off from braking for this "Moderately-harder-than-the-last-two" right turn. I started to brake once I could see that tiny little bit of rumble strip. Slow the car to about 155-160 mph, steering hard to the right. Get back on full throttle once past the apex, and stay to the right side of the track now. You will only be on full throttle for about a half-second, and go to full braking, gradually bringing the car over to the left. You should slow down to about 65-70 mph, and take this turn like a textbook "Out-in-out" turn.

    Once again I will remind you that if you attempt to give her full throttle while still having the front wheels turned at all, you are going to break the rear tires loose. Luckily, in my run I happened to break them loose, and can tell you what to do in the event that you also break them loose. Hold the throttle down until about 90 mph, and then give it three or four quick taps and releases. Typically this will not stop them from spinning completely, but it will impede the amount of tirespin, and you will still accelerate faster than just holding full throttle.

    Track your way over to the left side of the track, and you will not need to shift into 4th gear. As you get to about 127-129 mph, start braking hard. I know that the game suggests braking later than this, but try it and discover for yourself that you are likely to slide into that nice black wall.

    Start turning in at the end of your braking, keeping in mind you have to coast through the turn and apply the throttle once you are straight and no longer need to give it any steering input. Slow to about 40-45 mph, depending on how good your line is. If you really are that good at throttle control, you can manage to give it an extremely slight pressure from the apex until the car is aligned with the track properly. Once the car is pointed at the finish line, let the throttle fly (make sure to wait until you are not pushing left or right anymore), and you should be able to rocket your way to the finish line without breaking the tires loose.

    Now you can go make that pot of coffee. :)

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    Well, here you are again, having completed another set of license tests. This time, the golds are very well earned and deserved; the last two tests in particular took me a total of about 6 hours to get through the first time I did them. The key is to keep your spirits up, when you get discouraged, just take a break. The game will be sitting there waiting for you when you have a chance to return to it, so don't worry about how quickly you get through everything. At this point, you should be looking at a total of 64 gold medals. Once again I think you’ve earned yourself the right to stand up and strut around a little, like you’ve just accomplished something extraordinary.

    Your three new cars desperately awaiting some abuse:
    Nismo 270R `94
    Nissan GT-R Concept `01
    Dome Zero `78

    All three of these cars look pretty cool and fun to use. However, it is late and I am short on words, so, how about I shut up and you can go on to the S Licenses (unless of course you need a break!)
     
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    Here you are; this is the final frontier of the licenses. Just a quick note; since every one of the S Licenses is a full lap test, I am going to leave out that portion of the description. There are quite a few nice surprises in the S Licenses, getting to drive some of the best cars the game has to offer. There is also a handful of tests where you are put in a car that you might not drive in the rest of the game.

    I really cannot think of any more advice to offer that I have not already said. Likely, I have repeated all of my advice on several occasions. How about you just suck it up, and we can get going with the descriptions for the S Licenses? Done.

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    S1 - Twin Ring Motegi Road Course; Honda Gathers Drider Civic Race Car `98

    Get a little close to the left side grass. Start braking just as you pass the shadow of the control tower at the very beginning of the turn. The first half of your turn should be wide, and slowing the car down to about 60-62 mph in 3rd gear. Coast on down to about 55-58 mph, getting on just enough throttle to maintain that speed. Once you are lined up correctly to take the second half of the turn, gradually bring the throttle back up, getting to full throttle about two or three car lengths from the apex. Aim to get the right side of the car atop the rumble strip, your speed at apex should be at least 63 mph. Maintain a smooth line out on exit, gradually bringing yourself over to the right side of the track. Shift into 4th at 89 mph.

    Begin heavy braking just before reaching the lane on the right side, and start turning in about a tenth of a second after getting on the brake. Slow all the way down to about 53-55 mph in 3rd gear, and coast through the apex. Once you are about one to two car lengths past the apex, go back to full throttle, and try to maintain a smooth line all the way through to the exit, you should be passing the second apex at 70 mph or more. Shift into 4th at 89 mph.

    Get back over to the left side of the track. Your T1 time should be about 39.400 to 39.600. It is difficult to see at first, just make a couple of runs and watch your replay until you see it and can then recognize it from whatever view you drive in while racing. I am talking about the 50m sign that hangs from the left side fence - that is your braking point for this turn. You should start braking when your front bumper is just about lined up to that sign, so take a couple of practice runs to learn where this is. Slow the car all the way down to about 45-47 mph in 2nd gear, and turn in late. The first part of the turn is much tighter than the latter part, so once you are nearing the apex of the first turn, you can go back to full throttle. Shift into 3rd at 63 mph, and into 4th at 89 mph.

    Just as you shift into 4th gear you should be starting a smooth line through the next turn. It is taken full throttle; just keep a smooth line with minimal steering input. Get over to the right side of the track. Start your turn-in to coincide with the darkened asphalt. About one-tenth of a second after turning in, brake hard down to about 71-74 mph in 3rd gear, coast to the apex. You should maintain a minimum of 66 mph through this turn, and ride along the entire rumble strip. This is so that you are far left of the centerline of the track heading into the next turn, which is fairly difficult because you cannot go full throttle or full brakes. Allow the car to continue to swing to the left until you need to start your turn-in. Once you begin turning right, lift off the throttle two or three times very quickly to rotate the car faster. Continue to modulate the throttle, holding about 66 mph until you reach the apex. Ideally you will get at least the front right side wheel onto the rumble strip, and once you do, go back to full throttle. Shift into 4th at 89 mph. Your T2 should be about 1'11.800 to 1'12.150.

    Start braking just before passing the shadow of the house to your right. Slow the car all the way down to about 43-44 mph in 2nd gear, and coast to the apex. Get back on full throttle as soon as possible, keeping a nice smooth line. Shift into 3rd at 63 mph, get gently over to the left, shifting into 4th at 89 mph. Start braking hard about halfway between the 50m sign and the house with the traffic light hanging from it. Slow the car to about 42-43 mph in 2nd gear, taking a nice smooth line. Modulate the throttle through most of the turn; you likely will not get back on full throttle until crossing the centerline of the track. Shift into 3rd at 63 mph, into 4th at 89 mph and into 5th at 117 mph. Your T3 should be about 1'40.100 to 1'40.500.

    Once again, it is difficult to find the 50m sign off to your left side, and you want to start braking just before passing it. Slow down to about 60 mph before turning in, stay in 3rd gear. Coast to the apex, which will further reduce your speed to about 52-55 mph, get back to full throttle at the apex. Slightly after going to full throttle, downshift into 2nd gear, shifting back into 3rd at 63 mph. Try to get as far to the right as you can while maintaining a smooth line, taking full advantage of how wide the track is through this left bend. Shift into 4th at 85-86 mph, and allow the car to swing just right of the centerline of the track on exit of the left bend.

    Continue full throttle until you are about two car lengths from the first apex of the chicane, slow the car all the way down to about 54 mph in 2nd , while attempting to steer gently left and then right. Coast to the apex of the second turn in the chicane, further lowering the speed to about 49-51 mph, and get back to nearly full throttle at the apex. Once you are sure of a clean exit get back on full throttle maintaining a smooth line until straight, and then trying to avoid giving any steering inputs to the finish line. Shift into 3rd at 63 mph and into 4th at 89 mph.

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    S2 - Citta Di Aria; Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto `66

    Launch 1st gear about 4500-5500 RPM, and modulate the throttle at about three-quarters to four-fifths until you hit about 16-17 mph, then go full throttle. Shift into 2nd at 28 mph, and steer to the right a little. Shift into 3rd at 50 mph and navigate the uphill with as few steering inputs as possible, ending up close to the left side wall. Coast/light throttle around the turn (about 65-69 mph) and stay tight to the right side.

    Brake down to about 43-44 mph in 3rd gear, and immediately go full throttle on turn-in. Stay to the right side again, and make a very smooth left turn, always increasing your speed. Stay to the left side, and brake hard on turn-in down to about 58-60 mph, holding a steady line, and going full throttle once you are finished braking. The car will naturally push to about the centerline of the track, and brake down to about 33-34 mph in 2nd gear. Coast to the apex, and get back on full throttle just after passing the apex. Watch out for the turn, it is blind and looks a whole lot wider than it really is. Try to point the car in almost a straight line to the left side apex, shifting into 3rd at 50 mph, just after the left apex. Shift into 4th at 78 mph, and keep a smooth line all the way up the hill, your T1 should be about 57.400 to 58.000.

    Brake slightly as you make your turn-in to the alley, staying at about 80-81 mph, and the car should swing back towards the right side wall. Brake hard down to about 50 mph in 3rd gear, and just like the last couple times through this section, getting the lines just right will enable you to pilot the alley-way's at a good speed. Go full throttle after passing the apex, and just avoiding the wall to the right on exit. Keep a smooth line around the right bend, staying close to the right wall. Brake hard down to about 33 mph in 2nd gear, and stay on very light throttle from here until you pass that dastardly double wall at the next right. Get on medium throttle as you pass the second wall and approach the left bend, still using modulating throttle around the left. Maintain about 43-45 mph. Get on full throttle just before getting to the final bend and before heading downhill, shifting into 3rd as you apex will help retard the drift/powerslide. Keep as straight a line as you can down the back straight, shifting into 4th at 78 mph.

    Your T2 should be about 1'33.200 to 1'34.300, and start braking just after the T2 time appears on screen. Slow down to about 52-53 mph, you should begin your turn-in during the last bit of braking (from about 60 mph down). Try to stay to the right side, and keep it in 3rd gear, getting back to full throttle once you are clear of the arch. Lift off the throttle to get around the left a little easier, maintaining at least 47 mph, still in 3rd gear. Brake down to about 24-26 mph in 2nd gear, and maintain a nice smooth line, getting very close to the inside wall. About halfway through the turn, go back to medium throttle and keep it there until you are nearly going straight, this will help prevent wheelspin coming out of the turn, and save about 0.500 seconds.

    Same as the rest of the times through this arch, stay close to the left side wall, and continue to steer to the left as you pass it, to help avoid the curbing on the right side. Shift into 3rd at 50 mph, and keep a smooth line up the hill. Remember that you will not need to slow down for the first left (where the red and white striped concrete barrier is), and get over to the right side. Brake hard to about 56 mph on turn-in, and try to use as much track as you can. A slight drift through here will help, as it will further reduce your speed to about 53-54 mph, and keep you clear of the right wall on exit. Keep a smooth line to the finish, and you should be quite a bit under the 2'17.000 gold time.

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    S3 - Special Stage Route 5; Saleen S7 `02

    No surprise here, we are forced to drive this great car with the ASM on. A big thank you to PD is in order :evil:

    Keep the line you are left with, and shift into 5th at 151 mph, just before starting your turn-in. This turn is crucial to getting a good time in the tunnel, as you need to stay full throttle until just past the apex, and getting very, very close to the right side wall. Once past the apex, brake hard, and in a straight line down to about 80-83 mph in 3rd gear. Maintain a very steady line tight to the left side, as well as about 83-84 mph. Just as you see the tunnel ending up ahead, get back to full throttle, and steer hard to the left to stay close to the left wall when you exit the tunnel. Brake hard down to about 94 mph, coasting to the apex, which should leave you at about 89-90 mph. Go back to full throttle as you pass the apex, and stay close to the right side wall.

    You should be able to get up to about 100-102 mph, and then brake hard while turning in, slowing the car to about 58-61 mph in 2nd gear. Just like the tunnel, you need to hold about 60-63 mph for most of this turn, only going to full throttle when you can see the end of the turn. Shift into 3rd at 86 mph, which should happen as you make the right bend. Shifting will help to keep the car from going too wide in the turn. Tap the brake to slow you down to about 106-108 mph as you turn in, and use moderate throttle application to very gradually increase you speed between the two turns in this ess-turn. The second turn should be taken at about 108-109 mph, with a slight lift in the middle to help maintain a smooth line without drifting too far outside. Go back to full throttle once you know you are clear of the left side wall. Your T1 should be about 33.200 to 33.400.

    Stay slightly to the right of the white line because there is a nasty barrier hidden on the left side. As you get to that barrier, brake hard down to about 86-87 mph, while turning in. You should just miss contacting the inside right wall, and be on full throttle just after passing the apex. As you turn to the left for the second part of this ess-turn, you will probably need to coast/rapid tap to maintain your line without hitting the right wall on exit.

    Do not bother to shift into 4th, you start braking at just about the same time as you would be shifting. Brake hard with a slight turn-in, still staying wide to the right, transition to full turn-in as you pass the 25m overhead sign, and slow to about 39-41 mph in 2nd gear. You should just slightly get the left side wheels onto the rumble strip, and can almost immediately go full throttle. Shift into 3rd at 86 mph while making your right turn. Brake slightly as you make your turn-in for the second right, maintaining about moderate throttle and about 85 mph through the turn. Get back to full throttle at or just past the apex, depending on how wide you are going to swing on exit. Shift into 4th at about 121-122 mph, which should be as you crest the first of the hills. Your T2 should be about 57.100 to 57.300.

    Brake hard just before reaching the 50m overhead sign, and make a medium turn-in, the hill will help your angle, so you shouldn't need to turn too hard to make the first right. Slow down to about 80 mph, and get back on full throttle briefly before braking down to about 76-77 mph for the left. Try to maintain an almost straight-line on exit of the left, braking hard to about 54-55 mph while turning in. Your goal is to get almost the entire car onto the rumble strip, and be back on full throttle at some point while going over the rumble/sidewalk. Shift into 3rd at 86 mph, which should also be right when you make your turn-in. Coast/light throttle through the turn, maintaining at least 70 mph. Get back on full throttle just as you see the pit-lane overhead signs off in the distance. Maintain a nice, smooth line to the finish steering as little as possible, shift into 4th at 123 mph, and into 5th at 154 mph.

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    S4 - Costa Di Amalfi; Lancia Stratos Rally Car `77

    The launch for this test is very important. The difference between a crappy launch and a decent launch is about 0.500 seconds, and the difference between a decent launch and a great launch is another 0.500 seconds. So keep practicing your launch until it sounds like it happens exactly as I describe it.

    Launch at full throttle at 2500-2750 RPM. What should happen is you will not get any wheelspin whatsoever. This sounds very straightforward, but I happen to get it right about 1 out of 3 attempts. So just keep practicing it until it happens like that: No wheel-spin at all! If you are between 2000 and 2500 RPM, you will only lose about 0.250 seconds.

    Shift into 2nd at 44 mph, into 3rd at 69 mph, and into 4th at 95 mph, while gently following the left side of the track. There are two great things about this car; it likes to drift, and it has a very smooth and controllable drift. However, there is a downside to that: if the balance of the car is upset during a drift, it will spin out before you know what is happening. Luckily, this track only has two spots where the spin-out is really a possibility. Start braking hard as you approach the staircase to your right side, slowing the car down to about 42-43 mph. Use light throttle to maintain this speed, and get on full throttle as you pass a break in the right side wall. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and keep a smooth line up the hill. Aim to be slightly closer to the left side when you take the jump, since the car seems to drift to the right while in the air. Once you land, get over to the right side, and start braking heavily just before you get to the trees on your right. Slow down to about 40 mph in 2nd gear, and once again, maintain that speed until about halfway through the turn, then go to full throttle. You may need to lift slightly as you exit to avoid making contact with the outside wall. Shift into 3rd at 66-68 mph, depending on how much drift you exit the turn with. If you still have a little bit of drift going, shifting a little early will stop the drift altogether. Start braking as you reach the stone wall on the left side, turning in just after starting to brake. Slow down to about 37-38 mph, and hold your speed there briefly to allow the car to settle. Get back on full throttle just after passing the dude taking a picture of you. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph. Your T1 should be about 43.800 to 44.000. Even as slow as 44.500 is still fast enough.

    This is the first of two places where the car will spin out if you are not taking the proper line, and using the proper amount of throttle/braking. Try to take straight lines from apex to apex, shifting into 4th at 92 mph. You want to be closer to the right side as you near the peak of the hill, because you are going to steer hard to the left before cresting the hill. This way, when you start braking hard at the top of the hill, you are not steering. The problem is you are almost airbourne for the first half of the braking zone, and any steering will start the car into a spin. If you do this right, the car will not spin, and you will not hit the wall on the right side when the car 'lands'. [NOTE: You may still feel the car drift a little, but it corrects the drift on its own when it 'lands'.] Slow the car down to about 30-32 mph, and coast very briefly to settle the car, getting back to full throttle almost immediately.

    Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and start braking and turning in when the wall on the right goes from a brownish colour to a more white colour. Maintain about 51-52 mph in 2nd gear for the first half of the turn, gradually bringing the speed up to about 61 mph. Get on full throttle once the white wall to the right stops, and a dark grey wall appears. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, which should happen as the car straightens out from the turn. Keep a nice smooth line at full throttle for the gentle right, shifting into 4th at 95 mph. Light throttle (do not coast) around the left, and continue, "a-little-bit-lighter-than-that" throttle for the second right. Your T2 should be about 1'08.500 to 1'09.000. Once again, as high as 1'09.750 is still plenty fast enough.

    Once you are clear of contacting the left side wall, go to full throttle and keep it there through the next left. Start braking hard as you can just see the turn opening up. The brake point is hard to judge, but after two or three attempts you should have a pretty good feel for where it is. Slow the car all the way down to about 50 mph, and hold it there until you can see the "Peugeot" sign hanging on the wall. As you approach that sign, make a smooth transition to full throttle. If you are drifting too much on exit, just shift into 3rd with a little bit of countersteer, otherwise, shift into 3rd at 68 mph. Shift into 4th at 95 mph, and stay full throttle through the little kink in this straight, there is no need to slow down at all. Get over to the left side, and start braking just after passing the apex on the left, slowing down to about 85 mph. The key to not oversteering right is to be braking in a straight line, and making the right turn while on very light throttle. Once you are parallel to the direction of the track, brake hard down to about 40 mph in 2nd gear, and coast to the apex. The apex is very late, just after where all of the people are sitting outside on a patio. Get back on full throttle as you pass the apex.

    Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and coast for your turn-in, shifting into 4th as you apex the right turn. Briefly go back to full throttle to help correct your angle for the next turn, and go back to coasting through the majority of this left. Shift back into 3rd gear as you go to full throttle. Your T3 should be about 1'43.000 to 1'44.000, but again, as slow as 1'45.000 is still fast enough. Shift into 4th as you jump down the little hill. Start braking just as you enter the large shadow of the big white building. Slow down to about 34-35 mph in 2nd gear, and maintain that speed all the way through the turn. Get back on full throttle as you see the turn opening up into the little straight. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and start braking as you get to the end of the green hand-rail on your right side. Slow down to about 30 mph in 2nd gear, coasting all the way around the turn. Go to medium throttle as you pass the inside wall, and shift into 1st gear at exit, then back into 2nd at 37 mph. The approach is the same for the final turn, slow down to about 27-28 mph in 2nd gear, coasting to the apex, and get on medium throttle as you pass the apex. Shift into 1st gear just before you are parallel to the direction of the track, and then into 2nd gear at 40 mph. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and maintain that smooth line, shifting into 4th at 95 mph just before the finish line.

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    S5 - Seattle Circuit; Ford GT `05

    Smoothly get to the left side and stay there after passing the kink. Start heavy braking at about 140m (there are some white hashed lines on the ground), and start turning in shortly after the shadow of the bridge. The first half of the turn should be taken a little wide, narrowing for a late apex on the latter part. Maintain at least 43 mph in 2nd gear, and get on full throttle as you apex the latter of the double right. Get over to the right side, and tap the brakes before turning in, coasting to the apex. This should be done at a minimum of 74 mph, and you do not want to touch the inside rumble strip, or the car will go in many different directions very unpredictably.

    Full throttle around the left leading uphill, shifting into 3rd at 107 mph. Avoid steering just before hitting a jump, it is very likely to veer on landing and fail from a wall impact. Get as close to the left side guardrail as you can. Start braking along the third 'step' just before the final uphill, slow down to about 62-63 mph in 2nd gear and coast to the apex. Get on full throttle as you pass the apex, and if done correctly you will stay well clear of the left wall on exit. Your T1 should be about 31.300 to 31.600.

    Shift into 3rd at 107 mph as you turn in. Stay wide, only just crossing the double yellow line at apex, and start braking just as the car is parallel to the direction of the track. Slow down to about 61-63 mph in 2nd gear, and light throttle to the apex, going full throttle just past the apex. Get over to the left side, but avoid using the rumble strip, once again, it sends the car in several directions, and rather unpredictably. Brake as you go through the shadow, slowing to about 68 mph, and coast/light throttle through the apex, getting back to full throttle on exit. Get as far right as you can, and tap the brakes on turn-in, aiming to get as much of the car over the left side rumble strip on apex. This should put you really near to the wall on exit, and slow down to about 43-45 mph for the hard left. Get on full throttle just before the apex.

    Shift into 3rd at 107 mph, and smoothly take the right kink, using as much track as you can to minimize speed loss. Shift into 4th at 149 mph, and start braking hard about 80m from the turn, beginning your hard turn-in just before passing the 50m overhead sign. Slow down to about 55-56 mph in 2nd gear, and light throttle towards the end to avoid sliding into the wall. Go full throttle briefly, coasting across the railroad tracks. Try to get the left side wheels onto the rumble, and using that rumble to steer you into the left. Once again get as much of the car over the rumble as possible, and go full throttle just before getting onto the rumble. Your T2 should be about 1'13.600 to 1'14.000. You can stay full throttle through this ess turn, but to do so, shift into 3rd gear as you slide between the two turns. This helps make a tighter turn-in, while you get as much of the car over the exit rumble strip as you can. Also, your car will naturally push itself out wide near the wall, giving you a great setup line for the hard right.

    Steer to the left a little to follow where the track widens slightly, and start heavy braking down to about 48-50 mph in 2nd gear. Light throttle to the apex, going full throttle as you get onto the rumble strip. Shift into 3rd at 94 mph, and coast while turning left for the chicane. If done correctly, you can be back to full throttle about mid-way between the corners, exiting wide left without touching the wall. Keep it straight to the finish.

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    S6 - Ice Arena; Hyundai Accent Rally Car `01

    The big trick to golding this test is that you only have to use full throttle four or five times.

    Launch 2nd gear full throttle. Smoothly and gently stay to the right side through the turn. Shift into 3rd at 60 mph. Start turning in and braking at the same time, slowing to about 35-37 mph, and getting into a decent drift. I find that the best angle is where you can just see track on the right side of the screen, but you are mostly staring at the wall. The speed should gradually increase, as you throttle-steer to maintain the drift all the way around, the turn appears to be like a double J-turn, where the first half is an increasing radius, and the second half is a decreasing radius. As you exit the turn, shift into 3rd gear (about 54-55 mph). If done correctly you will be about the centerline of the track, and shifting early will help you redirect the car into the next turn. Brake heavily down to about 35 mph in 2nd gear, and go medium throttle all the way out of the turn, and through the left bend. Your T1 should be about 22.900 to 23.250. Keep medium throttle all the way around the right bend.

    Very briefly go to full throttle as you countersteer to the left. This will help induce a drift into this tight left. Once the car starts to rotate, brake down to about 22-23 mph, holding light throttle to gradually increase your speed until exit. Again, maintain about medium throttle once exiting the turn, until you are about to turn-in to the right for the next turn. Again use a brief full throttle to begin the rotation of the car, immediately thereafter slowing to about 20-22 mph. Go full throttle on exit, and try to get close to the right side wall.

    Light throttle around the left bend, using the throttle to rotate the car through the turn. As you apex go full throttle. Your T2 should be about 41.300 to 42.000. Brake initially, and then light throttle around the long left. Once again use full throttle while you begin a hard right turn-in to rotate the car, maintaining light throttle through the ess-turn, maximizing usage of the track width. Once clear of the left apex, go to full throttle steering as little as possible to the finish.

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    S7 - Trial Mountain Circuit; Mercedez-Benz SLR McLaren `03

    Shift into 3rd at 97 mph, and make a very smooth left then right. If optimized, you will not have to go to full lock steering on either of the turns. Stay to the right side after the right turn. Coast as you start your turn-in, and tap the brake just before getting to the rumble strip. You can take this turn at 115-116 mph, but even as slow as 110 is fast enough. Aim to get the entire left side over the rumble.

    Brake hard down to about 62-63 mph and gently turn-in to start, going to full lock once you near the tunnel. Ideally you will get the entire car onto the sidewalk, and go full throttle as that happens. Keep full throttle all the way to the next turn, staying to the left side. Your T1 should be about 19.800 to 20.000.

    Get near to, but without touching, the left side rumble strip, brake hard down to about 60-61 mph, and coast to the apex. Get on full throttle as you hit the apex. The car will go into a small powerslide tightening up the exit line. Shift into 3rd gear at 97 mph. Brake down to about 79 mph in 2nd gear while turning in to the right, coasting to the rumble strip. Maintain at least 75 mph, gradually bringing it back to full throttle past the apex while exiting the turn. Shift into 3rd at 95 mph, and try to get very close to the right side tunnel wall. Brake down to about 75 mph, steering from the right entry corner, to the left exit corner of the tunnel. This should put you in the yellow zone through the left, and maintain about half throttle to the apex. Go full throttle once you are in the dip just past the apex. Shift into 3rd at 97 mph. Your T2 should be about 40.900 to 41.200.

    Shift into 4th at 145 mph, just before cresting the top of the hill. Stay close to the dirt on the right, but do not get either of the right side tires into it. Start braking heavily about two car lengths from the end of the shadow, slowing down to about 66-67 mph in 2nd gear. Hold moderate throttle through the turn to very gradually increase your speed through the turn, going full throttle about three-quarters of the way through.

    Shift into 3rd at 95 mph, and get over to the left side, maximizing the amount of track you use for the right bend. For the left, get very close to the wall, but keep the car as straight as possible. Start braking just before reaching the top of the hill, slowing down to about 60-61 mph in 2nd gear, while getting the right side of the car onto the rumble strip. Coast briefly, further slowing the car to about 58-59 mph, and go to full throttle. Your T3 should be about 1'09.300 to 1'09.800.

    Get over to the right side of the track, shifting into 3rd at 95 mph. Start braking just before the bottom of the hill, and turn-in once you get to the bottom of the hill. Slow down to about 63-64 mph, coasting through the apex. Get on full throttle just after passing the apex, and steer smoothly to the right side, keeping it close to the wall. Shift into 3rd at 97 mph. The fastest way through the kink is to hit the brakes very hard and very briefly on turn-in, coasting to the apex of the left turn. The goal is to get the entire car onto the rumble strip, as it will help to steer you smoothly through the right turn. Go full throttle once at the apex of the left, and at the very most, only just get the right side of the car over the rumble strip to the right. Stay smooth to the finish.

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    S8 - Tokyo Route 246; Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC) `03

    Get over to the left side very smoothly, and start braking hard just before going under the 100m overhead sign. Steer slightly left before right, in order to use the left side rumble strip to help your turn-in. Slow down to about 70 mph in 3rd gear, and the goal is to get the entire car over the rumble strip, going full throttle just before getting to the rumble. Shift into 4th at 99 mph, while smoothly getting back over to the right side. Your T1 should be about 13.800 to 14.050.

    Start braking hard just before the rumble strip starts on the right, while turning in. Slow down to about 106-107 mph, coasting to the apex. Get on full throttle just before the apex, and aim to just barely miss going over the left side rumble strip. Get most of the car onto the right side rumble strip, steering minimally. The car will go into a drift if you steer too aggressively, scrubbing off lots of speed. Smoothly transition off of the rumble strip and over to the left side, shifting into 5th at 130 mph.

    Turn-in hard while maintaining full throttle. Aim to get the car onto the rumble strip at entry, and start braking down to about 104-105 mph in 4th gear. Medium throttle until you are headed back to the rumble strip, gradually increasing to full throttle. You should go full throttle just as you get back onto the rumble strip. You should also be able to maintain full throttle all the way through the rest of the turn. Shift into 5th at 130 mph, while getting the car over to the right side as quickly (but smoothly) as you can. Brake just as you pass under the 50m overhead sign, and turn-in shortly after. Slow the car to about 97-99 mph and maintain light to medium throttle. Use this rumble strip wisely - it is better to just miss it on entry while getting the entire car on top of it for the exit, than to stay on it through the whole turn. Go to full throttle just before getting the car over the rumble towards the end.

    Shift into 5th at 130 mph, while smoothly getting to the left side. Turn-in quickly, and back off of steering almost immediately. Maintain full throttle and gently steer left, the car gets out of shape terribly in the bottom of the hill while going left if you steer too hard. Shift into 6th at 157 mph, and your T2 should be about 50.400 to 50.800.

    Just before reaching the top of the hill, brake hard down to about 107-108 mph in 4th gear, going full throttle to help rotate the car into the turn, then back to coasting through the apex. Go full throttle just after passing the apex, and straighten the car out as close to the left wall as possible. Tap the brakes and coast on turn-in, aim to slightly go over the rumble strip, maintaining at least 110 mph. Watch out for the section of guardrail that sticks out.

    Gently turn right, and shift into 5th at 128 mph. Through the left, stick close to the guardrail. Brake while turning in, slowing the car down to about 100-103 mph in 4th gear. The car should drift slightly and keep off of both the inside corner and outside guardrail when done correctly. Once at the apex, go to full throttle, getting the car to the left side. Brake just as you go under the 50m overhead sign, slowing the car to about 63-64 mph while turning. If done correctly, you can go full throttle almost as soon as you are finished braking, and the car will go over the rumble strip about three-quarters through the turn. Shift into 4th at 100 mph, into 5th at 130 mph, and steer smoothly through the gentle double kink before the finish.

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    S9 - El Capitan; Dodge Viper SRT10 `03

    Shift into 4th just before turning in, this will make it easier to keep a smooth line through the right bend. Stay close to the right side on exit. Start braking just as you pass the yellow stained (looks like rust) end of the guardrail, while turning in. At first it feels like the Viper is not going to be able to slow down enough, but it will. Slow all the way down to about 67-69 mph in 2nd gear, and coast/light throttle to maintain a line just about on the dotted line along the center of the track. Just before you see the turn opening up, turn in hard while going full throttle, aim to just get the left side on the rumble strip. Once on the rumble strip, keep steering smooth and minimized, otherwise you will drift when coming off of the rumble strip. Shift into 3rd as you are apexing the right bend.

    Follow the track smoothly around the right, staying close to the right side. There is a strange kink on the right side; this is where you start turning in. Coast when you begin to turn in, to help make a tighter angle to the apex. The goal is to just miss the rumble strip on apex, touching the rumble strip while holding left locked steering will cause you to drift, slowing you down a whole lot. You should be able to go to full throttle once you have the turn angle correct, however, medium/modulating throttle to the apex will not cost very much time, and is a little safer. Get close to the left side, but you will likely not have enough time to get all the way over, it does not make a huge difference, just be sure to be left of the centerline. Unlike on the last two tests going through this section, brake a lot earlier, and not because you are traveling that much faster, but because it makes for a faster turn 'set.' This car will power out of just about every corner on this track with ease, so having a lower entry speed with a faster exit speed is the fastest way through a turn. Slow the car down to about 73-74 mph while turning in, aim to just miss the rumble strip on entry, and get as much of the car as you can over the rumble strip on exit. You should be back on full throttle about two car-lengths from the exit rumble strip. Keep a smooth line up the hill and around the left; the car easily manages it at full throttle. Shift into 3rd at 91-92 mph, and your T1 should be about 31.720 to 32.000.

    Make a smooth left turn, aiming to stay in the little groove on the left part of the track next to the rumble strip. Tap the brakes to bring your speed down to about 99-103 mph, otherwise you will get nearly airbourne on the top of the hill, making the blind right very difficult. Tap the brakes at the top of the hill, just about where the bright yellow sign is, while turning in full right lock. As soon as the car is pointed go back to full throttle and just hold it, you should be able to just go over the right side rumble strip, causing you a little bit of powerslide, and then let off of the steering a little, making for a smooth exit. Using this method, I apex the right at 99-100 mph, and land slightly left of the centerline of the track, plenty of room to spare to the left side wall/dirt. Maintain a smooth line to the long left, getting just right of the centerline of the track.

    Maintain full throttle into the turn. Once the car cannot overcome the speed anymore and just begins to push to the outside wall, tap the brake and coast until you can safely get back to the inside. You should be able to keep your speed at or above 109 mph, exiting full throttle with a comfortable amount of room from going into the wall/dirt on the outside. Shift into 4th at 125 mph, and gently get the car to the left side. There are two faint steps in the road on this little downhill; you want to start braking hard as you are going down the final step, turning in towards the end of your braking. Slow all the way down to about 45-47 mph in 2nd gear, and coast through the apex. Gently bring it back to full throttle, keeping a little closer to the right side on exit. Maintain full throttle until you are nearing the apex of the left, and tap the brakes and coast until you know you will stay on track, safely away from the dirt to the outside. Modulate the throttle to maintain about 72-76 mph through the turn, going back to full throttle once you reach the apex of the second left. Ideally you will get about half of the car on top of the rumble, helping you maintain a fast exit speed.

    Shift into 3rd at 93 mph, and stay close to the right side. There really is nothing to mark your turn-in for this kink leading to the bridge. Tapping the brakes/coasting will not cost you very much time, and will make the turn a lot easier. However, this turn can be taken while maintaining full throttle all the way through. What you want to do is turn-in hard, and then bring it back to a more moderate turning pressure while going over the rumble strip. That rumble strip (like most rumble strips) will cause you to drift/powerslide if you are steering too much while going over it, so steer gently while riding it. Braking/coasting is the same method, but a little easier to cope with. Your T2 should be about 1'09.400 to 1'09.800.

    Again, there is nothing to indicate a good braking point; you just have to 'feel' it. Ideally you will slow the car down to 57 mph in 2nd gear, and reach that goal as you cross the initial apex of the turn. This turn is a little strange, as it starts wide, goes narrow, and then goes wide again, so even though it looks like you have lots of room to accelerate once past the apex, maintain light throttle, and about 60 mph. Go full throttle as you feel the car lightening up, (less lateral force), and shift into 3rd at 93 mph as you head to the left side of the track going down the little hill. Where the left side of the track has a little convex dent on it, start braking down to about 57-59 mph in gear, while turning. As you cross the apex, briefly go back to full throttle, but coast to get the turn-in angle correct for the second right. You should be able to maintain at least 70 mph for the second right, getting to full throttle as you pass the apex. Stay full throttle and start a smooth left turn, shift into 3rd at 92-93 mph. Get close to the left side, but do not go onto the brick/rumble strip there.

    As the track veers to the left, stay straight, pointing the car directly at the right side rumble strip. Coast on approach to bring your speed down a few mph (to about 106-109 mph), getting back to full throttle as you cross the apex. You will only be on full throttle briefly, braking once you reach the right side wall again (while going straight). Slow to about 95-96 mph and coast for a moment to allow the car to settle. Go back to full throttle, and maintain a steady line. Getting the right side of the car as far over the rumble strip will turn the car for you, meaning you just have to shift into 4th and avoid a collision with the wall at the end of the rumble strip. In my practice this method seemed to be slightly faster; however, not enough to make it a hard and fast rule. Shift into 4th at 127 mph, and keep a smooth line to the finish.

    NOTE: The first person to find any real indication of the start/finish line gets not just one, but a box of cookies. :p

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    S10 - Grand Canyon; Mitsubishi Stallion 4WD Rally Car `84
    -Courtesy of Adifferentname, A.K.A. DR GT

    Start: Give it full in 1st, let it over rev till 40mph, then change to 2nd.

    First right, left, right:
    Get over to the left before the first right turn, brake just as you touch the grass on the left, carry the braking deep into this corner (don't get the throttle on too early), get down to 2nd gear, gentle throttle around the right keeping the nose close to the inside and the rear hanging out slightly, late entry into the left with a bit of brake, aim to be exiting this corner tight for a good entry into the next right hander, point the nose into the right apex, use a bit of brake - gently ease throttle to full bringing in countersteer to get a good drive down the hill.

    Brake early for the tight right (before you get to the large tree on the right), go down to 1st and keep it quite tight in this corner not letting the rear hang out too much, up into 2nd, give it a touch of throttle, then roll off and point into the left, turning early to drift around it, gently accelerate as you come out getting over to the left in preparation for the next right. Brake when you hit the mound of dirt on the left and drop down to 1st, bring the nose into the apex on the right and ease the power on to drift around the right, change up to 2nd, keep accelerating, keep the nose in tight into the inside of the turn, applying some countersteer and you will make the corner with the throttle on. Get over to the right after the exit.

    Approach the next left from the right, brake really early and get in tight to the apex, apply slight countersteer, this turn and the turn after can be treated as one corner, though you will be slowing down as you reach the second apex. So when you are at the second apex you are looking ahead to the next right-hand corner and slowing down accordingly, so after the second apex keep it in 2nd, give it a squirt of throttle then lift off and cut the right hander and get over far to the right for entry into the tight left, rhythmically swing from the right to the left, keep it tight at the exit so that you are set up for the next right, you should reach 2nd gear before braking and going down to 1st for the tight right hander, feather the throttle around the right hander and get a good fast exit up the short straight.

    Get over to the right before the next tight left, brake just before the mound that sticks out on the right, hit the bottom of the mound and use it to push off from as you steer around the tight left, accelerating carefully in 1st, get to the inside of this corner (hug the apex) to take maximum advantage of the banking. The next right hander is taken at full throttle in 3rd, you must steer tight to the inside (towards the crowd on the inside) to get the car around. Brake really early for the tight little left/right drop, take it in as straight a line as possible, dropping briefly into 1st for the second part of it.

    Get into the next right, taken in 2nd gear, you can really throttle it around this corner (keep the nose to the inside of course and countersteer), accelerate through the left kink, then drop down to 1st and accelerate carefully around the right, don't go tight into the mound on the inside as this will slow you down, stay on the track here.

    Position yourself to the right as you enter the straight so that you can keep a steady straight line down it, and are already over to the right for the left hander at the end of it. Brake about a cars length after you've gone under the last Michelin banner. Gently ease in the throttle at the entry to the left, once the car is settled into the corner floor the throttle and slide around
    it, keeping to the left so you are nicely set up for the right. Swing it tight into the right hander, once again easing the throttle on entry, then flooring it once the car is settled for a nice drift around the corner.

    Brake just after you've gone under the Michelin banner, this corner is taken in 2nd slightly wide at the entry and tight at the exit, briefly down into 1st then 2nd for the right hander, keep it tight to the inside of the corner. When that lump of dirt on the right falls away, brake and down to 1st for the tight left hander. Give it a small touch of throttle as you are going around this tight left hander and keep tight to the inside (not on the mound but right next to it), apply full throttle when you can see your exit line clearly and you are straight in line with it. Get over to the left in preparation for the next right-hand corner. Brake as the mound of dirt on the left falls away and down to 1st, clip the first inside apex then drift wide for the middle of this corner, change up to 2nd gear on the way around, easy on the throttle, bring it in tight to the apex before the exit so you are actually driving over the mound on the inside right next to the people and getting a good drive down the short straight.

    Take such a line that you are well to the right when you hit the kink where you get airborne, lift off the throttle just as you hit the bump for a bit of stability, keep over to the left as you land and use that mound of dirt on the left to help you slow down as you brake down to 1st for the tight right hander. Slide around the right hander with good control of the throttle, keep the nose of the car to the inside of the corner. Accelerate hard out when you see the edge of the fence on the left side in front of you. Drive slightly to the right of that left mound and get over to the right for the entry into the tight left. Brake and down into 1st as you go over the mound on the right hand side, use a combination of throttle on and off to get the rear to slide around this tight left hander, accelerate hard out of the corner and get well over to the right driving over that mound on the right and keep the throttle on

    Take the final corner at full throttle, steer early into the corner, aiming for the crowd at the apex, inertia will swing you wide past them, keep the throttle on full until the finish line.
     
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    S11 - Opera Paris; Renault Clio Renault Sport V6 Phase 2 `03
    -Courtesy of MasterGT

    The Clio is a well behaved MR car, you can be on full throttle from the starting line to the hard left turn, and you will not get any tire slippage. Head straight off the line towards the "Shell" sign. Shift into 2nd at 33 mph. Consider the first set of corners as one set taking as straight a line through them as possible. Miss the first right curb, but be aware that there is a small bump in the road near it. Shift into 3rd at 64 mph, during the transition from the first right to the left. Graze the left curb, but avoid grazing the curb to the right at any time through the turn. After you exit this course's first zig-zag section, stay well away from the green pad at the narrows and head for your right-side destination, at the far end of this short straight, changing into 4th gear at 92 mph.

    Just after you see the red brick of the next left curb, slow down to about 63-65 mph in 3rd gear, trying to just graze the curb. If you wish, you can briefly run over the straight rumble strip, since it is not rough, but if you do, try to no more than centre the car's tires over it. Use full throttle at the apex, getting smoothly to the right on exit. Your T1 should be about 20.250 to 20.600.

    Accelerate in 3rd gear, staying to the right side all the way to the white dashed line. This section should be thought of as one short set that is taken all-in-one. Steer hard to the left, and apply full braking down to about 60-61 mph. Brake too late and you are likely to hit the far barrier. Before you go over the blue curb, release the brake and get back on partial throttle, still in 3rd gear. As you exit the first left, change directions as smoothly as you can, taking the final two turns in as straight a line as possible. Exit with a straighter line, towards the centerline of the track, away from the railing barriers to the right.

    Slowly get over to the far left side, which can be done in one smooth motion through the kink. Shift into 4th gear at 92 mph. Consider the next 4 turns as another set. From the left side of the track, just after passing into shadow, brake down to about 60-63 mph still in 3rd gear, getting all the way to right side curb. To control your exit speed and not hit the barrier, you will need to stab the brakes quickly, getting down to about 38-41 mph in 2nd gear, for the quick left. Because the exit will dictate your racing line, the basic procedure to quickly taking the tight 180° double left is to make a wider than normal racing-line through the first two-thirds, making a late apex on the latter portion of the turn. You are not going to be able to swing the rear end out with this car, therefore you will be slower if your line is too tight. Get on about the centerline of the track when between the latter turn-in the 180, and the upcoming right turn. Make a smooth right turn; as usual, the best method is to be as smooth as possible, losing only as much speed as necessary. Shift into 3rd at 63 mph. Slowly track towards the right side, and shift into 4th gear at 92 mph. Your T2 should be about 54.300 to 54.900.

    Stay full throttle through the bend on the straight, and tap the brakes two or threes time to maintain a smooth line, while still on full throttle. This technique is known as trail-braking. This should enable you to maintain at least 100 mph through the bend. Be very aware of tires screeching and use smooth steering input to keep the screeching to a minimum. As best as you can, follow the darkened asphalt, but watch out for the right side barrier. Be aware of the small bump which can launch your vehicle into the air, making you lose speed. Carefully track back towards the left side.

    Approaching the next right-left, plan your exit well. This is a critical set of corners, so near the end of the test and the left turn is more difficult because the track is very narrow on exit. This chicane can be navigated as either a rounded ess-turn (if you entered too hot) or as an ess-turn with a short straight between turns (like two decreasing radius J-turns joined together). This is why you did some practicing beforehand - to learn your strategy on an unfamiliar course. Start braking around 75m (halfway between the 50m and 100m overhead signs), slowing the car to about 42-43 mph in 2nd gear, keeping a smooth line and staying tight to the inside. Stay tight to the right on exit, and coast/light brake down to about 35-38 mph for the left. Use as much track as you can to trace through the left.

    After another quick stab of the brakes, carefully use modulating power through to the right, and exit near the sweeping left wall. Modulate the throttle, to stay near the inside of the final turn and not understeer too far away from it, maintain about 52-54 mph. Just before you can see the turn open up, get back on full throttle, shift into 3rd gear at 60 mph just before exiting the turn, and stay straight down the right-side. There is no need to steer back setting up for the first turn.

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    S12 - Suzuka Circuit; Nissan Motul Pitwork Z (JGTC) `04

    Suzuka is an extremely technical track. The lines are often difficult to drive, and often seem like they are less than optimal. However, following the darkened patches on the ground is recommended. It is the ideal line and all you have to do is pilot the car at the correct speeds along the lines. One of the great things about this test is the car, this JGTC 350Z is very forgiving, and you can push the limits of the car quite readily. My recommendation is to watch the demo four to seven times. There are two main reasons; 1) you will see just how smoothly you are required to navigate the lines of the track, since there is not a whole lot of room for error. 2) It will help you learn the track (if you do not already know it), and give you a head start on knowing what speed you can/should be taking through the turns.

    Gently get the car over to the left side of the track; you want to be as close to without touching the grass as you can get. Turn-in hard while maintaining full throttle, braking hard down to about 116-121 mph in 4th gear. You should be at this speed and back to light throttle as you apex the first right. At this speed the car will naturally push back out to the left, so maintain full right steering lock. Just before you reach the outside rumble strip, brake down to about 70-73 mph in 3rd gear, and turn-in as the rumble strip ends. Use light to medium throttle to maintain your speed and line, gradually bringing it up to full throttle. You should be able to exit the turn in excess of 90 mph, without getting overly close to the outside rumble strip.

    Shift into 4th at 105 mph, and gently get the car to the right side. Follow the darkened asphalt, tapping the brake just before getting onto the rumble strip while bringing the car down to about 103-105 mph in 3rd gear, and go to medium throttle immediately. Brake a little harder this time, reducing the speed to about 88-91 mph, and maintain that speed through the apex, getting most of the car on top of the rumble strip. Go full throttle as you leave the rumble strip, and shift into fourth as you begin steering to the left (about 98-101 mph), and coast to the apex, putting you around 90-92 mph. Get back on full throttle as you go through the apex. This time you do not want to get very much of the car onto the rumble strip, as it will send you into a powerslide scrubbing off speed and losing quite a bit of time. Maintain full throttle and steer hard to the right; start braking when the car will no longer hold the line. Slow down to about 76-78 mph, and immediately go to mild throttle application, very gradually bringing the speed back up. Try to follow the darkened asphalt here. You should be full throttle by the time you can see the entire next turn coming up.

    Shift into 4th at 100 mph, which should be just about the same time as you are turning in. Lift slightly once or twice as you approach the apex of the left, but staying near full throttle the whole way through. If you happen to get everything just right for this turn, it is possible at full throttle. Hold the steering gently left - never let go, just keep constant light pressure, modulating to suit how much input is needed to maintain a smooth line. As you exit the long two-or-three left turns, stay outside on the left, shifting into 5th gear at 138 mph. At about 75m (halfway between the 100m and 50m signs) brake hard to about 110-115 mph in 4th gear, starting your turn-in as you go back to full throttle. This should put most of the car over the rumble strip on apex, and not swing too wide on exit, staying only slightly on the outside rumble strip. Just as the rumble strip to the left ends, brake hard down to about 65-68 mph in 3rd gear and coast for a very short moment, getting on full throttle just before going through the apex. Shift into 4th at 104 mph, and your T1 should be about 50.800 to 51.100.

    Make a smooth right turn, staying close to the right grass on exit. This is one of the only turns on the track that can be taken a dozen different ways, start braking just before the darkened asphalt appears, slowing down to about 43-45 mph in 2nd gear, coasting/light throttle through the apex. Go full throttle as you apex, and reduce steering input to the bare minimum; the bumps in the course and the rumble strip do a good portion of the turning for you. Shift into 3rd at 74 mph, into 4th at 105 mph, and keep a steady smooth right steering input all the way through the next few kinks. Try to follow the darkened asphalt. Shift into 5th at 138 mph.

    Stay tight to the right side on the final right bend, and start braking hard just before passing the little walkway. Slow down to about 90 mph in 4th gear, and hold moderate throttle through the apex, going back to full throttle just as you reach the apex. This should bring your speed up to just over 100 mph as you turn in for the second left. And, as you are turning in, brake down to about 70-71 mph in 3rd gear, holding light/moderate throttle along the rumble strip. Get to full throttle as you leave the rumble strip, and hold a smooth and steady line. Shift into 4th at 104 mph, and into 5th at 138 mph. Keep a nice smooth line through this straight, using up all available track to make nice long turns straightening out the path of the car as much as possible. As you go under the Dunlop sign you should be heading over to the right side, getting very close to the grass just past the T2 line. Your T2 should be about 1'33.000 to 1'33.400.

    As you pass the 50m sign attached to the fence (it is very difficult to see at 160+ mph) coast down to about 152-156 mph while turning hard to the left. When done properly the car should show no signs of traveling too far inside or outside, just getting onto both the apex rumble strip and outside rumble strip. Get back on full throttle just as you pass the apex. Gently get the car back to the left side and start braking about 5 car lengths from the Konami sign. Slow all the way down to about 52-53 mph in 2nd gear, going immediately to light throttle as you turn-in. You should get up to about 59-61 mph before coasting briefly for the left, going back to full throttle just before getting to the apex of the turn. Use as much of the rumble strip as possible in both the right and the left, the game is very forgiving as to how much it allows you to use. Keep a smooth line around the long right to the front straight, shifting into 3rd at 74 mph, into 4th at 104 mph, and into 5th at 138 mph, just before the finish line.

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    S13 - Infineon Raceway; Audi R8 Race Car `01

    Shift into 4th at 114 mph, and smoothly negotiate the left while staying to the outside on exit. Tap the brake and slow down to about 140 mph approaching the left side rumble strip. Start braking as you pass the apex on the left, slowing down to about 75-79 mph in 3rd gear. Light throttle to the apex, and go to full throttle just after passing the apex. This should leave you plenty of room from going outside into the grass. While smoothly following the darkened asphalt, shift into 4th at 115 mph.

    As you turn in for the left (staying in the dark asphalt) brake down to about 112-115 mph in 4th gear, and maintain light throttle around the left. Tap the brakes and downshift into 3rd as you pass the right apex, keeping at least 98 mph, and going full throttle as you pass the apex. Your T1 should be about 16.800 to 17.100. Shift into 4th at 110 mph.

    Brake all the way down to about 55-58 mph in 3rd gear, and go full throttle as you pass the right apex. By keeping it in 3rd gear the car stays a little more stable through this turn, even though 2nd gear is slightly faster. Smoothly follow the right bend, shifting into 4th at 114 mph. While going up the hill, shift into 5th at about 145 mph, getting to the right side of the track. Begin heavy braking as you start going downhill, slowing the car to about 92-96 mph in 3rd gear. Hold that speed for a moment and allow the car to settle, and then go back to full throttle. The Audi generates a lot of downforce, and this turn can be taken very quickly. You should be shifting into 4th gear just before the rumble strip to the left ends.

    Shift into 5th at 156 mph, while gently negotiating the bend in this straight, and getting to the far left side as the white concrete wall appears along the track. Start braking just before reaching the top of the little hill, slowing down to about 53-55 mph in 3rd gear. You will probably get the left half of the Audi onto or over the yellow lines, which is ideal. Turn-in hard on exit, aiming to just miss the high rumble strip on the inside, you should have plenty of room to the left and not worry about the cones at all. Shift into 4th at 116 mph, and steer gently to the left, then gently to the right to negotiate the first ess.

    Your T2 should be about 49.600 to 50.000. You will need to coast down to about 145 mph through the left, getting back to full throttle as you pass the apex, and staying full throttle through the next two turns. Keep a smooth line through the right and left, trying to stay in the middle of the darkened asphalt. Shift into 5th at 150 mph. Brake as the right side rumble strip becomes easily visible, slowing the car down to about 150-155 mph in 5th gear. Avoid touching the right side rumble strip, it sends the car into a big powerslide.

    Start braking as you pass the first cone to the left, slowing all the way down to about 50-53 mph in 3rd gear, and holding medium throttle to just past the apex. Go full throttle just after passing the apex, and shift into 4th gear at 114 mph. Keep a smooth line around the left. Ducking inside of the darkened asphalt a little will take about 0.050 to 0.100 off of your final lap time.

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    S14 - Chamonix; Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Rally Car `85

    The gold time on this test is actually quite easy to get, the big key is to take your time, and never really push the car. Just by staying smooth, avoiding the walls, and going slow enough to negotiate the turns, the time should come fairly easily.

    Launch 2nd gear at full revs. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph while gently steering left. Shift into 4th gear while you are still going up the hill and start braking just as you come down the hill, slowing down to about 47-50 mph in 2nd gear. Hold light throttle around the turn, going to full throttle briefly once you are headed down the short straight. Brake hard down to about 43-45 mph, still in 2nd gear, and again hold light throttle, slowly bringing the revs up, getting to full throttle just as the car crests the top of the hill and comes down the short straight. Shift into 3rd as you crest the hill, which should be at about 66-69 mph. Again, slow down to about 48-51 mph in 2nd gear, and hold very light throttle around the turn, gradually increasing to full throttle as you are facing straight again. Brake down to about 55-56 mph, and hold light throttle past the apex of the quick left, going to full throttle just before the car heads down the hill. Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and your T1 should be about 27.000 to 27.300.

    Hold a smooth line entering the tunnel, and get back over to the right side while in the tunnel. Shift into 4th at 93 mph, and brake slightly at the end of the tunnel, slowing to about 70-73 mph in 3rd gear. Briefly hold full throttle, and brake down to about 55 mph while rotating the car into the right turn, use as much track as you can. Once you are clear of the apex and know you will not drift into the outside wall, go back to full throttle while straightening out the car. Brake down to about 34-38 mph in 2nd gear, and hold light throttle as you transition back onto pavement. Briefly go to full throttle, and stay away from the snow on the road to the right.

    From here on out, the rest of the test is in the snow, and I have found that there are many corners where you almost bring the car to a stop, turn, and then gently accelerate out, this first turn is one of them.

    Slow down to about 27-29 mph in 2nd gear, and hold gentle throttle while the car lurches through the turn. Once you are parallel to the track, go full throttle briefly. Brake as you turn to the right, rotating the car through the turn, keep about 22-25 mph, and go to full throttle once clear of the turn. The car is likely to be in a pretty good drift, and as you are correcting this drift, start braking for the next turn, it is quite long, and very tight, so slow down to about 26-28 mph, and hold light throttle. Try to maintain about a 45 degree angle to the inside wall, going full throttle and correcting the angle as you see the track open up.

    You will only be at full throttle briefly before getting on the brakes, bringing the car down to about 43-44 mph, and turning in. Use about half throttle around the turn, slowly bringing it up to full throttle by the time you are sure you will not collide with the outside wall of the bridge. Turn to face driving just past the right side end of the bridge, and brake to rotate the car around, slowing to about 43-44 mph. The car should go into a gentle drift that you should hold for the duration of this short straight. Go to full throttle once you are safe from contact with the outside snow bank, and if done correctly the angle you were holding will direct you very close to the right side wall when the straight takes a slight bend. Stay in 2nd gear, and brake as you near the end of the kink, slowing the car down to about 25-27 mph, and try to maintain a drift angle that has you facing the inside wall at about 65-80 degrees. Slowly bring the throttle back to full as you near the turn exit, and wait until you are almost into the short straight to correct your drift angle.

    Shift into 3rd at 57 mph, and start coasting/light braking to rotate the car slightly for the short right. Gradually get back to full throttle, getting to full throttle by the time you are on the straight. Your T2 should be about 1'11.000 to 1'11.600. Continute to accelerate up to about 78-80 mph, and start braking while turning, slowing the car to about 30-32 mph for the right turn. Very briefly go to full throttle while turning to the left, the purpose of going full to throttle here is more so that you can rotate the car to the left before braking. Slow down to about 32-33 mph, and bring the throttle to about half, going to full throttle very briefly while steering hard right. Again, the purpose is to initiate a faster rotation of the car, but using the brakes to continue the rotation. You will have to slow all the way down to about 18-20 mph, holding a drift angle of about 45-60 degrees to the inside wall. Very gradually bring it back to full throttle, getting to full throttle when the car is aligned with the straight. Shift into 3rd at 60 mph.

    Brake hard while beginning your turn-in, slowing the car to about 24-26 mph, and using light throttle to maintain that speed, and an angle of about 25-40 degrees to the inside wall. Get back to full throttle about three-quarters of the way through the turn, shifting into 3rd at 59-60 mph to help countersteer the drift, and straighten out for this short straight. Brake down to about 46-49 mph in 2nd gear as you get into the shadow crossing the track. Delay your turn-in slightly, the car does not have to rotate very much for this turn. As you pass the apex go to full throttle and shift into 3rd at 60 mph. Brake and turn-in, creating about 60-75 degrees of angle to the inside wall, and hold that angle! This right continues on for a long time, so maintain about 22-24 mph and have a little patience. Let the car slowly come out of the drift while you go to full throttle, and brake hard down to about 15-17 mph while turning to the left. The car should snap around to be almost perpendicular to the inside wall, and use the throttle to hold the drift angle and keep your lateral motion.

    Get back to full throttle about halfway through the turn, while gently countersteering out of the drift. Brake down to about 40 mph and turn gently, there is no need for a big swinging drift in the first of these two right turns. Allow the slight drift you will maintain coming out of the turn to gradually become more pronounced while holding a smooth line. Use the throttle to get up to about 50 mph and maintain a gradually-increasing drift angle. Use the brakes as you approach to get the angle right, holding about 34-36 mph. Maintain about a 25-degree angle to the track as you exit the turn, going back to full throttle. Steer hard to the left and tap the brakes two or three times to rotate the car and slow it to about 42-45 mph, going full throttle as you get the car pointed straight.

    Here are three turns in a row where you seemingly have to stop the car, then turn, then accelerate out. Slow to about 25-26 mph, and be patient, hold light throttle while you slide through the turn, getting to full throttle briefly as you get the car pointed parallel along the short straight. Slow the car to about 22-23 mph while turning to the right, and once again, be patient, gradually bringing the speed up to about 27-28 mph on exit. Once again, go full throttle as the car becomes aligned with the short straight, and brake heavy down to about 28-29 mph, holding tight to the inside wall. Gently bring it back to full throttle, getting to full throttle just as you get back onto the pavement. You will probably have to correct a minimal amount of drift angle to maximize your acceleration to the finish.

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    S15 - Circuit De La Sarthe; Bentley Speed 8 Race Car `03

    This test has plenty of turn-distance markers; they are white with bright blue alphanumerics and borders. In all cases they are attached to the fences, so some are much harder to see than others due to the distance from the fence to your track position. In most cases, the signs are also located on both the left and right sides of the track. I will be referring to these a few times, so either watch the demo or take some slow passes to learn where they are.

    To start, do not touch the steering. Shift into 5th at 155 mph and into 6th at 180 mph while gently negotiating the right bend. Stay to the left side on exit. Start braking as you pass the 50m sign, slowing to about 70-73 mph in 3rd gear. Aim to just miss going over the rumble strip on the right turn-in, get most or all of the car over the rumble strip on the left in the ess, and again, most or all of the car over the rumble strip exiting the right of the ess. As you apex the left in the ess, you should be back to medium throttle, raising the speed to about 85 mph before steering to the right. Briefly let off the throttle to help your turn-in, and immediately get back to full throttle; you should be well over 90 mph when you are back on the track.

    Shift into 4th at 113 mph, and gently turn to the left, staying on about the centerline of the track going down hill, and gently steering to the right. Shift into 5th at 153 mph, and stay to the right side as best you can on exit. Brake down to about 110-114 mph in 4th gear, modulating throttle to hold a steady line without touching the rumble strip. As you get to the apex, go back to full throttle, keeping a smooth line around the right, and again, get as close to without touching the rumble strip as you can. Shift into 5th at 155 mph, and your T1 time should be about 29.900 to 30.300.

    Brake hard as you pass the 100m sign (it is somewhat hidden in the trees), slowing down to about 120-125 mph in 4th gear, going immediately to full throttle once you have slowed to that speed. When you get the line right, this will keep you on the rumble strips, without getting out into the 'brown stuff' to the inside and outside of the rumbles. Gently go through the right, shifting into 5th at 155 mph, and shift into 6th at 196 mph as you go through the second right. Line the car up with the left side tires on the left side solid white line.

    Start braking as you pass the 100m sign, slowing down to about 88-92 mph in 4th gear, briefly coasting after the apex, and brake quickly down to about 76-78 mph in 3rd gear to negotiate the left. Go full throttle once you are at the apex of the left, and follow a smooth exit line, shift into 4th at 113 mph. Your T2 time should be about 1'02.500 to 1'03.000.

    Shift into 5th at 155 mph and this time line up the right side tires on the right side solid white line. Shift into 6th at 196 mph. Start braking just after passing the 100m sign, slowing down to about 102-104 mph in 4th gear, and light throttle around the left bend. Brake down to about 85-89 mph in 3rd gear for the right turn, going full throttle as you get to the apex. Take a smooth exit line that will leave you on about the centerline once back to the straight. Shift into 4th at 113 mph, and your T3 time should be about 1'28.600 to 1'29.500.

    Shift into 5th at 155 mph, and once through the right bend, get the left side tires onto the left side solid white line, shifting into 6th at 196 mph. Turn-in before braking, as you want to be braking in an almost straight line. You should start braking as you pass the overhead traffic signal to the left side. Get the car as close to the left side dirt as you can during braking, and slow down to about 60-70 mph in 3rd gear, light throttle to the apex, full throttle once at the apex. Shift into 4th at 113 mph, and your T4 time should be about 1'50.000 to 1'51.500.

    Just like in IA16, use the dotted line in the center of the track to your advantage. The Speed 8 does not jump/bump around quite as much as the R89CP, but it can still get difficult to see at 220+ mph. Shift into 5th at 155 mph, and into 6th at 197 mph. Do not brake until you turn-in, and only brake slightly, slowing you to about 183-186 mph in 5th gear. Briefly return to full throttle as you pass the apex of the quick right turn. Start the real braking once the car is parallel to the direction of the track, slowing down to about 72-75 mph in 3rd gear. Light throttle for a moment while going through mid-turn, getting to full throttle just past the apex. Shift into 4th at 113 mph, your T5 time should be about 2'17.700 to 2'18.500.

    This time there is no real indication of when to start braking, you will just have to 'feel for it.' Slow the car all the way down to about 50-54 mph in 2nd gear, going to full throttle as you pass through the apex. Shift into 3rd almost immediately (78-80 mph) and into 4th at 113 mph, into 5th at 155 mph, and into 6th at 196 mph. You can take both of the right bends at full throttle, and the initial left that 'straightens out' the track can also be taken full throttle. Brake down to about 130-134 mph in 4th gear as you enter the sweeping right turn, going to full throttle as soon as the car is slowed to that speed.

    Stay full throttle around the left bend, maximizing how much of the track you use, and shifting into 5th at 150-152 mph near the apex. Your T6 time should be about 2'46.000 to 2'47.800. Let the car go a little wide, closer to the right edge of the track, and maintain full throttle with a slight lift near the apex of the next left. Again, start braking as you enter the right sweeper (this time it is marked by an intersection on the right side), slowing the car to about 140 mph in 4th gear. Go to full throttle immediately upon slowing the car enough. Keep full throttle as you turn-in for the left, and tap the brakes (with full throttle) just before the apex; this will keep your speed near 140-143 mph in 4th gear. Shift into 5th at 155 mph, and this quick ess can be taken full throttle with ease; just maximize your track usage. Get over to the right side, but do not be fooled by the asphalt; follow the solid white line, as it goes straight.

    Start braking just before reaching the blue and yellow rumble strip (which should still be to your right side ;)), slowing down to about 89-95 mph in 3rd gear. Light throttle to the apex of the left, then go to full throttle from there through the right. Again, line the car up on the right side of the track. Do not bother with shifting into 4th gear; the next ess comes up ridiculously quick. You have just enough time to settle the car in a straight line, and get up just over 100 mph before braking again. Slow to about 65 mph, and leave it in 3rd gear. You should be braking still while turning in, going immediately to full throttle as you finish braking, near the apex of the left. Keep a smooth and as-straight-as-possible line to the finish. Shift into 4th at 113 mph just before the finish line.

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    S16 - Nurburgring Nordschleife; Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 - 16 Evolution II `91


    Launch - 1st gear, anything above 6000 RPM, shift into 2nd at 44 mph.

    Turn 1 - Brake as you turn-in, slowing to about 50-51 mph, and holding it at that speed until the apex. Go full throttle at the apex, and shift into 3rd at 69 mph as the car straightens out.

    Turn 2 - Full throttle, take a smooth line ending up on the left side of the track, shift into 4th at 98 mph.

    Turn 3 - As you turn-in hard, lift of the throttle briefly, maintain at least 119 mph.

    Turn 4 - Shift into 5th at 128 mph, full throttle, taking a smooth line, ending up on the right side.

    Turn 5 - Start braking hard just before going over the "VW" symbol spray-painted on the ground, and steering in at the rumble strip.

    Turn 6 - Continue braking down to about 69-70 mph, coasting through the apex. Get back to full throttle just after passing the apex.

    Turn 7 - Full throttle, shift into 4th at 98 mph as you get to the rumble strip for the apex.

    Turn 8 - Lift/tap the brakes to maintain a line tight to the right side, getting about half of the car over the rumble strip.

    Turn 9 - Start braking as you go over the large amount of white graffiti, slowing the car to about 73-75 mph in 3rd gear. Coast just past the apex, going to full throttle when you are going to stay safely on the track. Get over to the left side.

    Turn 10 - Brake down to about 68-69 mph, and hold medium throttle just past the apex. Go to full throttle as you leave the rumble strip.

    Turn 11 - Full throttle, and stay in the groove or just onto the rumble strip. Shift into 4th at 98 mph as you exit.

    Turn 12 - Shift into 5th at 125 mph, and take a smooth line at full throttle. Your T1 time should be about 47.000 +/- 0.300.

    Turn 13 - Coast and turn-in at the same time, keep your speed to a minimum of 136 mph.

    Turns 14, 15, 16 and 17 - Full throttle, keeping a nice smooth line, shift into 6th at 163 mph.

    Turn 18 - Stay full throttle, and turn in hard, staying either just on the rumble strip, or in the groove beside it.

    Turn 19 - Brake all the way down to about 60 mph in 3rd gear, and hold medium throttle until you can see a clean exit. At that point, go to full throttle, shift into 4th at 98 mph. Your T2 time should be about 1'19.900 +/- 0.400.

    Turns 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 - Keep a nice smooth line through here, shift into 5th at 130 mph, and into 6th at 160 mph.

    Turn 25 - Brake down to about 125 mph in 5th gear, and just get the left side of the car onto the rumble strip. Go to full throttle just before getting onto the rumble strip.

    Turn 26 - Brake down to about 82-86 mph in 3rd gear, and turn hard, just grazing the rumble strip with the sidewall.

    Turns 27 and 28 - Brake late, down to about 59-60 mph in 2nd gear, and light throttle/coast around the left, maintaining at least 57 mph. Shift into 3rd to make your turn-in for the right a little easier, and go to full throttle once you are facing into the turn. Your T3 time should be about 1'47.900 +/- 0.400. Shift into 4th at 98 mph.

    Turns 29 and 30 - Full throttle, shift into 5th at 130 mph.

    Turn 31 - Brake to about 123 mph while turning in, going to full throttle once you reach the apex.

    Turn 32 - Brake down to about 71-74 mph in 3rd gear, and go to full throttle immediately upon slowing the car enough. Aim to just get the left side of the car onto the rumble strip.

    Turn 33 - Full throttle, maintain a smooth line, shift into 4th at 98 mph on exit, and get over to the left side.

    Turn 34 - Delay braking until you are turning in and nearing the rumble strip. Slow down to about 62-63 mph in 3rd gear, and coast very briefly to settle the car, almost immediately going back to full throttle.

    Turn 35 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, and maintain a smooth line, staying near the centerline of the track.

    Turn 36 - Smooth line getting very close to the right side grass. Do not touch the grass at all!

    Turns 37 and 38 - Lift slightly on turn-in, keeping at least 112 mph and getting the left side of the car solidly onto the rumble strip. Be on full throttle before getting to the rumble on the left. Stay full throttle through the right bend, keeping steering input smooth.

    Turn 39 - Brake down to about 103-105 mph, and using moderate throttle, raise the speed up to about 112-114 mph on exit.

    Turns 40 and 41 - Do not brake until you are turning in, and then brake all the way down to about 50 mph in 2nd gear. Hold light throttle, gradually bringing it up to full throttle as you late apex the tight left.

    Turns 42 and 43 - Shift into 3rd at 67 mph, and stay full throttle. Keep a smooth line and your T4 should be about 2'37.000 +/- 0.500. Shift into 4th at 99 mph, and gently steer right.

    Turns 44 and 45 - Brake down to about 73-76 mph in 3rd gear as the rumble strip to the right ends, while smoothly getting back to medium throttle. You should be full throttle by the time you apex the first part of the turn. Stay full throttle and in 3rd gear, slowing to about 72-73 mph, and going immediately to full throttle when you have slowed to that speed. Aim to just graze the rumble strip to the right, it will send the car into a powerslide if you get on top of it.

    Turns 46 and 47- Shift into 4th at 98 mph, and into 5th at 130 mph. Stay to the left side of turn 47, but do not go into the grass at all!

    Turn 48 - Brake very late, start braking after turning in, just before getting to the rumble strip, slow all the way down to about 63-65 mph in 3rd gear, and bring it back to full throttle as the car leaves the inside rumble strip.

    Turns 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 57 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, your T5 time should be about 3'15.600 +/- 0.600. Keep a smooth flowing line, and remember that the first five of these fast turns are all left. Shift into 5th at 130 mph. Stay full throttle all the way through this series of turns.

    Turn 58 - Brake down to about 124-129 mph in 4th gear, and go full throttle immediately upon slowing the car to that speed. Your T6 time should be about 3'43.000 +/- 0.800. Shift into 5th at 130 mph.

    Turns 59 and 60 - Stay full throttle and maximize the amount of track you use. Avoid getting the car onto the rumble strip for the right turn.

    Turn 61 - Start braking as you get to the first small kink in the straight (on the left), slowing all the way down to about 52-53 mph in 2nd gear. Go full throttle immediately, shifting into 3rd at 67-68 mph to prevent sliding out to the guardrail.

    Turn 62 - Full throttle up the hill, shift into 4th at 98 mph. Start braking near the top of the hill, where there is a small convex dent on the right side rumble strip. Slow the car down to about 50-51 mph, and patiently hold that speed through the majority of the turn. Go to full throttle as soon as you can see the turn opening up.

    Turns 63, 64 and 65 - Shift into 3rd at 68 mph, and into 4th at 98 mph, stay full throttle.

    Turn 66 - Stay full throttle through the turn along the uphill. You just have to get the turn-in timed right to stay out of the grass on exit.

    Turns 67 and 68 - Start braking just after passing over the white graffiti on the track, slowing to about 96-99 mph in 4th gear. Coast to the apex of the right turn, going back to full throttle shortly after passing the apex.

    Turn 69 - Slow to about 74-76 mph in 3rd gear, and try to maximize the amount of track you use.

    Turn 70 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, maintaining a smooth line. Your T7 time should be about 4'34.000 +/- 1.000.

    Turn 71 - Tap the brakes and coast a little on turn-in, going back to full throttle at the apex.

    Turn 72 - Brake down to about 105 mph, and coast around the majority of the turn, getting back to full throttle as the track straightens out in front of you.

    Turn 73 - Tap the brakes on turn-in, maintaining about 103-105 mph and full throttle.

    Turn 74 - Turn-in and brake as you near the rumble strip, slowing down to about 83-86 mph in 3rd gear. Coast for a very short while, going back to full throttle almost immediately.

    Turn 75 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, and start braking just as you pass the first bit of orange-yellow graffiti, slowing down to about 74-77 mph in 3rd gear, and light throttle at first, slowly getting back to full throttle. Shift into 4th at 94 mph, and stay tight to the left side.

    Turn 76 - Brake just before starting your turn-in, slowing to about 65-67 mph in 3rd gear, and going full throttle just before reaching the apex.

    Turn 77 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, and brake as you near the right side rumble strip on turn-in. Slow down to about 70-73 mph in 3rd gear, going to full throttle as soon as possible.

    Turn 78 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, and very shortly after that, brake down to about 66-68 mph in 3rd gear. Try to get the left half of the car onto the rumble strip, going to full throttle as you pass the apex.

    Turn 79 - Stay at full throttle, smoothly guiding the car around the right.

    Turns 80 and 81 - Full throttle, shifting into 4th at 98 mph. Your T8 time should be about 5'15.500 +/- 1.100. Shift into 5th at 127 mph.

    Turn 82 - Brake as you jump off of the little hill, slowing down to about 99-102 mph in 4th gear. Gently bring it back to full throttle, and stay near the right side rumble strip.

    Turn 83 - This is a blind turn, so hopefully you have learned the track by now. Stay full throttle, smoothing the line as best you can.

    Turns 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88 - Shift into 5th just before getting to the apex of turn 84, this will help stabilize the car down the little bump/jump. Stay full throttle through here, and just smooth the lines as best you can. The car will “jerk-steer” terribly, so minimize the steering inputs to compensate. Your T9 time should be about 5'36.500 +/- 1.200.

    Turn 89 - Brake hard as you begin to turn-in, slowing the car to about 110-113 mph in 4th gear, going back to full throttle immediately, and aiming to just graze the right-side rumble strip on apex.

    Turn 90 - Brake down to about 80-83 mph in 3rd gear, and immediately go back to full throttle while still turning in.

    Turn 91 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph and brake very late, as you begin turn-in. Slow down to about 62-63 mph in 3rd gear, and slowly bring it back up to full throttle, getting to full throttle as you leave the concrete.

    Turn 92 - Shift into 4th at 98 mph, stay full throttle. Brake down to about 88-90 mph in 4th gear as you pass the white graffiti near the top of the hill, and then hold full throttle all the way around the turn, only lifting slightly if the car does not seem to want to stay on track.

    Straightaway - Shift into 5th at 130 mph, your T10 time should be about 6:18.000 +/- 1.350. Steer as minimally as possible, to keep acceleration to a maximum, shift into 6th at 161 mph. As you go up the hill get the car close to the right side.

    Turn 93 - Once again, that bridge is what marks this turn; smoothly navigate the gentle left bend at full throttle. Your T11 time should be about 6'42.400 +/- 1.500.

    Turn 94 - Stay full throttle, maximizing the track usage, and keeping a smooth line.

    Turn 95 - Stay full throttle, but be careful not to touch the rumble strip, at this speed it is quite scary!

    Turn 96 - About three car-lengths from the point that the white line to the left veers away from the grass, begin braking. Slow the car all the way down to about 62-64 mph in 3rd gear while negotiating this gentle left.

    Turn 97 - Medium throttle to the apex, getting on full throttle just as you get to the apex.

    Turn 98 - Stay full throttle and close to the left rumble strip.

    Turn 99 - Begin braking near the white concrete to the left, slowing down to about 50-53 mph in 2nd gear, getting very close to the inside guardrail on apex. Go full throttle just as you reach the apex, and shift into 3rd at 71 mph, keeping a smooth line to the finish.

    NOTE: Please, do not ask me how I managed to end up with an extra turn on this test compared to IA15. I think due to how much slower IA15 is run at, I combined two of the turns together somewhere in the last five or six turns.

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    Ok, I am all out of 'speeches' to give you for attaining things. So just be happy that you have fought through all 80 licenses, getting gold the whole way. This means you have another three cars in your garage (still having spent no credits of course), and they are:

    Mercury Cougar XR-7 `67
    Pontiac Solstice Coupe Concept `02
    Ford Model T Tourer `15

    I know that many people are upset by 'only' winning the Model T as a reward for getting all gold in the S-Licenses, but hey, it is not the prize car that matters, it is the bragging rights of having gotten all 80 tests gold.

    Thank you for enduring some of my very long descriptions, hopefully it has all paid off for you. Feel free to locate one of my messenger nicknames and message me if you need some further clarification on anything specific.
     
  8. The Missing Link

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    Coffee Time:
    - All Coffee Break info courtesy of DeuceofClub

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    General tips:
    -Spend a few minutes watching and memorizing the route the DEMO uses. You do not need to knock the cones, but merely touch them firmly - touched cones which are still standing will blink 3 times and disappear.
    -Keep the volume (no music) up loud so that you can hear if you touched a cone. They will make a noise regardless of your contact speed.
    -If you are not sure whether you hit a cone, use the look-back function (L1 on your DS2), because you will not be able to see the cones in the rear-view mirror.
    -Follow the same route that the demo uses.

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    CB1 - Gymkhana Test Course, Maneuver around the cones; Daihatsu Copen Active Top '02

    Gold: 0'11.800
    Silver: 0'13.200
    Bronze: Unlimited

    Launch the car in 1st gear between 3000 and 4000 RPM, use throttle control (throttle gauge about 90% full) and change to full throttle after your speed is higher than 10 mph. Immediately at the launch, turn right about 15 degrees, aiming the car just left of the cone standing on the right white line. Do not forget to shift into 2nd at 31 mph. Keep that direction until you reach the right wall.

    Start turning left when you are approaching a cone very close to the wall (about halfway through the field), and continue the smooth left turn until you are about 30 degrees from the original direction. Do not turn too early (the last cone you will pass on the right is fairly close to the wall). You can stay in full throttle the whole time.

    If you did all of this correctly, you will have a clear path to the end. Start braking just after you clear the last cone and down shift to 1st at 30 mph. You can also straighten the car at that point.

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    CB2 - Gymkhana Test Course, Increasing Radius Spiral; Peugeot 205cc '01

    Gold: 0'28.510
    Silver: 0'29.919
    Bronze: Unlimited

    Launch in 1st gear between 4000 and 5000 RPM. Immediately steer to the left so you will hit the first cone with the right headlight. Right after you hit the first cone, turn hard to the right and apply the e-brake (while still maintaining full throttle), keep the e-brake pressed (while at full-throttle and turning right) until you have completed about a 150-degree turn.

    Keep the car at full throttle and full right turn, trying to keep the car along the "inside track" - hitting the cones with the left headlight. Shift to 2nd at 31 mph. Note that the turn radius decreases while upshifting, so be careful to avoid oversteering. You can keep full throttle through the entire test or use a little throttle control to prevent being "thrown out". Just before the final straight, release the throttle for a split second in order to prevent oversteering.

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    CB3 - Gymkhana Test Course, Decreasing Radius Spiral; TVR Griffith 500 '94

    Gold: 0'31.266
    Silver: 0'33.333
    Bronze: Unlimited

    Launch at full revs in 2nd Gear. Downshift to 1st gear at about 40 mph as you are approaching the end of the straight. There is no need to use the brakes, but keep idle on the throttle until you have entered into the turn. Once you have entered the spiral, control your turn radius with the throttle, keeping the car along the "inside track" as much as possible - hitting the cones with the right headlight.

    Try to avoid using the brakes throughout the entire test, keeping all left steering lock, and improve your position with throttle control. You need to slow down as the spiral narrows, your speed should be about:
    180 degrees - ~ 43 mph;
    360 degrees - ~ 33 mph;
    540 degrees - ~ 17 mph.

    Once you are approaching the last 8 cones - about 180 degrees to go - you can tap the e-brake to slow down while reducing turn radius. Try to aim for the last cone while hitting the previous 2 cones with the right side of the car.

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    CB4 - Gymkhana Test Course, Low Speed Maneuvering; Nissan 350Z Roadster (Z33) '03

    Gold: 0'41.000
    Silver: 0'42.230
    Bronze: Unlimited

    Launch the car in 1st gear at 3000 rpm. Use modulating throttle control - throttle gauge about 80%-85% full, and also turn slightly to the right at launch - approximately 5 degrees. Go to full throttle once you pass 18 mph.

    Take the first left in the slalom while still at full throttle. Start braking hard after you clear that first cone. Take the next right-left at a slower pace (about 20 mph) and this will allow you to take the final right at full throttle. Throughout the slalom try to clear each turn as close as you can to the cones but be careful to not touch them with the side of the car. Once you clear the slalom, shift to 2nd at about 27-28 mph.

    Take the 180-degree turn at a slower speed but keep the car along the inside track for the entire turn - 2nd gear about 25 mph. This will allow you to get ready for the next stage.

    Coming into the right 90-degree turn, brake early and aim the car to be on the centerline of the next turn. The easiest and fastest way to clear the two 180-degree turns is by using the e-brake; it will allow you to slow down while turning a shorter radius. If you are not comfortable using it, you can use the brakes, just do not let your speed drop under 18mph.
    As you complete the 180-degree right, try to place the car all the way to the left, at full throttle.

    There is no need to use the brakes in the fast-right 90-degree turn, but keep light throttle until you are coming out of the turn. NOTE: you can take 2 wheels outside of the white line without failing. In the fast right-left keep full throttle and shift to 3rd at 60 mph.

    For the final turn, brake early shifting into 2nd gear and keep a smooth line. You should exit the turn along the centerline of the track with minimum lateral movement. This will make the last section much easier. On the final straight keep full throttle, shift into 3rd at 60 mph, and look forward, keeping the car in the middle of the track. Try to correct your position as early as possible.

    The braking point is dependant on your speed here. You should be at about 70 mph and start braking about 3 car-lengths before the cones. The ideal stopping point is just as the rear tires cross the finish line. Don't forget to downshift.

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    CB5 - Gymkhana Test Course, Maze-Cone Challenge; Honda BEAT Version F '92

    Gold: 1'33.000
    Silver: 1'36.000
    Bronze: Unlimited

    *Keep the car in 1st gear for the whole test.

    Launch the car at full revs and move slightly to the left. While taking the first right turn, do not worry about the 2nd cone; you will have another chance to hit it.

    After the Reverse you will enter the short left-right-left-right. The fastest way to clear them is to slow down to 3 mph, the car will "roll" at this speed (no throttle or brake), and you'll be able to touch the cones with the side of the car while turning.

    After that just follow the demo's route, trying to avoid touching any walls in order to keep your speed up.

    There are 2 other sections which you will pass twice so do not worry too much if you missed a cone the first time you pass through.

    Towards the end there is another short left-right-left. To make it even easier you can "give-up" on the cone in the middle of the turn and go back (Reverse) to knock it.

    You can shift to 2nd at the last straight.
     
  9. The Missing Link

    The Missing Link

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    Acknowledgements:


    The Writers:
    DeuceOfClub, the caffeine addict, A.K.A. Junk_Yard - A big thanks for tackling the Coffee Break write-ups for me. No matter what line of thinking I attempted I could not put forth the heart to write these up. Especially noteworthy is that English is not his primary language and very little needed to be changed.
    JBrennen A.K.A. Jack - Writing up A11, A12, IB11, and IB12. A very big thank you to one of the fastest rally drivers out there. Amazingly, the notes I got from you were nearly identical to my own writing method and style! Little editing was done at all! The help saved me a great deal, as the majority of the rally tests I would not have been able to describe at all, I simply do not know how I managed to get those golds.
    KidA A.K.A. Jeff - Well, my big thanks to you is less to do with this guide in specific, but more my "Gold Junkie" attitude in general. I remember the first time I talked to you, and asked to be added to your list of gold junkies. You made me realize that a single gold missing (preventing me from getting that III beside my name on the list) was not acceptable. From there, my attitude towards getting the golds changed, and I gradually decided that I needed to help out as many as I could.
    Dr GT A.K.A. adifferentname A.K.A. Marco - Great big thanks for taking the time to figure out how to write-up S10. I really think I would have been stuck for a long time had you taken the time to do this one!
    MasterGT A.K.A. Donald - Gave me a great S11 write-up he had posted somewhere, which was a great help in speeding up that particular write-up, only had to do some minor editting to accomodate the general linguistic style and delivery.

    The Editors:
    Bobkart A.K.A. Robert - Once again, my final editor, and many thanks are deserved. His extreme attention to detail was of great help, picking the smallest of both technical errors and typos. Quite the daunting task, especially when considered the already high workload of maintaining GTTimes almost all on his own, not to mention whatever real life responsibilities he has.
    eggmann A.K.A. Ryan - The preliminary editor. Big thanks for taking on the task of weeding out the major mistakes from my initial drafts, single-handedly no less! Locating nearly all errors and being extremely gentlemanly throughout the process. Ryan is also responsible for two new additions to the guide. The guide to "CTRL+F" and the format you are seeing it in! These two additions are what I think is going to make this guide significantly better than the previous one.


    The Supporting Sites: (In no particular order)
    -Click on the name of the site to go there

    Gold Junkies
    GTTimes
    GTPlanet
    GranTurismoByTheNumbers
    SCEA GT
    T.O.R.C. Talk

    Once again, a big thanks to everyone who helped out and participated in the making of this guide!
     
  10. Duke

    Duke Staff Emeritus

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    GTPlanet would also like to offer The Missing Link a huge debt of gratitude for compiling this and offering it to us. Thanks!
     
  11. Sarunas J.

    Sarunas J.

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    Wow that's alot of typing you had to do. I'm glad Im a member here at gtplanet.net cuz there's such help like this:D
     
  12. speed_demon

    speed_demon

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    i bet that took u hours
     
  13. NellyBoy250

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    hey, i couldn't find the kind of thread i should be in but its do with the liscences anyway lol. um.. i noticed thers cheat codes for various apparent "cheats".. like all gold liscences etc. ... where do u put them in? how do u put them in? and do they actually work ?? :S. ive seen them for all GT game but thought nothing of them. jst wondering if any1 could help me out...thanks!
     
  14. Der Alta

    Der Alta Staff Emeritus

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    Yes, you need an ARmax to use them.
     
  15. szupie

    szupie

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    I've been trying to get gold on license test b5 for 5 days now (about 13 hours), but the best I can do is about 1'28.5. I think the place I'm having the most problem with is the turn before the last turn (after the "double left turns"). I cannot prevent the car from sliding during the coast if I only brake to 50 mph. But if I brake to 40, the car slows down too much and I can't get a good time. Anyone have any more tips/advices for how I can increase my time?
     
  16. niclake13

    niclake13

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    These are incredible. Thanks for your effort :-)
     
  17. Hapul

    Hapul

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    I just did the 'ring, sarthe and suzuka all in one go. I thougt I should try them first, as I had heard how notoriously hard they were, but I found none of them too hard. I did them all in about 2 hours. I did the 'ring first try!

    Is PAL this much easier? Is that what we classify as very hard? I'm puzzled...
     
  18. BMWteamPTG

    BMWteamPTG

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    ah, finally a guide to help me with my pains...thanks alot guys...thats alot of work you had to put into this

    i appriciate it :)
     
  19. gunnut

    gunnut

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    WOW Thank you so much for taking the time to make the license test guide! I appreciate it! :) :tup:
     
  20. Keichi Tsuchiya

    Keichi Tsuchiya

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    Ditto ^. All the guide runs are tiring be out though, in B.
     
  21. <_Spike_>

    <_Spike_>

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    Ditto again, great guide...but er...A14...in the TT...MissingLink says to shift to 4th at 84mph...81 is the TT's highest in 3rd >->;;
     
  22. ßen

    ßen

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    I have all golds, but my word that is one hell of a guide. Thanks for going to the trouble of doing all that to help everyone here at GTplanet.
    +REP :tup:
     
  23. Krispen Wah

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    Good job.:tup:

    A little piece of additional advice for License Test B7:
    If you can't launch the car right,start the test in 2nd gear.You'll still be able to get Gold.
     
  24. GTfreak666

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    awesome guide
     
  25. DubVipers

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    now im gunna have to borrow an ARMAX now
     
  26. jnurburgring

    jnurburgring

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    Post removed - link no longer live
     
  27. Meemat

    Meemat

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    Thank you very much. I have been wondering how to get a gold on ANY of these tests...it always seems so hard!
     
  28. rsd79

    rsd79

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    I just want to say thanks for making this guide. I searched in google for "gold license guides" and found this site. I have browsed this forum for a couple of days and there seems to be a wealth of information.
     
  29. Escalade_dude

    Escalade_dude

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    Huge post The Missing Link! It really helped me get all gold!
     
  30. TunerFocus

    TunerFocus

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    How many hours must you spend to become a Gran Turismo master like "The Missing Link"??????:confused: :bowdown: i bow down to you oh great one:bowdown: