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FAQ by Ringworm

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 11/02/09

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                                R.C. GRAND PRIX
                             for Sega Master System

                     FAQ by Matthew Stephenson (Ringworm)

                         Version 1.0  2 November 2009

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1.       What's New in this Version?            [NEWVER]
2.       Legal Info / Contact Details           [LEGCONT]
3.       Introduction                           [INTRD]
4.       Controls                               [CNTRLS]
5.       Races                                  [LETSGO]
  5.1    Track 1                                [TRK-1]
  5.2    Track 2                                [TRK-2]
  5.3    Track 3                                [TRK-3]
  5.4    Track 4                                [TRK-4]
  5.5    Track 5                                [TRK-5]
  5.6    Drag Race                              [DRGRC]
  5.7    Track 6                                [TRK-6]
  5.8    Track 7                                [TRK-7]
  5.9    Track 8                                [TRK-8]
  5.10   Track 9                                [TRK-9]
  5.11   Track 10                               [TRK10]
6.       Parts                                  [BUYME]
7.       Strategies                             [STRTGS]
8.       Frequently Asked Questions             [READTHIS!]
9.       Version History / Thanks               [VERHIST]



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                                                  1.
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           \\_______                  What's New in this Version?
           /_()__()_\
                                               [NEWVER]
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Initial release. Enjoy!


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                                                  2.
         _____                     
           \\_______                 Legal Info / Contact Details
           /_()__()_\              
                                              [LEGCONT]
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This guide is Copyright (c) Matthew Stephenson (Ringworm), 2009. 
The latest version of this FAQ will always be found at www.gamefaqs.com. 
I have granted permission in the past to other sites to host any of my 
FAQs, however I will not update the guide myself on any site except for 
www.gamefaqs.com. If you want the FAQ on your website, you may obtain a
copy from www.gamefaqs.com as long as you do not edit it in ANY WAY. I will
allow this guide and any of my other guides to be published on any website
as long as it is unedited, complete, and there is no charge for people to 
download the file. So please do not ask for permission, just read the previous
sentences.

Other sites I have allowed to host any of my guides (apologies if I have
forgotten any here):

www.neoseeker.com
www.supercheats.com
www.chaptercheats.com
www.cheathappens.com
www.gamesradar.com
www.cheatplanet.com

I don't recommend you print this guide, why waste the paper and ink. If you
want to though, I can't stop you. As long as you do not sell the guide for
profit, or claim it as your own, I don't really care.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this guide, my email 
address is:

                     ringwormrulez[at]gmail[dot]com

If you find any omissions, errors or additions for this guide, that's the
address to send them to as well.

I may take a while to respond, just letting you know. Also, make sure what you 
want to ask is not covered already. Generally, I respond to anybody that needs 
help. If I feel the FAQ makes it perfectly clear, and you just haven't read it 
properly though, I may not. 

IF YOU DO EMAIL ME: Include the game name, or something which makes it obvious 
what it's about. I will NOT read ANY emails with attachments, or ones with no 
subject line.

All names, characters, the game itself and related material are Copyright of
Absolute Entertainment and Sega, 1989.


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                                                  3.
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           \\_______                         Introduction
           /_()__()_\              
                                               [INTRD]
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Remote control cars were all the rage back in the late 1980's. It was only
natural that a racing game would be made featuring these. The aim of this game
is to win through a series of increasingly difficult races and become the grand
champion remote control car driver. Placing last or running out of time in any
race means it is game over!


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                                                  4.
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           \\_______                           Controls
           /_()__()_\              
                                               [CNTRLS]
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These controls are among the simplest of any game I have ever played. You
shouldn't really need this section.

Left directional button - Steer left, move cursor left in shops.
Right directional button - Steer right, move cursor right in shops.
Up directional button - Only used to change between entering the shop or not.
Down directional button - Only used to change between entering the shop or not.

Button 1 - Go faster, start game, choose an item in shop, progress to next
screen.
Button 2 - Not used.


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                                                  5.
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           \\_______                            Races
           /_()__()_\              
                                               [LETSGO]
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This section lists the time limit and lap requirement for each race, as well as
including a map of each track.

To progress to the next race, you need to place better than last, as well as
making it to the finish line before time runs out. Prize money is awarded
after each race as follows:

1st: $100 and $1 for every second remaining.
2nd: $50 and $1 for every second remaining.
3rd: $25 and $1 for every second remaining.

Money can be used after each race to buy parts to make future races easier. See
Sections 6 and 7 for more details on what can and should be bought when.


                            ======================
                                      5.1
                                    Track 1
                                    [TRK-1]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 3
Time Limit: 1:00

Map:

 XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXX
X        XX              X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
X                        X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


                            ======================
                                      5.2
                                    Track 2
                                    [TRK-2]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 3
Time Limit: 1:30

Map:

 XXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXX            XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X          XX             XXX        X                            X
X                           XXX      X                            X
X                              XXX   X           XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X                                XXX X          X
X                                   XX           XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X                                    XXXXX                        XX
X                                    X   XXX                       X
X                                    X     XXXX                     X
X                                    X        XXX                   X
X                                    X          XX                  X
X                                    X        XX                    X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX          XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


                            ======================
                                      5.3
                                    Track 3
                                    [TRK-3]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 3
Time Limit: 1:20

Map:

 XXXXXXXX X XXXXXXXXX
X         X          X
X     XXXXXXXXXXXX   X
X     X           X  X
X     X    XXXXXXX   X
X     X   X          X
X     X   X          X
X     X   X   XXXXXXX
X     X   X  X
X     X   X  X
X     X   X   XXXXXXX
X     X   X         X
 XXXXX     XXXXXXXXX

                            ======================
                                      5.4
                                    Track 4
                                    [TRK-4]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 4
Time Limit: 2:10

Map:

 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X                   XX                         X
X             XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX             X
X            X                    X            X
X            X                    X            X
X            X                    X            X
X            X                    X            X
 XXXXXXXXXXXX                     X            X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX             X
X                                              X
X   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                     XXXXXXXXXXXXX
X  X                       X                                 X
X   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX    X                                 X
X                      XX  X                                 X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

                            ======================
                                      5.5
                                    Track 5
                                    [TRK-5]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 5
Time Limit: 2:20

Map:

                X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXX X XXXXXXXXX        XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X         XXXXXXXXX      XX        XX             X
X       XX         XXX   XX        XX             X
X       XX           XXX XX        XX             X
 XX      XXXXXXXXX      XXX        XX             X
  XXX            X       XXXXX   XXXX             X
    XXXX XXXXXXXXX       XX  XXXXX               XX
       XXX               XX             XXXXXXXXXX
        XXXXX             XXXX          X
XXXXXXXXX   XXX              XXX        XXXXXXXXXXX
X              XXX             XXXX              XX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX              XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


                            ======================
                                      5.6
                                   Drag Race
                                    [DRGRC]
                            ======================


The drag race is meant to be a bit of a break. It is the only time when you are
racing that you DON't hold down button 1 the entire race - doing so will cause
the motor to overheat and you will stop. Watch the meter on screen to know
when to take your finger off the button, wait for it to drop a bit then hold
down the button again.

This race is only held in 2, 3 or 4 player mode.

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                                      5.7
                                    Track 6
                                    [TRK-6]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 3
Time Limit: 0:50

Map:

        XX
XXXXXXX XX XXXXXX
X              XX
X       XXX  XXXX
X      XX XX XXX
X    XX    X   XX
X     X   XX   XXXX
X    XX   X      XX
X  XXX  XXX      XX
X  XX   XX       XX
XXXX   XXXXXXXXXXX

                            ======================
                                      5.8
                                    Track 7
                                    [TRK-7]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 3
Time Limit: 1:20

Map:

  XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXX
XX        XX         X
XX                   X           XXXXXXXXX
XX                   X          X         X
XX   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX           X         X
XX  X                           X        XX
XX  X                           X   XXXXXX
XX  X                           X  XX
XX  X                           X  XX
XX  X                           X  XX
XX  X                           X   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XX  X                           X                  XX
XX   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                   XX
XX                                                 XX
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

                            ======================
                                      5.9
                                    Track 8
                                    [TRK-8]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 4
Time Limit: 1:00

Map:

        XXXX X             XXXXXXX             XXXXXX
    XXXX  XX  XXXX     XXXX      XXXX      XXXX     XXXXX
 XXXX             XX XXX             XX XXXX            XXX
 XX               XXXX                XXXX                XXX
XX                  XX                 XX                  XX
XX                  XX                 XX                  XX
 XX               XX XX               XXXX               XX
   XXXXX      XXXXX    XXXX      XXXXX    XXXXX      XXXXX
     XXXXXXXXXXXX        XXXXXXXXXXX        XXXXXXXXXXX


                            ======================
                                      5.10
                                    Track 9
                                    [TRK-9]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 5
Time Limit: 2:20

Map:

                     XX
   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  X          XXXXXXXXXXXX                    XXXXXXX
  X        XX            X                         XX
  X        XX            X                          X
  X        XX            X                          X
  X        XX            X                          X
  X   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX             X
  X  XX    XX            X            XX            X
  X  XX    XX            X            XX   XXX      X
  X  XX    XX            X            XX  X   X     X
  X  XX    XX            X            XX  X   X     X
  X  XX    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX   X   X     X
  X  XX                  XX               X   X     X
   XX                     XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     XXXXX

                            ======================
                                      5.11
                                    Track 10
                                    [TRK10]
                            ======================


Number of Laps: 2
Time Limit: 2:00

Map:

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX
X                                              X X     XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X                                              X X                       X
X                                              X X                       X
X                                              X X                       X
X                                              X X                       X
X                                             X X                       X
X                                     XXXXXXXXX  X                       X
X                                     X          X                        XXX
X                                     X          X                         XX
X                                     X          X                         X X
X                                     XXXXXXXXXX X                           XX
X                                                                            X
X                                                                            X
X                                                                            X
X                                                                            X
X                                                                            X
X                                                                            X
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                            XXXXXXXXXXXXX
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
                                    X                            X
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
X                                    X                            X           X
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                            XXXXXXXXXXXXX
                                                                               
 




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                                                  6.
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           \\_______                            Parts
           /_()__()_\              
                                               [BUYME]
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There are 5 parts that can be improved on your vehicle. Each part has either
two or three possible upgrades. My advice - ONLY buy the Ultra parts!


Motor:

  High Torque Motor         $120
  High Speed Motor          $140
  Ultra Motor               $180

Motor upgrades make your car MUCH faster. They drain the batteries though.


Tires:

  Improved Tires            $130
  Ultra Tires               $190

The most expensive parts, these make the car easier to corner.


Suspension:

  Improved Suspension       $125
  Ultra Suspension          $180

Similar to tires, makes cornering easier.


Gears:

  High Torque Gears         $120
  High Speed Gears          $150
  Ultra Gears               $180

Gears will make your vehicle a bit quicker, but not as much as a motor will.


Batteries:

  High Current Batteries    $130
  Ultra Batteries           $180

Batteries increase your vehicle speed and the power boost will last for the
whole race, unlike a motor upgrade.


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                                                  7.
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           \\_______                          Strategies
           /_()__()_\              
                                               [STRTGS]
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Only buy Ultra type parts. Anything else is a waste of money. Can't say this
enough.

All tracks as shown are raced anticlockwise. In every case (except for the
drag race of course), the first corner is a LEFT turn.

Hold down button 1 at all times for every race (except the drag race) - there
is no need at all to not do so, even if you get stuck by turning too early.

Where there are crossings on a track, you can push vehicles onto the wrong
track. Not advised, but still fun to see a car disappear into the distance.

There are multiple ways to get through the game. I buy the following parts
after the following races (1 player):

After Race 2: Ultra Suspension
After Race 4: Ultra Batteries
After Race 5 or 6: Ultra Tires
After Race 7: Ultra Gears
After Race 9: Ultra Motor

I have found this will get you to the end easily enough. Buying the Ultra
Motor previously to this makes the competition a lot closer in later races.
Much harder to win consistently if you do, however you will finish races
faster and get more cash - assuming you win of course.

Race 6 is the most difficult race with the above strategy. It is difficult in
any case though - too many turns! The tires don't help much, it is possible to
be able to afford them after Race 5, but you will only have a few $ left. Race
8 is quite hard too due to the continuous cornering.

The drag race is vital in multi player mode for the extra cash. First gets $50
and second gets $25 (from memory - been a long time since I played with more
than one person).

Computer cars get stuck on certain corners on certain tracks - notably Race 2.
Makes the race easy if you can avoid them, as you are under little pressure.

Cornering is not as difficult as you may think. Don't listen for the sound,
which alerts you of corners too late in later races, rather look for the
arrows which are on one side of the track at MOST corners. If you come to an
intersection with no arrows - do not turn. There are one or two corners total
which don't have these arrows.


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           \\_______                   Frequently Asked Questions
           /_()__()_\              
                                              [READTHIS!]
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Note - there aren't any yet, so I made some up.

Q: Drag Race? I didn't get this after Race 5?

A: The drag race is only played when 2 or more players make it through Race 5.


Q: Can the game be beaten without buying all the Ultra parts?

A: Potentially. I have made it to the last race without buying ANY ultra parts,
   however I probably only made it 2/3 of the way through the 2nd lap of this
   race (with the second best parts in each category).


Q: I can't make it through Race X (Insert number for X)?

A: Try buying different parts in revious races? Strategy as well as skill is
   needed to be the champion, especially wit multiple players!


Q: My friend bought the Ultra Motor, I couldn't as it was sold out. I can't
   keep up to the other cars now! Why?

A: This is one of the interesting features of the game. When you buy a part,
   the same colour car that you are using will also get these parts when the
   other players are racing. As an example, Player 1 (Red) buys the Ultra
   Motor. In the next race, for Player 2 (Blue), the Red car will have an
   Ultra Motor equipped. You can use this to REALLY annoy the other players,
   but be aware it won't win you any friends. In addition, the race two after
   you buy the parts, ALL computer opposition will be fitted with the parts.
   Basically buying a part will give you an advantage for one race only.


Q: Can I choose the colour of my car?

A: No. Player 1 will always be red, Player 2 will be blue, Player 3 will be
   Green and Player 4 will be Purple.


Q: Is there multi player racing?

A: Not racing at the same time, no, unfortunately.



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           \\_______                    Version History / Thanks
           /_()__()_\              
                                              [VERHIST]
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1.0:  Initial Release - 2 November 2009.


Special thanks for this guide go to:

Absolute Entertainment and Sega: For this game, and the hours of enjoyment
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You: Pretty pointless writing a guide if nobody reads it. Hope you got
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Bye!

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