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