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Version: 1.00 | Updated: 11/26/2003

Project Gotham Racing 2
- FAQ/Walkthrough 
Written by: James Pelchar (jesterguy) 
Version 1.00
Date: 11.26.02
Email: hyper_mickey@hotmail.com 
*If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, send them to my 
 email, I will try to respond as quickly as possible.  I do recieve a 
 lot of email daily so it may take some time for me to respond to your

I.    Updates
II.   Introduction
III.  Controller
IV.   Kudos System
V.    Single Player
VI.   Multiplayer
VII.  Xbox Live
VIII. Cars List
IX.   Bonuses/Secrets
X.    Disclaimer
XI.   Credits

I. Updates

Version 1.00 - First version of the guide.  Packed a ton of info in
               here, future versions will entail filling the parts out
               more completely as I accumulate more information.
               Updates should be pretty frequent so new stuff will be
               added shortly!

IN THE NEXT UPDATE: Will be done filling out my suggestions for each 
class, token levels, more on Geometry Wars, and piecing 
together/organzing all my sections so they are more complete and 

II. Introduction

Project Gotham Racing 2 is the much anticipated sequel to one of Xbox's 
most popular racing franchises.  The hugely hyped game has delivered in 
all areas and exceeded the already monumental expectations.  Tons to 
unlock, lots of variety in cars, tracks, music, the works.  The Xbox 
Live features are sure to hold your attention for a long time to come.  
This brilliant piece of work will without a doubt top the favorites 
lists of many gamers around the world.

In this guide you will find a list of the cars, the modes of play 
broken down into sections, secrets, tips and much more.  New 
information will always be added, hopefully you can find something of 
use in all this!  You better...

III. Controller

A:         Hand Brake
B:         Down Shift
X:         Up Shift (Reverse when stopped)
Y:         Look Behind
White:     Switch Camera View
Black:     Switch Camera View
L.Analog:  Turn/Steer
R.Analog:  Look Behind/Around
D-Pad:     Turn/Steer
L.Trigger: Brake (Reverse when stopped)
R.Trigger: Accelerate
Select:    Horn
Start:     Pause Game

IV. Kudos System

Kudos are the points you recieve in and after races for doing certain 
things.  The more Kudos you accumulate, the higher your Rank will go.  
When you increase your rank you get Tokens which will allow you to 
purchase new cars.  You can get Kudos points from the single player or 
even from racing online!

When you perform something that will earn you points it'll take a 
couple seconds to actually bank it into your total.  If you hit a wall 
before it banks, you will lose the kudos that haven't been banked.  
However, if you've got a combo going (2 or more kudo moves) that 
haven't been banked, if you hit a wall they will still remain until 
they are banked.  Now that you are thoroughly confused, here are the 
Token Levels:

NOTE: I've decided to only list the ones where there is a token
      increase since listing them all would be long and pointless.

-Level- -Points Needed- -Tokens-
   03                      2
   11                      6
   12                      7
   14       106,000        8
   16       132,750        9
   17       147,000       10
   20       194,250       15
   31       401,750       17

                      -- During the Race --

There are many ways to gain more Kudos points during the race, this is 
accomplished by doing certain tricks:

- Nice Slide! (+N/A pts.): You get Kudos points for doing power slides,
  this happens when you make a sharp turn and the car slides sideways. 
  The longer you hold the slide the more the point total will increase.
  It is easy to get a pretty good amount of points for sliding all the
  way through S-turns.

- 360! (+100 pts.): Spin your car completely around in a circle and you
  will get the 360 bonus.

- Sweet Overtake! (+50 pts.): When doing a race against another
  opponent you will get points for overtaking their car.  The amount
  decreases for each time you pass a specific car.

- Great Drafting! (+N/A pts.): When going at high speeds, stay directly
  behind the car in front of yours.  This will put you in their airflow
  and give you a quick boost and allow you to pass them with relative
  ease.  The longer you stay in this airflow, the more points you will

- Clean Section ( pts.): When you pass between a checkpoint without
  hitting any walls, you will get a Clean Section bonus.  This 
  encourages you to drive more carefully and will also get you through
  the track quicker.

- Good Line! (+N/A pts.): If you take a turn going the optimal speed 
  you get a Nice Line bonus.  Learn how to take the turns faster and
  with more precision and the point total for your line will increase.

- Two Wheels! (+N/A pts.): Have your car go on two wheels and you get
  the Two Wheels bonus.  This can be easily done by hitting a turn at a 
  fast speed and going up on the apron (red/blue and white striped 
  piece) on the side of the road.  Also if you hit small bumps in the
  road at a higher speed your car will lift off a little.  Either of
  these will put your car on 2 wheels and get you a bonus.

- Cool Air! (+N/A pts.): Just the same as the Two Wheels bonus only you
  can attain it if you hit the bump at a higer speed and get the entire
  car airborne.  The longer the car is in the air, the bigger your

- Cone Gate (+10 pts.): When you do the Cone Challenges, you will get 
  points for every cone gate you pass.  The gate is between the two
  orange cones.

                      -- After the Race --

Kudos can be gained even after the race is over!  There are a few of 
them also:

- Clean Race (+250 pts.): Complete an entire race without hitting one
  of the barriers and you will get the Clean Race bonus after the round
  is over.

- Fastest Lap (+100 pts.): Set an initial time or beat your old fastest
  lap time and you will get the Fastest Lap bonus after the round is

- Position Bonus (+N/A pts.): When racing against opponents you will
  get a bonus based on which place you finished.  The better you place,
  the better the bonus.

- Completion Bonus (+N/A pts.): After finishing a challenge you will
  get a Completion Bonus based on what difficulty you've got it set on. 
  Steel will get you the least points and as you increase the 
  difficulty, the total points you recieve will increase as well.

- Time Bonus (+N/A pts.): For timed races you will get a Time Bonus for
  however many seconds you make it under the goal.  For example, if the
  goal is for 1:00:00 and you complete it in 0:45:00, you will recieve
  15 points for completing it 15 seconds under the goal.

V. Single Player
1. The Medal System
2. Cars by Classes
3. Kudos World Series (+Tips!)
4. Arcade Racing
   - Street Race
   - Timed Run
   - Cone Challenge (+Tips!)
5. Time Attack
   - Circuit Challenge
   - Car Challenge

                     -- The Medal System --

Medals are basically a way to change the difficulty of the challenge.  
From easiest to hardest it goes: Steel, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum.  
Steel is the Novice level, kinda like a practice session for the harder 
difficulties.  Platinum is the hardest to play on, the times will be 
shorter, the points will increase, and the computer controlled cars 
will drive cleaner, good luck!  Here are the completion bonuses for 
beating a challenge on each difficulty level:

Silver   1,500 pts.

                       -- Cars by Classes --

The following is a breakdown of the cars in each class that you will 
use for both online and offline.  The Default cars are the ones you 
begin with and don't have to buy.  The Unlock cars are the ones you 
will need to buy in order to race with, the costs for these are located 
in the Car List section of this guide.  I have also added some 
suggestions on which cars are your best bet underneat the list for the 

NOTE: These suggestions are just personal opinions!  Each person has a
      different style of driving, I may like some cars that you don't,
      I'm just trying to give the best overall choice.  My opinions are
      also based on what I see people using frequently online as it is
      a pretty good indication of which cars are the best in each

(** Denotes a Special Car that is obtained by completing the Kudos
    World Series on a certain difficulty.  For more info on these cars,
    see the Bonuses/Secrets area of the guide.)

Compact Sports: (Default)MINI Cooper S
                         Seat Leon Cupra R
                         Volkswagen New Beetle RSi                         
                 (Unlock)Lancia Delta Integrale Evo
                         Volkswagen R32
                         Renault Clio V6
                         Honda Civic Type-R(J)
                         Ford Focus RS
SUGGESTIONS: I suggest using the Ford Focus RS for everything in this
             series on one player, it is easily the best out of the
             bunch.  For online purposes I'd also stick with the Focus
             but I have seen the Clio getting a little play as well.

Sports Convert.:(Default)Toyota MR2 Spyder
                         Mazda Miata MX-5
                 (Unlock)BMW Z4 3.0i
                         Honda S2000
                         Porsche Boxter S
                         Audi TT Roadster
SUGGESTIONS: The Porsche and S2000 seem to be favored both online and
             off.  Each are pretty well balanced against one another so
             whichever you want is a good choice.  The Z4 also gets a
             decent amount of play online but not as much as the
             Porsche or S2K.

Coupe Series:   (Defualt)Honda Integra Type-R(J)
                         Mazda RX-8
                 (Unlock)Audi TT 3.2 Quattro
                         BMW M3
                         Audi S4
                         Nissan 350Z
                         Audi TT Coupe

Sports Utility: (Default)Chevrolet SSR
                         Volvo XC90
                 (Unlock)Ford SVT Lightning
                         BMW X5 4.6is
                         Porsche Cayene Turbo
                         Mercedes ML55 AMG
SUGGESTIONS: By far the best pick out of this class is the Porsche,
             with the Mercedes trailing far behind.  The Porsche is the
             best choice to use for both single and multiplayer.

Pacific Muscle: (Default)Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo
                         Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
                 (Unlock)Nissan Skyline GT-R(R34) Nur
                         Subaru Impreza WRX STi
                         Mazda RX-7
                         Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII
SUGGESTIONS: The Skyline is my pick for this class for single player.
             It power slides very easily so it is a good car to really
             rack up a lot of Kudos around the track.  For online I've 
             seen the most use out of the Supra, Skyline, STi.  With
             the exception of the VR4 (possibly), any car is a good
             choice as long as you can handle it, they're all pretty
             well balanced.

Roadster Series:(Default)Renault Spider
                         Vauxhall VX220
                 (Unlock)AC 427 MKII
                         Caterham 7 Classic
                         Lotus 340R
                         Lotus Elise

Classics Series:(Default)Porsche 550 Spyder
                         Toyota 2000GT
                 (Unlock)Lancia Stratos
                         Ferrari Dino 246GT
                         Ferrari 275GTB
                         Porsche 911 RS2.7
                         Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
                         Jaguar E-Type
                         Nissan 240Z
                         **Ferrari 250 GTO

Sports Coupe:   (Default)Cadillac XLR
                         Lexus SC 430
                         Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe (966)
                         Morgan Aero 8
                         TVR Tamora
                         Audi RS6
                         Jaguar XKR

American Muscle:(Default)Chevrolet Camaro Z28
                         Pontiac GTO
                 (Unlock)Pontiac Trans Am
                         Ford SVT Mustang Cobra
                         Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2
                         Chevrolet Camaro SS
                         Corvette Sting Ray

Super Cars:     (Default)Ferrari 360 Spider
                         Ferrari 355 F1
                 (Unlock)TVR Tuscan Speed 6
                         Ferrari 360 Modena
                         Dodge Viper GTS
                         Chevrolet Corvette Z06
                         Porsche 911 Turbo
                         **Delfino Feroce
SUGGESTIONS: You can acquire the Delfino by completing the Kudos World
             Series on Steel difficulty.  This car has superior 
             acceleration and above average handling so it can dust the
             cars in this class when in the hands of a good driver.

Grand Touring:  (Default)Lotus Esprit V8
                         Aston Martin Vanquish
                 (Unlock)Ferrari 575M Maranello
                         Mercedes SL55 AMG
                         Ferrari 550 Barchetta
                         Ferrari Testarossa
                         Bentley Continental GT

Track Specials: (Default)Vauxhall VX220 Turbo
                         Lotus Exige
                 (Unlock)Ferrari Challenge Stradale
                         Porsche 911 GT3 (966)
                         Noble M12 GTO3
                         Honda NSX Type-R(J)
                         Dodge Viper SRT-10

Extreme Series: (Default)Porsche 911 GT2 (933)
                         Ford GT40
                 (Unlock)Pagani Zonda S
                         Enzo Ferrari
                         Koenigsegg CC V8S
                         Porsche Carrera GT
                         **TVR Cerbera Speed 12
                         **Porsche 911 GT1
                         **Mercedes CLK-GTR
SUGGESTIONS: Really any car from this class is a good choice since all
             of the stats are very comparable.  More than anything it
             comes down to how good of a driver you are as opposed to 
             which car has the best stats.  Then Enzo seems to be the
             most favored overall but a good driver can win with any 
             car in the class.

                     -- Kudos World Series --

The Kudos World Series is the main one player mode in the game.  You 
compete in a variety of challenges in 14 different car classes to earn 
Kudos and, if you're on Xbox Live, a place in the standings for each 
track.  The following is a little summary of the types of challenges 
you must pass:

- Street Race - A basic race against computer controlled cars.  You
  must place in 3rd or higher to complete the challenge.

- One on One - Much like the Street Race, only this time you are trying
  to beat just one computer controlled car.  Obviously, you need to
  place first in order to complete the challenge.

- Hot Lap - 

- Timed Run - 

- Overtake - 

- Cone Challenge - Weave in and out of a cone setup on a track.  To 
  beat the scores you try and link together a combo while going through
  the cone course.  Hitting a cone is like hitting a wall, it will stop
  your combo or clear your points if you don't have a combo running.

- Speed Camera - Meet or beat a set speed in order to pass this event. 
  For example, if the speed is set to 96 MPH, you must get at or above
  96 MPH in order for the camera to photograph your car.

  TIP: If you've got Xbox Live and are have having trouble beating the 
  Platinum level, download a ghost!  Pick the top ranked person for
  that stage and learn how they take the line, it'll give you a very
  good idea on how to complete it with the correct speed.

                     -- Arcade Racing --

Another way to get some extra Kudos is doing the Arcade Races.  Here 
you will compete in three different types of challenges: Street Race, 
Timed Run, and Cone Challenge.  You are given 20 challenges to do in 
each catigory so there is a lot of Kudos to be earned.  




  TIP: Cone Challenges are the source of frustration for many gamers
  attempting the harder difficulties.  When the next cone or section
  break seems to be just a little to far out of reach, do a quick
  little power slide.  This will keep your combo going a little bit
  longer so you can make it to the next cone or checkpoint.

  TIP: Speed isn't always important!  You don't have to fly through the
  course in order to complete it.  In fact, doing so may cause you to
  hit a wall and lose all of those hard earned points in your combo. 
  Take it slow, learn the course, find the best way to link everything

                      -- Time Attack --

In the Time Attack mode you don't earn any Kudos, unfortunately.  This 
is just more of a way to set your personal bests on tracks based on 
time instead of having to worry about getting Kudos as well.

- Circuit Challenge: You are able to pick your city, track, and car in
  this mode.  There are a huge amount of tracks available once they've
  been unlocked so it'll keep you busy for a while.

- Car Challenge: You are only able to select your car here.  Each car
  is assigned a different track so you don't get to pick whatever you
  want.  With over 100 cars to choose from, this might take a while...

VII. Xbox Live

Argueably the most fun and rewarding part of Project Gotham 2 is its 
online components.  Hook up your Xbox to the net and when you begin 
you'll be asked to sign into your account.  Doing so will enable you to 
store your ghosts and points on the servers as well as go head to head 
against others from around the world.

More information about this section will be available in the next 
update so check back!

VIII. Cars List

-Car Name-                     -Tokens-

AC 427 MKII                        8
Ascari KZ1                        17
Aston Martin Vanquish           Default
Audi RS6                           8
Audi S4                            5
Audi TT 3.2 Quattro                3
Audi TT Coupe                      3
Audi TT Roadster                   3
Bentley Continental               14
BMW M3                             5
BMW X5 6.6is                       6
BMW Z4 3.0i                       
Cadillac XLR                    Default
Caterham 7 Classic                 8
Chevrolet Camaro SS               10
Chevrolet Camaro Z28            Default
Chevrolet Corvette Z06            12
Chevrolet SSR                   Default
Corvette Sting Ray                11
Dodge Viper GTS                   12
Dodge Viper SRT-10                14
Enzo Ferrari                      22
Ferrari 275 GTB                    9
Ferrari 355 F1                  Default
Ferrari 360 Modena                12
Ferrari 360 Spider              Default
Ferrari 550 Barchetta             13
Ferrari 575M Maranello            14
Ferrari Challenge Stradale        14
Ferrari Dino 246 GT                8
Ferrari F40                       17
Ferrari F50                       19
Ferrari Testarossa                12
Ford Focus RS                     
Ford GT                         Default
Ford GT40                       Default
Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2          9
Ford SVT Lightning                 4
Ford SVT Mustang Cobra            11
Honda Civic Type-R (J)             1
Honda Integra Type-R (J)        Default
Honda NSX Type-R (J)              13
Honda S2000                        3
Iceni                              9
Jaguar E-Type                      8
Jaguar XJ220                      19
Jaguar XKR                         8
Koenigsegg CC V8S                 22
Lancia Delta Integrale Evo         3
Lancia Stratos                     9
Lexus SC 430                    Default
Lotus 340R                         7
Lotus Elise                        6
Lotus Esprit V8                 Default
Lotus Exige                     Default
Mazda Miata MX-5                Default
Mazda RX-7                         5
Mazda RX-8                      Default
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing            7
Mercedes ML55 AMG                  5
Mercedes SL55 AMG                 13
MINI Cooper S                   Default
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4           Default
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII    6
Morgan Aero 8                     10
Nissan 240Z                        7
Nissan 350Z                        4
Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Nur      7
Noble M12 GTO3                    15
Pagani Zonda S                    22
Pontiac GTO                     Default
Pontiac Trans Am                   9
Porsche 550 Spyder              Default
Porsche 911 Carerra Coupe (966)    9
Porsche 911 GT2 (993)           Default
Porsche 911 GT3 (996)             14
Porsche 911 RS 2.7                 8
Porsche 911 Turbo (996)           12
Porsche 959                       17
Porsche Boxter S                   4
Porsche Carrera GT                22
Porsche Cayenne Turbo              6
Renault Clio V6                    1
Renault Spider                  Default
Saleen S7                       Default
Seat Leon Cupra R               Default
Subaru Impreza WRX STi             6
Toyota 2000GT                   Default
Toyota MR2 Spyder               Default
Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo         Default
TVR Tamora                        10
TVR Tuscan Speed 6                12
Vauxhall VX220                  Default
Vauxhall VX220 Turbo            Default
Volkswagen New Beetle RSi       Default
Volkswagen R32                     2
Volvo XC90                      Default

*Delfino Feroce                 Special
*Ferrari 250 GTO                Special
*Mercedes CLK-GTR               Special
*Porsche 911 GT1                Special
*TVR Cerbera Speed 12           Special

IX. Bonuses/Secrets

- A. Special Cars
- B. Geometry Wars
- C. Quick Start

                    -- A. Special Cars --

There are 5 special cars to unlock in the game, you can see which ones 
they are by going into your showroom.  They will all be covered until 
you complete the requirements to drive them.  The following is the way 
to unlock the special cars:

- Car -               - How to Unlock -
Delfino Feroce        Complete KWS on Steel difficulty
Ferrari 250 GTO       Complete KWS on Bronze difficulty
Mercedes CLK-GTR      Complete KWS on Gold difficulty
Porsche 911 GT1       Complete KWS on Silver difficulty
TVR Cerbera Speed 12  Complete KWS on Platinum difficulty

                     -- B. Geometry Wars --

Geometry Wars is a little minigame you can access by going into your 
garage at any time.  The arcade cabinet for it will be off to the side 
near the tools, rims, etc.  Walk up to the machine and press A to begin 


                     -- C. Quick Start --

If you've played Mario Kart for the SNES you probably know what I'm
  talking about.  At the beginning of a race you get that little speed
  boost right off the bat.  At the moment I do not know how I
  accomplished this, all I know is that I've done it.  I was playing
  online and using a Ferrari F50 at the time, when we started I
  instantly jumped ahead of everyone (who were also using F50's) and
  was to the front of the pack and a little bit ahead within 2 seconds. 
  Needless to say I got a lot of "How the hell did he do that?!"
  responses over the headset, and to be honest, I wish I knew.  I'm
  currently experimenting with it, trying to figure out exactly what I
  did to get this.  Maybe it was a glitch?  Maybe it was something that
  has to do with timing?  Hopefully I'll get more info on it in the
  next update.  Check back!

X. Legal

This FAQ is (c) Copyright 2003 to James Pelchar aka 'jesterguy'.  This 
is for personal use only, you may not put this on your site or use it 
to make a profit.  If you do wish to use this FAQ, contact me at my 
mail and I will consider it.  Do not distribute this document, or alter 
it in any way shape or form.  It can be printed out for personal 
private use only.  You can NOT use this document without my permission.  

Please contact me if you found this FAQ on a site other than 

XI. Credits

I'd like to thank:

The People - For reading my FAQ, I hope its helpful, comments and
  things to add are always welcomed. 

Microsoft Game Studios/Bizarre Creations - For making this wonderful
  game.  I'm now hopelessly addicted, I hope you're happy!

CJayC - For putting this FAQ up, and making an excellent site.

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