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Guide and Walkthrough by jesterguy

Version: 1.00 | Updated: 09/08/2004

Street Racing Syndicate
- FAQ/Walkthrough 
Written by: James Pelchar (jesterguy) 
Version 1.00
Date: 9.08.04
Email: *holding email info for now, check back next update!
*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.  Controls
IV.   Street Mode
      - Crew Meets
      - Street Challenges
      - Respect Challenges
V.    Arcade Mode - Coming Soon!
VI.   Vehicles
      - Getting Started
      - Vehicle List
      - Unlocking Vehicles
VII.  Frequently Asked Questions
      - Free nitrous and more!
VIII. Credits

I. Updates

Version 1.00 - Got basically everything I needed in there for the first
               update, more work on both the Street and Arcade Modes in
               the next update.  Will definately have more in depth 
               info on the various Crew Meet courses as well as Street
               Challenge ones.  I'll also try to get in an overall
               reccomended cars list sometime.

II. Introduction

Street Racing Syndicate is Namco's latest game based around the import 
culture.  Though not a true to life portrayal of what it's really like, 
it's a very fun and entertaining game and a nice break from the 
straight racing sims.  In this guide you'll find car lists, secrets, 
tips, and much more.

III. Controls

D-Pad:    Steer
L.Analog: Steer
R.Analog: Acclerate/Brake
Start:    Pause Menu
Select:   Map
Circle:   Hand Brake
Square:   Brake
Triangle: Change View
X:        Accelerate
R1:       Nitrous
R2:       Upshift
R3:       ---
L1:       Rearview Mirror
L2:       Downshift
L3:       Flash Headlights

IV. Street Mode

1. City Locations
2. Crew Meets
3. Respect Challenges
4. Street Challenges
5. Cruise Zones
6. Earning Respect

As you start the game, you'll take the reigns of your friend's Skyline 
to win a big race.  It's pretty simple, your car is much faster, 
handles better than the rest of them so it shouldn't be to much 
trouble.  Hit R1 to use some nitrous if you find yourself falling 
behind.  Finish in first and you'll have $30,000 to play around with.  
If you don't know what car to buy, refer to the Getting Started part in 
the Vehicles section of this guide.

-- 1. City Locations --

The city locations are just the 3 areas you can go to for things 
relating to you and your cars.  Here are the details on them:

- Garage - Here you can buy new parts for you car including engine
  mods, stickers, paint, bodykits, spoilers, etc.  You can also dyno
  your car and repair it if its damaged.

- Car Showroom - Go here to purchase a new vehicle to run around the
  streets in.  For info on how to unlock specific cars, check out the
  "Vehicles" section of this guide.

- Warehouse - Your warehouse is where all of your cars and girlfriends
  are stored at.  I like to call it my "stable".  Come here if you want
  to switch your vehicle or girlfriend you want to roll around with
  (and also to watch videos of your girlfriends).

-- 2. Crew Meets --

Crew Meets are where you go to challenge car teams in the area for 
respect points, ulocking showroom cars, unlocking respect challenges, 
as well as making some nice cash.  Basically each Crew Meet consists of 
3 series with 3 races each (for a total of 9 races to beat the crew).  
To win the series overall you'll need to be number one in respect 
points.  You get points for placing in each of the 3 races:

    1st: 750 pts.   Each race has a maximum of 1,000 pts.  You can
    2nd: 500 pts.   make the other 250 by getting respect points in
    3rd: 250 pts.   the race.  See the "Earning Respect" part of 
    4th: 000 pts.   this section for more info.

Hit select to open your map, it will show the locations of the crew 
races that are available, you can jump to them or drive.

A. Team Nemesis
B. VRS Racing
C. VF Crew
D. Street Revolution
E. Lightspeed
F. Nitro Xtreme

-- 3. Respect Challenges --

Respect Challenges are the way you pick up girlfriends in the game.  
When one appears you go to the location and the girl gives you a 
challenge to complete before she comes with you.  You are given 3 to 
start out with and more will open up as you start beating the Crew 
races.  Go to your warehouse to "hook up" with any of the girls or 
watch their videos.

- Aiko - This challenge is incredibly simple, all you need to do is get
  some points by getting your car airborne.  Just follow the road
  straight down and you'll run right into a little jump which will get
  you the necessary points.

- Angelica - Follow Angelica around and stay in the green numbers. 
  She's driving a Celica so you could probably get out of the car and
  walk and still keep up with it =)

- Cherie - Cherie's checkpoint run is pretty simple (considering
  there's only two to get).  Just go straight ahead and when you hit
  the first one, double back the way you came to get the second.  You
  can take the scenic route and keep going all the way around but
  you'll cut it very close, just easier to go back.

- Christi - There are 12 checkpoints to hit in this one, just follow
  the circle around until you get them all.  It repeats the same
  pattern every time.

- Courtney - Just follow Courtney's Impreza wherever she goes and try 
  to say in the green numbers.  If you find yourself falling behind
  then use some nitrous to get you back up by her.  It's very short so
  it shouldn't be much of an issue.

- Flo - 

- Francine - Francine's is one of the more fun challenges to do.  There
  are 10 checkpoints in the area, you'll just need to rely on your map
  to find them.  I reccomend taking a left after you get the first one,
  then work your way up from there.

- Kaila - Kaila's checkpoint challenge is very simple, just keep going
  in the circle until you collect all 10 checkpoints.

- Linda - 

- Meriah - 

- Michele - You just need 10 respect points to get Michele.  Go
  straight ahead and drift around the first corner and you should be
  able to get enough, if not more, points to win the challenge.

- Natasha - Natasha's is a checkpoint challenge.  You basically just go
  in a circle of on-ramps and collect 19 checkpoints.  Just find the
  pattern and follow it over and over until you've got them all.

- Neferteri - My favorite girl in the game =)  There is a checkpoint on
  the highway so after you come up the hill where you begin at, hang a
  left and take the on-ramp down to the highway.  Hit the checkpoint
  and go back the way you came and touch the second one to complete the

- Rowena - 

- Sasha - You'll either find this one pretty difficult or very easy. 
  The way I did it was to just accelerate as much as I could until I
  saw where the highway branched in 3 directions and did a Break Drift
  right in front of the yellow barrels.  If you do it correctly you can
  get link together a few tricks and get it in one pass.  You can do 
  this over and over until you get it or drive somewhere else and give
  it a try.  Whatever works for you.

- Sharon - 

- Tila - 

- Tina - Tina is a time trial, there is a checkpoint set pretty far up
  the road you need to reach in a minute or less.  Just go straight as
  far as you can and hang a right to turn onto the highway and up to
  the checkpoint.

-- 4. Street Challenges --

Street Challenges are specific locations around the city that you can 
race for money on a course.  It also gives you an opportunity to win 
back a girl that might have left you after losing a crew race.  

A. South and North
B. Freeway Over
C. Western Park
D. ATL and G
E. Garage Challenge
F. Hotel Hike 
G. Motel Hotel
H. Theater Run
I. Boulevard Sprint
J. Surfin Time

> A. South and North

> B. Freeway Over
  The Freeway Over track is ideal for a car with a high top speed and 
  relatively good handling.  There are a lot of open straightaways and
  almost all of the turns are just more gradual instead of sharp.  The
  one you really need to look out for is the one after the long stretch
  of highway at the beginning of the race.  You will need to break hard
  since the course ends abruptly into a very sharp turn.  Other than
  that the rest is pretty simple as long as you don't go barreling into
  the turns.

-- 5. Cruise Zones --

There are 3 Cruise Zones on your map that you can go to (Parkway, 
Sunset, Santa).  Basically you let the computer take over the car and 
you can rotate the camera around and see how sexy the car is in motion.  
You don't gain/lose anything for doing it, just a way to check out your 
car from a different view.

-- 6. Earning Respect --

Respect in this game is similar to the Kudos system on Project Gotham 
Racing (if you've ever played it).  You gain or lose points based on 
the things you do when racing, read below for more details on that.  
Gaining respect will open up more crew races for you to participate in.

- Braking Drift - Pretty self explanitory, it's using your foot break
  through a drift maneuver, one of the more common bonuses you will

- Caught Air - Just go over a little jump and get your car airborne to
  catch this bonus.  The longer you keep it up there the bigger your
  bonus gets.

- Clean Lap - Go an entire lap without getting point penalties and 
  you'll get a bonus when you cross the start/finish line.

- Drafting - Drafting is when you get into the airflow of the car
  in front of you.  Usually you'd need to be right up on them to draft
  but in here you'll need to be about 10 cars back and going around 80+
  to get the bonus.  It'll get you an instant 30 or 60 respect points
  so get it when you can!

- Faint - This is done by drifting into the outside part of a corner,
  then back into it.  Not the easiest maneuver to do by any means but
  you'll get the hang of it.

- Jump Drift - 

- Kansai Drift - 

- Lap Leader - Pretty self explanitory, just be in the lead when you're
  coming across the start/finish line on a course with 2 or more laps.

- Long Drift - Maintain a drift for an extended period of time.  This
  one is pretty tough to pull off since you'll need to keep the car
  under control and manage to not plow into a wall.  It works pretty
  well in areas where there is an S-turn since you'll have a bigger
  area to slide around in.

- Near Miss - You'll get this for getting very close to slamming into a 
  pedestrian car when you're racing.  The closer the better.

- Nitrous Air - Similar to the "Caught Air" bonus except you'll need to
  use your nitrous before you get airborne.

- Position Lost - Drop a position in a race and you'll be penalized 10
  respect points.

- Position Gained - Gain a position in a race and you'll gain 10 
  respect points.

- Power Over - 

- Shortcut Taken - On certain courses you are able to take a little
  shortcut that can gain you some much needed time.  If you run through
  one of these you'll get the bonus.

- Two Wheels - Get the car driving on two wheels to get this.  It's one
  of the more common bonuses in the game since you'll get it almost
  every time you go up on a curb coming around a turn.

- **** - You lose points for hitting walls, cars, or having a car hit
  you.  This will also stop any point combo you have in progress and
  possibly deduct from your overall total.  Drive safely!

V. Arcade Mode


VI. Vehicles

1. Getting Started
2. Vehicle List
3. Unlocking Vehicles

-- 1. Getting Started --

"So, what car should I begin with?"

You've got a pretty limited selection from the beginning but there are 
some decent cars in there.  My personal choice is the Subaru WRX 2.5 RS 
Sedan.  If you choose to upgrade this car it will last you through AT 
LEAST 4 of the Crew Battles and you can kick pretty much every car's 
ass on the road.  Since you can keep this car for such a long time you 
won't need to worry about buying, upgrading, and maintaining an 
expensive car anytime soon.  You'll have some money to buy this car and 
beginning modding it, here's what I suggest doing from the start (in 
chronological order):

>> WRX Shopping List:

1. Tires - I prefer the BFGoodrich g-Force's.  You can try the Yokohama
   Parada's and see if you like those better but I stuck to the BF's.

2. Suspension - Go with the Koni Threaded Coil Kit.

3. Turbo - I chose the HKS T51R, it gives you the same performance as
   the Greddy T78 but it's $775 cheaper.  Also, pick up the Greddy
   front mount while you're in the turbo section.

4. Electronics - Grab the Venom Performance Module, very cheap and it
   gets you a bunch of power.

At this point you'll be left with $3180.  I suggest stopping here and 
going to do the Team Nemesis crew challenge, this money will pay for 
your ante to get in the race and also leave you some to bet with the 
racers and get even more cash.  Your car is easily leaps and bounds 
beyond what they are driving so winning won't be a problem at all.  If 
you win the first of the 3 series and get all of the biggest bets on 
the racers you can pull in over $10,000 - 11,000 right away.  Head to 
the garage and start upgrading again.

5. Weight Reduction - Get the Stage 3 Weight Reduction, this will 
   greatly improve your cars power, handling, etc.

6. Brakes - Brembo Gran Turismos are the way to go here, with all of
   this power you're adding you will definately need a way to stop it
   in the turns.

7. Electronics - Pick up the Unorthodox Racing Lightened Pully Sets and
   some AEM Cam Gears.  Once again, cheap with some nice power is
   always great.

8. Exhaust - Get the JIC Magic Spec 90 Series.

From here on out you can pretty much figure the rest on your own.  Just 
pick whichever parts will get you to where you want the car to be, what 
you can handle, or whatever else.  Keep doing the Crew Meets and 
definately do the 2 sanctioned races.

-- 2. Vehicle List --

The following is a list of all the vehicles in the game you can obtain 
from the Showroom.  Below is a list of the ways to unlock specific ones 
you can't get from the start.

-Model-                        -Price-      -Year-

Lexus IS300 5-Speed            $29,980       2004
Lexus IS300 5-Speed SE         $31,695       2004
Mazda RX-7 R1                  $22,900       1993
Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A     $45,000       2002
Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type B     $45,000       2002
*Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst    $45,000       2001
Mazda RX-8                     $26,680       2004
*Mazda RX-8 Mazdaspeed Ed.     $33,380       2004
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS          $19,449       2004
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T        $23,210       1999
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT          $21,147       2002
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT          $21,649       2004
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-S        $24,649       2004
Mitsubishi Eclipse RS          $18,399       2004
Mitsubishi EVO VIII            $28,987       2004
*Mitsubishi EVO VII GSR        $34,999       2002
Nissan 350Z Coupe              $26,930       2004
Nissan 350Z Coupe E.           $28,910       2004
Nissan 350Z Coupe P.           $31,090       2004
Nissan 350Z Coupe Touring      $33,840       2004
Nissan 350Z Coupe Track        $34,750       2004
Nissan Skyline GT-R            $93,000       1999
Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec      $97,300       2001
Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec Nur  $118,000      2002
Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec      $94,000       1999
Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II   $95,000       2000
Nissan Skyline GTR V-S.II Nur  $115,000      2002
Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sedan    $18,995       2002
Subaru Impreza S202 STi        $71,412       2002
Subaru Impreza STi Sedan       $57,124       2002
Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan       $23,995       2002
Toyota Celica GT               $16,875       2000
Toyota Celica GT               $18,085       2004
Toyota Celica GT (AP)          $20,050       2004
Toyota Celica GT-S             $21,345       2000
Toyota Celica GT-S             $22,055       2004
Toyota Celica GT-S (AP)        $24,625       2004
Toyota MR2 Spyder              $23,735       2002
Toyota MR2 Spyder              $25,410       2004
*Toyota Sprinter Trueno        $13,550       1985
Toyota Supra 3.0L 5Z-R         $28,300       1996
Toyota Supra 3.0L RE           $30,900       1997
Toyota Supra SR Targa RE       $33,500       1997
Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0L RZ     $36,500       1996
Toyota Supra 3.0L TT RE        $36,500       1997
Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8T       $19,250       2004
Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6        $22,070       2004
Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.8L      $23,210       2004
Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L      $19,460       2004
Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T      $20,940       2004

* - Vehicles unlocked through arcade mode (see below)

-- 3. Unlocking Vehicles --

The following is a list of the cars you can unlock by completing 
certain requirements in the game.  Refer to the above vehicle list for 
pricing, etc.

A. Defeat Team Nemesis
   - Lexus IS300 5-Speed
   - Lexus IS300 5-Speed SE
   - Mazda RX-7 R1
   - Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-S
   - Toyota Celica GT-S
   - Toyota Celica GT-S
   - Toyota Celica GT-S (AP)
   - Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6
   - Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.8L

B. Defeat VRS Racing
   - Mazda RX-8
   - Nissan 350Z Coupe
   - Nissan 350Z Coupe E.
   - Nissan 350Z Coupe P.
   - Nissan 350Z Coupe Touring
   - Toyota Supra 3.0L 5Z-R

C. Defeat VF Crew
   - Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A
   - Mitsubishi EVO VIII
   - Nissan 350Z Coupe Track
   - Nissan Skyline GT-R
   - Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
   - Toyota Supra 3.0L RE
   - Toyota Supra SR Targa RE
   - Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0L RZ

D. Defeat Street Revolution
   - Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type B
   - Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec
   - Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec Nur
   - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec
   - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II
   - Toyota Supra 3.0L TT RE
   - Subaru Impreza S202 STi
   - Subaru Impreza STi Sedan

E. Defeat Nitro Xtreme
   - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II Nur  

F. Other - Arcade Mode Unlocks
   - Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst (1st in L.A. Iron Man)
   - Mazda RX-8 Mazdaspeed Ed.  (1st in Miami Iron Man)
   - Mitsubishi EVO VII GSR     (1st in L.A. Checkpoint)
   - Toyota Sprinter Trueno     (1st in Philidelphia Iron Man)


Below is a list of questions I see a lot of on various message boards 
as well as ones from emails, hopefully this will save some of you the 
hassle of searching around for answers.

1. Q: I just started playing, what car do you reccomend first?
   A: Check the "Vehicles" section of this guide for more info.

2. Q: I'm out of money, how can I get more?
   A: Go to the Desert or Storm Drain sanctioned races, there is no 
      entrance fee and you can pick up some decent money for completing
      them.  Well, enough to get you back on your feet for a little
      while at least.

3. Q: I see two cars for sale that appear to perform the same, what are
      the differences between them?
   A: Year is one of the major differences, also on cars like the
      Celica, the Action Package which is essentially a factory bodykit
      adds to the price.  Special edition type cars, though they don't
      have any performance gains over a similar vehicle, are more
      expensive simply because they are special edition.

4. Q: How do I unlock [insert car here]?
   A: Check the "Vehicles" section of this guide for more info.

5. Q: I can't get into one of the crew battles, where can I get
   A: Go back to previous crew battles that you've done and try to max
      those respect points out, also make sure to do it in the
      sanctioned races as well.

6. Q: Why did one of my girlfriends leave and how do I get her back?
   A: You can lose a girl if you are riding with her and lose a crew 
      meet series.  To get her back, keep playing the Street Challenges 
      and she'll be with one of your opponents eventually.  Beat the
      person she's with and you'll have her back.

7. Q: What's this I hear about free nitrous?
   A: There was supposedly a trick that you can do in garage where your
      purchase total would come out to $0, but it does infact subtract
      from your money as normal.  To get free nitrous, when you are
      just driving around the streets do drifts, jumps, or whatever
      else to earn you points and this will (magically) add nitrous to
      your bottle.  If you don't feel like doing this just go to your
      garage and buy a new bottle.

VIII. Credits

I'd like to thank:

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

Namco - For creating this game, job well done!

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

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