Best Cars for Wreckless Runs + Driving Tips

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In short

• Derby: Roamer -> Blaster XL -> Switchblade
• Race: Mad Rash -> Lancea -> Lentus
• Street: Sparrowhawk -> Canyon (incl. Street Rural Cup) -> Road King
Because the Sparrowhawk is quite hard to handle, you should choose the Crusader for your first runs. It's almost as fast but much easier to drive and more reliable.

Driving tips

• When using Nitrous, make sure you're in the highest gear possible. This will avoid losing acceleration by shifting.
• Some powerful cars, such as the Switchblade, have a rather wobbly handling in lower gears. Avoid losing control by shifting up, then give a short Nitrous blast to set your car straight.
• Some vehicles, such as the Switchblade (again), seem to handle differently, depending on the gear. For example: in 4th gear, it's much stiffer, so shift down to 3rd gear to slide through tight turns.
• Most cars, with the exception AWD cars, have no traction when starting in first gear. This results in lower handling and acceleration. Counter this by shifting up to second or even third gear at the start of the race. Make sure you rev high but stay below the redline.
• Light cars, such as the Lancea, don't take jumps very well. There is a risk of bouncing after landing, which often leads to losing control over your car. You can lower the risk by not accelerating up the ramp or while mid-air.

Data

My car recommendations are based on the following race results. None of them are exceptionally good or bad, so they are a decent indicator on how each car performs on specific stages. All compared cars received the same tuning (basically maxed out, except strength tuning). The winning car from the previous stage is included in the next stage's ranking as well, in case it's good enough to keep up with these cars.

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Derby - Stage 1

Derby Initiation Cup
| Track | Chili | Malice | Roamer |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Pinegrove 1 | 03:00,32 | 02:55,43 | 02:54,50 |
| Farmlands 2 | 02:08,87 | 02:07,66 | 02:05,66 |
| Total | 05:09,19 | 05:03,09 | 05:00,16 |

Sunday Smash Derby
| Track | Chili | Malice | Roamer |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Water Canal 1 | 02.57,66 | 02:56,97 | 02:52,26 |
| Farmlands 1 | 02:41,86 | 02:39,80 | 02:33,81 |
| Pinegrove 2 | 03:34,03 | 03:31,66 | 03:26,68 |
| Total | 09:13,55 | 09:08,43 | 08:52,75 |

Grand Total

1. Roamer - 13:52,91
2. Malice - 14:11,52
3. Chili - 14:22,74

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Derby - Stage 2

Bay Area Derby Cup
| Track | Shaker | Blaster XL | Banger | Roamer |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Pinegrove 2 | 02:56,09 | 02:48,35 | 02:47,85 | 02:57,14 |
| Farmlands 3 | 02:32,51 | 02:30,87 | 02:32,35 | 02:36,37 |
| Timberlands 1 | 02:19,09 | 02:12,74 | 02:15,04 | 02:18,57 |
| Total | 07:47,69 | 07:31,96 | 07:35,24 | 07:52,08 |

Spring Smash Derby Cup
| Track | Shaker | Blaster XL | Banger | Roamer |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Midwest Ranch 2 | 03:04,12 | 02:53,14 | 02:59,61 | 03:01,67 |
| Water Canal 3 | 03:14,94 | 03:11,62 | 03:16,01 | 03:23,19 |
| Timberlands 3 | 02:39,95 | 02:36,11 | 02:36,69 | 02:42,36 |
| Midwest Ranch 3 | 02:29,26 | 02:25,05 | 02:29,62 | 02:32,60 |
| City Central 1 | 03:22,21 | 03:18,71 | 03:19,77 | 03:30,13 |
| Total | 14:50,48 | 14:24,63 | 14:41,70 | 15:09,95 |

Canals Special Derby Cup
| Track | Shaker | Blaster XL | Banger | Roamer
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Water Canal 1 | 02:50,34 | 02:45,94 | 02:49,19 | 02:53,75 |
| Water Canal 3 | 03:14,94 | 03:11,62 | 03:16,01 | 03:23,19 |
| Water Canal 2 | 03:35,17 | 03:22,32 | 03:26,64 | 03:30,28 |
| Total | 09:40,45 | 09:19,88 | 09:31,84 | 09:47,22 |

Grand Total

1. Blaster XL - 31:16,47
2. Banger - 31:48,78
3. Shaker - 32:18,62
4. Roamer - 32:49,25

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Derby - Stage 3

Metal Smash Derby Cup
| Track | Splitter | Switchblade | Blaster XL |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Farmlands 2 | 02:31,91 | 02:26,89 | 02:42,39 |
| Timberlands 2 | 02:15,48 | 02:11,63 | 02:24,40 |
| Midwest Ranch 1 | 02:59,74 | 02:58,61 | 03:14,89 |
| Total | 07:47,13 | 07:37,13 | 08:21,68 |

Tarmac Derby Cup
| Track | Splitter | Switchblade | Blaster XL |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| City Central 3 | 02:57,30 | 02:58,12 | 03:16,25 |
| Water Canal 2 | 03:16,83 | 03:11,22 | 03:30,09 |
| City Central 2 | 03:13,91 | 03:10,86 | 03:30,10 |
| Total | 09:28,04 | 09:20,20 | 10:16,44 |

Special Derby Forest Cup
| Track | Splitter | Switchblade | Blaster XL |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Timberlands 1 | 02:06,83 | 02:06,37 | 02:14,81 |
| Pinegrove 3 | 03:08,70 | 03:05,98 | 03:23,26 |
| Timberlands 2 | 02:14,07 | 02:12,46 | 02:25,24 |
| Pinegrove 2 | 02:38,67 | 02:36,62 | 02:52,60 |
| Timberlands 3 | 02:25,34 | 02:21,06 | 02:37,53 |
| Pinegrove 1 | 03:28,65 | 03:27,10 | 03:47,36 |
| Total | 16:02,26 | 15:49,59 | 17:20,80 |

Grand Total

1. Switchblade - 32:46,92
2. Splitter - 33:17,43
3. Blaster XL - 35:58,92

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Race - Stage 1

Racing Twilights Cup
| Track | CTR | Boxer | Mad Rash | Nevada |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Desert Town | 03:20,63 | 03:18,50 | 03:14,89 | 03:15,85 |
| Water Canal 1 | 02:41,78 | 02:43,35 | 02:40,63 | 02:42,40 |
| Farmlands 2 | 02:35,11 | 02:39,28 | 02:35,04 | 02:36,61 |
| Total | 08:37,52 | 08:41,13 | 08:30,56 | 08:34,86 |

Rumble Racing Cup
| Track | CTR | Boxer | Mad Rash | Nevada |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| City Central 1 | 04:10,20 | 04:20,04 | 04:12,70 | 04:15,32 |
| Farmlands 3 | 02:27,58 | 02:29,24 | 02:26,18 | 02:29,63 |
| Pinegrove 2 | 02:45,59 | 02:47,74 | 02:46,66 | 02:47,99 |
| City Central 3 | 04:05,98 | 04:05,87 | 04:05,74 | 04:08,15 |
| Total | 13:29,35 | 13:42,89 | 13:31,28 | 13:41,09 |

Grand Total

1. Mad Rash - 22:01,84
2. CTR - 22:06,87
3. Nevada - 22:15,95
4. Boxer - 22:24,02

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Race - Stage 2

Racing Twilights Cup
| Track | Lancea | Fortune | Daytana | Mad Rash |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Water Canal 2 | 03:09,36 | 03:18,11 | 03:09,02 | 03:23,25 |
| City Central 2 | 03:11,65 | 03:14,04 | 03:13,11 | 03:22,71 |
| Downtown 3 | 03:37,61 | 03:43,64 | 03:42,66 | 03:51,60 |
| Total | 09:58,62 | 10:15,79 | 10:04,79 | 10:37,56 |

Sunday Jam Racing Cup
| Track | Lancea | Fortune | Daytana | Mad Rash |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Midwest Ranch 2 | 03:35,96 | 03:42,53 | 03:40,06 | 03:50,43 |
| Desert Scrap Yard | 02:16,33 | 02:19,51 | 02:17,99 | 02:19,63 |
| City Central 2 | 02:24,77 | 02:30,08 | 02:25,29 | 02:29,47 |
| Timberlands 1 | 02:05,83 | 02:11,68 | 02:06,85 | 02:12,21 |
| Midwest Ranch 1 | 03:04,36 | 03:07,84 | 03:04,81 | 03:09,79 |
| Total | 13:27,25 | 13:51,64 | 13:35,00 | 14:01,53 |

Special Racing Desert Cup
| Track | Lancea | Fortune | Daytana | Mad Rash |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Desert Town | 03:10,55 | 03:13,47 | 03:11,42 | 03:14,89 |
| Desert Scrap Yard | 02:58,00 | 03:05,31 | 03:01,77 | 03:03,89 |
| Desert Oil Field | 03:00,41 | 03:05,48 | 03:04,02 | 03:02,46 |
| Total | 09:08,96 | 09:24,26 | 09:17,21 | 09:21,24 |

Grand Total

1. Lancea - 32:34,83
2. Daytana - 32:57,00
3. Fortune - 33:31,69
4. Mad Rash - 34:00,33

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Race - Stage 3

Urban Racing Cup
| Track | Bullet | Lentus | Ventura | Lancea |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Riverbay Circuit 3 | 03:07,97 | 03:09,75 | 03:07,07 | 03:21,63 |
| City Central 1 | 02:55,17 | 02:54,23 | 02:54,46 | 03:01,64 |
| Timberlands 3 | 03:04,48 | 03:00,24 | 03:07,71 | 03:16,03 |
| Downtown 2 | 02:35,98 | 02:40,32 | 02:41,34 | 02:45,23 |
| Total | 11:43,60 | 11:44,54 | 11:50,58 | 12:24,53 |

Rural Racing Cup
| Track | Bullet | Lentus | Ventura | Lancea |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Desert Oil Field | 03:50,94 | 03:46,38 | 03:57,27 | 03:57,06 |
| Riverbay Circuit 1 | 03:07,10 | 03:05,93 | 03:10,27 | 03:13,06 |
| City Central 3 | 02:48,51 | 02:50,44 | 02:57,82 | 02:56,69 |
| Timberlands 2 | 02:41,13 | 02:40,31 | 02:40,46 | 02:48,96 |
| Total | 12:27,68 | 12:23,06 | 12:45,82 | 12:55,77 |

Racing Sprint Cup
| Track | Bullet | Lentus | Ventura | Lancea |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Downtown 1 | 02:48,19 | 02:48,21 | 02:49,14 | 02:58,44 |
| Water Canal 3 | 01:27,88 | 01:25,52 | 01:31,58 | 01:37,20 |
| Riverbay Circuit 2 | 01:39,71 | 01:40,01 | 01:40,51 | 01:45,16 |
| Total | 05:55,78 | 05:53,74 | 06:01,23 | 06:20,80 |

Special Racing Fields Cup
| Track | Bullet | Lentus | Ventura | Lancea |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Midwest Ranch 1 | 02:14,53 | 02:10,75 | 02:16,93 | 02:17,99 |
| Farmlands 1 | 02:20,47 | 02:16,60 | 02:19,64 | 02:29,23 |
| Midwest Ranch 2 | 02:38,42 | 02:36,66 | 02:39,20 | 02:46,36 |
| Farmlands 2 | 02:23,30 | 02:24,94 | 02:25,76 | 02:30,63 |
| Midwest Ranch 3 | 02:10,43 | 02:11,46 | 02:14,28 | 02:16,57 |
| Farmlands 3 | 03:00,61 | 02:58,27 | 03:04,23 | 03:08,92 |
| Total | 14:47,76 | 14:38,68 | 15:00,04 | 15:29,70 |

Grand Total

1. Lentus - 44:40,02
2. Bullet - 44:54,82
3. Ventura - 45:37,67
4. Lancea - 47:10,80

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Street - Stage 1

Street Challenge Cup
| Track | Chili Pepper | Scorpion | Insetta Sport | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Riverbay Circuit 1 | 04:19,59 | 04:32,97 | 04:20,28 | 04:11,20 | 04:13,47 |
| City Central 2 | 02:25,92 | 02:30,41 | 02:28,94 | 02:23,82 | 02:21,19 |
| Water Canal 1 | 03:30,13 | 03:40,23 | 03:37,95 | 03:27,86 | 03:22,47 |
| Total | 10:15,64 | 10:43,61 | 10:27,17 | 10:02,88 | 09:57,13 |

Street Twilights Cup
| Track | Chili Pepper | Scorpion | Insetta Sport | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Midwest Ranch 2 | 03:47,35 | 03:46,63 | 03:58,48 | 03:36,93 | 03:36,49 |
| Desert Town | 03:15,23 | 03:19,16 | 03:15,25 | 03:09,75 | 03:12,19 |
| Motor Raceway 3 | 03:01,22 | 03:10,45 | 03:05,49 | 03:00,10 | 02:58,81 |
| Total | 10:03,80 | 10:16,24 | 10:19,22 | 09:46,78 | 09:47,49 |

Street Wreck Cup
| Track | Chili Pepper | Scorpion | Insetta Sport | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Water Canal 3 | 03:00,68 | 03:46,63 | 03:06,33 | 02:53,79 | 02:55,66 |
| Downtown 3 | 03:39,19 | 03:41,61 | 03:46,06 | 03:32,71 | 03:36,74 |
| Motor Raceway 1 | 02:30,94 | 02:28,32 | 02:29,32 | 02:25,80 | 02:23,73 |
| Pinegrove 1 | 02:44,71 | 02:42,71 | 02:42,66 | 02:34,85 | 02:35,01 |
| Riverbay Circuit 2 | 03:24,86 | 03:31,15 | 03:27,09 | 03:20,91 | 03:23,02 |
| Total | 15:20,38 | 15:25,88 | 15:31,46 | 14:48,06 | 14:54,16 |

Grand Total

1. Sparrowhawk - 34:37,72
2. Crusader - 34:38,78
3. Chili Pepper - 35:39,82
4. Insetta Sport - 36:17,85
5. Scorpion - 36:25,73

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Street - Stage 2

Street Survival Cup
| Track | CTR Sport | Vexter XS | Speedshifter | Canyon | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Pinegrove 3 | 05:13,30 | 05:07,43 | 05:04,25 | 04:53,26 | 05:12,64 | 05:10,72 |
| Farmlands 2 | 03:43,48 | 03:39,47 | 03:36,14 | 03:34,66 | 03:41,35 | 03:43,36 |
| Water Canal 2 | 05:16,41 | 05:13,32 | 05:02,47 | 05:03,66 | 05:11,94 | 05:19,44 |
| Total | 14:13,19 | 14:00,22 | 13:42,86 | 13:31,58 | 14:05,93 | 14:13,52 |

Street Rumble Cup
| Track | CTR Sport | Vexter XS | Speedshifter | Canyon | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Downtown 2 | 02:43,96 | 02:46,87 | 02:42,86 | 02:39,77 | 02:46,79 | 02:43,26 |
| Motor Raceway 2 | 03:26,84 | 03:29,13 | 03:27,30 | 03:25,72 | 03:26,66 | 03:33,37 |
| Water Canal 1 | 02:38,34 | 02:37,90 | 02:31,87 | 02:33,61 | 02:44,22 | 02:39,25 |
| Farmlands 1 | 03:10,89 | 03:12,09 | 03:06,18 | 03:01,02 | 03:10,00 | 03:06,58 |
| Total | 12:00,03 | 12:05,99 | 11:48,21 | 11:40,12 | 12:07,67 | 12:02,46 |

Street Street Circuits Cup
| Track | CTR Sport | Vexter XS | Speedshifter | Canyon | Sparrowhawk | Crusader |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Riverbay Circuit 1 | 03:09,71 | 03:15,65 | 03:09,44 | 03:06,27 | 03:10,13 | 03:11,30 |
| Motor Raceway 1 | 02:21,64 | 02:25,07 | 02:23,50 | 02:17,78 | 02:24,85 | 02:29,71 |
| Riverbay Circuit 2 | 02:31,94 | 02:32,50 | 02:30,99 | 02:27,39 | 02:29,13 | 02:33,52 |
| Motor Raceway 2 | 02:38,12 | 02:37,24 | 02:33,82 | 02:31,87 | 02:38,18 | 02:38,38 |
| Riverbay Circuit 3 | 02:28,86 | 02:27,60 | 02:22,54 | 02:21,48 | 02:26,33 | 02:25,76 |
| Motor Raceway 3 | 03:01,78 | 02:59,61 | 02:59,74 | 02:55,64 | 03:03,31 | 02:58,92 |
| Total | 16:12,05 | 16:17,67 | 16:00,03 | 15:40,43 | 16:11,93 | 16:17,59 |

Grand Total

1. Canyon - 40:52,13
2. Speedshifter - 41:31,10
3. Vexter XS - 42:23,88
4. CTR Sport - 42:25,27
5. Sparrowhawk - 42:25,53
6. Crusader - 42:33,57

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Street - Stage 3

Street Rural Cup
| Track | Terrator | Sunray | Speedevil | Road King | Canyon |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Pinegrove 2 | 03:30,92 | 03:29,72 | 03:33,37 | 03:24,43 | 03:24,85 |
| Farmlands 3 | 03:10,32 | 03:04,10 | 03:12,27 | 03:00,56 | 02:59,77 |
| Desert Oil Field | 03:04,30 | 03:04,31 | 03:02,25 | 02:56,45 | 02:55,20 |
| Total | 09:45,54 | 09:38,13 | 09:47,89 | 09:21,44 | 09:19,82 |

Street Sprint Cup
| Track | Terrator | Sunray | Speedevil | Road King | Canyon |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Water Canal 3 | 01:29,59 | 01:28,26 | 01:25,17 | 01:22,09 | 01:25,50 |
| Midwest Ranch 3 | 01:29,98 | 01:31,04 | 01:27,68 | 01:27,65 | 01:28,52 |
| Riverbay Circuit 3 | 01:35,68 | 01:36,72 | 01:36,66 | 01:31,60 | 01:24,23 |
| Downtown 1 | 02:50,79 | 02:47,31 | 02:45,42 | 02:41,33 | 02:47,03 |
| Total | 07:26,04 | 07:23,33 | 07:14,93 | 07:02,67 | 07:05,28 |

Street Big Bang Cup
| Track | Terrator | Sunray | Speedevil | Road King | Canyon |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Midwest Ranch 1 | 03:02,59 | 03:01,26 | 03:02,10 | 02:56,66 | 02:54,61 |
| Desert Scrap Yard | 02:12,68 | 02:15,86 | 02:10,96 | 02:07,86 | 02:09,30 |
| Motor Raceway 1 | 02:19,79 | 02:19,21 | 02:17,02 | 02:10,63 | 02:16,04 |
| Water Canal 2 | 03:09,11 | 03:07,29 | 03:06,29 | 02:56,40 | 03:04,75 |
| Timberlands 3 | 03:05,65 | 03:10,92 | 03:05,30 | 03:01,40 | 03:08,55 |
| Total | 13:49,82 | 13:54,54 | 13:41,67 | 13:12,95 | 13:33,25 |

Special Street City Cup
| Track | Terrator | Sunray | Speedevil | Road King | Canyon |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| City Central 1 | 02:58,11 | 02:55,78 | 02:55,24 | 02:44,54 | 02:53,69 |
| Downtown 1 | 04:10,92 | 04:13,63 | 04:09,13 | 04:05,00 | 04:14,91 |
| City Central 2 | 03:06,59 | 03:02,84 | 03:02,62 | 02:57,87 | 03:01,52 |
| Downtown 2 | 02:36,33 | 02:41,13 | 02:37,68 | 02:32,35 | 02:40,93 |
| City Central 3 | 02:50,07 | 02:52,57 | 02:51,33 | 02:47,68 | 02:51,52 |
| Downtown 3 | 03:25,04 | 03:28,29 | 03:21,94 | 03:14,71 | 03:28,95 |
| Total | 19:07,06 | 19:14,24 | 18:57,94 | 18:22,15 | 19:11,52 |

Grand Total

1. Road King - 47:59,21
2. Canyon - 49:09,87
3. Speedevil - 49:42,43
4. Terrator - 50:08,46
5. Sunray - 50:10,24