TOP 11 ICONIC RACING CARS IN VIDEOGAME HISTORY
I do love a bit of nostalgia, and there is no better way than with a trip into our gaming past.
I played a fair amount of racing games in my youth. I was always trying to perfect my driving skills, which would no doubt help me pass my driving test first time.
Unfortunatley, I failed after 15 seconds. I mainly blame Crazy Taxi 3 for this as I put the rear wheel on the kerb whilst leaving the Driving School Centre. Oh how I laughed…
There have been quite a few racing games over the year, leaving a vast amount of cars to choose from as the most iconic, but I’ve managed to whittle down my childhood into 11 gems.
11) V-RALLY – PEUGEOT 306 MAXI
One of the games I played the most on the Nintendo 64. As I didn’t own a copy myself, I only ever played it in two-player mode. My friend, who owned it, had a lot more time to play it, which is my excuse for being consistently beaten on it.
10) MARIO KART 64 – YOSHI’S KART
Other than Goldeneye, this was the most played game amongst my friends. Another game I didn’t own myself, which once again made me a rare winner. It’s not my fault if I only ever got fucking banana skins.
Anyway, there is no way I could win because of that little lizard-like shit, Yoshi, who always seemed to have a rocket of a kart.
Blue-shell me? I’ll fucking blue-shell you, mate.
9) PROJECT GOTHAM RACING – FERRARI F50
When Project Gotham Racing was released on Xbox, it made everyone sit up and take notice that a new boy had arrived on the scene.
This Ferrari F50 made a whole new generation fall in love with the magnificent machine.
8) DRIVER – DRIVER’S CAR
Driver was an addictive game. This was in the day where you couldn’t get out of the car when it was about to explode and jump in another. You had to stick to your trusted car and step on it.
7) CRAZY TAXI – B.D. JOE TAXI
What. a. game.
Whether you played this in the arcades, Dreamcast or Xbox, this game was an utter joy. Throw in some Offspring music and you’re all set.
The taxi, in particular B.D. Joe’s taxi, was rapid and fun to drive. Uber have a lot to learn.
6) SEGA RALLY – LANCIA DELTA INTEGRALE
A long car journey to visit Grandma always meant one thing to me. As soon as someone needed to go to the toilet, or wanted the special treat of McDonald’s, we had to stop at the services.
You are then presented with one of the great sights as a child. An entire row of Sega Rally arcade games with pedals, steering wheel and gear stick. You had to be on your best behaviour and hope that your dad had a spare £1. If he did, you were in for one of the great gaming experiences.
You had the choice of the Toyota Celica or Lancia Delta Integrale if I remember rightly. I always picked the Integrale.
5) COLIN MCRAE RALLY 2.0 – FORD FOCUS
Not only was Colin McRae one of the best rally drivers of all time, he provided one of the best rally games of all time. For me, the best was Colin McRae 2.0 which featured the Ford Focus in the Valvoline livery.
4) NEED FOR SPEED: HOT PURSUIT 3 – LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SV
I was already a fan of the Diablo growing up, but Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit III cemented that love. The game featured the Diablo SV, the same that was on my bedroom wall.
Not a bad game either.
3) OUTRUN – FERRARI TESTAROSSA SPIDER
Best game music ever.
In real life, there was only one Testarossa Spider built and it was for Gianni Agnelli. I’ve never heard of him either.
2) GRAN TURISMO 2 – TOYOTA SUPRA GT
Possibly the greatest racing game of all time. It featured the gorgeous Supra GT in the Castrol livery.
You can watch the real deal being raced by ‘The Drift King’ here: drivetribe.com/p/ABfcZ0ChT8mgTIrz_qwkRw?iid=KBxV0bpNTtCt5TXVDgxBPA
1) NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED – BMW M3 GTR
Here it is, the most iconic car from a video game of my youth. The BMW M3 GTR. The front cover of Need For Speed: Most Wanted had this Fast and Furious style racer on it, and I bought it straight away.