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Races are a type of game mode available in Grand Theft Auto Online. They can be played alone or with up to 15 (29 in enhanced version on PS4, Xbox1 and PC) other players. Races give the player rewards such as JPRP and cash, even if the player does not win the race. There are four different racing modes: Land Races, Air Races, Water Races, and Bike Races. 

There are also Impromptu Races that can be activated at any time during Free Mode.

Description

The Land Races are divided into three different types: Standard (Lap and Point to Point), GTA (Lap and Point to Point), and Rally. Standard Lap and Point to Point involves players driving through various checkpoints in the track before reaching the finish. Standard Lap races involve repeated timed laps around a set course and Point to Point races run from a start point to a separate finish point. GTA races are essentially the same as Standard/Point to Point, but with weapons and power-ups enabled. The players can also exit their initial vehicle and steal a different one. Rally is a unique team-based format in which there are two players in each vehicle, the driver and the navigator. The driver is unable to see the checkpoints in the race, so the navigator must direct the driver through the points either with directional commands or voice commands using their microphone.

There were 42 unique Rockstar-created races at the start of GTA Online. Over time, Rockstar Games will continue to release downloadable content packs that can include new races. There are a virtually endless amount of player-made races that can sometimes even get officially approved by Rockstar Games; these are known as Rockstar-Verified races.

A Non-Contact Race option was added in The High Life Update, which allows players to play standard races with collisions disabled between player's vehicles (other players appear as semi-transparent "ghosts") but players are still able to collide with non-player traffic, structures and other scenery. Slipstream is automatically disabled in non-contact races.

Variables

  • Type: Standard/GTA/Rally/Non-Contact
  • Number of Laps: From 1-99 (Not applicable to Point-to-Point races)
  • Class: e.g. Helicopters, Planes, Super, Off-Road
  • Time of Day: Current/Morning/Noon/Night
  • Weather: Current/Clear/Raining
  • Traffic: On/Off
  • Wanted Levels: On/Off
  • Custom Vehicles: On/Off
  • Catch Up: On/Off
  • Slipstream: On/Off
  • Teams (GTA Race only)
  • Split Times: World Record/Personal Best/Friend's Best/Crew's Best
  • Radio Station

Types of Races

Standard

Lap Race

A standard lap race, has players race on a set course for a number of laps determined by the host. Typically, the default number of laps is 2 or 3, but they can be as high as 99 or as few as one. Players are timed against each other and against a "World Record" or "Personal Best" time; Every time a player runs a best lap, he/she will receive RP. RP is also awarded for "clean laps" with no collisions, and for leading an entire lap.

Point to Point Race

A point to point race is completed only by driving from a set start point through checkpoints to a set finish point. This allows for greater freedom in track design, ranging from simple straight courses through neighborhoods, to racing through massive, sprawling sewer systems and Coast-to-Coast style events.

GTA Race

A GTA Race uses the same course as a standard race (Laps or Point to Point), but with the inclusion of weapons, power-ups and the ability to leave your vehicle to aquire a new one. Players take whatever weapons they have access to with them into the race, allowing custom weapons to be used. Low tier weapons will also spawn along the track, with the ability to be picked up while inside a vehicle, albeit with very little ammo. When playing GTA Races with wanted levels on, the race can quickly become one sided, as players without wanted levels will be able to rush ahead of other players being blocked by police and military blockades. When playing GTA Races with teams, the players are divided into pairs of two and spawn in the same vehicle.
Caution should be taken when in the lead, as GTA V's new car physics can greatly impair you. If your tires are shot out, you will immediately careen off the track, crashing and likely losing position.
Power-ups include:
  • Rockets - You gain the ability to fire 2 rockets from your vehicle by honking your horn. The rockets can be fired in reverse by looking behind you with R3/RS.
  • Boost - Your car instantly reaches maximum speed, bypassing its acceleration limits.
  • Health/Repair - Your vehicle is instantly repaired to full health.
Power-ups are not available in Air Races.

Rally Race

A rally race is a new mode introduced in GTA Online. It involves teams of 2 navigating through the same race tracks as standard races, with the driver being unable to see the checkpoints. The navigating co-driver has to provide directions to his teammate in the form of arrows displayed on the drivers screen, telling him when to turn or by voice commands. This mode is very difficult for inexperienced players, and is even more difficult without microphones to use as communications between teammates. In this mode, voice communication is restricted to within teams, opposition teams cannot hear each other during a rally.

Player-Created Races

Through the Content Creator, players can create their own custom lap or point to point courses, setting the checkpoints and race details. Players can also add props such as barriers, ramps, and explosive objects. Power-ups and weapon spawns can be placed for GTA races. Stunt jumps can also be added, activating the stunt jump camera when a player drives through it. Once published, the race can be accessed from GTA Online and rated by other players. Like other jobs, a custom race can also be verified by Rockstar at which point they appear on the Free Roam map and can be accessed by all online players.
A course must be at least 0.62 miles (chosen due to it being equal to 1 kilometre) in length to be published.

Checkpoints

Checkpoints are used to determine the routing of the course, including the start and finish lines. They are signified by a large vertical yellow cylinder, with a large blue arrow indicating the next point. Checkpoints in Air Races are shown by a horizontal halo which the player must fly through. Points are also shown on the player's map as yellow circles, though only the next two checkpoints will be shown on the map. The finish line is signified by a checkpoint with a large checkered flag in the center.

Checkpoints also serve as respawn points when a player vehicle is destroyed or the player manually selects to respawn (i.e. when they have gone so far off-course or their vehicle has become stuck).

Racers do not necessarily have to pass directly through the checkpoint; driving close to a checkpoint will count, though it will not be as immediate as driving right into the halo. This allows leeway on wide roads, divided highways, and when racing other players side-by-side. If a player misses a checkpoint, however, they will have to turn around or respawn and drive through it again, losing valuable time.

Slipstreaming

Slipstreaming, or drafting, is a technique used to gain speed in land races by running behind another driver. If enabled in the pre-race lobby, a wake of air will appear behind the car in front, letting you "see the air". When timed correctly, the player can "slingshot" past the driver in front. The one disadvantage is that the sudden boost in momentum could cause the player behind to collide with the player(s) ahead or traffic, wrecking themselves or other players.

While in real life slipstreaming can allow multiple cars to line up and go faster, this does not take effect in the game. The slipstream effect is also greatly exaggerated in game to the extent that vehicle dimensions (size; aerodynamics) are not taken into account - for example in an off-road race a Sandking XL is able to get a full slingshot effect from slipstreaming behind a Sanchez dirtbike.

Slipstreaming is not available in Non-Contact races.

Catchup

Catchup, when enabled, allows drivers behind the leader to catchup to the front of the pack, preventing runaway victories and slightly reducing the advantage of players with custom engines and transmissions. Players that fall back at the start of a race get another chance at a good finish. On the other hand, it can leave the leader a sitting duck for a last second pass. While the effect of catchup is not blatantly obvious, an experienced racer can notice the boost in horsepower when coming from behind, or the absence of it once they are ahead.

Vehicle Classes

Below is a list of every available vehicle by class. The player may also use any custom personal vehicles they own in the selected class, some of which are not available by default, providing that the host has allowed it. This can be changed in the lobby by turning Custom Vehicles on or off. This does not apply to Boats, Cycles, Helicopters or Planes as they cannot be customised.

Certain races will have locked classes and/or vehicles, particularly update-specific races introducing new vehicles. The grid size defined in the race may limit some classes to a sub-set of the available vehicles, this is particularly common in Off-Road races.

NOTE: Boats, planes, and helicopters are not listed by speed in the selection screen.

Vehicle classes

Boats

Cycles

Helicopters


*Weapons disabled

Planes

Jets

Compacts

Coupes

Motorcycles

Muscle

Off-Road

Sedans

Sports

Sports Classics

Super

SUVs

Utility

Vans 

List of Rockstar-Created Land Races

Land Races and allowed vehicle classes
Race Name Added by Update Classes allowed
Across the Wilderness Independence Off-Road (The Liberator and Beach Bum vehicles only)
Arms Race Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
At the Races Enhanced 1.19 Off-Road
Beach Odyssey Hipster Sports Classics (Pigalle only)
Before It Was Cool Hipster Compacts (Panto only)
Bluffing Beach Bum Off Road (limited)
Business Trip Business Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
By the Side of the Bay Off Road (limited)
Caffeine Rush Hipster Sedans (Glendale only)
Congestion Charge Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Criminal Records Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Crossing Paths Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility

Cutting Coroners

Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Dipping In Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Dock Ring Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Dockyard Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Dorset Drive Valentine's Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Double Parking Compacts, Motorcycles
Down the Drain Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Downtown Underground Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Drag Strip Flight School Sports Classics (Coquette Classic only)
Driving Range Utility (Caddy only)
Eight Figure Bonus Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility
Embracing America Hipster Sedans (Warrener only)
Field Trip Off-Road
Gone Fishin' Off-Road
Grand Tour Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Grass Route Off-Road
Grass Route II Beach Bum Off Road (limited)
Graveyard Shift Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Greenwich Meantime Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Hip to be Cool Hipster Compacts (Rhapsody only)
Home In The Hills High Life SUVs (Huntley S only)
If I Were a Richman Compact, Motorcycle
In Harmony Off-Road
In the Grove Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Just Deserts Off-Road
Learning Curve Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Loss Leader High Life Super (Zentorno only)
Lost and Found Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Morning Perm-a-Wood Compact, Motorcycle
Muscle In Enhanced 1.19 Muscle
Mud, Sweat and Gears Independence Off-Road (The Liberator only)
Need for Seed Flight School Sports Classics (limited)
Old Downtown Compact, Motorcycle
On the GOH Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility
Over the Hump Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Panic Stations Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility
Pier 2 Pier Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Raton Race Off Road (limited)
Ring of Fire Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Route 68 Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Senora Freeway Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Shore Up Beach Bum Off Road (limited)
Stadium Tour Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Stock Market Crash High Life Sports (Massacro only)
Swamp Monster Independence Off Road (limited)
Taking Off Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Taxiing Enhanced 1.19 Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility
The City Commute Business Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
The Commute Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
The First Corporation Business Compacts, Coupes, Cycles, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs, Utility
Thrills in the Hills Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Trail Blazers Enhanced 1.19 Off Road
Trend Setting Hipster Muscle (Blade only)
Turn the Tide Beach Bum Off Road (limited)
Motorcycles
Under The Wing Flight School Sports Classics (Coquette Classic only)
Up the Back Alley Compacts
Vespucci Dreams Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
Vinewood Tours Valentine's Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs
We Have Lift-off Independence Off-Road (The Liberator only)
Wiwang Park Business Compacts, Coupes, Motorcycles, Muscle, Off-Road, Sedans, Sports, Sports Classics, Super, SUVs

List of Rockstar-Created Bike Races

Bike Races and allowed vehicle classes
Race Name Added by Update Classes allowed
A Sign of Things to Come Motorcycles
Against the Grain Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
American Cycle Cycles
Art to Art Motorcycles
Barnstorming Cycles
Boots on the Ground Enhanced 1.19 Motorcycles
Cream of the Crop Motorcycles
Cult Following Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
CyclePath Cycles
Dock and Roll Motorcycles
Free Fall Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Going Down Motorcycles
Heart Breaker Valentine's Motorcycles
Horse Power Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
In the Pipeline Beach Bum Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Into the Lights Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Off the Rails Motorcycles
On the Trail Motorcycles (Sanchez & Blazer only)
On Yer Bike Cycles
Peak Performance Cycles
Pit Lane Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Power Trip Motorcycles
Quick Getaway Cycles, Motorcycles
Redwood Light District Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Saddle Up Cycles
Scale the Heights Cycles
Staying on Track Motorcycles
Sundae Driving Beach Bum Motorcycles
The Dam Before the Storm Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Thrusting Motion High Life Motorcycles (Thrust only)
Touch Base Motorcycles
Tour de Santos Enhanced 1.19 Cycles
Tour the Lake Independence Motorcycles (Sovereign only)
Track and Field Enhanced 1.19 Cycles
Tunnel Vision Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Turn To Dust Enhanced 1.19 Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Up the Creek Beach Bum Motorcycles (Sanchez only)
Wingin' It Removed in April 2014 Cycles

List of Rockstar-Created Water Races 

Water Races and allowed vessels
Race Name Added by Update Vessels allowed
Canal Passage Removed
Delta V Boats (Seashark only)
Gone Coastal Beach Bum

Boats

Jetty Jumping Boats
Motorboating Valentine's Boats
On the Rocks Removed
Pier 400 Boats
Sea Change Beach Bum Boats (Seashark only)
Truss Issues Boats (Seashark only)
Water Rings Beach Bum Removed
Water Sports Removed
Without a Paddle Boats

List of Rockstar-Created Air Races

Air Races and allowed aircraft
Race Name Added by Update Aircraft allowed
Base Level Flight School Planes (Besra only)
Blowing in the Wind Planes
Branching Out Flight School Jobs Helicopters
Burn Your Bridges Planes (Mallard only)
Burn Your Bridges II Business Planes (Vestra only)
Business Class Planes (Lazer only)
Chopper Cruise Helicopters
Crop Circle Helicopters
Crosswind Flight School Planes (Besra only)
Downtown, Downtown Planes
Eclipse Removed
First Class Business Planes (Vestra only)
Fleet First Enhanced 1.19 Planes (Miljet? only)
Fly Like an Eagle Removed
Flying Colors Flight School Jobs Planes
Flying Low Flight School Planes (Besra only)
Grave Danger Helicopters
Heli River

Helicopters, Planes

High Dive Flight School Jobs Planes (Lazer only)
In The Loop Flight School Jobs Planes (Lazer only)
In the Wings Enhanced 1.19 Planes (Lazer only)
Jet Lag Planes (Lazer only)
Jet Stream Planes (Lazer only)
Jet-setting Business Planes (Vestra only)
Kept at Bay Removed
Lazer Quest Planes (Lazer only)
Life's a Beach Removed
Lift Off Enhanced 1.19 Helicopters, Planes
Loose Canyon Planes
Over the Hill Planes (Mallard only)
Plane to Sea Planes
Stage Flight Planes
Swift Arrival Flight School Helicopters (Swift only)
The Humane Race Flight School Planes (Miljet only)
Tight Squeeze Business Planes (Vestra only)
Up in the Air Removed

Trivia

  • Racing is designed to be a key component of the online experience, evidenced by the opening cutscene featuring a street race as the first visible activity and the first thing an online player has to do is the Lamar street race.
  • The opening cutscene race is actually not possible to replicate as it has mixed classes - Super (one black and one yellow and black Cheetah and a green Entity XF), Sports (a black Feltzer) and Sports Classic (a red Monroe).
  • With the introduction of custom cars, races can become extremely dynamic.
  • It is possible to be killed by other players outside of GTA Races by being rammed by multiple cars at once.
  • Players are unable to make Races at Fort Zancudo or Los Santos International Airport, due to them being restricted areas.
  • Off-Road races can be considered the most diverse, allowing players to drive in SUVs, dirt bikes, or true off-road vehicles within the same class. Each type poses its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the diverse terrain an off-road race can present.

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