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Easy wins

In races where crew members are used, used a scout (Yumi if possible). If you do not win the race, your scout will.

When in Career mode, choose the Exotic class. When you get to the Stacked Deck level, get a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Once this happens, Neville, Colin, and Nikki will still have exotic cars. Choose one of them and do any race where you can use your wingman. You should have easy win.

For easier Speedtrap races, activate your Blocker/Brawler before the race. While racing and you are coming up to a speed trap, stop your Blocker/Brawler. This will crash the other car(s), and drastically slow down their time. Remember that the peak Blocker/Brawler moment is just before the speed trap.

When in a Speedtrap race, use a drafter (Niki if possible). When you get close to a speedtrap, activate your crew member and draft.

When in Career mode, choose the Exotic class. When you get to the Stacked Deck level, get a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Once this happens, Neville, Colin, and Nikki will still have exotic cars. Choose one of them and do any race where you can use your wingman. You should have easy win.

When you get to the Stacked Deck level and go to do the canyon race for a Lamborghini Murcielago, use a Corvette Z06 stock/custom to overtake him.

The easiest way to win Circuit Races, Sprints, Rival Crew Challenges,Checkpoints, Speedtrap or any other race where nitrous and SpeedBreaker are allowed is by enabling the "Unlimited nitrous" and "Unlimited SpeedBreaker" codes. Use them at the same time throughout the entire race. This will let you make sharp turns and drive fast with control to get ahead of your opponents or maintain speed in the Speed Trap races.

While in the Canyon race you will see that there are areas marked with white lines with stripes on the side of the roads near the big turns. If you follow those lines you will have the shortest turn and thus be able to win the race easily.

Enable the "Unlimited nitrous" and "Unlimited crew charge" codes. Activate your drafter (if in the crew). Keep the drafter activated from the start of the race. Follow him or her and you or your drafter will certainly win the race.

Enable the "Unlimited nitrous" and "Unlimited SpeedBreaker" codes. During the race, keep using SpeedBreaker until the end. Also use nitrous through the entire race. This will make it an unfair slow motion race, that is painfully long but a sure win. To boost the effects, enable the "Unlimited crew charge" code as well and have a drafter as active. Then use your drafter during the entire race. It is faster, but still painfully long. Note: This cannot be used in Quick Race, Challenge Series or Canyon Duels.

 Xbox 360  Purchase the Corvette, Dodge Viper, or one of the car bundles from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Then purchase the engine, super charger kits, and the nitrous kit. Customize your cars with these upgrades and you should just blow past the other racers in Career mode. Note: This helps with online races, but does not guarantee you will win.

For easy wins at the canyon, use the following cars. Tuner: Nissan 350z or Skyline R34; Exotic: Porsche Carrera GT or Lamborghini Muricielago; or Muscle: Dodge Viper SRT10 or Dodge Challenger R/T.

While in the Canyon races use any type of muscle car. They have more acceleration. You can pass other cars easily and win the races in just one attempt. The yellow Aston Martin or Dodge Viper are recommended.

Defeating Darius

  • Before you get to challenge Darius, you must race Wolf, Kenji, and Angie in their new rides: Wolf: Lamborghini Gallardo; Kenji: Mitsubishi Evolution; and Angie: Dodge Challenger Concept. You will have to defeat them in the canyon, then the city. Both races are sprints. After you defeat them, you will be able to challenge Darius in his Audi Le Mons Quattro. You will not be able to switch cars before each race. Start with the car that you want to use for all four races. The car needed to beat Darius is a Tier 2 Tuner, because they are the best at turns (Canyon Duel). Kenji's Mazda RX-7 is the best car if it is tuned out to the maximum. However, if you did not obtain the pink slip from Kenji, then your best Tier 2 Tuner should be fine, as long as its tuned fully. Defeating Darius will take many attempts, but eventually you will get used to the roads and will be one step ahead of him, making your chances of winning larger every time you race him. Also, if you cannot make it past the first, second, or third race, try enabling the "Unlimited nitrous" code then hold down the nitrous for the entire race, except for sharp turns. You should have a fairly easy win as long as you take all of the shortcuts. If you miss one shortcut, Darius will take it and you will be in last place.
  • Get the Mitsubishi Lancer. Tune it fully for all race package transmission, engine, nitrous, and supercharger. Also, enable the "Unlimited nitrous" and "Unlimited SpeedBreaker codes" When you race Darius, drive a normal race but use nitrous the entire time. In the canyon, stay on the pedal the whole time and only use the brakes if you have to. There is one point in the race at about 63% where there is a wall instead of a guardrail. When you get there, floor it. There is a chance that you will pass Darius. If you do not, you will get about 10,000 points anyway and still have a good chance at winning.
  • Use the following trick to defeat Darius in Canyon Duel. When you defeat Darius on the streets, you will obviously go to the canyon. When going against him, try to get in front of him. After that, keep yourself in front of him for ten seconds and you will win. This also works with all other Canyon Duels. Pulling away and making him fall off also works.
  • To defeat Darius you must beat Kenji, Wolf, and Angie. To do this easily enable the "Unlimited SpeedBreaker" and "Unlimited nitrous" codes. The best car to use is a fully upgraded Chevrolet Corvette Z06. When you go to race them, hold [Nitrous] then press [SpeedBreaker] and use it the entire time. Although it takes a long time it is worth it. When face Darius in the canyon, accelerate as fast as possible and get him to cushion you. When you go to the inside of him, then just try to stay in front and you should win.

Easy money

Once you have completed career mode, set Samson as your wingman with Neville also in your crew. You can repeat any races you have already completed in which a wingman is used and recieve $750 for each race completed instead of the $500 without. This can also be used on first time races for maximum cash output.

The easiest way to break 1 million in Career mode is to start a Muscle career. Race two races in order to unlock the car lot. Then, go to your challenge series and unlock the Nissan 240 (last set of checkpoint challenges). Buy the car in your career. It is possible to complete the entire game with this car. It is important to start as a muscle career so that you unlock Sampson first. Race the entire game with Sampson set as active and Neville in your crew. You can break 1 million with about ten races left over.

Go to the Billings District, Downtown (tuner area). Go to the Mason Fountain race (speed trap race). Do not join it. Drive south of the race. While driving south, there will be a entrance to your right. Take it and you will go off a ramp. Once you go thought the entire shortcut, turn around. Look at your map and there should be a orange arrow. Race the car to any location. When you win, you'll get $1,000. Drive back to the jump and do the same thing again. The orange arrow should appear again. Race the car again for another $1,000. Repeat this as many times as desired. Note: This may take some time.

 Xbox 360  On Xbox Live, download the free Supreme Car Bundle. Go into Career mode and go to the car lot. Buy as many DB9 Aston-Martins for free, then exit out of the game into the dashboard. Go to the hard drive or the memory card that you used to save the Supreme Car Bundle and delete the tier 2 base car bundle. When you now load the game you can sell the DB9 for $100,000. Repeat this as many times as desired. Note: If you have not unlocked the car (for example, the DB9) yourself in career mode, when you delete the tier 2 base car bundle the cars disappear and you cannot sell them. This trick cheat works with any car in the package that has been unlocked prior.

Avoiding police

When being chased by the police, open the GPS map. Locate the nearest orange triangle with the pointer and activate the GPS. It will then show a blue arrow and lead you to the Pursuit Breaker. If the cops are directly behind you, they will stop because they "died". However if you are at heat level 4 or higher, the cops (Corvettes) will just dodge the debris. Once the cops have "died" it will then go into Cooldown mode. Then, just wait until you lose them. There is a faster way to do this. If you go into GPS mode (after you have gone into Cooldown mode), there will be a blue-white dotted circle. Activate the GPS for the circle. Drive toward it and make sure that you are exactly in the middle of the circle. Your Cooldown meter should be drop down faster. After the little screen appears, you should be back to normal.

This technique will work very well if you have a muscle car or something just as good. Use it when the cops are really pestering you (especially the blue cars or Corvettes) and start to corner you against the wall. Enter slow time then crank it to the middle of the road to get free. This technique also is very helpful if you have a flat tire. It might be not as good, but it still may work.

When the police are looking for you but have not found you yet (when the map blinks red), back up against a wall. The cops will go past, but will not catch or see you. They will then drive away.
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Use the following trick to evade a pursuit with no tires. If you hit a spike strip during a pursuit but near a Pursuit Breaker, hit that Pursuit Breaker as soon as possible. It should take out all the cars in the pursuit because they will be very close or all bunched together. Then, hide somewhere nearby if possible.

Note: This was done in a Mazda RX-7 at Heat level 4. When in pursuit and a spike strip is deployed, you can hit it and still carry on. Your top speed is only about 100 mph and your brakes will fail but you can still keep going. Hit as many Pursuit Breakers as possible and you should lose them.

During the Challenge Series races, you cannot use your [Speedbreaker] to flip police. When doing these types of races, wait until a roadblock has been set up, then try to hit the extreme back corner of the police car. If done correctly, you should slide under their car, flip them, and still be on the road to continue driving.

 PlayStation3  Press Square to activate Speed Breaker. While in Speed Breaker, press X for the hand brake to do a wicked turn-around. Use NOS while accelerating out of the turn-around to gain quick distance between you and the cops.

Easy drift combo multiplier

Start a drift race in the city. Make sure it is not a canyon drift. You will see a red bar across the road that stops your drift points around corners, then there will be a green bar. As soon as your front tires hit the green bar start to drift. You will get an automatic x2 combo multiplier. On some races if the bonus zone (yellow lines on sides on road) is too far away, it will give you no multiplier.

Avoid flipping

When you are about to flip, hit the nitrous. It will stabilize your car and you will not flip.

Turning sharp corners

To turn sharp corners fast, tap B while turning. This also works when using nitrous.

When you are about go into a sharp turn in a car with a manual transmission, downshift just before you start your turn. Then, start the turn and hit the Speed Breaker. Just before you reach the direction you want to go, turn quickly in the other direction, turn off Speed Breaker, and turn straight. Hit the nitrous for about one second, then shift up when you need to and you should be on your way.

Using SpeedBreakers effectively

 PlayStation3    Xbox 360  When you reach a sharp turn that requires you to use a SpeedBreaker, make sure that before you use it that you have already started a slight turn. When you get into SpeedBreaker status, turn hard, but not so hard that you start to fishtail. It should be more like a half push on the Analog-stick. Leave it there for a split second. Once you have started to turn sharply, do not do anything else except keep pressure on the throttle. If you start to fishtail, turn until your wheels are going the direction you want to travel to come out of the SpeedBreaker with good speed. Make sure the camera is behind the car instead of looking at its side. Then, release the SpeedBreaker and use the nitrous (if available).

Vauxhall Monaro VXR handling

When the Vauxhall Monaro VXR's handling is maxed out, the game states that the handling stat is as high as possible. However, it still slides when it turns but it is more controllable than, for example a Dodge Charger RT. The turning radius is a bit wide. It will hit the walls quite a bit unless you find a way to narrow the radius.

Unlocking the Lamborghini Murcielago

Defeat Wolf in his Lamborghini Murcielago on the canyon duel race event on Darius's turf. The recommended car for is an Exotic (for example, a maxed out Lamborghini Gallardo) or a maxed out exotic of your own choice. This may require a few attempts, but once you keep doing it, your chances of winning will increase.

Free performance parts

Go into "My Crew" then choose a crew member. Select the "View Car" option. Then, customize it. You can paint it whatever color desired, and because your crew members cars are not tuned you can buy them performance parts for free.

Police codes

During police chases, cops will use such term like "10-79" or "Code 6 Driver". Here are the meanings of these terms.

Code 3: In pursuit of high speed driver.
Code 6: High speed driver who refuses to pull over for police.
10-33: Is in a need for more backup units.
10-39: Police will attempt to spin your car.
10-59: Police are going to attempt to pin you against a wall.
10-73: This is a roadblock.
10-75: Police are going to pull in front of your car and slam on the breaks (very affective with Corvettes).
Setting up a quadrant: Police are going to set up in a certain direction to find you.
Taking out a P.C.: When you have "killed" a patrol car.

Recommended cars

  • Buy a Dodge Viper, then build it for top speed. When this is done your Viper will top out at about 240 mph, and with nitrous at 250 mph.
  • There are three classes of cars. Each car has its own characteristic, ranging from easy cornering to well-balanced road performance. You must master each car class in order to perform well.
Tuner cars: Their strongest point is handling, with decent acceleration but slower top speed. They consist of Japanese cars and mainstream European models.
Exotic cars: Their strongest point is their top speed, but they also have decent acceleration and handling. Most of the cars in this class are from European companies.
Muscle cars: Their strongest point is acceleration and a decent top speed. However their handling is poor and such cars are prone to sliding. Most cars are from United States companies.
  • When a Canyon Duel starts chose a muscle car (for example, the Corvetee ZO6). You will gain speed but be careful on turns.
  • In Drift races, choose a tuner car for better drifts. Select the performance tires then set the meter to "Drift".
  • The Pagani Zonda is the best and most expensive car. You can make the car reach a speed of 270 mph. It is best in speed, grip, and drag (apart from the Wheelie challenges). As an alternative for drift and drag, try a highly tuned RX-7 (if rear wheel drive).
  • The best tuner car to defeat Wolf TFK and Angie is the VW R32. It is unlocked after you defeat Kenji and is located in TFK's territory.

Samson complains about tuners

Start a race with Samson as your Wingman. If the cops call in about you or begin to chase you, Samson will make some negative comments about tuner cars.

Need For Speed Carbon reference

During some Super Promotion races the announcer will say "The little blue car with the license plate "NFS CARBN" needs to move his car or someone will move it for you".