GTI Racing uniquely blends a realistic and highly detailed car physics simulation with the pure fun of driving in a very dynamic way. Grab the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and gather the sensation for the incredible sense of speed and the power of all the real world cars.
User reviews: Positive (25 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 24, 2006
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GTI Racing uniquely blends a realistic and highly detailed car physics simulation with the pure fun of driving in a very dynamic way. Grab the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and gather the sensation for the incredible sense of speed and the power of all the real world cars.
  • Realistic driving model: Lifelike car physics reflect the pure enjoyment of dynamic car driving using some of the best dynamic physics around. Detailed handling model with carefully adjusted parameters give you full control of the car and an incredible ease of driving whilst still being very fun to drive.
  • Cars: GTI Racing gives you the biggest collection of the legendary European Volkswagen Golf series cars. Choose one of the 15 GOLF models, representing all five generations from its original heritage through to the current day. Try out the GTI, G60 and the outstanding R32! Check out Volkswagens hottest concept cars and classics - along with the original Beetle and T1 "Samba" transporter.
  • Tuning: GTI Racing introduces you to the professional car customization world, thanks to the impressive and wide array of original visual and performance modding and tuning parts. Spoilers, xenon lights, wide body kits, exhausts and rims - everything you would ever need or desire for the visual aspect of tuning your car. Turbo's, nitro`s, sports transmissions, performance brake kits and wide tires - unlimited performance tuning possibilities.
  • Career: Over 70 races in 6 unique settings and scenarios against challenging AI opponents will keep the heat on. Time trial, Drift competition and Drag racing, wild Baja and new Legal Race modes. Finish all 25 Championships located in Germany, France, Italy, UK and USA, earn money and spend it on your ride!
  • Dynamic race surroundings: GTI Racing introduces a new level of intensity into the world of racing thanks to fully physics simulated hundreds of objects on the tracks. Use fully interactive objects to create your advantage - slow down your opponents or disable their cars completely.
  • Demanding AI: drivers make full use of the driving and collision physics model. They will cut you off, run you off the road, use shortcuts to get to the finish line first, so be on your guard and watch out for them.
  • Detailed car damage: every contact you make with and object or form of racing collision will leave a dent on your vehicle! Based on Xpand Rally experiences highly detailed damage and mechanical car part stress models this has ben used to great effect to enhance the experience with a very rich flavor!
  • Online drive: Race through LAN or on the Internet. Extremely playable Baja mode, closed circuits, highways, drift driving competitions and drag racing championship which will give the multi player racer something to shout about. Intense 4 player racing and action in each race.

System Requirements

    Minimum System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, P IV/AMD Athlon processor with 1.8 GHz, 256 MB RAM, Video card with 64 MB, DX 8.0 compatible (GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 9200)*, Sound card DX 8.0 compatible, 2,5 GB of free space on hard drive, DirectX 9.0c, 56k Modem (for Internet multiplayer mode)
    Recommended System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, P IV/AMD Athlon processor with 2.5 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Video card with 128 MB, DX 9.0 compatible (GeForce 5700 or ATI Radeon 9600)*, Sound card DX 8.0 compatible, 2,5 GB of free space on hard drive, DirectX 9.0c, ISDN Internet connection (for Internet multiplayer mode)
    Please note that video cards that do not support T&L in hardware do not fully meet the games minimum spec and will therefore suffer performance issues. The game requires video card with Pixel Shader 1.1. The Game was not tested with onboard graphics cards, including laptops.
    *The game does not support GeForce 4MX video cards.
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
You can drive a classic Beetle, so yes, i recommend!
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
A cheap and cheerful arcade racing game based on an old iteration of the chrome engine (Call of Juarez etc.) The graphics are not the best by today's standards but the game doesn't cost much these days either. The cars are all Volkswagons, from the early eighties Golf GTi to late 90's concept, old and new Beetles are included and even the VW Camper. You can customise most of the parts, by winning races and spending your prize money, but this is not a sim. Most customisations make very little difference to performance unless they boost the BHP. It takes some practice to consistently win events and opponents are challenging but a bit stupidly rough, bashing you off the track if they can. A real bonus in a game like this is the availabilty of a cockpit view, making it more realistic and challenging. It's fun, works with a Logitech wheel, and it took me 25 hours to complete so the value can't be questioned. Worth a try if you're stuck for some racing action.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
285.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
A underrated game, for 4.99, you probably won't find a longer game. 285 hours and I still haven't obtained everything.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
This Gameis awsome if you love Volkswagens...Which i do. I does at times feel a little funky but all in all solid game for the price. I do wish i could use my Gamepad
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2011
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2011
Pre-Release Review
I was hoping that it would feature the (IMO) superb driving model of the Xpand series, but instead it is a laughably poor arcade racer.

Think N64-era Cruisin' USA type gameplay. Blegh.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2011
Pre-Release Review
BUY THIS GAME !
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2011
ENG:

If you like games such as Need For Speed ​​series, as the game like this too, and the price of what the game is a great content and presentation of the game to give the image and from the game. Lots of tracks and a lot of cars, and you can tune your car, and more game play mode, a testimonial!

FIN:

Jos pidät peleistä kuten Need For Speed sarja, niin pidät tästäkin pelistä, hinta ja peli on loistava mitä sisältö ja peli esittely antaa kuvan ja ilmi pelistä. Paljon ratoja ja paljon autoja sekä voit tuunata autoa ja useampi peli moodi pelissä, suositteluni!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
The game is somewhat a alright game, but it can better though.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2010
Pre-Release Review
Eu gostei do gráfico. A jogabilidade é boa e de fácil memorização. Ainda existe a possibilidade de se escolher o modo de simulação ou arcade. Para quem gosta de jogos de corrida, é uma excelente pedida!!!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Holy Jesus. Yes I've played very little of this game, but why would I? Glitchy, broken unstable camera, even at 60FPS. Horrible Trashy German trance music, poorly modeled and horrible looking world, even for 2006 and to top off one of the worst licensed games out there, it doesn't work half the time.

2/10

Pros:

Good if you like VW cars.
Good if you like trashy Euro Pop.
Good if you want to get a headache.

Cons:

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GOD DAMN GAME

Alternative: GT Legends-The best cheap racing game on Steam.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2010
Pre-Release Review
Dude, it's got V-Dubs in da HAUS!!!!!! What more could I ask for? Oh yeah, it's even developed by a Polish game studio! Just awesome!
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8 of 20 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
GTI Racing is a game where you race variants of the VW vehicles that's GTI, from the Bettle to Golf, and more. There are variety of courses, but some are simply running the same course in reverse, or have a slightly variant route. You can also spend some of your earnings to improve your vehicle in various ways, from improved ECM to racing tires, from improved exhaust to turbocharger. This is an arcade racer, where the idea is not to make mistakes and still go fast. Graphics are decent, but that's all. It's an arcade racer, and a budget title. You can find better racing games cheaper.
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1 of 31 people (3%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
Basically a crappy Volkswagon advertisement. It sat on the shelf at a Gamestop until corporate dropped the price to a penny which meant it was supposed to be thrown away. It's not even worth that one penny. The graphics aren't that awful but absolutely everything else is uninspired, buggy, and lacking. Play Gran Turismo instead.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
This game doesn't have much to say other than if you are a car(volkswagen) lover then this is cool to have. Other than tht it is a cool overall racing game. 6/10
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19.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
vw racing
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16.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
its a very nice game.
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17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is like getting one of the racing giants for cheap. GTI Racing has a realistic experience that is in my opinion just as good as NASCAR,F1,Gran Turismo,Forza,GRID,and other racing sim giants. People tend to call it an arcade racer based on graphics alone,which they aren't the BEST honestly,like their better than the screenshots would make it seem,they have reflections and shadows,decent plant life and city enviroments,good car models,not QUITE as good as like a Gran Turismo game that's $60 or something,but if your like me and couldn't care less if it's "realistic" as long as it's not PAINFUL to look at or anything,then you should really appreciate this game. If your willing to suspend disbelief and cut the game some slack since it's only $5,the graphics and in-depth customization as well as physics will be a pleasent surprise.

The car selection is pretty good,the cars appear in the dealership every 2 championships or cups or series' or whatever,their in basic levels. Standard being the first,and Extreme being the final level you get right before you finish the game. The cars get better each level,but the stats CAN vary,so i advise looking at the stats of a car before you buy to make sure your getting the biggest bang for your buck. Their always in the same price range,you aren't gonna pay like $3,000 for a car in the $7 level or anything. The game never says $ by the way,it just says "credits". Cars can range from the famous 2005 Golf GTI,to several variations of the "bug",to the somewhat aggressive Golf 3/4 (my personal favorite),to even some of the most obscure Volkswagen models! The car variety had me thoroughly impressed.

As for tuning,i haven't poked around with the other stuff,since with some basic training and a few practice runs in the car test mode,i was able to drive the default setup just fine,but i advise setting car height to "high". Having it on Low or Medium never gave me a noticeable stat boost,though it DID stop me dead in my tracks if i even TOUCHED a little piece of grass,but with high you still get the same amount of grip,offroad terrain can't stop you,great top speed and decent acceleration. If you buy the most expensive suspension kit,you also gain access to "very high",which is even better.

The races take place in a few main locations: Bavaria Germany,Texas USA,"British Race Track",Paris France,and Italy. Bavaria tends to have a rainy forest enviroment,with an occasional coastal cruise overlooking the ocean. Italy tends to take place mostly on boardwalks and beach roads. Texas is in nothin' but desert,with many races sending you on soaring jumps between the dunes,Paris will have you going through small towns,winding country mountain roads,and most of all,cobblestone paths for some reason. And finally "British Race Track",by far my favorite,can range from a dirt ring for you to drift around to an actual speedway with winding turns,resembling a road track like in NASCAR and other motorsports.

Races are usually just that,races. Then there are Drift Events. if i can reccomend anything about GTI Racing,it is STAY AWAY from the drift events. I made one slip up,-20,000 points! It was IMPOSSIBLE to make that up in the short track and time given. Legal race events is "Life in Idiot Town Simulator" as people sillouhettes will walk out in front of your speeding vehicle blindly to brutally take away 5 seconds of time for each one you hit. Oddly enough,these are enjoyable. Cross-country event is where you go to texas and hop over the hills in a car (preferably a highly tuned one) to collect lights before your opposition get to them. Finally,drag races. Just press A when your speed meter won't go any farther. You gotta do it fast though,or else your opponent can go SOARING past. These are by far the most common later on in the career mode.

Customization varies from paint jobs to wheels to body kits and wings for visual upgrades,to Engine and Suspension packages,transmission upgrades (by far the most effective),and brakes for performance. Once you buy a performance part,you can tweak it's stat boost in tuning to suit your driving style. Again,i mostly leave everything but suspension height default for best results and just make my car the highest possible. Buying the highest possible engine package will come with a lovely bonus - turbo boost! And while you might not NEED it as long as you've got one of the faster cars from the level your racing,turbo makes a MASSIVE difference. I wouldn't reccomend spending that much money on an engine package though unless there's just one car you MUST make fast to keep as long as possible. Paint jobs and rims have no real difference,though they do look great compared to the stock. Wings are rarely on any cars once you get to the higher levels,but if there's a car you like that has a decent wing,it's so satisfying to see it during a race,and it looks awesome.

In the end the only issues i have had with this game is walls glitching holding my car to them where i had to press R to reset my position (though when it happens to enemy cars who can't press R,it makes the race way easier),flipping over when turning (probably something i did wrong when tuning though),and the keyboard sometimes locking up,though it's only happened twice in the 2 months i have owned this game,and i think that was mostly the keyboard's fault. So if you want a nostalgia trip to games like NFS Most Wanted,Underground,and others from that era,yet still want to be able to tune your car for the most realistic experience possible,then this is the game for you. It's like having an ENTIRE COLLECTION of racing titles for only $5! The lack of cars besides volkswagens rarely bothered me,and i was too caught up in the gameplay and thrills to notice that it's pretty much an interactive volkswagen advertisement.

Another thing to keep in mind is at times the AI racers can be a bit aggressive,like trying to spin you or run you off the road,but their easy to take care of in a decently fast/powerful car,and the tiny cost of repairs FAR outweighs the satisfying SMACK their cars make when i force them into the edge of an incoming fence or building.

i give this game a 5/5,even my least favorite parts of this game are funner than my favorite parts of some other games such as CS:GO. Like i said,your basically getting every possible racing game ever for $5 if you can get decent at tuning in this game. Who can beat that!? Offroad,Race Track,Demoltion Derby,Drift,this game has it all!

~IsaacTheSpinosaur
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