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The Driving Missions hall of Gran Turismo 4's GT Mode houses 34 A-Spec based challenges known as Driving Missions. These missions test the players' skills of overtaking, clean racing and slipstreaming. Each mission rewards the player with 250 A-Spec points as well as a varying amount of credits.

The missions are split into five categories, each one awarding a different prize car upon their completion. Each category tests a different skill. A 5-second rev-limit penalty is incurred if the driver makes heavy contact with their opponent or the walls.

Missions 1-10: The PassEdit

These missions test the drivers ability to overtake a similarly competitive car. Missions 1-9 set the driver against one other car with a limited amount of track on which to overtake, while Mission 10 sets the driver against three others.

Successful completion of Missions 1-10 rewards the player with a DMC DeLorean S2 '04.

Mission 1Edit

GT4 Mission 1

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Deep Forest Raceway: 1st corner

In-game Information

The left corner just after you come over the hill is a passing point. Brake so that you go through on the inside of the rival car. Be careful because if you brake too late, you won't be able to stick to the inside of the corner. Try to find the brake timing that is not too early and not too late.

Mission 2Edit

GT4 Mission 2

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Grand Valley Speedway: 1st corner

In-game Information

This is the approach to the right-hand bend after the gentle left corner which is the only chance for overtaking. Point the car at the inside of the corner and brake whilst heading for the inside of the rival car. If you take a straighter braking line you can brake later than the rival car.

Mission 3Edit

GT4 Mission 3

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Cote d'Azur, Massenet to Mirabeau

In-game Information

There is a tight right turn right after the long downhill. Since this is a small corner, if you are going too fast you won't make it, so be careful - brakes are harder to apply whilst going downhill and there is a higher risk of oversteer.

Mission 4Edit

GT4 Mission 4

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Seattle Circuit: 1st corner

In-game Information

The 180° right corner after the long straight is the passing point. As the road surface on the city streets is particularly flat and not banked towards the outside of the corner, it is essential that you do not brake too late, the deciding factor for winning in this mission.

Mission 5Edit

GT4 Mission 5

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • High-Speed Ring: Corner 2-3

In-game Information

First race through the left-hand banked corner. Aim to pass the rival car at the first right of the following S-bend by braking correctly. Be careful not to brake too late or you will drift outwards and you will be overtaken on the following bend.

Mission 6Edit

GT4 Mission 6

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Tsukuba Circuit: Dunlop Bridge to Final Hairpin

In-game Information

This is an overtaking mission where you have to maintain a continuous driving rhythm through the tough part of the Tsukuba Circuit. First decide on the best way to come out of the Dunlop Corner, and then continue through the high-speed 80R and brake into the right hairpin. Be careful not to move too far towards outside of the corner.5

Mission 7Edit

GT4 IA-1

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Midfield Raceway: Final hairpin

In-game Information

Close the gap in the first long sweeping left corner after exiting the tunnel. then pick up speed as you exit the corner. After the next gentle right, you can gain some distance taking a straight line as you are braking towards the inside of the tight left-hand corner.

Mission 8Edit

GT4 Mission 8

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Trial Mountain: 1st tunnel

In-game Information

Running straight through the high-speed S section with a smooth driving rhythm, the left corner leading to the tunnel becomes a passing point. The best strategy is to take the inside of your opponent as the road begins to climb. Be careful not to lose too much speed here or the other car could regain the lead upon exiting the corner.

Mission 9Edit

GT4 Mission 9

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Twin Ring Motegi Road Course: 90-degree Corner

In-game Information

The right corner after the steep downhill straight is an ideal passing point. Although it is important to find the appropriate timing for braking in order to move to the inside, be mindful of taking a smooth line coming out of the corner - one that uses the full width of the course after you pass your rival.

Mission 10Edit

GT4 Mission 10

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Circuit de la Sarthe I: Mulsanne Straight

In-game Information

This is an overtaking mission where you need to pass three cars in succession at three locations: the first right-to-left chicane that appears after the straight, the second left-to-right chicane, and the final right-hand bend after the straight.

Missions 11-20: Three Lap BattlesEdit

Three Lap Battles either consists of equally-powered cars with a smaller head start or slightly-weaker cars with a significant head start to your car; the gap must be closed within 3 laps. Each race gives 10,000 credits per race.

Successful completion of Missions 11-20 rewards the player with a Jay Leno Tank Car '03.

Mission 11Edit

New York

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • New York Reverse

In-game Information

You are driving a Toyota 2000GT, in front of you are Japanese cars from automotive history, including the 117 Coupe, Mitsubishi GTO-MR and the Cosmo Sports. Try to pass them one car at a time after coming out of the long New York straight.

Mission 12Edit

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

In-game Information

This is a tough mission, overtaking five cars over three laps. The rival cars are the same class of Dodge Viper GTSR, making this an all-out battle that demands no-holds-barred overtaking and precision cornering without losing speed.

Mission 13Edit

Opera Paris

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Opera Paris

In-game Information

This is the narrow and winding Paris street course: requiring aggressive overtaking with minimal braking from the long straight, and minor changes to your line for overtaking them both from the inside and outside. You need to be very careful not to lose speed by hitting the walls and from the slippery nature of the road surface.

Mission 14Edit

Seattle Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Seattle Circuit

In this showdown of muscle cars, you are in the Plymouth Superbird. You are going to pass all 5 American muscle car in this three laps of Seattle. The Superbird has bad handling and braking but the Special, while much faster in a straight line, performs worse in the corners. That may be a key to be close enough to the leader and take the first place.

Mission 15Edit

Cote d'Azur

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Côte d'Azur

As you know, this is the Italian Classics mission putting you in the Lancia Stratos chasing the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, requiring more aggression and balanced in cornering and straight road. But be aware that the car can slightly oversteer if the throttle is pressed too much in the corner, or if you brake and turn at the same time.

Mission 16Edit

Suzuka Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Suzuka Circuit

This is the Volkswagen 3 lap battle, held in Full-Course Suzuka with all-identical Beetle cup car, which means you have a level playing field. Try to get around a corner as fast as you can, but be aware that the car may tend to understeer. Keep an eye on it because that will make your car go off-track.

Mission 17Edit

Infineon Raceway (Sports Car Course)

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Infineon Raceway (Sports Car Course)

This mission brings you to test the Audi R8 Race Car at Infineon Raceway in an attempt to pursue the leader: the Bentley Speed 8. Try to drive calm and balanced on every corner and overtake opponent properly. This will make a great result.

Mission 18Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe II

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Circuit de la Sarthe II

Now this mission takes place in Circuit de la Sarthe II where you are in a 1992 Nissan R92CP as you battle against top-end race cars. The key to winning is to concentrate on acceleration on every corner, straight speed, and the traction of the car. This makes a best time to chase the opponent and win the race.

Mission 19Edit

Suzuka Circuit East Course

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Suzuka Circuit East

This is another identical car mission, held in Suzuka East. You are given an Amuse S2000 with enhanced performance. Try to keep the speed on every corner and slipstream an opponent at straight road to get closer to it. Be careful when you get too much speed and brake late, because if that happens, you're going off the track.

Mission 20Edit

Tsukuba Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track:

This mission is unique from the other 3 Lap Battles, because in this mission, you'll be driving a slower car than the rest of the field. Luckily, the mm-R has better cornering and braking ability, as well as better tires, so use them to your advantage. Basically, you need to brake much later than the opponents, and out-corner them. This is the key to winning for this mission.

Missions 21-24: Slipstream BattlesEdit

Test Course (GT3)

These four missions are held in Test Course where you need to focus on the slipstreaming technique. Winning all four missions will reward you the Pagani Zonda LM Race Car.

Mission 21Edit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

This is the start of the Slipstream Missions, So you play as the Nissan Cube EX, trying to maintain the goal, so you have to get in 1st place in overall. Slow down your car a bit and by the way try to take a minimum slipstreaming effect on every car.

Mission 22Edit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track:

  • Test Course

This is the second Slipstream Mission, playing as the Honda Odyssey, the JDM Minivan. Try to maintain the goal, the challenge is similar to the previous one.

Mission 23Edit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track:

  • Test Course

This might get difficult. You are using the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, as 2nd to 5th are scrambled, the 1st is far away by 13 seconds. There are 2 ways to win this difficult task: Draft the opponents and when you reach the second place, let them pass you. Or, draft the opponents and when you reach the second place, let them hit you in the back (you won't get penalized).

Mission 24Edit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track:

  • Test Course

This is the super high-speed Slipstream Mission which lasts 3 laps in the Amuse S2000 GT1. The key to win it is that the S2000 had a huge rear wing so the timing has to be perfect for drafting and overtake to take the 1st place.

Missions 25-29: 1 Lap Magic (I)Edit

In this mission set, you start against much slower opponents with a significant time penalty and must overtake them within one lap. Complete this mission set and you will get the Toyota 7 Race Car.

Mission 25Edit

Fuji Speedway 80s

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

This is the first 1 Lap Magic mission. Here's how 1 Lap Magic missions work: as explained above, you'll start from last place, but you'll always use a much better car than the field (in this case, the JGTC Nissan Z). The other 5 cars get a head start. This mission sees the lead car (the 280Z) start 35 seconds ahead of you. As you start, all you have to do is pass the 4 cars that separate you and the lead car as quickly as you can. Pass the lead car before the finish line to win.

Mission 26Edit

Suzuka Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

Old meets New in this mission as you drive a JGTC Honda NSX around Suzuka. The lead car, which is a Honda S500, starts exactly a minute and a half before you do. One thing to note is that the track has many difficult corners, such as the 130R, so be careful when you try to overtake somebody. Get too cocky and you'll end up hitting an opponent and getting a penalty.

Mission 27Edit

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

In this mission you only have to overtake all the Mazda opponents at Laguna Seca. You'll be driving the Mazda 787B. Try to maintain the speed on every corner, as well as the Corkscrew. In the last corners you will able to overtake two cars just before they cross the finish line. There is also an opponent who drives a JGTC RX-7 in 5th position.

Mission 28Edit

Fuji Speedway 2005

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

It's a Celica Showdown, where you are in the Toyota Wedssport Celica, perfect for a Japanese race car set at Fuji Speedway 2005. Now that Fuji is renewed, you may feel some difference from the old one you just drove in the Nissan Showdown. The lead TA22 Celica starts 37 seconds ahead of you, but this gap is very easy to close if you know the track well. As usual, plan your moves and try to avoid the 5-second penalty.

Mission 29Edit

Infineon Raceway (Sports Car Course)

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

In this mission you'll drive the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R Race Car around the Infineon Raceway within a number of old-to-new Corvette opponents from 6th to 1st in Corvette Showdown. Can you close the 44-second gap and beat the lead Corvette C1 to the finish line?

Missions 30-34: 1 Lap Magic (II)Edit

This mission set gets a lot more difficult compared to the previous set of 1 Lap Magic missions. Win this and you will be awarded the Nissan R89C Race Car '89.

Mission 30Edit

Tsukuba Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Tsukuba Circuit

You'll be driving a lap of Tsukuba in a 2003-spec Subaru Impreza Rally Car. The lead car, the Subaru 360, has a 53-second head start. The 360 is extremely slow, but don't expect it to be easy. The other 4 cars are quite similar in performance compared to each other, but is slower than your car, which can set you back a little bit and eventually cost you.

Mission 31Edit

High Speed Ring

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • High Speed Ring Reverse

You will be driving around the High Speed Ring Reverse Course. Your car is a 2002 model Lotus Esprit V8. The lead Lotus Elan starts 18 seconds before you get to start. Push as hard as you can because this mission can be quite close. Note that the car tends to understeer under braking, so don't use the trail-braking technique (when you brake and turn at the same time).

Mission 32Edit

Seattle Circuit

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Seattle Circuit Reverse

In the Ford Showdown mission, you will be driving a newly-debuted Ford GT around Seattle Reverse. Your mission is to catch and pass the Ford Taurus, which gets to start 25 seconds before you, and take victory in this mission.

Mission 33Edit

Infineon Raceway (Sports Car Course)

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Infineon Raceway (Sports Car Course)

In this mission, your car is the 750-horsepower Cadillac Cien. You start after the lead car 21 seconds. This car performs terribly when not in a straight line because it has very bad handling, very long gear shifting times(shifting from 1st gear to 2nd takes about a second), as well as poor brakes. Still, it performs better than the lead car, the Buick GNX.

Mission 34Edit

Nürburgring Nordschleife

Your Car

Rival Car(s)

Track

  • Nürburgring Nordschleife

The final mission of Driving Missions section of the game. This mission is extremely difficult as you try to close a gap of 123 seconds between you (in a Mercedes SLR McLaren) and the lead car (the Mercedes 300SL), and that, even in a track like the Nordschleife, is a huge gap. To make matters worse, the SLR in this mission has average handling. The best tip here is to learn this track a lot. When you're confident enough that you think you might be able to beat this mission, go for it.

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