Gran Turismo 3 Arcade Mode is the main non-career game mode of Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. The Arcade Mode is located at the top of the main start menu of GT3 and consists of the following game modes and options:

Single RaceEdit

Single Race mode is a mode where a player can choose a track and car to race against 5 AI cars of similar class. Once Single Race is selected and a difficulty (Easy/Normal/Hard/Pro) is chosen, the player is presented with a selection of tracks. At first, only the first six circuits are available. Other circuits are unlocked, 5 or 6 at a time, on successful completion of the previous set of races. A full breakdown of these circuits can be found here. The player may then choose from a number of cars, organised by class (C/B/A/S/R) (see Car List) or choose from their own Career mode garage or a garage stored on a memory card (see Load Garage). The race then begins with the AI driving vehicles of similar class as the player.

Time AttackEdit

Time Attack/Time Trial mode places the player in a predetermined car on a specific circuit. The player must then drive the circuit to set the fastest legal laptime possible. In each case, a Gold, Silver and Bronze time are presented, set by the developers.

There are 10 time trials in total. If a player records a gold time on all 10 circuits, they are presented with a Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Race Car '98 for use in Career mode.

The Time Trials are:

Circuit Car Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
Mid-Field Raceway Lotus Motor Sport Elise '99 1'25.553 1'26.952 1'27.355
Trial Mountain Circuit Mazda MX-5 1800 RS (NB, J) '00 RS 1'47.968 1'49.021 1'50.756
Tokyo R246 Honda S2000 Type V '00 2'02.270 2'03.839 2'05.110
Deep Forest Raceway Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V • spec II (R34) '00 1'25.350 1'25.998 1'27.264
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Dodge Viper GTS R Concept '00 1'22.716 1'23.865 1'25.217
Apricot Hill Raceway Toyota Castrol TOM'S SUPRA (JGTC) '00 1'17.447 1'18.902 1'20.005
Grand Valley Speedway Honda Castrol MUGEN NSX (JGTC) '00 1'48.795 1'50.649 1'52.888
Swiss Alps Subaru IMPREZA Rally Car Prototype '01 1'23.104 1'23.901 1'25.238
Tahiti Maze Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car Prototype 1'59.459 2'01.050 2'04.647
Complex String RUF RGT '00 4'52.716 4'57.795 5'07.919

Free RunEdit

Free Run allows a player to drive freely on any unlocked circuit with any car in their garage. Fastest laps for each circuit are saved on a leaderboard.

2 Player BattleEdit

2 Player Battle is a free race mode between two players on the same console. The screen is split into two halves (top/bottom). The choice of circuits is limited to those which have been unlocked in Single Race mode. Any car from Arcade mode or from the players garage can be used.

Clear StatusEdit


The "Clear Status" screen gives a graphical representation of the races completed in Single Race mode. Each page contains one level of tracks, and each subsequent level is unlocked when the previous one is completed.

The bottom of each page of this screen shows the rewards of Single Race mode (cars are not "won", but are unlocked for use in Arcade Mode):

Load GarageEdit

This option allows players to import a career garage from a memory card, for use in Arcade Mode. The garage belonging to the lead memory card is automatically preloaded into memory, so anyone wanting to load a garage from a secondary memory card must use this option.

I.LINK BattleEdit

The I.LINK battle is a 2+ player game played across a network of PlayStations, connected by Sony I.LINK cables or FireWire cables.