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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Racing Modification Cars in GT5

John Marine | 11:33 PM | |
Making its return to the Gran Turismo series for the first time since Gran Turismo 2, Racing Modifications have been the ultimate way to complete a pure race car. This service is more like the finishing touches to an otherwise well-tuned car. My primary blog has a lot of traffic on Race Modified cars in Gran Turismo 5. To service my viewers, here is my JGTS contribution. I hope this will be to your liking.

Originally Posted: December 6, 2010
Last Updated: July 6, 2011

--- Do Racing Modifications Serve a Purpose? ---
The Racing Modification service completely turns a street car into a pure race car. They are the finishing touches to complete any car.

The following items are added to Racing Modified cars (or most of them) once the service has been completed:
• Aero Parts - aerodynamics can be adjusted
• Weight Adjustment - Ballast can be adjusted
• Transmission - Fully Customizable Transmission
• Twin-Plate Clutch
• Semi-Racing Flywheel
• Suspension - Fully Customizable Kit
• Brake Balance Controller

Any previously-installed parts will be replaced and must be re-equipped if you want to use them. If a car (especially a Premium) can not be Race Modified, you may be able to buy Aero Parts for it to make your own racing car.

A Word of Warning...

Some racing events require that you have a Normal car. When you Race Modify a car, your car will permanently no longer be considered a "Normal" car. A Racing Modified car can not be reverted to a Normal car once Racing Modifications are complete. If you want to use a certain car that you Race Modified, you will have to buy a road-going version of that car and tune it up from scratch. For example, if you have a 2010 Camaro SS that you've Race Modified but want to use the same car for a race that does not allow for Racing models, you will need to buy another 2010 Camaro SS and modify that car as much as you like. Just remember not to Race Modify that car.

--- What Cars Can Be Racing Modified? ---
Only so few of the cars in GT5 can be Racing Modified. For starters, only Premium cars can be Racing Modified. Each Race Modified car is painted up in white. This leaves you the opportunity to modify their colors using Paint Items at GT Auto. If you buy some new wheels for them, you can paint those wheels to your delight as well. Any Racing Modification car can have its number changed from 1 up to 99 and with four different number styles. Do experiment with painting and modifying numbers as much as you like.

I have begun a project to feature Racing Modified cars to show you how each car looks. So take a look at these pictures I've taken so you can get a feel for what each car looks like. Remember that each Racing Modified car comes in white. What you are seeing are modifications to each car after Racing Modifications have been completed.

Racing Modified cars allow you to have purpose-built racing cars based on road-going cars. Here are some of them (or all of them) in this blog post. Let's set the mood with a picture (hover your cursor over the image for additional credit):

Race Modified car Gran Turismo 5
^ from:, by way of (courtesy of Bootaaay on Photobucket) - A Racing Modified Chevrolet Corvette C6.

Yes, the Corvette C6 can be Race Modified, but how many others can be Racing Modified? You MIGHT be disappointed how many more can be Race Modified if you read the list below...

Cars That Can be Race Modified in Gran Turismo 5:
• Acura NSX RM '91
• Chevrolet Camaro SS RM '10
• Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RM '69
• Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) RM '06
• Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6) RM '09
• Dodge Challenger R/T RM '70
• Honda CIVIC TYPE R (EK) RM '97
• Honda INTEGRA TYPE R (DC5) RM '04
• Lexus IS F RM '07
• Lotus Elise RM '96
• Lotus Elise 111R RM '04
• Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR RM '05
• Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (S15) RM '02
• Subaru IMPREZA Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA RM '05
• Suzuki Cappuccino (EA21R) RM '95
• TVR Tuscan Speed 6 RM '00
• Volkswagen Golf IV GTI RM '01

Taken from: race modification doesnt seem to have a purpose (GTPlanet) and Racing Modification Cars (GTPlanet)

(ADDED: May 25, 2011) I found a website showing off all of the cars in Gran Turismo 5 that can be Race Modified. You can also see how they look when Race Modified. Feel free to visit
"Gran Turismo 5 Race Modification Car List" on to see all the cars in their Race Modified form.

--- Racing Modification Cars in GT5: Preview ---
I have somewhat begun a project to feature Racing Modified cars to show you how each car looks. Each Race Modified car is painted up in white. This leaves you the opportunity to modify their colors using Paint Items at GT Auto. If you buy some new wheels for them, you can paint those wheels to your delight as well. Any Racing Modification car can have its number changed from 1 up to 99 and with four different number styles. Do experiment with painting and modifying numbers as much as you like.

This section is a work in progress. So if you see "[image]" with some of the featured cars, I don't have a picture available to you. And unlike I usually do on John's Blog Space, These are all my own pictures that I am sharing with you all. Please take a look at these cars to get a preview of how each car looks when Race Modified.

NOTES: Not every Racing Modified car featured in these pictures may have the same wheels they came with after Racing Modifications. I have tried to avoid painting them black (or any very dark colors) so you can actually see each car in proper detail.

Acura NSX RM '91

Acura NSX RM '91
(80,000 Cr. from Dealership; 205,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

Retaining its retractable headlights, the Acura NSX RM improves upon the already more-than-capable NSX with some enhanced bodywork. Painting up the car allows you to paint up the exterior of the car to whatever solid color you like.

Chevrolet Camaro SS RM '10

Chevrolet Camaro SS RM '10
(35,000 Cr. from Dealership; 177,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

It was great that the Camaro wasn't dead. So imagine my joy whereas the Camaro returns. The main car body can be painted up to any of your available colors. The Racing Modification package comes with golden wheels as well as golden accents across the sides of the car. It also comes with a window net on the driver's side. So it's a really stylish, yet very functional Racing Modification. The golden accents (including the "Camaro" words) can not be painted up. When coming up with a color style, think of one that nicely compliments the car as well as its accents.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RM '69

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RM '69
(65,000 Cr. from Dealership; 215,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

The 1969 Camaro Z28 has a lovely old-school style. You can make it your own Trans-Am race car. Enjoy road racing with this beautiful piece of classic muscle. The package includes loads of aero parts to make it a slick-looking Trans-Am race car. The interior is old school cool. Nothing fancy- just a no-nonsense racing muscle car.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) RM '06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) RM '06
(94,500 Cr. from Dealership; 264,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

The 2006 Corvette can be Racing Modified to your tastes. America's sports car entered its sixth generation when this car came out. When you Race Modify the 2006 Corvette, all of the white-colored parts of the car can be replaced with whatever color you want to use. The black and silver parts can't be painted over. So imagine a color to paint the white parts of the car to compliment the black and silver parts of the car.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6) RM '09

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6) RM '09
(184,800 Cr. from Dealership; 385,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

America's supercar for over half a century has been the Chevrolet Corvette. The youngest of the Corvette bloodline featured in GT5, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, can be Race Modified to pack even more punch than the standard Corvette ZR1. Of all cars that can be Race Modified, this one is the most expensive with a starting price of over 184K Credits, and even more so to Race Modify it with an asking price of 385K Credits! People I chat with online say that this car, when Race Modified, is a great car to use in the American Championship (especially in B-Spec). When you paint over this car with different colors, you can only paint over the white colors (except for the white colors on the sides of the car). The difference in livery between this Corvette and the 2006 Corvette C6 is that the 2009 Corvette C6 RM has white and black sides while the 2006 Corvette has black and silver sides.

Dodge Challenger R/T RM '70

Dodge Challenger R/T RM '70
(75,000 Cr. from Dealership; 175,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

Bruise your way through the pack with this old school racer. This no-nonsense car has a no-nonsense Racing Modification livery. The Racing Modification package includes a racing roll cage along with a trick interior. A front spoiler is also included as part of the package. A nice set of tires compliment the car. Black stripes accentuate the sides of the car, and the hood/bonnet is in black with the Dodge logo and your racing number on it. The rear quarter panels include a gold "Challenger" on the rear quarter panels.

Honda CIVIC TYPE R (EK) RM '97

Honda CIVIC TYPE R (EK) RM '97
(19,980 Cr. from Dealership; 110,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

The 1997 Civic Type R can be Race Modified and enhanced completely. It is a peppy car that can be enhanced to be a real joy to drive. The interior view features a special steering wheel that has a yellow strip on it to center the car. There is also a racing roll cage, racing-spec instruments, and a racing-spec steering wheel. This is no "rice rocket" Racing Mod- it's a very good weekend racer-friendly modification of the Type R.


(27,300 Cr. from Dealership; 117,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

Here is a fairly good road car that can be transformed to a capable touring car. The hood/bonnet of the Integra Type R is done up in carbon fiber, and the rest of the car features more aggressive body work from a special body kit. The interior features a completely re-done interior along with a number of racing gauges and a special racing wheel. When (or if) you color your car, the color you choose will colorize most of the body, including the rear wing and its end plates, and excluding the carbon fiber hood.

Lexus IS F RM '07

Lexus IS F RM '07
(76,600 Cr. from Dealership; 166,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

The Lexus IS F is a great car as it is, and it's even better when you give it a Racing Modification. It is about one of few cars that has eight gears. Those eight gears are retained after Racing Modifications are complete. Of course, you can now adjust the transmission as well as adjust things like aerodynamics. A proper racing interior with all the bells and whistles are included as part of the Racing Modification package.

Lotus Elise RM '96

Lotus Elise RM '96
(37,600 Cr. from Dealership; 137,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

I personally like this Lotus Elise in looks than I do today's Elise. There is no denying it is still a Lotus. And because of this, you are enjoying the fun of perhaps the world's greatest small sports car; furthermore, you are also enjoying the lightweight fun Lotus models provide. Hints of carbon fiber are strewn all about the front bonnet, the engine cover, and of course- the rear wing.

Lotus Elise 111R RM '04

Lotus Elise 111R RM '04
(54,400 Cr. from Dealership; 134,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

Make an already light car even more lighter with a Racing Modification. The Lotus Elise 111R can be Race Modified to be even more fun. Carbon fiber can be found on the rear wing, the engine covering inside the car, and with the front splitter. Nothing really exciting about its looks- just a good car made better. Color up this Elise any way you like.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR RM '05

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR RM '05
(35,700 Cr. from Dealership; 115,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

When you give this rally rocket a Racing Modification, you give it a stylish and capable new personality. Your Race Modified Lancer will somewhat be like the HKS CT230R in the sense of a circuit-spec race car. It will be transformed to a car you can take around road courses. Rather than the standard set of lights from the road-going Lancer IX, they are replaced with a single headlight, one on each side. An aggressive body kit is offered that makes the already sporty Lancer IX even more so. A pair of single-exhaust mufflers and a GT-style rear wing compliment the rear along with a race car-like rear valence. In other words, this is a weekend racer. When you paint over this car, the "GT" logo changes from black to some other color depending on how you colorize the Lancer IX GSR.

Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (S15) RM '02

Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (S15) RM '02
(25,600 Cr. from Dealership; 125,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

This was personally the first car I Race Modified. There are a number of modifications that will help give your Silvia Spec-R Aero a much more fierce look. A front splitter is added along with canards on the sides. Next, exhaust tips will come from around the front quarter panels (almost like the Viper). A sporty GT wing and more aggressive rear valance will compliment the rear.

Subaru IMPREZA Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA RM '05

Subaru IMPREZA Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA RM '05
(38,220 Cr. from Dealership; 188,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

Subaru has your rally weapon ready to go when you do your Racing Modification of the Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi Spec C Type RA. Upon completion of Race Modifying this car, the Impreza comes equipped with a racing roll cage, mud flaps, an aggressive rally-style rear wing. You also get a set of four rally-style wheels for all four tires of your Impreza. I personally think this is one of the ugliest Subarus of all time; its front grill is the reason why.

Suzuki Cappuccino (EA21R) RM '95

Suzuki Cappuccino (EA21R) RM '95
(14,600 Cr. from Dealership; 114,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

The Suzuki Cappuccino is one of my personal favorite Kei cars. It is one of few rear-wheel drive Kei cars. One probably would say that it is impossible to make a Kei car look and feel like a serious racing machine. Well, you'd be wrong. The adornments to the small Cappuccino make it feel like it should be racing against much larger competitors. A carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber hood, aggressive side skirts, racing-spec rear valance, racing rollcage, and sporty GT win are all the external features of the Race Modified Cappuccino. The interior is racy as well with a sporty steering wheel and racing gauges in the instrument panel.

TVR Tuscan Speed 6 RM '00

TVR Tuscan Speed 6 RM '00
(94,800 Cr. from Dealership; 175,000 Cr. to Race Modify)

The TVR Tuscan Speed 6 costs a lot, and more so to Race Modify it. It is by far one of the wildest cars in Gran Turismo 5 with its exciting styling. Unfortunately, it has boasts perhaps the ugliest instrument panels of any Premium car in the game. That horrid-looking instrument panel carries over with the Racing Modification to this car. Along with the Racing Modification includes a more aggressive and racy aero parts including a front splitter, aggressive side skirts, a racy rear valance, and a nice-looking GT wing. The bottom portions of the car are colored black. You can color over all the white colors of the car (excluding the Driver Numbers, obviously).

Volkswagen Golf IV GTI RM '01

Volkswagen Golf IV GTI RM '01
(31,500 Cr. from Dealership; 156,500 Cr. to Race Modify)

Believe it or not, the 2001 Volkswagen Golf is the only German car that can be Race Modified. You can Race Modify your 2001 Golf to be its own Golf Cup Car or even its own Nürburgring weapon. A much more aggressive body kit, racing roll cage, aggressive side skirts, racing-spec rear valance, and rear spoiler are all featured as part of the package. It looks very boring in white.
When you apply new colors to this car after Racing Modifications, be mindful that one single color affects not only the outer colors of the car, but the Gran Turismo logo. The GT logo appears on the sides and on the hood/bonnet of the Golf. When colored over, the GT logo appears in a matte finish compared to the rest of the car.
This car can be Race Modified, but you can not add Aero Parts to it.

So there you have it! These are the Racing Modified cars and how they look.

--- Why So Few Racing Modify Cars? ---
All of these are personal opinions and thoughts of mine. Don't take it for gospel.

Remember Gran Turismo 2, where a great percentage of cars can be Racing Modified? Well, GT5 still remains a work in progress to most people. Those who have followed GT5 in its development may know that it can take about six months to make one Premium car. So imagine the dismay of many GT fans when the game basically shipped with re-touched cars from Gran Turismo 4 as Standard cars. Premium entails an experience that takes full advantage of the PS3's capabilities to create the ultimate experience. For many people, there is only one way to enjoy racing- with the in-car view. Only Premium cars have in-car views.

If you think I am babbling, there is a point to all of this. I think Polyphony Digital wanted to provide that ultimate experience by creating Premium models that far exceed the quality and charm any Standard can provide. I likely felt like PD was considering many more cars to be Racing Modified, but could only do the 17 or so cars. Is it a disappointment that only so few cars could be Racing Modified? Yes, it is. However, I'm more disappointed that more could have been done to make even the Standard cars worthy of Racing Modifications. I disagree with that only Premium cars should have Racing Modifications. Even if a [Premium] car can't be Race Modified, at least there are Aero Parts that can be added to all or most Premium cars.

Thoughts on GT5's Racing Modification and Future Considerations.

GT5's Racing Modification model actually feels like a proper system. In addition to these lighter racing bodies, you are also adding some extra enhancements to make them feel more like racing cars. In GT1 and GT2, the cars seemed more like adding on a racing body rather than an all out re-working of the car. A simple roll cage and a re-worked interior would work for Premiums that can not be Racing Modified. Also, how come you can't just have a simple sun visor decal and a bunch of racing number stickers on a car for a simple Racing Modification?

In the case of cars like the Ferrari F430 and the Mazda Miata (NC model), whereas they can be modified to be race cars on a club level (Ferrari Challenge and Miata MX-5 Cup), they can be Race Modified to be their own race cars based on popular series. Again- maybe PD was trying to develop all of this, but I think Racing Modification could be a much more valuable service for many more cars than the ones PD eventually used.

In the future, I hope a future GT will really make this system even better and even more versatile to many more cars, including Standard cars.

I may have some thoughts to share in my primary blog (and maybe in a YouTube video) regarding a different chain of thought that I have had regarding Racing Modifications. It's sad only these could be Race Modified, but I have a few more thoughts to share. I actually have a few more blog posts lined up regarding this. For now, thank you for reading the all-new John's Gran Turismo Space!

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