Ford Racing is a racing video game series with titles released for PlayStation, PC and Xbox. There are currently four games in the series with the latest title, Ford Racing: Off Road, being released on July 29, 2008.
Ford Racing, the first game in the Ford Racing series, was released on March 6, 2001 for the PlayStation, and the PC. The game features 12 Ford cars from both the United States and Europe lines and 10 tracks on which the 12 cars can race. The game features a career mode with several different types of races and the ability to upgrade the cars with various upgrades.
During the championship season, you may upgrade your car with certain parts. During the first few seasons quite a few of these upgrades are not available to apply to the car. As you win more championships, more of these upgrades become available.
- Soft Tires: These tires are softer than the normal tires. As such they grip the road better, but must be replaced after every race.
- Qualifying Tires: These tires are even softer than the Soft Tires, but can only be used during qualifying and must be replaced after every race.
- Aero Upgrade: This upgrade allows you to adjust the front and rear downforce of your car, producing different handling aspects. With the GT-90, the acceleration is so high that the downforce can be set to its highest levels without substantially affecting speed on the track.
- Suspension Upgrade: This allows you to adjust certain parameters of your suspension.
- Transmission Upgrade: This allows you to adjust your gear ratios. on cars with high redlines and high top speeds, such as the mustang and GT-90, the gear ratios can be set to the fastest acceleration ratios without affecting top speed substantially.
- Braking Upgrade: This allows you to adjust the balance between front and rear braking force.
- Tuned Engine: This engine has more horse power than the stock engine.
- Racing Engine: This engine has even more power than the Tuned Engine. The Tuned Engine must be purchased first.
- Qualifying Engine: This engine has even more power than the Racing Engine, but can only be used during qualifying and must be rebuilt after every race. The Racing Engine must be purchased first.
- Weight Reduction Stage 1: Reduces the weight of the car.
- Weight Reduction Stage 2: Further reduces the weight. Stage 1 must be purchased first.
Ford Racing 2
Ford Racing 2 is the second game in the Ford Racing series and was released in 2003 for the PlayStation, PC, Macintosh and Xbox. The sequel includes 30 Ford cars, over 6 racing tracks, the ability to race head-to-head, over 30 challenges and other features.
Ford Racing 3
Ford Racing 3 was released in late 2004, 2005, and 2006, and published for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Ford Racing 3 includes 55 different types of Ford vehicles that are available to race. The game also features 26 different tracks.
Ford Racing: Off Road
Ford Racing: Off Road is the fourth and most recent game in the Ford Racing series, was released on September 23, 2008 for the PlayStation 2, Windows XP, PlayStation Portable and Wii. Off Road was developed by Razorworks and published by Empire Interactive. The game features 18 officially licensed Land Rover and Ford vehicles, 24 detailed tracks and 3 different off road environments (desert, water, and ice).The games also features real-time on-the-go vehicle damage repair and wireless (WLAN) multi-player.