Best tips for GTA Online Open Wheel Racing: Tire types, KERS boost, more

Published: 5/Mar/2020 17:12

by David Purcell


Many GTA Online players will be aware that Rockstar Games have added a brand new Open Wheel Racing series for them to jump into, but there are some handy tips that could give you an advantage. 

The game’s developers added the new Formula 1-style races as part of their February 28 update, with two playable vehicles – the Progen PR4 and Ocelot R88 – being made available for all drivers to try out inside the confines of a race track.


If you would like to buy one of them to add to your garage, however, they are priced at $3,515,000 and $3,115,000 respectively, at Legendary Motorsport. That doesn’t matter in these races, though, as any player – no matter their budget – can drive them as part of the race.

So, let’s jump right into the tips.

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GTA Online’s F1 races can be quite difficult for new starters.

Pick the right car

Picking your car is the first step for any driver playing Open Wheel Racing, although there’s not much difference between the spec of the two F1 vehicles.

The PR4 has slightly better traction, as seen below, but the differences are very minimal. Honestly, either car will be just as effective.

Differences between PR4 & R88 in GTA

The PR4 just about edges the R88 in terms of traction, but that’s what people pay the big money for.

Pick the right tires

This is a really important step: picking the tires that will work for you.


There are three different types of tire in GTA Online’s Open Wheel Racing. These are Soft, Medium and Hard – each of which have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s all about selecting the right one.

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Choose your tires wisely in GTA Online’s Open Wheel Racing mode.

GTA Online: Differences in Formula 1 tires

  • Soft tires: Wear out quickly but have really good grip. If it’s a wet race, these should be your go-to choice.
  • Medium tires: Middle of the pack, so there’s good balance between handling and durability. This is the safe option as they’re effective in all conditions.
  • Hard tires: These tires take the longest to degrade but don’t offer the grip other tires do. Less pit stops is a bonus.

Don’t forget the pits!

Pit stops are commonplace in any Formula 1 race and Rockstar have included the function in the Open Wheel series, too.

While they take up some valuable racing time, it would be a mistake – particularly with Soft or Medium tires – to completely ignore the need to turn into the pits at least once during the race. Those using Hard tires might get away with it, although they will lose the benefits of the other two.


You might feel like your opponents are going to blow you away, but not many will last the whole race without a stoppage so don’t worry about that.

Whether it’s real damage to the shell, tires running down or just a knock, making sure you’re in top condition will be of great benefit the longer the race goes on. Constantly monitoring your Vehicle Health and Tire Health is the key to using pits in a useful way.


Exploit the KERS system

You usually see the word ‘exploit’ and think that what’s going to be discussed shouldn’t be in the game, but the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) has been intentionally added to these races. Not using it effectively would be a massive mistake as it can offer a real help when chasing the pack.

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You can come ripping out of the corners in GTA Online’s Formula 1 races when using the KERS boost system correctly.

Basically, this is a boost system but it can’t be used all of the time. You have to wait for your KERS bar (located at the bottom of your screen) to fill up, and then activate it, This can be done by clicking in the left analog stick on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, or by using the G key on PC platform.

In terms of the best times to use it, it really depends on the situation. Using it when your vehicle isn’t lined up properly will force it to spin out, but a good time to use KERS is just when exiting a corner. The boost only lasts a split second and can be filled up by braking around corners.

So, there you have it! Those are a few top tips to get you started on GTA Online’s Open Wheel Racing series. You never know, using the KERS system more effectively, picking the right tires, or taking that extra visit to the pit stop might be the difference between first place and fifth. Good luck!


Forza Horizon 4 Backstage cars list, location & passes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:49

by Kieran Bicknell


Series 28 of Forza Horizon 4 saw a number of updates and changes implemented, with one of the biggest being the introduction of Horizon Backstage. We explain how to access this new area, and give a rundown of all the cars available. 

The Forza Backstage area was added to Forza Horizon 4 as part of the Series 28 update on October 13, 2020.


Allowing players access to exclusive, ultra-rare, and hard-to-find cars, the Backstage area is an exciting new addition to the game. Along with making it easier to find such rare cars, it also makes them far more accessible, as each featured vehicle only costs one ‘Backstage Pass’ rather than millions of credits.

Horizon Backstage is located behind the main Horizon Festival stage.

How to access Horizon Backstage

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage can be accessed much the same as the ‘Autoshow’ in the game.


Players can either drive to the physical location found behind the main Horizon Festival Stage, or access via the ‘Autoshow’ menu.

You can also access the area via the pause menu, by selecting “Horizon Backstage” under the ‘Cars’ tab.

Each car costs 1 Backstage Pass, and is limited to one per player.

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage Passes

Each vehicle in the Backstage area is available for purchase by players. Instead of the usual method of obtaining cars via in-game credits or Forzathon points, each vehicle costs 1x Backstage Pass.


These passes are awarded to players once they reach certain milestones in Festival event playlists. Passes are not specific to particular cars, and can be used for any vehicles featured in the backstage area.

Players can also accumulate passes, as they do not have an expiry date. It is important to note, however, that each featured car is limited to only one per player.

The Forza Horizon 4 community has the opportunity to vote which cars make it to Backstage.

Horizon Backstage cars

The cars featured in Horizon Backstage are chosen via community vote. From what we can see, previous cars stick around after their initial period, and currently, players are able to access Backstage featured cars from the previous seven days.


Currently available Horizon Backstage cars:

  • 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190
  • 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evo
  • 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Hoonicorn Mustang
  • 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
  • 2001 TVR Tuscan S

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