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A Burning Route is an event in Burnout Paradise that requires players to use a specific car and race against time to a certain location. To most, Burning Routes would be known as (timed) point-to-point sprint races.

Each time a player completes a specific vehicle's route, an upgraded version of said vehicle is unlocked. The car features new paint finishes and, in most cases, a slight upgrade in statistics.


As with races, each Burning Route can start at any intersection but will only end at one of the 8 finish destinations. The player is given a time to beat and must get from start to finish within that time to win the event. Usually, this limit will give leeway to crash once or twice at most, but the player is recommended to boost as much as possible and to take the shortest route possible.

The difficulty of these events generally rises as more cars become available in the game but will also depend on how well one can handle some of the cars. For example, heavy vehicles such as the Carson Inferno Van and Hunter Takedown 4x4 are not going to get from start to finish as easily as the other cars. Such is reflected in the target times that one has to beat for each of their routes. When using one of those vehicles, it is recommended that the player focus more on "staying alive" by turning correctly when needed and not driving at top speed.

When performing a Burning Route event in a vehicle with Speed boost a pre-planned route is highly recommended as one mistake may cost the event.

The event will always start the player's vehicle in a direction pointing towards the finish. if the route has a finish point in the South then the player can point in any direction at the intersection and the game will automatically turn the vehicle to the best direction for that route. This means that the player doesn't have to spin around and find the best start point on the intersection. Sometimes there is a downside to this as the finish could be in the Southwest but if the player wants to head south then the event might start off pointing west which will require the player to immediately turn the car.

Burning Route Events[]

There are 35 Burning Route events in Paradise City. The following table shows the start locations and finishes for each event as well as the vehicle required and the vehicle unlocked by completing the event.

Name Start Junction Destination Original Target Time Updated Target Time Vehicle Required Vehicle Unlocked
Cavalry Burning Route E. Crawford & Patterson Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:10 1:40 Hunter Cavalry Hunter Oval Champ 69
Mesquite Burning Route Lambert & 5th Fort Lawrence Naval Yard 1:20 1:45 Hunter Mesquite Hunter Mesquite Custom
SI-7 Turbo Burning Route Sullivan & 9th Waterfront Plaza 1:00 1:23 Nakamura SI-7 Nakamura Racing SI-7
Vegas Burning Route 7th & Franke Wildcats Baseball Stadium 0:50 1:15 Hunter Vegas Hunter Vegas Carnivale
Pioneer Burning Route Hamilton & 9th Fort Lawrence Naval Yard 1:25 1:56 Krieger Pioneer Krieger Pioneer Super Gator
Ikusa GT Burning Route 2nd & Glancey Maplemount Country Club 1:15 1:38 Nakamura Ikusa GT Nakamura Ikusa Samurai
Hydros Custom Burning Route Hubbard Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:05 1:32 Kitano Hydros Custom Kitano Hydros Techno
Reliable Custom Burning Route Nelson & Uphill Lone Stallion Ranch 1:35 2:03 Hunter Reliable Custom Hunter Reliable Special
R-Turbo Roadster Burning Route King & Harber Maplemount Country Club 1:15 1:33 Watson R-Turbo Roadster Watson Burnout Roadster
LM Classic Burning Route Lambert & 2nd Lone Stallion Ranch 1:25 1:51 Rossolini LM Classic Rossolini LM Track Package
Manhattan Burning Route Webster & Andersen Fort Lawrence Naval Yard 1:20 1:56 Hunter Manhattan Hunter Manhattan Custom
Fastback Burning Route Harber Lone Stallion Ranch 1:30 2:02 Carson Fastback Carson Fastback Special
Grand Marais Burning Route Root & Paradise Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:05 1:06 Carson Grand Marais Carson Grand Sicilian
Hyperion Burning Route 3rd & Glancey Maplemount Country Club 1:15 1:27 Montgomery Hyperion Montgomery Hyperion Rattler
616 Sport Burning Route Glancey & 4th Fort Lawrence Naval Yard 1:15 1:30 Krieger 616 Sport Krieger 616 Arachno Sport
Spur Burning Route Nelson & Rack Crystal Summit Observatory 2:05 2:22 Hunter Spur Hunter Hotspur
GT 2400 Burning Route E. Lake & W. Crawford Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:40 2:01 Montgomery GT 2400 Montgomery Sabotage GT 2400
P12 Burning Route S. Bay Expy & Shepherd Wind Farm 2:10 2:37 Jansen P12 Jansen P12 Track Package
Inferno Van Burning Route 1st & Fry Coastguard HQ 1:05 1:15 Carson Inferno Van Carson Inferno BRT Van
Tempesta Burning Route Paradise & Young Fort Lawrence Naval Yard 1:05 1:16 Rossolini Tempesta Rossolini Tempesta GT
Opus Burning Route 1st & Webster Maplemount Country Club 1:20 1:34 Carson Opus Carson Opus XS
Annihilator Burning Route Webster & 4th Crystal Summit Observatory 2:35 2:53 Carson Annihilator Carson Annihilator Phoenix
X12 Turbo Burning Route Manners & Parr Coastguard HQ 1:25 1:41 Jansen X12 Jansen XS12
Touge Sport Burning Route E. Crawford & Hamilton Wind Farm 2:35 2:53 Kitano Touge Sport Kitano Touge Criterion
Takedown 4x4 Burning Route South Rouse & Hall Crystal Summit Observatory 2:20 -:-- Hunter Takedown 4x4 Hunter Takedown Dirt Racer
500 GT Burning Route Evans & 3rd Wind Farm 2:35 2:36 Carson 500 GT Carson Racing 500 GT
Oval Champ 07 Burning Route I-88 Section 4 Tollbooth Waterfront Plaza 1:30 1:33 Hunter Racing Oval Champ Hunter Racing BRT Oval Champ
GT Concept Burning Route Lucas & Hans Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:50 1:51 Carson GT Concept Carson GT Flame
Citizen Burning Route Evans & 5th Lone Stallion Ranch 1:35 1:37 Hunter Citizen Hunter Civilian
25 V16 Revenge Burning Route 3rd & Fry Crystal Summit Observatory 2:05 2:06 Watson 25 V16 Revenge Watson Revenge Racer
Hawker Burning Route 2nd & Angus Wind Farm 2:45 2:48 Montgomery Hawker Montgomery Hawker Solo
Überschall 8 Burning Route 5th & Root Lone Stallion Ranch 1:30 -:-- Krieger Überschall 8 Krieger Überschall Clear-View
Thunder Custom Burning Route Lambert & Lawrence Wind Farm 2:10 2:13 Carson Thunder Custom Carson Thunder Shadow
Hot Rod Coupe Burning Route W. Lake & Cannon Coastguard HQ 1:50 1:52 Carson Hot Rod Coupe Carson Tribal Special
WTR Burning Route I-88 Sections 2 & 3 Tollbooth Wildcats Baseball Stadium 1:00 -:-- Krieger Racing WTR Krieger PCPD Special

PDLC Burning Route Events[]

Name Start Junction Destination Original Target Time Updated Target Time Vehicle Required Vehicle Unlocked
Dust Storm Burning Route Shires & Grange Paradise Keys Bridge 1:35 -:-- Carson Dust Storm Carson Dust Storm SuperTurbo


There are 3 Awards for PC/PS3, 2 Xbox 360 Achievements and 1 PS3 Trophy concerning Burning Routes.

Image Criteria Type Award
Feelingtheburn Win 10 Burning Routes. Award -
Supercharged Win 25 Burning Routes. Award -
Allpimpedout Win all Burning Routes. Award -
Supercharged Win 25 Burning Routes. Achievement 20 GamerScore
Allpimpedout Win all Burning Routes. Achievement 10 GamerScore
BP Original Bronze Awarded when you complete your 5th Burning Route. Trophy Bronze


  • Once a Burning Route is completed it can be re-entered in the upgraded vehicle. However, it will not count as a mark towards your license.
  • Completed Burning Route events do not reset when the players license is upgraded.
  • Most of Burning Route target times were increased in the Free February Update to accommodate the change in vehicle statistics.