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Race is a classic game mode in the Burnout series. Six drivers race against each other for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals along a closed circuit in either single of multiple lap events.


The goal in race events is to finish first. The amount of laps can vary due to the speed of the car and the length of the circuit. A short track such as Downtown can have two laps for a race in the Muscle class but have three laps for a race in the Sports class. Some tracks such as Tropical Drive have one lap due to its length.

Races in previous Burnout games were primarily about the player racing against traffic in order to earn boost via Oncoming and Near Misses whilst overtaking rivals. In Burnout 3 there is a new focus on vehicular mayhem with the addition of Takedowns. A Takedown is when a player is able to force a rival to crash which adds another section to the Boost bar and fills it.

Burnout 3 Race Events[]

Class Location Direction How to Unlock
Compact Silver Lake Eastbound At the start of the game.
Compact Downtown Westbound Get bronze in Waterfront Burning Lap.
Muscle Downtown Eastbound Unlock the Muscle Series.
Muscle Lakeside Getaway Eastbound Get bronze in Downtown Road Rage 2.
Muscle Kings of the Road Westbound Get bronze in Mountain Parkway Road Rage.
Coupe Winter City Westbound Unlock the Coupe Series.
Coupe Alpine Expressway Westbound Get bronze in Winter City Race.
Coupe Alpine Westbound Get bronze in Vineyard Road Rage 1.
Sport Continental Run Eastbound Get bronze in Riviera Burning Lap.
Sport Continental Run Westbound Get bronze in either Coastal Dream Road Rage 1 or Coastal Dream Race.
Sport Coastal Dream Westbound Get bronze in Vineyard Road Rage 2.
Super Golden City Eastbound Get bronze in Dockside Eliminator.
Super Island Paradise Eastbound Get bronze in Dockside Eliminator.
Super Tropical Drive Eastbound Get bronze in Dockside Road Rage 1.
Super Tropical Drive Westbound Get gold in Island Paradise Face-Off.


The Burnout 3 Race Training Video A Race on the Vineyard Track