- This article is about the side-mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. For the vehicle, see Hotring Racer.
Hotring is a straightforward endurance racing side mission that has the player commandeering a Hotring Racer and competing against 15 other racers in a 12-lap race around a tight oval track. To pass the side-mission, the player must finish in first, second, or third place. If the player walks up to the exit at the starting line or destroys their car, the player is disqualified from the race and automatically fails the side-mission.
To add to the difficulty of the event, the player's car is damageable (as indicated by a "Car Health" bar) and poorly durable, and the competitors are often considerably reckless, triggering other drivers to fishtail or create massive pileups as a result. For these reasons, the player must not just be aggressive, but also wary of potential hazards ahead.
A pit area located on the other end of the track from the starting line is also available to repair the player's car. Repairs are accomplished by driving up to and stopping at a large halo at the pit stop, and progressing repairs are indicated by the "Car Health" bar refilling; players can take off any time while at the pit stop. Although helpful, pit stops may also result in the player falling back a few positions, and is unnecessary if the car's health is over 1/3 full.
Completing Hotring in first place is essential for completion.
Depending on their finishing position, players will be awarded the following cash prizes:
- First place - $5,000
- Second place - $1,500
- Third place - $500
No reward is given to the player if they finish lower than third place.
- Much like Bloodring, destroyed cars of competitors will be replaced by new ones, respawning at the starting line.
The player can cheat the race by eliminating the competition. Normally, when the player destroys an opponent's vehicle, the opponent will respawn out of a dark area right next to the exit. Park your car in the corner of that area and destroy the opponents. Since your car is blocking the spawn point, the opponents' cars cannot spawn properly. After eliminating everyone, the player can race without competition.
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