Hotring Racer

One of three Hotring Racer variants in GTA San Andreas.

The Hotring Racer is fast unlockable race car featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.



The Hotring Racer is a fairly fast vehicle, and is used in the Stadium challenges in both GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, ("Hotring" and "8-Track", respectively). It can be obtained in GTA Vice City by completing the Sunshine Autos import missions; and in GTA San Andreas, it is unlocked by beating "8-Track". In GTA San Andreas, its top speed reaches 148 mph (238 km/h), making this car one of the second fastest vehicles of the game. Each variant of the Hotring Racer features well known businesses as sponsors that appear in Vice City, Liberty City and San Andreas.

Design and variants

There are three variants of the Hotring Racer, however, they all perform exactly the same. They all resemble cars from the late '80s/early '90s, presumably based on NASCAR stock-cars: The first variant (internally named "hotring") vaguely resembles a very generic GM G body, the second (internally named "hotrina") looks like a Chevrolet Lumina and a 1985-1986 Ford Mustang (the front somewhat), the third (internally named "hotrinb") has design aspects from a Chevrolet Monte Carlo (rear side window) and a Buick Regal (front). The "hotring" in GTA Vice City noticeably lacks the roll cages and netting of the "hotrina" and "hotrinb", an inconsistency partially rectified for the GTA San Andreas rendition with the addition of netting.

Under normal circumstances, the "hotring" is the only version of the Hotring Racer available for the player to drive freely in the game world, while the "hotrina" and "hotrinb" are only available via cheats or mods, such as the use of a garage editor or trainers. One exception is present in GTA San Andreas, when the player must drive a "hotrinb" in 8-Track races.

The "hotring" bears only one number in each game: #27 in GTA Vice City and #21 in GTA San Andreas, while the "hotrina" and "hotrinb" have 4 different car numbers each in each game:

  • In GTA Vice City, the hotrina may spawn with the numbers #21, #34, #56, or #78, while the hotrinb may be marked with the numbers #14, #28, #65, or #69.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the hotrina can be numbered #14, #52, #73, or 96, while the hotrinb may obtain the numbers #07, #36, #65, or #86.


GTA Vice City
  • Hotrina variant
    • Input R1, Circle, R2, Right, L1, L2, X, X, Square, R1 (PS2 version)
  • Hotrinb variant
    • Input R2, L1, Circle, Right, L1, R1, Right, Up, Circle, R2 (PS2 version)
GTA San Andreas
  • Hotrina variant
    • Enter VROCKPOKEY or PDNEJOH (PC version)
    • Input R1, Circle, R2, Right, L1, L2, X, X, Square, R1 (PS2 version)
  • Hotrinb variant
    • Enter WPJTQWV for the hotrinb variant. (PC Version)
    • Input R2, L1, Circle, Right, L1, R1, Right, Up, Circle, R2 (PS2 version)


  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, the GTA San Andreas Hotring Racer makes a cameo appearance in a racing commercial on television for the "Patriot 500" actually taking place in GTA San Andreas at Los Santos International Airport, where Carl Johnson drives the Hotring Racer (with different colors) on the airport runway.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the three Hotring Racers play different radio stations by default when first entered. They are as follows :
  • Unlike real-life stock cars, all variants of the Hotring Racer have headlights, taillights and a horn.
  • In GTA Vice City, if the player is driving a Hotring Racer while under any wanted level, the police radio will describe the player as driving a "sports car".
    • If the player drives the "hotrina" or "hotrinb" variants, the police radio will refuse to classify the type of vehicle the player is driving.


GTA Vice City GTA San Andreas
"hotring" "hotrina" "hotrinb" "hotring" "hotrina" "hotrinb"

See also