Test Drive Le Mans

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Test Drive Le Mans

Developer:Eutechnyx Genre:Racing Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Players choose from over 50 cars and over 25 racing teams, each with multiple styles, individual engine sounds and set-up routines allowing players to maximize performance. With vintage Le Mans around-the-clock racing, day-to-night-to-day lighting conditions and realistic night time effects, Test Drive Le Mans promises intense racing action. Each car featured in "Test Drive Le Mans" was designed in collaboration with actual Le Mans race teams, ensuring detailed technical specifications and performance data to provide the most realistic race experience.

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Test Drive Le Mans

Test Drive Le Mans Review

By Chad Montague |

Slapping "Test Drive" in front of the name makes me leery, but still sweaty. In 1875, motor sport pioneer and maniac Amedee Bollee took his steam-powered horseless carriage, which he had named "Obeissante" ("Obedience") from Le Mans to Paris, sparking a passion for automobiles and from that moment on, their manufacture swung into high gear. By 1924, motorcar racing had gotten quite popular and a man named Georges Durand revived a "preposterous" idea for a 24-hour endurance race and the 24 hours of Le Mans was born. I'll bet he would roll over in his grave if he knew I was racing the Sarthe circuit in my living room.

You don't have to be a freak and race a real-time 24-hour race though. TDLM offers the speed junkie in you the option of arcade racing with no pit stops, set up or qualifying. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can play a full championship season of earning points for your selected team, which, if you have the skills and desire, winds up with a shot at the coveted 24-hour title. Or you can be a freak (it's ok, I understand) and jump right into the full 24 hours of pulse pounding, high stress racing. Don't worry, you don't have to miss work because you are on lap 2 billion -- there is a save option for those of you with "real" jobs, families etc...

Three classes of cars (GT2, GT1 and Prototype) grace this sim just as they do in the real races. There are 20 different race teams that will ask you to join their ranks in one of 50 cars, and you can hold out for a good offer. TDLM gives you the much needed option of toggling brake assist and traction control which will make things a little less hairy out on one of the eight tracks in the game.

TDLM is a simulation at heart, and it doesn't disappoint. Full tire wear and the possibility of a blowout haunt you at every turn. Blow your transmission and you'll be watching from the pits in despair. Speaking of pits, you'll have to get a handle on the whole strategy of pit stops which can make the difference between glory, glamour and chicks or defeat, humiliation and an intense desire to huff petrol. Keep your eye on your fuel gauge and oil levels, which deplete as the laps tick by. The visible damage could have been a little better. Sure the cars get damaged and fenders cave in, but I haven't seen any parts come flying off my car.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you race too. Rain effects are fairly good and make the track nice and slick. Mr. Million-dollar-auto, please meet Mr. Crash-barrier. I don't mean to nitpick here, but when in the rain, you can see the reflections of your opponent's taillights even when they go over a hill. Also, the tracks left on the wet roads as your car rips by look all wrong and blocky. These are VERY minor problems, but still worth mentioning.

The cars are absolutely beautiful. Makes me want to get out of the video game industry and become a racecar driver. My favorite part about the cars is actually being able to toggle the headlights. I find that most headlights in games look really fake but these seem to sparkle from the front of the car like starlight casting a fairly decent beam down the track. A good job by those folks at Infogrames. The rest of the dynamic lighting is also really good, from ambient to static, to moving; nothing really stands out so that is great as far as I'm concerned because it means that the immersive qualities have not been compromised. If you want to see the fastest day/night fade, you can set the time for a 24 hour race to as little as 12 minutes. It's pretty neat having the sun drift across the sky.

Graphically TDLM screams along without any pop-ups or slow downs even with a surprising number of opponents on the track. There is not as much eye candy along the track as other games, but at breakneck speeds, who has time to look anyway? Plenty of muffler pops and flares will keep you satisfied as well as the red-hot glow from your rims as you apply the brakes. I can't help but compare this game to Sports Car GT which in my opinion is the best touring car sim yet. Where the comparison comes to a head is in the physics department. Now I've never driven a high performance vehicle at 280km/h, I think I would poop my pants, but it just doesn't feel right to me.

In the end TDLM pulls together to give racing fans a true Le Mans experience in the comfort of their own homes, and while it might not be the absolute best, it is still worth a look from even the most discriminating gamer.

-- Jeff Shoults

Test Drive Le Mans Cheats

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Test Drive Le Mans Game Walkthrough

                This document Copyright  2001 Nemesis&153;. All rights reserved.



                                     Test Drive Le Mans&153;
                                            {FAQ}
                                     Platform: Dreamcast&153;
                                        Version: Final
                                   Brett "Nemesis" Franklin
                                 E-Mail: nemesis@flipmode.com
                           My website: http://nemmysresource.cjb.net



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               01. Introduction                   05. Race / Prize Guide

               02. Legal Stuff                    06. Basic Strategies

               03. Updates / Revision History


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01. Introduction

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As I'm sure you've read in most magazines and/or online reviews (or not),
Test Drive Le Mans for the Dreamcast is the very definition of a sleeper
hit. I mean, I never had heard of this game until I received the game for
Christmas, and when I played it, it blew my mind. It has one of the best
racing engines this side of Gran Turismo, the best graphics for a racer
(save for possibly F355, but then again, F355 only has 1 racing view...)
on the Dreamcast, and the game is very realistic. It comes packed with tons
of real licensed cars, real tracks, as well as car physics that are
actually REALISTIC! There are no spin-outs every 3 seconds like in Gran
Turismo 1 and 2 (yes, there are some spin-outs in Le Mans, but you shouldn't
spin-out if you know how to handle the turns and cicanes). I could go on
all day about Test Drive Le Mans, but I'd be wasting your time (hell, you're
only reading this because you are bored, or you just want the FAQ to help
yourself ^_^). It's the best racer on the DC, and my favorite sim racer
other than Gran Turismo 2. That, and it's only $30, new. Go buy it. Along
with Metropolis Street Racer for the Dreamcast. :P


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02. Legal Stuff

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   This FAQ can only appear on the following sites (w/out having to ask me):

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E-Mail Address: nemesis@flipmode.com

Copyright:
  Copyright  2001  Brett  "Nemesis"  Franklin. This FAQ and everything
included  within  this  file  cannot be reproduced in any way, shape or
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and  unaltered  format. This FAQ cannot be used for profitable purposes
(even  if  no  money  would  be  made  from  selling it) or promotional
purposes.  It  cannot be used in any sort of commercial transaction. It
cannot be given away as some sort of bonus, gift, etc., with a purchase
as this creates incentive to buy and is therefore prohibited.


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03. Updates / Revision History

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                           Version 1.00 (02/05/01)
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? First released version.
   - 24KB


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04. Race / Prize Guide

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===============================================================================
= ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: QUICK RACE :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
===============================================================================

                              Donington National:
               ------------------------------------------------
                               Suzuka West Track
                                  Brno Track


                              Catalunya National:
               ------------------------------------------------
                          Donington Grand Prix Track


                                 Suzuka East:
               ------------------------------------------------
                          Catalunya Grand Prix Track


                                   Le Mans:
               ------------------------------------------------
                                 Bugatti Track


                  Brno, Donington GP, Bugatti, Catalunya GP:
               ------------------------------------------------
                            Suzuka Grand Prix Track


                              Suzuka Grand Prix:
               ------------------------------------------------
                            Jaguar XJR9 LM (Jaguar)


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= :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: CHAMPIONSHIP ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
===============================================================================
**NOTE: The Pole Position Times in each of the Championship races are based
        on the Amatuer Difficulty level. They may differ if you are playing
        on Intermediate or Expert.

In the Championship Mode of Test Drive Le Mans, you race in a series of
races, and for each race, depending on what position you were in at the end
of the race, you receive points. Here is what each position will nab you in
terms of point-value:

Place         Points
---------------------
1st           10
2nd           06
3rd           04
4th           03
5th           02
6th           01
7th           00
8th           00
9th           00
10th          00
11th          00
12th          00

At the end of the series of races, the racer with the most points total, wins
that series of races, and will win the 2 cars.

                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                   Rookie GT                                  }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
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Suzuka East            0:46.227               05
Donington National     1:08.417               05
Catalunya National     1:07.937               05

Recommended Car(s) to Use:
==========================================================
Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)

Cars you Win:
==========================================================
Chrysler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)


                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                    Pro GT                                    }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Suzuki West            1:09.512               05
Bugatti                1:47.438               05
Brno                   2:02.908               05

Recommended Car(s) to Use:
==========================================================
Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)

Cars you Win:
==========================================================
Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
Chrysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)


                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                   GT Enduro                                  }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Donington National     1:07.526               10
Catalunya National     1:09.257               10

Recommended Car to Use:
==========================================================
Crystler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)

Cars you Win:
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Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsport)
BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)

                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                 Open Prototype                               }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Brno                   1:50.998               10
Catalunya Grand Prix   1:38.051               10
Suzuka Grand Prix      1:52.124               10

Recommended Car to Use:
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BMW V 12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)

Cars you Win:
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Toyota GT 1 (Toyota Motorsports) <---- Only eligable in LeMans race
Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)


                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                Closed Prototype                              }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
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Bugatti                1:39.060               10
Donington Grand Prix   1:24.605               10
Brno                   1:51.332               10

Recommended Car to Use:
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Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)

Cars you Win:
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LMGTP (GTC Competition)
BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)

                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                Prototype Enduro                              }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Catalunya Grand Prix   1:36.976               15
Brno                   1:50.529               15
Suzuka Grand Prix      1:53.560               15

Recommended Car(s) to Use:
==========================================================
BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)

Cars you Win:
==========================================================
Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsports)
Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)

                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                 Super Enduro                                 }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Suzuka Grand Prix      1:54.881               10
Brno                   1:51.667               10
Bugatti                1:40.729               10
Donington Grand Prix   1:24.192               10
Catalunya Grand Prix   1:38.739               10

Recommended Car(s) to Use:
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BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)

Cars you Win:
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LMP (Pilot Racing)
Audi R8C (Audi Sport UK)

                               ___________________
 _____________________________/                   ____________________________
{                                Winter Challenge                              }
 ___________________/



Track                  Pole Position Time     No. of Laps
==========================================================
Catalunya Grand Prix   1:39.337               15
Bugatti                1:39.790               15
Donington Grand Prix   1:24.495               15

Recommended Car(s) to Use:
==========================================================
BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)

Cars you Win:
==========================================================
Panoz Esperante GTR (Panoz Motorsports)
Audi R8R (Team Joest)


===============================================================================
= ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: LE MANS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
===============================================================================

     Recommended Cars (in order of quality) to use for all Le Mans races:
     ---------------------------------------------------------------------
      01. Toyota GT1 (Toyota Motorsports)
      02. BMW V12 LMR (BMW Motorsport)
      03. Jaguar XJR9 LM (Jaguar)
      04. Nissan R390 (Nissan Motorsports)
      05. Panoz LMP Spyder (Panoz Motorsports)
      06. LMGTP (GTC Competition)
      07. Audi R8C (Audi Sport UK)
      08. LMP (JMB Competition)
      09. LMP (Joest Racing)
      10. Panoz Esperante GTR (Panoz Motorsports)
      11. LMP (Kremer Racing)
      12. Lister Storm GTL (Newcastle Lister Storm)
      14. Riley & Scott MKIII S2 (Riley & Scott Europe)
      15. Crysler Viper GTS R (Team Oreca)
      16. Crysler Viper GTS R (Chamberlain Engineering)
      17. GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)
      18. GT2 (Roock Racing)
      19. GT2 (Team Agusta Racing)

                                  10 Minutes:
               ------------------------------------------------
                             Le Mans 24 Hours Cup
                                 View Credits


                                  30 Minutes:
               ------------------------------------------------
                             Le Mans 24 Hours Cup
                                 View Credits


                                    1 Hour:
               ------------------------------------------------
                                  Peugeot 905


                                   6 Hours:
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                                Elf Courage C52
                                   Sauber C9


                                   24 Hours:
               ------------------------------------------------
                        Toyota GT1 (Toyota Motorsports)
                                  Lancia LC2


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= ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: TIME TRIAL :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =
===============================================================================

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                               Donington National                              }
 ____________________/


Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:01.000         0:58.000       1.926 MI

Car you win:
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GT2 (Rook Racing)


                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                               Catalunya National                              }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:00.000         0:58.000       1.901 MI

Car you win:
=============================================
GT2 (Larbre Competition)

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                                    Le Mans                                    }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
3:37.000         3:30.000       8.454 MI

Car you win:
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Mercedes CLK-LM

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                                  Suzuka East                                  }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
0:43.000         0:40.000       1.491 MI

Car you win:
=============================================
Audi R8R (Team Joest)

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                              Catalunya Grand Prix                             }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:34.000         1:31.000       2.920 MI

Car you win:
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Nissan R 390

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                                  Suzuka West                                  }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:02.000         0:59.000       1.988 MI

Car you win:
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GT2 (Konrad Motorsport)

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                              Donington Grand Prix                             }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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1:21.000         1:18.000       2.500 MI

Car you win:
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Mantara LM (Team Marcos)

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                                    Bugatti                                    }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:35.000         1.32.000       2.756 MI

Car you win:
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Elf Courage C36

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                                     Brno                                      }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
=============================================
1:46.000         1:43.000       3.357 MI

Car you win:
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Toyota GT1

                               ____________________
 _____________________________/                    ____________________________
{                               Suzuka Grand Prix                               }
 ____________________/

Goal Time        Lap Record     Track Length
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1:49.000         1:45.000       3.604 MI

Car you win:
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Nissan R391


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06. Basic Strategies

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? Power slide as much as you can on most turns in the game. To power slide,
  slow down a bit before the turn or chicane with the footbrake, then as
  you turn, hit the handbrake to make your car swing around the bend (make
  your car go into the proper direction first), then hit one of your brakes
  (handbrake is easier to use) while you are facing the direction you wish
  to be in (straight), and continue driving as normal.

? Whenever you are steering into a turn, and smoke begins to come from your
  tires, this is a sure-sign that your car is about to spin-out if a
  counter-steer isn't used soon. To counter this eventual spin-out, simply
  lay off the gas a bit, and counter-steer (steer into the opposite direction)
  to regain your grip on the road, and to avoid the spin-out easily.

? Sometimes (or a lot of the time), you can't power-slide in Test Drive Le
  Mans, since the racing engine isn't designed for it like Gran Turismo 2
  or Ridge Racer. The cars in Test Drive Le Mans stick to the road much
  better than other racing games, so power-sliding isn't necessary most
  of the time.

? You don't have to power slide around each turn. Some turns are too tight
  to try to manuever around, so just brake very hard with the footbrake
  to come to an almost complete stop, then turn your car into the desired
  direction, and hit the gas to get moving again.

? Don't be too hard on the controls, since they are sort of touchy. The
  cars handle arcade-like, so you won't be spinning out after each turn,
  unless you really turn sharply or hit a wall at great speeds.

? Try not to hit the other car in a race, since you will bounce off of
  him/her, and slow yourself down, and possibly spin-out.

? Try to avoid all walls and barriers. Walls and barriers can slow your
  car down drastically, and they can also cause your car to have an un-
  necessary spin-out, which you don't want.

? To recover from a spin-out quickly, simply let off the gas while you are
  spinning or moving, then steer with the spin until you slow down. Once
  you have done this, simply countersteer (steer into the direction you
  are spinning), then you will have regained control of your vehicle.

? Try not to power-slide TOO much in the game. Why? Because the physics
  engine of Test Drive Le Mans is very realistic, and if you try to power-
  slide around a sharp turn at high speeds, your car will skid or spin-out.

? Don't take sharp turns at very high speeds (this is especially bad with
  very, VERY fast cars). Doing this may cause your car to stop or slide, 
  and will slow you down big-time.




         This document Copyright  2001 Nemesis&153;. All rights reserved.

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