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A low-pitched 20 Hz rumble is the first tangible sign you're not about to race any ordinary vehicle in Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing. Five-ton behemoths geared for speed is the name of the game as you race fellow truckers for the championship, complete single races or simply run practice rounds on 11 real-world tracks.
To be crowned "World Trucking Champ," you compete over several race weekends in Championship Mode. Beginning on Saturday, each round consists of several races: an optional warm-up, the time trial (to obtain a starting position in qualifying), qualifying (where points and starting positions are earned for the Cup race) and the Cup Race itself. This sequence is then repeated on Sunday, completing round one.
Before taking on the Championship, valuable experience can be gained through Practice Mode. The intricacies of each circuit can be learned in a single race while Ghost Training allows you to race against your previous fastest lap, represented by a semi-transparent truck. Completed races can be viewed and edited through the Replay Archive.
A selection of pre-existing truck teams and racers is available or you can choose your own team name and colors. Modifications can be made to each truck in the garage, all of which have a bearing on performance: diesel/tank capacity, water/brakes, tire pressure, brake balance, gear ratio, anti-roll bars, electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist, gearbox, shock absorbers, spring coils and spring distances.
In multiplayer action, up to eight players can take part in an open championship, ending only when the participants decide. Additional customizable options include race length, unlimited speed, opponents' strength, truck damage, weather conditions, direction arrows, flags, rear-view mirrors, truck shadows, distortion/visible damage, music and sound effects. ~ Brendan Swift, All Game Guide