Grand Prix Construction Set is a motor-racing game with a difference:
it allows you to design your own race circuits - using straights, fast bends,
sharp bends, chicanes and hump back bridges. Or you can select one of the
many pre-defined race tracks, which include most of the world's
famous Grand Prix venues. Then race against another player, or against
the computer - there are five skill levels to choose from.
Features Of The Game
Easy-to-use, icon-driven circuit designer
Save and load your own track designs
18 pre-defined Grand Prix race circuits
One player and two player
Dramatic skids and crashes
Before commencing the race, you will be asked the number of
laps that you want to race. Type a number from 1 to 9.
You will then be asked "Human (H) or Computer (1-5)
Opponent?". Type H to race against another player, or type
a number from 1 to 5 to race against the computer as your
opponent. 1 is the least skilled opponent, whilst 5 is the
The miniature plan views of the race circuit will now be
drawn and the cars will be positioned on the track.
Player 1 controls the red car with the track shown in 3-D
in the centre of the screen and uses the left-hand plan view.
Similarly, player 2 controls the yellow car with track shown
at the top of the screen and uses the right-hand plan view.
If the cars are close enough, they may appear in both of the
screens. The position of each car on the race circuit is shown
on the appropriate plan view by a small black square.
When the race-starter lowers his flag, press the accelerator
key to start your car moving. If you hold the accelerator
down before the flag is lowered, your car will stall.
If you hit the red-and-white kerb at a fast speed you will
spin off the track and your car will burst into flames.
Needless to say, your opponent then wins the race.
The maximum speed permissible when running over the kerb
varies dependent upon the section of the track in question.
You will crash off the track if you are travelling at the
On a straight ... 210 mph or faster
On a chicane straight ... 210 mph or faster
On a fast bend ... 210 mph or faster
On a banked bend ... 210 mph or faster
On any other type of bend ... 180 mph or faster
If you run over the kerb at lower speeds, your car will
start to slow down until you drive away from the kerb.
Bends And Skidding
The sharper the bend the greater the centrifugal force that
will be exerted on your car, and the lower the maximum speed
at which you can travel without skidding. The banked bend may
be taken at a higher speed than the other bends.
Once you start to hear the car skidding, the car will begin
to drift outwards towards the edge of the bend. You can get out
of the skid if you slow down sufficiently.
Bumping The Opposing Car
The two cars may bump into each other during the course of a
race - particularly on the chicanes. Normally, this is quite
safe although the following car will be forced to slow down.
If, however, the car in front slows down drastically whilst
the following car is travelling at a fast speed, the two cars
will crash and both cars will be out of the race. This will
occur if the following car is travelling faster than 40mph
and at more than twice the speed of the car in front.
You must enter the chicanes with your car approximately
centred on the white lines or you will skid on the kerbs -
or crash if you are travelling too fast.
Hump Back Bridges
Hump back bridges are perfectly safe at speeds up to 180mph.
If, however, you are travelling any faster your car will
take off and crash on landing.
After completion of each lap, the lap-times are held on
screen for a short while before resetting. It is useful to
check the other player's times as well as your own.
Z - Steer Left, X - Steer Right, F - Accelerate, C - Brake
f0/f1 - Volume Decrease/Increase
ESCAPE - Abort Game
The Circuit Designer
When the game is first loaded, you will enter the Circuit
Designer section of the program.
Input the names of the two players, and select whether you
want to use joysticks or not.
When the prompt "Design circuit?" appears, type Y to design
your own race circuit.
Designing New Circuits
First, position the start/finish straight by moving the
cross-hair cursor to a suitable position using the cursor
keys and then typing "H" to position the straight
horizontally or "V" to position it vertically.
Now select a track section from those shown at the top-right
of the screen by moving the cursor to the appropriate section
using the cursor keys and then pressing the RETURN key. If
you select a bend section, you should then choose whether it
is to be placed on the circuit in a clockwise or anticlockwise
manner. Press RETURN and the track section will be positioned
at the end of the circuit.
If you make a mistake, press L to lift the section of track
that you've just positioned.
When the circuit is close to being completed by joining up
with the start/finish straight, you can request the Circuit
Designer to close-up the race circuit for you - to do so
press the C key.
You can then name your circuit and save it if you wish. But
remember to save the circuit onto a new disc. Do *not* save
the circuit onto the game disc itself.
Choosing A Circuit
If, in reply to the prompt "Design Circuit?", you type N, you
will then receive the prompt "Load Circuit?". Type Y to load
a circuit that you have saved previously or N to choose a
There are 18 race circuits to choose from:
Name Of Circuit Country
Brands Hatch U.K.
Mallory Park U.K.
Oulton Park U.K.
Kyalami South Africa
Zandvoort The Netherlands
Nurburgring West Germany
Paul Ricard France
Imola San Marino
Long Beach U.S.A.
Press SHIFT-BREAK and wait for the program to load
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
A cheat for this game was included on the Cheat It Again Joe 3 compilation, released by Impact (Refer to the specific instructions on that compilation and match the cheat to the specific version. Note that emulated versions of the game may not work with this cheat).
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