Crash Team Racing Rustland Grand Prix guide – how to unlock everything

Activision’s Crash Team Racing remake was easily one our favourite games of 2019 and one that developer Beenox is continuing to support with new tracks, modes, and characters, as well as tons of cosmetic items for you to customise your look.

Nitro-Fueled’s Rustland Grand Prix is now live, rocking a post-apocalyptic theme. With it comes the new Megamix Mania track which is by far one of the best original race courses Beenox has added to CTR post-launch. A dusty minefield that weaves through an abandoned industrial facility and the surrounding canyons, the roads littered with strategically placed bombs forcing even the most experienced racers to approach with caution.


We’ve come up with a handy guide for those who want more information on the Grand Prix event itself and the best methods for unlocking rewards.

How to access the Nitro Tour Grand Prix

If you already own a copy of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, you don’t need to purchase anything else to access the Nitro Tour Grand Prix, though you must have the newest update installed.

Take note that if you’re playing offline you won’t be able to access the Grand Prix menu. You won’t be able to visit the Pit Stop and no Wumpa Coins or Nitro Points will be awarded when racing.

When does Rustland end?

The Rustland Grand Prix started on January 16th and will run through til February 16th. Keep in mind that once the Grand Prix ends your progress will be wiped and any items you didn’t manage to unlock will no longer be accessible. Don’t worry, they’ll be available for purchase in the Pit Stop at a later date.

How do I unlock rewards?

Each Grand Prix will offer a variety of new items which can be either be unlocked or purchased from the Pit Stop.

If you’ve been chipping away Nitro-Fueled’s solo content or diving into online races, you should already have some Wumpa Coins in your virtual wallet.

Take a trip to the Pit Stop and you’ll find a new selection of purchase options. Most of these will be tied to the Rustland season.

However there are some rewards that can only be unlocked by earning Nitro Points and filling up your Grand Prix progression meter. Points are doled out after every race, the amount you receive depending on your finishing position, though you’ll still get a handful just for participating.

These will feed into a progress bar that is split into six chunks – each time you hit one of these milestones you’ll unlock something. Once the bar is full you’ll move onto the next tier, starting at bronze, then moving on to silver, then gold.

To max out bronze tier you’ll need 5,000 Nitro Points, 17,000 for silver, and 42,000 for gold. Reaching gold effectively “completes” the season, though you may still want to compete for a place on the global leaderboards.

The best way to earn Nitro Points

To get the most amount of Nitro Points in the shortest amount of time requires both skill and organisation. Even if you’re averaging a podium finish in each online race, the total number of points you earn will barely being in the double digits.

To earn more points, you need to spend some Wumpa Coins. Go straight to the Pit Stop where you’ll notice a small green Nitro tag next to each of the available items. This indicates the extra percentage of Nitro Points you’ll earn when this item is equipped, so make sure your loadout is fully optimised from character and kart, right down to your decal sticker.

Next, you’ll want to dip into the Grand Prix menu. The bottom half of the screen will display a shopping list of challenges you can complete to earn yourself some hefty Nitro Point payouts.

There are five different types of challenges including quick, daily, weekly, theme, and pro. Quick challenges are easy and rotate every several hours, but are only worth 100 points a pop. Daily and weekly challenges are worth a bit more, but it’s the themed and pro challenges you’ll want to focus on as these can shell out up to 750 Nitro Points.

Make a mental note of match types as well as character and track names, as this could allow you to combo several challenges at once.

If you hit a plateau or find these too tough, then just make sure you’re logging on regularly to bank as many points from quick and daily challenges.

Nitro Tour tips & tricks

Here’s a very quick double dose of advice. Some challenges become fairly trivial if you race against AI in local play and bosh the difficulty down to easy. Or, better yet, boot up local multiplayer, remove other AI racers and tweak the weapon power up settings to boost some of the more skill based challenges. You can do this on your own, using two controllers.

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