There are five different kinds of races, which are Rally, V-Rally Cross, Hillclimb, Buggy, or Extreme-Khana. Rally is a race against the clock (you have to beat the other racers, but you don't see them on the track) from the beginning of a course to the end. Sometimes they are tarmac, but often are off-road. They use cars that are closer to road-worthy (though still clearly customized and tweaked) than some of the other modes. V-Rally Cross is a mode closer to what you might expect with racing games; you compete directly with other racers, and you are all trying to get through a certain number of laps the fastest. Whoever gets first place, wins.