In practically every racing game I know there is some way that makes your car accelerate faster and/or spin out less when the lights turn green at the start. Be it watching the fingers of a character floating on a cloud (Mario Kart :-P) or having the RPM in the yellow zone etc.

Yet somehow, even after beating all the world tours and X-Games, I still haven't figured out how not to be in last position just after a start in DiRT 2. That I don't drive a car in real live does not help either.

So: How do I get the best acceleration at the beginning of a race a) in DiRT 2 b) in most realistic racing games.

  • Dirt 2 bot cars in fact cheat a lot. I couln't really find a way of getting a better head start.
    – DrFish
    Commented Nov 25, 2010 at 13:17
  • Was a good question. I find the other cars tend to pull away. If you check the stats for the other cars pulling ahead of you, they should have slower acceleration (perhaps), yet for some reason the game starts you off disadvantaged). Not entirely sure what goes on in multiplayer, talking about single player AI now.
    – JL01
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 19:18
  • Its not just about acceleration, its also about grip. Try not to floor the car off the line, you have to feather the throttle a bit to not lose grip and then you'll find you do much better coming off the line.
    – l I
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 11:45

3 Answers 3


You change gears earlier which means (for some dumb reason) you lag a bit while they are still accelerating in first, if you wait until the moment when the light turns green to floor it you will be changing gears at the same time (note: this is if you are using an automatic transmition) and thus you will be neck and neck with the lead cars. This takes a few tries to get right, there's a sweet spot that if you hit you can get off the line first.


a) I also did the entire game and I came to the conclusion that there is no real way to get a perfect start! Just make adjustments to settings of your car to improve performance in terms of grip and acceleration.

No magic bullet this time! Unfortunately, you're not in Mario Kart.

  • Seems to be the one answer. Thx ^^
    – SealedSun
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 19:55

Try using 2nd gear instead of 1st gear when starting. It sometimes works.

I think the player's car inevitably has some delay between gear shifting, while hardcore AIs (miraculously) shift gears without that delay at all. You'll notice(in landrush or raid event) that AIs get ahead of you each time you shift gears...;;

In London rallycross stages, we might also have disadvantages in starting grid when we are placed "behind" on "dirty" "upslope" with less grip. You know, the 8th driver need to climb up more.

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