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Latest revision as of 06:18, 14 May 2022

Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited cover
Eden Games
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows March 16, 2007
Metacritic 79
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Oceania, Contemporary
Series Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited on HowLongToBeat
Test Drive Unlimited on IGDB
Test Drive Unlimited on MobyGames
Test Drive Unlimited on Wikipedia
Test Drive Unlimited
Subseries of Test Drive
Test Drive Unlimited 2006
Test Drive Unlimited 2 2011
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown 2022


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Test Drive Unlimited is an open world racing game in the Test Drive series, and the first entry in the Test Drive Unlimited sub-series. The game allows players to drive a variety of sports cars and motorcycles around a recreation of the Hawaiian island of Oahu that features around 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of roads.

Key points

Ability to import your music for your own custom radio stations.
Poor framepacing.

General information

Official website
TDU Mod Shop - Dedicated modding forum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM v7.30.0015
This game is not available digitally.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Megapack No longer available for purchase.

Essential improvements[edit]


  • 1.66A is the latest official patch (required for 2.00A, along with Megapack)
  • 2.00A (fan-made) is the latest unofficial patch to fix some of the game issues that were not addressed by the last official patch
For compatibility with the Polish version, download this file

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Video
  2. Delete or rename Atari.bik and Bumper_EDEN_TDU.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\<user-id>\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\<user-id>\playersave\


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the -w command line argument.
Disables HDR and AA.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enable by Default.Syncs to a higher number than specified.[citation needed]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exceeding 90 FPS introduces traffic bugs.Set hz monitor on 60 hz to fix. See Weird traffic behavior.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.


Control settings with Xbox 360 controller settings
Control settings with Xbox 360 controller settings


Default audio settings
Default audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.[1]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Polish retail release only, later re-releases only use Polish subtitles with English voiceovers.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Language file is in the sound folder, but unselectable during installation or in-game.
Localization by Akella

Adding custom music[edit]

MP3 and WAV (44100 Hz 16-bit PCM) formats are supported. M3U files can also be used.
Windows shortcuts can be used for the desired music.
Adding Custom Radio Stations[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open or create the Radio folder.
  3. Create a new folder within Radio.
  4. Add desired music files to this new folder.


Up to 4 folders can be created within Radio, with 32 files in each. Each folder appears in-game as a separate radio station.
The game will display the file name when playing the track.
Add to Existing Radio Stations[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Radio\.
  2. Add music files to the desired radio station folder.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Bnk\Sound\Radio.
  4. Open <NAME OF RADIO STATION>.station with any text editor.
  5. Add the file name, artist, and track name to the file in the same format as the existing tracks.
  6. Save and close the file.


The game will display the song artist and track name as defined in the <NAME OF RADIO STATION>.station file.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Project Paradise is required to play online after the shutdown of GameSpy.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game failing to launch on Windows 8 and higher[edit]

3 possible fixes[4]
  • Use Windows XP Service Pack 3(SP3) compatibility mode and Run as Administrator.
  • Perform a clean Windows boot.
  • Use a no CD patch.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game freezes during free roam[edit]

Delete the dynamic advertising database
  1. Go to %PROGRAMDATA%\Test Drive Unlimited.
  2. Delete or rename radial.cdb.


radial.cdb is hidden by default. To view it, be sure both hidden files and system files are shown.

Crash on Windows 10[edit]

Disable display scaling on high DPI settings in <path-to-game>\TestDriveUnlimited.exe[5]

Weird traffic behavior[edit]

Exceeding 90 FPS introduces traffic bugs: invisible cars, weird spawning, very fast line changes or stopping when your car is near.
Limit the frame rate to 90 FPS with the proper tools[6]
Set hz monitor on 60 hz[6]

Map event information is not being displayed and is replaced with grey box when using a controller[edit]

Unbind the map controls for the controller in the controls settings[7]
  1. Go to Controls Settings, Map section.
  2. Unbind Up, Down, Left and Right controls for the map.

Installer finishes instantly[edit]

The installer in a Polish release of the game fails to launch properly on Windows Vista and newer.
Launch the installer with a Transform file attached.[8]
  1. Download Fixed install scripts.
  2. Extract the archive and launch setup.bat.
  3. Insert the game DVD and press any key.
  4. Navigate to and select a Test Drive Unlimited.msi file on the game disc.
  5. Install the game as usual.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Inria Audile [9]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy Project Paradise is required to play online after the shutdown of GameSpy.


Test Drive Unlimited Platinum[edit]

TDU Platinum pursue the objective to be more than a collection of many different mods in a pack, the objective is to deliver a whole new experience, a whole new way to play with endless possibilities to choose at your own demand, ready to go.
New Physics, over 880 vehicles, correct color names, dedicated camera for each vehicle, new weather - HDiR compatible, new map textures and new radio stations.
Easily moddable.
Easy installation.
Optional Russian language.
Additional toolkit.
Incompatible with languages other than English, Russian and Polish (For compatibility with the Polish version, download this file).

Test Drive Unlimited PS2 UI Sounds[edit]

Brings over the menu sounds from the PS2 version.
Meant to be used with the PS2 menu music.

Test Drive Unlimited PS2 menu themes[edit]

Brings over the menu music from the PS2 version.
Meant to be used with the PS2 UI sounds.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2800+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
ATI Radeon 9800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible