Race Driver: Grid

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Race Driver: Grid
Race Driver: Grid cover
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
EGO 1.0
Release dates
Windows May 30, 2008
macOS (OS X) March 28, 2013
Metacritic 87
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Track racing
Art styles Realistic
Series TOCA
Race Driver: Grid on HowLongToBeat
Race Driver: Grid on IGDB
Race Driver: Grid guide on StrategyWiki
Race Driver: Grid on MobyGames
Race Driver: Grid on Wikipedia
TOCA Touring Car Championship 1997
TOCA 2 Touring Cars 1998
TOCA Race Driver 2002
TOCA Race Driver 2 2004
TOCA Race Driver 3 2006
Race Driver: Grid 2008
GRID 2 2013
GRID Autosport 2014
GRID (2019) 2019
GRID Legends 2022

Key points

Also known as GRID.
Multiplayer servers were shut down in June 2011.[1]
FPS affects gameplay, see Flashback time is very short.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com (unavailable)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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ZOOM Platform
Licensing legality is unclear; ZOOM Platform places the burden of delisting on the publisher.[2]
Removed from many digital stores due to licencing issues.[3]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
8 Ball
macOS (OS X)
Prestige Pack
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or rename intro.bik and intro_us.bik


Retail Patches[edit]

The Steam version of the game is already patched. These patches are for retail users only.

Free DLC Content[edit]

Retail users have to patch GRID up to the latest version, before being able to load the DLC content.
Free DLC natively available on the OS X release, adding new cars and a new track, compatible with the Windows release.

Launcher for extra settings[edit]

Launcher v1.0.0.5[edit]

Changing options in-game may override Launcher settings.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Codemasters\GRID\hardwaresettings\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Codemasters\GRID\savegame\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced Graphics settings.
Advanced Graphics settings.
Advanced Graphics settings continued.
Advanced Graphics settings continued.
Advanced Graphics settings continued.
Advanced Graphics settings continued.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
If resolutions higher than 1280x1024 aren't shown then see Native resolutions not displaying
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, CSAA, QSAA. Nvidia users can also use SGSSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
see Flashback time is very short


Enable windowed[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open hardware_settings_config.xml with a text editor.
  3. Change fullscreen="true" to fullscreen="false"

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Not compatible with the main DLC packs.
Use Grid FOV Hack[citation needed]
  1. Download Grid FOV Hack.
  2. Extract to the installation folder.
  3. Run the program and set the desired FOV.

Nvidia SGSSAA anti-aliasing[edit]

  1. Enable MSAA in the in-game graphics settings, using your desired sample count. For 4xSGSSAA, set 4xMSAA in the in-game settings, for example.
  2. Open Race Driver: GRID driver profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  3. Enable the "Show unknown settings from NVIDIA predefined profiles" option (magnifying glass icon in the button toolbar.)
  4. In the "Antialiasing" section, in the "Antialiasing - Combined (Mode + Setting)" choice, select the "0x22800010 Enhance | 4x MSAA + 4x SGSSAA" option. If you configured a different MSAA sample count in the game's setting (like 8xMSAA), then select the appropriate "Enhance" option instead that matches the in-game MSAA sample count.
  5. Apply changes.

Disable Bloom & Blur effects[edit]

No post-processing or blur, high LOD.
No post-processing or blur, high LOD.
Makes the graphics appear sharper and removes the yellow filter.
Edit hardware_settings_config.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Codemasters\GRID\hardwaresettings\
  2. Open hardware_settings_config.xml with a text editor.
  3. Change <postprocess enabled="true" blur="true" /> to <postprocess enabled="false" blur="false" />
  4. Save the changes.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Some controllers are not natively supported. See Controller support.
Full controller support
Keyboard required for editing the player and team name.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

The following controllers are natively supported: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller, Logitech G25, Logitech MOMO, Logitech Driving Force Pro, Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, speech and music.
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.[citation needed]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Versus
Use Nucleus-Coop Unofficial mod.
LAN play
Online play
Multiplayer servers have been deactivated.[1]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074
UDP 3074
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: GRID.
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Note:Game is on official list but not yet conformired to be 3D to the editor.
Devices Native Notes
Supports: Yaw, Pitch, Roll, X, Y, Z.

Issues fixed[edit]

Grid fails to launch[edit]

Reinstall OpenAL[6]
Delete config file[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Delete hardware_settings_restrictions.xml.
Use command line argument[citation needed]
  1. Use the -novirtual command line argument.

Fixing Menu Text Glitch[edit]

To fix Text Glitch[citation needed]
  1. Go To <path-to-game>Race Driver Grid\language
  2. Copy language_data_base.xml to desktop.
  3. Open language_data_base.xml with Notepad.
  4. Replace <binary processor="LanguageDataManager" filename="language/language_%1%.lng" map="UPDATE" pool="TEMPORARY" with <binary processor="LanguageDataManager" filename="language/language_eng.lng" map="UPDATE" pool="TEMPORARY" />
  5. Also Replace <binary processor="LanguageDataManager" filename="language/language_%1%_dlc_0.lng" map="UPDATE" pool="TEMPORARY" /> with <binary processor="LanguageDataManager" filename="language/language_eng_dlc_0.lng" map="UPDATE" pool="TEMPORARY" />
  6. Save file and replace original language_data_base.xml in <path-to-game>Race Driver Grid/language
  7. Run GRID.exe
  8. ** NOTE ** Rename " %1% " to language of choice**
** Working with 8 core CPU **

Failing to run on Intel Core i7 CPUs[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system\
  2. Rename workerMap8Core.xml to something else.
  3. Rename workerMap4Core.xml to workerMap8Core.xml.

Crash on Alt Tab[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Native resolutions not displaying[edit]

This may occur on systems with very low or very high video memory[8]
Override resolution[9]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Open hardware_settings_restrictions.xml with a text editor.
  3. Find the following line and remove it.
    <res mem="270" maxWidth="1280" />
Fix crash to desktop after resolution fix

If after the above edit the game crashes to the desktop when launching, then replace all contents of hardware_settings_restrictions.xml with just this text:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

No sessions found in multiplayer[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Flashback time is very short[edit]

The flashback uses frames to calculate time. Higher FPS lowers the amount of time that can be rewound, making it less useful.
  • Set refresh rate on 60hz and enable vsync on game options

Missing Sounds[edit]

Various sound effect will either not play or stop playing over the course of a race
  • Disable hardware accelerated audio in the game's settings

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Demonware

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1300
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: Radeon X1300, X1550, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, HD 2600, HD 2900, HD 3870
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 6800, 7100, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950, 8600, 8800, 9600, 9800


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12750/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12750) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.