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TrackMania (2003)

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This page is for the original game. For the 2020 game, see Trackmania (2020).

TrackMania (2003)
TrackMania (2003) cover
Enlight Software
Digital Jesters
Focus Home Interactive
Deep Silver
93 Games
Release dates
Windows November 21, 2003
Metacritic 58
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Tricks
Vehicles Track racing
Art styles Stylized
Series TrackMania
TrackMania (2003) on HowLongToBeat
TrackMania (2003) on IGDB
TrackMania (2003) on MobyGames
TrackMania (2003) on Wikipedia
TrackMania (2003) 2003
TrackMania Sunrise 2005
TrackMania Nations 2006
TrackMania United 2006
TrackMania Nations Forever 2008
TrackMania United Forever 2008
TrackMania 2: Canyon 2011
TrackMania 2: Stadium 2013
TrackMania 2: Valley 2013
Trackmania Turbo 2016
Trackmania 2: Lagoon 2017
Trackmania (2020) 2020


StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).

TrackMania (2003) is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person and first-person racing and tricks game in the TrackMania series.

The TrackMania Original upgrade uses the new engine from TrackMania Sunrise. However, it has problems running on modern machines. See Update StarForce for operating systems newer than Windows XP and Issues fixed.

General information

Official website
Official forum
TrackMania Exchange (custom track database)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
StarForce DRM[Note 1]
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
A faithful, higher quality icon can be found on SteamGridDB.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Power Up! Adds Survival mode and more blocks for custom tracks.
TrackMania Original Upgrades the engine to that of TrackMania Sunrise and adds Platform and Stunts modes.

Essential improvements


Applying the patches and upgrades in the order specified below is recommended.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Default.SystemConfig.Gbx[Note 2]
Graphics settings are stored in GfxDevicePerfs.txt.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\Profiles[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\GameData\Tracks[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\GameData\Scores[Note 2]
The profiles folder stores all configuration information and preferences.
The tracks folder stores all tracks along with any custom tracks.
The scores folder stores all medal information and race data.


Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Display compatibility settings.
Display compatibility settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Listed as > 4:3 (large). Text and other display objects will stretch.
HUD stretches significantly.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Only supports resolutions up to 1280x960. Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x and 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x, and 6x MSAA.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Listed as Display VSync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No FPS or refresh rate limit.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.
Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Every input is remappable in the profile settings.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in gameplay.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse not used in gameplay.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Only available in-game through player's profile.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Trigger axis are inverted.
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Any DirectInput or XInput device is supported.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music.
Surround sound
7.1 or 5.1 Surround, EAX, HRTF, DirectSound3D.
The game does not have voice acting.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Network settings
Network settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
127 Versus, Co-op
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Peer-to-peer is used to download other players' skins and horns.
Offical Dedicated Server available from Nadeo.
"Local Internet Connection" option in "Multiplayer" in-game. Default port: 2350.
Direct IP
Forcable IP address option along with server port.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2350
UDP 2350
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Update StarForce for operating systems newer than Windows XP

StarForce is blocked on Windows 10 and later, and can prevent Windows from booting.
Update the StarForce DRM to a newer version[5]
  1. Download the unofficial TrackMania_StarForce_Mod.
  2. Extract, then copy and replace all files in <path-to-game> from the .rar file.


TrackMania Original must be version 1.5.2 or else the game will not work.

White screen/freeze

Newer hardware configurations can cause the game to freeze and remain at a white screen.
Use dgVoodoo 2[5]
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract the archive.
  2. Open the MS\x86 folder and copy D3D9.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll.
  3. Paste the files into <path-to-game>, where the game executable is.
  4. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe as administrator. Click the [.\] button below the banner.
  5. Under the DirectX tab, choose a Video card. Change the resolution to anything desired.
  6. Tick "Fast Video Memory Access".
  7. Untick "dgVoodoo Watermark".
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Run the game.
Use WineD3D[5]
  1. Download WineD3D and extract it. (Last XP compatible version, Version 1.7.52 is recommended)
  2. Copy d3d9.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
Sound (audio device) 16-bit compatible


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).