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Need for Speed: Carbon

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Need for Speed: Carbon

Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Games
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Released in JP: December 21, 2006
Released in US: October 31, 2006
November 17, 2006 (PS3)
November 19, 2006 (Wii)
Released in EU: November 3, 2006
Released in AU: November 16, 2006

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Need for Speed: Carbon is the story sequel to 2005's Most Wanted. Although it brought back the night racing and extensive car customization of the Underground series (Most Wanted took place during the day and somewhat pared down the visual customization) and introduced touge racing to the Need for Speed franchise, it isn't quite as beloved as the previous three games due to being slightly rushed for a mid-late 2006 release and is seen as the beginning of the franchise's eventual decline until its second reboot with 2009's Shift.

Bonus Cars

Several bonus cars feature unused prices for the car lot.

According to the game data in NFS-VLTEd, these cars have prices set, but cannot be seen in the Car Lot due to their IsCustomizable field being set to False. However, setting these cars' respective fields of these cars to True makes them purchasable in the Car Lot.

  • Audi Le Mans quattro - $250.000
  • BMW M3 GTR (Race) - $300.000
  • Chevrolet Camaro Concept - $100.000
  • Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 - $65.000
  • Ford Shelby GT500 (S-197) - $140.000
  • Koenigsegg CCX - $250.000
  • Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 - $245.000
  • Lexus IS 300 (JCE10) - $27.000
  • Lotus Europa S - $50.000
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T (Gen II) $35.000
  • Pagani Zonda F - $250.000
  • Plymouth Road Runner - $85.000
  • Pontiac GTO (2005) - $35.000
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) - $245.000
  • Toyota Corolla GT-S (AE86) - $15.000
  • Toyota MR2 (SW20) - $25.000

Also, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Koenigsegg CCX are coded to be unlocked at the beginning; if the player changes the hashes in Frontend/Customization, the cars will no longer be unlocked by default. The CCX has a hash of 0x000125FD, while the Camaro Concept's hash is 0xC2B3A220.

(Source: Need for Speed Wiki)

Unused Unlocking Condition

The node of the Tuner car lot contains an unused rewards/car_unlocks/camaro, which indicates the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 is unlocked just by visiting the Downtown Car Lot for the first time, which is unused. However, the Camaro can be made unlockable if the player removes or replaces the 0xA10D3372 in the frontend/customization node, otherwise any car can be input for unlocking via just visiting the Tuner Car Lot.


Several sentences from cutscenes were either removed or shortened in the final game. Some of them can be seen in the Collectors Edition videos such as Page To Picture, Characters and On Set. Most of the dialogues can be found in the game files.

  • Cutscene "attract_english_":
    • "Yeah. I heard you were back in town. Now I want to hear you're gone." - Kenji
  • Cutscene "seq01_opening_english_":
    • "I can't believe Darius gave you this car. Start it up, let's hear it." - Nikki
    • "I think you're ready, I think you're going to blow them away." - Nikki or Darius
    • "I don't have time for this, you...you know what? This is..." - Darius
    • "I have suspect party in custody. Suspect is code 5 and I'm still code 8. Repeat, code 8 assistance required. Hey! Don't move! Suspect is resisting arrest. We have a code 8 here. Get 'em cuffed!" - Several police officers
  • Cutscene "seq02_busted_english_":
    • "Whoa! Damn! My bad Romeo, my bad. Look, we'll catch up real soon. You have yourself a nice night. (Laughing)" - Jonathan Cross
    • "I don't want to hear anything from you OK? Just listen‚" - Nikki
  • Cutscene "seq05_safehouse_english_":
    • "Listen. I... I'm not saying you wouldn't have won but were you watching when I put that guy into the wall?" - Neville
    • "Hey, Nikki. You miss me?" - Neville
    • "Wha... What's to put up with?" - Neville
    • "Nothing, ah you're a nice guy." - Sal
  • Cutscene "seq06_samsonflashback_english":
    • "Hey! Stop! Freeze! I got ya! Get down on the ground!" - Unknown police officer
  • Cutscene "seq07_restaurant_english_":
    • "How'd you hear?" - Darius
    • "A friend mentioned it." - Darius' Henchmen
    • "Is this because I had a thing for him? That's ancient." - Nikki
    • "What's gotten into you?" - Nikki or Darius
    • Not all races are won on the track. - Nikki or Darius
  • Cutscene "seq08_yumiflashback_english_":
    • "I usually notice things everyone else misses, like, faster routes. Kenji, he can tune cars, but he just can't see what's in front of his face you know?" - Yumi
    • "Hey! Freeze! Police! Don't move! Stay there! Hold it! Hands in the air!!" - Unknown police officer
  • Cutscene "seq09_nikkiflashback_english_":
    • "Step out of your vehicles! Hands on your heads! Units 1 and 5, containment! Get on containment!" - Unknown police officer
  • Cutscene "seq10_colinflashback_english_":
    • "I just want to win. What about you?" - Colin
  • Cutscene "seq13_herowins_english_":
    • "Congratulations, I always knew you could do it. But you know there's someone else in town who hasn't quite tested you out there yet. What do you say? You and me?" - Nikki

Source: Game files: English_Global.bin; PlayStation 2 demo files

Event Names

A few track names that are not used by any route are refered in language files, they could be either unreleased routes or early names for released routes:

  • Mount Kempton Drift
  • Silverton Peak Drift
  • Kenji Battle
  • Angie's Last Resort
  • Enage the Wolf

Source: Game file: English_InGame.bin


10 heat levels were made possible, although only 8 are used in the game with a maximum of 5 heat levels in Career Mode. Levels 9 and 10 may have been dropped for design scope or technical reasons.

  • Heat Level 9 features Police Civic Cruisers.
  • Heat Level 10 features multiple Sergeant Cross Corvettes.

Source: Game files: attributes.bin


Several unused textures files can be found in the game files of the retail game and the PlayStation 2 demo, although some may be leftover content from the overlapping development of Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005).

Some of these include SECONDARYLOGOs for cars that were not in the final game, but were deleted due to the desired car list variety (two Tier 1s, four Tier 2s and five Tier 3s per car type)

Also, the BMW M3 GTR (Race) uses a generic CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER and SECONDARY_LOGO wordmark texture instead of the actual BMW logo and the M3 GTR logo from Most Wanted (2005). However, the Improvement, Ultimate, Endgame and Battle Royale Mods give the M3 GTR its logos from that game.

(Source: Need for Speed Wiki)

Unused Customization

Several cars were originally supposed to have 5 bodykits, according to the in-game ecar data, but however, because the game would be too big for the time it was being developed, and the amount of consoles the game would be released on, many returning cars from Need for Speed: Most Wanted unfortunately only have 4 bodykits in game, with one being deleted.

The GEOMETRY.bin for cars that had 5 kits has a skipped number (eg. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR-edition does not have a KITW01, which indicates the first bodykit was deleted likely due to optimization reasons)

Due to the car list desirability and development time, two cars from the previous game (Lexus IS300 and 2005 Pontiac GTO), only had 1 kit ported (Body 2 for the IS300, and Body 3 for the GTO), and the hoods were just leftovers from Most Wanted (2005). Furthermore, due to the rushed development, the hoods' vinyls were poorly mapped, as well as the GTO's Body 3. Owing to their incomplete state and intention to be used as quick race-only cars, they have IsCustomizable set to False to prevent using them in Career Mode. Changing it to True enables using both cars in career mode.

However, it is possible to restore the 2005 Ford Mustang GT (S-197)'s missing first bodykit through a mod. Some mods in NFSCars.net restored the removed bodykits for most of them.

The Lexus IS300 and 2005 Pontiac GTO can get their missing bodykits and hoods back, as well as fixing the vinyl mapping issues through a restomod. This also fixes the BMW M3 GTR E46 (Race)'s body part issues, including missing roof scoops, overlapping aftermarket spoilers, and the malfunctioning Autosculpt screen on the M3 GTR (which crashes the game upon scrolling to Rear Bumper in the Autosculpt section), as well as adding a yellow headlights option, and 8 aftermarket hoods from the BMW M3 (E46).

Unused/Unfinished Cars and Meshes

A number of cars and meshes from the predecessor can be found in the game's resources. However, they were not completed due to the development time needed, as the publisher forced Black Box to rush the game for an October 31, 2006 release.

However, these cars can be restored by an Improvement Mod, and it also adds cars that appeared in Most Wanted (2005)

Audi A4 3.2 FSI quattro (B7)

The Audi A4 3.2 FSI quattro (B7) was originally supposed to be a usable car. The model is fully customisable with the exception of some Autosculpt parts or refined performance. Also, due to being unfinished, the vinyls are mapped poorly.

It has five body kits although they all have missing meshes and textures. Since only the mesh of the car is in the game files, it has no performance parts.

Cadillac CTS (Gen. 1)

The Cadillac CTS can be found in the game files of Carbon. The model has the same customization properties as the Audi A4 above with some missing Autosculpt parts, refined performance, and poorly mapped vinyls.

It has four body kits without meshes nor textures. Since only the mesh of the car is in the game files, it has no performance parts.

Mazda Mazda3 (BK3P)

The Mazda3 is one of the unfinished cars intended for the game, The model does not have any stock rims, interior, performance parts, bodykits, nor hoods. It even causes game crashes when the player scrolls to the rear bumper in the Autosculpt section.

A model fix was made for the Mazda 3 that restores the car, by converting the hoods and bodykits from the MazdaSpeed 3, and the stock rims come from the Mazda RX-8.

It was likely scrapped due to the higher performance Mazda MazdaSpeed 3 already existing.

Porsche 911 Turbo S (996)

The 911 Turbo S (996) has four body kits although they all have missing elements including headlights and an interior mesh, however, the stock body kit is made up of a single sphere mesh for the purpose of testing and refining car shader materials. Also, the model does not contain any autosculpt materials, which can crash the game if the player scrolls to the rear bumper. However, the Improvement Mod fixes the 996 Turbo S, also coding it to use the Porsche rear spoilers instead of the regular ones. Also, due to being unfinished, the vinyls are mapped poorly on aftermarket hoods, and the car uses regular spoilers instead of Porsche spoilers.

Porsche 911 Carrera S (997)

The Porsche 911 Carrera S (997)'s model can be found in the game files. Fully customizable model with the exception of some Autosculpt parts or refined performance.

It has five body kits although they all have missing elements and textures. Since only the mesh of the car is in the game files, it has no performance parts. Also, due to being unfinished, the vinyls are mapped poorly. The car is also to use the regular spoiler set instead of the Porsche set. Its language string is also named Porsche 997s instead of its own.

Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk.V)

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is fully customisable with the exception of some Autosculpt parts or refined performance.

It has four body kits with missing elements and textures. Since only the mesh of the car is in the game files, it has no performance parts. Also, due to being unfinished, the vinyls are mapped poorly.

It was likely replaced by the higher performance Volkswagen Golf R32 during development.

Non-playable Traffic Cars

  • Ambulance
  • Camper
  • Cement Truck
  • Coupe
  • Traffic variant of Dump Truck
  • Player drivable Police State Cruiser
  • Player drivable Cross unit
  • Pizza Delivery Car
  • Police Helicopter for pursuits
  • Truck hauling an Autozone trailer
  • Truck hauling boxes
  • Truck hauling containers
  • Truck hauling pipes
  • Tank Truck
  • Truck without trailer
  • A player drivable truck without trailer

(Source: Need for Speed Wiki)


A second flag girl was cut from the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 releases. She is still featured in PS2, Wii, Xbox and GameCube release.

(Source: Need for Speed Wiki)


Manic is a cut Crew Member listed in the game files. It is unknown which would have been their initial crew, or which role they would have in the game's story.

Source: Game files: gameplay.bin; Entry "characters/manic"

Platform differences

  • PS2, Xbox, Gamecube and Wii versions have several major differences from PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions:
    • There can only be up to 4 cars in races instead of 8.
    • Race Wars game mode is missing.
    • Online multiplayer is missing and, as such, so are associated reward cards.
    • Cutscenes are simplified, missing character models with facial animations.
  • Several licensed songs are shortened in Gamecube version.
  • PC version is missing split screen mode.

Inaccessible online game modes

Two game modes: Pursuit Tag and Pursuit Knockout is exclusively for online only. However due to EA closing the official server on September 1, 2021 these two game modes are practically unusable.