Graphically, it's a marvel. Super-smooth, incredibly detailed and stunningly lifelike. Other than that, the game is a BIG let down. I use to drag race a 1970 Olds 442 so I believe I have better than the average knowledge about cars. For what's it worth, I've even watch the Pony Express 100 in Nevada. One could argue it's only a game. OK, I'll gone along with that. But then why put so much effort in everything else about this game EXCEPT realist performance for quite a few of the cars? When I was in England in the late 1960's, a racing Mini Cooper had a top speed of 140mph then. In the game, with "all" of the after market parts that I could stick on an AC Cobra 289, the game still would not allow me to get the car over 140mph. In real life, a 289 AC Cobra would do that stock. And I'm only talking about just one car... The game was a real let down.
A better game than this is Gran Turismo 2, And a better game than that is The first one! I'm hoping the next one on PS3 will have real drag races, car appearance options, and all of the stuff they have cut out to bring us every car in the history of the world. I miss the weird cars too. The jay leno car was a tease. How about a greyhound bus? Early Chevy, Ford, and VW vans?