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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: Every track shortcut guide

Published: 15:17, 17 July 2019
Updated: 15:26, 17 July 2019
Activision
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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

It's all about turbo boost in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled but for those of you who can't quite master it, the tracks offer many shortcuts that can help you win that trophy. Here's all of them in Beenox's recreation of the iconic racer.

We're going to cover all the less obvious shortcuts, which means that we won't be going over simple corner-cutting mechanics that you can do in Tiger's Temple or Coco's Park. 

The shortcuts mentioned in our guide are sometimes hard to spot and if you're just getting started with the game for the first time ever, we're sure that this content will help you become a better racer.

Crash Cove

This track has only one shortcut and it's pretty straightforward. At the start of the race, there's a wooden ramp which you'll have to use to gain a speed boost and jump as you get out of the puddle of water to hop on to the small cliff.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Sewer Speedway

One of the trickiest shortcuts from the first set of tracks but also a huge time saver. It's early in the race, right after you exit the right tunnel path. Just take the left raised edge and drive down across the sewer before jumping on the other side. This one requires perfect timing and, if executed right, it will launch you into the sky and onto a hidden passage.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Roo's Tubes

We said at the beginning of the guide that corner-cutting would not be included but since this shortcut is hard to spot and it's a big time saver - we decided that it's worth mentioning. It's just on the left of the skeleton passage and you can make the most of it by jumping on the edge of the hill and staying close to the wall. 

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Coco's Park

Another pretty easy shortcut can be found on Coco's track. It doesn't require any boosts, weapons or skills to pull it off as it's pretty straightforward - you just need to drive through the path on the hill between the giant pink flower bulbs. Combine it with Power Sliding or a Mask Power-up for best results.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Tiger Temple

The shortcut on Tiger's track is super easy but it requires a weapon to open. It's on the right after the first tunnel with two flame gargoyles. You'll notice a gold panel in the wall - just hit it with any sort of offensive weapon such as bombs, tracking missiles or beakers. The mask will also work. Once you hit it, the wall will collapse, allowing you to ride through a hidden passage with tons of Wumpa fruit.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Papu's Pyramid

On this iconic track, you'll find two shortcuts. One of them is pretty obvious and it's across the loop after the first set of Venus flytraps. Make sure you have enough speed, otherwise, you'll end up short. 

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second one is right after the second set of flytraps, on the upper right of the ramp. You'll need a turbo boost and perfect timing to pull it off. If you're having a hard time once you land on the track, and keep falling into the jungle, just make a hard turn or jump once or twice to regain control.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Blizzard Bluff

This snowy track has probably some of the hardest shortcuts in the game. The first one is absolutely huge and can change the race even if you manage to pull it off only once. At the first ice lake, there a passage on the left-hand side that allows you to jump across the river and bypass the bridge. You'll need a lot of speed so don't even try to pull it off without Power Sliding or speed boosting power-ups.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second shortcut is just after you exit the shack bridge. On the left, you'll see two wooden fences that can be jumped over. However, this is by no means an easy task so we suggest you do not attempt it without power-ups.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Polar Pass

Polar Pass has two shortcuts and the first one is extremely difficult to make. It's at the water section where you can use the first turbo pad island to launch yourself across the water and land on the track at the other side. You'll need Power Slide boost or power-up along with the boost from the turbo pad.

The second shortcut is just after the cave with two seals where you can jump across over the wall to avoid the hairpin.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Dragon Mines

Right before the wooden spiral platforms, take the right turn and go up the mine cart tracks before jumping at the top of the spiral platform. Keep in mind that mine carts will squash and slow you down if you're too slow. We suggest that you only try this one with the mask power-up.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Cortex Castle

As you head down the stairs section and start climbing up into the castle, there's a ramp on the left side that will allow you to bypass the U-turn and save precious time. It's impossible to make it without a speed boost so make sure you're equipped with the Aku Aku mask or Turbo.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Jungle Boogie

This one has two shortcuts and you'll find the first one right at the beginning of the track. On the first turn, once you drop down on the second step, there's a stone ledge on your right that can be reached with a simple jump.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second one is at the wooden bridge section. On the second ramp with crates, you can jump off of it to reach another bridge on your upper left that cuts right through the long corner at the end of the track, saving you loads of time.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Clockwork Wumpa

Clockwork Wumpa has two pretty easy shortcuts. The first one is right after you pass the second gear barrier and reach the yellow, left-pointing arrow. Drive straight under it and across the big gears.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second one is shortly after the Turbo Pad jump. Pass the surprise box in front of you, build some speed with slide boosting and use the ramp on your right to jump onto the wooden driveaway on your left.

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Android Alley

On this track, you'll find the shortcut that is a real time saver and the best thing about it is that it doesn't require any skill. After you exit the indoor area with the 90-degree spiral section, you'll notice a glass wall right below the direction arrow. Drive straight through the glass and you'll arrive in front of the robots section.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Electron Avenue

We recommend using the shortcut on Electron Avenue only if you have nothing to lose in a race. It's really tricky and a hard one to master but it gives a huge advantage. Before the first laser walls, use the right Turbo ramp to jump across to the second set of Turbo Pads. You won't need much speed for this one as Turbo Pads will help - the trick is to make a hard right as soon as you land.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Deep Sea Driving

Once you reach the dirt driveaways after the tentacles room, you can jump left from the third ramp to reach the fog area. This way you'll cut one of the biggest corners on the track.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Tiny Temple

Shortly after the area with electrified mud puddles, you'll reach the wooden bridge section. On your left, you'll notice a thinner track that can be reached by a simple jump. It will lead you to Turbo Pad and set you up nicely for the next corner with another set of Turbo Pads.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Meteor George

As soon as you pass the surprise box, you'll notice an arrow pointing to the right. Ignore it and drive across the Turbo Pad to gain speed and then continue under the arrow. If you time your jump right, you'll land on the other side of the tracks, just before the Turbo Pads.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Barin Ruins

Another simple but minor shortcut can be found on Barin Ruins. It's at the end of the course, right after you jump from the half-pipe tunnel. Jump off the ramp at the end to leap over some rocks and come out before the Turbo Pad section.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Out of Time

You can use two moderate difficulty shortcuts on Out of Time. The first one is right after you pass the first ramp - at the end of the U-turn, you'll notice a wooden fence on your right. With enough speed, you can leap over it and end up on the other side of the track.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second shortcut is right after you exit the clockwork castle. Jump off the wooden ramp as you exit to gain speed and immediately jump hard left off the second ramp. You'll fly between the two street lamps and land right before the U-turn.

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Assembly Lane

There are two shortcuts on this track. The first one is just before the hairpin in the dirt section. You'll notice a small dirt ramp that you can use to jump on top of the wall and cut the hairpin.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The second shortcut is on the tracks section after you exit the factory. Just before the Turbo Pads on the left side, you'll notice a hole in the fence. Jump through it to cut two corners.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Hyper Spaceway

This one is the most difficult shortcut in the game, in our humble opinion. We suggest taking it only if there's a significant gap to the front runners. Once you exit the first portal, turn left to jump to an alternative route.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

This route allows you to continue the race in two ways - continue heading straight and take the hairpin, or turn right and jump off the ramp to land at the lasers section. The latter requires a lot of speed, so don't even try it if you're not seeing blue flames from your exhaust.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

And that would be every shortcut in Beenox's latest title. With little practice, you will master these pretty quickly so those nasty rage-quit moments will be gone for good.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - all track shortcuts

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