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The Challenge Series in Need for Speed: Carbon contains various sets of event types, with each having three separate events made up of bronze, silver, and gold difficulty tiers.

Completing the entry bronze tier event will unlock the silver tier event, completing the silver tier event will unlock the gold tier event, and completing the gold tier event will unlock a unique reward.

Challenge Series

Canyon Duel

The Canyon Duel series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a single opponent in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Switchblade Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCCanyonDuelicon.png Bronze
4.5 mi (7.2 km)
Defeat an easy opponent in a Canyon Duel on Journeyman's Edge.
Silver
2.5 mi (4 km)
Defeat an intermediate opponent in a Canyon Duel on Gold Valley.
Gold
3.1 mi (5 km)
Defeat a hard opponent in a Canyon Duel on Eternity Pass.

Canyon Race

The Race series of events are co-operative challenges, which can be undertaken in either a online multiplayer, split-screen or single-player mode, involving the player racing against three opponents in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks NFS Carbon Logo Vinyls.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCSprinticon.png Bronze
Gold Valley
3.4 mi (5.5 km)
Win a Canyon Race on Gold Valley against easy opposition.
Silver
Copper Ridge
2.6 mi (4.2 km)
Win a Canyon Race on Copper Ridge against intermediate opposition.
Gold
Deadfall Junction
3.4 mi (5.5 km)
Win a Canyon Race on Deadfall Junction against hard opposition.

Checkpoint

The Checkpoint series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a timer in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Venom Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCCheckpointIcon.png Bronze
Eskuri Plaza
5.6 mi (9 km)
Complete the Eskuri Plaza Checkpoint Challenge in under 3:44 to win.
Silver
Rabinowitz Drive
5.3 mi (8.5 km)
Complete the Rabinowitz Drive Checkpoint Challenge in under 3:02 to win.
Gold
5.8 mi (9.3 km)
Complete the Blackwell Road Checkpoint Challenge in under 3:21 to win.

Canyon Checkpoint

The Canyon Checkpoint series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a timer in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks Pearlescent Paint.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCCheckpointIcon.png Bronze
Lofty Heights
3.3 mi (5.3 km)
Complete the Lofty Heights Checkpoint Challenge in under 2:39 to win.
Silver
Knife's Edge
2.4 mi (3.9 km)
Complte the Knife's Edge Checkpoint Challenge in under 1:25 to win.
Gold
3.4 mi (5.5 km)
Complete the Desperation Ridge Checkpoint Challenge in under 1:55 to win.

Canyon Drift

The Canyon Checkpoint series of events are solo challenges involving the player attempting to beat target drift scores in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Sidewinder Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCDriftIcon.png Bronze
Gold Valley Drift
3.1 mi (5 km)
Score over 25,000 PTS on this Canyon Drift to win.
Silver
Knife's Edge Drift
2.4 mi (3.9 km)
Score over 100,000 PTS on this Canyon Drift to win.
Gold
Lookout Point Drift
2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Score over 150,000 PTS on this Canyon Drift to win.

Pursuit Evasion

The Pursuit Evasion series of events are solo challenges involving the player attempting to evade the Palmont Police Department in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Overdial & Shaker Hoods.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCPursuitEvasionIcon.png Bronze
Starlight Strip Escape
N/A
Evade the police pursuit after at least 2 minutes to win.
Silver
Beachfront Dodge
N/A
Evade the police pursuit after at least 5 minutes.
Gold
Route 55 Getaway
N/A
Evade the police pursuit after at least 12 minutes to win.

Trade Paint

The Trade Paint series of events are solo challenges involving the player attempting to ram Palmont Police Department units in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Pearl Window Tint.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCPursuitPaintTradeIcon.png Bronze
Hills Borough Hijinks
N/A
Disable at least 5 police vehicles and evade the pursuit to win.
Silver
Wyle Center Crackdown
N/A
Disable at least 10 police vehicles and evade the pursuit to win.
Gold
Brimstone A.P.B.
N/A
Disable at least 30 police vehicles and evade the pursuit to win.

Circuit

The Circuit series of events are co-operative challenges, which can be undertaken in either a online multiplayer, split-screen or single-player mode, involving the player racing against seven opponents in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Impact Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCCircuitIcon.png Bronze
7.0 mi (11.3 km)
Win a Circuit Race on Dover St. against easy opposition.
Silver
Oceanview
7.0 mi (11.3 km)
Win a Circuit Race on Oceanview against intermediate opposition.
Gold
6.5 mi (10.5 km)
Win a Circuit Race on Starlight Street against hard opposition.

Sprint

The Sprint series of events are co-operative challenges, which can be undertaken in either a online multiplayer, split-screen or single-player mode, involving the player racing against seven opponents in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Honey Vinyl.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCSprinticon.png Bronze
Condo Row
3.8 mi (6.1 km)
Win a Sprint Race on Condo Row against easy opposition.
Silver
Kings Park
5.0 mi (8 km)
Win a Sprint Race on Kings Park against intermediate opposition.
Gold
Canmor Road
3.3 mi (5.3 km)
Win a Sprint Race on Canmore Road against hard opposition.

Drift

The Drift series of events are solo challenges involving the player attempting to beat target drift scores in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Tornado Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCDriftIcon.png Bronze
Chinatown Drift
2.7 mi (4.3 km)
Score over 50,000 PTS on this Drift to win.
Silver
Park Drive Drift
2.8 mi (4.5 km)
Score over 140,000 PTS on this Drift to win.
Gold
Main Street Drift
4.3 mi (6.9 km)
Score over 250,000 PTS on this Drift to win.

Speedtrap

The Speedtrap series of events are co-operative challenges, which can be undertaken in either a online multiplayer, split-screen or single-player mode, involving the player racing against seven opponents to set the fastest overall speed in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the Groundmaster Spoiler.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCSpeedtrapIcon.png Bronze
Million Dollar Run
4.6 mi (7.4 km)
Win the Million Dollar Run Speedtrap Race against easy opposition.
Silver
3.5 mi (5.6 km)
Win the Infinity Park Speedtrap Race against intermediate opposition.
Gold
Eskuri Way
3.7 mi (6 km)
Win the Eskuri Way Speedtrap Race against hard opposition.

Race Wars

The Race Wars series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a high number of opponents in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks Race Flag Vinyls.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCRaceWarsIcon.png Bronze
7.7 mi (12.4 km)
Win the Downtown Race Wars against easy opposition.
Silver
14.7 mi (23.7 km)
Win the Fortuna Race Wars against intermediate opposition.
Gold
9.5 mi (15.3 km)
Win the Kempton Race Wars against hard opposition.

Collector's Edition Challenge Series

The Collector's Edition release of Need for Speed: Carbon includes three additional Challenge Series, each with 3 events, and a reward for completing all events in a series.

Collector's Edition Checkpoint

The Collector's Edition Checkpoint series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a timer in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the 1992 Nissan 240 SX.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCCheckpointIcon.png Bronze
Highway 142
4.6 mi (7.4 km)
Make it around the city before time runs out.
Silver
Downtown Tunnel
6.4 mi (10.3 km)
Complete the East meets West Checkpoint Challenge in under 3:10 to win.
Gold
Around The World
21.0 mi (33.8 km)
Drive the entire highway before time runs out.

Collector's Edition Challenge

The Collector's Edition Challenge series of events are solo challenges involving the player attempting to ram Palmont Police Department units or evade them in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks Camo & Pinstripe Vinyls.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCPursuitCollectorsEditionIcon.png Bronze
Pursuit Pinball
N/A
Disable at least 25 police vehicles and evade the pursuit to win.
Silver
Massive Escape
N/A
Evade the police pursuit after at least 5 minutes at Heat Level 7 to win.
Gold
Big Game Hunt
N/A
Disable at least 1 police Rhino SUV and evade the pursuit to win.

Collector's Edition Race Wars

The Collector's Edition Race Wars series of events are solo challenges involving the player racing against a high number of opponents in progressively more difficult challenges.

Completing a lower difficulty challenge will unlock a higher difficulty challenge, and completing the Gold challenge unlocks the 2007 Jaguar XK.

Type Stage Track Car & Description
NFSCRaceWarsIcon.png Bronze
Highway 142
7.7 mi (12.4 km)
Win a Race Wars on Highway 142 Circuit against easy opposition.
Silver
Garcia Street
5.6 mi (9 km)
Win a Race Wars on Garcia Street Circuit against intermediate opposition.
Gold
Route 21
14.2 mi (22.9 km)
Win a Race Wars on Route 21 Circuit against hard opposition.

Trivia

  • Multiple events have the wrong track listed in-game and take place along a different track:
    • The Bronze Canyon Duel event takes place along Desperation Ridge, not Journeyman's Bane
    • The Bronze Sprint event takes place along York Road, not Condo Row
    • The Silver Canyon Duel event stakes place along Lookout Point, not Gold Valley Duel
    • The Silver Canyon Race event takes place along Devil's Creek Pass, not Copper Ridge
    • The Silver Sprint event takes place along Chinatown Tram, not Kings Park
    • The Silver Speedtrap event takes place along Bowen Avenue, not Infinity Park
    • The Gold Canyon Sprint event takes place along Lofty Heights Downhill, not Deadfall Junction
    • The Gold Canyon Checkpoint event takes place along Journeyman's Bane, not Desperation Ridge
    • The Gold Circuit event takes place along Paradise Hotel, not Starlight Street
    • The Gold Sprint event takes place along Spade Street, not Canmor Road
    • The Gold Race Wars event takes place along Steyne Aqueduct in Kempton, not in Silverton
  • The Bronze and Gold Collector's Edition Race Wars events have their descriptions mixed up:
    • Highway 142 should be "Drive the entire highway before time runs out"
    • Around The World should be "Make it around the city before time runs out"
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