Race is a game mode featured in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) that involves a point to point sprint along a set route. These events are limited to a maximum of 8 racers, and the first racer to cross the finish line is the winner.
Finishing a race event will reward the player with a gold medal for a first place finish, a silver medal for second, and a bronze medal for third. Finishing a race in fourth or lower will not count as a completed event in the racer career.
|Born in the USA||Boulder Desert||Exotic Series||10.6 mi (17.06 km)|
|Coast to Coast||Grand Ocean Coast||Super Series||12.3 mi (19.79 km)|
|Encore Performance||Carson Ridge Reservoir||Performance Series||10.6 mi (17.06 km)|
|Faster Than Light||Boulder Desert||Hyper Series||14.5 mi (23.34 km)|
|Future Perfect||Carson Ridge Reservoir||Sports Series||13.2 mi (21.24 km)|
|Glorious Fourth||Fox Lair Pass||Exotic Series||7.3 mi (11.75 km)|
|Jet Stream||East Gorge Canyon||Exotic Series||7.9 mi (12.71 km)|
|Muscle Reflex||Boulder Desert||Performance Series||7.2 mi (11.59 km)|
|No Substitute||Memorial Valley||Super Series||7.5 mi (12.07 km)|
|Passione Italia||Boulder Desert||Exotic Series||11.1 mi (17.86 km)|
|Roadsters Reborn||Grand Ocean Coast||Sports Series||8.4 mi (13.52 km)|
|Seacrest Tour||Coral Bay||Hyper Series||43.5 mi (70.01 km)|
|Spoilt for Choice||Memorial Valley||Exotic Series||12.0 mi (19.31 km)|
|Sports Car Named Desire||Eagle Crest||Sports Series||6.7 mi (10.78 km)|
|Sun, Sand and Supercars||Boulder Desert||Performance Series||11.4 mi (18.35 km)|
|The Prestige||Big Timber Forest||Performance Series||13.2 mi (21.24 km)|
Race events can take place on any of the available multiplayer routes, and players are not given any equipment for multiplayer sessions.
Joining a multiplayer lobby for a race event will highlight the route, weather conditions, time of day, route distance, and current players. Once a session is locked, players will move to car selection which will be limited to a specific performance tier and racer faction cars.
The starting grid of a race event is arranged with racers having a lower wanted level placed closer to the front and higher bounty rank racers being placed nearer the back.
Players can earn bounty as they race along the set route of the event, and additional bounty is awarded based on their finishing position at the end of the event. The amount rewarded is based on the player's finish position and number of total participating players for that session.