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Spike Strip
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A Spike Strip is a mechanical device equipped with metal spikes along its top designed to puncture a vehicle's tyres. It first appeared in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. Spike strips in the Need for Speed series have mainly been used by the police but can be also be used by Racers in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010).

Games

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

Spike strips in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit are used by the police force to stop speeders if they fail to pull over or outrun roadblocks. The PC version features playable cops, thus allowing players to deploy spike strips themselves.

Need for Speed: High Stakes

Spike strips in Need for Speed: High Stakes serve the same purpose and has the same traits as in the previous game. Players competing as cops can request for them, or in the PC release, deploy it themselves.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

Spike strips in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 serve the same purpose as in the previous games, although players competing as cops have to request assistance as opposed to directly deploying the spike strip.

In the PlayStation 2 release, the helicopter can sometimes drop barrels with spike strips, and players can blow out their own tyres with their spike strips.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Spike strips in Need for Speed: Most Wanted are only used by the police and can only be found in roadblocks once the player has reached Heat Level 4. Players will come to a stop if they puncture all of their tyres.

Need for Speed: Carbon

Spike strips in Need for Speed: Carbon serve the same purpose as in the previous game. Players can continue to drive after all four tyres have been punctured, although all control and speed will be effectively lost.

Need for Speed: Undercover

Spike strips in Need for Speed: Undercover serve the same purpose as in the previous game.

Need for Speed: World

Spike strips in Need for Speed: World serve the same purpose as in Need for Speed: Carbon, although players can repair their tyres with the Run Flats power-up.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) that slow down and damage vehicles instead of shredding tyres.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012). Spike Strips can be deployed by Heat Level 5 FCPD Chevrolet Corvettes as well as appear at roadblocks.

Players can reinflate their tyres by using either the reinflate tyres mod or by driving through a Knocking Brothers repair shop.

Need for Speed: Rivals

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed: Rivals. It appears a a Redview County Police Department Pursuit Tech which can deflate a vehicle's tyres and result in immobilisation as well as damaging a vehicle.

Need for Speed (2015)

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed (2015) at the higher engagement level of a pursuit.

Need for Speed: Payback

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed: Payback as a Fortune Valley Police Department equipment.

Need for Speed: Heat

Spike strips appear in Need for Speed: Heat. The Palm City Police Department uses it to puncture the tyres of a suspect's vehicle. Any vehicle running over a spike strip will be damaged, including PCPD units.

Trivia

  • Police and traffic vehicles in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Need for Speed: Carbon, Need for Speed: Undercover, and Need for Speed: World are not affected by spike strips.
Development - Main article: Need for Speed: Most Wanted/Development.
  • Originally, in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the spike strips were going to be introduced at Heat Level 3, as seen during one of the trailers.[1]


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