Special Machines in the Ridge Racer series (sometimes unofficially referred to as "devil cars" or "duel cars") are special vehicles that are unlocked by completing special tournaments and races. Most of them have very extreme performance, sometimes with unique technologies and/or design language compared to regular vehicles and thus requires effort to be beaten, as traditionally, special cars are to be challenged to a duel.
Most special machines are either based on advanced race cars, high-end exotic cars, experimental concepts, anti-gravity ships and in some cases, cartoony vehicles.
List of special machines
Ridge Racer (console version)
- 13th Racing: The original special machine, the original 13th Racing car is a Group C race car that is fought in Extra T.T. race, the final race of the game.
- 13th Racing: Same as the original. This car is fought in the Novice Time Trial, after completing all 3 races. The car is playable from start in Pocket Racer, based on Ridge Racer Revolution's engine.
- 13th Racing Kid: A smaller (yet leaner) version of the 13th Racing Car, this car is fought in the Intermediate Time Trial.
- White Angel: The original "angel" car, created as the opposite of the devilish nature of the 13th Racing car, with beautiful lines of a supercar. This car is fought in the Expert Time Trial. The car is also playable in Pocket Racer, and is also added in the Ridge Racer Turbo demo included with R4: Ridge Racer Type 4.
In Rage Racer, special cars refers to the "Class 6" cars (the car's classes are not shown in the game) that is available upon completion of the Extra GP. All of those car have different names in the Japanese version.
- Lizard Bulldog (Lizard Tempest in Japan): A supercharged hot-rod car known for its powerful acceleration.
- Age Vanquire (Age Victorie in Japan): A bubble-top prototype sports car with good handling, and the only one that can be equipped with automatic transmission among the three cars.
- Assoluto Squaldon (Assoluto Dragone in Japan): The ultimate car in the game; it's list price of 6,666,666 eg makes it the car the "devil" car in the game. It is highly aerodynamic, has the most horsepower out of every car in the game and also features the fastest top speed.
See also: Extra Trial
- Assoluto Vulcano: A car that is technically an anti-gravity ship, which is equipped with an anti-gravity engine and generators to help it float in the air. For some reason however, the car is still able to make drifts. The predecessor to the Pronzione.
- Age Solo Ecureuil: A 3-wheeled bubble car with almost instant acceleration and only one gear (thereby making manual transmission almost moot), but is the slowest among all Extra Trial cars, however, has extremely tight cornering. Has the "angel" status in the game.
- Terrazi Utopia: A land speed record car powered by rocket thrusters, which is perhaps the predecessor of the Terrajin.
- Lizard Nightmare: The "devil" car, resembling a Group C Le Mans car like the original. However, the car is considered different from the 13th Racing car, which became the Crinale instead. It is also powered by nuclear fusion technology.
- Pac-Man: Awarded for unlocking all 320 cars in the game.
- Danver Spectra: A highly tuned 50's American lowrider/muscle car with a powerful supercharged engine. Being a Drift type car, it has very slippery handling.
- Rivelta Crinale: The 13th Racing car returns in V, with the brand and model name revealed, and some changes to the front headlights.
- Soldat Rumeur: A rear-engined city car, modified with a supercar engine and very grippy handling.
- Kamata Angelus: The White Angel car returns from Revolution, now a car with excellent grip abilities, and is also the fastest car in the game (and the entire series).
- Pac-Man and Pac-Man's Ghosts: Unlocked after completing the Pac-Man GP. Pac-Man drives a Porsche 356 A 1500 GS GT Carrera Speedster, while the ghosts use scooters.
- Pac-Man: Pac-Man drives a plane in both games, both with different looks (he uses a propeller plane in the first and a more modern jet-like plane in the second).
- Kamata Angelus: The new Angelus features a futuristic and streamlined, barrel shaped design with a gas jet turbine engine, but returns to the original look in 2.
- Soldat Crinale: The new Crinale features a more aerodynamic and futuristic look, but reverts to the Rivelta-designed original look in 2.
- Rally-X Car (1 only): A car based on the car appearing in New Rally-X, the "loading screen" game featured in the PSP games. Unlike the other special cars in the game, you can unlock it by completing the "Thriller" tour and scoring over 50,000 points in the New Rally-X minigame. Whenever it fires nitrous it releases pixels that resemble the "smoke screen" effect in the said minigame, which has no effect whatsoever on opponent cars.
- Terrazi Wild Gang (2 only): A compact rear-engined car with extreme performance, it became a regular car in 6.
- Danver Hijack (2 only): A highly tuned pick-up car, originally a car made by Lizard in Rage Racer. Like the Wild Gang, it became a regular car in 6.
- Age Angelus Kid and Age Crinale Kid (2 only): Based on the Ecureuil, but with four wheels. They are fought in different tours.
- Yamasa Raggio (2 only): A real-life version of the Soldat Raggio, shown in 2006 Tokyo Auto Salon, based on Honda NSX chassis and running gear.
Ridge Racer 6 and 7
Due to their similarities, Ridge Racer 6 and 7 have the same line-up of Special cars. They are in the Special class in the sixth game and Category 1 class in the seventh game. Only three cars were changed in design between the two.
- Kamata Angelus: The Angelus features a hypercar look in 6, and the turbine-powered, barrel shaped car (from the PSP games) in 7. Unlike the one in Ridge Racer (PSP), the Angelus in Ridge Racer 7 has six wheels instead of four.
- Soldat Crinale: The Crinale features a Le Mans Prototype look in 6, and the more futuristic look (also from the PSP games) in 7.
- Assoluto Pronzione: The successor to the Vulcano, an anti-gravity hover machine, and is more streamlined and efficient than its predecessor.
- Age Ultranova: A lightweight car, stated to be a replica of Age's winning car in 2004 Ridge World Grand Prix.
- Himmel 490B: A futuristic car with two arches connecting to the wheels instead of a suspension, and is also an electric vehicle.
- Gnade G00: A prototype racing version of a one-off luxury sedan concept car.
- Terrazi Terrajin: The successor to the Utopia, a rocket car with an unusual design.
- Danver Bass Cruiser: An SUV/van with audio systems in the back.
- Pac-Man: Namco's mascot appears in both games in an UFO, with a different design in both games. Specifically, the UFO he uses in the seventh game is based from the Andorgenesis in Xevious.
- Monstrous: The "final boss" car, a limousine with the nitrous system located in the car's back seat and trunk, where it "shape-shifts" when nitrous is being used. The Monstrous also has an unknown manufacturer as well.
- Kamata ANGL Concept: Same as the Angelus from 7, but with a different name.
- Soldat Crinale: Same as the Crinale from 7, but is slightly faster.
- Age Solo Petit 500: Same as the Ecureuils (Angelus Kid and Crinale Kid variants) from second PSP game, with a new third livery representing the brand.
- Lucky & Wild Mad Bull: A supercharged hot-rod machine, likely the spiritual successor of Lizard Bulldog/Tempest. It is known for its quick nitrous charge, but short boosts.
- Pac-Man: In this game, Pac-Man uses the Solvalou spaceship from Xevious, with Sheonite-like devices on the front.
- New Rally-X Car: Same as the Rally-X car from the first PSP game.
- Zihua Archangel: Replacing the Kamata Angelus, the Archangel is a Chinese supercar, based from Hong Kong, that holds the Angel car status in the game, and is the direct successor to the Angelus model series.
- Soldat Crinale: The Crinale returns in the Vita game, with a new Le Mans prototype look.
- As special machines require them to be challenged to a duel in which they must be defeated to obtain them, this is similar to "pink-slip racing" where racers usually put their cars on the line.
|Ridge Racer series|
|Arcade games||Ridge Racer · 2 · Rave Racer · Pocket Racer · V: Arcade Battle|
|Console and handheld games||Ridge Racer · Revolution · Rage Racer · Type 4 · 64 (DS) · V · Ridge Racer (PSP) (2) · 6 · 7 · 3D · Unbounded (Driftopia) · Ridge Racer (PlayStation Vita)|
|Mobile games||Ridge Racer · Drift · Accelerated · Slipstream · Draw & Drift|
|Related games||SimDrive · Ace Driver (Victory Lap · 3: Final Turn) · Dirt Dash · R: Racing Evolution · Critical Velocity · Pachislot|
|Universe and people||Ridge City · Ridge State · Shatter Bay · Real Racing Roots · UFRA · Reiko Nagase · Enki Gilbert · Shinji Yazaki · Sophie Cavalier · Robert Chrisman · Ai Fukami · Rena Hayami · Gina Cavalli · Stephan Garnier · Kara Shindo|
|Game mechanics||Drifting · Grand Prix · Slipstream · Nitrous · Car Classes · Customization · Special Machine|