Sega Touring Car Championship

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Sega Touring Car Championship
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Model 2C CRX, Sega Saturn, Windows PC
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (18 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick, 3D Control Pad, Sega Saturn Modem
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Model 2)
¥? ?
Arcade (Model 2)
$? ?
Arcade (Model 2)
£? ?

Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9164
Sega Saturn
$49.99[1] 81216
Sega Saturn
£44.99[2] MK81216-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81216-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81216-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81216-50
Sega Saturn
R$? 191296

Windows PC
¥8,800 (9,240) HCJ-0139
Windows PC
$29.99[4] 85067
Windows PC
US (Expert Software)
$? ?
Windows PC
£? MK-85067-50
Windows PC
?F MK-85067-50
Windows PC
DM ? MK-85067-50
Windows PC
?Ptas MK-85067-50
Windows PC
UK (Expert Software)
£? ?
Windows PC
UK (Fair Game)
£? FG-1306
Windows PC
UK (Xplosiv)
£? EI-1306
Windows PC
₩? ?
Windows PC
NT$? ?

Sega Touring Car Championship (セガツーリングカーチャンピオンシップ) is a Sega Model 2C CRX arcade racing game developed by AM Annex in 1996. It is similar to Sega Rally Championship in design, but uses touring cars instead of rally cars.

Touring Car was less successful than Rally and has never seen a sequel (although what exactly constitutes a "sequel" among the long string of Sega arcade racers is unclear). It is believed that the steeper difficulty curve contributed to Touring Car's poor performance, though it did receive Sega Saturn and Windows ports (unlike Indy 500).


Sega Touring Car Championship offers three "rounds" (plus a qualifying lap), in which the player competes against seven other cars for first place.


Sega Touring Car Championship features, by default, four touring cars, three used in the 1995 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft and a Toyota from the Japanese Grand Touring Championship (now Super GT).

Notavailable.svg AMG Mercedes C-Class
The AMG Mercedes C-Class was the winner of the DTM of 1995.
Notavailable.svg Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti
The Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti is sponsored primarily by Martini Racing, the same sponsor behind the Lancia Delta HF Integrale in Sega Rally.
Notavailable.svg Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra is the token Japanese car, most likely included to please a Japanese audience, but also to make up the numbers - the DTM of 1995 only featured three cars. The Supra is sponsored primarily by Castrol, who also sponsored the Toyota Celica CT-Four in Sega Rally.
Notavailable.svg Opel Calibra V6
The Opel Calibra V6
Notavailable.svg Lancia Delta HF Integrale
The Lancia Delta HF Integrale comes straight from Sega Rally and is only available in the home ports. Hold Z when selecting the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti to access it.
Notavailable.svg Toyota Celica CT-Four ST205
The Toyota Celica CT-Four ST205 also comes straight from Sega Rally and is only available in the home ports. Hold Y when selecting the Toyota Supra to access it.


Notavailable.svg Country Circuit
Country Circuit is the simplest circuit in Sega Touring Car Championship and is used twice in arcade mode, first as a qualifiying lap, and then repeated again in race form. It is a generic, mostly circular track which has come to be expected in arcade racing games.

A lap of the circuit is measured as 2.045km.

Notavailable.svg Grün Walt Circuit/Grunwald Circuit
The second, medium difficulty track takes place in a forest and is named "Grün Walt Circuit" in the arcade version. This is likely a translation error - "Grünwald" is german for "green forest", and the home ports partially fix this mistake by renaming the track "Grunwald Circuit" (though still miss the umlaut). Weirdly, however, the track takes place in a fairly mountianous region, with fewer trees visible than the more forest-like Country Circuit.

A lap of the circuit is measured as 2.605km

Notavailable.svg Brick Wall Town
Brick Wall Town is a track set in a built-up area, with narrower roads and tricker corners than the previous two tracks.

A lap of the circuit is measured as 2.277km

Notavailable.svg Urban Circuit
Urban Circuit only becomes available if the player finishes Brick Wall Town in first place.

A lap of the circuit is measured as 2.105km

Notavailable.svg Boom Town Circuit
Boom Town Circuit is exclusive to the Saturn and PC ports of the game.

A lap of the circuit is measured as 2.771km



Home ports to the Sega Saturn and Windows PC were handled by AM Annex, and were released in 1997 and 1998 respectively. These versions include cars from the 1996 International Touring Car Championship plus more interestingly, the Toyota Celica CT-Four and Lancia Delta HF Integrale from Sega Rally. There are also hidden courses in this version, and contains features such as split-screen multiplayer.

The Saturn version has what is known as "Global Net Events", which are triggered at various times of the year depending on the system's clock. Setting it to the 25th of December 1997 will trigger "winter holiday" mode, 13th of Februrary will trigger "hit and run mode" (in which you need to hit cones), and 1st of April will trigger "April Foul" mode, in which you drive in the opposite direction and have to avoid oncoming cars.

Unfortunately the Saturn conversion of Sega Touring Car Championship suffers from several technical issues, including a low 20FPS refresh rate, frequent glitches when rendering polygons (and shadows) and warped textures - issues that do not manifest in the older Saturn release of Sega Rally (or contemporary Sega racing games from the era including Manx TT Super Bike, Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition and Sonic R). An attempt at mimicking "realistic" physics also leads to cars being comparatively difficult to handle - something exacerbated by the use of the standard Control Pad as opposed to a 3D Control Pad or Arcade Racer Joystick.

Production credits

All versions (Advertise)

  • Special Thanks:
The automobiles appearing in SEGA TouringCar Championship™ are the actual cars that participated in the world touring car races.
  • Thanks to the cooperation of: Alfa Romeo (155 V6Ti), Mercedez-Benz (C-Class), Opel (Calibra V6), Toyota (Supra)
  • Special Thanks to: avex trax, prime direction
regarding cooperation with the following music
  • So High / Channel X
℗1995 Antler-Subway Records, ©Be's Songs
  • Don't drop me / Ann Sinclair
    • Words and Music by Caria-Gelmetti-Gulinelli
℗1994 Time S.R.L., ©Jacomo Music
  • Are U wake up? / Starr Gazer
    • Music by Starr Gazer
℗1992 avex D.D., Inc., ©1992 by prime direction, inc.

Arcade version

Saturn version

Source: In-game credits

Sega of America, Inc.
Source: US Manual

PC version

Source: In-game credits

European Development
  • Assistant Producer: Richard Lloyd
  • Test: John Murphy
  • Assistant Test: James Lyons
  • Product Support Manager: John Murphy, James Lyons
  • Product & Language Testers: Dave Thompson, Roberto Parraga
  • Manual Coordination: Tony Hinchliffe
  • Packaging Design: Paul Jerem
  • Territory Input: Mark Hartley, Paco del Puerto, Thorsten Moe, Cédric Maréchal
  • Manual Translation: Eurotek
  • Testing Company: XXCAL
  • Assistant Product Manager: Steve Wombwell
  • European Marketing Manager: Hitendra Naik
  • Special Thanks to: Louise Anderson, Nicky Beale, Madeline Cross, Hans-Erik Gassner, Tony Hinchliffe, Edward Luck, Debbie Morris, Hitoshi Okuno, David Wilkin
Source: Other credits

Track list

Saturn version

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. So High (02:57)

3. Are U wake up? (03:03)

4. Don't Drop me (02:50)

5. Sonic Drive (02:34)

6. intense (02:55)

7. Rising High (02:54)

8. Brave Nu Charge (02:36)

9. Loose Control (03:05)

10. GameOver (00:08)

11. Inductee (03:00)

12. Cool Tropics (01:31)

13. Higher Streamer (03:03)

14. Condition RED (03:03)

15. Target (03:11)

16. regen (02:52)

17. overture (00:43)

18. Conditioned Reflex STC mix (03:50)

19. S.E. (01:05)
Running time: 45:20

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Touring Car Championship/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


PlayerOne FR 081.pdf

Print advert in
Player One (FR) #81: "Décembre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)


Photo gallery

Physical scans

Model 2 version

Model 2, US (twin)
STCC Model2 UK Manual Twin.pdf
Model 2, US (deluxe)
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Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №70, p98/99[5]
40 №194, p70[2]
50 №53, p103[6]
75 №468, p39
53 №64, p44
78 №8, p74-77[7]
79 №26, p56-59[8]
63 №1997-42, p183[9]
82 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[10]
Sega Saturn
Based on
9 reviews

Saturn, US
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Stcc sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
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Saturn, JP
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Saturn, BR

Windows version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №56, p104[11]
Windows PC
Based on
1 review

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Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
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PC, JP (Ultra 2000)
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PC, UK (Expert Software)
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PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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PC, UK (Fair Game)
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PC, ES (Xplosiv)

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Press release: 1997-06-19: SEGA TAKES IN-HOME ARCADE GAMING TO NEXT LEVEL
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 194.pdf, page 70
  3. File:CVG UK 191.pdf, page 49
  4. Press release: 1998-02-19: Two Arcade Classics Come Home: Sega Touring Car Championship and Last Bronx for the PC
  5. File:ConsolesPlus FR 070.pdf, page 98
  6. File:Edge UK 053.pdf, page 103
  7. File:SaturnPower UK 08.pdf, page 74
  8. File:SSM_UK_26.pdf, page 56
  9. File:SSM_JP_19971205_1997-42.pdf, page 185
  10. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 12
  11. File:Edge UK 056.pdf, page 104

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