During the countdown, the player is given an on-screen tachometer and an on-screen accelerator button regardless of the control scheme they use. Tapping and holding on the accelerator revs the vehicle. The tachometer has four color-coded zones: red, orange, green, and blue. The tachometer dial must be in either the green or blue zones in order to give the player a starting boost (Good Start or Perfect Start). Otherwise, if it lands in the orange or red zones once the countdown ends, the player will be penalized with having their acceleration mostly disabled (OK Start or Bad Start). The Pro Kit upgrade parts Tires and Suspension (for cars) and Bike Tires and Fork Tubes (for motorcycles), which both upgrade handling, are beneficial as they can help the player keep their revs in the green or blue zones better and longer.
Once the countdown is finished, the race turns into a 2-lap Classic race.
Some cars have tighter blue zones than others due to difference in engine sound. The McLaren race cars with the Formula One engine sounds (McLaren M14A, McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, McLaren MP4/8, and McLaren MP4-31) all have wider blue and green zones than other vehicles.
The goal is to finish first in order to beat the Grand Finale and complete the tour. If the player is on the last Grand Finale, they will get the vehicle (or the last set of Blueprints, if the vehicle is Blueprint buildable) if all 8 tours are completed.
Recommended RPM Range List
|Vehicle||Good Start||Perfect Start|
|McLaren Mercedes MP4-25||15,000-19,000||17,000-19,000|
|Porsche Cayman GT4||7,200-8,300||7,500-8,200|
|Porsche 718 Boxster S||8,000-9,500||8,000-9,500|
|Arrinera Hussarya GT||6,500-8,500||7,700-8,000|
|Honda Civic Type R||7,000-8,500||8,000-8,500|
|Hot Wheels Rip Rod™||8,100-9,800||9,000-9,800|
|Hot Wheels Bone Shaker™||7,500-9,500||8,800-9,500|
|Hot Wheels Twin Mill™||6,000-9,900||8,500-9,500|
|Race Types in Asphalt 8: Airborne|
|Classic (Unplugged, Flawless, Tag Racing, and Grand Finale) - Versus (Ultimate AI Challenge and Ace Race) - Elimination - Knockdown - Infected - Gate Drift - Time Attack/Auto-start|