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Driver Skills are a series of upgradable attributes for players. There are three Driver Skills classes: Race, Pursuit, and Explore, with each having its own unique benefits. Players earn a Skill Point upon reaching a new level. A Skill Point can be assigned to a single skill attribute to unlock its benefits. Players can continue to add their Driver Skills as they level up with more Driver Skills becoming unlocked as they progress to higher levels and increase the Ranks of certain Driver Skill classes. Some Driver Skills are locked until the player reaches a certain rank in another or has placed a certain number of Skill Points into a particular class. Driver Skills extend the duration, increase the effectiveness, and reduce the cooldown period of Power-Ups and increases the performance of the player's car. Overall there are 24 Driver Skills: 12 Race Skills, 5 Explore Skills, and 7 Pursuit Skills. Driver Skills were replaced with Skill Mods on May 30, 2012.

Race Skills[edit]

Skill Description Rank 1 Effect Rank 2 Effect Rank 3 Effect Rank 4 Effect Rank 5 Effect Rank 1 Unlock Rank 2 Unlock Rank 3 Unlock Rank 4 Unlock Rank 5 Unlock
Extended Nitrous Increases the duration of a Nitrous Power-Up. +10% Duration +15% Duration +20% Duration +25% Duration +30% Duration Requires Driver Level 4 Requires Driver Level 12 Requires Driver Level 20 Requires Driver Level 28 Requires Driver Level 36
Perfect Start Boosts a car's performance at the beginning of a Race if you keep the revs in the sweet spot when the light turns green. 2.5 Second Boost 3.0 Second Boost 3.5 Second Boost 4.0 Second Boost 4.5 Second Boost Requires Driver Level 3 Requires Driver Level 10 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 17 & 4 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 24 & 6 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 31 & 8 Points in Race Skills
Catch Up Increases the performance of your car if your third place or lower in a race. +10% Performance +15% Performance +20% Performance N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 3 Requires Driver Level 13 Requires Driver Level 23 N/A N/A
Dragster Increases the acceleration performance of your car. +10% Increase +15% Increase +20% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 17 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 27 & 4 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 37 & 8 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Need for Speed Increases your car's top speed. +10% Increase +15% Increase +20% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 20 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 30 & 4 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 40 & 8 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Nerves of Steel Improves your car's handling. +10% Increase +15% Increase +20% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 15 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 25 & 4 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 35 & 8 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Rapid Fire Reduces the cooldown period for the Nitrous Power-Ups. 25 Second Cooldown 20 Second Cooldown 15 Second Cooldown N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 2 Requires Driver Level 12 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 22 & 4 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Strong Finisher When One More Lap is activated, your car's performance is increased. +5% Increase +10% Increase N/A N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 6 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 16 & 4 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A N/A
Super Shot Increases the power of the Nitrous Power-Up. +10% Increase +15% Increase +20% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 8 Requires Driver Level 21 & 4 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 34 & 8 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Traffic Cop Reduces the cooldown time on Traffic Magnets. 25 Second Cooldown 20 Second Cooldown 15 Second Cooldown N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 8 Requires Driver Level 14 Requires Driver Level 23 & 4 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A
Jumpstart Power-Ups can be played more quickly at the start of a race. 5 Second Cooldown No Cooldown N/A N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 5 Requires Driver Level 15 N/A N/A N/A
Rolling Fortress Increases the duration of a Shield Power-Up by a few seconds. +5 Second Duration +10 Second Duration +20 Second Duration N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 4 Requires Driver Level 14 & 2 Points in Race Skills Requires Driver Level 24 & 4 Points in Race Skills N/A N/A N/A

Explore Skills[edit]

Skill Description Rank 1 Effect Rank 2 Effect Rank 3 Effect Rank 4 Effect Rank 5 Effect Rank 1 Unlock Rank 2 Unlock Rank 3 Unlock Rank 4 Unlock Rank 5 Unlock
Radar Displays cops on the minimap within a certain range. 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 3 Requires Driver Level 11 Requires Driver Level 19 N/A N/A
Most Wanted Gives your driver more rep from escaping cop Pursuits. +2% Increase +4% Increase +6% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 9 Requires Driver Level 19 & 2 Points in Explore Skills Requires Driver Level 29 & 4 Points in Explore Skills N/A N/A
Socialite Increases the amount of Cash you win from Multiplayer Races. +5% Increase +10% Increase N/A N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 5 & 3 Points in Explore Skills Requires Driver Level 15 & 5 Points in Explore Skills N/A N/A N/A
Tycoon Increases the amount of Cash you win from all Races. +2% Increase +4% Increase +6% Increase +8% Increase +10% Increase Requires Driver Level 2 Requires Driver Level 11 Requires Driver Level 20 Requires Driver Level 29 Requires Driver Level 38
Lightning Reflex Reduces the cooldown period of the Ready! Power-Up. 80 Second Cooldown 70 Second Cooldown 60 Second Cooldown N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 5 Requires Driver Level 10 Requires Driver Level 15 & 4 Points in Explore Skills. N/A N/A

Pursuit Skills[edit]

Skill Description Rank 1 Effect Rank 2 Effect Rank 3 Effect Rank 4 Effect Rank 5 Effect Rank 1 Unlock Rank 2 Unlock Rank 3 Unlock Rank 4 Unlock Rank 5 Unlock
Ram Increases the weight of a car for collisions with cops and traffic. +12% Increase +24% Increase +36% Increase +48% Increase +75% Increase Requires Driver Level 3 Requires Driver Level 12 & 2 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 21 & 4 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 30 & 6 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 39 & 8 Points in Pursuit Skills
Cooldown Decreases the time needed to escape a Pursuit. +10% Decrease +20% Decrease +30% Decrease N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 4 Requires Driver Level 12 Requires Driver Level 20 N/A N/A
Terminator Receive larger rewards for taking out cops during a Pursuit. +10% Increase +25% Increase +30% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 10 & 2 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver level 18 Requires Driver Level 26 N/A N/A
Demolition Man Increases the damage done to police when you crash into them. +10% Increase +15% Increase +25% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 5 & 2 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 11 & 4 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 17 N/A N/A
Evasion Increases the power of the Emergency Evade and Team Emergency Evade Power-Ups. +10% Increase +15% Increase +25% Increase N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 4 Requires Driver Level 14 & 2 Points in Pursuit Skills Requires Driver Level 27 & 4 Points in Pursuit Skills N/A N/A
Untouchable The 'Evade' meter fills up more quicklyduring Pursuits. +10% Increase +20% Increase +30% Increase +40% Increase +50% Increase Requires Driver Level 2 Requires Driver Level 10 Requires Driver Level 18 Requires Driver Level 26 Requires Driver Level 34
Rampage Increases the duration of the Juggernaut Power-Up by a few seconds. +4 Second Duration +6 Second Duration +8 Second Duration N/A N/A Requires Driver Level 2 Requires Driver Level 17 Requires Driver Level 27 & 3 Points in Pursuit Skills N/A N/A