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"Default" track

Note: This article refers to the track coming with Stunts as default.trk. For the replay, see Default (replay)

Default is one of the six tracks from Stunts' set of pre-made tracks. As the name implies, it is the track selected by default whenever the game is started (and in fact Stunts will fail to start in the lack of a track file named DEFAULT.TRK in the game root directory). Since it is nearly always the very first track a player comes across, as well as being short and relatively simple, Default is commonly used by racers, especially newbies, as a benchmark. Another interesting trait of Default is the presence of two different paths, one of them being substantially longer and somewhat trickier than the other. That design characteristic opens the way for dual-way switching exploits, necessary for reaching times comparable to the overall records.

Besides holding a number of unofficial or semi-official "permanent competitions", the Default track used for a very special ZakStunts race, ZCT79 with the Porsche March Indy. That choice, loaded with symbolism, was motivated by ZCT79 being the closing race for the troubled 2007 ZakStunts season, held only after an unprecedented three month break of the competition. The race, after many successive world record breakings, was won by Ayrton.

Track name

The track file name is, of course, DEFAULT.TRK. It has to be so for the game to properly load it at the begin it. However, there's a very solid theory that suggests that this track must have had an original, more meaningful name.

A just installed Stunts will include a number of tracks that make reference to five of the six AI opponents that the game has to offer: BERNIES.TRK for Squealin' Bernie Rubber, JOES.TRK for Smokin' Joe Stallin, CHERRIS.TRK, for Cherry Chassis, HELENS.TRK for Helen Wheels (this is a reference to Paul McCartney's car) and SKIDS.TRK for Skid Vicious (a reference to Sid Vicious, the bassist from the Sex Pistols). There isn't a track name OTTOS.TRK, which would be expected, for Herr Otto Partz. It is thought that, instead of creating a new track to be the default, at some point, DSI decided to just rename Otto's to become Default.

Default records (best, but unofficial)

Please note most of the results here presented were not officially confirmed, and should be taken mainly as reference values.

Evolution of Default record

Free rules, RH, Indy.

Racer Time Date Notes
Wilczek 0:54.90 1999-02-28 From Lukas Loehrer's site; date is from .RPL metadata
(...) To be retrieved
Alan Rotoi 0:38.60 2003-01-28 Submission date to ZakStunts; driven at 2002-10-29
Alain 0:36.40 2003-09-01
Bonzai Joe 0:35.85 2003-09-08
Mark L. Rivers 0:34.90 2007-12-04
Duplode 0:34.85 2007-12-08
Mark L. Rivers 0:33.95 2007-12-10
Duplode 0:33.65 2007-12-12
Ayrton 0:33.40 2007-12-12
Mark L. Rivers 0:32.85 2007-12-12
Chulk 0:32.65 2007-12-12
Duplode 0:32.55 2007-12-13
Ayrton 0:31.90 2007-12-14
Ayrton 0:31.25 2007-12-29
Mark L. Rivers 0:30.90 2009-03-27
Renato Biker 0:30.35 2010-02-23

Best official records available

As of July 2022, the Permanent Competition at Race For Kicks, which holds replays for its laps, has a best record achieved by KyLiE running OWOOT and NoRH with the Porsche 962 IMSA on 26 August 2020. Lap time is 1:15.45. The best official Free-Style record, also from R4K, is actually longer, at 2:23.47, by 1337haxoryt, with the Toyota Sprinter Trueno. As this is far from the best unofficial records, it is expected that, should at some point interest in this track regrow, significant updates would be made in official records both OWOOT and Free-Style.

In [Stunts forum], a replay by Bonzai Joe on 10 November 2015, achieves 1:01.35 with the Porsche March Indy, verified. Reported as NoRH and on verification, found to be "almost OWOOT", only going off-road very briefly at a chicane, this is a very significant contemporary record. On 19 April 2019, Seeker1982 posted two replays. On the first one, he achieves 1:02.30 with a Free OWOOT replay (never goes off-road, but does skip a corkscrew), also with the Porsche March Indy. Ten days later, he posts a very similar one, only this is Free-Style (as it does go off-road briefly at the chicane) and is done with the McLaren Honda MP4/4. With this replay, he completes the lap in exactly one minute. On 14 January 2015, Akoss Poo registerred a 1:02.10 Free-Style replay with the March Indy. On the 9th of the same month, Shoegazing Leo had registerred his own 1:11.80 with a Free-OWOOT replay with the same car. All of the records metioned above refrain from using dual-way switching.

Following are the best verifiable records with their corresponding car, date posted and rules used. Notice how significant the advantage is when dual-way switching is used.

Racer Time Date Style Car Notes
Cas 0:58.90 2022-07-30 Free-Style DWS Porsche March Indy Race For Kicks
Shoegazing Leo 0:59.35 2015-01-10 Free-Style DWS Porsche March Indy Forum
Seeker1982 1:00.00 2019-04-29 Free-Style McLaren Honda MP4/4 Forum
Shoegazing Leo 1:00.25 2015-01-10 Free-Style DWS Porsche March Indy Forum
Bonzai Joe 1:01.35 2015-11-10 Free-Style Porsche March Indy Forum
Akoss Poo 1:02.10 2015-01-14 Free-Style Porsche March Indy Forum
Seeker1982 1:02.30 2019-04-19 Free-OWOOT Porsche March Indy Forum
Akoss Poo 1:02.50 2015-01-14 Free-Style Porsche March Indy Forum
Akoss Poo 1:03.85 2015-01-14 Free-Style Porsche March Indy Forum
Cas 1:06.30 2022-07-30 Free-Style Porsche March Indy Race For Kicks
Shoegazing Leo 1:11.80 2015-01-09 Free-OWOOT Porsche March Indy Forum
Cas 1:12.95 2022-07-30 OWOOT Porsche March Indy Race For Kicks
KyLiE 1:15.45 2020-08-26 OWOOT Porsche 962 IMSA Race For Kicks
Cas 1:16.25 2020-05-12 OWOOT Melange XGT-88 Race For Kicks
KDC22 1:25.80 2021-12-18 Free-OWOOT BMW M3 E30 DTM Race For Kicks
KyLiE 1:36.85 2020-08-26 OWOOT Ferrari GTO Race For Kicks
Ayrton* 2:04.65 2020-10-11 OWOOT Superkart Race For Kicks
1337haxoryt 2:23.45 2021-06-17 Free-Style Toyota Sprinter Trueno Race For Kicks
  • This Ayrton is the Australian racer, son of KyLiE. Not to be confused with the Argentine racer of the same name Ayrton.

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Mark L. Rivers doing a 1:03.10 NoRH lap on the classic line