How to Earn Money Fast in Gran Turismo 7

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Money in Gran Turismo 7 comes and goes very quickly; the rewards you get are pretty small, but the cost of a lot of things is pretty high. This makes the grind for legendary cars like the ’62 Ferrari 250 GTO, which costs 20,000,000 Cr., seem like an eternity and such a daunting task.

Not to mention the cost of upgrading and maintaining cars. Engine overhauls in some cars go upwards of 100,000 Cr., and so do the Wide Body modifications and racing modifications you will need to do in order for your cars to be competitive in the races.

Simply put, there are a lot of things and cars to buy in Gran Turismo 7 and a lot of them are expensive. Add the fact that you can not sell cars in this game, it makes money a bit sparse, to say the least.

Luckily, there are some races and activities in the Gran Turismo 7 menus that are rather quick and easy to do, earning you quite a lot of money in a short amount of time.

In this guide, we will be looking at the different races and activities you can do to earn money fast in Gran Turismo 7. We will also be listing down the rewards given as well as some tips for the more difficult races in this list.

Grind the Races

It comes as no surprise that the biggest payouts in Gran Turismo 7 will come from the races. The races that are available are pretty diverse and take you all around the globe in different tracks, while also introducing you to different kinds of cars.

Here are some general tips you would want to follow if you want to grind the races for money.

Always Aim for the Clean Race Bonus

A general tip for when you are grinding the races: always try to have a clean race. Finishing a race cleanly will result in a 50% increase in your money payout so it increases the rate at which you gain money by quite a lot. You earn a Clean Race Bonus if:

  • You do not go off-track or go off-limits
  • You do not bump your opponents

This is pretty much the same principle as with increasing your Sport Mode ratings, so driving cleanly definitely has its perks when racing both offline and online.

Something to note however is that you can actually have contact with walls and barriers and you will still get a Clean Race Bonus. This is especially useful info as 3 races on here are rally races and the dirt physics of Gran Turismo 7 is not the best.

Turn Down the Difficulty

If you have been racing on Hard for your career and want to just relax and not have to worry much about the AI completely messing up your races, you can always just turn down the difficulty of the AI in the Options Menu.

Turning down the difficulty to Normal or even Easy almost guarantees you to get first in all of your races especially if you have been racing on Hard. There are no penalties for doing so either as race difficulty does not affect the prize money you get from single-player races.

The Races to Grind

Below will be a list of races that dole out a good amount of money while at the same time being quick to do. Difficulty on these races vary and unlocking some of these races will also take a bit of time as you need to complete quite a lot of the GT Cafe Menu Books in order to get to some of these races.

The list is as follows, and is arranged by the order of how you unlock them in the game. I have also included as many races as there could be so that there is at least a bit of variety in the races that you will be doing.

High Speed Ring: GT Cup Gr. 4

  • 1st Place Prize: 35,000 Cr. / 52,500 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 7 minutes total
  • Restrictions: 630 PP Limit / Gr. 4 Cars only / Racing Cars only / Racing Tires only

The only Asia-Oceania event that is good enough to grind, this race is unlocked upon completing Menu Book No. 3 so once again, another quick money-making race unlocked early in the game. The only problem is getting a Gr. 4 car to use in this race. All Gr. 4 cars cost 350,000 Cr. so it is a rather tall order especially this early in the game.

Luckily though, Gran Turismo 7 has prize cars for doing Missions as well as License Tests. If you fancy doing Missions, you can get a Ford Mustang Gr. 4 by getting bronze on all the Rolling Stone missions, a Toyota 86 Gr. 4 by getting bronze on all the Moby Dick missions, or a Dodge Viper Gr. 4 by getting bronze on all the Gone With The Wind missions.

Alternatively, you can get a ’19 Toyota GR Supra Race Car by getting bronze on all the International B License Tests.

Some Gr. 4 cars (the Ford Mustang for example) actually have a PP higher than the 630 PP limit, so you will also have to detune your car a bit. The simplest thing to do is to either buy Ballast or a Power Restrictor from the Club Sports section of the Tuning Shop in order to lower the PP of your car.

Since this is a high-speed track, I would suggest getting Ballast as power is very much the top statistic you will want to have when running this race.

The race itself is pretty fun as it takes you around a Gran Turismo classic: The High Speed Ring. It is also pretty easy, as the track itself is mostly flat out with just a few corners sprinkled in between the banked corners.

Blue Moon Bay Speedway: American FR Challenge 550

  • 1st Place Prize: 10,000 Cr. / 15,000 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 2 minutes and 30 seconds total
  • Restrictions: US Cars only / Road Cars only / FR drivetrain only

The first of the oval races to appear in this list, you unlock this race by completing Menu Book No. 13. Although the race name has the “550” on it, there actually is no PP limit on this race, so go get your favorite muscle car feel free to go completely mad with the tuning for this race.

This race is incredibly easy and is one of the fastest events to grind. There is some braking involved because of Blue Moon Bay’s triangular layout, and it may lead to some spins due to the requirement of an FR car. For that, I would recommend getting Racing: Soft Tires in order to have an easier time.

I would also recommend turning Traction Control on if you are grinding this so that the amount of wheelspin is reduced upon corner exit.

Daytona International Speedway: American Sunday Cup 600

  • 1st Place Prize: 15,000 Cr. / 22,500 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 2 minutes and 15 seconds total
  • Restrictions: US Cars only / Road Cars only

The second oval to make an appearance on this list, you will unlock this race by completing Menu Book No. 14. The same as the Blue Moon Bay race, even though the event has a “600” on it, there is no PP limit on this race. What is even better is that it has no drivetrain restrictions, so any American Road Car is available to do this race.

The layout of the Daytona Superspeedway is much simpler to grasp than the Blue Moon Bay oval as this race can be taken flat out all throughout with absolutely no braking required making Clean Race Bonuses a guarantee rather than something you would aim for. It also takes a bit shorter to complete than the Blue Moon Bay race.

The upgrades I would recommend for this race is, besides a lot of power, would be Racing: Soft Tires, just for reassurance that you will be gripping the road with no worries of spinning out when you are on the bankings of the track.

The time taken to complete this event is wholly up to how fast your car is. Alternatively, I would recommend getting the Dodge SRT Tomahawk S VGT when grinding this race which is available only in Brand Central and costs 1,000,000 Cr. to buy.

Not to be mistaken for the absolutely crazy Dodge Tomahawk X VGT, the S variant is the road-going version which makes it eligible for this race and can complete it in around 1 minute and 45 seconds, further increasing the rate of money you can get from this race.

The Full Trial Mountain Cup

  • 1st Place Prize: 20,000 Cr. each race / 30,000 Cr. each race with Clean Race Bonus + 40,000 Cr. Championship Win for a total of 80,000-100,000 Cr. per double-win
  • Average Length: Around 9 minutes total
  • Restrictions: US Cars only / Road Cars only / National A License required

The first championship series making it onto this list, the Trial Mountain Cup is unlocked upon completing Menu Book No. 16. This championship has no PP restrictions so it is best to bring your fastest American road car to grind this out. You will, however, need to acquire your National A license before you can enter this championship.

In this championship, you will be racing in Trial Mountain which is one of the more beloved Gran Turismo tracks, and in Gran Turismo 7, they have completely revamped the track, extending its straightaways and removing the infamous chicane at the end of the track, replacing it with another chicane that is a lot tamer.

This track is also one of the more complex tracks in Gran Turismo 7 with lots of elevation changes and blind corners that are surrounded by rocks and walls, eager to claim the careless driver. You will also be racing the track in reverse which changes the dynamic of the track quite a lot.

Tuning for this track requires a lot of balance as the straights found in this track are quite long as well. I would recommend getting suspension, brakes, and tire upgrades in addition to power as the wily nature of American cars can lead to a lot of sliding in the otherwise low- to medium-speed corners in between this track’s long straights.

For the grinding method, we will be racing the whole championship in order to claim the Championship Prize for winning the championship, which is a very meaty 40,000 Cr.

If you have the Dodge SRT Tomahawk S VGT, this championship can be done at a very brisk pace of only 7 minutes total, complete with all the menu navigation and such, making it one of the better places to grind for only if you have this car.

Colorado Springs: Dirt Champions

  • 1st Place Prize: 40,000 Cr. / 60,000 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 4 minutes and 30 seconds total
  • Restrictions: Gr. B Cars only / Dirt Tires only

The first dirt track that you will be unlocking, you will unlock this race after completing Menu Book No. 25. These Dirt Champions races are unique in that you will only be racing against one other opponent so getting a Clean Race Bonus is as much trying to stay on track as it is trying to overtake the AI.

Getting a Gr. B car at this stage is also a bit tricky as they cost 450,000 Cr. each. Luckily again, you can get a Gr. B car by doing your licenses or by doing a bit more Menu Books.

If you want to race this event early, you can go ahead and do the International A License Tests as getting the bronze on all the tests will get you a Toyota 86 Gr. B Rally Car.

If you want to wait a bit longer, you can progress through the Menu Books until you reach Menu Book No. 37 where you can get a Ford Focus Gr. B Rally Car, an ’87 Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak, and an ’86 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2.

There is also no PP limit on these races so you are free to get a turbocharger to install into your selected Gr. B car and just lay waste with the abundance of horsepower you have. Just watch out for the walls.

Personally, I found this race to be the most difficult of the 3 Dirt Champions races as I just could not shake the AI from my tail. The track itself is also a bit trickier than the other 2 with lots of uneven surfaces and crests that can send your car flying.

Special Stage Route X: American Clubman Cup 700

  • 1st Place Prize: 15,000 Cr. / 22,500 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 5 minutes total
  • Restrictions: US Cars only / Road Cars only

The third oval to make it to this list and quite possibly the easiest race on this list. You unlock this race after completing Menu Book No. 26. As with the previous oval races, despite the “700” on the event name, there is no PP limit in this race, so bring out your most powerful and fastest American road car and light up the track.

Special Stage Route X is basically a really long, straight, and wide oval where you will be overtaking all your opponent’s cars before you even reach the first banked corner.

This course is taken completely flat out even through the banked corners so this race requires minimal effort to complete. This race is also the easiest race to get a Clean Race Bonus in so that is also something to consider.

If you have the Dodge SRT Tomahawk S VGT, this race can be done in just under 4 minutes, further increasing the rate of money you can earn in this race.

Pan-American Championship: Race 1 Only

  • 1st Place Prize: 35,000 Cr. / 52,500 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 4 minutes and 30 seconds total
  • Restrictions: US Cars only / Road Cars only / National A License required

The fourth and final oval event to make it onto this list. The Pan-American Championship can be unlocked by completing Menu Book No. 28. This championship has no PP restrictions as well, so it is best to bring your fastest American road car to grind this out. You will, however, need to acquire your National A license before you can enter this championship.

This is basically just like the earlier Blue Moon Bay Speedway race except you are free to use any American road car and it is 6 laps long instead of being 3 laps long. This also makes this grind easier than a lot of the races here.

The method to grind here is to basically enter the championship and then after doing the first race and claiming your prize money for that race, retire from the championship. Rinse and repeat for some easy money.

If you have the Dodge SRT Tomahawk S VGT, this race can be done in just around 3 minutes and 30 seconds, further increasing the rate of money you can earn in this race and making it the best race where you can earn money from as quickly as possible.

Alsace: World Rally Challenge

  • 1st Place Prize: 30,000 Cr. / 45,000 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 6 minutes total
  • Restrictions: 700 PP Limit / Racing Tires only

Definitely the hardest road event on this list, but also one of the more fun ones. You unlock this event by completing Menu Book No. 36. Despite the name, any type of car is actually allowed in this race and not just Gr. B cars, so feel free to either use a Gr. 4 car and upgrade it or use a Gr. 3 car and detune it.

If you are looking for a Gr. 3 car without wanting to buy one since they cost 450,000 Cr. each, you can win one by either doing your Super License Tests or by doing the Rolling Stone missions.

By getting bronze on all your Super License Tests, you can win a ’19 Audi R8 LMS Evo while getting gold on all Rolling Stone missions gets you the Chevrolet Corvette Gr. 3.

The race itself is pretty tricky. The full course of Alsace itself is a rather tricky track full of tight corners and elevation changes that might unsettle your car. If you are driving a Gr. 3 car, you will definitely have the advantage in the corners since Alsace has a lot of long sweeping corners where downforce plays a pivotal part.

So if you want a challenge while doing a money grind, give this race a try and see how well you do.

Sardegna – Windmills: Dirt Champions

  • 1st Place Prize: 40,000 Cr. / 60,000 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 4 minutes total
  • Restrictions: Gr. B Cars only / Dirt Tires only

The second of the Dirt Champions races. This race is also the best race to earn money on as it gives out the most money for the least amount of time. You unlock this event by completing Menu Book No. 36. By this stage in the game, you will be in Menu Book No. 37 which wins you 3 Gr. B cars so obtaining a Gr. B car would not be a problem.

Do not forget that there is no PP limit in this race so feel free to install a turbocharger to your Gr. B car to make this race much more manageable when trying to beat the AI.

This race lands right in the middle of the 3 Dirt Champions races in terms of length, and I do find this event much easier than the other 2 because of the layout of the track. The track itself is very fast with lots of sweepers and straights. Just be careful of the tight corners at the end of these fast sections as they can lead to crashes very often.

Fishermans Ranch: Dirt Champions

  • 1st Place Prize: 30,000 Cr. / 45,000 Cr. with Clean Race Bonus
  • Average Length: Around 3 minutes and 30 seconds total
  • Restrictions: Gr. B Cars only / Dirt Tires only

The last of the Dirt Champions races. You unlock this event by completing Menu Book No. 36. As with previous Dirt Champions races, there is no PP limit so make sure to give your selected Gr. B car a turbocharger to make this race much easier (and faster).

Fishermans Ranch is basically the longest of the 3 rally tracks that are found in Gran Turismo 7 but that length lends itself to it just being a 1-lap race instead of the usual multi-lap races on this list (save for Special Stage Route X, but that takes longer and rewards less money).

The race itself is pretty fun though with the AI being a bit modest, to say the least, although they do still hang on to you throughout the race so it definitely is not a walk in the park.

Do the License Tests

Although helpful in their own right, doing license tests are a quick and easy way to earn some money. Most of these tests do not exceed a minute (especially tests found in National B and National A) and the payouts are pretty good, to say the least. Most of the tests are also easy enough to get Silver on (which pays out half of the total prize money) without much practice.

That and you get to learn how to race better and drive a variety of cars that you might have been eyeing on getting and spending your credits on. Take note however that you can only claim the prize money once in these tests meaning once you gain gold, you can not get the prize money again if you get a gold time again.

The payouts for the license tests are as follows:

  • National B License – 3,000 Cr. for each Gold / 5,000 Cr. for Gold on the Final Exam
  • National A License – 6,000 Cr. for each Gold / 8,000 Cr. for Gold on the Final Exam
  • International B License – 6,000 Cr. for each Gold / 8,000 Cr. for Gold on the Final Exam
  • International A License – 8,000 Cr. for each Gold / 12,000 Cr. for Gold on the Final Exam
  • Super License – 20,000 Cr. for each Gold / 40,000 Cr. for Gold on the Final Exam

Take Part in Missions

Missions are sort of like License Tests in that it gives you cars to drive and you have to do your best in specific types of scenarios in order to get gold on them. Also, like the License Tests though, you can only earn the prize money on Missions once.

The payout for each Mission series are as follows:

  • The Magic Mountain – 6,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • Beyond the Horizon – 10,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • Rolling Stone – 14,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • Moby Dick – 20,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • Gone With the Wind – 30,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • The Sun Also Rises – 40,000 Cr. for each Gold

There are a lot of types of Missions, but we will be looking at the Missions that are quick and easy to do to earn money fast.

The Pass

The Pass is a type of mission that usually has you in a more powerful car and your goal is to overtake all the vehicles ahead of you before you reach the finish line. Most of these take less than a minute so be on the lookout for these types of missions.

Slipstream

Another quick and easy type of test, Slipstream mission has you trying to reach a certain speed before reaching the finish line. In order to do this, you will have to draft (or slipstream) from the cars ahead and slingshot your way to another car to continue gaining speed.

Cone Challenge

Cone Challenges are missions wherein you are tasked to knock down cones that are strewn on your path in the allotted time. These are usually done in slow and nimble cars and they are pretty quick to complete and are easy to get gold in. These missions are also a nice change of pace from the usual racing you would be doing in Gran Turismo 7.

Drag Race

As the name suggests, Drag Race missions are drag races that are either 400m or 1000m long so they end just as fast as you load up a race. The best thing about these missions is that you can use your own car, so grab your most powerful car in your garage and bring it here to test its might.

A few things to note though, Drag Races will automatically disable your Traction Control and will have you driving in Manual Transmission. Also, if you have not already, equip your car with Racing: Soft Tires, as well as a Nitro System, as both of these will help tremendously in a drag race.

Drift Mission

The final mission type to take note of is the Drift Mission. These are missions that will have you drifting through a corner or a series of them and your job is to get sideways carrying as much speed as you can. The more angle and speed you carry throughout a drift, the more points you get.

Unfortunately, unlike the Drag Races, you will have to use the cars provided by the mission itself, so you cannot bring your own drift missiles to do these missions.

Practice With Circuit Experience

The final activity that you can do in Gran Turismo 7 that can earn you money fast is by doing Circuit Experiences. Returning from Gran Turismo Sport, Circuit Experience lets you practice a track by sector or by doing a 1 Lap Attack.

Like the License Tests, you are rated by how fast you can tackle these sectors or tracks so doing these will not only get you money fast but they will also help with mastery of the tracks making you a better driver overall.

The sectors of each track are also divided into rather short pieces so completing these sector runs will more than likely take less than a minute per sector.

Each track will have its own Circuit Experience (except for Special Stage Route X) and the payouts for each sector and 1 Lap Attack are listed below:

  • Any Sector of Any Track – 6,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • 1 Lap Attack of Any Track – 30,000 Cr. for each Gold
  • 1 Lap Attack of Nurburgring’s Norschleife Layout – 60,000 Cr. for Gold

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  1. Doing the fast track with the Dodge SRT Tomahawk S VGT seems like the best bet. It would only take two hours to recoup the cost of the car and, as talked about, it’s the easiest Clean Race. I used a highly modified ZL1 Camaro on the ovals to start with, Daytona didn’t involve the brake pedal, but my main issue was catching up to the field and having to weave through them a second time to earn Clean Race bonus, too stressful for me, gimme the long open road any day. Now it’s time to save up for the Dodge SRT Tomahawk X VGT as well and earn Speed Archdemon.

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