Championship Sprint

The Arcade PCB by Atari Games Corp.

Championship Sprint screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Championship Sprint © 1986 Atari Games Corp.

Championship Sprint is an updated version of the old Atari Sprint series, with the added ability for players to upgrade their vehicles as the game progresses. Upgrades are won by collecting the bonus wrenches that appear once during each race, and once players have collected four wrenches, they will be presented with an upgrade screen; allowing them to choose better traction, top speed, acceleration, or a faster helicopter.

Collisions with barriers should, of course, be avoided, as they invariably cost the player valuable time. Also; a direct, head-on collision can cause the players' vehicles to explode - particularly if the player is moving at speed when this happens. In the event of a car exploding, a helicopter will automatically airlift a replacement vehicle to the track; this replacement will retain any previous upgrades made by the player. Waiting for the replacement car takes precious time and allows rival drivers to gain a distinct advantage. Car replacement time can be shortened upgrading the helicopter.

The tracks themselves are all variations on the basic 'oval', with gates, jumps, ramps and crossroads ensuring a demanding, yet incredibly playable game.


Championship Sprint the  Arcade PCB
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Game ID : 136045

Runs on the "Atari System 2" hardware.

Players : 2
Control : Steering wheel with gas pedal


Championship Sprint was released in September 1986 in the memory of George Opperman (1935-1985). Mr. Opperman was the first artist hired by Atari and the creator of the Atari logo.

2,599 dedicated units were produced in the USA. The selling price was $2,795.
Also, 996 conversion kits were produced. Selling price: $995.


1. Sprint 2 (1976)
2. Sprint 8 (1977)
3. Sprint 4 (1977)
4. Sprint One (1978)
5. Super Sprint (1986)
6. Championship Sprint (1986)
7. Bad Lands (1989)


Designers and programmers : Robert Weatherby, Kelly Turner
Animators : Will Noble, Kris Moser, Sam Comstock
Technicians : Dave Wiebenson, Minh Nguyen
Audio : Hal Canon



Sony PlayStation 2 australia (2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model MWO-3201W]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model DOL-GAYE-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLUS-20997]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLES-52844]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] usa (may.31, 2007)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] europe (june.29, 2007)
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"


Sony PSP usa (dec.13, 2005) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULUS-10059]"
Sony PSP europe (feb.24, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULES-00180]"


Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1988) "Championship Sprint [Model URK 627]"
Amstrad CPC europe (1988)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1988)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (feb.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (mar.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition" by Zoo Digital Publishing

Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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