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In RealLife, the racing of any kind of vehicle is very dangerous, and many people have died or suffered serious injury while doing so. Things have gotten better, but it is still a potentially deadly sport truly only kept in the reins of safety by [[BadassDriver the skill of the drivers]]. However, there is also the fact that in real life, except for off-road rallies and endurance races, most races simply involve going from point A to point B, or driving in a circle for 500 or so laps. Because of this, writers tend to spice things up a bit. The result is a Wacky Race, a race so improbable, so outrageous, so dangerous, that it makes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7amgj1DpSA Pikes Peak]] look like a Sunday drive.

The race often has rules [[UnnecessaryRoughness more akin to a Demolition Derby than a normal race]], and often takes place on an improbable course. Courses built around entire cities, courses with rollercoaster-like architecture, courses floating in midair, courses [[PhantomZone existing only in an alternate racing dimension]], and courses in locations where it's generally not safe to be standing, let alone ''racing'', are common. In addition, the vehicles themselves are often specialized. If they're cars, expect them to have weapons and other modifications.

If they're go-karts, expect a lot of {{Power Up}}s to be littering the course--if not, plain old CarFu will be highly encouraged. And if they aren't normal vehicles, expect them to be some amazing sci-fi vehicle capable of pretty much defying the laws of physics. The Vehicles are often [[{{Thememobile}} themed after their drivers]] ([[GangOfHats who are just as wacky as the race itself]]). The RulesOfTheRoad may be altered arbitrarily. And of course, expect the prize to be some sort of MacGuffin.

It's almost traditional for a set of characters in a non-racing series to have an episode or spinoff where they engage in this. TheHero [[InvincibleHero usually wins]], ([[DarkHorseVictory or a random side character]]) the EnsembleDarkHorse always gets the [[CoolCar coolest car]], and the villain [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat cheats and has it backfire hilariously]]. And, of course, someone always DrivesLikeCrazy.

Most MascotRacer games involve this.

Also see VehicularCombat, ChariotRace, FictionalSport, {{Pseudolympics}}.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da1CjGTFgoY This 2014 Peugeot commercial]] brilliantly recreates a live-action version of the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' cartoon.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Franchise/{{Anpanman}} has had a couple racing episodes (one was a half-hour special, the other a theatrical short). Some vehicles were go-karts (by most of the racers, even the super heroes. Baikinman dressed as a mysterious racer in both episodes until his cover was blown), a few had bike pedal-powered cars (Creampanda, but he's a kid, so he can't drive. The Donburiman Trio, on the other hand, had Tendonman winning a bet, so the car gets to look like him, and he doesn't have to control it, while Katsudonman and Kamameshidon are forced under the kart controlling it), and even steeds (the cowboys using their horses/grasshopper (in Arinkokiddo's case)). Both times involved Baikinman using Dokinchan (and Horrorman at one point) to help rig the race.
* The 2012 ''Anime/BusouShinki'' series had one episode like this. It gets more and more wacky towards the end.
* Episode 9 of ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' turns the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] into such a race with vehicles distributed by lottery; Rin/Archer got a sports convertible, Caster/Soichiro got an old-time car, Lancer got a drag racer [[ButtMonkey (Which, he learned later, can't turn)]], Illya turned Berserker into an army tank, Shinji/Rider got a regular bicycle, and Shirou/Saber got a lion-themed kiddie ride that was coin operated. Assassin later showed up driving a truck that carried the temple gate he's bound to, and then Gilgamesh appeared driving a motorcycle.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has an episode like this. All of the kids, Neemon, and a villian each get onto a train. The episode proceedes as a big battle, with only Takuya completing the race.
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' has a chapter like this. Special mention goes to author Creator/AkiraToriyama for having his own AuthorAvatar participating in the race.
* The TV series of ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has this with more wacky racing courses like a track with ice hills and roads with time-floods, with booster-equipped cars as the racing machines. In the [=OVA=]s however, this aspect has been largely abandoned.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run'' is basically the horse racing version. It's a race across the whole United States in a alternate history Wild West, featuring competitors with flamboyant clothing and special powers. One even eschews the horse and runs on his own two feet.
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' / ''Kirby: Right Back at Ya'' featured a race involving a go-kart (Fumu / Tiff and Bun / Tuff), a Model T (the Mayor and wife), a [[CoolCar big old fashioned limousine]] (King Dedede and Escargo(o)n), an old-school Formula 1 car (Meta Knight) and a ''spaceship'' (Kirby).
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' was not one to miss out. It also makes a good example of how the vehicles will reflect the role and personality of their riders: [[TheHero MegaMan]] drove a F1 car, [[TheRival ProtoMan]] rode a CoolBike, [[TheChick Roll]] drove a silly-looking coupe, and [[TerribleTrio Force Three]] all rode together in a train.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** A first season ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode had a race between trainers riding one of their Pokémon (or in one case, Pikachu riding Squirtle).
** One episode during the Johto saga had something called "Extreme Pokémon", where the Pokémon pulled the trainer on a skateboard.
** And the Summer School arc in the middle of the Sinnoh saga concludes with a relay race where racers change mounts at certain points.
* ''Anime/{{REDLINE}}'' takes this to ridiculous levels. Tailenders, too.
* ''ScrambleWars'' was a SuperDeformed Wacky Race parody featuring several anime produced by Creator/{{AIC}} (such as ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', ''Anime/GallForce'', ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'', ''[[Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada Mospeada]]'', and ''[[Manga/GunsmithCats Riding Bean]]'').
* ''Anime/{{SD Gundam|Force}}'' did a ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' homage episode, complete with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' villains Yazan Gable and Gemon Bajack as transparent parodies of Dick Dastardly and Muttley. Sadly, due to licensing issues, this short couldn't be included in a recent DVD collection.
* Episode 21 of ''Anime/SonicX'' had Sonic competing with Sam Speed in a race throughout Station Square and the desert beyond it.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' had the Mach 5, Dangerous Courses and a ''Vehicular Acrobatics Team''. And let's not get started on [[Film/SpeedRacer the movie!]]
* The 1993 OVA ''Royal Revival'' (volume 1) of ''Anime/TimeBokan'' involving all the TerribleTrio villains of the franchise in an epic race with the winner became protagonist of the next volume. Naturally all try to cheat and sabotage the opponents, but, at the end, the winner is the Dorombo team from ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', the [[SpotlightStealingCrossover most famous]].
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has the dragonfly races in the world of Piffle with all the racers being cameo characters from other Creator/{{CLAMP}} series.
* In Gosho Aoyama's manga ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', there's an extra arc that involves the main characters racing for a wish granted by God himself. HilarityEnsues. There's also an AuthorAvatar character with the fourth-wall breaking capacity of erasing cars in front of him and redrawing them behind him.
* This is serious business for ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' where everybody plays card games while riding motorcycles. If it wasn't for the autopilot, we'd have some serious wreckage here...
* Episode 18 of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'' where every character in the show compete on a race to settle who should be the true protagonist.

* The shortlived comic book ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}'' centered around aircar racing in an AlternateHistory where World War II never happened.
* A story in ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' had Roxy enter Cadmus's Whiz Wagon in a super-powered cross-country car race called the Demolition Run, organised by a mysterious crime-boss called Mr Big.
* ''Archie's RC Racers'' was one of the stranger entries in the Franchise/ArchieComics franchise. In it, two teams of Riverdale teenagers, led by Archie and Reggie, travel across the United States racing radio-controlled cars, while foiling the dastardly schemes of the villainous Babette and her bungling henchmen.
* The second arc of ''ComicBook/TheFuse'', "Gridlock", involves illegal street racing on a space station colony, using magnetic skimmer-bikes on the outside of the station in hard vacuum.
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': The italian 4-part story "La Grande Corsa" (The Big Race) has a [[TimeMaster time controlling]] midget steals Scrooge's dime and makes him participate in a rally (in the Duckburg from past, present and future) against his opponents, and with the help of his friends and family, in order to take it back.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'' took the exact format of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and replaced the normal racers with monsters. The plot centered around Shaggy being turned into a werewolf to participate in the race, because the ''real'' werewolf had retired to Florida.
* "Sugar Rush" from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' is one big candy-coated {{Expy}} of ''VideoGame/MarioKart''.
* The "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POQIH5KyUjI Japan World Cup]]" is a horse racing WidgetSeries that is all about this. For starters, half the "racehorses" aren't even ''horses'' (and one is clearly just two guys in a horse costume), and even the ones that are have their own bizarre and eclectic themes[[labelnote:*]]A kinky [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]] stripper/dominatrix who rides a horse wearing lingerie and prefers a whip to a riding crop, a [[JapaneseDelinquent bosozoku biker]] who rides a [[DelinquentHair pompadour'ed]] racehorse like a motorcycle and an American duo who ride tandem on an elongated horse that seems to stretch out over time.[[/labelnote]]. Only the first horse seems perfectly normal... right up until it stands on it's hind legs and starts doing ''the Charleston'' across the finish line. [[SerialEscalation And it gets even wackier with]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2HOdLeUC0E each]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-haQwla2ao sequel]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'', which served as the inspiration for the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''.
** ''Every'' race in this movie counts as WackyRacing, including the one at the end, of which we only see ten seconds, because DickDastardlyStopsToCheat.
* {{Downplayed}} in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' by the podracing sequence. The race is fast and dangerous, and elements like Sebulba's flamethrowers definitely fit the trope, but the emphasis is still on "drive faster than the other guy and make it to the finish line first" as opposed to "DemolitionDerby that happens to take place on a racetrack."
* ''Film/DeathRace2000'', in which points are awarded for ''running over pedestrians''.
%%** And the 2008 remake ''Film/DeathRace''.
* ''Film/SpyKids 3'' has the Mega Race, the fastest and most dangerous race in the Gameworld.
%%* In a sense, ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''.
%%* ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines'' had the same basic concept, only with airplanes.
%%* ''Monte Carlo or Bust'' (a.k.a. ''Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies''), sequel to the above.
%%* ''Cannonball'' (1976), a classic David Carradine B-Movie Action Flick.
* ''Film/TheGumballRally'' (1976), a slapstick comedy loosely based on the outlaw "Cannonball Baker" cross-country races, features a host of hilariously eccentric racing crews.
* ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' (1981) (based on the same races), a slapstick comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Creator/DomDeLuise as the most "normal" team in a field of broad ethnic stereotypes. Includes an early US role for Creator/JackieChan -- playing a ''Japanese'' driver, with Richard "Film/{{Eegah}}, [[Film/JamesBond Jaws]]" Kiel as his copilot in the sequel.
%%** Its sequels, ''The Cannonball Run II'' (1985) and ''Speed Zone!'' (1989).
%%* Of course, the Wachowski brothers' live action ''Film/SpeedRacer'' is all over this.
* ''Film/SilentMovie'' features a wheelchair race in a hospital that gets pretty crazy.
* ''Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3'', as indicated by the initials for "Grand Prix" in the name, features a race between the heroic Kamen Riders (including ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' and ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'') and the Riders brainwashed by Shocker.

* The broomstick race through a dragon preserve mentioned in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges''.
* The fifth ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' novel actually has one of these as a special, one off event to celebrate the adding of the space elevator to the Unlimited Field. Since the kings customarily not take part in such events, Haruyuki uses it as a chance to convince Sky Raker to rejoin Nega Nebulous on a full time basis to round out their four person team. Of course something happens to interrupt it.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' [[BoxedCrook Moist]] [[IndyPloy organizes a race]] between the Post Office and the clacks to deliver a message to Genua. He wins by cheating and replacing the message that the clacks sent with one [[EngineeredPublicConfession outlining the crimes]] that the owners had committed.
* "The Big Race" in Creator/TerryPratchett's children's short story collection ''Dragons at Crumbling Castle'', as the Blackbury Steam Company pits a steam car against the new internal combustion engine, and various inventors of clockwork, wind-power and weirder cars get involved.
* A low-tech version occurs in ''[[Creator/GeorgetteHeyer The Foundling]]'' when the hero's schoolboy protégé organizes a race using a cow, a donkey, and an old broken-down horse ... making everything "fair" by having the riders of the animals ride backwards. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' and to a lesser extent ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' combine this trope with ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', which is already pretty damn wacky.
* ''Series/TopGear'':
** One of the show's favorite features, to say the least. One thing they love to do is race cars against things that cars usually don't compete with. For example, the Bugatti Veyron (1000 bhp supercar) vs. Eurofighter Typhoon (top-rated fighter jet) in a drag race (vertical vs. horizontal), Mazda M-5 vs. a greyhound (the dog, not the bus), compact car vs. LeParkour, Historic People Carrier/Motorhome/Passenger Bus/Airport Vehicle Racing, a rally car on ice vs. bobsledders (and later a second Rally car vs a skeleton luge), and so on. The amazing thing about the Bugatti Veyron race was not that the Bugatti lost, but that it lost by only four seconds.
** Relatedly, they often race cars vs. various forms of mass transit, such as trains or (if geography allows) boats. While theoretically useful for commuters, these races tend to be carried to such extremes as to provide little practical information.
** The double-decker car racing, depicted above. The catch is simple: you sit above, your partner sits below. You have the steering, he has the acceleration. The first race of this type pitted [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny England vs. Germany]]. The same challenge was repeated in the Ashes Special, against the ''Top Gear Australia'' hosts. Except the steering car has been turned upside down, but only for the Australian team.
** Racing "the post." They basically raced against an abstract concept. [[spoiler: And lost.]] Ostensibly, they were racing a relay team; mail boat takes the letter from the island to the mainland, where a series of planes and trucks carry it further, until it reaches the local post office where a dude comes round and delivers it.
** Clarkson actually dared race against God. Well, technically, he attempted to drive across England in one night from west to east before the sun could rise. [[spoiler:And he also won.]]
** Richard Hammond has held several rally races using a strange selection of vehicles, all with various Touring Car champions as competitors, to determine which one is the fastest within that set, and all of them inevitably wind up like this. We've had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohkAxbeMxVo caravans]], buses, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K05NgDMz2r4 airport vehicles]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-oc4lnDI3U international taxis]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xizFUtDm4xI movie-set vehicles]].
** ''Series/TopGearUS'' had gas-guzzling super-tuned mountain car vs. a pro kayaker down a mountain.
* ''Series/TheSootyShow'', with JustinLeeCollins as the requisite cheating villain Fred Firewheel complete with "Drat! And double drat!" ShoutOut.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' did this in "The Race" when they enter the Le Mans 24 Hour race, despite not knowing how to drive. Ultimately they end up driving their office in the race.
* ''Series/HouseMD'' of all places. House, Cuddy, Wilson and Sam at the Go-Kart. Sam makes a point of driving her opponents off the road; House stops her car by disconnecting a power line with his cane. Complete with holocaust allusions on Cuddy's part and EvilLaugh on House's part.

* ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'': "Retarded64: Retard karts 101" takes this trope UpToEleven.

* The racing modes in Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/MustangStern Mustang]]'', which are clearly not meant to be taken seriously.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/CarWars'' boardgame by Steve Jackson Games. It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and [[AfterTheEnd the aftermath of a nuclear war]] and everyone drives around in cars with machine guns and lasers and the like. Sometimes there are races, but other times the drivers just [[VehicularCombat blow seven bells out of each other's vehicles in an arena or on the road]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Autoduel'', an extention of the ''Car Wars'' concept into a roleplaying game.
* "[=EcksEcksEcksEcksian=] Cart Wars" in ''[[TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame GURPS Discworld Also]]''. A low-tech parody of ''GURPS Autoduel'' combined with the ''Film/MadMax'' sequence in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', and an experiment in seeing how far the ''GURPS Vehicles'' rules could be pushed before they broke. [[DevelopersForesight Pretty far, it turns out]].
* "[=CarToon=] Wars" in ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}} Tooniversal Tour Guide''. Another Steve Jackson parody of their own project, this one even more like ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' than the others since it's set in a cartoon universe.
* "The Widening Gyre" (for 6th edition TabletopGame/HeroSystem). The sample adventure included in the book is not only a steampunk Wacky Race, but several of the [=NPC=] racers are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' racers.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/RaceThroughNewYorkStarringJimmyFallon'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, being a ride that simulates racing Creator/JimmyFallon through the streets of New York; though because of it being based off of ''Series/TheTonightShow'', the race naturally gets more and more absurd as it goes on, with the opposing vehicles getting sent through the air, underwater, and even into outer space.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Every ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' style game qualifies. Courses with cannons that launch you to the top of mountains aren't exactly common in real life.
* Even games that don't actually use karts are subject to this, such as ''[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby Air Ride]]'' or ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''.
%%* On which note, before there was ''Sonic Riders'', there was ''VideoGame/SonicR''. And before ''that'' there was ''Sonic Drift''.
* ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' hews very close to the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' mold, with unorthodox vehicles armed to the teeth with wacky powerups.
* ''VideoGame/LEGORacers'' is basically ''Mario Kart'' [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH LEGOS!]]-]
* ''VideoGame/FZero''. Super Fast Hover Cars, Courses Suspended in Mid-Air that double as cities, and characters like [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]] make this a perfect example of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/FullAuto'', which can be boiled down to ''Film/DeathRace: The Video Game''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rollcage}}'', which used gravity-defying cars that can be driven on the ceiling and walls as easily as the floor... and for frequently taking place in stages where it's hard to even TELL what's up and down. Or where up and down just aren't constant values (like in a space station).
* The Apogee classic ''VideoGame/WackyWheels'' is just basic kart racing, except for the hedgehog cannon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' and its sequels. Street racing of the classic arcade formula - try to keep your timer up while you attempt to complete your objective. Only instead of just completing the race as your objective, you can instead [[UnnecessaryRoughness destroy all your opponents]], or run over ''[[UltraViolence every pedestrian in the level]] [[RuleOfFunny (which includes cows)]]''. The whole mass murdering ordeal caused [[MoralGuardians no small controversy]] and the pedestrians were [[{{Bowdlerise}} replaced with zombies or robots]] for some markets.
%%* ''VideoGame/MidtownMadness''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'': Souped-up, nitro-equipped race-cars (or trucks, or vans) compete in street races on roads packed with civilian traffic, and crashing (or, better yet, [[CarFu making your opponents crash]]) is half the point.
* ''VideoGame/{{Flatout}}'': Similar to ''Burnout'' but with crazier, off-road tracks, and high explosive trackside objects, but no civilian traffic. The other racers want to make you crash so hard that you're flung through the windscreen of your vehicle, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}'': High-tech hovercraft zoom round vastly improbable tracks (including ones suspended from a city's skyscrapers) at supersonic speeds, while blasting each other with various types of missile, and the Quake Disruptor, a weapon that causes the entire track to undulate in an excessive manner, slamming itself into opponent's craft, causing massive damage.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed:'':
** ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Underground]]'' and ''Underground 2'': Nitro-equipped, highly pimped out import tuners speed around Olympic City and [[WideOpenSandbox Bayview]], through coastlines, back alleys, spillways, factories, and going at 400 km/h in the highways. The roads are packed with civilian traffic.
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted'' 2005 and ''Carbon'': Same as before, but add ''German and Italian supercars'', and just to top the whole thing off, throw in [[HammerspacePoliceForce a police department]] [[WeHaveReserves with infinite funds and reserves.]]
** It gets better in 2010's ''Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit'', where you can play as the CowboyCop wrecking the wacky racers' fun. Same goes to its 2013 SpiritualSuccessor, ''Need for Speed [[WideOpenSandbox Rivals]]''.
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted'' 2012 is ''VideoGame/BurnoutParadise'' with cops, licensed cars, a bigger social element, and slightly more realistic physics and handling.
* ''VideoGame/{{N-Gen Racing}}'': Racing planes through canyons, tho lower you go the faster you go, of course, while using the plane's weapon systems to cause damage to your opponents.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has a minigame where you surf directly over ''lava'' on hoverboards. Of course, like at all points in BFD, it's possible to die in spectacular and grotesque ways, as opposed to most of these, where you bounce off of everything.
* ''VideoGame/ExtremeG:''
** Superfast motorbikes with all sorts of weapons.
** The original ''Extreme-G'' on the N64 was able to actually overdo the wackiness. There was a cheat code that enabled you to get a random secondary weapon just by clicking it's fire button as opposed to running over a power-up on the track. And this worked for the A.I. racers too. Cue much rocketspamming and the amount of carnage going on could mess up the N64's processor and graphics and reduce the game to its bare wireframe models in that race.
* ''VideoGame/Slipstream5000.'' TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture racing with, essentially, flying cars. Through twisting valleys and down fjords in Norway, through the winding highways and tunnels of Chicago, down Grand Canyon... Oh yeah, and you had missiles, too.
* ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'' is guilty of this one. You'd expect all the courses to have snow, but when one of the stages is a tropical island... Or a space station... Or a jungle...
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDash'' is Pikachu versus other Franchise/{{Pokemon}} in footraces.
%%* ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing.''
%%* And the aerial version of this trope, ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers.''
* The early '90s computer game ''Stunts'' was about racing in European supercars on courses filled with more obstacles than you can shake a stick at, including half-pipes, corkscrews, loops, jumps over buildings, and roads made of ice. Its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Trackmania}}'' upped the ante by introducing ''air-suspended courses specially meant for cars that defy the laws of physics''. With its LevelEditor, you can also make your courses as crazy as you want -- provided the car can get through them...
* ''VideoGame/MicroMachines'' is WackyRacing [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: On the kitchen table! ]]
, or [[/folder]]

[[folder: In a sandpit! ]]
, or...
%%* ''VideoGame/MicroManiacs'' is WackyRacing ''on foot.''
* ''VideoGame/ExciteTruck.'' Feels like a G-rated ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' crossed with ''Monster Truck Madness.'' Lots of nitro and ludicrous jumps contribute to the over-the-top feel.
* How about ''Excite'' '''''Bots,''''' which is like Truck, except with vehicles styled after animals and minigames ''in the middle of the races.''
* ''Kinetica.'' The racers ''wear'' their vehicles, with the wheels attached to the ends of their arms and legs, and they race on the walls and/or ceilings of large skyscrapers. Oh, and did I mention that more than half the racers are hot chicks whose "vehicles" [[{{Fanservice}} show lots of skin]], and that the game is NintendoHard?
* ''HSX Hypersonic.Extreme'' (also known as ''G Surfers''). Think of F-Zero X, ''20 times faster'' and taking place on a ''Real-Scale rendition of the world''. It also features a very powerful track editor which takes advantage of said ''Real-Scale rendition of the world.''
* ''VideoGame/RockNRollRacing'' features futuristic race cars, racing on tracks with deadly jumps and mines, while the racers themselves tout energy blasters, missiles, and mines.
* The TropeNamer ''Wacky Races'' has a video game based on it made for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast and for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. Unlike other Mario Kartlikes, you don't pick up power-ups along the track -- you chose three from a list specific to the character you choose before every race, and pick up tokens along the track that let you use the powers you chose.
%%* ''Crazyracing Kartrider''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer,'' based on the ''Phantom Menace'' race mentioned above. Settings include underwater cities, mining facilities, volcanic planets and zero-gravity space prisons.
* In ''VideoGame/SplitSecond,'' you can blow up things around the track, as well as drop ships and ''airplanes'' on your opponents.
* ''Looney Tunes Racing'' is a UsefulNotes/PlayStation karting game, featuring weapons from cream pies to heat-seeking cream pies to, of course, anvils.
* ''Looney Tunes Space Race'' is a Dreamcast and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 game that takes things InSpace, but with the same general principle.
* ''VideoGame/ReVolt'', similar to VideoGame/MicroMachines but with radio control cars, has EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs in the second game.
* ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' series isn't as wacky as others in term of a racing rule. However, after the 2nd game, the series started to put the racing courses that are beyond reality such as a disco factory, a sewer, inside a castle, a haunthouse, outer space, on the sky, under the water, and other weird possible areas. And instead of powerup, they have upgradable parts which are crazy instead.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' introduces the Payload Race mode. The RED and BLU teams push a cart (Packed with an ammo/health dispenser and a [[BigBulkyBomb massive bomb]]) from their side of the area to the opposing team's base. Whoever gets theirs to the final station wins. Of course, they're free to screw with each other's progress. There's also a map based on the same principal called, you guessed it, wackyraces. There is also a variation called Balloon Race, which pits the two teams in a zany dirigible race (which tends to end with people exploding, naturally).
* ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'', which is like ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' with real cars ([[CoolCar including supercars such as the Koenigsegg CCXR!]]) and improbable challenges.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} version of the ''Speed Racer'' film, which transposes the insane courses and CarFu tactics of the movie.
* A sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is a [[RollingAttack rolling Goron]] race, which is much like, and about as safe as, [[DontTryThisAtHome climbing inside monster truck tires and racing them down a mountain]].
%%* ''VideoGame/SuperTuxKart''
* ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' follows on the footsteps of Mario Kart and adds its own twists, like Boss Battles and different vehicles, plus a surprisingly elaborate overworld.
* In ''VideoGame/ZooRace'', animals complete a course containing things like flames coming out of surfaces, explosive barrels, oncoming trains and so on. Oh, and plenty of messages about the love of Christ strewn around.
* The Game Boy version of ''VideoGame/WaveRace''. You think a jet-ski race would be pretty standard, but the racers constantly bump into each other due some narrow areas. Moreover, [[FriendlyPlayfulDolphin dolphins]] and [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopi]] serve as power-ups.
* ''VideoGame/FatalRacing'', particularly in the Bonus Races ([[ThatOneLevel Bonus Race #3]] is of special note). And then there's the instance when one of the AI cars decides to [[DrivesLikeCrazy screw things up by going in the opposite direction]].
* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirdsGo'', the slingshots aren't loaded with birds... they're loaded with birds (and pigs) on karts!
* ''VideoGame/TreadMarks'' is all about sentient tanks [[MultiTrackDrifting racing each other]] in the wilderness while firing [[YouNukeEm nuclear missiles]] and death rays at each other for fun.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'' combines Wacky Racing with a {{Mons}} RPG, where you capture monsters to race with them. They can use their monstery attacks to get an edge in races.
* The web racing game series ''[=GoKartGo!=]'' is essentially a browser-based game like ''Mario Kart'', with goofy animal characters.
* You can make your own wacky races for others to race in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' using the [[LevelEditor Creator tool]]. If you need to see what kinds of ridiculous stuff people have come up with in that game, then go on [=YouTube=] and watch almost any "''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' Funny Moments" videos made by the Creator/UltimateSidemen.
* ''Fatal Inertia'' takes place on isolated race tracks with a dozen jet-engine powered {{Flying Car}}s screaming along at 500kph+. The tracks are littered with a variety of unusual weapons, such a rocket boosters which can be [[NitroBoost attached to your own engine for a long boost]] or shot and attached to an opponent's craft, sending them into a wild spin.
* The climax of episode one of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' involves a crazy bandit demolition derby known as Murder Rally 12000.
* ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' has a small number of racing maps made with the game's LevelEditor. Being a combined arms simulation wargame, most of the vehicle selection consists of main battle tanks, HumongousMecha, [[HoverTank hovercraft]], artillery pieces, etc. Weapons-live racing is either allowed or restricted, depending on the race. The two most prominent racing maps, TSA_Mariokart and TSA_RACE_Kaido incorporate GravityScrew elements, such as massive jumps or airborne sections of track.
* A popular 'sport' in ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' is ELC racing, which pits small, fast French light tanks in head to head races around a variety of maps. The challenge is to make it to the end without being shot, getting stuck, or flying off a cliff because you couldn't slow down to make a turn. Sometimes other models of tanks are raced, such as Cromwells or Chaffees.
* The ''Destruction Derby'' series is a textbook example, especially in ''RAW''; the 'Wrecking Racing' mode in particular. A number of beat-up cars must race each other around a series of increasingly improbable and dangerous courses with wacky themes; ''RAW'', for example, features a course shaped like a dragonfly with a four-way crossover, [[FourIsDeath a track shaped like the number four]], [[DownTheDrain a course set in a sewer system]], another set in a prison courtyard with no inner boundaries, and one which requires racers to drive head-on into other racers over a giant central ramp. You're rewarded with points both for finishing in a certain place and for [[CarFu smashing into other racers]] and making them do flips, spins, and corkscrews, with lots of points if you knock an opponent out of commission. You can only advance in Wrecking Racing by getting a certain number of points, and in later races you are ''[[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption required]]'' to drive like a maniac and smash into everyone as simply coming in first won't get you enough.
* The races in ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'' would be perfectly ordinary open-world street racing if not for Tanner's ability to [[BodySurf shift]] into other cars. If you can't catch up to someone, nothing's stopping you from shifting into a car further down the road and driving headlong into your opponent. Several races even require you to shift between two cars mid-race and get first and second place simultaneously. In a bit of playing with a trope, the same applies to police chases; whether you're the chaser or the chasee, things get complicated really fast once you can hijack any car on the road instantaneously.
* ''Videogame/JakXCombatRacing'' is Vehicular Combat race game that features races against others in a buggies armed with missiles, mines and ''nukes'' in cities with orthogonal turns, through sewers and over ''[[ConvectionSchmonvection lava]]'', challenges where the points are awarded by ramming drones head-on, deathmatch arenas and races where you need to power up power cell by constant nitro-boosting, which results it in shooting on adversaries in front of you. And you get extra credits for kills.
* ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'': The 2017 Dead Heat Summer Race event has the Servants (many of them in swimsuits) racing in various vehicles and allowed to attack each other.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', we see it done by Cassiel in Ash's race against Logan.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', which in turn is based on ''Film/TheGreatRace''. That fits the driver and car aspects of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'' is an extension of this, [[{{Recycled IN SPACE}} in space!]]
* And the ''FenderBender500'', which replaces everyone except Dick Dastardly and Muttley with classic Creator/HannaBarbera characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' also has an homage to ''Wacky Races'' with an episode based on the concept, except replacing the typical drivers with ''Dexter's Laboratory'' regulars.
* ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' frequently includes races as well, with various vehicles. Hanna-Barbera is fond of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: The Fast and the Furry'', where the cat and mouse enter a race to win a mansion after being kicked out of their old home. At various legs of the race, they and the other contestants had to continually modify their cars for different types of travel, culminating with a race back to the start (read: Travel from the island of Borneo to the starting line in Hollywood...the long way) in five minutes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy'' is usually wacky races mixed with the ScoobyDoo mystery formula.
* The GrandFinale for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has a scene where all the villains drive racecars (with Mojo Jojo's tank resembling a cross between the Mean Machine and the Army Surplus Special) to race to the Mayor's office where the Key to the World is being hidden. Upon insistence from the Professor, the Girls drive a dune buggy (which looked like a pink ShoutOut to Speed Buggy).
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''Handicar'' culminates in an homage to Wacky Races (which have been banned by international convention) between various ridesharing and new-fuel vehicles complete with a Canadian Penelope Pitstop and the appearance of Dick Dastardly and Muttley.
* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' has an AffectionateParody of ''Speed Racer''.
* So does ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' "Channel Chasers".
* Pretty much every cartoon inspired by Hot Wheels. (''AcceleRacers'' in particular, is where the Alternate Racing Dimension thing comes from.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster''. The cars are in this case dragons, and the tracks are utterly insane given that they are being raced by living creatures.
* ''WesternAnimation/NASCARRacers'', set in a future where NASCAR has evolved into a ''Speed Racer'' style event around grotesque dangerous tracks. Ironically, though, it's actually safer than real NASCAR, since all the vehicles have "rescue racers", an escape pod jettisoned in the event of a crash.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has a ''Wacky Races''-esque episode where the Titans are trying to beat various villains to steal back a [[MacGuffin mysterious suitcase belonging to Robin]] from Ding-Dong Daddy.
* The entire second season of 80s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' (all ten episodes) centered around racing. Considering that the racing vehicles were all equipped with weapons and could transform...
* ''TheDukes'', the Hanna-Barbera AnimatedAdaptation of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', features the Duke cousins (originally Coy and Vance and later the more familiar Bo and Luke) in an automobile race around the world against Boss Hogg, in a duel over the ownership of Duke farm.
* ''WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko'' has an episode called "The Island Tour", which invokes this trope.
* ''Tom Slick'', a companion segment to ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'', forces the hero and his nemesis, Baron Otto Matic, to convert their racecars into different forms in virtually every episode. During the short run of the series, the Thunderbolt Greaseslapper became, among other things, a skateboard, a blimp, a submarine, a locomotive, a snowmobile and a swamp buggy.
* In the episode "Death Race to Oblivion" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the interstellar warlord Mongul forces five superheroes and five supervillains to participate in the titular death race. The Batmobile and its ilk are already pretty ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' in expressing the owner's, uh, preferences, but this episode revels in it.
* "Johnny Kart Racing" in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' centers around this. Notably, the episode starts off as a normal soapbox car race between Johnny and Dukey, snowballs into this trope as more and more racers enter, and the soapboxes are swapped for real cars. Also noteworthy is that a lampshade is hung DickDastardlyStopsToCheat.
** Actually, this show seemed to love this trope. There's at least five episodes that use this trope.
* Creator/TheBBC's ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/about/programmes/kerwhizz.shtml Kerwhizz]]'' is a mostly-CGI, pre-school game show, in which three teams consisting of a kid and his/her android NonHumanSidekick answer questions before racing their pods around a themed "race world". One suspects the writers may be paying homage to ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' with titles like "Fun Food Freeway", "Moonlight Night Flight" and "The Deserted Desert Dash".
* ''Bailey's Comets'' is an obscure De Patie-Freleng show from 1973 (airing on CBS) about fifteen teams of roller skaters, including the titular Comets, who are on a cross-country marathon race to find a treasure. The [[ExpositoryThemeTune opening theme]] was a bit rushed.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has the episode "Go-Kart 3000".
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' is about Matt, Jackie, Inez, and Digit helping Princess Creech enter such a race so that she can become Queen of Tikiville, but at the same time, The Hacker also wants to rule Tikiville, and therefore he resorts to cheating in the race so he can win.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' features [[Film/CannonballRun Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise]] recruiting Vin Diesel's character from ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' to take part in a race against famous TV/Toy car characters, including Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario and Luigi]], ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', [[Series/CHiPS Ponch and John]], [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} Matt Tracker (with Scott and T-Bob in the back seat)]], ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', and one of the vehicles from ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' .
%%* [[MaryShelleysFrankenhole Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!]]
%%* The twentieth episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}: Fast Forward''.
* Perhaps the most obscure animated series to come out of Creator/MainframeEntertainment, ''WeirdOhs'', was about an entire ''city'' dedicated to this.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky's Road Race]]'' (1936) has Porky and a bunch of NoCelebritiesWereHarmed characters in an auto race, with "Borax Kar-Off" as the Dick Dastardly figure.
** Also from Looney Tunes is ''Hippydrome Tiger'' (1968), where Cool Cat partakes in a cross-country road race in Paris, and his nemesis Colonel Rimfire and his mechanical elephant pursue him throughout the race.
* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' plays this seriously, as it's aliens who've made all the race courses to have a bunch of different aliens (plus humans) compete in a galaxy-wide competition.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has the episode "Uncle Grandpa Retires", where Uncle Grandpa decides to become a tire for the RV and his friends try to convince him to stop by entering a wacky race with almost every major side character on the show. It even features a cameo of Dastardly and Muttley among the spectators, showing their support for [[HarmlessVillain Evil Wizard]].
* One of the earliest animated examples was the WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon "Betty Boop's Ker-choo", where Betty Boop, Bimbo, Koko the Clown and various anthropomorphic animals compete in an auto-race, [[SneezeOfDoom all while Betty has a cold.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': "Slimeball Run" features a race across the swamp with ownership of Camp Lakebottom at stake.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superjail}}'' apparently hosts this on a yearly basis with "Superjail Grand Prix", a violent race with mutliple traps and with a huge body count, where the prision's immates compete with each other to win the great prize of being set free... that is, unless the Warden wins (which, considering he's the one that designs the tracks, he always does).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Afterlife in the Fast Lane" is about a wacky, albeit frightening, race. The ghostbusters [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Slimer]] compete with each other in a race to win money for a charity, until they are switch to an [[EldritchLocation Giant Tabletop Game]] by The Gamemaster, a powerful ghost that forced them to race for their lives.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' has the eponymous characters making a Wacky Car Race with all cars allusive to each smurf' personality.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonball_Baker_Sea-To-Shining-Sea_Memorial_Trophy_Dash Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash]] was an illegal coast-to-coast road race specifically intended to protest the 55 mph speed limit of TheSeventies. {{Downplayed}}: the only really wacky thing about it was the willful disregard for the speed limit.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' was very loosely based on the real-life 1908 New York-to-Paris automobile race, and some of the more nonsensical aspects of the movie (crossing the Bering Strait on an ice floes, for instance) were actually considered for the actual race before common sense prevailed.
* TruthInTelevision: Most rally raids, including the Paris-Dakar Rally and the Baja 1000. More often than not, these rallies are not much about who finishes first, but more about ''who finishes at all!''
* Of particular note is the 1963 East African Safari Rally. Eighty-four cars started the rally. Five days later ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsinkable_Seven seven]]'' crossed the finish line.
* [[http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/ 24 hours of Lemons.]] Just, go out there and look how people race these little pieces of crap. You won't regret it.
* At the Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, in the late 90s, they had a racing class called trains, which consisted of three cars hooked up to one another, racing on a figure-8 circuit. The one in front had only gas and steering, the one in the middle was empty, and the one in the back had only brakes and steering. Did we mention that the cars actually are on a single level track, so they can crash into each other in the middle? That's probably why they don't run it anymore.
* UsefulNotes/RollerDerby is a sport that is basically Wacky Racing on Roller Skates. It's a "race" insofar as teams score when their jammer laps the rest of the team, but as a contact sport, sheer speed takes a back seat to knocking the other team around. Skaters are encouraged to take on over-the-top, pro-wrestling-style personas.
* ''Jokamiehenluokka'' ("Everyman's Class") in Finland and ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folkrace folkrace]]'' in Sweden. The participants drive rallycross on ordinary family cars modified for safety and drivers wearing crash gear. The rule is that after the race, any car is on sale at a given price (usually 1500 euros). Many Finnish family cars end their service lives in such competitions, and since the age limit is 15, many Finns ''actually learn how to drive'' on such races. Mind you, Scandinavian cars usually have stick gears...