''[=TrackMania=]'' is a series of racing games developed for the PC, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS and the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii by French developers Nadeo.

The series is mostly based around arcade-style gameplay, with very short, "bite-sized" courses and [[CoolCar very fast cars]]. The courses themselves are filled with jumps, loops and all sorts of stunt opportunities.

The main single-player campaign is a series of time attacks on many different tracks. Players can reset at any time if they crash ([[NintendoHard which you will do]]), either from checkpoints or from the start of the track. If you complete it, you're given medals based on your time (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and [[NintendoHard Author's time]]) and you can compare your times to players all across the world.

Online play places you in a single race where resetting makes you forfeit, makes you race a certain amount of laps in a circular track, or gives you [[TimedMission a time limit in which to make as many runs as you want/can]] and aim for the best time. There are no collisions between cars; the track itself is your enemy.

But the real star of the show here is probably the LevelEditor provided in game. The editor is strikingly similar to playing with {{Lego}} bricks the editor gives you a series of tiles with bits of road, and you can arrange them to your liking. The only real requirements are a start, a finish and a way to get from one to the other. As such, there are tons and tons of user-created tracks, most of them on the community Web site, [[http://www.tm-exchange.com/ TMX]].

The first two titles, ''[=TrackMania=]'' and ''[[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo TrackMania Sunrise]]'', each with three environments to build in, were not particularly successful on the market. The game did not catch on among a wider audience until the free ''[=TrackMania=] Nations'' was released, a popular game that spawned a large community and many fansites. It had a single environment with many more freeform tiles, enabling a much larger variety of tracks compared to the older titles. To please fans of the original environments, ''Trackmania United'' was a paid version that also included the environments of the first games. A free ''"Forever"'' upgrade was available that enabled cross-server play between ''Nations'' and ''United'' players. The fifth title in the series, released in September 2011, is [[CapcomSequelStagnation naturally]] called ''[=TrackMania=] 2'' and features a new graphics engine and a single "Canyon" environment with far more track tiles and options than any of the older environments. The "Valley" environment has been released, as well as the fan favorite previous environment, "Stadium". All can be played without the others.

!!This series includes examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: The Alpine and Bay cars are both surprisingly nimble - Alpine's 4x4 is a bit slow but has amazing grip on roads, and the Bay SUV has ridiculous acceleration and very bouncy suspension.
** The SUV can take hairpin turns at 500 [[superscript:km]]∕[[subscript:h]] and the sportscar can go from 0 to 950 [[superscript:km]]∕[[subscript:h]] in about 1 second given a red booster block.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Pretty much averted. Nations gives you the Level Editor, the reason to shell out the money is for the other environments and the ability to make your own cars.
** Averted. Nations Forever has one environment, but it is considered the best and most versatile environment by many players, while the ''six'' additional environments in the full game United Forever tend to be highly specific and cater mostly to one style of track. As a result, most of the community plays on Nations Forever servers regardless of which version they have, which may have reduced sales of United Forever. Eventually Nadeo limited the server selection available to Nations Forever players.
** Servers with 100 players on them. As of ''2'', that's been upgraded to 200.
* AutomaticLevel: So-called "press forward" and "press back" tracks are these. All you have to do is... press the appropriate direction button. None exist in the game itself, though, so [[LevelEditor you'll have to make them yourself]].
* BootstrappedTheme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTmP-pyKCIw This song]] for Sunrise. Seemed to stick out the most in related media.
* BrutalBonusLevel: The black flag tracks, which are unlocked by winning gold medals on every track in its environment.
* CameraScrew: Sometimes done intentionally by track builders to show off cool jumps.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The gold medal cars in ''Track Mania DS'' are noticeably faster than the player's.
* CoolCar: All eight of the default cars in the series could qualify. You can even import your own CoolCar into the game, and you can head to the [[http://www.trackmania-carpark.com/ CarPark]] if you want to find new ones.
** More recent cars tend to be "cooler" than old ones, and also easier to drive. The cars in the original environments all have some sort of hilarious flaw, like tipping over when you take a corner too fast or tilting backwards and crashing on long jumps. Latter games feature a much more serious driving model, especially after ''Nations'' became a popular e-sport.
* CopyProtection: uses the infamous [=StarForce=] system.
** Use'''d''', mercifully.
** Nadeo released a press statement announcing that ''Trackmania 2'' would ''not'' use Ubisoft's copy protection system.
* GreenHillZone: The Rally and Coast environments. However, these environments are a bit trickier to learn than the others.
* GravityBarrier: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Canyon''. However, anyone trying to reach the end of the map will have to wait, as the map itself is ''ridiculously'' big, to the point where you will have to wait a long time before you actually hit the point where the terrain actually ''ends''.
* LeapOfFaith: Very often, especially on user-created online tracks, you will find yourself making blind jumps, wildly hoping that you exited the track at just the right angle and speed to land somewhere flat without tumbling right off the map.
* LevelEditor: As stated above, a highly comprehensive track editor is included in the games. There's limits to what and where you can build, but they aren't terribly intrusive. You can make any track in the solo campaign with it, if you really want.
** You can actually circumvent some of these limits, if you know how to manipulate the file the track is stored in.
*** And nowadays you don't even need to do that: a modified exe exists that removes any and all editor limits, including the size of the map, letting you build outside the [[SkyBox world bubble]].
* MissionPackSequel: Nadeo is aiming to avert this with ''[=TrackMania=] 2'', stating they want to make a "true sequel" rather than an "upgrade". For starters, none of the previous environments will appear in ''[=TM2=]''[[note]]However, Stadium has returned[[/note]]. Then they announced that [[DownloadableContent additional environments will be sold separately.]]
** The DLC situation is a bit more complicated. For your $20 you get ''Trackmania 2'' and one environment of your choice - at first the only available one is Canyon. When a new environment comes out, you can add it to your copy of ''Trackmania 2'' for $20 again. This means once you have purchased one environment, every new environment you buy is a MissionPackSequel.
*** However, the Stadium environment, the only returning one, is at a cheaper $10 compared to the other two.
* NintendoHard: The more advanced tracks (especially the user-made content) will have you restart the same race over and over again, because there is often very little margin for error if you want to have enough speed to make that one jump to the finish line.
** This usually involves "transitions", clever combinations of blocks that rely on trick jumps and very narrow margins of error. A lot of fun to build, not so much to drive, because a single mistake means game over.
** Among advanced builders, "flow" is an important property of a track. It basically means no severe braking, no hard landings and an overall smooth driving experience. If you're going at the intended speed, that is. If you lose speed anywhere for any reason you are guaranteed to fail a jump and crash a few seconds later.
* PalmtreePanic: Island.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: If you're going fast enough when you hit water, you bounce off, like skipping a stone. It sounds ridiculous, but the Series/MythBusters [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VjP4SjK2O0&feature=fvw once proved]] that this is possible.
** Averted in ''Trackmania 2'' where you just disappear under the surface with a loud PLUMP sound.
* RuleOfFun: Pretty much the basis of the game. Cars that go unrealistic speeds? Rollercoaster-style loops? Thousand-foot high jumps? It's all here.
* SerialEscalation: Tracks can rapidly escalate to crazy levels.
* ShoutOut: The skyscrapers in Island look an awful lot like [[Film/DieHard Nakatomi Plaza]].
** The Island environment is pretty much one big shout out to OutRun, down to the bright colours at sunset, the lane markings and the eighties supercar and even the arcade style ''"START!!!!"'' flag with period lettering. Even the drifts feel the same.
** The corkscrew obstacle in the Alpine environment is exactly the same as the one found in the '93 spiritual prequel ''Stunts'', despite the existence of the new tube blocks that make said corkscrew obsolete.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Alpine, as expected. Perfect grip on the asphalt and wood, no grip at all on the frozen rivers. Interestingly, the Rally environment is also very slippery, although that's more in order to emulate the drifting physics usually seen on IRL rallies.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Seen by most as the successor to ''4D Sports: Driving'', better known as ''Stunts''.
** Also, within the games, the Trackmania 2 environements 'Canyon' and 'Valley' could be seen as highly improved spiritual successors to the Desert and Rally environments from the Original era.
* UnexpectedGenreChange: Thanks to user created content.
** There is a small community dedicated to "[[RolePlayingGame RPG]]" tracks, created by using the editor's camera features and the game's mod functionality that enables builders to reskin the textures of a track. RPG tracks are usually story driven and contain precise balancing acts, trick jumps and puzzle solving interspersed with cutscenes. Actually winning the race is secondary, if there is even a race to begin with.
** Trial tracks are similar to RPG tracks but eschew the story and realistic scenery in favour of being even harder than RPG tracks, often gravitating into PlatformHell territory where you have to respawn 10 times to reach the first checkpoint (out of 30).
** "PX" tracks include PF (Press Forward) tracks, PB (Press Backwards) and various other combinations of driving controls. The idea is to press the correct key and keep it down throughout the track, causing the car to flip and jump and twirl through a complicated series of stunts and loops and [[RobinsonGoldbergContraption eventually arriving at the finish line]]. There is no player interaction, but these tracks represent dozens of hours of build time and look impressive.
** Loltracks are very short "tracks" where the winner is often determined by luck or by mastering one particular aspect of the game's handling model. There is little actual driving involved and loltrack servers are usually aimed at casual players.
* WackyRacing: In spades - at least, in the tracks. Loops, jumps, and physics-defying roads are the game's bread and butter, but there's zero car interaction -- they literally just clip through each other. The developers say that the lack of interaction is so that races are determined by skill alone. It allows dozens of cars on the track at once while keeping the race drivable.
** And prevents players from joining a server with 100 players on it, parking their car in front of a looping and going AFK, thereby preventing anyone else from finishing the race.