The Best Arcade Racing Games Of All Time

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Arcade Racing Games Of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up the best arcade racing games that you spent all your coins and tokens on.

Racing video games are always fun, but racing arcade games? Now that's some serious entertainment—especially when it comes to being a kid in the arcade. Sure, there's a long list of classic arcade games, but there's something about being 10 years old and having the ability to go 120 mph through the streets of San Francisco that brings a real thrill—in a tricked-out sports car nonetheless. Yup, those were the days. Anyway, the best driving arcade games span decades of fun, from the arcade games of the 80s to present day. 

When it comes to old-school racing games, not many can beat the classics like Cruis'n USA and Ridge Racer. However, we can all enjoy the updated graphics and features in newer racing games like Split/Second: Velocity and Need for Speed: Underground. Then you have more specialty games like Star Wars: Racer Arcade and the early motorcycle racer Hang-On. Simply put, there's a range of popular arcade racing games. But which one is the very best?

Check out this list of the best retro arcade driving games below and vote up your favorites.

Photo: Cruis'n USA / Midway
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  • Daytona USA
    206 votes
    • Developer: Sega AM2
    • Genres (Video game): Racing video game
    Daytona USA is a racing video game developed by Sega AM2 and released by Sega, with a limited release in 1993 followed by a full release in 1994. Considered one of the highest grossing arcade games ...more
  • OutRun
    186 votes
    • Developer: AM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2, Sumo Digital
    • Genres (Video game): Racing video game
    Out Run is an arcade game released by Sega in 1986. It was designed by Yu Suzuki and developed by Sega AM2. The game was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best-selling video ...more
    • Developer: Sega AM3, Sonic Team, Sega Rosso
    • Genres (Video game): Sports game, Racing video game
    Sega Rally Championship is a 1994 arcade racing game developed by AM5 on the Sega Model 2 board. It was ported over to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and PC in 1997. The unique selling point of Sega Rally ...more
  • Cruis'n USA
    164 votes
    • Developer: WMS Industries Inc., Midway Games
    • Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game
    Cruis'n USA is an arcade racing game originally released in 1994. It was developed by Midway Games and published and distributed by Nintendo. It is the first game in the Cruis'n series and features ...more
  • OutRun 2
    136 votes
    • Developer: Sega AM2, Sumo Digital
    • Genres (Video game): Racing video game
    OutRun 2 is a 2003 racing game released by Sega for the arcades. Although this is the first "official" sequel to Out Run, it is the fourth title in the OutRun series.
  • Crazy Taxi
    Jan 01 1999
    135 votes
    • Developer: Sega AM3, Strangelite
    • Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game
    Crazy Taxi is an open world racing video game developed by Kenji Kanno and his team at Hitmaker and published by Sega. It is the first game in the Crazy Taxi series. The game was first released in ...more