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I've put a little extra something to spice things up! I call it the 'EX World Grand Prix'! A tournament to see who's the best of the best with Extreme Gear!

Dr. Eggman, Sonic Riders

The World Grand Prix, also referred to as the EX World Grand Prix, is a tournament hosted by Dr. Eggman in Sonic R, Sonic Riders, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity and Sonic Free Riders. It is a competition for people around the world to race against each other and prove themselves the fastest. Although most contestants in the original Grand Prix raced on foot, all subsequent Grands Prix incorporated Extreme Gear as the primary mode of transportation.

Game appearances[]

Sonic R[]

The first World Grand Prix was the setting for Sonic R. According to the game's manual, the prix was a scheme by Dr. Robotnik to obtain the Chaos Emeralds and prove his superiority to Sonic at the same time. Robotnik attempted this with a line of recent inventions including a new Egg Mobile, Tails Doll, and Metal Knuckles.

Sonic Riders[]

The EX World Grand Prix first appeared in Sonic Riders. The known competitors were Team Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna), Amy Rose, the Babylon Rogues (Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow and Storm the Albatross) and several E-10000G robots. By ensuring the Babylon Rogues' participation and charging each contestant a Chaos Emerald as the price of admission, Eggman successfully manages to bring the emeralds into proximity with Jet the Hawk's ancient family heirloom: a cubic control key to surface their ancient home-world, Babylon Garden. After Jet wins the tournament due to Wave the Swallow sabotaging Sonic's Extreme Gear, the Emeralds activate the cube and Babylon Garden rises up from beneath the dunes of Sand Ruins. The doctor intends to obtain the treasure of Babylon Garden which is revealed to be the Magic Carpet.

While unrelated, Sonic Riders features a World Grand Prix gameplay mode where one or two player(s) race through the five courses of one of the two teams' storyline (Heroes Cup and Babylon Cup) with six/seven other computer-controlled opponents. Each competitor earns points after each race which is based on the racing position they finished in: a higher placing result in higher points. At the end of the World Grand Prix mode; the player(s) are awarded a bonus amount of Rings and an emblem (Bronze, Silver, Gold) based on their overall position of the tournament. Notably, the computer-controlled opponents use their character's default Extreme Gear but the player(s) can choose whatever Extreme Gear they would like to use. During World Grand Prix mode, the player cannot restart the course or the mode via the Pause Menu.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity[]

While the storyline of Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity did not take place in a World Grand Prix, it was mentioned, in Heroes story, by Sonic saying that he will see Jet at the next World Grand Prix.

In Normal Race, there is a "World Grand Prix" gameplay mode which is similar to the World Grand Prix mode in Sonic Riders except the player(s) race through six courses of a chosen cup (Heroes or Babylon).

Sonic Free Riders[]

The World Grand Prix returns in Sonic Free Riders, serving as the main setting of the game's plot. Instead of just two teams, Eggman pits two more teams in this World Grand Prix tournament. While the competitors settle their old rivalries and/or disputes by racing each other, Eggman's motives in the tournament is to capture the racing data of all of the competitors to create the "fastest Extreme Gear" using Team Dark's new member, E-10000B. Much later on, when Eggman races against the competitors on this Gear, the doctor loses, claiming that the data he collected "didn't help him at the slightest" and E-10000B reveals itself to be Metal Sonic who then challenges his organic doppelgänger to a race. Sonic beats Metal Sonic and Metal Sonic flees from the scene. Since Eggman didn't have any actual prizes to distribute to the winners, the tournament comes to a close with no confirmed winner, but everyone agreed that they had a fun time.


Sonic Riders[]

No. Cup
Heroes Babylon
1. Metal City Night Chase
2. Splash Canyon Red Canyon
3. Egg Factory Ice Factory
4. Green Cave White Cave
5. Sand Ruins Dark Desert

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity[]

No. Cup
Heroes Babylon
1. Megalo Station Gigan Device
2. Botanical Kingdom Nightside Rush
3. MeteorTech Premises Snowy Kingdom
4. Aquatic Capital MeteorTech Sparkworks
5. Gigan Rocks Tempest Waterway
6. Crimson Crater Security Corridor

Sonic Free Riders[]

Story Mode[]

No. Heroes Babylon Rose Dark
1. Dolphin Resort Rocky Ridge Frozen Forest
2. Frozen Forest Metropolis Speedway Dolphin Resort
3. Magma Rift Forgotten Tomb Magma Rift Forgotten Tomb


  • In Sonic R, Dr. Eggman hosts a World Grand Prix. Instead of Extreme Gear, the competitors run on foot. Except for Amy and Eggman who used vehicles.
  • In the World Grand Prix mode of Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Mobius Strip is not playable despite being playable in the Story mode. This maybe because the Heroes' storyline only had six courses as opposed to the Babylon's storyline's seven.

Main article | Scripts (Heroes, Babylon) | Staff | Glitches | Beta elements | Gallery

Main article | Scripts (Introduction, Team Heroes, Team Babylon, Team Dark, Team Rose, Final Race) | Staff | Beta elements | Gallery