"Record the fastest time possible, with a new course to master every week that awards you GTA$ and RP for beating our target time or your own personal best - and a championship worthy haul if you can take down the World Record."
Time Trials are short races from one location to another. The goal is to beat a par time, rewarding the player with money and reputation. A purple corona will highlight the starting point, which can be seen on the map as a purple stopwatch icon.
There are no checkpoints, meaning the player can take any path they want to reach the finishing point.
The race is live and one-man only, meaning that other players can see the player racing in the freemode session. To avoid interruptions by others, the player is switched to passive mode.
If the player took a wrong turn or ran out of time, they can hold F (PC), Y (Xbox One), or Triangle (PlayStation 4) to restart the race. The player will then be placed at the purple corona and have the option to start the race again.
Time Trials are unique and change every week (real-time). Once the player has beaten the par time, the time trial becomes unavailable and reappears after a while. Any further successful attempt on beating the par time will only give the consolation money ($1,000-$4,000).
Until February 2, 2016, at total of 22 Time Trials were released. A week later, the list was started all over again, beginning with Del Perro Pier.
Certain vehicles, such as the Oppressor and the Deluxo, can't be used for Time Trials. As of the Diamond Casino & Resort update, all weaponized vehicles and special vehicles can no longer be used. In the same update, changes were made so that beating the par time will now award the player $100,000 and not $50,000.
With the Peyote Gasser Week event, 10 new Time Trials were added to the game, with the first one being Elysian Island.
"Follow in the panicked footsteps of deserters, waterboarded detainees, and peace protesters who didn't think the wars would go on this long. Pacey time trial away from Fort Zancudo towards the city lights."
"On a rainy day a human body can float the length of the LS Storm Drain in just 12 minutes. Get up close to the Los Santos circle of life with this not-so-simple time trial: precision is your only chance."
"This time trial on one of Mount Chiliad's most perilous faces is a golden opportunity for show-offs and reconstructive surgeons alike. Remember to book a bed at Mount Zonah Medical Center before you set off."
"The death of American industry hasn't just provided rusty subject matter for your Snapmatic albums, it's created lots of edgy, supercar-friendly racetracks. Time trial from the sawmill to Davis Quartz."
"Get a beach body the American way. Eat a four pound, microwave-fresh burger then hit a time trial from Up-n-Atom to North Chumash. Just hope catastrophic heart failure doesn't hit you 'til next year."
"Like every great American city, driving across Los Santos is a matter of one long, straight road, fender-deep in mangled pedestrians. Breakneck time trial from the Maze Bank Arena to the Sisyphus Theatre."
"Use highways or head for the hills. Update Lifeinvader or watch the road. Shout at your kids in the back or crack one off to the fragance billboards. Welcome to a cross-state time trial in the land of the free."
"Start your day like a pro: play 8 hours of Casino blackjack with your remortgager and divorce attorney, then wash it all down with a time trial through North LS to a Vinewood Hills mansion you'll never own."
"Like a driver for a ride share company whose lawyers insist they are definitely not employees, get across the whole city from LSIA like your star rating, future income, and whole self-worth depended on it."
"From the Palmer-Taylor Power Station to the suburbs of LS, this is a time trial for anyone who's taken a big lungful of Los Santos smog and thought "couldn't this air be just a little bit more polluted"."
"Like a wild-eyed junior exec trying to impress on an extreme-sports team builder, risk soiling yourself all the way along the Raton Canyon rapids. Time trial from the Pacific shoreline to the Alamo Sea."
"Stick a turbo charger under the hood of the American dream, and see how long it takes you to make it from Stab City to the Vinewood Hills."
Time Trial icon on the map.
An example of a start corona.
Time Trial start
A Time Trial finish line
Time Trial end - in this case it "failed" as the par time was not beaten.
Time Trial end - the par time was beaten. The reward of $51,000 can be seen transacting into the player's bank.
GTA Online Freemode Update - Time Trial - Del Perro Pier (Under Par Time)
Del Perro Pier.
GTA Online - Time Trial - Observatory (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 3 - Great Ocean Highway (Under Par Time)
Great Ocean Highway.
GTA Online - Time Trial 4 - Mount Gordo (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 5 - End to End (Under Par Time)
End to End.
GTA Online - Time Trial 6 - Fort Zancudo (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 7 - Storm Drain (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 8 - Up Chiliad (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 9 - Sawmill (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 10 - Cypress Flats (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 11 - Up-n-Atom (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 12 - Maze Bank Arena (Under Par Time)
Maze Bank Arena.
GTA Online - Time Trial 13 - Tongva Valley (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 14 - Coast to Coast (Under Par Time)
Coast to Coast.
GTA Online - Time Trial 15 - Casino (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 16 - Route 68 (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 17 - LSIA (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 18 - Calafia Way (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 19 - Vinewood Bowl (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 20 - Power Station (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 21 - Raton Canyon (Under Par Time)
GTA Online - Time Trial 22 - Down Chiliad (Under Par Time)
GTA Online Time Trial - Elysian Island Under Par Time
GTA Online Time Trial - Galileo Park Under Par Time
GTA Online Time Trial - Stab City Under Par Time
When attempting a Time Trial, pick a vehicle which suits the situation at hand. Fast motorcycles and Supers are the ideal choices for Time Trials, ideally fully upgraded.
Start during day time; most of the time trials pass through or end in unlit areas, and headlights aren't too efficient, which could put the player at risk of crashing.
Most Time Trials require some level of speed conservation. Avoid unnecessary collisions with traffic and be light on the brakes when heading into corners. Additionally, traffic can be unpredictable as often times, they will change lanes or commit careless driving that can pose a risk to the player if they're not careful.
Particularly for End to End and Storm Drain, pulling wheelies, whether constantly or one giant one, will result in a major increase in both acceleration and top speed. Be sure to pull wheelies whenever possible, even if it means taking a risk. Be mindful when choosing motorcycles as some, such as the Hakuchou Drag, are incapable of pulling off wheelies.