Start off by visiting one of the local car saloons. Like I said before, you should feel quite comfortable in a Toyota Supra. Having that car you probably won't have any problems with the upcoming challenges. Nevertheless, you might want to take a look at the new models.
Mazda RX-8 (#1) seems like a very interesting proposition. The car is slower than the Toyota Supra, but it's more stable. You will also feel a difference while taking more challenging corners. You should consider buying this model only if you weren't satisfied with the Supra's handling. Mazda is cheaper than the other cars, so you will have an opportunity to spend the rest of the money on performance upgrades. If you won the RX-8 from Izzy you can either spend some money on new parts, or sell it in order to be able to improve Supra even more.
Cadillac STS (#2) is one of the most useless cars this game has to offer, at least that's what I think. The car is slow and it handles horribly. If you take a look at the performance bars you might think that it's similar to RX-8. Don't be fooled by this. Cadillac is not the car you're looking for, at least not in a racing game.
Ford Mustang (#3) is not better than the Cadillac. It might seem powerful enough. Well, it isn't, mostly because you won't have an opportunity to buy better performance upgrades at the moment. Mustang doesn't handle very well. You would have a lot of problems during challenges with tight corners. As a result, Mustang is worse than the Supra, or even much "older" Eclipse. I wouldn't recommend buying it.
Head on to the parts shop in order to purchase performance upgrades. There's a lot of new parts available. You should at least take a look at them. I'd recommend saving some cash for later, though. You will have an opportunity to buy an excellent Mitsubishi Lancer in the near future.
Big Lou will force you to win five instead of four races. Here is the full list of his requirements:
1) Races won: 5
2) Milestones completed: 3
3) Total number of points: 300000+.
1. Speedtrap - Seaside & Fisher
This race is not too challenging, although you must watch out for the police vehicles. They will try to keep you off the road. You have to avoid these attacks in order to maintain higher speeds. The third camera is one of the toughest ones. You will have to use the grass in order to maintain a straight line (#1). It's a little bit challenging. Don't forget about the nitro. You also have to watch out for the other cars. They may interfere in a very inappropriate moment. Another speed camera has been located near the mild corners. You might not see it at first glance (#2). Remember to use the map at all times!
2. Tollbooth - Chase & Waterfront
This challenge is not that hard, especially since you should know most of the track. You have to be careful just after the start. First of all, you will be presented with a couple of tight corners. You might want to use the grass in order to cut through them (#1). You will probably notice a shortcut on your left. Keep heading forward. Don't worry, because you will be able to break through a huge billboard (#2). Your car will not slow down because of this action. It would be wise to remember this place, because you will be able to use it during some of the police chases in the future.
3. Tollbooth - Route 55 & North Bay
I'd recommend choosing the right path (#1). Thanks to that, you should be able to save up a couple of seconds. You have to be careful, though. The exit from the small tunnel will require you to make a sharp turn, otherwise your car would have end up on the wall. The following corners are rather easy. You should cut one of the corners located near the end of this track. Be sure not to hit the gas station (#2). Nevertheless, you should risk fitting into a small hole located between the pillars and the left building.
You've got some more corners ahead of you. Thankfully, you will be able to use shortcuts instead of the usual road (#1). Don't worry, even if you hit one of the surrounding walls you shouldn't lose anything too much time.
4. Sprint - Bristol & Bayshore
Just as before, you should consider choosing the right path, located below the main tunnel. Watch out for the tricky exit, though. You should encounter at least one more shortcut along the way (#1). It will be located on your right. Destroy the gate in order to pass through safely. Don't worry, it won't slow you down. There's a rather challenging corner near the finish line (#2). It would be wise to use the Speedbreaker feature at this moment. You should also brake aggressively, so you won't hit the nearest wall.
5. Drag - Heritage & Rosewood
Another simple challenge, but with several tricky spots. First of all, you should concentrate your efforts on choosing correct lanes (#1). You must watch out for the heavy traffic (#2). Even a smallest contact with one of the nearby cars will result in a failure. Don't forget to change your gears wisely, however the most important thing is to reach the finish line without any crashes.
1. Cost to State Challenge (30000 points)
A very simple challenge. You shouldn't have any problems with it. You will have to concentrate your efforts on destroying the visible objects or crashing into nearby cars. You should be able to earn most of the needed points that way (#1). You might also consider destroying some of the police vehicles, however this is not necessary.
2. Roadblock Challenge (30000 points)
You might think that breaking through roadblocks will be a tough challenge. Thankfully, you'll be more worried for them to show up. Bear in mind that police officers need some time to organize a successful roadblock. I'd personally recommend staying on the freeways. That way you will be able to encounter them much more frequently. Furthermore, you will have a lot more space to organize your actions. Once you notice a roadblock you should start thinking what to do next. You've got two options. The more obvious solution will require you to hit one of the police vehicles (#1). Bear in mind that it may stop you for a while, so you have to be ready to escape from that spot the moment you make a successful hit. The alternative method isn't always possible. You'd have to avoid the roadblock by heading on to the nearby grass. You should also remember about one other thing. Don't try to break through roadblocks located in narrow alleys. Avoid them at all costs!
3. Infractions Challenge (30000 points)
This is one of the easiest challenges. All you have to do is collect new infractions. You might want to consider speeding, reckless driving, or damage made to the state property. You shouldn't have any problems with this objective.
This time you will have to take part in two classic Circuit races. Both of them are quite challenging, because if you make even a smallest mistake near the finish line you will have to repeat the whole race.
1. Circuit - Circle Rose
First of all, remember to cut through most of the upcoming corners. It would also be wise to use shortcuts along the way (#1). You should remember their locations from the previous races. Be sure to watch out for a very challenging right turn. You had to deal with it many times in the past. You should also pick a small path located by the rocks. The final part of the race is not that challenging (#2). You will have to go through several corners. Don't use the brakes too often, instead concentrate on keeping a decent speed. Watch out for the last corner. Use the nitro after you're done with it. You might also consider activating the Speedbreaker feature.
2. Circuit - Switchback
This race is by far more challenging than the previous one... and not only because you have to complete three instead of the usual two laps. The final part of the race will require you to take several corners without making ANY mistakes. Otherwise, the opponent would have took the lead and won the race. At first, you will have to deal with a couple of fast corners (#1). I'd recommend cutting through most of them. You should reach a series of more challenging turns in a minute. Some of them have appeared in the previous race. Watch out for the tight left turn (#2). You have to pick a correct route in order to get through it at the highest possible speed. Don't let the other driver take the lead away from you.
You should reach a small junction in a couple of seconds. I'd recommend picking the right path. Head on to the small passage (#1). You have been using it in the past, so you should remember its location. Use the nitro frequently, especially when moving on a straight line. You have to watch out for the traffic, though. Use the right shortcut near the end of the lap (#2). Be sure to block your opponent! Don't worry, even if you hit the rocks you shouldn't slow down too much.
Big Lou had a nicely done, but not too powerful Mitsubishi Eclipse. You don't have to win this car, because you would have sold it anyway. Instead, you may concentrate your efforts on acquiring extra cash or some unique parts.