Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuel features a distincive mechanic. You can use it by pressing L1 / R1 as you drift to gain super speed. In order to make better use of Powerslide, you have to press the button when black smoke comes out from the exhaust pipes, or just look at the boost fill indicator located at the bottom right of the screen. Three indicators are available and you can switch them by pressing the Triangle. The best indicator, of course, is the one divided into three segments. It also shows the moment at which it is best to perform the perfect boost and thus get the best speed.
Below, you can see examples of using the Powerslide mechanics.
Powerslide is divided into the so-called "boosts." There are four main speeds you can get when Powersliding and entering the Turbo Pads:
- the small boost is the one obtained during the "Good" Powerslide. You will recognize it with a small fire coming from the exhaust pipes.
- the medium boost is launched when you perform a "Perfect" Powerslide. You will recognize it with medium fire coming from the exhaust pipes.
- big boost is achieved by maintaining a constant speed of the medium boost while jumping off ramps or entering the Turbo Pads. You will recognize it after a lot of fire heard from the exhaust pipes.
- mega boost is a real speed demon. Most often received on some of the Turbo Pads, according to precise rules. To skillfully extend it, you need to Powerslide all the time immediately after entering a Turbo Pad, which requires some practice. It looks like a big boost, but additionally gives a blue flame and, when activated, there is a flash from the exhaust pipes.