EA recently announced that after a six-year absence from the NFS franchise, Drag Mode will be returning to as an addition to Need for Speed World. Electronic arts cites community demand as the reason for the update choice, but released the update to commemorate NFSW’s twenty millionth registered user. For the purposes of the new mode, the Car Dealer comes equipped with two brand-new cars, tuned specifically for drag racing. Players can hop behind the wheel of the Toyota Supra ‘Street Mod’ Drag Edition and the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake ‘Pro Stock’ Drag Edition.
Players can join drag races either by searching through match-making or by setting up private races with their friends. Players will be able to race through up to four different terrains against up to five other players. Apparently the point of the mode is to champion proper gear shifting while keeping an eye on the terrain and opponents; perfect shifting in the green zone will grant players a nitrous boost.
To accompany the new mode, new ‘Drag Skill Mods’ are being added as well. The new mods include:
– Aero Drag Reduction – Improves aerodynamic properties on the car, improving overall performance in Drag races. This is exclusive to Drag Cars and cannot be won from Lucky Draw or Card Packs.
– Launch Grip – Improves acceleration in Drag races by enhancing tire grip at race start.
– Gear Ratio Enhancement – Increases the size of the RPM band required to hit a Perfect or Good Shift. Perfect Shifts give a small boost and the RPM range to hit gets smaller each gear.
The Launch Grip and Gear Ratio enhancements can be purchased from the cash store or won from Lucky Draw & Card Packs, while the Drag Reduction mod cannot. All in all, a nice update for a free-to-play title. You can check out the gallery below for the Supra and the GT500, but you can head over to the NSFW site to check out some other modified drag vehicles.