Lost In Translation/Championship Sprint

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Championship Sprint
Championship Sprint marquee.
Championship Sprint title screen.
Championship Sprint control panel.
Manufacturer Atari Games
Released 1986
Main CPU T11 (@ 10.000 MHz)
M6502 (@ 1.790 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
(2x) POKEY (@ 1.790 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
512 x 384 pixels
60.00 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 27 ROMs
868,352 bytes (848.00 KiB)
MAME ID csprint · cspring1 · csprins1 · csprint1 · csprint2 · csprintf · csprintg · csprints

About The Game

Championship Sprint is an updated version of the old Atari Sprint series, with the added ability for players to upgrade their vehicles as the game progresses. Upgrades are won by collecting the bonus wrenches that appear once during each race, and once players have collected four wrenches, they will be presented with an upgrade screen; allowing them to choose better traction, top speed, acceleration, or a faster helicopter.

Collisions with barriers should, of course, be avoided, as they invariably cost the player valuable time. Also; a direct, head-on collision can cause the players' vehicles to explode - particularly if the player is moving at speed when this happens. In the event of a car exploding, a helicopter will automatically airlift a replacement vehicle to the track; this replacement will retain any previous upgrades made by the player. Waiting for the replacement car takes precious time and allows rival drivers to gain a distinct advantage. Car replacement time can be shortened upgrading the helicopter.

The tracks themselves are all variations on the basic 'oval', with gates, jumps, ramps and crossroads ensuring a demanding, yet incredibly playable game.


Released in September 1986. This game was released in the memory of George Opperman (1935-1985). Mr. Opperman was the first artist hired by Atari and the creator of the Atari logo.

Two Championship Sprint machines were shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


  1. Sprint 2 (1976)
  2. Sprint 8 (1977)
  3. Sprint 4 (1977)
  4. Sprint One (1978)
  5. Super Sprint (1986)
  6. Championship Sprint (1986)
  7. Bad Lands (1989)


Designers And Programmers
Robert Weatherby
Kelly Turner
Will Noble
Kris Moser
Sam Comstock
Dave Wiebenson
Minh Nguyen
Hal Canon

Cabinet and Artwork


Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Nintendo GameCube (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PSP (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures - Extended Play")
Commodore C64 (1986)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1986)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")

Sound Comparison

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "Select" "Goal 1" "Next Stage" "Goal 2" "Tune Up 1" "Goal 3" "Goal 4" "Tune Up 2" "Goal 5" "Goal 6" "Tune Up 3" "Goal 7" "Goal 8" M1 v0.7.8a6

External Links

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.