Lost In Translation/Final Lap

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Final Lap
Final Lap marquee.
No screen shot.
Final Lap control panel.
Manufacturer Namco
Released 1987
1 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 12.288 MHz)
M6809 (@ 3.072 MHz)
HD63705 (@ 2.048 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
C140 (@ 21.390 kHz)
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.61 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 22 ROMs
3,842,304 bytes (3.66 MiB)
MAME ID finallap · finalapc · finalapd · finlapjb · finlapjc

About The Game

Final Lap is a Formula One themed, chase-view arcade racing video game.

Featuring several courses, the gameplay is similar in feel to it's 1982 predecessor, "Pole Position", although the steering is much looser. Down shifting and brakes play major parts in keeping control of the car on the tight, winding courses. Bumping another car will not cause the player's car to explode - as in "Pole position" - but can send the player or the rival driver spinning off the track, costing valuable seconds.


Licensed to Atari for US distribution

In 1990, Philip Morris, the tobacco conglomerate, filed a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement against Namco because this game featured a Marlboro billboard, which was found on the real-life Suzuka and Monaco tracks. Philip Morris was under investigation at the time for his role in the increase in pre-teen smoking and the appearance of one of his brands in games aimed towards children and teens did not help the company's already tarnished image. Namco was forced to pay a settlement.

Final Lap is the first multi-player, multi-cabinet networked arcade racing game. Multiple cabinets can be connected to allow up to eight players to join in the same race.

The upright game only has one pedal; releasing it readily decelerates the vehicle.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Video Game Graffiti Vol.4 - VDR-5282) on 08/03/1989.

Tips and tricks

A Trick To Get A Better Times

Play a multi-player game! In a multi-player game, the computer cars are less frequent and allow better lap times.


  1. Pole Position [Upright model] (1982)
    Pole Position [Cockpit model] (1982)
  2. Pole Position II (1983)
  3. Final Lap (1987)
  4. Final Lap UR (1988)
  5. Final Lap Twin (1989, NEC PC-Engine)
  6. Final Lap 2 (1990)
  7. Final Lap 3 (1992)
  8. Final Lap R (1993)
  9. Final Lap 2000 (2000, Bandai WonderSwan)
  10. Final Lap Special (2001, Bandai WonderSwan Color)


Music Composed By
Shinji Hosoe

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom (1988)
LCD handheld game (1987) released by Namco

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Namco Video Game Graffiti Volume 4 VDR-5282[1] 1989-03-08 Victor CD version.
Namco Video Game Graffiti Volume 4 VCH-1907[2] 1989-03-08 Victor Cassette version.
Namco Video Game Graffiti Volume 4 SJX-25050[3] 1989-03-08 Victor Vinyl version.


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.