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Top 32 Racing Anime

Nothing gets the blood pumping like a high-intensity race, be it in a car, bike, or even mecha suit. Youthful passion and energy fuel these shows about drivers, pilots and athletes all striving for that #1 spot. As Ricky Bobby once famously said, "If you ain't first, you're last".

by Jadielkun
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All the Racing Anime You'll Ever Need

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Amid the flurry and popularity of sports anime, racing anime's always been there as the genre's less noticeable, yet just as passionate cousin. Be they in mecha suits, cars or bicycles , there's nothing quite as adrenaline filled as urging a favored character across the finish line. It really helps when there's good animation behind the action to properly relay the intense speeds these racers travel at, but hey, even without the eye candy, races are still intense to watch.

Below is a compilation of nearly all racing anime ever made, old and new. Race on.

Air Gear

MAL Rated 7.71, Ranked #1003 | Aired: Spring 2006 | Produced by: Toei Animation

Racing Anime Air Gear
A young man finds himself living a dream when he obtains a pair of Air-Techs, next-gen roller skates. His dream is to make it to the top and become the 'King', but plenty of opponents stand between him and the title.

Arrow Emblem Grand Prix no Taka

MAL Rated 6.68, Ranked #4512 | Aired: Fall 1977 | Produced by: Toei Animation

Racing Anime Arrow Emblem Grand Prix no Taka
With dreams of becoming a great racer, Takaya constructs his own race car. However, inexperience leads to disaster and while he escapes injury, his car is destroyed. The incident proves fortuitous when Takaya is approached by a mysterious driver offering to help Takaya with his destiny.

Bakusou Circuit Roman Twin

MAL Rated 6.00, Ranked #7632

Racing Anime Bakusou Circuit Roman Twin
This OVA follows the trials of a motorcycle racer.

Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go

MAL Rated 6.85, Ranked #3811 | Aired: Winter 1996 | Produced by: Production I.G., Xebec

Racing Anime Bakusou Kyoudai Let's Go!
Retsu and Go Seiba receive racing cars called Mini 4WD and take up the goal of winning the Japan Cup.

Bari Bari Densetsu

MAL Rated 6.81, Ranked #3986 | Produced by: Studio Pierrot

Racing Anime Bari Bari Densetsu
Bari Bari Densetsu features four teenage motorcycle racers as they aim for the top.


MAL Rated 7.10, Ranked #2953 | Aired: Spring 2008 | Produced by: Gonzo

Racing Anime Blassreiter
Science fiction meets racing when mindless, biomechanical creatures called Demoniacs hold modern Germany under siege. A Xenogenesis Assault Team (XAT) is dispatched to address the problem. However, life takes a bizarre turn when humans begin to display Demoniac abilities.


MAL Rated 7.91, Ranked #646 | Aired: Fall 2005 | Produced by: Studio Comet

Racing Anime Capeta
An ingenuitive 4th grade boy restores an old junked racing cart and puts it to the test in actual races. He'll prove he's the best, even without the 'newest and best' model.

Dash! Yonkurou

MAL Rated 7.08, Ranked #3025 | Aired: Fall 1989

Racing Anime Dash! Yonkurou
A series of races for minor titles paves the path to the title of Emperor. Racers put everything on the line to compete for this ultimate position.


MAL Rated 6.90, Ranked #3638 | Aired: Spring 1988 | Produced by: Studio Deen

Racing Anime F
Akagi, a 'country' boy, moves to the city to pursue his dreams of racing a Formula One car. Good thing for him, he seems imbued with a bit of natural talent.


MAL Rated 7.70, Ranked #1029 | Aired: Summer 2013 | Produced by: Kyoto Animation

Racing Anime Free!
A group of teenagers, reeling with nostalgia, drag together a swim club in high school. After meeting an old friend and rival, their little swim club ventures into competitions.

Futari Daka

MAL Rated 6.27, Ranked #8014 | Aired: Fall 1984 | Produced by: Kokusai Eigasha

Racing Anime Futari Daka
Two young men that share names meet on a race track, after almost killing each other in a motorcycle race they become rivals. However, the two quickly discover that a passion for racing and shared names are not their only common ground. Will one of them make it to the top, or will they take each other down in the struggle?

Future GPX Cyber Formula

MAL Rated 7.55, Ranked #1385 | Aired: Spring 1991 | Produced by: Sunrise

Racing Anime Future GPX Cyber Formula
Cyber Formula is about cars equipped with AI systems to assist drivers. Hayato is the youngest racer in cyber formula driving with the most advanced system, known as Asurada.

F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu

MAL Rated 6.42, Ranked #5384 | Aired: Fall 2003 | Produced by: Production Reed

Racing Anime F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu
After dying in a high-intensity chase, a detective is placed in cryo-sleep for 150 years. He is then brought back to life by two doctors and thrown into a world of futuristic racing and dangerous criminal organizations.

Gekisou! Rubenkaiser

MAL Rated 7.65, Ranked #8075 | Aired: Fall 1977 | Produced by: Toei Animation

Racing Anime Gekisou! Rubenkaiser
A race car driver competes around the world in a race car left to him by his father.


MAL Rated 6.03, Ranked #6331

Racing Anime Goddamn
Todoroki accepts a big-shot car company's offer to sponsor him as a driver. Thanks to that, he now has a shot at the Safari Rally Kenya championship.

Idaten Jump

MAL Rated 6.75, Ranked #4246 | Aired: Fall 2005 | Produced by: Production I.G

Racing Anime Idaten Jump
Yamato and his two friends practice MTB (mountain biking) in a special area known as the 'X-Zone', until one day their territory is challenged by an MTB race team named Shark Tooth. However, a race for rights to the X-Zone is derailed when the racers find themselves in another world also named X-Zone. What is going on and how will they return to their old life?

IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix

MAL Rated 7.26, Ranked #2403 | Aired: Fall 2005 | Produced by: Production I.G.

Racing Anime IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
Cars are a thing of the past in IGPX, usurped by high-tech mecha suits capable of reaching unimaginable speeds. Join competitors in a new breed of race as they pit their skills as pilot and racer against other suits.

Initial D

MAL Rated 8.18, Ranked #320| Aired: Spring 1998 | Produced by: Studio Gallop

Racing Anime Initial D
Initial D takes the viewer on a death defying trip down winding mountain roads with daredevil racers drifting toward a win. The story follows Takumi as he develops from a dreamer to top competitor in these races.

Kenkou Zenrakei Suieibu Umishou

MAL Rated 7.28, Ranked #2339 | Aired: Summer 2007 | Produced by: Artland

Racing Anime Kenkou Zenrakei Suieibu Umishou
A school swim team is disrupted by a new transfer student, whose speed and endurance defy belief. On top of that, this girl has a habit of swimming nude! But could she be a mermaid-like creature or just a normal, if eccentric, girl?


MAL Rated 6.79, Ranked #4207 | Aired: Spring 1967 | Produced by: Tatsunoko Production

Racing Anime Mach GOGOGO
An engineer is refused his chance to design a 'fantasy' engine so he leaves his job, but doesn't abandon his dreams to create the fastest car. Founding a family team, his son is put behind the wheel with dreams of being the best racer.

Machine Hayabusa

MAL Rated 6.33, Ranked #8869 | Aired: Spring 1976 | Produced by: Toei Animation

Racing Anime Machine Hayabusa
The Saionji Racing Team is created to compete against Black Shadow, which has a reputation of ruining big races. To do this, they've created a cutting edge engine and a car to put it in, with a driver who has vendetta against Black Shadow.

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu

Set to air Summer 2016

Racing Anime Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
Hiromi meets the leader of the cycling club at her school while riding her bicycle to school everyday. From there, new journeys unfold.

Monkey Turn

MAL Rated 6.56, Ranked #4945 | Aired: Winter 2004 | Produced by: OLM, Inc.

Racing Anime Monkey Turn
Follow the protagonist as he guns for his dream of becoming a professional speedboat racer!

Nasu: Andalusia no Natsu

MAL Rated 7.19, Ranked #2637 | | Produced by: Madhouse, Telecom Animation Film

Racing Anime Nasu: Andalusia no
When Pepe's brother is scheduled to marry the girl Pepe loves, he throws himself fully into his career as a cyclist. It's a rocky venture, with many stops and near-losses, but he will not stop striving for victory.

Oban Star-Racers

MAL Rated 7.51, Ranked #1514 | Aired: Spring 2006 | Produced by: Hal Film Maker

Racing Anime Oban Star-Racers
Eva runs away from Boarding School and sneaks off under the alias 'Molly' to keep her true identity from her father Don Wei, the president of a racing company and legendary race manager. She joins the Great Race on Earth so she can win and have one wish granted.

Over Drive

MAL Rated 7.81, Ranked #821 | Aired: Spring 2007 | Produced by: Xebec

Racing Anime Over Drive
High school student Shinozaki Mikoto is introverted and bullied at school, but is brought out of his shell by a newly awakened love for riding bicycles. He then starts dreaming of becoming the best cyclist in the world and winnign the Tour de France. The only problem is, he doesn't know how to ride a bike.

Prince of Stride: Alternative

MAL Rated 7.07, Ranked #3071 | Aired: Winter 2016 | Produced by: Madhouse

Racing Anime Prince of Stride Alternative
A mind-boggling sport known as 'Stride' takes track and field to the next level. Combining parkour with high-speed foot racing, Stride knows no boundaries. Over buildings, through schools, across suburbs, any terrain is a possible course to test one's speed and teamwork.


MAL Rated 8.34, Ranked #192 | Produced by: Madhouse

Racing Anime Redline
Trigger-happy military, daring criminals, funky aliens, and the most absurdly dangerous, high-intensity racing you've ever seen in anime? In this high stakes racing anime, prideful driver JP is aiming for victory in the best racing event in the galaxy, the Redline.


MAL Rated 7.40, Ranked #1908 | Aired: Winter 2009 | Produced by: Madhouse

Racing Anime Rideback
Grounded from her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer by an injury, Rin discovers a new joy after piloting a motorcycle-like robot known as Rideback. From there she becomes embroiled in competitive racing with astounding aptitude.


MAL Rated 6.18, Ranked #6067 | Aired: Summer 2010

Racing Anime Scan2Go
Races have gone beyond the boundaries of Earth's atmosphere when life on 'alien' planets is discovered. Competitors take to the stars to determine who is the fastest in the universe.

Yoroshiku Mechadock

MAL Rated 6.76, Ranked #4230 | Aired: Fall 1984 | Produced by: Tatsunoko Production

Racing Anime Yoroshiku Mechadock
Mechadock is a powerful race car obtained from a simple economy car, which is able to race on any ground.

Yowamushi Pedal

MAL Rated 8.19, Ranked #315 | Aired: Fall 2013 | Produced by: TMS Entertainment

Racing Anime Yowamushi Pedal
When he discovers his new schools anime club has disbanded, Sakamichi Onoda takes it upon himself to revive it. While completing his weekly 90 kilometer bicycle ride to Akihabara, his riding ability is noticed. After taking up a fellow students' challenge for a race, Onoda begins his bicycle racing journey.

Disclaimer: While efforts were made to ensure this collection is as comprehensive as possible, it should be noted that anime shorts/specials, some OVAs, and obscure titles were not included. It should also be noted that series with multiple parts are not all referenced separately, but under the main or original title (such as Yowamushi Pedal.) This list also does not include anime which merely reference racing, if no races occur in the show (such as Classroom Crisis which only makes allusions to racing rockets.)

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