Lego Racers 2

Genre: Childrens, Racing
Release Year: 2001
Developer: Attention To Detail
Publisher: Lego Software
Age Rating: Everyone
Playability Status: Perfect
Tested On: Windows 8 x64
Availability: Copyright retained - Out of print/unavailable

Kids these days eh? When I was a child, Lego races took place on the carpet and involved a lot of pushing around little Lego models and a healthy chunk of imagination. Nowadays of course, you can simulate said Lego racing on your computer, with a copy of Lego Racers 2. While the computer version can be fun, we can’t help but hope the traditional method still has its place. If you have a copy of this game and a modern PC, getting it going again is now easy and it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy afternoon.


The most difficult thing about playing Lego Racers 2 on a modern PC is getting the game installed. Using the installer provided on the CD, most users will get a “Not enough memory” error, despite having more than ample computer memory to run this title. The problem is due to a programming error, modern PCs have so much more memory now than in 2001 that the installer just gets confused.

Various solutions around the web range from setting compatibility modes (didn’t work for us) to physically yanking memory chips out of your computer. None of the proposed solutions seemed acceptable, so we’ve re-written the installer for the game. Our replacement installer will work on any PC, regardless of how much memory you have installed. You can download it here (link dead? Let me know here).

Once you have downloaded the installer, simply pop your Lego Racers 2 CD-ROM in your optical drive and run the installer. Follow all the on screen prompts and the game should be installed within a couple of minutes. If you have any issues with the installer please leave a comment and let us know.

Once the game is installed, you can launch it from the Start menu or Start screen by searching for “Lego Racers 2” and clicking the icon that then appears.

Tweaking visual quality

Before you hit the race track, there are some visual quality options you may want to tweak, to stop the game from looking quite so blocky (except where it is supposed to, of course). From the main menu, choose “Game Options” and then “Graphics”. The following options will then appear (click on the picture to see a bigger version).


For best quality, crank up “Detail Level” and “Image Quality” to the maximum and turn down “Compression” to the very minimum setting. Screen resolution should also generally be turned up as high as possible, as long as your monitor supports the selected screen mode. Screen resolution maxed out on our rig at 1024×768, though the readme file included with the game seemed to suggest it should go higher. Lego Racers 2 is a 4:3 aspect ratio (non-widescreen) game and should run with borders on the sides when played on a widescreen monitor or TV.

Tweaking sound quality

From the main menu, choose “Game Options” and then “Sound”. Simply make sure this is set to High. There are no surround sound soundtracks or other quality settings to configure this time.

After you have configured game options, don’t forget to save. You can do this by selecting “Load / Save” from the games main menu. The game does NOT automatically save options or progress, so remember to save after you progress through the game too.

The games configuration files and save games are placed in your documents folder under “Games\Lego Racers 2\Saved Games”. The file “LR2.cfg” that the game creates contains all your preferences. Unfortunately, the file is not in a human readable format, so it’s not possible to edit the file by hand and reconfigure any hidden options this time.

Configuring controllers

Lego Racers 2 fully supports analogue controllers, with only a couple of caveats which we will get to in a moment. To configure your controller, select “Game Options” from the games main menu and then “Controls”. You will now need to choose player 1 or player 2, since the game can be played split-screen by two players.

The controls map fairly well to the Xbox 360 pad. Make sure to set the “A / D” option to “Analog”. We set up the controls like this:-

Accelerate – RT
Brake – LT
Reverse – Y (Yellow)
Fire Weapon – X (Blue)
Brick Boost – A (Green)
Talk – B (Red)
Look Behind – Back
Next Target – RB
Previous Target – LB

When you configure the controls in game like that, it should look like the picture shown below.


There are three problems we encountered when using the 360 controller. First of all, the dead zone (the amount the stick needs to be moved before registering any movement) seemed to be a little too small. While playing, our little Lego mini-figure seemed to always lean either left or right. Secondly, the D-pad isn’t recognised at all by the game. Thirdly, and by far the worst problem is that clicking the left analogue stick will pause the game. It is very easy to accidentally click the stick as you race and children in particular may find it too frustrating to play like this.

If you cannot get used to not clicking your stick, you can switch to keyboard controls instead, though this limits you to digital controls only. You can still use a gamepad when the game is in keyboard input mode by using Xpadder or a similar tool.

Remember, when you are done configuring controls, don’t forget to save your game from the “Save / Load” option on the main menu.

Other bits and pieces of note

Press F10 at any time during play to take a screenshot of your game, this is saved to the Games\Lego Racers 2 folder in your documents folder.

Maybe we’re just rusty, but we actually found this game somewhat difficult compared to other child-friendly racing games. Expect a few temper tantrums from younger gamers at least during the first few races.





  1. Antonio says:

    I got a new laptop last week, it’s an HP and it has windows 8. Because i finally got a new laptop i decided to order a new lego racers 2 game, just came in today and i expected these past 3 hours to consist of playing the game. I’ve tried just about everything i could find from youtube videos to other software downloads and I’ve changed compatibility and -novideo and everything and i gave up a while ago then i found this site on my phone so i gave it a shot and it still did not work. Whenever i try to launch the game or press play my screen flashes black for a brief second and nothing happens at all. It’s so frustrating because I’ve wanted nothing more than to play this game and i fear i wont be able to. Any suggestions???:(

  2. Dazza says:

    I’ve downloaded and installed everything just fine but when I try to start up the actual game by clicking the LEGO racers 2 application, a black box the size of my whole computer screen pops up and then… nothing. If you have a solution please share. Thanks

  3. GZU says:

    I also get the black screen in Windows 8.1. I get the menus OK but when I start the race it all goes black.

    Any advice……

  4. HY says:

    Installation was easy enough with your Launcher, thanks for that.
    But ‘Im experiencing some low FPS issues, especially when looking back.
    Anybody got a tip for that?

  5. Aaron says:

    I downloaded the installer but once the game itself downloads I cannot play the game I can only create a car and character then the screen goes black after trying to load the sandy beach map

  6. William Decker says:

    how do I uninstall lego racers 2 that was installed using the installer on this page need it off

  7. Ben says:

    Thanks for providing this installer fix! I’ve installed the game, but when I go to run the application, this system error message pops up:

    ‘The program can’t start because EAX.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.’

    Any idea what the problem could be? I have no idea what a .DLL is D:

  8. Jon says:

    Installer link appears to be broken.
    Brings up a 404 error page not found.
    I’m lucky though: compatibility mode actually worked!

  9. Liam says:

    Managed to install it, but can’t get onto the game. It’ll bring up the falling lego bricks in the opening screen and then freeze completely. Anyone have any ideas on what this might be?

  10. Daniel Baran says:

    This installer have a virus? guys?

  11. Danny says:

    Why is it telling me I need the lego racers 2 CD? Why would I have the installer??

    Here’s a screenshot:

    I can’t believe that this is even an issue, I’m honestly at a loss for words.

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