Top Gear 2 (released as Top Racer 2 in Japan) is the sequel to the 1992 racer Top Gear. The game was first released in August 1993 for the SNES. While more realistic than its predecessor, Top Gear 2 maintained the arcade-style gameplay the series is known for. The goal of the game is to become the world champion which is obtained by beating all 16 countries.
Top Gear 2 on the SNES is the most popular version to speedrun. The game handles amazingly compared to its ports that other systems got in later release years. Each individual track has its own variables and its own conditions.
To handle each individual track, runners must be aware of the car they are driving. How they handle each track has its differences, when it comes to upgradability.
Some tracks require a set of tires for rain and snow, while sharper tracks require a focus on a set of tires for sunny and fog tracks.
Each time you don't upgrade to something stronger for speed is a loss not only in time but, a chance of being overtaken while holding the lead. The most effective CPUs are 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th, which have some sort of upgrade you don't as a result.
Playing it smart in upgrades, playing it smart in money, and playing it smart in track knowledge is your best bet to speedrun & beat Top Gear 2