Races are the main gameplay feature of the ModNation Racers series. Races are started from the ModSpot in ModNation Racers, the Creation Station in ModNation Racers: Road Trip, or the Main Menu in ModNation Racers for the PlayStation Portable.
In the ModNation Racers series, there are Weapons that players can use to destroy other players. Players can obtain weapons by picking up Item Pods, and except in ModNation Racers for the PlayStation Portable, can upgrade these weapons as well up to level three, making them much more effective and useful.
Players can earn Boost by Drifting, Drafting other players, Airtime, Spining in the air, successful Takedowns (this includes Sideswipe attacks and weapon attacks), and even driving over an orange Boost Pad. Players can use this stored Boost points to Boost and move faster, Shield against attacks made by other players and Props, using a Bolt Shot to activate other Props, and Sideswipeing other players.
Green and Red Boost Pads increase a player's speed similar to Boosting (or the Supercharger in ModNation Racers for the PlayStation Portable), and red boost pads also redirects a player in the wrong direction to point the arrows. Players can also be destroyed by objects like the Devastator, Flame Pads, and hitting props in the air.