Bots are "racers" who are controlled by AIs. A bot appears after an amount of time when no racers join a race. This time depends on the speed range that the race is in, and can range from 0-5 seconds. The only bot that this rule does not apply to is The Wampus, which comes into the race one second after the fourth racer joins. Bots' cars range from Starter Cars to Muscle Cars (excluding the Liberty '69 Shellback RT-500 and the Liberty Fastback) and can have any paint job. All bots except The Wampus, which uses the "You’ll Never Beat Me!" title, use the "Nitro Type Bot" title. During the Xmaxx events, bots would sometimes use the Rocket Sleigh instead of their normal cars. Bots can also be used by admins when racing. Players can not find their average speed, top speed, profile, level, or anything else related to them.
List of Bots
- Bender - may be based on Bender Bending Rodríguez, an industrial metalworking robot from the animated television series Futurama.
- Soundwave - may be based on the largely known Decepticon Soundwave from the Transformers franchise.
- B.R.A.I.N. - could be a reference to B.R.A.I.N. from "Teen Titans" and "Teen Titans Go!" shows. Another possible origin is the Brain Robot from Metal Slug.
- Hal - based on the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Servo - most likely based on Tom Servo from the comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) or possibly even based on the word 'servo', short for servomechanism, a part of a robot.
- Bishop - may have been based on the Bishop 341-B android from the Alien franchise. Bishop is also based off a piece in the famous board game chess, and is also a rank in medieval times.
- Gort - may have been based on a robot known as Gort in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still where he must deliver an important message to the human race.
- ED-209 - may have been based on the Enforcement Droid Series 209, or ED-209 robot, which is heavily armed and has a tendency to malfunction, from the RoboCop movies.
- Dot Matrix - most likely based on the droid of the same name from the 1987 Star Wars parody, Spaceballs
- T-800 - may have been based on the cyborg known as "Terminator" (Series 800, Model 101) or T-800, a programmable assassin and military infiltration unit, from The Terminator series of films.
- Voltron - may be based on the popularly known cartoon robot known as Voltron which is operated by a team of 5 people, known as the Voltron Force, who can combine to form a super heavy robot known as Voltron. This bot, in particular, used to have a title called "The Metal Cat", but it was switched to "Nitro Type Bot" when people continually asked how to get the title.
- Johnny 5 - may have been based on the experimental military robot known as Number 5, which is struck by lightning and gains a more humanlike intelligence, from the movie Short Circuit (and its sequel Short Circuit 2). Number 5 renames itself as Johnny Five after the song "Who's Johnny" at the end of the first movie.
- Kit - named after the car featured in the popular 1980's TV show, Knight Rider.
- Big Blue - may be based on an innovation by IBM commonly referred to as "Big Blue" at times known for Watson Artificial Intelligence. It also may be based on a chair lift at a ski area called Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
- The Wampus - which gives you $50,000 if you beat him, has an animated tag, and is the only bot with a profile page and a title other than "Nitro Type Bot".
- Thwampus - The Wampus's even more elusive cousin (unreleased).
"Ghost racers" is a term that was coined by the community for racers who "race" regularly, yet their stats stay the same. Their join dates continually move closer and closer to the current date, despite the account creation date being years earlier. Despite the fact that ghost racers can be seen in races, the user(s) who created the accounts are not actually racing. Looking into the source code of ghost racers' profiles will find that despite their join dates being very recent, their most recent races were done prior to the year 2014. Considering that ghost racer accounts all seem to meet specific criteria, most notably that not a single ghost racer owns gold membership, it is plausible that they are a feature implemented by Nitro Type to make the race track appear more populated than it actually is.
Here is an example of a ghost racer. If you are in their WPM zone, you are likely to find them in a race sooner or later, yet their stats show that they have not done any races within the past month. For example, on December 11, 2018, this ghost racer’s join date showed up as "November 30, 2018". Going to their profile now will show something more recent.
Ghost racers are listed as bots on Nitro Type's real-time page in the admin panel. Additional testing has also revealed that ghost racers' accounts have likely been locked and unable to be accessed by their original owners.