I'm missing this genre a lot, haven't seen much on them except for arcade style ones with respawns. The only recent ones I could get on PC were P.A.M. and Death Track: Resurrection. None of which suited my tastes. Are there any on consoles these days? (I don't own a current gen console, but am curious to know if the genre is at all alive.)
I really want a game where the races are long. Long enough that it mostly ends with 1 player killing all the others, but still leaves the possibility for good racers to survive until the finish line if they can avoid their opponents arsenal. One where the weapons don't simply lock on so that all you have to do is get behind the other vehicles to kill them but actually require somewhat of an aiming mechanic.
One where the weapons aren't just for killing sake but for making the enemy play defensively. Something like a slow tracking machine-gun with a small arc forcing the enemy to begin swerving, slowing them down until they maybe drop alongside you trying to ram you into obstacles to get you off their tails, rather than falling behind just so they can get their weapons on you instead.
Defensive weapons which don't only consist of mines, but rather items to slow the enemy down or physically knock them away for a second, or throw off their aiming. Limited ammunition with no refills making you use your weapons with tactical timing rather than every opportunity you get.
I really want a racing game where the races are long and violent, with a constant struggle to maintain your tank of a car to the best degree you can. Perhaps even a respect system with other drivers that promotes using non-lethal weapons against fellow AI racers throughout a campaign, which convinces them to prioritise other drivers when given the choice and to avoid using lethal weapons against you when respect is extremely high. Even maybe helping you to win by shooting people on your tail with their last ammo and keeping the race between you. Like a friendly rival system.
If there is a game out there even remotely similar to something like this I'd be keen to hear about it.