A wreck is when a vehicle crashes into something at high speed and with so much force it becomes disabled for a few seconds. Generally, the angle at which the vehicle slams into something also has to be sharp (>45° on average, though this varies with speed) or the vehicle will simply violently bump against it but not wreck.
The player can wreck other racers by performing a knockdown on them.
In Asphalt 8: Airborne, Asphalt Nitro, and Asphalt Xtreme, many of the Career Mode also events discourage wrecking, in the form of a bonus star for either: Knockdowns without Wreck or No Wrecks (sometimes known as Record NO WRECKS). In some cases, landing on a certain part of the track can wreck the player's vehicle, even if they did not crash into something. Also, a glitch may cause the player's vehicle to wreck randomly. Finally, even after the race, the player's vehicle (now controlled by AI) may occasionally wreck.
Going off the map counts as a wreck and can count against the "Perfect Race" and "1 Perfect Lap" medals.
In Flawless races, wrecking is absolutely discouraged and will immediately result in disqualification, even if the player goes off the map. This is noted by the fact that Flawless is described as: “A Classic race with a twist: No wrecks allowed!”
Open-top vehicles that feature drivers will have the drivers disappear upon wrecking.
In Asphalt Nitro, a booster called the Absolute Armor grants the player immunity to wrecks. The McLaren F1 in Asphalt Nitro has a permanent Absolute Armor booster on, meaning it cannot be wrecked by the player, although AI-controlled F1s can be wrecked or knocked down.
Types of Wrecks
- Wreck: the most common type of wreck. This type of wreck is seen throughout the entire Asphalt series.
- Knockdown: only available in multiplayer; this occurs when the player is knocked down by another player.
- Disqualified: when the player becomes disqualified after wrecked. Happens if the player either fails to finish the race or wrecks in a Flawless race. In the former case, the player is given a 15-second warning (shown as Disqualified in # s), usually 30 seconds after all the other racers have finished.
- Eliminated!: when the player becomes eliminated at last place.
- Infection Overload: available only in Infected mode (except in Asphalt Xtreme, in which case, the virus dies). This occurs when the player's infection timer runs out. Not only is the player's nitro completely emptied (unless the player's vehicle happens to touch any obstacles or nitro pick-ups during the wreck phase), but they are also cured.
Wreck is written differently in the following languages:
- French: Destruction
- Spanish: Accidente
- German: Totalschaden
- Italian: Incidente
- Brazilian Portuguese: Destruído
- Russian: Авария (avariya)
- Indonesian: Rusak
- Japanese: クラッシュ (kurasshu, CRASH)
- Chinese: 损坏 (Traditional: 損壞) (sǔn huài) (Damaged)
- Korean: 파손 (pason)
- Turkish: Enkaz
- Arabic: دمار (damār)
- Thai: พังยับเยิน (pang yáp yern)
Disqualified is written differently in the following languages:
- French: Disqualifie
- Spanish: Descalificado
- German: Disqualifiziert
- Italian: Squalificato
- Brazilian Portuguese: Desqualificado
- Russian: Дисквалифицирован (Diskvalifitsirovan)
- Indonesian: Terdisqualifikasi
- Japanese: DISQUALIFIED
- Chinese: 取消资格 (Qǔxiāo zīgé)
- Korean: 실격 된 (silgyeog doen)
- Turkish: Diskalifiye
- Arabic: غير مؤهل (ghyr muahal)
- Thai: ถูกตัดสิทธิ์ (T̄hūk tạd s̄ithṭhi̒)
- There is a glitch, dubbed the "skid glitch", where the player's vehicle suddenly skids out of control and either wrecks by crashing into a wall or does a 360° spin in any direction. This occurs most frequently on tracks like Nevada, Tokyo, Venice and Iceland.
- Sometimes, cars may also wreck in a middle of a flat road, even when there are no obstacles near the car that could cause it to wreck.