How do you upgrade cars at Hao's Special Works in GTA Online? Hao's Special Works is a new addition to the LS Car Meet which allows you to upgrade select cars with special HSW Tuning Upgrades that are exclusive to the new-gen version of the game, including the PS5. As part of our GTA Online guide, we're going to explain how to upgrade cars at Hao's Special Works. For a list of All Cars and Vehicles Compatible with Hao's Special Works Tuning Upgrades click the link.
GTA Online: How to Upgrade Cars at Hao's Special Works
On this page, we're going to explain how to upgrade cars at Hao's Special Works. Note that this is only possible in the PS5 or new-gen version of the game, so you'll need to learn How to Transfer Your Character from PS4 to PS5 first. Once you've done all that, load into GTA Online and follow the steps outlined below.
Wait for a Call from Hao
First things first, you're going to have to wait to get a call from Hao. Head out into Los Santos and wander around for a little bit. It shouldn't take too long for Hao to contact you about a cool new car he wants you to test drive. Set a waypoint for Hao's Garage in Vinewood Blvd and lift up the shutter. You'll get a cutscene where Hao will introduce you to the car, and then you'll be behind the wheel.
Beat Hao's Time
Get ready because you're going to be thrust into a time trial here. Fortunately, it's not hard to beat Hao's Time, even if he will send you around most of Los Santos. You'll have 8:10 to beat the time trial, and we cleared it in 7:30 with a lot of crashes and spin-outs, so you should be fine as long as you're relatively competent at the game. Throughout the time trial, Hao will introduce the various upgrades that are exclusive to Hao's Special Works, including engine, braking, and transmission tuning. The car definitely goes faster than anything in the PS4 game.
The end of the time trial is conveniently just outside Cypress Flats, which is where the LS Car Meet takes place. You'll get a call from Hao confirming that you passed the test, and he'll tell you to stop off at Hao's Special Works to upgrade your car. You'll even get a free tuning conversion for your troubles, as well as a bunch of bonus cosmetics. Do keep in mind that you'll need to know How to Find the LS Car Meet and Become a Member before you can progress further.
Take an Eligible Car to the LS Car Meet
It's worth noting at this point that Hao's willing to give you a free car, too, assuming you've beaten Hao's Time and are a returning player. Bring up your smartphone and head to Southern San Andreas Super Autos to grab a complimentary Karin S95, complete with Hao's Special Works tuning upgrades. You can find a full list of All Cars Compatible with Hao's Special Works Tuning Upgrades through the link. You can also learn more by interacting with a laptop in the Mod Shop area of the LS Car Meet.
Once you own a compatible car, and you've become an LS Car Meet member, take it to Cypress Flats and sit inside your car to bring up the menu. Press right on the d-pad to Mod Vehicle and you'll first need to Convert your car to be compatible with HSW Tuning Upgrades. As part of beating Hao's Time, you'll get one free conversion. You can find a full list of all conversion costs thereafter in our All Cars Compatible with Hao's Special Works Tuning Upgrades. With a successfully converted car, you can then add HSW tuning upgrades for Engine, Transmission, Brakes, Suspension, Turbo, and more. Purchase the upgrades you want and make sure they're equipped.
With all that done, you're guaranteed to have one of the Fastest Cars available in GTA Online, so have fun, and remember to respect other drivers and observe the rules of the road. Oh, who are we kidding? Obviously let loose and smash up as much of Los Santos as humanly possible.
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