The game's story mode loosely follows the plot of the film and follows Herbie as the car races to win the championship. Stills from the movie are featured as cutscenes and allow for players to move with the progression of the movie's story. If the player fails to place first in any race, they are shown a Game Over screen and booted to the menu to start over.
There are eight different tracks in the game and there is no multiplayer mode. The player controls Herbie throughout each race. The player can collect stars on the road in order to activate tricks that boost Herbie's overall speed and slow down other racers.