Team Bandicoot is a racing team composed of Crash, Coco, Crunch and Fake Crash (when he is unlocked). They pilot blue karts and are the main protagonist team of Crash Nitro Kart, as well as one of the main teams that's possible to play as in Adventure Mode. The other opposing team is Team Cortex.
Although they were officially formed in CNK, they have been together ever since Crunch's debut in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.
- Crash Bandicoot (Intermediate; best at acceleration)
- Coco Bandicoot (Beginner; best at turning)
- Crunch Bandicoot (Advanced; best at speed)
- Fake Crash (Intermediate; worst at everything)
- Note: Fake Crash can be unlocked by doing 50 consecutive boosts with Team Cortex on adventure mode in the console version and off-road on Out of Time in the GBA version.
- In the Gamecube version, he can be unlocked through the GBA link cable and a copy of the GBA game.
Their story begins on a average afternoon. Inside Crash's house, Crash is taking a nap in the living room, while Coco is working on her race car and Crunch is lifting weights while talking to Aku Aku in the garage. While everyone was living their lives, a strange bright light comes out of the window. Aku Aku was the first to notice the light, exclaiming that "that's not sunlight". Crash also notices the light, but ignores it by putting on his sunglasses and goes back to napping. Meanwhile, their house is literally pulled out of the ground and into the sky.
A little while later, Crash notices that he is somewhere different (by the fact that the light has stopped), so he takes off his sunglasses and gets up to find out where he is. When he opens his door, not only did he find that his door is broken, but he also finds out that he is in a coliseum on the top of a distant planet. He sees his bandicoot siblings outside of their abducted home, and then noticed Doctor Neo Cortex, Doctor N. Gin and Tiny walking around the planet's coliseum, also very confused on what just happened. The six of them start to fight, until they see a hologram of an alien introducing himself as Emperor Velo XXVII. Velo claims that he has heard of their racing skills and wants them to race to entertain his subjects. If they refuse, Earth gets destroyed.
Upon choosing Team Bandicoot, Velo asks Crash if he's willing to race (but of course, Crash being mute makes Velo annoyed), but Crash gives him the thumbs up, telling Velo that he wants to race. After Team Bandicoot defeats all of Velo's champions, he challenges them to the Galaxy Championship, where Velo himself races them. After Team Bandicoot wins, he gets so angry that he says that they cannot leave until they get all of the Time Relics and beat him once more.
After getting all of the Time Relics and beating Velo again, he explodes, revealing himself to be a small gremlin-like version of himself in a robot suit. Having lost all influence over his subjects, he gives up his entire empire to the Bandicoots. After thinking it over, however, Crash decides to give back the empire to Velo if he lets them all go home.
- In the Game Boy Advance version, Aku Aku has blue lips instead of red in the Team Bandicoot portrait.
- Team Bandicoot is the only team that has a female member in Nitro Kart.
- Team Bandicoot is the only team where every member is the same species.