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Zam is an alien from an unknown world and is one of Nitros Oxide's henchmen along with Zem. He races for Team Oxide, which in turn is affiliated with Emperor Velo XXVII. Zam comes across as the "team pet" and the alien equivalent of Polar and Pura.


Crash Nitro Kart

Zam makes his first appearance in the console versions of Crash Nitro Kart, racing in Team Oxide. He is unlocked by completing the Purple Gem Cup.


Speed: 2/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Zam returned as a playable racer in Nitro-Fueled along with all other racers from Crash Nitro Kart. He can be bought from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins. In the Nitros Oxide Edition of the game, he is unlocked by default.


Speed: 3/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner
Driving Style: Turning



Zam tends to behave just like a dog, vocalising by barking and growling, panting and wagging his tail when happy. In Nitro-Fueled he is very excitable and energetic, though back in Nitro Kart he was more subdued.

Physical Appearance

Zam is a strange dog-like alien. He doesn't have fur, instead having green skin with yellow splotches and an off-white, scaly belly. He has paws with yellowed, pointy claws, purple eyes like slits with very light green scleras, a small green nose, and a massive bulge in his throat, much like a frog. He has a purple mane running along his spine and down his tail, and pointy, yellowed teeth.

In Nitro-Fueled he was made lighter in colour, his eyes were made bigger and rounder, his scleras were made white and his colours overall were made more vibrant.


Nitros Oxide

Zam is one of Nitros Oxide's two henchmen along with Zem. The two of them are the other two primary members of Team Oxide alongside Oxide himself. Though Oxide seems to prefer to work alone, as seen in Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash, he gets Zem and Zam to assist him in Nitro Kart, likely due to a racing team being required for those racing in the galaxy circuit. Zam is very loyal to Oxide when he calls on him, and holds respect for him and his accomplishments, shown in the Nitro-Fueled comic.


Zam and Zem are two of a pair, having matching names and never being seen apart. They don't have any on-screen interaction in-game, though in the Nitro-Fueled comic, Zem entertains Zam by burping and farting loudly as they walk down an alley with Oxide. Given Zam's animalistic nature, Zam is likely a pet of sorts for Zem.

Emperor Velo XXVII

Despite primarily being Nitros Oxide's henchman, Zam is dedicated to Velo as well due to being a member of Team Oxide, which is one of Velo's racing teams.



See: Zam/Gallery

Names In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Arabic زام
(same as English)
Japanese ザム
(same as English)


  • Zam did not appear in the GBA version of Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Billy West's voice clips were retained for the Japanese version of Crash Nitro Kart.
  • In both Nitro Kart and Nitro-Fueled, Zam stands in his seat in such a way that his feet don't touch the pedals of his kart.