The game was released on September 8, 2011; however, Austin stated that development had been going on for six months prior to this .
Players compete by racing in cars that advance through the track as the users type passages. Contrary to popular belief, Nitro Type does not teach users how to type, but is instead used to increase WPM and accuracy through consistent practice in a fun and competitive environment. In a race, a player must type the words on the screen. Nitros can be used to skip words to get further ahead in the race. As an incentive to practice, the game rewards users with its in-game currency for completing races, which can be used in the Dealership to purchase cars. Additionally, there are hundreds of achievements available that will reward even more cash, cars, titles, and loot upon completion (with difficulty ranging from creating an account to completing 500,000 total races). To keep its content fresh, Nitro Type also hosts seasonal events and seasons that introduce exclusive, limited-time achievements, cars, titles, and stickers.