Wind Racer is a cancelled sand yachting racing game that was in development for PC by Nadeo around 2001, before they became a favorite team among fans of arcade racers, thanks to their release of TrackMania in 2003. At the time Nadeo was still trying to find their niche, working on many different prototypes such as Cyberdrive and Lanfeust of Troy to pitch them to different publishers. Wind Racer looked like a fun, sunny beach racer (with items to collect?) and we assume gameplay could have been like a simpler version of TrackMania.
Some fans randomly found out about the prototype projects in 2011, saving a few images before they could have been lost forever. In the end Nadeo was lucky enough to get hired to work on Virtual Skipper 2 and 3, something that helped to keep them alive while waiting to find real success with Trackmania.