In Crash Team Racing, warp orbs are used as a weapon. It homes in on the racer in first place and deals damage to them. It may also hit other racers in the way. When juiced up, it targets all the players in front of the user. It is much like the tornado top in the game's sequel, Crash Nitro Kart.
Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
In The Huge Adventure, they function similarly like they did in Warped. The only difference is that they don't take Crash to a different time period, but just to a different location in this game.