the controls of NFS don't work with ePSXe. Indeed, you have to use a different emulator. Calb once sent me a beta that supported NFS, and I think older versions might work too; the reason it doesnt work now is IIRC that fixing that breaks too much compatibility with other games.
slightly OT: if you're experiencing HORRIBLE framerates with (PAL) NFS; that's the game's fault; it does so on an actual playstation(2), sadly.
I'm sorry I can't be more clear; I can only tell you what I already did, which is close to what Calb told me (one of the authors);
NFS1 doesn't support analog sticks btw. It's possible though to try different pad plugins in PSXeven; copy the plugin to the plugins directory; choose the advanced option in the psxeven menu; you should be able to select the correct plugin from there. Note though that I didnt get the controls working in psxeven either (just tried it briefly)
Sorry to revive a 3 mo old thread, but I have good news...
According to my 3 year old thread (lol), The Need For Speed worked with ePSXe 1.5.1, but not 1.5.2
Don't recall if I ever tried 1.6.0 tho http://www.ngemu.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17667
I'll keep digging out old threads, muahahahaha