@RainFeelsGood: Try Vangers
That's not it, it's a tad too old.
You race a spaceship through 3D levels, and it's played from a bird's eye view. The levels are different spacey maps, desert-like, industrial, canyons, etc. You've got weapons and shields on the spaceships, and pieces break off if you shoot at them or crash into the wall. The game must have come out somewhere around 2003 - 2007.
I found a ton o sci-fi racing games, but unfortunatey none from a top-down view aside from those I mentioned.