Gran Turismo 6 versus the real world
Can our crack Playstation gamer beat GT Academy's finest round a dark Brands Hatch?
Posted: 28 Nov 2013
For the 2013 GT Academy drivers, the Britcar night race is a vital step in their journey from PlayStation to professional racing. Under the tutelage of RJN Motorsport, their target is the Dubai 24 Hours - and this will be their first time racing for real in the dark. A arse-clenching prospect for mere mortals at the best of times, these four young men will be fighting against a icy track as well as limited visibility. They'll be driving two production-spec Nissan 370Zs, with race tyres, uprated brake discs and a sequential gearbox.
I'm teamed with Krisztian, a seasoned Gran Turismo player. We'll be racing the same virtual 370Z against AI traffic, no driving aids and on a pro-spec racing sim with a Thrustmaster t500 RS wheel. Krisztian's a graphic designer with some serious Gran Turismo skills, and he's already putting in fast laps as I arrive.