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
Krisztian and I are suited up in Nissan race overalls. These are part fun for the hell of it, part protection against the elements: we're in an open garage in November darkness. Warming my hands up, I board my rig to see how Gran Turismo 6 simulates Brands Hatch. Krisztian's pace is bang on - putting in 0:54s and 55s, he's right up there with the quickest real-life racers. On my first lap, I put in a blistering 1:19. I'm into the gravel on nearly every turn, and banging off armco elsewhere.
It's Gran Turismo 6's new suspension model taking me by surprise. Brands Hatch's undulations and cambers have been immaculately modelled, so the fearsome Paddock corner is just as challenging as in real life, pulling the car around as you plunge down the hill.