Nissan Relaunches The GT Academy


Armchair racers eager to transfer skills from thumb controller to steering wheel are to get another chance to become racing drivers 'for real'.

The launch of the second Nissan and PlayStation GT Academy has just been announced, giving gamers from across Europe (and Australia and New Zealand too) an opportunity to turn their virtual dreams into reality.

The eventual winner gets a full season's racing in the European GT4 Cup at the wheel of an RJN Motorsport-prepared Nissan 370Z. There's only one stipulation - anyone who holds, or has held, a national or international race licence is not elegible to enter.

From 17 December budding online racers will be able to compete on a time-trial course via PlayStation Network that previews next year's Gran Turismo 5 - one of the most eagerly awaited racing games ever.

The fastest 20 from each participating country will then compete on another exclusive Gran Turismo 5 in order to decide who moves on to the next phase, a five-day 'bootcamp-style' driver training programme.

The two best contestants from the driver training programme will then go on to a programme of UK-based races to help qualify them for an international race licence, although only one can go on to the full European race programme.

"The whole GT Academy concept is very close to my heart," says Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the Gran Turismo series. "Our target with the Gran Turismo series has always been to come as close as possible to a real driving experience. To witness the level of driving achieved by GT players after a relatively short space of time at the GT Academy was very satisfying for me and I look forward to seeing the 2010 finalists in action."

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  • Hemingway 07 Dec 2009

    Anybody got a kid I can borrow (must be good on Gran Turismo 5) to get me through to the actual driving?

  • bigdeanodogg 07 Dec 2009

    Totally good idea, but he will be eclipsed by me and my mates.
    ps3 name - deanodogg

  • David87 07 Dec 2009

    Aren't the people who are really good at video games either 10 years old or too fat to be a racing driver? Don't think you're allowed to just wear pants, either.

  • Dakkon 07 Dec 2009

    David87 said:
    Aren't the people who are really good at video games either 10 years old or too fat to be a racing driver? Don't think you're allowed to just wear pants, either.
    What true gamer actually wear pants, wierdo wink

  • Munter 07 Dec 2009

    Dakkon said:
    David87 said:
    Aren't the people who are really good at video games either 10 years old or too fat to be a racing driver? Don't think you're allowed to just wear pants, either.
    What true gamer actually wear pants, wierdo wink
    <image of Dakkon sat naked playing games>

    yikes

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