2012 Gran Turismo Academy gives everyone chance to be Pro Race Car Driver [Video]
For those that are not familiar with the Gran Turismo Academy, it is a competition that gives potential race car driving hopefuls a chance to go from driving in video games to potentially a real career as a race car driver. The competition is sponsored and put on by Sony and Nissan, and played via PlayStation's Gran Turismo racing game online.
This means the Gran Turismo Academy puts the ultimate racing prize at stake, an intensive Driver Development training program that has helped turn previous winners into professional and successful racing drivers with Nissan. Earlier this year several GT Academy winners secured a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai and one raced against legendary motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi.
No surprise there is expected to be a huge entry list for this year's competition!
To participate in the Gran Turismo Academy all competitors need is access to a PS3 that can connect to the internet. Also they must registered with the PlayStation Network. Then you need to download the free and brand-new GT Academy qualification challenges, which are of course themed around the hugely popular Gran Turismo racing games.
There is an eight-step online qualification format, which was developed by legendary Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi. This will take gamers and race fans on a fun and exciting journey. The different challenges reflects the various driving skills required to master the fine art of becoming a professional racing driver. Entrants have eight weeks to complete these difficult driving contests, ranging from handling powerful Nissan rear-wheel-drive performance cars and mastering cornering techniques at high speeds, through to setting lap times in wet and challenging conditions.
Whether players are enjoying Gran Turismo 5 game for the first time, or are hardened PlayStation racers, the GT Academy qualification offers fun racing action for everyone. Players can also challenge friends, colleagues and family for bragging rights by monitoring scores via the ‘PSN Friends Lists'.
"This time around, we've designed a GT Academy qualification format as part of the Gran Turismo series on an unprecedented scale and aimed towards a wide variety of players," said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital, the company behind the wildly successful Gran Turismo racing games.
"I felt that the only way to really do it right for the fourth GT Academy was to create a format where not only veteran Gran Turismo players, but also players who have never tried a driving simulator before, can experience the depth of race driving and the fun and excitement of time trials." commented Yamauchi.