2015 Gran Turismo Academy opens to find tomorrow’s racing driver

Seventh year of the groundbreaking competition opens to aspiring racers

Nissan and PlayStation have opened entries for the latest iteration of the popular Gran Turismo Academy competition.

Set up to find and promote new racing drivers through the medium of videogames, the competition is now in its seventh year - and offers gamers over the age of 18 a potential route to motorsport stardom.

If you don’t think games are realistic enough to enable such a transition, you’ve probably not had much experience of racing titles.

While no game can replicate the physical sensations of driving a fast car, in-game physics are now at a level where the anticipation, dexterity, reactions and coordination of an individual can develop to a stage where they’re ready for real-world racing.

Several drivers have now graduated through the GT Academy into real racing - not least original GT Academy victor Lucas Ordonez and 2011 winner, British driver Jann Mardenborough. Both will race in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of the front-wheel drive Nismo GT-R LM.

Each has embarked upon a successful racing career following their competition wins, with class wins and outright victories in series as diverse as the Blancpain endurance series and GP3 single-seaters.

This year’s GT Academy is perhaps more desirable than ever, as the competition’s final Race Camp moves from Silverstone to the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit. As ever, the victor will also travel to races around the world as part of the Blancpain series, undergo on-the-job race training and be awarded a company car - such as the Nissan 370Z Nismo used by Jann Mardenborough.

Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of the Gran Turismo series in 1997, calls this year’s competition ‘another exciting milestone’ adding that GT Academy is ‘truly an incredible competition and I would highly recommend that people have a go, whatever their level on the game’.

Interested parties across Europe can fire up Gran Turismo 6 to find the GT Academy ‘seasonal event’ - and attempt to beat peers from around the world on the game’s time trial. The competition runs from today (April 21) until the 16th June.

Recommended

Lotus E-R9 design study revealed
Lotus E-R9 profile
Lotus

Lotus E-R9 design study revealed

Lotus design has given us a glimpse into what it wants the electric racing car of the future to be
16 Feb 2021
2021 Praga R1 track-only racer launched with 567bhp/ton
2021 Praga R1 front
racing

2021 Praga R1 track-only racer launched with 567bhp/ton

Czech-based Praga Cars has revealed its new R1 racer in full ahead of the 2021 season
21 Jan 2021
Toyota GR010 Le Mans Hypercar contender revealed
Toyota GR010 revealed - pan
Toyota

Toyota GR010 Le Mans Hypercar contender revealed

Toyota Gazoo Racing ready to continue WEC winning streak with all-new GR010 Le Mans Hypercar racer
15 Jan 2021
MST reveals ‘new’ road-legal Mk2 Ford Escort Fast Road & Track
MST Ford Escort
Ford

MST reveals ‘new’ road-legal Mk2 Ford Escort Fast Road & Track

Competition road and rally car manufacturer MST is to new-build a Mk2 Ford Escort rally car
8 Jan 2021

Most Popular

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI

The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 features aesthetic tweaks to celebrate 45 years since the icon first hit the road
26 Feb 2021
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021