Nissan in Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) will unite to run a third installment of the popular GT Academy in 2011. The competition combines the real and virtual racing worlds, offering the winner the chance to realize the dream of becoming a certified racing driver.
The stakes are high with places at the GT Academy Race Camp to play for and a fully-supported drive in a Nissan 370Z GT4 car in the Dubai 24 Hour International race as the grand prize.
The GT Academy virtual stage will be played out on the ultra-realistic new Gran Turismo5 game on PlayStation3 (PS3), which has sold over three million copies in Europe since launching in November 2010.
GT Academy’s global foothold is growing as 2011 marks the third season of GT Academy in Europe, as well as the inaugural year in the USA.
The 2011 competition will run across 10 countries with the online gaming phase starting on March 4, 2011 and continuing until midnight on April 17, 2011.
Leaderboards for each participating territory will show the fastest 20 racers who will proceed to a live territory final. From each final, only two will make it to the intensive six-day driver training “Race Camp” to be run at the world-renowned Silverstone circuit.
The Race Camp winner will continue train in high-performance Nissan race cars and compete in a series of national-level races to qualify for an international race license and an entry to the Dubai race.