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 Turismo 5 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.
Sony finally released, after the long delay, Gran Turismo 5 on November 24, 2010. Just after 12 days since the latest installment of the Gran Turismo franchise was launched to the market, Sony has already sold around 5.5 million copies.
This meant that as of Dec. 6, 2010, the volume of the entire franchise has reached more than 60 million copies. Gran Turismo 5 is the 10th game overall in the Gran Turismo franchise. Expanding on the game’s Prologue version, Gran Turismo 5 goes a long way since it was introduced nearly 13 years ago. In fact, Gran Turismo 5 is the first game in the franchise that features a damage model. It is also the first entry game in the franchise to be developed for PlayStation 3.
Gran Turismo 5 is designed to allow for online races that can support for up to 16 players, making it suitable for the GT Academy. Is new physics engine also provide players control over 1,000 licensed karts and cars built globally. Players can even choose from more than 1,000 cars on 35 courses designed in over 60 layouts.