Thursday, May 08, 2008

GT Academy : The ultimate challenge for Gran Turismo gamers

Are you a Gran Turismo fanatic? Well, here is a life time chance for you. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Nissan Motor Company Limited (TYO:7201) has launched a program titled GT Academy. Under this program, the European Gran Turismo gamers will compete among themselves in video games and real life racing tracks for eight months. The winner will receive a four month training to earn his/her racing license. Not only that, the winner will also participate at 24H endurance race in Dubai with the Nissan racing team. Daily Tech reports:

Sony and Polyphony Digital have given Gran Turismo, its flagship racing game series, the title of being “the real driving simulator.” Anyone who took that line to heart now has the chance to prove just how realistic Gran Turismo truly is, at least in Europe.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Nissan unveiled earlier this week a special program called the GT Academy. Gamers will be able to participate in an eight-month, pan-European competition composed of a series of elimination-based competitions on and off the racetrack, which will start at a national level with an online GT5 Prologue tournament hosted on PlayStation Network.

The winner at the end of the competition will be awarded a four-month training program to earn their racing licenses, followed by a real-life race driving a Nissan 350Z as part of the Nissan team at the 24H endurance race in Dubai in January 2009.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s President David Reeves, Gran Turismo is one of the most successful gaming franchises of the last decade. He said that the GT Academy program brings together the virtual and the real world of racing.

Truly, this is a life time experience. Playing racing game can be exciting but no matter how realistic it is, driving a real racing car in a racing circuit is all the more different and difficult. Let’s see who is the lucky winner of GT Academy program.

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