Whether you hate or love Polyphony and their series of Gran Turismo games, it’s hard to not admire the dedication that the franchise has for it’s players, long after the title was shipped, released and rereleased several more times with extra flava. Gran Turismo has also been behind an advanced driving program in the more Northern parts of the world, with the GT Academy actually producing several real world racers. And now, it’s coming to South Africa.
Designed to see who’s got the chops to handle a racing car, without that unfortunate side effect of collateral damage, the GT Academy will be here on home soil, thanks to Nissan. Applicants will get to race digital versions of the Nissan GT-R and 370Z cars, in a first stage knockout that is open to any PS3 owner with a valid drivers license.
Stage Two will consist of the Nationals Finals, which will see the top 8 take on an equal number of champs from the Middle East, with those winners going on to Stage 3, which involves the use of some actual heavy metal in the form of a real world Nissan 370Z and GT-R at the Silverstone race track in the UK.
And from that training camp, one winner will be chosen to take part in the Driver Development Program, for a three month training program that will allow them to become a bona fide international racer and compete in the Silverstone 24 hours event, in 2014.
So, if you’ve ever considered yourself to be a petrol-head, waiting for that one shot at glory, here’s your chance to put down the go faster stripes for your Citi Golf and see just how good you really are.
The GT Academy will be opening the virtual racing qualifiers from 15 October, and the top contenders then duking it out between 15 December and mid January 2013.
Last Updated: October 2, 2012