The jewel in the crown of England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed event, its famous hillclimb, will feature as a new track on the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 video game.
Announced by Polyphony Digital Inc., the company behind the cult driving simulator franchise, the partnership will result in the Goodwood hillclimb joining alongside the Silverstone Circuit in boosting the 15-year-old game’s content to include 1200 cars and 33 locations.
Gran Turismo’s legendary creator Kazunori Yamauchi said he has always been a huge admirer of the Festival of Speed.
“I love the incredible range of cars on display – from the priceless, rare and exotic, to the latest family hatchback and full on racing cars – I love the challenge of the Hill Climb and the rally stage,” Yamauchi said.
“Goodwood represents every type of motoring and motor sport which very much mirrors what we aim to achieve with Gran Turismo and so it is very special that we have forged this partnership.”
While a GT6 demo featuring both the Goodwood track and the Silverstone Circuit is available for anyone with a PlayStation 3 console and a Sony Entertainment Network account to download and play until the end of August, the full version is due for release later this year.
As a guide, the course record for the Goodwood hillclimb belongs to former Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld, who in 1999 needed just 41.6 seconds to cover the 1.87km-track in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from July 11-14 at Goodwood House in Chichester, West Sussex.