Contestants will be behind the wheel of Nissan's modern performance icons - the 350Z and infamous GT-R for a chance to join the Nissan racing team in the Dubai 24 hour race in 2009.
This leg of the competition truly tests the realism of the Gran Turismo racing world, seeing if their skills in the virtual world translate onto the bitumen.
“The GT Academy gives wannabe racing drivers the opportunity of a lifetime to realise their dream and we are looking for the best of the best. Our finalists have proven they have what it takes online. Now they need to impress me and my fellow judges with their real-life skills,” says Bob Neville of the Nissan Racing team.
However contestants will not have to rely upon their virtual experience alone, undergoing a rigorous training course which will include fitness tests, media evaluation and of course, numerous driving tests.
Not for the faint-hearted, drivers will need to measure up to all the expectations of a modern day race driver – fit, quick to learn, media-savvy and talented behind the wheel.
After this event, two drivers will be selected by a panel of Nissan racing team trainers to embark on a four month driver training program at the Nissan Race Academy to earn their official racing licences.