The Gran Turismo video game franchise has been a global success ever since the original debuted in 1997, recording a total of 76.74 million copies and counting.
This year the latest chapter, Gran Turismo Sport, teams up with Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to promote the history of motorsport through an official FIA online championship, along with the regular off- and online GT experience.
Featuring a line-up of 140 vehicles, Gran Turismo Sport combines known and loved production cars such as; the Ferrari LaFerrari, Ford Mustang GT Fastback, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes-AMG GT S, along with what Sony calls “original cars”, which includes everything from racing versions of production models and even concepts such as the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo.
The lineup of original race cars have all been created by Gran Turismo, with actual FIA regulations taken into account for such as the rear wing and front spoilers to the steering wheel and instrument panel.
Vision Gran Turismo vehicles, on the other hand, have allowed manufacturers such as Bugatti, Peugeot and Toyota to design fantasy machines and bring them to life - in some cases literally.
Some 19 tracks will be featured in Gran Turismo Sport, with various layouts of selected circuits expanding the line-up to 27. These include the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife, Brands Hatch, along with the ‘Tokyo Expressway’, which adapts Tokyo’s looped urban expressway to a race track format.
Like earlier iterations of the game, Gran Turismo Sport will allow players to progress through different levels of driving, featuring a beginner’s school and various mission-based objectives, catering for beginners and experts alike.
The headlining feature in the new game, however, is “Sport Mode”. Gran Turismo has partnered up with FIA to create two online championship series that will run concurrently.
Series one of the FIA-certified competition is the “Nation’s Cup”, where players around the world can represent their country and compete against others around the world.
Second is the “Manufacturer Fan Cup”, in which players select their favourite manufacturer and represent them in the series.
These championships aren’t just restricted to racers either, those who want to spectate can even stream the races live and cheer on their favourite driver, country or manufacturer through “Gran Turismo Live” online broadcasts.
Adding to the experience, champions of both series will even be recognised at FIA’s annual prize-giving ceremony along real-life motorsport champions.
Another new feature in Gran Turismo Sport is the “Livery Editor”, which allows players to create and customise their own original livery, or recreate the livery of their favourite race cars.
Gran Turismo Sport is available to pre-order now.