May 16, 2013
GT Academy is Back
May 15 – London – Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced that the innovative GT Academy competition will return for a fifth season.
The online qualifying rounds will be run in July, on a demo of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo 6 game exclusively on PlayStation 3.
Gamers and motor sport fans will battle it out in the virtual world for the chance to become real Nissan racing drivers.
GT Academy 2013 will be the biggest yet, with more countries than ever before participating.
Since the competition’s inception in 2008 there have been more than 2 million entries.
Six former winners of the competition, which now runs in Europe, the USA, Germany, Russia, and the Middle East and South Africa, are now Nismo Athletes competing in top-level motor sport on behalf of Nissan.
Nissan’s Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox, revealed the plans for GT Academy 2013 at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, during an event at which the latest version of the Gran Turismo game was announced.
“Every year of GT Academy has provided excitement and firsts, and 2013 will be no exception,” he said.
“The selection process and Driver Development Programme are now so robust that we are turning out some genuinely fast racing drivers. At its core GT Academy remains a highly-accessible route into professional motor racing for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Unearthing genuine driving talent from the world of gaming is a real example of digital age performance and the innovation for which Nissan is famous.”