Gran Turismo 5 has been touted as one of the most realistic racing games in the world, and we’re fascinated to see how one US blogger gets on in his quest to take his talent on the PS3 to the racetrack.
Emerson Trimble is writing on 0-60 Mag about his aim to qualify for the GT Academy, a programme run by Sony and Nissan to pluck a top-notch racing gamer from more than 50,000 bedroom Schumachers, and turn him or her into a real racing driver. The Maine native has just written a blog on his considerable attempts to qualify for the US finals this week, and after dozens of hours looking to shave milliseconds of his best times, now has his sights set on a place in the world final, to be held at Silverstone in the UK.
At the end of the finals, which will see the best PS3 racers put into a range of Nissan race cars, the winner will be offered a race seat in a professional team. We’re looking forward to his report from the US finals in Florida and seeing how he gets on.
The first winner of GT Academy, Spaniard Lucas Ordonez, has shown the potential of virtual racers – the 25 year old took his prize of a race seat in the 2009 Dubai 24 Hours and this weekend picked up second place in the LMP2 category at the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida, piloting a Nissan-powered Signatech prototype. So, now you have an excuse to spend all weekend parked in front of the TV with a plastic steering wheel in your hand. Get practicing.
Via 0-60 Mag