The spirit of racing returns to the gaming console
The much-anticipated driving simulator video game Gran Turismo 6 made its grand debut in Ronda, a town dramatically perched above a canyon in Adalusia, Spain. The sixth edition of the popular Gran Turismo franchise made its debut for the Sony Playstation 3 console as part of its 15th anniversary celebration. Dubbed as ‘the real driving simulator’, Gran Turismo 6 offers a new realistic physics engine and more online functionality. It comes with over 1,200 cars, 37 race tracks with seven new locations that include the Silverstone Circuit and Goodwood Hillclimb of England, the Bathurst Mount Panorama in Australia, Willow Springs International Raceway in the US, and Ascari Race Resort of Spain.
Among the 1,200 car roster will include over 120 new additions. The car list includes historic models, road cars, and race vehicles from FIA GT3, Le Mans, World Rally Championship and Nascar. A literally out-of-this-world Lunar Rover vehicle will also be available in the game.
One of the highlights revealed is the new Red Bull X2014 concept racecar, another collaboration with the energy drink company featuring another creation of Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey with game developer Polyphony Digital. Newey designed the previous Red Bull X-series cars featured in Gran Turismo 5, they have taken the project further in GT6 by making three versions: an X2014 Fan car (X2014/F), X2014 Standard car (X2014/S), and the X2014 Junior car (X2014/J).
Developers have also partnered with Mercedes-Benz to create the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, which recently made its public debut at the LA Auto Show. Several companies have also taken part with special development exclusively for Gran Turismo 6, they are: Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, Bertone, BMW, Daihatsu, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Honda, Infiniti, Italdesign, Jordan, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nike, Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru, SRT (Chrysler), Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Zagato.
The grand reveal held at the historic city of Ronda was matched by the town mayor’s naming of one its streets as ‘Paseo de Kazunori Yamauchi’ in honor of the game’s chief designer and professional race driver Kazunori Yamauchi.