Major innovations in store for Gran Turismo Sport, the likes of which have not been seen since the original.
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In 1997, Gran Turismo (GT) introduced to the world the ability to realistically recreate automobiles in 3DCG and allow gamers to virtually experience them on their home consoles. Since then, the GT series has recorded a total of 76.74 million copies (*), breaking records and winning awards on the way. In 2017, the makers of GT will take the title to the next level with the release of Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation®4 console, where it will promote the rebirth of motorsports with its partnership with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
The latest road vehicles from around the world
You might think that from its name that Gran Turismo Sport is dedicated to competition models, but there are plenty of exciting production vehicles in the mix to cater to all driving enthusiasts.
Each vehicle has been recreated in remarkable detail, from the internal structure of the headlights to the gaps between the body panels and the stitching of the seats. We have strived to instill the passion of the car designers themselves who brought these cars to life from the sketch pad. The full lineup consists of 140 vehicles, including original cars. The following four are the ones we would like to spotlight.
Ferrari LaFerrari ’13
Introduced in 2013, the LaFerrari represented the spiritual successor to the F40, F50, and the Enzo. Built around a carbon-fiber monocoque body borrowed from Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars, the LaFerrari featured the company’s first hybrid drive system. By combing a gasoline engine with an electric motor, the Italian supercar produced an astounding 963ps. It lapped Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in 1 minute 19.9 seconds, beating the Enzo’s time by five seconds and the F12’s by 3.1 seconds.
Mazda Roadster S (ND) ’15
The skeletal form of the fourth-generation “ND” chassis of the Mazda MX-5 Miata was introduced at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The following September, the car’s exterior styling was revealed. Immediately, reaction, almost all of it positive, poured in from all over the world. While different markets received different engine displacements, the one thing that all new MX-5s had in common was its handling spirit, which embraced the term “Jinba Ittai” (Man Horse One Body). In April 2016, Mazda Miata sales, from the first generation to now, surpassed 1 million units and is still adding to that total, making it the Guinness World Record holder as the highest-selling two-seat compact sports car in history.
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GT S ’15
In 2014, the Mercedes AMG GT succeeded the SLS AMG as the flagship sports model for Mercedes Benz. The new king of the hill featured plenty of technology that included a solid aluminum space frame and newly-developed twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Also, its suspension system came equipped with electronically-controlled variable shocks and a drive select system with race mode that allowed even more aggressive driving. Those who opted fot the high performance “S” version received a more powerful 510-hp engine.
Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback ’15
The 50th anniversary Mustang, which bowed in 2014, was a completely new model that had its sights set on conquering the world market. Traditionally, the Mustang’s appeal was limited to North America, but this sixth-generation pony car was sold in 120 countries worldwide. Therefore, it was unlike the Mustangs that came before it: Its styling was more aggressive, and best of all, it finally came equipped with 4-wheel independent suspension, which replaced the old beam axle. The top-of-the-line GT model came with a 5.0-liter V-8 that pumped out 441ps, providing excellent performance on all fronts.
Original models only found in Gran Turismo
The racecars featured in Gran Turismo Sport are classified into categories based on real-world motorsports and tweaked to provide equal conditions during competition.
For example, Group 3 is based on the real-world GT3 class, which includes FIA-approved machines such as the Audi R8 LMS, McLaren 650S and Renault Sport R.S. 01 GT3. It also includes cars like the Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo, Subaru WRX and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 that have all been customized by Gran Turismo to meet GT3 specifications. This allows race fans who’ve always wanted to see GT3 versions of their favorite cars compete with others on the track.
In modifying these machines, actual vehicle regulations were taken into account, including everything from the wing and front spoilers to the steering wheel and instrument panel.
- Audi R8 LMS (Audi Sport Team WRT)
- McLaren 650S GT3
- Renault Sport R.S.01 GT3
- Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3
- Subaru WRX Gr.3
- Chevrolet Corvette C7 Gr.3
Vision Gran Turismo
“Vision Gran Turismo” allowed the world’s auto makers to design their fantasy machines and bring them to life in the virtual world of Gran Tursimo 6. This project will continue in Gran Turismo Sport. In addition to new upcoming cars, current Vision Gran Turismo vehicles—from companies such as Bugatti, Peugeot and Volkswagen—will be tuned so they can compete in the races in Gran Turismo Sport.
- Alpine Vision Gran Turismo Race Mode
- Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo
- HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
- Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo
- PEUGEOT Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3
- Dodge SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1
- Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3
- Volkswagen GTI Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3
A variety of new tracks, including the “Tokyo Expressway,” will debut in GT Sport
Building on the popularity of the many racetracks featured in previous Gran Turismo titles, including the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), there will be a number of new tracks in Gran Turismo Sport appearing in the series for the first time ever. These include the legendary “Tokyo Expressway” and the half-mile oval dubbed the “Northern Isle Speedway.”
The list below highlights six of the 19 tracks (and 27 layouts) that will be featured in Gran Turismo Sport.
Tokyo Expressway (New track)
This highly-anticipated course, made in the image of Tokyo’s Urban Expressway, recreates the looped central highway that was built during the economic growth of Japan. It weaves through skyscrapers and is bordered by tall concrete walls on both sides. There are plenty of elevation changes, and the driving environment can change from light to dark in an instant, thanks to the course’s variety of tunnels. If you like challenging drives, then this track is for you.
Northern Isle Speedway (New track)
The half-mile short oval (approx. 900 meters) is popular in American motorsports, and it appears for the first time in Gran Turismo. The width of the track is 16 meters wide and has banks set at a 31-degree angle, which provides for exciting racing, allowing cars to go two or three wide at a time.
Dirt Course (New track)
From the Rocky Mountains to the Mexican border, the Dirt Course treats you to the beauty of America’s Midwest. The path winds its way through cactus fields and desert shrubbery, over sand and rocks. Also, with a number of elevation changes throughout the long course and the slick driving surface, it’s sure to represent a fun challenge for even the serious off-roader.
This track, located in Kent, UK, was once a Formula 1 stop, but now it serves as a home to touring car races and the British F3 championships. The path winds through a small forest and features extreme elevation changes, but the corners are fairly straightforward, making it enjoyable for both beginners and experts. In addition to the full GP course, there is also a shorter Indy layout.
The Nürburgring serves as a testbed for the world’s automobile companies, as well as arguably the most exciting endurance races, some of which we at Gran Turismo have been a part of. The data we have collected there have been vital in the development of the game. The 20-km long track has extreme elevation changes, with the difference between its highest point to lowest measuring an astounding 300 meters. Also, there’s a variety of driving surfaces, making it one of the most difficult courses in the world. The track has been recreated using the latest technology, allowing you to experience the rich green of the Eifel region, the strong rays of sunlight and the grain of the asphalt like never before.
Willow Springs Raceway, Big Willow
A popular American circuit that has a rich history of more than 60 years, Big Willow has hosted CART and other high-profile racing series. Today, it serves as the home to numerous amateur contests and a high-speed test track for race teams and car companies. The layout is fairly straightforward, but because of the high-speed nature of the track, a small mistake often proves costly.
Real physics makes it easier to drive
Do you feel that driving a simulator is difficult, more difficult than driving a real-life car? Well, your opinion is about to change because we refined our physics to offer a better sense of control that honestly conveys the player’s input. In the same way you drive a real car, you will be able to control the vehicle represented in the game with increased depth to the controls. While it’s based on the principles of the very first Gran Turismo, the new physics engine has evolved significantly, making it suited for beginners and experts alike.
The joy of improving and advancing for everyone
The Campaign Mode of Gran Turismo Sport is a large scale offline content that provides a hands-on experience to allow even beginners to learn driving skills from scratch. They will eventually improve to a level where they can participate in major race events.
- Beginner’s School
- From basic skills such as hitting the brakes and how to turn into a corner, fundamentals can be learned from the bottom up, which will prove invaluable for newcomers to driving games.
- Mission Challenge
- As you work your way through short missions, you will automatically pick up fundamental driving skills without even realizing it. In the end, you will have a level of skill that will allow you to participate in major race events.
- Circuit Experience
- Through actual experience on a race track, you will step into the true world of high-performance driving. Use the knowledge of track layouts learned in the mission challenges to pick up the basics of how to conquer a race course.
- Race Etiquette
- In online, as well as real races, etiquette on the track is as important as performance. Learn the rules of etiquette and sportsmanship that’s required in all player-vs-player races. Even if you’re not a top driver with lots of confidence in your skill, you will still have plenty of fun because each player will be matched fairly with people of their own level for fair and equal online racing.
Everyone starts as a beginner in “Sport Mode”: Enjoyment that suits everyone
Enjoy the game with a play style that suits you best
The concept of sports isn’t restricted to only the top players who try to dominate their field. Rather, it’s meant for anyone who finds an activity they enjoy and then works to improve at it in a quest to meet or surpass their potential. Introducing a sportsmanship point system evaluating online race behavior, a player’s skill and behavior will be judged in daily races, and players with the same level will be matched in a fair manner.
FIA Gran Turismo Championships
In Sport Mode,” the online feature of Gran Turismo Sport, there will be two FIA-certified online championship series running at the same time.
The first is the “Nations Cup,” where players around the world represent their home country in the series. The other is the “Manufacturer Fan Cup,” in which players select their favorite auto maker and represent them in the series. And the fun isn’t restricted only to the one doing the driving, you can root for your favorite driver, country or manufacturer through live race broadcasts.
And the champions of both series will be recognized at the annual FIA prize giving ceremony alongside real life motorsport champions. This will be a historic moment when a video game becomes a part of official motorsport.
Enjoy spectating in “Gran Turismo Sport Live”
Gran Turismo Sport Live
The fun of real life sports is not only in doing it yourself as a player, but they are also fun to watch as a fan. You can also experience motorsport in “Gran Turismo Sport”, by watching the official races by the top players in “Sport Mode”.
These official races of the top players in “Sport Mode” will be hosted on the weekends. You can watch live broadcasts of these races in real TV-like format, with spot-on course cameras and even live commentary!
You can acquire a real motorsport license: The FIA Gran Turismo Digital License
The FIA Gran Turismo Digital License
By fulfilling various prerequisites, such as completing the lessons in racing etiquette in the Campaign mode of Gran Turismo Sport and reaching a certain level of achievement in Sport Mode, you will be eligible for the “FIA Gran Turismo Digital License” from your local ASN (national sports authority/automobile club). This will hold the same value as a real life license. As of May 2016, 22 countries/regions have expressed their wishes to participate in this program. We will announce the final list of participating regions, conditions, fees and procedures at a later date.
*The Licence card design is a work in progress and not final.
Feel the Light in the Graphics
The game and rendering engines from the original Gran Turismo have evolved to another level, one that will allow the user to “feel the rich lighting” of the graphics. If you study the car modeling carefully, you’ll notice that Gran Turismo’s quality goes so far as to measure the brightness of the car’s lights. We’ve also analyzed the paint layer structure with samples of real body paint to get the right hues, and even recreate the stitching of the fabric in the seats, all in order to reproduce the true character of a car.
Huge strides have also been made in landscape expressions. See each and every leaf on a tree as it sways in the wind. Weather, time, and the age of the tree are considered when reproducing it in the game, right down to its bark. Even the asphalt possesses unique characters, regarding its size, grain and distribution of the asphalt surface. Thanks to advanced data capturing and the perceptional talents of the artists, Gran Turismo approaches landscape reproduction from every aspect.
Making and sharing liveries: The “Livery Editor”
Recreating liveries of existing race cars
Gran Turismo Sport is equipped with a “Livery Editor” that enables players to customize the livery or their vehicles, or even recreate the livery of their favorite racecars. The created design can be shared between players. Surprise your friends with your originality and level of artistry.
- Start with a plain car model
- Select a decal
- Paste a decal
Travel the world with Scapes
The new world of photography introduced by Gran Turismo
“Scapes” is a new generation Photo Mode for Gran Turismo that highlights travel. This amazing technology may change the world of car photography as we know it. There are more than 1000 locations in Scapes that allows you to place the cars of your choice into the stage and photograph them.
- Spot selection
- Car positioning
- Deciding the framing
- Adjusting lighting and colors