The dream of gamers around the world is about the come true, with the chance to turn their virtual driving skills into real life racing credentials. Welcome to GT Academy 2016. This is a collaborative project between Nissan and PlayStation where gamers can compete for the best lap times while playing Gran Turismo Sport.
Currently, the competition is open to gamers in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, the Philippines, and Thailand. More regions will have their own competitions when Gran Turismo Sport officially launches on the PlayStation 4 on November 15th. Here at 171 Nissan, we anticipate (and very much hope) that North America will be part of that release.
Gamers from each region with the fastest lap times are invited to the GT Academy, where they go through intense, face-to-face, real world race challenges where the winner of that competition gets the opportunity to become a NISMO Athlete.
The first GT Academy competition was held in 2008 and since then the program has stunned the racing world with its success. GT Academy winners that are current NISMO Athletes include Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordonez, Ricardo Sanchez, Romain Sarazin, Matt Simmons, and others.
While the competition currently isn’t open for North America, that doesn’t mean you can’t start practicing!
Here at 171 Nissan we love our adrenalin pumping roller coasters just as much as the next family! It wasn’t very long ago that we were hitting the six flags gates (RIP Six Flags New Orleans) every weekend to in order to feel the thrill of those hairpin turns and sudden drops! But what do we do when we want a more adrenalin, more Gs, and more speed? Well many would believe the next step is a racecar…but do you pull more Gs in a racecar or during a hairpin turn of a roller coaster? Well Nissan’s Nismo sent two of their green horn drivers, Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhistkiy, out to an amusement park in the UK with a few dashboard cams and some g-force meters to see if you get a bigger pull on a rollercoaster or in the cockpit of a Nismo racecar!
You can view part two of this awesome video here, but it looks like in order to get the most g-force and the most excitement, nothing beats the thrill of Nismo racecar cockpit! Although some coasters may come close![Top]