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!
People are often quick to criticize video game enthusiasts as lazy or uninspired. Saying things like “playing video games will never get you anywhere in life.” While this might be true in some instances, it certainly isn’t true when it comes to Nissan’s GT Academy.
In case you don’t know, the Nissan GT Academy is a function of the Playstation car racing game “Gran Turismo.” Known for its authenticity, “Gran Turismo” provides players with one of the most realistic driving experiences available. In fact, it is a driving experience so realistic that Nissan is using it to produce drivers for the cars they sponsor on professional circuits.
The GT academy is a free download where people can compete with other online racers to post the best times. If you do well enough, you may potentially get the opportunity to compete/star in episodes of Nissan’s GT Academy on Spike. The winner will eventually earn the chance to race on the professional circuit.
In addition to being really good at the video game, you’ll need to know the cars you’ll be driving inside and out. That means you’ll have to be an expert on the Nissan 370Z as well as the Nissan GT-R. Also you’ll have to be physically able to handle driving a racecar at 200+ miles per hour for hours at a time.
So while we here at 171 Nissan aren’t saying it will be easy, you could possibly become a professional speed demon by playing video games.[Top]