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 |  Nov 15 2013, 10:02 AM

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If the teaser photo shown here is any indication, Mercedes is hiding something stunning under that plain cloth. 

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 |  Jul 02 2013, 2:37 PM

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This year’s Nissan GT Academy will kick off at 8 p.m. EDT when the Gran Turismo 6 demo for the Sony PlayStation 3 hits the Playstation Network as a free download.

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 |  Jun 27 2013, 10:02 AM

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Sony has announced that a playable demo of Gran Turismo 6 will be available on July 2, 2013 for download on its PlayStation Network.

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 |  Oct 29 2012, 9:45 AM

The Nissan GT Academy is back for a second season on television, and once again the Japanese automaker is challenging some of America’s top video gamers to see if they have what it takes to be professional racing drivers.

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 |  Jul 20 2012, 3:01 PM

Regional competition wrapped up for the Nissan Playstation GT Academy in the U.K., solidifying the date when a new pro race car driver will be chosen.

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 |  Jun 26 2012, 3:40 PM

Can video games really become a reality? Absolutely and if you’re one of our regular readers you probably know how that can happen: the Nissan GT Academy.

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 |  Jun 01 2012, 5:32 PM

Fraught with delays and uncertainty, Texas’ latest race track, the Circuit of the Americas, is still under construction. Despite that, a digital version is ready to go, giving gamers the first crack at the new track.

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 |  May 01 2012, 3:31 PM

Keeping in line with Scion‘s youth oriented branding, the company is holding a promotion which gets every new Scion iQ buyer a free Playstaion Vita handheld gaming system. 

From May 1 through July 31, 2012, Scion is offering the promotion, to promote iQ owners driving the car in virtual reality. MotorStorm RC is a virtual racing game that is provided to Playstation Vita users free from Scion, and includes the iQ as one of the eligible race cars in the game. So when the iQ buyer can’t enjoy the car on the roads, at least they can enjoy it on their new Playstation Vita.

“Similar to the PS Vita, the Scion iQ comes loaded with premium technological features, has a focus on functionality, is concentrated into a suitably small package and most importantly is tons of fun,” said Jack Hollis, the vice president of Scion.

 |  Mar 07 2012, 4:45 PM

There is probably no better way to attract the attention of a different demographic than by offering something for free. And gamers love free things, especially when it’s an actual game.

Sony’s newest portable handheld, the PS Vita, has only been in America for less than a month and Japanese automaker Scion has cleverly teamed up with Sony to sponsor the MotorStorm RC game for the PS Vita, and making it free for a limited time. And this isn’t just some cheesy demo with a limited playtime or courses to race through, this is the full game for free.

But of course Scion has to get something out of this, and that would be the inclusion of the custom RC version of a Scion iQ in the game. We’re not even going to complain about that, since it’s just additional content that’s free.

MotorStorm RC packs 16 unique tracks with four different racing environments as players race with radio-controlled vehicles with hundreds of customization options. Sony didn’t announce how long the promotion will be running for, so if you’ve got yourself a PS Vita, you better head off to the PlayStation Store as quickly as possible to snag yourself a free game.

It’s also 646 MB, for those wondering how much space it’ll take up on your precious, overly priced, and proprietary memory card.

Watch a video about MotorStorm RC after the break.

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 |  Jan 16 2012, 8:15 AM

The team of racers assembled from the Nissan Playstation GT Academy earned themselves a remarkable honor at the Dubai 24 Hour race this weekend, finishing third in their class and 26th overall. All four drivers, Lucas Ordoñez, Jordan Tresson, Bryan Heitkotter and Jann Mardenborough, are GT Academy grads, having started out behind the wheel of virtual race cars to win the opportunity to attend the GT Academy racing program.

The team qualified the #100 car fourth in their class and despite some mechanical issues the four drivers endured all 24 hours of the race without any damage to the Nissan 370Z while earning a podium finish.

This is truly an unprecedented achievement in the world of motorsports. As we all know, it’s tough enough to earn a podium finish as a professional racer with a complete team backing you up. So to take four virtual gamers from Gran Turismo, train them – with Heikotter and Mardenborough having less than a year to go from gamer to racer – and to finish third in the class, the GT Academy should be extremely proud.

Who said video games are a waste of time?

 |  Jan 07 2012, 4:00 PM

Apparently the regular-sized edition of Gran Turismo 5 wasn’t good enough for public consumption anymore. Polyphony Digital and Sony have decided to super-size the popular racing simulator, releasing a new XL Edition that’s set to hit store shelves on January 17th.

Naturally the XL Edition will include all of the original GT5‘s contents but now includes all of the updates up to and including Spec 2.0 on the game disc. In addition, those that shell out $39.99 for the game will also get a voucher that’s good for $20 of DLC content. That means you can grab yourself Racing Car Pack, Car Pack 2, Course Pack, Racing Gear Pack and/or Paint Pack.

Those that just want to impress visitors to their homes though will also be able to show off a new reversible inside cover sheet that features the Red Bull X2011 supercar.

It’s a great buy for those that haven’t taken the plunge to purchase the original Gran Turismo 5 yet.

 |  Jan 04 2012, 11:00 AM

We’re not going to sit here and pretend we actually know what’s going on in this video, other than the fact that it’s just really awesome.

Back in the days of the original Gran Turismo on Sony’s first Playstation, there was a futuristic racing game called Wipeout that essentially featured levitating racing ships. Now Sony decided to play a clever hoax by pretending to be the Japanese Institute of Science and Technology to bring Wipeout to real life.

The video basically showcases the concept of quantum levitation with hopes to “revolutionize the world of motor transport”. We believe Sony just wanted to make Wipeout happen in real life.

This demo of quantum levitation is purely clever marketing, but awesome nonetheless to watch. Essentially when an electrically and magnetically neutral object is super-cooled to below -301 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes a superconductor. That means it conducts electricity with no resistance and no energy loss.

Got that much? Thanks to the Meissner effect, these superconductive objects repel magnetic fields essentially allowing an object to hover above a magnetic track. Sony puts all that to magic, demonstrating what it would be like to have their concepts a reality in our world.

So why would we believe it’s Sony? Simple, the Copyright in the video belongs to Sony (and not just because of the use of Wipeout’s logo) – but also the fact that Sony has a new Wipeout game coming out in February. Clever.

Make sure to check out the awesome video after the break.

[Source: CNet News]

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 |  Nov 12 2011, 10:00 AM

Go ahead and start the jokes now on how long it’ll be until Gran Turismo 6 sees daylight, but the creator of the famous racing simulator franchise has confirmed GT6 is currently under development. Kazunori Yamauchi made the comments during an interview at the SEMA Show’s Gran Turismo awards, where he also spoke about the new downloadable content (DLC) for GT5.

“Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6. Things that we can provide through DLC we will, so that’s really the market difference.”

So how far along are they in developing GT6? We’re not sure. The bigger question now is whether or not it’ll make it to Sony’s Playstation3 or its successor, the Playstation4. And will we have to endure delays if Polyphony decides that development should take place on the next-generation console once it’s officially announced? Guess we shouldn’t hold our breath, something tells us the next generation of drivers will be the ones lining up to get their hands on this one.

[Source: IGN]

 |  Nov 12 2010, 1:28 PM

The time has come for automotive enthusiasts and gamers alike. Gran Turismo 5 has been given an official release date for the umpteenth time this year, with November 24th as the official date.

The date conincides with the start of the Thanksgiving holiday, giving you a convenient excuse to ignore family, eat lots of turkey, and sit in front of the television.

We’re anxiously awaiting the chance to experience the game, as well as Fanatec’s wheel and pedal package . Plus, you have another reason to avoid Black Friday shopping – you’ve already got what you need to keep you satisfied for the rest of the year.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

 |  Aug 24 2010, 2:44 AM

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Some of us real passionate gamers don’t think Gran Turismo 5 will make it to our grubby little hands anytime soon. But there’s always reason to hope that the company’s continuous delay in releasing the game is well worth the wait. This is probably not one of those highlights that makes us thankful that they delayed the release of the game, but it shows just how thorough GT5 will be.

The second generation Prius was available in Gran Turismo 4, so this isn’t exactly huge on the ‘wow’ factor, but it’s nice to know that they’re shoving in every new vehicle they possibly can to keep the game up-to-date when it’s finally released. And given just how successful the third-gen Toyota Prius is in Japan, it’s no surprise that Gran Turismo 5 will be featuring it.

It probably won’t be one of those awesomely popular cars to race, but for 3rd generation Prius owners, it’s pretty cool. We do find it thoroughly entertaining that it looks like a Nissan Versa is dusting it on the very scenic track.

GALLERY: Toyota Prius Gran Turismo 5

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[Source: PriusChat]

 |  Oct 20 2009, 9:52 AM

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Once again PlayStation and Polyphony Digital will present the Gran Turismo Awards at this year’s SEMA Show, where the Best of Show winner will have their vehicle immortalized in an upcoming Gran Turismo video game. Editors from numerous industry publications will choose the class winners in  five categories (Best Hot Rod; Best Japanese Import; Best European Import; Best Domestic Automobile; and Best Truck/SUV). Then Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi will pick the overall Best of Show car, which will be featured as a drivable vehicle in the racing simulator game Last year JR Rocha took the top sot for his wild Infiniti G37 (pictured above).

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Wednesday, November 4th at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort. Think you car has what it takes? Follow the link for details on how to send in your application.

[Source: SEMA]