Become A Real Life Racing Car Driver!

More than 1 million people have downloaded GT Academy 2010 with the possible chance of being a real race car driver

GT Academy 2010 is a competition set up by Nissan and PlayStation to unearth a real racing driver from the virtual world of the hugely successful Gran Turismo race simulation game. Run across 15 European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand, 19 winners will have the chance to take part in a racing driver ‘boot camp’ at Silverstone Circuit. The eventual, overall winner will take the controls of a real Nissan 370Z race car to compete for a full season in the European GT4 Cup.

The Time Trial stage of GT Academy has given gamers the chance to download a new piece of Gran Turismo for PS3, offering a small taste of what is to come in the new Gran Turismo 5 due for release this year.

The download features the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, a newcomer to the Gran Turismo series.

Players drive the circuit using a standard, roadgoing virtual version of Nissan’s stunning new 370Z and a race-tuned version of the same car. Their combined lap times give them their position on their territory leader board.

The fastest 20 players from each territory, when the competition closes at midnight GMT on 24 January, will then battle it out at a live national final event. Nineteen winners, from across the participating territories, will be invited to take part in the five-day GT Academy 2010 event at Silverstone to be schooled in racing technique by top-quality instructors.