Sony annuncia il ritorno della GT Academy, la competizione organizzata in collaborazione con Nissan che mira a portare i giocatori sulle piste reali: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe e Nissan hanno annunciato il ritorno di NISMO PlayStation GT Academy, la competizione che miscela virtuale e reale, arrivata alla sesta edizione. Per partecipare alle qualificazioni online, che avranno inizio il 21 aprile, sarà necessario avere una copia di Gran Turismo 6, titolo in esclusiva su PlayStation 3.
Dalla prima edizione del 2008 a oggi, GT Academy ha già visto la partecipazione di quasi quattro milioni di concorrenti, giocatori e appassionati di automobilismo che si sono sfidati a Gran Turismo per diventare "atleti Nismo", piloti da corsa che gareggiano per Nissan con i colori della sua divisione sportiva, NISMO.
Il successo di GT Academy cresce senza sosta, coinvolgendo ormai concorrenti di tutto il mondo. I campioni 2014, infatti, saranno scelti tramite competizioni in Europa, Germania e Stati Uniti, oltre che nella nuova International GT Academy, riservata ad Australia, India, Medio Oriente (Emirati Arabi Uniti, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Arabia Saudita, Libano e Kuwait), Messico e Thailandia. Dopo aver completato i tre mesi del Driver Development Programme (corso di addestramento piloti), giudicato uno dei migliori programmi al mondo, i cinque campioni globali di GT Academy 2014 potranno ottenere il premio tanto ambito: guidare un'auto da corsa Nissan durante la celebre 24 Ore di Dubai del gennaio 2015.
Gran Turismo 6 gamers have the chance to become a Nissan NISMO racing driver
Previous GT Academy champions now racing in GP3 and Le Mans 24 Hours
Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced that gamer-to-real-racer competition the NISMO PlayStation GT Academy returns for a sixth instalment in 2014. Online qualifying on PlayStation’s Gran Turismo 6 game begins on 21 April.
The GT Academy competition has attracted nearly four million entries since its inception in 2008, with gamers and motor sport fans battling it out for the chance to become the next NISMO Athlete, one of the elite racing drivers competing for Nissan under the banner of its motor sport arm, NISMO.
Proof of the success of the virtual-to-reality competition can be seen in the stunning on-track results of its graduates. Briton Jann Mardenborough, a Le Mans 24-hour podium finisher, will compete in Formula One™ feeder series GP3 in 2014. His meteoric rise since winning GT Academy in 2011 sees him racing for Arden International while also undertaking a Red Bull Racing Driver Development Programme.
Meanwhile, inaugural-winner, Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez takes his talents overseas in 2014 to race for NISMO in the competitive Japanese Super GT Championship. Lucas and 2012 GT Academy champion Wolfgang Reip (Belgium) will also contest this summer’s Le Mans 24 Hour race in Nissan’s fascinating ZEOD RC ‘Garage 56’ entry.
Fuelled by this success, GT Academy’s global footprint continues to grow. Champions will be selected in 2014 from competitions in Europe, Germany, USA and a new International GT Academy comprising Australia, India, Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Kuwait), Mexico and Thailand.
GT Academy Europe 2014 is comprised of France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Russia, Sweden, Poland and Czech Republic.
After completing an intensive three-month Driver Development Programme, rated among the best in the world, the five global GT Academy 2014 champions will qualify for the ultimate prize - driving a Nissan in the gruelling Dubai 24 Hour race in January next year.
NISMO’s Global Head of Brand Marketing and Sales, Darren Cox, commented, “Nissan and NISMO are proud to launch the sixth instalment of GT Academy with our friends at PlayStation and Polyphony Digital. Six years ago this innovative approach was seen as a risk, but it is now a firmly established route to professional motorsport. GT Academy started in Europe but is now expanding globally with new editions being launched in several emerging markets. To highlight the global nature, our European winners have become NISMO Athletes and are racing across the globe in several top level championships. We are looking forward to discovering even more new stars in 2014. Anyone who thinks they have what it takes should give GT Academy a go. Not everyone can win, but the experience is hugely rewarding at every stage of the competition.”
Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital, explained: "I am very proud that GT Academy has returned for its sixth season, and that Gran Turismo together with Nissan will once again serve as the platform for the development of new racing drivers, whom otherwise would not have had the chance to pursue their dreams. Even if you don’t make it through to the next round of GT Academy, the GT6 qualifying challenge will improve your skills as a driver and all players taking part will be rewarded with in-game credits to enhance their experience.”
As well as entering GT Academy via Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation®3, racing driver hopefuls can also get involved via a series of live events and for the first time, through a Facebook based challenge. Entry details can be found on: www.facebook.com/GTAcademy and http://gran-turismo.com.