Nissan invites Australian virtual racers to rev their engines
Nissan Motor Company Australia and Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have announced the internationally-acclaimed GT Academy program will be racing to Australian shores in 2014.
Following high demand from fans, virtual racers will get the opportunity to turn their love for car racing into a real life experience by participating in the award winning virtualto-reality competition, Nissan PlayStation GT Academy.
To earn their grid position, racing driver hopefuls are asked to demonstrate their skill and determination to keep their name at the top of the Gran Turismo 6 leader board, only possible on PlayStation 3. The top gamers will be invited to compete at a live national final event, where the best competitors will be selected to represent Australia in International finals in the United Kingdom.
The winner of the International final will get the chance to become a professional race driver, as they’re put through an intensive Driver Development Programme to ready them for the chance to compete for Nissan at the Dubai 24 Hours.
Starting the journey from virtual to reality is simple. The nation’s top 14 Gran Turismo gamers will be identified via recording a series of online time trials using pre-selected digital Nissan vehicles available only through PS3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 6. An additional 14 gamers will be selected from live events to be held at V8 Supercars Championship events and other events around Australia.
These 28 will participate in a national final event where they will battle in special racing pods during a series of Gran Turismo 6 rounds, driving skill challenges in a real Nissan sports-car, a fitness challenge and a media test.
The top six performers from the national finals are invited to take part in the final selection round at Silverstone Circuit.
The Australian finalists will compete against 24 international hopefuls, getting the opportunity to compete in on-track evaluations, driving some of Nissan’s best road and race cars.
The top gamers will be invited to compete at a live national final event, where the best competitors will be selected to represent Australia in International finals in the United Kingdom