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From Nürburgring to Munich
Posted by | June 25, 2014

The day after completing the Nürburgring 24 hour race, without rest we were back on the autobahn, driving 560km south east to Munich.

2階でラウンジの片付けを終えてパドックへ降りると、そこには祭りの後の寂しさだけが残っていました。

Coming out of the lounge after cleaning up, only the melancholy of the aftermath remained at the paddocks.

June 25, an announcement regarding a long term partnership between the FIA and Gran Turismo was made, with a presentation at the headquarters of the ADAC in Munich.

June 25, an announcement regarding a long term partnership between the FIA and Gran Turismo was made, with a presentation at the headquarters of the ADAC in Munich.

The FIA stands for the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, and they represent all of the automobile groups around the world (Automobile clubs and associations) and its members, and works towards international automobile safety as well as for the international development and expansion of motor sports, issuing racing licenses for drivers, governing automobile races around the world (establishing sporting rules), and hosting a variety of the worlds most famous racing events including the F1, rally, and touring car championships.

Before announcing the start of the Motorex conference hosted by the FIA, its chairman Jean Todt made a special announcement regarding a partnership with Gran Turismo, and introduced Kazunori Yamauchi.

Before announcing the start of the Motorex conference hosted by the FIA, its chairman Jean Todt made a special announcement regarding a partnership with Gran Turismo, and introduced Kazunori Yamauchi.

Kazunori Yamauchi then gave a presentation regarding the partnership with the FIA. One of the topics was regarding the FIA certifications for safety and precision of our racetracks, making our tracks in the game the first virtual racing tracks in the world to be certified by the FIA. The other was an overview of an FIA online championship planned to start in spring of 2015.

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After the presentation, the FIA chairman himself invited the guests to the show floor where Gran Turismo 6 was set up with a 3 screens. While we were unsure what the leaders of the world’s automobile associations thought of the video game called Gran Turismo, or how this announcement and game would be received by them before the presentation, we found that their understanding for what we are trying to do was much deeper than we thought. A large number of representatives from a lot of different countries took interest in the possible future this could bring, and we were relieved that they were eager to talk to us regarding its possibilities.

Former F1 driver, Emerson Fittipaldi. He told us that he has a full setup of Gran Turismo with a racing seat and steering wheel at his house, but it's seat is often taken up by his son. Mr. Fittipaldi also has a deep interest and understanding for our activities.

Former F1 driver, Emerson Fittipaldi. He told us that he has a full setup of Gran Turismo with a racing seat and steering wheel at his house, but it’s seat is often taken up by his son. Mr. Fittipaldi also has a deep interest and understanding for our activities.

The pioneer of female drivers in Japan, Ms. Keiko Ihara was invited by the chairman himself to take the wheel. She exclaimed, "I've had champagne already, I shouldn’t be driving!" but was eventually convinced to display her driving skill for everyone present.

The pioneer of female drivers in Japan, Ms. Keiko Ihara was invited by the chairman himself to take the wheel. She exclaimed, “I’ve had champagne already, I shouldn’t be driving!” but was eventually convinced to display her driving skill for everyone present.

FIA Chairman Jean Todt, also a former rally driver. The faces of everyone around were full of smiles. I guess when you see someone having fun, it puts a smile on your face.

FIA Chairman Jean Todt, also a former rally driver. The faces of everyone around were full of smiles. I guess when you see someone having fun, it puts a smile on your face.

 

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