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