Our 7th year challenging the Nürburgring 24 hour race. We develop the car through participation in the VLN Endurance Series starting in and around March every year, and the annual 24 hour race is our main objective. The front lines of this battlefield has provided a great contribution to the game development of Gran Turismo, as a testing ground for a variety of factors involved in building a racing car.
On the other hand, the participation in this race has also been a very fruitful place of activity for our Polyphony Digital team members. Starting from the preparation before departure, over 20 of our staff travel to Germany, pick up rental cars at the airport, drive through the Autobahn to the circuit, and work day and night together until the end of the final race.
The things they have to do vary far and wide – Setup of the circuit lounge and the pit box, arrangement of food and refreshments for the team staff and mechanics, shopping for snacks, food, drinks and other supplies needed for their every day operation. Even the small details that might be easier using a 3rd party supplier is done with their own hands. Providing hospitality for visitors to the team, analysis of vehicle data, photography and filming, online communications and operations with teams in Japan; the list goes on and is too much to list here.
This racing activity, in which we go through days of preparation from practice, qualifying and final, to which there is a clear result of our efforts in the car’s final rankings; is a concentrate of things that are very important to us in working together as a team in our normal day to day work.
And its because of the cooperation of these team members, that the drivers and mechanics are able to focus on their work. And moreover, there is a feeling that they are challenging something themselves. So this time around, I’d like to introduce the series of days until the end of the 24 hour race, with a focus on the new recruits in Polyphony Digital who have only recently joined the company (Some of whom are on their very first overseas business trip of their lives).