Suzuka Circuit 2014
Posted by | November 17, 2014

In the fall of 2014, a series of international motorsports events were held in Japan; the F1GP and WTCC at the Suzuka circuit, the WEC at the Fuji speedway, and the Moto GP at Twin Ring Motegi. And in Gran Turismo, a large update is planned soon to update the Suzuka Circuit to its 2014 specifications.


SEMA 2014 and GT Awards in Las Vegas
Posted by | November 13, 2014

Hi everyone, I’m sorry it’s been a while since the Pebble Beach post in August. This post is regarding the SEMA show held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Annual GT Awards which is now in its 12th year. Las Vegas is all about the Casinos, but some of you may remember from GT4 that we had a Las Vegas Strip drag course, complete with bright neon lights.


BMW M4 M Performance Edition
Posted by | November 4, 2014

The BMW M4 Coupé that was first introduced to the world through Gran Turismo last year (http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/news/00_5667014.html) is planned for inclusion in another version, as a safety car based on the “BMW M4 M Performance Edition”. The base BMW M4 M Performance Edition will also be displayed from November 4th at the festival of custom automotive parts, the SEMA show hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada.


WEC 6Hours of FUJI
Posted by | October 14, 2014

Recently a discussion was held with WEC driver Kazuki Nakajima on the Toyota Motorsports Official website, crossing the real and the virtual worlds. And on October 12, round 5 of the FIA World Endurance Championships was held in Japan at the Fuji 6 Hour Endurance race. On location in the midst of real life motorsports, a special version of Gran Turismo was available to experience.


Regarding the Sound/Recording Engineer Job Offering
Posted by | September 9, 2014

Regarding the offer for the Sound/Recording Engineer position, we have received a large number of applicants from all around the world. Thank you for your enthusiasm for our projects ahead.

Kazunori Yamauchi and the Sound Production team are currently going through all the resumes to make the selections. We apologize for those applicants still waiting for a reply, as it is taking some time to go through the many applications that have been sent to us.

We will notify those who have passed the selection process shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Posted by | August 29, 2014

64 years ago in 1950, there was an automobile race held on a closed off public road running through the forests near Pebble Beach, in Monterey California. It is said that the participants of the race showing off their racing cars eventually developed into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The direct translation from French is the “contest of elegance”.


The finalists of GTAcademy Race camp 2014
Posted by | August 7, 2014

Continuing on from Last time, I’d like to introduce some of the national finalists gathered at the Silverstone Racecamp.

Alex Porazinski (Age 36) 2014 British Finalist

Thinking that GT Academy would be the only route that would fulfill his dream of becoming a professional racer, he made his challenge in the GT Academy starting from the first one in 2008, every year until 2012. He was always in the top 10 in the national rankings, but had a difficult time making it into race camp.


GT Academy Race Camp 2014, and Happy Birthday Mr. GT
Posted by | August 6, 2014

Can the best Gran Turismo player become a real life racing driver?

The GT Academy started in Europe in 2008, and the possibilities of this innovative driver discovery program based on a reality TV show was undoubtedly proven by the performance of Lucas Ordonez the winner of the GT Academy who stood on the podium of the Dubai 24H race soon after. He later continued to prove himself, achieving a podium finish at the famed LeMans 24 Hour race. The 2011 winner Jann Mardenborough is currently said to be a driver who may answer the next question of “whether a gamer can become an F1 Driver”.

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Rise after Falling – Nurburgring 24H 2014
Posted by | July 24, 2014

There was practically no time to despair.

On the first qualifier, the car’s settings were on the mark. The tires were producing more than adequate grip, and the GT-R GT3 was blazing through the Nordschleife at an excellent pace, with other cars looking as if they were standing still. Halfway through the Nürburgring lap where luck plays a huge role in terms of traffic, the GT-R GT3 had been able to come through at a great pace, weaving through the cars just in time, and coming to the long flat out section towards Klostertal I thought to myself, “This is a good lap, it’ll probably wrap up pretty good.” … and that might of made me a bit too bold.

Rushing out of the high speed left hand corner of Klostertal in 5th gear, a car appeared in front of me.

Regarding Engine Sounds of Gran Turismo: (Part.3)
Posted by | July 23, 2014

The Dynapack is a type of “Dynamo” that is used to measure engine output, but unlike a roller type where the car is placed on top of the machine, the dynamo for applying load to the car is connected directly to the wheel hub of the drive wheels. Because it is connected directly to the hub, you don’t have to worry about tire slippage as you do using a roller type. You can then change the loads on the car as you like.
This means that you can almost completely recreate driving conditions with the car at a stand still.
We can do things that are like magic; like keeping the engine rpm exactly at 3000 rpm even at full throttle. Its easy on a Dynapack.
This makes it like a machine that was tailor made for recording engine sound.
Since then, we have asked Tanabe san of Amuse for his help in recording engine sound, and the cars with high quality sounds in Gran Turismo are generally those that have been recorded on the Dynapack.


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