The first official "Gran Turismo" app is now available on the App Store

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The first official “Gran Turismo” app is now available on the App Store. This App contains not only gameplay information, but also a new dynamic vehicle database and Beyond The Apex, a special booklet that breaks down, in detail, the art of vehicle and driving dynamics. Beyond the Apex was previously only available in the limited-release edition of Gran Turismo 6 sold in Japan and Asia.

The app will be available on the App Store in selected countries after 0:00AM (midnight) on July 30th 2014 (local time). For more details, please visit the special page from the Related Link below.

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BMW and PlayStation team up for a special Photomode Event

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Over the next few weeks, both BMW and PlayStation® will be keeping an eye out for your best in-game images of specific BWM cars captured through Photomode within Gran Turismo®6. Each week you can post your favorite image of the selected vehicle to the Gran Tursimo® Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GranTurismo) or Tweet the image to (https://twitter.com/thegranturismo) using the designated hashtag.

We will then be selecting one photo per week and sharing it with over 20 million fans through the BMW and Gran Turismo social network channels.

Weekly Schedule:

Week 1: Starting 8AM (PDT), July 28th
Vechicle: BMW Vision GT
Hashtag: #BMWPhotoVGT

Week 2: Starting 8AM (PDT), Aug 4th
Vehicle: BMW M4
Hashtag: #BMWPhotoM4

Week 3: Starting 8AM (PDT), Aug 11th
Vehicle: BMW 507
Hashtag: #BMWPhoto507

Week 4: Starting 8AM (PDT), Aug 18th
Vehicle: BMW Z4 GT3
Hashtag: #BMWPhotoZ4GT3

(*To learn more about exporting photos to your PS3™ XMB and then to an external device, please refer to the links at the bottom of this page)

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Update Details (1.10)

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An update for Gran Turismo 6 has been released. The following is a list of the main features introduced:

Vision Gran Turismo

The “Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo” and the “NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo” have been released.

After the update has been installed, the cars can be purchased from the [Vision GT] option within the [CARS] section in “My Home”. Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the cars by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Events, available only for a limited time.

Brake Caliper Paint

It is now possible to repaint the brake calipers on cars equipped with [Racing Brakes] purchased within the [Suspension] menu of [Tuning Parts]. Please note there are certain cars that cannot be repainted using this feature.

Customization of car numbers

More cars have been made compatible with the [Driver Number] feature in the [Garage]. There is also an increased selection of [Base] sheet designs on which the numbers can be displayed.

Engine brake reduction control on formula cars disabled

We have disabled the engine brake reduction control that was active on certain formula cars. (This is a feature that helps you avoid spinning out from excessive braking forces generated by the engine while the throttle is in the off position. This was accomplished by slightly opening the throttle while cornering even with no input to the accelerator.)

For more details on each of the above features, please refer to the online manual on gran-turismo.com.

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Introducing the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

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The “NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo” has been released on “Gran Turismo 6″, available exclusively on PlayStation®3. Experience the Hybrid GT concept that has been instilled with the downforce theory of racing cars.

How to receive it

After Update 1.10 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in “My Home” (here, you can also find the car’s presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

In its 80 year history, Nissan has always continued to pursue the possibilities of sports driving. Especially in GT cars with a focus on Grand Touring, it has succeeded in establishing a unique brand image in achieving unbeatable levels of performance balanced with daily utility and comfort. And now, they have brought out their vision of the near future, and the next generation GT Concept; the “NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo”.

Through digitalization of development environments, expressions in design and development processes have been undergoing a revolutionary change in recent years. As designers are now introduced to environments where they can express and share their insights more quickly, they have discovered new possibilities in realizing their imaginations in tangible forms; this time in the virtual environment called Gran Turismo. The styling study modeled virtually, by young designers in the UK, in turn set aflame the passions of young engineers on the development side in Japan, instigating a variety of technical evaluations and simulations that led to the ignition of the 3D vehicle in the Vision Gran Turismo Project.

The styling proposed by designers in Nissan Design Europe based in London who have been in touch with the UK’s long running culture in racing and Grand Tourers, takes on a look that shows an authentic silhouette, backed by bold details and a thorough technical knowledge that is at the very core of Nissan. This is what lead to features like the prominently shaped fenders that are fitted to the front and rear like wings, in front and rear of the frame surrounding the 2+2 cabin.

These organic-looking front fenders and the geometric rear fenders both surround the tires to meet each other, and the air rushing forth from the front is cut apart and led into the body with its precision features. The air entering the front side inlet goes through the inner side of the wheels, and is drawn out in an accelerated manner due to the exhaust under the front fender outlet. This allows the body to cut through the wall of air at high speeds with minimal effort. Behind this point a flow is created in the rear fender allowing the air to escape behind, minimizing the turbulence behind the car. If you focus just on the airflow, you will realize that despite its boxy shape, it is configured much like a Le Mans racing car.

The rear active wing is raised or lowered according to speed, and at 300 km/h (186 mph) it pushes over 400kg of downforce directly onto the differential block. At the under floor, the front upsweep which leads air from the under floor to the front fender outlet combined with the large rear diffuser creates a strong vacuum, producing downforce equivalent to that of racing cars. There are many ideas like this which utilize everything for a driving advantage, effectively applied along with its speed.

The powertrain utilizes a high performance hybrid FR-4WD system with a V6 twin turbo engine, combined with 3 motors. The high output motors in the front and rear produces instant and powerful acceleration under any condition with the push of the pedal, and the acceleration is maintained by the engine to your next corner. The torque vectoring of the individual front motors on the left and right, and the active suspension maximizing aerodynamic performance at all times results in smooth cornering performance even at extremely high speeds, perfecting a car that packs performance that can unleash the driver at any speed range.

The NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is a combination of designer intuition and detailed technical evaluation, a vision, a possibility, and a proposal made by Nissan for the coming future.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!

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Introducing the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo

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The “Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo” has been released on “Gran Turismo 6″, available exclusively on PlayStation®3. Experience the elegant performance machine that shows you a glimpse into the future of Aston Martin.

How to receive it

After Update 1.10 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in “My Home” (here, you can also find the car’s presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo

The Aston Martin Design Prototype 100 joins the stable of Vision Gran Turismo racers. It was developed entirely in-house by the brand’s Design team, led by Design Director Marek Reichman.

Design Prototype 100, also referred to as DP-100, was created by a highly experienced team which worked on the project for six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

DP-100 not only looks beautiful, but also boasts a high degree of engineering integrity. The twin-turbo V12 mid-engined racer offers up to 800 BHP, endowing it with blistering performance fully in keeping with the high octane nature of the game.
Created utilizing many of the same techniques as applied in the development of Aston Martin production sports cars – hand sketches and 3D modeling, followed by full realization in the virtual world – DP-100 provides an exceptional level of detail with a fully functioning suspension system and state-of-the-art electronics.

As with 2013’s Aston Martin centenary celebration concept car – the CC100 Speedster – some of the design cues visible in DP-100 such as the light blade rear lamps could also feed through into future production sports cars from the world-renowned British luxury brand.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!

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"Rise After Falling" documentary of the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race released

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The Nürburgring 24 hour race took place from Thursday, June 19th to Sunday the 22nd at the German Nürburgring circuit. A movie documenting the battles in this race by Gran Turismo series producer Kazunori Yamauchi together with Schulze Motorsports; “Rise After Falling” has been released.

Kazunori Yamauchi entered the race again this year as a driver for Schulze Motorsports, in the SP9 GT3 category, which is also the class that vies for the overall victory in this race. The car is the same Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 as last year (Car #24), but with completely revised settings from the ground up, providing an entirely new challenge..

However, an accident befell the team early during the competition weekend. During the first qualifier on the 19th, at the exit of an ultra high speed corner 13km into the Nordschleife, Yamauchi collided with a lower class car that blocked his racing line. The machine sustained heavy damaged to the front and lost its right front wheel, with Yamauchi having to be carried by ambulance to the hospital. Yamauchi fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries, but the damage to the machine was hopelessly severe.

The car was returned to the tent in the paddocks. But even after seeing the crumpled machine, the team’s will to race, had not wavered even for a moment. And as if resonating with that will and desire, support and parts were received from countless teams and people, and the repairs which seemed impossible at first became possible. 21 hours from the accident, just 15 minutes before the final qualifier, the engine breathed fire again, and the car went on to participate in the final race of the following day, successfully completing the 24 hour race. Not only that, they marked 14th place overall (11th in class), the highest ranking they have ever achieved, even above other powerful customer racing teams.

The video “Rise After Falling” is a summary of the transition from the crash in qualifying to the finish of the race, shown with beautiful image effects. You can also visit to the Blog article on “Gran Turismo Pit Stop” from the related link below, where this movie can be viewed together with a recollection of the events from Yamauchi himself.

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GT Academy Graduate Jann Mardenborough Wins GP3 Race at German Grand Prix

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Virtual-to-reality, gamer-to-racer, sim-to-win – call it what you like! Jann Mardenborough showed the world he has got what it takes to win in GP3 at the weekend, against the cream of the crop of single-seater racing talent. A polished and composed drive from pole position saw Jann take the checkered flag for Arden International as the winner of race two at Hockenheim, just hours before the Formula One cars took to the track for the German Grand Prix.

Mardenborough was a student preparing for college when he won the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition. Since then he has been a model student of Nissan’s driver development program and become an incredible professional racing driver. Just over a month ago his performance at the Le Mans 24 Hours caused a great deal of excitement and in Hockenheim he took everything he has learned and turned it into victory in GP3, the series for aspiring Formula One drivers.

“I learned at the British race at Silverstone that I need to look after my tires,” said Jann. “Since then the team has worked hard with me, both at the workshop and in the Red Bull simulator. During race one I started 14th but worked hard to manage my tyre wear and sure enough when some of the others ‘fell off the cliff’ I was able to get up to eight place, which I was very pleased about. The tyre wear on Saturday was amplified by the heat so it was good that the team had drilled all this information into me and I was able to manage the situation.”

Eighth place in race one means pole position for race two. Jann is known for having a very cool head when under pressure and during race two it showed. He controlled the race from the front like the true professional he is.

“I got a good start and was able to control the pace,” he explained. “I could push when I wanted to push and ease off when I wanted to. It feels so good to win. The only time I ever drink Champagne is when I win a race – not a podium finish, only a win – and I haven’t tasted it since February so it tasted good today! I call it Winner’s Juice!”

To complete the perfect day, Jann also took the fastest lap of the race.

GT Academy 2014 getting serious around the globe

GT Academy is now in its sixth year and continues to unearth incredible raw talent. This year’s national finals have now taken place around the world as GT Academy expands to ever more countries. The famous ‘Race Camp’ has already taken place at Silverstone for the German version of the Academy. Meanwhile, the European Race Camp runs from 29 July to 6 August and will feature competitors 42 of Europe’s most talented Gran Turismo 6 gamers from 12 countries.

European Race Camp is followed by a new international grouping that includes competitors from Thailand, Mexico, Australia, India and the Middle East. Next up, the Americans will move into the ‘home of British motorsport’ for the final Race Camp of 2014. All of the competitors will be desperate to show they have what it takes to follow in Jann’s footsteps. But winning GT Academy will just be the beginning.

“The training and support we get after winning GT Academy is amazing,” said Jann. “For me to get to this level in single seaters just shows how good the program is. It’s not a case of winning GT Academy and just going racing at all. They push us hard, every day. I keep learning and progressing all the time and today’s result proves that it works.”

The GT Academy winners from Germany, Europe, the USA and the international group will immediately be thrust into the comprehensive Nissan Driver Development Program with a view to racing in the international Dubai 24 Hours Race in January, 2014. Those with enough talent and determination may get the chance to compete as NISMO Athletes.

Article source: http://www.gran-turismo.com/us/news/00_3655698.html

Gran Turismo 5 Update Notice (2.17)

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After the installation of Update 2.16 and the consequent decommissioning of the GT5 servers, players were no longer able to install previously purchased DLCs for GT5. In order to address this issue, we are releasing a new game and server update:

Update Schedule

21st July 2014, from 8:00PM (PST)

Update Details

- The installation process for Downloadable Content has been changed. Users will no longer need to connect to the GT5 servers in order to install additional content.

After installing Update 2.17, users who purchased DLCs from the PlayStation®Store in the past will be able to re-install them again, even if the GT5 online services have been terminated.

We would like to thank you all for your continuous support and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Day 2

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The second day of Goodwood opened with the unveil of the “Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo”. Its futuristic form and the high level of engineering it contains attracted many visitors, filling the Super Car Paddock with a wall of people.

After having confirmed the success of its unveil, Aston Martin’s design director Mr. Marek Reichman and Mr. Yamauchi also experienced driving the “Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo” on a special setup of “Gran Turismo 6″. While the incredible 800ps power of the V12 twin turbo is extreme, it was still fully under control thanks to Aston Martin’s long history and technology, providing confidence for the driver.

Exiting the Aston Martin Booth, Mr. Yamauchi headed for the Nissan NISMO booth, where he exchanged thoughts regarding the “NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo” with Nissan’s chief creative officer Mr. Shiro Nakamura. You could tell the level of interest for the car by the crowds constantly surrounding it. There were also long lines of people waiting to play on the Gran Turismo 6 sleds set up at the booth.

The Goodwood Festival grounds is like a daydream world for a car enthusiast. Walking down the paddock, legendary cars you’ve only seen in books and magazines are found within an arms reach, and gets your heart racing. A huge blast of sound prompts you to look up into the sky, where a group of British air force fighters zooms by overhead. The second day of Goodwood was also blessed with fine weather, and was a fantastic day for car lovers visiting the festival.

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Announcing the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo

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On the 27th of June (local time), Aston Martin announced its “Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held in West Sussex, UK. The car will be added to the PlayStation®3-exclusive title “Gran Turismo 6″ through a free update planned for July 2014.

Developed entirely in-house over a period of 6 months by the Design team at Aston Martin, led by Design Director Marek Reichman, the DP-100 not only looks beautiful, but it also boasts a high degree of engineering integrity. The twin-turbo V12 mid-engined racer offers up to 800 BHP, endowing it with blistering performance keeping true to the high octane nature of the game.

Created utilizing many of the same techniques as applied in the development of Aston Martin production sports cars – hand sketches and 3D modeling, followed by full realization in the virtual world – The DP-100 provides an exceptional level of detail with a fully functioning suspension system and state-of-the-art electronics.

Comment from Marek Reichman (Design Director)

“DP-100 has been an exciting and intensive project for the team here at Gaydon. Features such as the car’s revolutionary ‘active aerodynamics’ are there not just as a way of enhancing form, but also to support the car’s function in-game. As with the CC100 Speedster Concept(*), many of the design cues visible in DP-100, such as the light blade rear lamps, could also feed through into future sports cars that we’ll launch in the offline world so the importance of this project should not be underestimated.”

Comment from Kazunori Yamauchi (Gran Turismo Series Producer)

“When I first came face to face with this car at the Aston Martin Headquarters in Gaydon, UK, I was at a loss for words seeing the level of perfection in its design. I was surprised by the bold proposal of the car being the first midship layout model in Aston Martin history. And while it is clean and classy in design, it is also very emotional. Not only that, there was this future Aston Martin in front of me, that was so detailed it could be released on the market pretty much as is.”

(*The CC100 Speedster Concept is the 100th Anniversary model of Aston Martin, released in 2013.)

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