‘Nissan motor company’, a car manufacturing giant, ‘PS4’, a video game console brand from Sony’s pool, ‘GT Academy’, ‘India’, gamers and motor sports enthusiasts; each one of these are distinctly separate from the other, right? Yet, all soon would be sharing a common platform.
Hold on! Before you start pulling your hair in a desperate attempt to find the answer, let us join the dots and clear the air. It is a novel platform for the advancement of motor sports driving skills in the Republic of India, Nissan and PlayStation have established Gran Turismo (GT) Academy to search, develop and nurture car-racing talent in the country.
As most of the gamers around the world are aware, Gran Turismo acronym GT is a popular and extremely acclaimed racing video game series, designed exclusively for PlayStation by Polyphony Digital.
Moreover, GT academy is a unique virtual- to- reality competition that encourages the best Gran Turismo players to contest for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a real-life professional racecar driver.
Nissan and PlayStation have joined hands to bring GT academy, thereby extending its benefits to the Indian masses. Instituted in the year 2008, the academy is now operational in USA, Europe, Russia, Middle East and South Africa.
Selection of the candidates will start at Delhi’s Auto Expo by successfully clearing the game levels in simulators. This will then follow to other prominent cities across the nation to narrow down to 14 best players for physical training session. Finally, only top six would advance to Nissan race camp at Silverstone, UK.
These top six Indian drivers will then prove their mettle against other participants to emerge as final 18 transforming from virtual to real cars. Among them, only the prevailing winners will make to the Nissan’s driver development program, specifically trained and fine-tuned by its race team.
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