Less than 24 hours before the Goodwood Festival of Speed officially kicks off, Polyphony Digital has confirmed the famous Goodwood Hill Climb route will be one of the new tracks to appear in Gran Turismo 6.
GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has long been a fan of "the world's largest automotive garden party", having driven a number of high-performance road and racing cars up "The Hill" over the years, so its confirmation the new-to-the-franchise venue will be in GT6 isn't that big a surprise
The accompanying text in the press release, though, was to us at Team VVV: the 185,000 Festival-goers will be able to experience the 1.85km slither of tarmac on certain GT6 demo booths at this year's Festival of Speed, located at The Goodwood Road Racing Club, The Family Area and the Goodwood Hotel.
The GT6 Goodwood demo will not only give players their first go on the virtually-realised venue in a currently undisclosed line-up of cars, but also let them have a go at beating the course's record time of 41.6 seconds, set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4-13 Formula 1 car.
Whilst history has taught us that it's wrong to be too optimistic with anything Gran Turismo-related, the wording of the statement in the press release does suggest that at least something as extreme in performance as an F1 car could be featured for players to beat the Goodwood record in.
Other GT6 demo pods will be at the Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Nissan stands, with the latter brand's Moving Motor Show booth being the location of the GT Academy Wild Card event.
If anyone here is attending this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed and would like to let us use their footage for our YouTube channel, do get in touch with Alan here – we'll fully accredit your work, and we'd love to have some new Gran Turismo content to discuss and analyse on the channel!