This week the 2013 GT Academy launched in the UK, the winner of which will gain a place in a real GT racing team and become a fully fledged professional racing driver. It sounds straight forward but becoming the best is a lot tougher than many may think. From the hours of practice, to the physical training required for those that make the grade. This is a complete challenge only for the most committed players.
The GT Academy demo is for many a first look at the forthcoming Gran Turismo 6 and a test of the graphical refinements and improvements announced to the handling model. Starting the demo in the electric Nissan Leaf, players progress on to the more powerful Nissan 370z before moving up to the Nissan GTR. Slower cars progressing to more powerful ones in gradually building the skills of the player. The final GT Academy challenge being a lap around the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone racetrack.
If you want to be in with a chance of competing, you'll need to use a wheel, turn off TCS onto a low level, find a balance on the ABS and be prepared to do a lot of laps building consistency while finding speed. Then look online at the top players, that will give you gearing and braking techniques, applying those to your driving will generally knock off up to two seconds per lap. After many laps refining your time it will become apparent whether you have what it takes to make the grade. If so you'll need to look at physical training, some PR training and perhaps some regular karting to also aid in fitness as the final winner will be expected to be a complete product ready to race and thrust into the public eye.
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