Nissan GT Academy for armchair-racers
Nissan has created a worldwide competitive driving test, called the GT Academy, for PS3-addicted GT5 gamers. The eight-month, pan-European competition sees “virtual and real-life racing merge to make the wildest dreams of two aspiring race drivers come true.” The prize is a four-month training programme to earn racing licences, followed by a real-life race driving a Nissan 350Z as part of the Nissan team at the 24H endurance race in Dubai in January 2009.
To earn a place in GT Academy, candidates will face a series of elimination-based competitions on and off the racetrack – starting at a national level with an online GT5 Prologue tournament hosted on the Playstation Network.
Players will play the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue game on PS3. GT Academy goes live at the end of May. Entrants must register, via their PS3s, on the Playstation Network (PSN) to compete in the special online tournament. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3 has sold over one million units since its launch, with the Gran Turismo franchise now having sold more than 50 million units worldwide.
As we understand it, the competition is only open to Europeans only, even if the winners will eventually drive in Dubai. Also keep in mind the GT5 Prologue is really just a full-price demo version of the actual GT5 that will be released closer to next year. Sounds like a ploy to sell more of these half-games really, while publicising Nissan in the process.
We wonder how the players will feel when they find out cars actually get damaged when they run into walls to turn faster.