Indian youngsters, who have the best set of skills playing on PlayStation GT6
racing simulators in the country, will see their driving skills further tested
and honed on the Formula One Silverstone motor racing circuit in Nismo-tuned
Nissan 370Zs and GT-Rs. From virtual driving to real driving, several Indian
youngsters are currently going through the programme laid down at the Nissan
Playstation GT Academy. Eventually after several rounds, six would be
shortlisted to go to the UK.
the GT Academy’s Silverstone Race Camp, all will be eliminated, save one who
will then move on to the Driver Development Programme and learn all the skills
necessary to compete in an international ‘graduation race’.
people across the world, with an aspiration to pursue a career in motor racing
have found the opportunity of their lifetime in the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy
driver discovery and development programme.
international award-winning Nissan PlayStation GT Academy is in its sixth year
and has been hugely popular and successful in Europe, Russia, the USA, the
Middle East and South Africa. India too is now part of this international
to a Nissan India press release, in the hunt for motor racing talent in India,
Nissan PlayStation GT Academy has witnessed promising racing aspirants in both
Delhi and Mumbai, with the latter topping the leaderboard thus far. The
award-winning and internationally acclaimed driver discovery programme will
complete qualifying rounds in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai by June 2014
before finalising the quickest 14 lap times that emerge out of all five cities
in contention for the first Indian edition of GT Academy, said a Nissan India report.
in India in February 2014, Nissan PlayStation GT Academy attracted a large
number of entries in less than two months. Over 2000 aspiring racers participated
in GT Academy’s qualifying rounds conducted at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, and in
shopping malls in Delhi (NCR) and Mumbai.
most recent qualifying round was held in Mumbai in March. The Hyderabad round
completes on April 20, 2014. Kenichiro Yomura, President Nissan India
operations, said, “We are delighted to have launched GT Academy in India. The
programme is reinforcing the commitment of growing the Nissan brand in India.
GT Academy really proves that Nissan stands for innovation and excitement for
Bose, Country Head, PlayStation India added, “The partnership with Nissan
allows us to offer a combination of the virtual and real life experience of
racing one’s dream car on one of the world’s most coveted circuits. The
programme will test the racing acumen of enthusiasts on PlayStation GT6 racing
simulators that focus on a high-end simulated driving experience. At Delhi and
Mumbai, we have already witnessed a furore of excitement amongst gamers and
racers and I'm sure in Hyderabad, it’s going to go to the next level. We expect
this to be a tough challenge.”
Academy is an innovative platform that offers aspiring racers and gaming enthusiasts
to register, compete and potentially win a place in the coveted driver
discovery and development programme.
by racing on the Gran Turismo6 video game, exclusive to PlayStation3, GT
Academy is a ‘virtual to reality’ programme that will test the racing acumen of
enthusiasts through a time-trial competition on PlayStation GT6 racing
simulators. The time-trials should be considered as qualifying rounds and will
be hosted as ‘Live Events’ at shopping malls in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad,
Bengaluru and Chennai.
popular in other countries as the gateway to motorsports, Nissan PlayStation GT
Academy extends exactly the same platform to motor racing aspirants in India.
Entrants will have to first race on simulators and if they prove to be quick
enough, can go through to the National Final.
(14) quickest lap times from Live Events and another fourteen (14) from Online
Qualification rounds – 28 in total - will be eligible to enter the National
Final - the first gateway to GT Academy’s coveted International Race Camp.
a later stage, an online qualifying round will be hosted on the Sony
Entertainment Network Account (SEN) earlier popular as PlayStation Network
28 contestants who enter the National Final will need to go through a two-day
intensive physical and mental training examination programme which will filter
out only six contestants who will be eligible for the International Race Camp
at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
among international contestants as the best one week of their lives, the
Silverstone Race Camp will include the six shortlisted Indian contestants and
pit them against 18 qualified contestants (six each) from other nations that
are also new to the programme. Under the supervision of experts from the world
of motorsports all international contestants will undergo and endure exhaustive
training for mental and physical strength.
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