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Want To ‘Drive’ The C7 Corvette Before It Hits Dealers? Video 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Gran Turismo 5, Kurt, video on 11 29th, 2012

The C7 Corvette Prototype, available to Gran Turismo 5 players – image: © General Motors

Being a test driver for a major automaker isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you get to drive the coolest cars on the planet, but you spend a lot of nights on the road, sleeping in cheap motels, drinking bad coffee and living on a diet of powdered eggs and beef jerky. Then there’s the constant paranoia over spy photographers, who can be hiding almost anywhere.

Chevrolet has done a good job of keeping the new C7 Corvette out of the spotlight, until its January 2013 debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Those lucky enough to drive the car are an elite club indeed, including GM engineers and a handful of big-book magazine editors working on a long production lead time.

Now you can join that club, too, assuming you own a PlayStation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5. Chevy has teamed up with Polyphony Digital to offer a free virtual C7 Corvette test mule, camouflage vinyl included, that can be downloaded at the PlayStation Store. The car can be driven on tracks ranging from Daytona’s high banked turns to the “green hell” of Germany’s Nurburgring.

You can also drive the car against earlier versions of the Corvette, to see exactly how big of an improvement the seventh generation will be. Best of all, you can do this in the comfort of your living room, with no fear of lurking spy photographers. For the truly authentic experience, you’ll have to supply your own bad coffee and beef jerky, though.

New 2014 Corvette C7 Spotted in Gran Turismo 5 Game 13
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, video, video games on 11 13th, 2012

Right now, no one really knows what the highly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will look like. Recently, gamers took notice to the new Corvette C7 inside of the PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 game (recent game update renders new demonstration with new Corvette featured). In the game, the new Vette is not drivable and is covered by heavy camo. Having a vehicle covered by camo in a video game is a first.

The real 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be officially revealed in January at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Rest assured, the internet spies are busier than ever keeping an eye out for any leaks of the new Vette, so we may get to see a ‘little something’ before the official debut.

The new 2014 Corvette is set to get a 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque V8 engine sporting a 26 mpg highway estimate. Stay tuned!

Sebastian Vettel Repeats As F1 World Champion 10
Posted by Kurt Ernst in F1, Formula-1, Gran Turismo 5, Kurt, Motorsport, News, Sebastian Vettel on 10 10th, 2011

Vettel in Monaco, 2011. Image: Nick J. Webb

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Red Bull Renault star Sebastian Vettel tied up his second world championship in two years with a third place finish in yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix. While the title race had been all but locked up for the past several events, it was still mathematically possible for McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button to grab the title at the start of yesterday’s race. To do so, however, Button would have needed a victory in every remaining race, with Vettel finishing in tenth spot or lower.

Mathematically possible and likely are two different things; Button did indeed take the victory in Japan, but Vettel’s third place finish assured his spot in history as the youngest driver to ever win two F1 championships. Watching the German drive this season, there’s no doubt that he earned the victory with talent that appears to be head and shoulders above the rest of the F1 grid. While the Red Bull Renault chassis is competitive, it’s far from flawless, and the mark of a truly great driver is his ability to overcome the shortcomings of any car he’s piloting. By that standard, Vettel is a truly great driver.

If you own Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3, Vettel’s win is a victory for you, too. In honor of his second championship, Polyphony Digital is giving away the Red Bull X2010 hypercar, for a very limited period of time. When you log in to the PlayStation network, head on over to the Community section to claim your free car, which you can then use in a special time trial event at the Suzuka circuit. A gold finish is worth 5,000,000 credits, so it’s certainly worth a little time and effort.

GT Academy Debuts Tonight: Will You Watch? 20
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Gran Turismo 5, GT Academy, Kurt, Motorsport, nissan, racing, video on 09 20th, 2011

The premise is simple: take the 16 fastest virtual drivers from Gran Turismo 5, then see if racing a car on a gaming system can translate into racing a car in real life. Along the way, there’s plenty of drama, including a military style obstacle course in the mud, and enough conflicting personalities to keep the show interesting.

Just by watching the 2:00 trailer below, I can tell you that these guys are in for a rude awakening, and not one of them seems to know what being a professional racer is all about. One contestant comments, “To be a professional race car driver, you never work another day in your life;” try telling that to guys like Dan Wheldon and Nick Heidfeld. When your doing promotional appearances in strange cities for days on end, or hustling a new sponsor so you can afford a ride next year, that looks suspiciously like work to me.

Being a racer at a professional level today takes a combination of skill, marketability and the ability to charm sponsors out of millions of dollars to fund your racing career. Being good behind the wheel of a car is only one component of the total skill set required to make it in racing, and another big element is luck. As with rock and roll, you can only get so good, then you need to get lucky to make the big time.

I was going to pass on this series, but the trailer looks interesting enough that I’ll give it a shot. The show debuts on Speed at 10:00 ET tonight. What’s your take? Are you watching it?

Source: You Tube

Dear Playstation: “Gran Turismo 5 Is Gonna Be Awesome” 22
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Commercial, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, PlayStation 3, video, video games on 11 22nd, 2010

With the NEW set release date of November 24, 2010, Gran Turismo 5 begs to be the best racing simulation game ever. All of the hype and speculation around its release date over the past couple years has had everyone up in arms where some were resorting to playing Forza 3 on the Xbox 360 while hope of an actual release of GT5 faded into the background. Now with a confirmed release date, GT5 looks to be ‘awesome’ as the kid in the commercial below puts it. The GT5 commercial below is rather hilarious featuring Kevin Butler as Sony’s VP of ‘Add More Awesome’ says he is not going to give back the press fleet of cars they used for the making of the game. I don’t blame him, GT5 does look like it has plenty of awesome but we won’t know for sure until two days from now. Now if I could only afford that new 3D TV I saw in the store over the weekend so I can enjoy GT5 in full 3D HDTV bliss. Enjoy the commercial below!