If you’re legitimately quick on Gran Turismo, Nissan has a new program that’ll give you the chance to compete in an official FIA championship – the Gran Turismo Manufacturers Series Championship.
For starters, obviously, you’ll need a PlayStation and the Gran Turismo Sport. Enter the FIA Manufacturer Series and select Nissan as your manufacturer of choice. Upon that, you’ll automatically be entered into the Nissan GT Sport Cup.
The fastest Nissan racer from one of the three regions – Americas, Asia/Ocenia and Europe/Middle East will get to represent Nissan at the GT Sport World Finals.
Winners from each of the three regions will also be sent on a trip of a lifetime to Japan for the 2018 NISMO Festival at the Fuji Speedway and a visit to the Polyphony Digital (creators of Gran Turismo) headquarters in Tokyo.
Created by Sony PlayStation in partnership with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the GT Sport championships are the first online Esports racing championships sanctioned by motorsport’s governing body.
“We’ve proved with the Nissan GT Academy that some of the fastest drivers in the world might never have had the opportunity to compete on a race track if it weren’t for gaming,” said Nissan’s global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo. “These guys have gone from the couch to the cockpit and broken the traditional model of how to become a successful racing driver.”
He added, “We’re now seeing that online racing is not only an alternative to the real thing. To be recognised as an official FIA Manufacturers Series Champion through GT Sport is an incredible opportunity and we’re looking forward to having some of the best gamers in the world represent Nissan.”