GT Creator Yamauchi Drives In 25-Hour Endurance Race
You know those real-time endurance races in the Gran Turismo titles? Well, I pansied out and B-spec-ed these suckers in GT4 but for GT5, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi knuckled up like a man. In real damn life, too.
I think we all know that Yamauchi is a bona-fide car nut; his passion for racing and everything that involves the sport is well documented. We've seen him driving the Nissan GT-R on the legendary Nurburgring track in Europe and now, we learn he actually participated in and completed a 25-hour endurance race at Thunder Hill Raceway in California. Obviously, he didn't do the entire thing himself; he was part of the "Spoon Sports" team and shared the driving responsibilities with two other Japanese drivers. And you know what? Although he's not exactly a professional driver, this guy clearly learns pretty fast:
"Not having a lot of experience in circuit driving, and not knowing what to expect in a 25-hour race, I was very relieved to find that I was able to reduce the 20-second gap between my laptimes and my teammates' at the beginning of the practice to almost zero at the start of the final race. It was a great feeling to confirm first hand that 'Gran Turismo' has a positive effect in not just learning specific tracks, but also in raising the level of driving technique in the drivers themselves."
How awesome is this? The guy not only makes the finest racing simulator around, he also heads out to prove that playing such games really can help you become a better driver. He may not be used to real-life circuit driving but it's a guarantee that he's played his fair share of GT, and we're willing to bet he learned faster than someone who had never touched a racing simulator. If you want to see Yamauchi in action, visit Kotaku, where they've got a video.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
12/23/2009 12:38:23 PM Ben Dutka