Driving made to be enjoyed World-famous tracks in the comfort of your living room
If you have a passion for cars, you already know how fun "just driving" is: your vision blurring with speed, the vibrations telling you the texture of the road, the pitch of the tyres screeching. Just driving on a track by yourself, there is a world of drama waiting for you.
From famous world circuits like the Nürburgring, to the beautiful sunsets of the Tuscan hills, to a neon-lit original Kart course: Gran Turismo has continued to recreate wonderful tracks, and in doing so it also generated stories of your drive.
Gran Turismo 6 will introduce new locations where the drama will continue to unfold: the Goodwood Hillclimb course, a very exclusive track that only a few selected guests had experienced until now, is recreated for the first time in a video game; the Silverstone Circuit, the holy ground of the GT Academy that nurtured gamers into professional racing drivers; and the legendary Brands Hatch of UK fame, for a total of 7 new tracks included at launch. No matter if you’re driving alone or if you are challenging rivals, GT6 will set the stage for your new drama.
This is a circuit surrounded by green mountains, located northwest of Austria’s historic city of Graz. Originally founded as the Österreichring in 1969, it was also called the A1 ring from 1997 to 2010. Though this is an ultra high speed circuit with long flat out sections, it is combined with tricky tight corners that are key in attaining faster lap times. In 2014, Formula 1 racing returned to the circuit for the first time in 11 years. A circuit combining the old and the new, both the full course layout and short course layouts have been included.
Ronda is an ancient city in Spain known for being cut straight out of the mountain. And the members-only access circuit located just outside the city bearing the name of a former F1 Champion, is the Ascari Race Resort. The main Full Track here is a respectable course that is also the longest in Spain. Various parts of the 5,425 metres course contains a variety of corners recreating bends from the world’s most famous circuits, including those from Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and Daytona, and requires solid driving skills as well as a strong strategy to master.
This is a multipurpose arena used to accommodate tens of thousands of spectators, with a special circuit set up on its field. The total length of the course is short at 668 metres, but the variety of corners in its layout is equal to a large scale circuit. This is a great stage for Karts and small displacement cars. You can also remove the cornerstones and corner barriers to set up a variety of attractions using cones.
For the first time in the history of “Gran Turismo”, a course from Oceania will be appearing in-game: an Australian racing circuit known for popular races like the famous "Bathurst 1000". The course combines extreme climbs and descents as well as a long straightaway, and is 6.213km (4 miles) long. With very little run off area all around the track, mastery of this course will take some serious concentration. Concrete walls close in on you in the mountainous section, creating moments of high tension for the drivers brave enough to challenge the track. Speeding through its tight corners will require all your attention, in order to be on the load balance of all four tyres.
This circuit is hailed as the holy ground of motorsports, having hosted the F1 World Championships for the first time in 1950. The course made from a renovated airfield near Northampton, in the UK, was initially a high speed course with mainly straight lines. It received major modifications in 1991 to give it today's more technical layout, and the course can be divided into multiple short cut layouts, as well as having a mini-circuit in the infield area called the Stowe Circuit.
Located 30 kilometres southeast of London, this famous circuit is built in the lush Kent county, UK. This course is famous for its Touring Car and F3 races, but also for its incredible configuration of ups and downs: tight corners repeat immediately after the starting line, and from half way through the course there are a number of ascending and descending high speed corners that make for a thrilling ride. You'll need to gradually work your way into learning the track’s quirks if you want to get a full grasp of this unique track.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held every year in July in the UK. This is the hill climb course that is set up at the grounds during the festival, located nearby the family home of Lord March, the host of the event. It is a simple course with straw bales as barriers, but the only drivers allowed to race here are a handful of celebrated guests invited by Lord March. Many first class drivers take the wheel of astoundingly famous cars for a time trial run on this special stage.
The Central Feature has been updated in July 2014.
This famous circuit in California is now reaching its 60th anniversary, and is finally making an appearance in Gran Turismo. The Willow Springs International Raceway is a circuit that is located in a hilly region just outside of Los Angeles. Of its many layouts, the circuit we are introducing this time is the main course, the “Big Willow”. At 2.5 miles per lap, it is known for its high speed corners and undulating terrain.
This is an original track that has been created in the vicinity of the Gornergrat station, which is known for its incredible view of the Matterhorn. This is a mountain course with steep climbs and sharp drops, located at an elevation of over 3000 metres. A sheer rock face follows along the track, but the width of the course is wide enough for overtaking. The sight of the European Alps as you cross over the hill here is simply spectacular. We hope everyone will enjoy the sheer scale of the nature around the track when driving this course.
This original track set amid undulating hills has been given a new lease of life with all-new spectator stands and the addition of options to adjust both the time of day and the weather. It's a high-speed course with a moderate elevation difference, but also features technical sections such as high-speed S-bends and chicanes to keep the challenge level high. To shave those vital seconds off your lap times, you'll need to focus on exiting the corners smoothly and skilfully enough that you can hit your top speed on the straight sections.
Weather Changes, Time Changes, Astronomical Simulation System
Thorough data capturing and GPS surveying enable us to recreate a true-to-life circuit scenery and track, with a precision reaching approximately 1 cm or less in deviation. The achievements of Gran Turismo do not end there however. Take a closer look at the time changes introduced on some of our tracks since our last title.
From the longitude/latitude of the track, the sunrise/sundown hours at the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours, Nürburgring 24 hour race, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed are represented accurately. The environmental changes that happen seamlessly according to the passage of time during gameplay is no longer just a recreation of a track, it’s the simulation of the earth itself.
In Gran Turismo 5, you could set the time for a track. From Gran Turismo 6, the positions of the stars are also accurately recreated.
On night tracks you can enjoy a simulated night sky with accurate positions of the stars and constellations. You can watch the passage of time, with the moon and stars moving across the night sky as you would see in real life.
New tracks make for a new game The world expands with every update
In a racing game, the addition of a new track has a special meaning: it has a game-changing effect on the experience you’ve had until then, it’s a new uncharted territory ready to be explored.
In the previous Gran Turismo 5 title, four new locations with 10 tracks layouts were added in the form of DLCs after the game went on sale, including tracks like the Twin Ring Motegi and Spa Francorchamps Circuit.
Real Camera Features Take beautiful photos from the world’s most scenic locations
Photo Mode is another Gran Turismo feature that has proved to be as popular and enjoyable as driving. In this mode you can experience realistic photography using the latest single lens reflex cameras simulated in the game.
In addition to the possibility of taking exciting shots of cars during races, you can shoot stunning photos of your favourite cars in various locations around the world, especially designed to enhance the beauty of the Photo Mode. There will be more new scenery made available including GemaSolar, Spain's fantastic and massive thermosolar plant.
Gemasolar is a massive concentrated solar power plant located in Seville, Spain. A total of 2650 reflector mirrors that are each 9 metres tall and 12 metres wide are arranged in a circular layout, and the facility generates enough electricity to power 25000 homes. This expansive facility covers an amazing 185 hectares (approximately 457 acres) of land, making it a particularly scenic spot in Gran Turismo. This is a truly unique location where the utilisation of limitless natural energy is visualised on a colossal scale.