How to Enjoy Fair and Fun Online Racing: Introducing the 'Sport Mode' of Gran Turismo Sport
There are many ways to enjoy Gran Turismo Sport, but the main stage for exciting racing is within its 'Sport Mode'. In the 'Sport Mode', you can enjoy online racing with other players according to a set of official regulations.
Here we will introduce two main races contained in this mode (please note the screenshots are from a Japanese build still in development):
Daily RacesThese races can be called the mainstay of the 'Sport Mode'. A certain event is hosted every day for a set period of time, and is a great place to test your skill. You can enter the race as many times as you want to improve your record.
FIA Gran Turismo ChampionshipsThis is the main event of the 'Sport Mode', born from a partnership with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). Select your favourite brand and compete in the 'Manufacturer Series', or race in the 'Nations Cup' representing your home country. The championships are held in 3 regions, across Europe, America, and Asia. The top players of each region will be given an opportunity to participate in the World Final, to determine who is the best of the best.
The FIA Gran Turismo Championship does not just belong to the top players of the world. There will be live reports and broadcasts featuring their performances throughout the season. Discover your favourite driver and root for them as they compete for the top of the world.
The 'Sport Mode' contains many innovations in order to keep these races fair, and here we will explain some of its inner workings.
Advanced Match MakingTo measure the skill of the players, we will be using two indexes, called the 'Driver Rating' (DR) and 'Sportsmanship Rating' (SR). DR indicates how fast a player is, and SR indicates how well-mannered they are during a race. 'Sports Mode' will match drivers of equal level together using these indexes, so that everyone can enjoy good races.
Balance of Performance (BoP)To equalise advantages and disadvantages for each participating race car, some races include a Balance of Performance adjustment. In races implementing BoP, the maximum output and vehicle weight are adjusted automatically, so that no matter how many varieties of cars are participating in a single race, they will be able to race under equal conditions.
Car CategoriesA large variety of cars are available so that anyone can discover the fun of driving. These cars are divided into categories, to clarify the groups of participating cars in a race.
The cars included in the game are divided into the following categories. The movie at the top of this article also gives an easy to understand introduction of these categories so please take a look.