Kazunori Yamauchi, the mastermind behind the Gran Turismo series recently completed a grueling endurance race at Thunder Hill Raceway. It seems like Yamauchi is having a great time racing for real while gamers across the globe wait for the highly anticipated release of Gran Turismo 5.
According to Kotaku, Yamauchi, head of Polyphony Digital participated in a 25-hour endurance race in California earlier this month. He was racing as a member of the Spoon Sports team.
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.
He further commented on how playing Gran Turismo has impacted his racing skills.
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.
Thatâ€™s all dandy and nice, but can you give us GT fans Gran Turismo 5 already? The game has been given an official release date for Japan, but no launch date for the US as of yet. Granted, Yamauchi did state that he could release GT5 right now if only Sony would let him. However, as head of Polyphony Digital, I canâ€™t believe he doesnâ€™t have some say in the matter.