As Polyphony Digital is getting ready to launch the new Gran Turismo Sport title, more and more details about the upcoming video game are being released. The official Gran Turismo Youtube channel recently published an 18-minute long video showcasing how much work went into the making of this game. To make sure everything comes out as realistic as possible, Kazunori Yamauchi, the game’s designer, joined forces with the BMW M6 GT3 to experience himself how the car drives.
Yamauchi is not only a brilliant visionary that was behind the Gran Turismo franchise ever since it came out. The man is also a professional racing driver, capable of handling the might of the new M6 GT3 on the track without ending up in a tire barrier or on the grass. During the development of the game, he stepped behind the wheel of the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 as he took part in the 44th Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.
In case you missed it, the Japanese picked the absolute worst edition of the race to document his experience as this year’s endurance event was filled with crashes and hail from the get go. At some point, the track was covered in so much ice, it started to look like an ice skating ring instead of the Green Hell we’ve all grown to love. In the end, the M6 GT3 with the number 101 on it, driven by Yamauchi, Henkola, Richardson and Sandritter crossed the line 22nd which wasn’t bad at all.
Speaking about how the car felt, Yamauchi mentioned a couple of interesting highlights. The one that probably made the longest lasting impression was the downforce the huge wing at the back brings to the table, as it was the first thing he mentioned. The faster you go, the more downforce is generated, turning what you used to know as a corner into nothing more than a slight turn of the wheel.
In the end, the documentary posted below is not only about the game and how its creator gets inspired. It’s more about the motorsport phenomenon and how much passion is invested in it. It truly is worth a look over if you have the time.