BRENTWOOD, England – New video game Gran Turismo 6 enabled motorsport fans to race a virtual Ford GT supercar on the legendary Goodwood Hill Climb this weekend.
The 205 mph (330 km/h) icon is one of the stars of the latest instalment of the successful Gran Turismo video game franchise that also offers race fans the chance to get behind the wheel of Mustangs, Focus STs and exotic Ford race and rally cars through the ages.
Goodwood’s renowned 1.16 miles (1.86 kilometres) hill climb was the centrepiece of the British stately home’s annual Festival of Speed that took place this weekend. PlayStation offered festival-goers the chance to experience a demonstration version of GT6™ on Gran Turismo pods.
“What red-blooded race fan could resist thrashing a 550 PS Ford GT on one of the world's most famous hill climbs,” said Anthony Ireson, marketing director, Ford of Britain. “It's incredibly realistic, great fun and there are no expensive repair bills if you get it wrong.”
The Formula Ford inspired road-registered single-seater FF1 was one of the stars of the show at Goodwood, putting in series spectacular runs up the hill. Powered by Ford’s tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, FF1 has already recorded the 11th fastest ever time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, Germany, with a time of 7 minutes and 22 seconds.
“I love the challenge of the Hill Climb and the rally stage,” said Gran Turismo producer and racing driver Kazunori Yamauchi. “Goodwood represents every type of motoring and motor sport which very much mirrors what we aim to achieve with Gran Turismo.”