Sony Product Manager Ken Chan announced today that Gran Turismo 6: Andretti's 1948 Hudson is now available for PS3 fans.
To quote: GT fans! For the last few weeks, many of you visited www.gt6firstlove.com and shared your incredible first love stories, and witnessed the rebuild of Mario Andretti's first race car that started his illustrious career - the 1948 Hudson.
Well, the moment is finally here. The Reunion video captures the magical moment when Mario Andretti sees and drives the rebuilt Hudson for the first time in more than 50 years. Without giving too much away, the video also shows the intricate process that Polyphony Digital goes through to recreate the classic Hudson in GT6.
The process includes data capturing, 3D scanning, and sound recording of the engine at all ranges of the RPM. After this, you'll get to see Mr. Andretti himself relive his first love driving experience in the rebuilt Hudson.
To properly celebrate the collaboration between Mario Andretti and Gran Turismo, a unique Special Event featuring the 1948 Hudson is available in GT6 starting today and running through January 16th, 2014.
The 1948 Hudson Superlap challenge will take place on Willow Springs International Raceway "Streets of Willow," giving players the opportunity to be rewarded with the historic race car upon conquering set lap times above a Bronze Trophy Target. Players will also have the option to purchase the Hudson through the Car Dealership if they so choose.
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"Gran Turismo is a legendary franchise with gamers and car enthusiasts which makes it a perfect fit," notes Andretti. "Racing has been my lifelong passion and gave me an incredible career. When we first started discussing the 'GT6 First Love Campaign,' it brought back memories of some of the most defining moments of my life, and I'm so pleased to share them with GT fans.
PlayStation gave me the opportunity to remember my 'first love' and to revisit what it felt like to be a young man taking that old Hudson around the track. I'm really happy fans are enjoying my story and sharing stories about their own first loves."
Update: Sony has now made available the Toyota FT-1 Concept Coupe in Gran Turismo 6 with details below via Ken Chan as follows:
At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Polyphony Digital Inc. and Toyota officially revealed the Toyota FT-1 Concept coupe.
Owners of Gran Turismo 6 will be the first to test-drive the FT-1 after a free online update that will be made available tomorrow, January 14th. After downloading the update, a unique seasonal event featuring the Toyota FT-1 will be made available in the game.
If you receive a bronze or better in the FT-1 challenge at Laguna Seca, you will receive the car. Drivers will also be able to purchase the vehicle from the Toyota dealership without having to complete the seasonal event.
Calty Design Research has worked with Toyota over the last 40 years, concepting some of the manufacturer’s most cutting-edge vehicles, including the FT-1.
As part of the design process, Calty approached Polyphony and asked the prestigious video game studio to recreate the concept digitally as part of the design studio’s pitch to Toyota executives. Watching the concept car in the Gran Turismo game engine helped Toyota make the decision to build the concept model.
“Thanks to the amazing capability of the Gran Turismo game engine, gamers can enjoy a very real simulation piloting the ultra-high performance FT-1 on the tracks it was designed to master,” said Kevin Hunter, President of Calty Design Research.
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