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In the years since Gran Turismo has been released, the game has turned into one of the pillar franchises for the PlayStation. It’s become so big, in fact, that it’s ventured into the world of mainstream consciousness, so much so that a documentary about the game has been developed.

Not a video game, folks. A documentary.

It’s called "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Drive," and if you didn’t know, the name "Kaz" was derived from the man responsible for creating the video game in the first place: Kazunori Yamauchi.

In the film, we get treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the history and technology behind the Gran Turismo franchise. It’s got fans on both sides of the spectrum who either love the game or hate it, but one thing nobody can dispute is the fact that the game has turned into one of the richest and most popular franchises in history.

All that can be tied up to Yamaguchi, who’s obsession with cars knows no bounds. And what more fitting way to show the world how much of a gearhead and a grease monkey you really are than by turning your love into an icon of pop culture.

That’s how much Gran Turismo has grown over the years and "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Drive" will let you in on all the secrets that helped the game reach the heights it has reached.

Best of all, if you live in an area that’s Hulu-compatible, you can watch the entirety of the documentary there.

Otherwise, you can wait for it to appear on a variety of other platforms, including the Sony Movie Channel, Sony Entertainment Network, Amazon Instant Video, and Crackle from February 5.

There will probably come a time when Mercedes vehicles will look like this. That time hasn’t come yet, and we’re not really sweating t too much, especially when there are things like Gran Turismo that can give us glimpses of what the future could look like.

To this point, BMW and Mercedes have unveiled their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . But Mercedes isn’t content with just one iteration of its concept; nope, it actually has two of these concepts and the latest is the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series.

According to Mercedes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series was designed to compete in Gran Turismo 6’s "competitive racing scene." That’s all well and good and the concept looks really incredible. It’s also slightly modified from the "standard" Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concept to fit its racing credentials, including the addition of a a fixed rear wing that improves downforce on high-speed circuits and conventional mirrors in place of the CCS cameras the original concept had.

As far as performance goes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is powered by a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 591 horsepower and connected to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. No performance numbers were given, but seeing as the car only weighs 2,866 pounds, it should be good for at least 200 mph.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is now available on Gran Turismo 6, and you can acquire it by participating in a new seasonal event that’s available in the game.

Click past the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept

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Gran Turismo’s Vision Gran Turismo Concepts allow engineers from a lot of these participating automakers to have free reign of their designs.

Ford really took that to heart with its design with an open-wheel race car . Now that’s what’s up, Ford .

Of course, this is still just a teaser of the actual concept that we’re going to see in the future. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later, but from the looks of things, the mere fact that the teaser is showing full-on racing tires with an uncovered chassis and suspension suggests that this concept won’t have a whole lot of body panels covering its overall construction.

It also appears to have a Mustang -like sweptback look, which if accurate, offers a nice mix of Ford’s intent to blend its current muscle car ’s identity into the concept. We don’t have any performance details yet, although something about this concept makes us think that it’s going to be really lightweight with a V-6 tucked inside it.

Maybe an open-wheel Mustang racer? Nobody knows until Ford reveals it but we can’t tell you how excited we are to see the rest of this beauty.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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Depending on who you ask, Gran Turismo 6 or Forza 5 hold the throne as the world’s best car video game, but don’t sleep on one developer who’s pining to take that seat from both titles. And that could happen as soon as this year.

Slightly Mad Studios, the people behind Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed, has released a slew of production images for its latest video game title, Project Cars.

You read that right: those are in-game screenshots from the video game, not real-life images. Clearly, that’s a whole new level of graphics awesomeness we didn’t think existed to begin with. What’s more, these screenshots are actually from its PC platform, so you can expect something similar, or maybe even better, for the PS4 and XBox One platforms.

Again. Wow.

Slightly Mad Studios also mentioned that the screenshots didn’t have any post-processing work done on them, nor did they go under any image alterations. What you see are a slew of cars, ranging from exotics to race cars, all boasting of graphics that are so incredibly real, it would’ve been easy to confuse them with actual images of the said vehicles.

The graphics is beyond incredible so the obvious question now is if the gameplay can match it. We’ll find out this coming fall when Project Cars drops for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Steam OS.

Click past the jump to read more about Project Cars

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Gran Turismo’s Vision Gran Turismo series of concepts is slowly taking shape and another automaker has come out and released a teaser of its creative work.

Joining in on the teaser fun is Volkswagen with a preview of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept . And if we’re into picking among the best of what we’ve seen, it’s hard to go against what looks like a pretty sick roadster that actually bears resemblance to one of Volkswagen’s production models, specifically the Scirocco .

This is what the creative forces at Volkswagen thought of when they were asked to build a concept for the video game franchise. It’s not that the car looks really good; it’s that it looks exceptionally good, one we hope Volkswagen decides to build as an actual production car in the future.

It retains most of the essential characteristics of the brand’s resident hatch and wraps it up in a sportier package, one that features a dramatically low windshield, a swooping front end, new headlights, and lest we forget, the sickest set of wheels we’ve seen among all the Vision Gran Turismo Concept teasers that have come out.

It’s a dynamic concept that doesn’t dive too much into the extreme like the other concepts. Sort of like saying, "Hey, VW! You got plans of building a production run of this bad boy soon?"

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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There is not other way to describe the Vision Gran Turismo project as awesome. So as we ring in the new year with high hopes for more automotive goodness, we leave 2013 with what is yet another teaser of one of the concepts that will make up the Vision Gran Turismo lineup for Gran Turismo 6.

This one comes by way of Honda , who if you didn’t know, has a pretty unique-looking concept on its hands. It’s far from what we’ve seen from other brands, but not all too radical to think that Honda may have gone a tad too far with its concept.

We do know, or at least come to see from the teaser, that the concept has an odd-looking shape: curved in the front and boxy at the back. The windshield is noticeably lacking in size; if you can even notice it at all. And the lights are slit-like, almost like there’s some kind of angry look coming out of it.

And it’s roofless, which seems to have been outed in advance, with what looks like a mid-engine configuration for good measure.

That’s as far as what we can tell about Honda’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Maybe there’s more to it than what we’re seeing. But from the looks of things, this concept teaser is susceptible to numerous interpretations depending on what you’re looking at.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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Slowly but surely, we’re seeing automakers releasing teasers of their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts .

Before the year ends, Lexus is doing its part, unveiling what we can only make out to be a blistering red sports car that we’re hoping follows in the foot steps of some of the recent concepts the Japanese brand has released in the past few years. Maybe a spunkier LF-Lc Concept , perhaps?

In any case, the concept’s silhouette fits in nicely with how the Vision Gran Turismo Concept is being touted. And with BMW , Mercedes , and Red Bull already introducing their versions for the game, you can bet that this concept teaser from Lexus will be just as sick and awesome-looking as the ones that have already been introduced.

But the wait is still painstakingly long for these reveals. After all, we can only have enough concept teasers to keep us from clamoring for more.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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You know a video game is awesome when it deems itself as still subject to further improvements even after it’s already being played in households all over the world.

That’s what we think of Gran Turismo 6 because, for all the incredible and realistic gameplay it offers, Polyphony Digital still cranks out updates and downloadable contents like the game depends on it. Even more impressive is the fact that developers can do it barely two weeks after the game hit shelves.

You know where we’re going here. Gran Turismo 6 has a new content gamers can download, and like most of what it’s produced for its predecessors, this one comes with a whole load of new cars and new features, including in-game mentoring coming from four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.

As for the cars, there’s a list that runs the gamut of Red Bull race cars, ranging from a racing kart all the way to the Red Bull X2014 Junior race car.

There’s a lot to like about this new content but the best thing about it is that it’s free, which means you won’t have to spend an iota to acquire it.

That’s about as good a holiday present as you can get from GT6 at this stage of the game.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Red Bull X2014

We knew that Gran Turismo 6 was going to be awesome, a true testament to the tireless work put in by Polyphony Digital to live up the game’s tagline as "the real driving simulator".

What we didn’t know, or didn’t come to expect, was that Polyphony Digital could also tug our heartstrings. But that’s exactly what it did when its producers managed to reunite Mario Andretti with his 1948 Hudson , the very first race car the iconic racer drove in his illustrious career.

More important than just reuniting Andretti with his first racecar, Polyphony also took the task of not only restoring the Hudson as part of its "First Love" video and live-streaming series of the same name, but also creating a digital representation that will be included in the game as a free download.

The studio booked a December 16th reunion of the rebuilt Hudson and Andretti, and you can see the video of this reunion above.

Don’t be too worried if your eyes start welling up. Something tells us that’s what Polyphony wanted all along.

Click past the jump to watch a preview of Gran Turismo’s "First Love" Series feat. Mario Andretti

Gran Turismo 6 may have scored a nice coup when BMW agreed to debut the M4 Coupe in the game,, but one competing video game franchise saw it as an opportunity to call GT6’s marketing score with one of its own.

In an announcement that was as pleasant as it was surprising, Need for Speed Rivals made its own recently-launched-car debut when the 2015 Ford Mustang became available in the game.

For what it’s worth, the 2015 Mustang is car tailor-made for a game like NFS Rivals, which possibly explains why the developers wasted little time putting installing it in the game. You can drive the Mustang as either a cop or a racer, two things the all-new pony car is well-versed at. And unlike GT6, or Forza 5, for that matter, driving skills sometimes takes a backseat to all-out mayhem in Need for Speed.

So if you’re running roughshod, steering clear of law enforcement authorities, or doing the actual pursuing of racers, the addition of the 2015 Ford Mustang in Need for Speed Rivals will make playing the game that much more enjoyable.

The preview video of the muscle car already makes it look at home in the Need for Speed franchise. Imagine what you can do with it once you get your hands on the game.

Need for Speed Rivals is already on shelves for the PS4 and XBox One with the 2015 Mustang likewise available to download.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang


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