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Toyota FT-1 "Vision GT" Available for Download in Gran Turismo 6

Toyota FT-1 "Vision GT" Available for Download in Gran Turismo 6

The Toyota FT-1 "Vision GT" is headed to the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6. It’s only appropriate considering that the concept was created specifically for the purpose of celebrating Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary. Still, it’s pretty cool that we now have a chance to drive the FT-1 Vision GT, albeit as a video game car.

The high-powered concept is already available for download so you can expect Gran Turismo 6 fans to stumble amongst themselves to get the vehicle into their garages as quick as possible. Yes, I speak from experience, although my slow Internet connection turned the whole download experience into an exercise in patience.

Still, seeing the FT-1 Vision GT Concept and controlling it was a real treat, even for a discerning and admittedly high-brow GT6 player like me. It’s also a nice followup to the earlier FT-1 Concept that became downloadable in the game back in January 2014.

Now that there are two of these concepts available on Gran Turismo 6, I can’t imagine fans of Toyota playing with any other car than this one. Again, I say all of this through experience and calloused fingers.

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2014 Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Concept

2014 Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Concept

Gran Turismo 6 is a car enthusiast’s dream. What GT6, or any Gran Turismo for that matter, offers is a chance to get as close as possible to the cars we love that we can’t drive in the real world. This is especially true for concept cars. Most concept cars never make it to production, and when they do, they usually end up resembling so little of the concept that it turns out to be a disappointment. Concept cars always look so much better than production cars because the design team has no boundaries or regulations to follow. The FT-1 is no different, as it simply looks fantastic. It was next to the Mercedes-Benz stand at the NYIAS and it stole most of the show-goers away from the German automaker’s. So when GT6 and Toyota announced that they would be making an FT-1 for the new game new game, with a 30 second teaser video, it obviously got all of us excited. It’s called the FT-1 Vision GT Concept, and it looks spectacular with it’s scoops, louvers and all that exposed carbon fiber. Let’s hope it drives as well as it looks, digitally of course.

Updated 08/14/2014: Toyota unveiled the official details and images on the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Concept set to be offered for Gran Turismo 6 users from September. Details after the jump.

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Toyota Announces "Sports Drive Logger" Onboard Telemetry

Toyota Announces "Sports Drive Logger" Onboard Telemetry

Owning a sports car can be a lot of fun if you live near a race track or if you have the time and means to travel long distances for some fast laps. Things can get even better if this is done on a regular basis, as the next day can provide even more fun by going over the telemetry data.

Track addicts are always looking to improve their runs, so it’s safe to assume that they always connect their car to a telemetry recording device. Corvette Stingray owners, for instance, will be able to order their sports car with a Performance Data Recorder beginning with the 2015 model year.

Naturally, there are all sorts of similar devices to be had as we speak, with most of them being suitable for just any vehicle. However, Toyota will be launching one of their own — it’s called Sports Drive Logger and was created for the affordable GT 86 sports car.

How does it work? Well, Toyota says the device, which was co-developed with Sony, is programmed to collect data passing through the GT 86’s controller area network, which means it will log information such as GPS positioning, accelerator and brake pedal use, gear shifting, engine behavior and vehicle speed.The collected data is optimized so it can be transferred to an USB device for future analysis and use.

Now there’s more good news for those are also into Gran Turismo 6. The data can be loaded into the video game, where it recreates the said track run. Furthermore, it will allow the user to race against their own or against data uploaded by their friends.

The bad news is that the Sports Drive Logger won’t be available in the U.S. for now, with the device to go on sale only in Japan this June (priced at around $833 at current exchange rates). This is probably why the system only offers support for three local tracks - Fuji, Suzuka and Tsubuka. There’s no word on if and when the Sports Drive Logger will be launched Stateside, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the tech makes it into the Scion FR-S.

Video about the Sports Drive Logger after the jump.

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Toyota FT-1 Concept Already Downloadable for Gran Turismo 6

Toyota FT-1 Concept Already Downloadable for Gran Turismo 6

You know a car is making waves when on the same day it makes its worldwide debut, its virtual counterpart is doing the same.

That’s what happened a few days ago when the incredible Toyota FT-1 Concept officially showed its face at the North American International Auto Show, which was shortly followed by the virtual FT-1 Concept becoming available as a downloadable content for Gran Turismo 6.

Yup, that quick. The quick turnaround is impressive enough in its own right, but considering that the actual show car lacked an engine in Detroit, yet it’s running in full force in the game, it would be really cool to see exactly how the concept sports car runs.

More importantly, the release of the FT-1 Concept on Gran Turismo represents a new kind of partnership between the game’s developer with automotive brands. We’ve already waxed poetic about the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, but having an actual concept make a debut in a major auto show coincide with the same concept appearing in a video game is something both parties are likely to take advantage of in the near future.

Don’t be surprised if a company decides to debut a concept in the game first before showing it live in person in the future.

That could be in play now.

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NASCAR The Game: 2013 Adds SummerHeat and Homestead Customizations

NASCAR The Game: 2013 Adds SummerHeat and Homestead Customizations

NASCAR The Game: 2013 is the third installment of the popular PC game series, after the 2011 and Inside Line versions. The latest game was unveiled in the summer of 2013 and starting this week-end it received the final paint scheme DLC packs, ‘Summer Heat’ and ‘The Long Run to Homestead’.

With the new paint schemes, NASCAR The Game:2013 now offers a total of 80 alternate paint schemes for today’s hottest teams and drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson. Each paint scheme is grouped by race packs and is priced at $6.99.

The new NASCAR The Game:2013 is the perfect race game for any NASCAR fan out there and it puts the racers into the driver’s seat of America’s favorite motorsport. Players will enjoy the new Gen 6 model cars that supports an updated and enhanced paint booth tool. In the new game, players can take their own shot at being crowned the Sprint Cup Series Champion by starting a competitive season as a rookie and racing against their favorite drivers in career mode.

Click past the jump for a list of the entire NASCAR downloadable collection.

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Toyota GT 86 set to be a playable car on Gran Turismo 5

Toyota GT 86 set to be a playable car on Gran Turismo 5

One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.

For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.

Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R, the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R, and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35. Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.

Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86.

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GT5 releases video of Toyota FT-86

GT5 releases video of Toyota FT-86

We don’t understand too much Japanese, but we do know that we were caught by surprise to find out that the recently-revealed Toyota FT-86 Concept is actually a playable car on Gran Turismo 5.

Shortly after the concept car was revealed to have a ticket for the Tokyo
Motor Show, a video of it joining its predecessor, the Toyota AE86 Corolla in an all-out run where both cars end up sliding sideways.

Now since Sony was kind enough to share us this video, it makes us all the more excited to cop the game as soon as it comes out. You never know what other yet-to-be-unveiled concept cars GT5 has in store for us.

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