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Sony Unveils Final Round & Registration Info for GT Academy 2012

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112w ago - Sony Associate Product Manager Ken Chan has unveiled the final round and registration information for GT Academy 2012 today.

To quote: It's hard to believe, but the online competition of [Register or Login to view links] is quickly coming to a close.

Since May 1st, over 900,000 competitors have driven more than 120,000,000 miles and reattempted 125,000,000 times for their chance to become this year's GT Academy Champion.

If you still haven't started, its not too late, as GT Academy 2012 is still available for free through the PlayStation Store until the end of the competition on June 24th.

With just two weeks left on the clock, the long awaited Rounds 7 and 8 have finally opened, completing the eight-round training program for this year's GT Academy. For those that's been keeping close tabs on the rumor mill, the infamous "Twin Ring Motegi East Short Course" is making it's Gran Turismo debut as the final Round 8, Event 5 - Time Trial race.

For the next two weeks, you must take everything you have learned from the eight-round training program and put it on the line for a top lap time. Remember, this event is only open from June 11, 2012 to June 24, 2012, so make it count!

Only the fastest lap times will...
 

Sony GT Academy 2012 PS3 Update: How & When to Unlock Prizes

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114w ago - Sony Associate Product Manager Ken Chan has posted up a GT Academy 2012 PS3 update today which covers how and when to unlock prizes for competitors.

To quote: Welcome to week four of this year's GT Academy competition! By now you've probably learned the basic fundamentals of the racing line, variable high-speed cornering, continuous elevation changes, and multi-radius acceleration, all while trying to maintain the highest grip possible to maximize corner exit speed.

If you achieved a Gold Trophy in all five events within a round, you will unlock the GT Academy-spec Nissan used in the trials of that round. Prizes will be distributed one week after the online competition of GT Academy ends, which is on or after July 4th, 2012.

Here are the four cars you can unlock in Rounds 1 through 4:

• Round 1 - Nissan Leaf (GT Academy) '11
• Round 2 - Nissan Silvia spec-R AERO (GT Academy) '02
• Round 3 - Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II (GT Academy) '94
• Round 4 - Nissan 370Z (GT Academy) '08

Note: Each of the subsequent vehicle prizing will be unveiled as Round 5 and 6 are unlocked on May 28th and Round 7 and 8 on June 11th

Drivers who clear all eight rounds of the competition with a Bronze Trophy or better will receive the special...
 

Video: Sony Announces GT Academy 2012 Begins Today, Promo

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117w ago - Sony Associate Product Manager Ken Chan has announced that GT Academy 2012 officially begins on PlayStation Store today alongside a Season 2 promo video below.

To quote: It's the moment aspiring race drivers have been waiting for: GT Academy 2012 is available now! If you think you have what it takes, go to PlayStation Store and download the free demo of GT Academy 2012 right now.

That's right - you don't need to have a copy of Gran Turismo to play and compete!

This national competition, designed to turn the best Gran Tursimo players into real-life race drivers, welcomes players of all experience levels. Each participant will compete in a series of virtual trials, piloting Nissan cars, over an eight-week period in 40 different events.

Each round features five events that players can retry as many times as they want. Only the fastest lap times will be recorded and ranked. Rounds 1 and 2 are the first set of trials to open, and Polyphony Digital will release subsequent rounds every two weeks.





Here's a list of rounds and when they will be available:

Round 1 and 2 (Registration not required):
5/1 (Tue) to 6/24 (Sun)

Round 3 and 4 (Registration not required):
 
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