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Gran Turismo on Netflix

Gran Turismo “the movie” is now available on Netflix, bringing together automotive enthusiasts and generations across the auto community who are into both gaming and racing simulation. For those who are not familiar with the Gran Turismo name, it is a PlayStation exclusive gaming simulation series with years of innovation to include the most popular vehicles, racing parts and modifications and an attempt to bridge the gap between the auto enthusiasts / gaming community with the racing community.

The creation of the GT Academy was a successful attempt to recruit the best of the best from the gaming community who have hours and hours of racing simulation time and bring them to the actual racetrack, racing a real-life race car.

If you are looking for something to do during the holiday break, I was able to watch Gran Turismo via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the movie was really well thought-out, captured the background of the game a bit and showed the intensity of racing and preparation as well as having a decent storyline capturing the true story line of the movie and Jann Mardenborough’s unlikely chance of making it big into the race scene.

The Nissan career of new NISMO GT500 driver Jann Mardenborough. Winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition.

Keep in mind, any movie “based on a true story” means not everything depicted in the film actually transpired in real life. For example, Spaniard Lucas Ordóñez was the first to win the GT Academy competition in 2008. Like with any movie that is “based on a true story” there are some scenes and storylines within the movie that are created to make for a more interesting story to tell.

MotorTrend did a great article and sit down with PlayStation Productions President Asad Qizilbash and senior producer Carter Swan. What made Jann’s story stand-out?

“I think there was a lot of really interesting angles and element’s to Jann’s journey,” Swan said. “The previous winners, while being relatively new to racing, had done a little bit of training, and I think that Jann was really an outsider. He was someone who really did not come from that [motorsports] world at all, and it was something that was never possible to him. As an audience member, you can identify with him because he had never been in this world before, had never been on a track before, and had never driven one of these race cars before.”

Fact or Fiction: Why the Gran Turismo Movie Is a Little of Both (motortrend.com)

“Gran Turismo is an integrated simulator for enjoying life with cars. It’s a sandbox where players can freely discover experiences on their own. Various features, the engines and systems supporting these on the back end, along with the massive amount of content, will set players up to enjoy their life with cars.”

– Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital

Gran Turismo The Movie

Gran Turismo is based on the unbelievable true story of a team of unlikely underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), a failed former racecar driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Gran Turismo is an inspiring, thrilling, and action-packed story that proves that nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within.

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