PSPSPS writes: "Sony and Nissan are setting out to really test the strength of the famous tagline on the Gran Turismo game boxes. In case you haven't spotted it, it reads "The Real Driving Simulator". We always thought that was a dig at other racing games, not something to be taken, like, seriously.
However, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and car manufacturer Nissan are hosting a competition to put two hapless idiots behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z and enter a 24 hour endurance race in Dubai next January.
The competition is going by the name of GT Academy. Candidates will face "a series of elimination-based competitions on and off the racetrack". We're not sure if that means a real race track, but if so, that sounds like a right royal ball-ache to enter. The first stage, however, will be an online GT5 Prologue tournament."