Nissan, along with its partner PlayStation, today launched Nissan PlayStation GT Academy, a driver discovery and development programme that could be the gateway to motorsports for motor racing aspirants in India. With the launch of GT Academy, Nissan, one of India’s youngest global automobile brands, will have the opportunity to connect even more closely with the Indian audience.
The international award-winning Nissan PlayStation GT Academy is in its sixth year and has been hugely popular and successful in Europe, Russia, the USA, the Middle East and South Africa. Today’s launch signifies India’s inclusion in the newly-created international league.
GT Academy’s Indian qualifying rounds will begin with ‘Live Events’ in high-footfall shopping malls in five select Indian cities and at a later stage will also include an online qualifying round that will be hosted on the PlayStation Network (PSN). Nissan will host the inaugural round of the competition on February 6, 2014 at the Delhi Auto Expo, organized at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida in the National Capital Region.
Matthew De La Haye, Nissan’s Vice President Communications, Africa, Middle East, India and Europe said, “We’re delighted to launch GT Academy in India; bringing the programme here reinforces our commitment to growing the Nissan brand and developing relationships with both existing and potential customers. GT Academy really proves that Nissan stands for innovation and excitement for everyone.”
Nissan PlayStation 3GT Academy: The competition
GT Academy is an innovative platform that offers aspiring racers and gaming enthusiasts to register, compete and potentially win a place in the coveted driver discovery and development programme.
Entered by racing on the Gran Turismo®6* video game, exclusive to PlayStation®3, GT Academy is a ‘virtual to reality’ programme that will test the racing acumen of enthusiasts through a time-trial competition on PlayStation GT6 racing simulators. The time-trials should be considered as qualifying rounds and will be hosted at shopping malls in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
Out of the five cities, fourteen contestants who clock the quickest lap times will be eligible to compete in the National Final, the first gateway to GT Academy’s coveted International Race Camp. The 14 contestants who enter the National Final will need to go through a two-day intensive physical and mental training examination programme which will filter out only six contestants who will be eligible for the International Race Camp at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
How can I participate in GT Academy India?
Aspiring racers and gaming enthusiasts can register for ‘Live Events’ by walking into any of the below mentioned shopping malls or visit www.nissan.in or www.facebook.com/nissanindia or SMS GamerToPro <CITY NAME> to 9223306800 in order to pre-register for participation in any of these cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
GT Academy Live Event schedule
- Feb 7-11, 2014: Nissan Display Area, Hall 12, India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, NCR)
- Feb 20-23, 2014: Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, NCR
- March 20-23, 2014: R-City Mall, Ghatkopar, Mumbai
- April 17-20, 2014: Inorbit Mall, Hyderabad
- May 15-18, 2014: Mantri Mall, Bengaluru
- June 5-8, 2014: Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah, Chennai
GT Academy Online Qualification
Participants who have access to Gran Tursimo 6 and PlayStation 3 at home may compete online. These online qualification rounds will allow players from any place in India to register and participate on the PlayStation Network (PSN).
Note: The competition will begin with Live Events. Online participation will be opened at a later stage and will be communicated at a different time and date.
Full terms and conditions of entry into the online qualification phase will be available on Nissan India Official Website