Gran Turismo Sport Producer Kazunori Yamauchi is currently working hard on the game, but he is not new to the real racing scene. Back in may, he raced at the grueling Nürburgring 24h endurance race in Germany, placing 22nd on the #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 sponsored by PlayStation.
Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment released a featurette on the race, showing Yamauchi-san in action, and also giving him a chance to explain how this helps him while creating his game.
“What I’ve been seeking to figure out through this, is what sort of car the modern day sports car is, and I drove the M6 as part of that search. We make video games, but it’s really important to know the real thing. And racing, I think it’s the same with anything, but you can’t know the real thing until you’ve experienced it yourself.
And if you’re going to experience something, you might as well experience the most incredible.”
Yamauchi-san also mentioned that, while the race allows him to gather data, the most important thing is the connection between people racing creates.
“The data we gather here is one thing, but it’s really the connection with the people. The fact that people are connected through this scene called racing, I think it’s the most important thing.”
This is actually a quite interesting thought, and it seems that Gran Turismo Sport’s competitive online racing focus reflects it. It’ll certainly be interesting to see the results, but for now you can see the video below.