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Be The Stig: GT5's Top Gear Test Track

First screenshots.

Gran Turismo 5, we’re told, aims to set new standards in terms of graphics, presentation, and gameplay.  Featuring more than 1,000 licensed cars and more than 20 tracks, GT5 is going to be utterly epic.

We’ve seen some ridiculous screenshots today (your rear lights actually change the colour of the smoke on the rally courses, for example) but nothing more interesting than these four official shots of the Top Gear Test Track.

Modeled to perfection, this will be your chance to challenge The Stig’s best times on what appears to be an exact replica of the famous BBC circuit, and will allow 16 player online racing around the course, totally changing the dynamic.

It’s going to be worth the wait, this.  Face tracking via the PlayStation Eye, a completely rewritten physics engine, real time visual deformation, dirt, performance damage and that unbeatable roster of motor vehicles.

Roll on November.

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53 Comments
  1. spats
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Incredible. bring on november.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:06.
  2. theshockwave
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    …aaaand across the line!

    I can’t wait for GT5 and the addition of this track isn’t making the wait any easier.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:08.
  3. Rob92
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    :O

    Yes yes yes!
    If they dont have the Suzuki Liana however, I’ll be massively disappointed. Still, to be able to know what Gambon is like to drive around, awesome.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:09.
    • theshockwave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      No, it’s all about the hammerhead. And I’m sure they’ll have the Liana. They wouldn’t include the Stig and then not include the Liana.

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:12.
      • 3shirts
        Member
        Since: Aug 2008

        The Liana was the old one though (pre 2005). I hope they have all of them, the Liana, the Lacetti and whatever ends up being the new reasonably priced car for 2010.

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:17.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        the chevrolet lactetti is the reasonable priced car, gonna be awesome

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 18:05.
  4. webby_15-0
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    i still dont understand face tracking. does it work for normal TVs or do you need some sort of special one. Otherwise how can you turn your head and see the rest of the car when you wont even be looking at the screen anymore?

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:09.
    • theshockwave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      You can turn your head to the side and keep your eyes on the screen. Can’t you?

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:11.
      • webby_15-0
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        i didnt think of that. its not gonna work very well if you dont have a head though is it? :)

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:16.
      • theshockwave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Oh yeah, good point, didn’t think about that.
        ;)

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:24.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        perhaps it will be leaning your head to the side. that way you can still see ;)

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:27.
      • Dr_mohannad
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        It’s gonna be awkward to turn you head and keep you eyes on the screen, why turn my head in the first place?

        Comment posted on 18/06/2010 at 11:10.
  5. project84music
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I wasn’t entirely sure whether I was that interested in GT5 (simply cause I’m not usually that interested in racing games). Dunno why, but this has just sold it to me =] – well, this and everything else GT5 related today and yesterday.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:14.
  6. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    O M G
    That look incredible, I can’t wait to get on that with a Lacetti (Or the Chevy Cruze which is rumoured to be the new reasonably priced car).

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:15.
  7. Apnomis
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Wow those screenshots look incredible, the level of detail and realism is stunning, and the idea of racing the Stig’s times is genius – I would love this to get a feature on the actual Top Gear too (although I suspect the BBC can’t promote a single console or game). I’m not a massive fan of racing simulators but this just seems like a game you have to have in your collection regardless!

    To be fair to them it may have been delayed a lot but they have sure added a hell of a lot of features – anyone else would have just released it years ago and released GT6 with the new bits this year!

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:22.
    • billsmugs
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      The BBC advertise films etc on the breakfast news most days, and besides it wouldn’t be the first time that the Top Gear team (in particular Jeremy Clarkson!) had done something that the BBC wouldn’t approve of :D

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:42.
    • Jas-n
      Since: Aug 2008

      They played GT4 once… tried to see if Clarkson could get the same on track as on the PS2, Maybe they’ll get the Stig to do it on GT5?

      Al the fun you could have with Top Gear and GT

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:45.
      • Carl
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        That ep was awesome.

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 17:22.
      • rht992
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        they are bound to! they mention GT a lot on the show

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 18:03.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edhBvCunbkE

        I’m thinking with their track in the game there’s a really good chance we’ll see something GT5 related on Top Gear.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2010 at 01:46.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Yeah I remember that one, Clarkson was racing at Laguna Seca and the corkscrew found him out every time lol.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2010 at 07:16.
  8. gazo69
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Holy macaroni, this is going to be EPIC!

    They wouldn’t dare delay again would they?

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:22.
    • theshockwave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      It’s never been delayed. November the 2nd is the first release date we’ve ever had for it.

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:24.
    • gazo69
      Member
      Since: Forever

      Sorry to say “delay again” is wrong because it never had a date to be delayed! So i will rephrase, they wouldn’t dare delay it would they?

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:24.
      • theshockwave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Beat you to it. ;)

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:25.
      • gazo69
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Damn you and your fast fingers!

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:26.
  9. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    Love it that they have the Jumbo in there too.

    What would be awesome is if the licences used the top gear test track.
    One of which could be stopping distance… like in GT4, but instead of cones, it’s just the stig at hte end with his arms crossed like usual.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:43.
    • Jas-n
      Since: Aug 2008

      Also 16 people racing around the Top Gear Track would be Epic…

      Just thought of a new forum thread…

      Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:46.
      • project84music
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        16 people around the Top Gear Track would indeed be awesome, maybe it can be used for a TSA competition?

        Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 19:08.
  10. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    Top Gear need to publish their leaderboards for both Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and Stig’s lap times in various cars when this is released, so we can all try to beat them.

    Unless, of course, it’s integrated into the online modes! How epic would THAT be!

    Comment posted on 17/06/2010 at 16:46.
    • freezebug2
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Oh yes, beating the Stig’s laptimes would be great but even sweeter, beating Jay Kay’s time….I think he was the leader.

      Comment posted on 18/06/2010 at 07:20.

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