A fresh update for GT Sport is out today, with patch 1.56 bringing the usual bevy of new cars and a smattering of new GT League events to use them in. The headliner is the 2010 Aston Martin DBR9 GT1, as featured in the update trailer:
- Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 2010
- Fiat 500 1.2 8V Lounge SS 2008
- Nissan 180SX Type X 1996
The Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 takes its name from its base car, the DB9, and the DBR1, the first Aston Martion DB series racing car that raced at and won the 1959 Le Mans 24 hour race.
The DBR9 GT1 is no less illustrious. It won its debut at the 2005 Sebring 12 hour race, won the team and drivers’ titles in the ACO Le Mans Series, and won the GT1 class two years in a row at the 2007 and 2007 Le Mans 24.
It’s a lean mean racing machine, dropping 600kg compared to the road car, with more than a small amount of downforce from extensive aero parts, and a 5.9 litre V12 engine has undergone engine ECU tuning, raising its power from the 449 BHP/58.1 kgfm of the road car up to 599 BHP/71.4 kgfm.
By comparison the Nissan 180SX Type X is pretty humdrum, not to mention the Fiat 500 (though I’m sure this one will be good for fun little online interludes).
Alongside the new cars are the following events in the single player GT League:
- 2 new rounds added to the FR Challenge
- 2 new rounds added to the Group 3 Cup
- 2 new rounds added to the Lamborghini Cup
- 1 new round added to the X2019 Competition Endurance Series
The only further patch notes are to do with tweaks to the penalty system:
- Corrected an error where a collision penalty was being issued even when the “Side Contact Penalty” of the lobby penalty settings was disabled.
- Adjusted the threshold values for penalties given when someone is pushed out.
All in all, it’s a smaller update than those that we enjoyed through the last few years. Ehen teasing this update, Kaz Yamauchi said “This year’s updates are modest in frequency and volume.”
— 山内 一典 (@Kaz_Yamauchi) February 23, 2020
It’s also sign that GT Sport has really reached maturity as a game. When it originally launched it had relatively few cars, was lacking the offline GT League (until there was a big backlash from fans), and the FIA sanctioned esports league was yet to go through its inaugural season. Now in 2020 there’s a huge amount of content in the racing game.
That combined with the looming PlayStation 5 and the new graphical technologies that can bring to the table might mean that the focus is shifting to a new game?
Source: EU PS Blog