The car world is embracing connectivity between the track and simulator racing. In an early post we showed the Motec data analysis module which can be downloaded.
Nissan Connect NISMO Plus, a new connected service for GT-R NISMO owners, bridges virtual track driving data to be visualized in virtual world -- on GranTurismo 6 and smart phones.
Similar to the GPS Data Visualizer feature designed to work with a special version of the Toyota 86, NISMO Connect records telemetry and GPS location data from the car and then uses it to reproduce the laps inside the game’s environment (note the data can also be used by the NISMO Connect mobile app, as shown in the video, although this app is not associated with GT6).
If your into the finer points of tuning your driving performance then you will know of MoTeC. MoTeC has evolved into an international force in aftermarket automotive electronics, attracting the support of many top teams in race and rally.
Gran Turismo 6 title (with the latest update) supports Motec’s i2 software. Motec i2 professional-grade Data Analysis software allows GT6 racers to analyse a broad selection of driving data & telemetry to improve their lap times or work on their setups.
The Motec i2 software is available for free download and can be made to work with Gran Turismo 6 in three easy steps:
1. Download Motec i2 for Windows http://www.motec.com.au/i2/i2downloads/
2. Choose “Export Data for MoTeC i2 Pro” in Gran Turismo 6’s Replay Gallery and export a replay of your choice onto a USB stick.
3. Load the created data file into Motec i2 and start analyzing.
Thanks for the tip from Jordan at GTPlanet. (VisionRacer VR3 driver).
The “Sierra Time Rally” has been added to [Special Events]. In the first original long course “Circuit de La Sierra” modeled after the Ronda region of Spain, players will attempt to complete a lap around the course within the allotted time.
Time will be extended by passing the checkpoints, and your score will be calculated according to your distance driven. Overtaking other cars will raise your combo level, and there are other possibilities of raising your score based on your driving skills. We invite you to check it out.
Polyphony Digital has released the sixth update for Gran Turismo 6.
The new version adds the GPS Visualizer and Datalogger as well as other changes as listed below:
Data Logger now available
[Data Logger] has been added to the [TOOLS] section in “My Home”. The Data Logger analyzes the driving data stored on a Replay file and displays it in a graph, allowing users to view and compare variations in vehicle speed, acceleration points, braking points, engine rpm values and gear positions.
GPS Visualizer function introduced
[GPS Visualizer] has been added to the [TOOLS] section in “My Home”. By driving a car equipped with the “Sports Drive Logger” (sold by Toyota) on a real-life circuit, the recorded GPS data can be transferred to “Gran Turismo 6” via a compatible USB storage media, and then subsequently converted into Replay file in the game. It’s be possible to compare and analyze these GPS data using the [Data Logger] feature. This feature is currently available with Fuji Speedway, Tsukuba Circuit and Suzuka Circuit, with more tracks to be added later on.
Custom Rear Wing option implemented
[Custom Rear Wing] has been added to the [External Parts] menu, accessible from the [Custom Parts] options within the [Tuning & Maintenance] section in “My Home”. You can choose a combination of wing mounts, wing style and side winglets. Users can also adjust the height and width of the wing to their liking. (*Please note this feature isn’t compatible with certain cars.)
3DTV compatibility now added
A [3DTV] option has been added to the [Display] category within the [Options] screen in the [MENU] (accessible by pressing the START button). A 3D compatible TV is required for this feature.
Adjustments to the Open Lobby
From the Member List, it is now possible to see the Performance Points, maximum output and weight of the cars that have joined the room.
An “Overall Best” time is now displayed on screen while in Practice, Qualifying, Time Trial and Drift Trial.
The minimum value for [Max Power Limit] and [Minimum Weight] has been changed from 10 to 1.
The options available in the [Race Type] menu within [Room Settings] of the “Event Settings” screen have been changed.
Other improvements and adjustments
The Traction Control System (TCS) which is activated when driving off-track is now used only in sand/gravel pits.
The strength of the “Real” option for the [Slipstream Strength] parameter within [Race Settings] when creating a room in [Open Lobby], has been weakened.
The update is available to all Gran Turismo 6 users simply by firing up the game while the Playstation 3 is connected to the internet.
Toyota is blending the worlds of virtual and real-life car racing with a new accessory for its 86 (also known as the GT86 and Scion FR-S in other markets) sports car. Drivers can record their lap times and data with the new Sports Drive Logger, then upload the information to the Gran Turismo 6 video game, going head to head against friends and professional drivers.
The Sports Drive Logger telemetry recording device connects with the car's controller area network (CAN) and GPS to collect drive data. Toyota explains that collected data can include GPS information, vehicle speed, accelerator pedal input, steering angles, brake operation signals, shifting data and engine speed. That will provide a comprehensive look not only at the car's overall performance, but also at the driver input behind that performance.
Instead of just offering the data for computer upload, or incorporating HD video like the Corvette Performance Data Recorder, Toyota has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment toward applying the data to the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 car racing game. When the driver records real-life laps at certain racing circuits in Japan, he'll be able to upload and view those drives in the virtual world, providing an interesting way of "replaying" the run.
GT6 players will also be to race against their own real-life track runs or those from other drive logger users. The GT6 Toyota drive logger functionality will initially support the Fuji Speedway International Course, the Tsukuba Circuit 2000 Course, and the Suzuka Circuit International Course, with additional courses being added in the future.
In addition to replaying and racing their track runs, Sports Drive Logger users will be able to analyze their data against that of professionals, identifying specific ways of improving their real-world driving performances. The next time they hit the track, they can apply professional techniques, such as acceleration patterns, braking and track angles.
Toyota plans to launch the Sports Drive Logger in Japan on June 2 for a price of ¥91,800 (US$900). It does not mention plans for release in other markets.
The video below provides an illustration of how the Sports Drive Logger will work on the asphalt and couch.
Darin Gangi of InsideSimRacing has published a very interesting video, hosting a face-off between the two console heavyweights Forza Motorsport & Gran Turismo.
In the video, Darin takes the SRT Viper for a spin at Bathurst, comparing 17 different aspects to find out which title does it better.
Granted, every Forza vs. Gran Turismo comparison is a bit off these days, considering how the titles run on different generations of hardware. Still, it is an interesting comparison well worth to be checked out!
Toyota, Polyphony Digital and Sony today revealed that Toyota's slick new concept car, the FT-1 Concept, will be racing to Gran Turismo 6 as part of a free update/download tomorrow.
What's special about the FT-1 is that Toyota approached Polyphony Digital to utilize Gran Turismo 6 to help pitch the idea of the concept coupe to management before it was given the green light. And the rest was apparently history.