Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo franchise, has jumped back into real-world racing. The mastermind behind one of the most popular racing video game series on the planet recently campaigned a Nissan GT-R in the four-hour Nürburgring VLR alongside Tobias and Michael Shulze and the founder of Opera Performance, Yasuyoshi Yamamoto. The team's car is reportedly the spitting image of the GT500 Stealth GT-R from Gran Turismo 5, and word has it that the four-man team is out to compete in this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Last year, Yamauchi raced a specially-prepared Lexus IS-F in a number of VLN races. His efforts netted his team a class victory in a four-hour race, and GTPlanet reports that the gaming mastermind took home fourth in his class at the 2010 Nuburgring 24 Hours. Look for Yamauchi and his crew in the #71 car when the green flag drops.

That is, so long as the team isn't delayed from arriving until Christmas 2015...

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      Joshua K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately the car he got isn't a premium model so he won't be able to change the wheels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will he run the entire 24hrs in one sitting? Or will he have a "save race" feature in the next update?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you think the gear indicator on his GTR has been modified to flash red at the brake points?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't put that kind of effort into make a good game. :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you weren't such a little bitch and just waited for the updates you'd find GT5 is getting better with every update.
      • 3 Years Ago
      who cares about this guy. He's a "has been". You're only as good as your last game, and with his track record he's so 5 years ago. what a joke, just like Sony (huh ipad, huh ipod, wuh tablets?, motion!!?).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well he should be fine if he crashes. I mean he doesn't have damage right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..and it will only take him 10 years to finish! huzzah! Had to guys had to!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can this guy even row his own gears? I would imagine he doesn't, if his track record of punctuality is any indication....
      • 3 Years Ago
      The other cars will just sort of bump into him and push him off the road without even seeming to see him. The first thing he'll do is add stage 3 turbo (but he'll keep the stock exhaust for some reason). He'll use a car from the '80s for a modern race.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He has to keep stock exhaust, otherwise it would sound like a vacuum.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good luck... Be sure to bring the experience in the game...
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.nagtroc.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=58383&hl=turismo more pics and story from the car.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      GT-R. How did I know before I read it? How original.
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