Nissan and Polyphony Digital, the studio behind the Grand Turismo franchise, have made a habit of giving gamers a shot at becoming professional race drivers through the GT Academy. Players from all over the world compete virtually for a chance to put down the controller, lace up their driving shoes and compete head-to-head in a variety of real-world challenges. Last year, Bryan Heitkotter won the first-ever U.S. GT Academy, thereby joining the ranks of former winners like Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough.

This year's competition is already in full swing, and while we're used to seeing our virtual screens filled with machines like the Nissan 370Z and GT-R, the Leaf has made it into the fray as well. Why the Leaf? It's no secret that slow cars quickly bring to light a driver's inadequacies on the track. With so little horsepower, it's more difficult to overcome even small mistakes.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, good thing it's slow. You guys know how to pump up green cars dontcha
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Hmph. If they didn't use the Leaf then they would have used some other slow family sedan or hatchback. Like a Mini or Toyota Matrix. Good cars for what they do, but muscle cars they ain't.
        noevfud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Yes- see the stupid post above about the fast truck.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Yeah, they are really ******* today. But at least we missed out on whatever FOX news was saying.
      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow? From 0-50 it's as quick or quicker than any family sedan. Electric motors have 100% torque at 0 rpm. I love dusting full sized pickups and 10-year old 3-series BMWs at lights with my wife's Leaf. Despite the crappy tires, the thing handles quite well also and it has very good 4 wheel disc brakes.
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's good to see EV technology entering every walk of life. It's these small inclusions that make the technology more, and more familiar to Joe Public and counter negative publicity.
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