Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.

In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.

Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson – live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.

Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Mario Andretti's First Car Rebuilt for Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo 6 First Love (Behind the Scenes)

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      The game if ******* amazing! So addictive!
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      I'd be willing to argue that Mario is the greatest all round of all time driver, his ability to win in such a wide range of racing is mind boggling to say the least. I do have to wonder though, if S├ębastien Loeb will turn out to be the same in the hindsight of history - he seems to have that same gift as Mario for getting the win no matter what.
      Gregg Alley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rebuilding a famous driver's former race car was a side story in the 2000 film, Super Speedway. The famous driver? Mario Andretti.
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        @Gregg Alley
        I think that was Mario's first USAC Sprintcar, which he lapped at Phoenix.
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      It's actually a 1953 Super Wasp Club Coupe. 262 cubic inch flathead six. I suggest putting in the Hornet 308 cubic inch mill with Twin H Power, and headers. This was a pretty rough car to start with, there are quite a few decent 48-49 Super and Commodore Six Club Coupes out there. If you aren't already aware of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club, you can learn more here:
      Dennis Clouser
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next time maybe combine all three videos into one 5 minute video and post so we don't have to watch 4 minutes of commercials?????
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a 53 Hudson. The give away is the wing hood ornament that was only used on 1953 Hudsons.