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Thursday, August 2, 2012


John Marine | 9:12 AM | | |
In light of the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, I figured I would blog to my Gran Turismo fans about London. This is the first-ever real British venue of any kind in Gran Turismo history. This compact 1.19-mile (1.92-kilometer) course debuted in "Gran Turismo 5: Prologue" and is a decent challenge for any GT gamer. How about we take a look at this course in this fabulous city? Welcome [back(?)] to "John's Gran Turismo Space!"

--- London ---

The streets of London are for you to race on in Gran Turismo 5. Being so compact in length, there are not many opportunities to enjoy full-speed racing or not many places to go crazy drifting. What you WILL get is quite a workout on a mostly narrow course. Courses that are so short means that you will need to make your passes and your moves in a short amount of time to have a chance to win. The fastest of cars will be able to quickly breeze through this course. A course like this would suit mostly peppy compacts, touring cars, and low-level GT-spec cars.

One-Lap Description.

London begins abruptly. Maybe not as abrupt as Tokyo R246, but worse (in my opinion). You are blasting down the front stretch on A401 or Shaftesbury Avenue in London as you approach the abrupt hairpin. The very first corner is a super-tight right-hand hairpin. The following road features a very long right-left chicane followed by a somewhat sharp right-hand kink. A moderately sharp and long right-hand corner follows as Trafalgar Square is to your right. After that is a brief straight that follows into a tight right-left-right complex. If you are a drifter, this is a great complex of corners to get sideways with your car. The first right is really just a sharp kink with the Sandwich Centre to your left, and the next two corners are tight 90° corners- a 90° left followed by a 90° right. Blast down Regent Street to prepare to take on the final set of corners. The final corner has two parts to it- the corner itself, followed by a quick and tight left-right chicane. Take this final section just right, then set up a proper racing line so you can negotiate the quick chicane that follows. All that remains is a road that bends to the right leading to the Start/Finish line.

Video Lap.

Gain some video perspective of racing London by looking at this video (click on the link if you are unable to view Flash):

^ "Lap of London in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue"

Now you have some ideas and perspectives about racing London.

London has become one of my favorite cities in the world recently. I usually liked New York City, Paris, and Tokyo; but London is becoming one of my newer favorite cities in the world. Salute to any of you all from London who may be reading this post. Thank you for reading!

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