Australians, your demands have been met; our most famous track has made its way into the latest Gran Turismo.
Mount Panorama, frequently known as Bathurst, will appear in Gran Turismo 6 – its franchise debut. For those not familiar with the track, he’s a PR blurb:
“Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, Bathurst, to give it its full name, is the home of motorsport in Australia. Located in New South Wales, it has a rich motorsport history – the first race held there was the 1938 Australian Grand Prix and it now hosts the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Bathurst 1000 races amongst others. The challenging circuit is 6.213km (4 miles) long with surprisingly steep inclines, a twisty, narrow section across the top of the mountain which proves difficult to master even for the very best racing drivers, and very little run off area to allow for mistakes.”
Polyphony boss Kazunori Yamauchi said the team is “very pleased” to include Bathurst at last.
“It seems only right that the legendary Mount Panorama circuit is included as fans will now have a chance to drive one of the toughest tracks out there. Described by some as Australia’s very own Nürburgring, this is a formidable track that will provide an exciting new challenge for PlayStation gamers,” he said in a statement.
We knew this was happening, of course; Polyphonic was spotted scouting Mt Panorama way back in March 2011. The track will also feature in Forza 5.
Gran Turismo 6 arrives on PlayStation 3 in December and boasts over 1,200 cars.