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World's Top-Rated Race Course: GT5 or Real Life?

| 2 Dec 2010 17:19

The Nürburgring's Nordschleife race course in Germany is considered by many to be the world's best racing track. How does GT5's version hold up against the real thing?

Gran Turismo 5's whole shtick is its authenticity. The game boasts hundreds and hundreds of real-life cars meticulously modeled over many long years of development time, designed to be driven on many real-life racetracks where they will handle very much like their real-life counterparts.

One driver decided to test just how authentic it was.

The video you see here is of Denis Malevanyi, a wheelhound who does professional driving instruction and coaching at the Nürburgring course in Nürburg, Germany - considered by many racers and enthusiasts to be one of the best-designed and most difficult racetracks in the world. In both parts of the video, Malevanyi drives the Nordschleife course inside a a BMW M3 E92. The difference is that one is fiction and one is reality.

No matter how good Gran Turismo 5 looks, it becomes evident that it's still just a game when you compare it side-by-side to the real thing (though that may just be a side effect of it being a gray day in reality - and Malevanyi's windshield being kind of dirty). That said, one can't fault GT5 for its accuracy in sculping the Nordschleife racetrack. That thing is spot-on.

No wonder it took them so long.

(Thanks, Alai!)

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