The Classic Car Club of Manhattan is home to some of the most amazing cars ever built, but they're not always the main attraction. Last Wednesday night, stunners like the '65 Shelby Cobra took a backseat while car enthusiasts got up close and personal with Gran Turismo 6 and the man who brought it to life, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi.
The Jalopnik Film Festival's opening night party featured a panel with Kaz, as well as filmmaker Tamir Mosovici, whose upcoming documentary focuses on the Gran Turismo legacy (watch the trailer here). The documentary is just one way PlayStation is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Gran Turismo, though. A program called Vision Gran Turismo invited automakers, design houses, and leading brands — 22 of them — to create their ideal Gran Turismo vehicle, and the resulting car designs were incorporated into GT6. For the first time, the cars in the game can only be driven on virtual concourses, not in real life.
“Ever since we released the first Gran Turismo game 15 years ago, GT has resonated with the automotive world and we have enjoyed many different and fascinating collaborations. But Vision Gran Turismo is probably our most ambitious to date. It promises to provide a window into the future of automotive design that we can bring to life in Gran Turismo 6," Kaz has said of the project.
An M1 sucessor exclusive to GT6, designed by BMW
In addition to the panel, car enthusiasts and fans got the chance to hang with classic cars, test drive GT6 on custom simulators before its December 6 release date, and mingle with the creatives who make car culture accessible for all — whether they're filming viral videos or designing games that feel like the real thing.
Yeah, it sucks that you missed it. But you can watch clips from the event above and pre-order Gran Tursimo 6 here, which is the next best thing.