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Have you always wanted driving lessons from the world’s most famous racecar driver? No, I’m not talking about Michael Schumacher. Not Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton, either. Not even Danica Patrick, though she comes close with her FHM, SI Swimsuit Edition, and Playboy appearances. After all, I did say the world’s most famous driver. And that title has to go to the one “sponsor-free” driver dressed in pure white: The man. Or the woman. The creature? Or maybe the alien? The Stig. Who is now giving lessons, sort of.
That’s right wannabe race-superstars. You heard me. Our friends at Top Gear and the BBC have built a virtual model of the Top Gear test track for your time-killing pleasure. The simulation provides a turn-by-turn breakdown of the track, complete with the history of each corner’s name, as well as the speed and gear you should use for the turn, whether driving a “reasonably priced car” or a supercar. You can even enable “Stig's Eye View” which activates a short video clip showing you the perfect racing line around the corner.
And for those of you wondering, “What’s the point?” Well, besides being a novel way to procrastinate, which provides a refreshing break from Facebook, you might also be interested to know that Polyphony Digital supposedly holds the rights to the Top Gear track’s digital representation. In other words, if Gran Turismo 5 actually goes on sale this November, those of you who spent countless hours studying the Stig’s every move will have a leg up for...something.
Visit the virtual track by clicking here.