Having made versions of the GT Academy competition to find future racers in the UK, U.S., and Russia, the series now expands its reach to India.
The first round of the competition kicks off at the Delhi Auto Expo on February 6, followed by stops in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, where local racing enthusiasts will be able to get in on the live-action events.
Beyond growing Nissan's brand in India, the series is likely to find a wealth of support for the racing itself. The entry of Vilay Mallya's Force India onto the F1 calendar was met with teeming support in India, especially at the Buddh International Circuit's Indian Grand Prix. The series' first Indian F1 race driver, Narain Karthikeyan, joined the series in 2005-6 as a test driver for BMW, eventually gaining a full-time seat in 2011-12.
The format for the Indian incursion of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy will be familiar: the online gamers will be narrowed down to a field of six drivers to compete for the final prize in real cars, on real race tracks--with the end result being a real race seat for the skilled winner.