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70′s Mustang Joins the Gran Turismo 5 Lineup at the Gran Turismo Awards

Alex Armour's Avatar + Posted by Alex Armour on Nov 06, 2009 // Senior Manager, Public Relations

Hello racing fans –

Two days ago, PlayStation hosted the 7th annual Gran Turismo (GT) Awards in Las Vegas, taking place in conjunction with the 2009 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. We had some impressive entries and a fantastic turnout at the ceremony, headlined by a live performance from the The Offspring at Rain nightclub inside the Palms hotel. Kazunori Yamauchi – creator of the Gran Turismo franchise – chose a 1970 Ford Mustang from our Hot Rod category as our overall “Best in Show” vehicle, so a big congratulations to owners Todd Gartshore and Phil Koenan – get ready to see you car cruising around the virtual tracks of Gran Turismo 5!

PlayStation hosts 7th annual Gran Turismo Awards

Speaking of GT Awards winners, we got a chance to catch up with two of our past champs at the event and got their thoughts on winning “Best in Show”, but also how it feels to see (and play) your very own car in Gran Turismo, which they were able to play last night for the first time. Here’s what they had to say:

Brian Filoteo of High End Performance, Inc., 2008 winner with his 2007 Infinity G37

“Being a part of the winning team at the GT Awards was a surreal experience. We all feel very grateful and humbled by winning the most prestigious award in the automotive aftermarket industry. It’s every enthusiast’s dream to be immortalized in Gran Turismo and we are extremely honored by being one of the select few to win – can’t wait to win again! Watch out for us next year when we release our next big project. Everything we do here is for our brother JR. May he rest in peace.

Seeing the car in the game is a hair-raising experience. Immediately after walking in the award ceremony last night, we were graced with videos of our car in the game. I got goose bumps just from seeing the car driving around the beautiful virtual world of Gran Turismo. The look and feel is identical to real life and the detail captured in the game is incredible. The drive feel is also scary similar, especially the sensation of speed. Real life physics and textures are presented perfectly and really the only thing that can compare to it is actually hoping in a real car and taking a drive. On behalf of high end performance and JR Rocha I would like to thank SCEA and Polyphony Digital for the opportunity and the fulfillment of a dream. JR Rocha, this is all for you and we miss you with all our heart. Thank you again for the honor and the privilege to be a Gran Turismo Awards winner.”

Gran Turismo Awards “Best in Show” Winners

Marcel Horn, President of HPA Motorsports Inc., 2007 winner with his 2007 Audi TT

“Being a GT Awards finalist is an honor in itself; to be linked with the elite of the industry and have our team’s work acknowledged by our peers amidst the vast range of impressive vehicles at the SEMA Show makes me extremely proud. The night we took home the Best in Show award, our entire team was on cloud nine. The energy level in the room was amazing as all egos seemed to be checked at the door while everyone shared in this common passion.

Having our 2004 Golf R32 appear in Gran Turismo 4 had been a highlight for our team and forever changed my view of gaming simulators. What SCEA and Polyphony have achieved with this latest rendition of the game had me questioning virtual vs reality. The incredible detail they captured brought the car to life. Driving our Audi TT at the awards party last night was one of the most liberating experiences, and I marveled at the sensation of speed and uninhibited interface with the car. I have quickly discovered a new addiction with this game—one that won’t require donations to the state patrol!”

GT Awards 6

Go here for additional information about the event and to see pictures and all of the category winners.

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41 Comments

1

+ Griffins22 on November 6th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

Will there be a demo for this game?


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+ that-acmilan-guy on November 6th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

Nothing beats american muscle.


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+ HatmanTc on November 6th, 2009 at 12:12 pm said:

I love american cars but they handle horriblely in most games. Can’t wait to try out GT5 now if we only had a solid launch date


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+ dotCody on November 6th, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

Ew, Ford.


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+ lostinplainsight on November 6th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

M.r Kazunori Yamauchi can we get a new omega boost please. I don’t care about cars i lust want a game with real space mech damage and real space physics which are like normal physics but IN SPACE.


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+ chinese_teabag on November 6th, 2009 at 12:18 pm said:

Pretty cool but I dont see myself racing around in that car.

Friends don’t let friends ride Ford


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+ almighty-slayer on November 6th, 2009 at 12:23 pm said:

@4

That’s because American cars handle horribly in real life


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+ lcmnick on November 6th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

He’s never gonna use that PS3 is he, let’s be fair.


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+ ForgetfuI on November 6th, 2009 at 12:34 pm said:

Great choice! I look forward to driving it in GT5! The Art Morrison ‘Vette in Prologue is great fun, so another resto-mod like this should provide a great driving experience. I smell a show down!!!!

Come by the forums, and come race with us some time ;)


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+ RoaringHawk on November 6th, 2009 at 12:36 pm said:

“…get ready to see you car cruising around the virtual tracks of Gran Turismo 5!”

Awesome!

Please let there be a 67′ Camaro.


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+ CJSgamer on November 6th, 2009 at 12:56 pm said:

that ps3 looks cool


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+ jqtaxpayer on November 6th, 2009 at 12:58 pm said:

I’d love to see all kinds of classic American muscle in Gran Turismo 5… but if Gran Turismo 4′s incredible selection of cars was any indication, I won’t be let down.


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+ MaskedJackal on November 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

“That’s because American cars handle horribly in real life”

Quite true.


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+ mister1337 on November 6th, 2009 at 1:37 pm said:

The Mustang seems like a good choice. I’d really like to see a Cougar from the same era. Dang the 70′s had great cars, what happened in the 80′s?


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+ Wiscompton on November 6th, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

I imagine it went a bit like this:

“AAaaand the Duke Nukem Award for longest game worked on without a release date goes tooo…


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+ GTAce on November 6th, 2009 at 1:49 pm said:

Congratulations, it sure is an amazing car and i love vintage Mustangs. Would love to see a “regular” 69 BOSS 429 in the game too. Cant wait to drive that one.


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+ jlukensow on November 6th, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

That car looks sick


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+ MonkEdsel on November 6th, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

Infinity? Infiniti.


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+ commedieu on November 6th, 2009 at 2:04 pm said:

So.. was that lamborghini just a runner up? Or will it also be in the game?

I thought there was a car choice for multiple classes?


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+ dadeivenm on November 6th, 2009 at 2:08 pm said:

Those wheels eat children.


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+ phinnv8 on November 6th, 2009 at 2:18 pm said:

I <3 my 2001 Mustang Bullitt


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+ torontoml on November 6th, 2009 at 2:33 pm said:

can’t wait for this game.


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+ snoogansR75 on November 6th, 2009 at 2:36 pm said:

I’m so ready to put this game in my PS3 and burrow myself in my room for days on end.


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+ NEJI64 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm said:

, so a big congratulations to owners Todd Gartshore and Phil Koenan – get ready to see you(R) car cruising around the virtual tracks of Gran Turismo 5!

hey Alex i think you have a typo. i guessing you were going for “your” since you were talking to two people.


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+ BLEEDFREE99 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm said:

I want that ps3.


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+ Goaliegeek on November 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm said:

My car was in GT4, can I have a custom painted PS3? Hopeing my car makes it into GT5. 2001 Hyundai Accent ftw (rally or non rally version)


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+ NEJI64 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm said:

&7 you just can’t drive


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+ KakiGamer69 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:41 pm said:

When is GT5 release date …? please someone tell me!


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+ KakiGamer69 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm said:

Im going to get this GT5!


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+ ADR143 on November 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm said:

dam i cant w8 for this game!


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+ Rude_Sparthan on November 6th, 2009 at 4:59 pm said:

..yes but something about the game? some video or images or interview..? I’m still waiting the “never come” inteview promise from TGS

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/09/21/were-going-to-tgs/


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+ jimmy903 on November 6th, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

Oh hell yeah! I’m going to drive the ____ out of that mustang.

And for Todd Gartshore and Phil Koenan, great job guys.


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+ lostinplainsight on November 6th, 2009 at 6:01 pm said:

omega boost please. An hd remake,a sequel, a theme, a wallpaper anything. make the thing with a car flying through space i don’t care just make the game please… i’ll be you friend.


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+ twooh on November 6th, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

Remember when PS Home was talked about – and talked about – and talked about some more before its release? Remember how PS Home is kinda ignored and barely used by gamers now? Remember when PS Home seemed like the cool new thing that we all wanted soo badly?

Now lets focus on GT5. Remember how it was talked about – and so on and so forth? Same stuff. The longer you take with a product, the less it’s exciting anymore. I was excited for GT5 – about 2 years ago.


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+ thepatriots on November 6th, 2009 at 10:00 pm said:

Any videos of the event? Screens, something…


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+ Yannick on November 7th, 2009 at 3:01 am said:

Hi,

Nice addition Alex, but what about a Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec IV ?!

we sure deserve it.

thanks for us. :)


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+ KILLA_KING_007 on November 7th, 2009 at 6:51 am said:

ewwee thats a sweet ride


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+ racedriving on November 9th, 2009 at 1:38 am said:

“I’m still waiting the “never come” inteview promise from TGS”

That’s true.


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+ KLW88 on November 9th, 2009 at 9:44 am said:

70′s mustang, yippee. Stop wasting time with useless content and get the game out of the door.


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+ DaMostWanted786 on November 16th, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

This game is Amazing! 360 cant even handle these graphics
PS3 RULES


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+ yayday on November 22nd, 2009 at 9:24 am said:

Can we expect Gran Turismo 5 before Christmas?


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