This year at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show, fans of Gran Turismo and all things automotive will have the opportunity to select one exhibiting car to be immortalized in the world’s best-selling racing franchise.
The annual Gran Turismo Awards is a celebration of continued excellence and innovation in the automotive aftermarket industry. Now in its 11th year, the GT Awards offers exhibiting cars at the SEMA show the extraordinary opportunity to become a playable vehicle in a future Gran Turismo game.
The hottest modified vehicles at SEMA will compete for the opportunity to win GT Awards based on five categories: Best Truck or SUV, Best Hot Rod, Best Domestic Automobile, Best European Import, and Best Asian Import. Each of the five categories will be judged by an expert in the field with a background in the automotive media or car building business. In addition to the five category winners, there will be an all-new People’s Choice Award.
For 2013, Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the Gran Turismo franchise and President of Polyphony Digital, has opened up judging to fans to help select this year’s inaugural People’s Choice Award. Now, people from across the globe will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite car at the SEMA show. Check out the Gran Turismo Facebook page on November 5th for photos of this year’s People’s Choice automotive candidates.
Whichever car receives the most Facebook “Likes” will be crowned the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The crowd-sourced winner will compete along the five judged category winners for Best in Show honors as selected by the Gran Turismo staff. The Best in Show overall winner will be modeled for Gran Turismo and will appear as a playable vehicle in an upcoming game.
“The Gran Turismo Awards at SEMA are another testament to how real-life automotive culture influences Gran Turismo in the digital realm,” said Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital. “I’m really excited to see which car our dedicated fans will choose to represent the 2013 People’s Choice Award. We have been coming to the SEMA for 11 years now and I think the fans will be blown away by the innovative car designs at this year’s show.”
If your car is going to be exhibited at the 2013 SEMA Show and you’re interested in entering your car for the Gran Turismo Awards, submissions are now open. Click here to sign up.