With Gran Turismo 5 right around the corner, it's time to put your skills to the test.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and Polyphony Digital Inc., in collaboration with Nissan North America, have announced what they're calling "the opportunity of a lifetime for gaming and racing enthusiasts." It's the debut of the GT Academy in the US: the competition will begin on December 20 and contestants will compete in GT5 for a chance of becoming a true-blue race driver with a professional team at his side. If you think you have what it takes, please note that registration begins on December 6, and you should visit the game's official site for all the details and relevant information.

In GT Academy, racers will compete against one another in online time trials in pre-selected Nissan vehicles. Everyone who participates will earn free digital content, along with a chance to win prizes for coming out on top in regional time trials. The top 32 racers in the country will be invited to compete in the live national finals event in March 2011, and that group will then be whittled down to 16 finalists. Those 16 expert drivers will face each other in a series of challenges and the winner gets a dream-come-true prize- an opportunity to train with elite race car drivers at international tracks and race as part of a professional team.

Said Scott A Steinberg, vice president of product marketing:

"With the upcoming launch of Gran Turismo 5, it's a very exciting time to team with Nissan to announce GT Academy. With the realistic racing experience that only Gran Turismo 5 provides, GT Academy will identify someone who truly has the skills to become a pro race car driver, providing the chance of a lifetime to win the ultimate prize."

To top it all off, the competition will be documented in a multi-episode reality show airing exclusively on the SPEED channel and the PlayStation network in 2011. They'll start filming in March 2011 from the GT Academy finals, through the winner's training as a pro race driver. As you might guess, the likes of the Nissan 370Z and Nissan GT-R will be prominently featured. So, who's up for the challenge?

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I have absolutely no hope of coming close to winning, but I'm totally up for giving this event a shot! When's the last time a game had this kind of awesomeness attached in it's competition?

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

It's only for the US?
Aww too bad………well it's not like I have any chance of winning, I placed about 600+ in Asia back at the Time Trial in January.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I didn't read anything about it being US only… North America, yes, but not only US.

JackC8
JackC8
9 years ago

Free digital content just for playing? Count me in 🙂

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

I wonder if I can get that content by using my US account to play when I'm not American.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Definitely worth a try.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I'll play along with that, if only for the extra content. I'd enter for the daily watch draw they are doing, but they want too much information – home and cell phone numbers!? I don't think so.

vicious54
vicious54
9 years ago

Give them a Google Voice number.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

In the terms and conditions there will be something about the phone numbers needing to be legitimate, it's their 'out' clause.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

I'll give it try.. but I won't have time to invest in reaching a top 1000 score though.

Cuetes
Cuetes
9 years ago

I was top 50 in GTp with several cars, so I think I got chance. Only thing is the top of the leaderboards are usually separated by thousands of a second, you can easily be 100th on any given list and only be a 1 second behind the leader.

If I wasn't a parent, had no job, and wasn't enrolled in school I would be all over this. Oh well, I guess I'll settle for being the guy in front of you with the name you can't pronounce.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Good luck. It would be awesome to see a PSX member qualify.

I was top 1000 on the last one, and that was within 1-2 seconds.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
9 years ago

The 24th is near. Let the countdown begin.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

On a related note…

Gran Turismo 5 Sales 'Through the Roof,' says U.K. Retailer

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/gran-turismo-5-sales-through-the-roof-says-uk-retailer/

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Could be the PS3s biggest selling exclusive to date perhaps…I wonder when reviews will start appearing?

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

that sound like the recipe for insane competition! I'm definitely game for this run, though I, like many others, doubt I'll be getting much more than extra content for being part if it. This will be fun!

kiwami_nemesis
kiwami_nemesis
9 years ago

I'll give it a shot but don't think i'd qualify but the free downloadable content sounds sweet enough. imagine making it to the finals 🙂

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

I'll give it a shot as well. GT5 is going to be tons of fun. I'll put a thousand hours in this game easy. I'll be playing it two-three years from now very often, and every once in a while even after that.

GT5(GOTY) countdown: 7 days 4 hours!!!

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

I swear I have somebody who thumbs me down for just seeing my avatar/name.
It's always just one thumb down too.
What do you have against me?

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Not really a dream come true for me, but it would be great to participate and get the free digital stuff. I hope to get the collector's edition sometime. I will be looking forward to the realiaty show, as the tester was a really good show.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Tester was a good show?

I thought season 1 really sucked, with hardly any actual gaming time at all, except for the last episode where all the marbles were won.

But I have higher hopes for this season(at least here's hoping it is). And at least they actually used some actual gaming, in the form of screen pics, in this first episode.

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
9 years ago

No chance. i play this game like it's twisted metal.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Good luck with that, you'll get no where in this game.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Hey, head over too GTplanet they have some new videos and screen shots
check 'em out completely amazing WOW

GT5(GOTY) countdown: 7 days 1 hour!!!

ctd669
ctd669
9 years ago

I can already smell the virtual racing fuel in the air… GT5 is gonna be epic!!!

Day_v
Day_v
9 years ago

Would be cool for a psxe member to be up there in the leaderboard.

StevieRV
StevieRV
9 years ago

i thought i had a chance in the asia comp, i didnt 🙁

___________
___________
9 years ago

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!
time to break out the racing seat, and buckets of red bull!

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