Gran Turismo 5 will let you!

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Want to drive around the Top Gear test track?

Gran Turismo 5 will let you!
Jun 15, 2010
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No true Top Gear fan hasn't dreamt of driving around the famous TG track at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England. Every time the Stig puts a car through its paces around the 2.8-kilometer track in the 'Power Laps' segment of the show, we wonder what it must be like to be in the driver's seat. Whenever a celebrity attempts to set a personal best time in a Chevrolet Lacetti in the 'Star In A Reasonably Priced Car' segment, we fantasize about chalking up a faster lap time.

Well, we can soon stop wondering and fantasizing. Sort of. While we may not be able to actually drive around the iconic facility, we will soon be able to virtually do so--thanks to the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 video game. Sony Computer Entertainment, the publisher of the popular race-simulation game, has just issued the latest trailer for the fifth installment of its best-selling gaming series, so all of us can have sleepless nights until the GT5's November release.

The trailer was unveiled today at the Sony E3 press conference in Los Angeles, California. The PlayStation 3-exclusive title will hit stores in the US on November 2 at a retail price of $99.99.

Gran Turismo has certainly come a long way since its first release in 1997. Among the new features to be expected on the newest edition, according to Sony, are "an unprecedented 950-plus cars, a wealth of online multiplayer and community features, and just about every style of racing imaginable, all built around a brand-new advanced physics engine and Gran Turismo's signature cutting-edge graphics." Other features are car-and-engine damage, movable objects on the track, and hybrid and electric cars.

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Best of all, Gran Turismo showcases some 20 courses--none of which is more sentimental (at least to us) than the abovementioned Top Gear test track. Watch the trailer below and get a glimpse of the TG course, the Stig, Red Bull Racing F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, and Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey.


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