Polyphony has released another update patch for Gran Turismo 5 in preparation for the start of the European GT Academy contest starting March 4.
As well as adding functionality for the tournament, the update also adds friend rankings, corrects known issues regarding Performance Point (PP) calculations for cars in multiplayer and introduces new restrictions to cars that can be traded (full details listed below).
The Gran Turismo Academy is a partnership between PlayStation and Nissan with the goal of taking a Gran Turismo player and turning him or her into a real-life racing driver.
So far the acadamy has produced two professional racers. Spanish MBA student Lucas Ordonez is now an international racing driver and Jordan Tresson placed fourth in the 2010 European GT4 Cup.
This year's time trial will be hosted within the Seasonal Events section of Gran Turismo 5 and will kick off at 09.00 GMT on Friday 4 March, running until 23.59 Sunday 17 April.
Here's the full list of patch changes:
Major Changes and New Features
GT Academy 2011
From 09.00 GMT on 4/03/2011 you will be able to enter GT Academy. To be able to do so, you will first have to register your details on gran-turismo.com and then fire up GT5. Full instructions will be posted here on PlayStation.Blog and gran-turismo.com. Terms and conditions apply, e.g. you must be aged 18+, a resident of FR/CH/AT/DE/ES/PT/NL/IT/UK and hold a full driving licence.You can view full terms on www.gran-turismo.com from the opening date.
In Drift Trials and Time Trials, you can now display leaderboards that shows only your friends. While it was difficult before to locate your friends in the general leaderboards, this now makes it easier to compare laptimes with them, allowing you to compete just between your friends for the best laps and scores.
Correction of Known Issues
The calculation of performance points (PP) which is an index of a car's performance is now calculated without taking into account the tyre selection. You can now combine the performance point restriction and the tire restriction when setting the regulations for a lounge.
Cars worth over 1,000,000 Cr. (Including those in a gift car coupon form) are now prohibited from being traded to prevent troubles during the trading process. When lending and borrowing cars between friends, please utilize the rental car system.
To Check Your Current Version
To check the version of your software, press the "Manual" button at the bottom of the main menu screen. The version number will be located on the upper left of the index page in this manual.
If the number starts with "Ver. 1.07″, you are playing the latest version of the game.
If not, please press PS button and quit the game. The game will be updated automatically when you restart it with your PS3 connected to internet.