GT40, Mustang & more classics in Gran Turismo Sport update
Le Mans 24 Hours-winning GT40 Mk I headlines new classic cars in GT Sport, with Mustang Restomod, BMW E30 M3 Evo & 1990s Japanese icons added
Gran Turismo Sport developer Polyphony Digital has once more made good on their promise to deliver new content to players, as Ford’s 1966 GT40 Mk I headlines a new batch of classic cars added to its PlayStation title.
Five bona-fide classics in all have been added to GT Sport’s inventory in this month’s update, as the Le Mans-winning GT40 is joined by Mazda’s RX-7 GT-X, a 1989 BMW M3 Sport Evolution, another Skyline GT-R – this time an R33 V-spec from 1997 – and a unique Mustang restomod from Eckerts Rod & Custom.
March’s headline addition allows for a late 1960s Le Mans sportscar duel, adding a direct rival to the Ferrari 330 P4 which was added in January’s GT Sport update. Both cars battled for victory at sportscar races throughout 1967, and though its later Mk II version stole headlines for victories at Le Mans in 1966 and ’67, the Mk I featured here scooped victories in ’68 and ’69.
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Eckerts Rod & Custom’s one-off Mach 40 Mustang restomod earned its place in GT Sport courtesy of winning the Gran Turismo-sponsored “Best in Show” award at 2012’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Based upon a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, Eckert’s restomod took three years to build, using a mixture of parts from both the original and a 2006 Ford GT, plus suspension from a Chevrolet Corvette C6. Its 5.4 litre V8 lifted from said GT cranks out anywhere from 600bhp to 850bhp, adjustable via a dial within the car’s cockpit. In-game, its horsepower figure defaults to 787bhp.
Away from the classics, another Aston Martin has been added to GT Sport’s inventory, this time their original DB11 model from 2016 powered by a twin-turbo V12 engine.
Tsukuba Circuit has also been added to the track list, and while the 1.28 kilometre circuit is somewhat modern by racing circuit standards – having been completed in 1970 – it remains one of the most well-known circuits in developers Polyphony Digital’s homeland.
Often featuring in Japan’s answer to Top Gear in the 1990s, ‘Best Motoring’ was fronted by high-profile Formula Nippon, Japanese GT and drift drivers and held many challenges around Tsukuba circuit, featuring cars which over time have become iconic classics.
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