Group C icons and Miura prototype in latest GT Sport update
Jaguar XJR-9, Sauber Mercedes C9 and Nissan R92CP added to Gran Turismo Sport, plus Bertone's third and final pre-production Lamborghini Miura!
Enthusiasts of 24 Hours of Le Mans were treated to a new update in Gran Turismo Sport this morning, as Group C-era Le Mans cars – plus the Circuit de la Sarthe – were added in the game’s latest update.
For those not so inclined towards endurance racing, developers Polyphony Digital has also thrown in two timeless classics; Bertone’s 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 prototype and a 1968 Fiat 500F.
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Two 24 Hours of Le Mans winners – plus a Nissan
Two winning cars from endurance racing’s blue ribbon event have joined the GT Sport line-up; the 1988 Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9 and Sauber Mercedes C9, which was victorious in 1989.
Jaguar’s Tony Southgate-designed challenger was an unusual addition to Group B, taking on its turbocharged rivals with a normally-aspirated 7.0 litre V12 based upon the road-going XJ-S engine.
Though five Tom Walkinshaw-prepared Jaguars were entered in 1989, it is unsurprisingly the race-winning #2 entry piloted by ex-Formula 1 racers Jan Lammers and Johnny Dumfries that received the nod for inclusion in GT Sport.
Roll forward one year to 1989 and it was Sauber Mercedes on the top step – and second step – at the prestigious 24 hour race. Their C9 won five out of 12 races in the World Sportscar Championship that year but instead of their regular WSC entries #61 or #62 taking the title, Le Mans one-off #63 was victorious instead, earning it a place in GT Sport.
Racing these classics would not be the same without being able to take them to their natural habitat. Thankfully Polyphony Digital has included the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe, both in its current configuration and without chicanes on the Mulsanne straight, for users to enjoy these classic Le Mans icons on.
Though it never made a 24 Hours of Le Mans appearance, the Nissan R92CP was highly successful in its homeland, taking a clean sweep of victories in the All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship during 1992.
Unsurprisingly Nissan’s #1 entry is chosen to feature in GT Sport, given it won five races from six that year while shared between Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Toshio Suzuki, and Takao Wada.
Road going classics on offer in latest update
If Le Mans or endurance racing isn’t your thing, GT Sport has catered to the traditional classic car fan too, with the inclusion of Bertone’s prototype Lamborghini Miura P400 design.
Developers Polyphony Digital have gone to the extent of not simply including a stock design but a pinpoint example of the Miura, namely the third and final pre-production version, chassis number 706, featuring its correct blue interior.
For added realism, the Miura’s price tag in-game is a cool 15,000,000 credits, mirroring its potential real-life value!
Also included is a dinky 1968 Fiat 500F featuring a 499cc, 16bhp engine, plus a 1996 Mitsubishi Evolution IV GSR facing off against the classic Toyota Supras and Nissan Skylines and added in previous updates.
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