Gran Turismo gets Australian road named in its honor

Streets in Australia and Spain named after driving simulation game and series creator.

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and The City of Bathurst revealed Gran Turismo Drive, a street named after driving simulation game series Gran Turismo. The road is located at the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit in Bathurst, Australia.

Earlier this year developer Polyphony Digital Inc announced the inclusion of the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit in Gran Turismo 6. The in-game track will mirror its real-life counterpart, spanning 4 miles (6.213 kilometres). Fans will be able to visit the real-life location in Bathurst and walk the internal road during special events.

Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has also had a street named after him. GTPlanet reports the street was unveiled during the Gran Turismo 6 launch event in Ronda, Spain. Named "Paseo de Kazunori Yamauchi", it runs around the Parador de Ronda hotel.

Gran Turismo 6 will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 worldwide on December 6. Sony currently has no plans to port the game to the PlayStation Vita, although it is considering a version for the PlayStation 4. Earlier today, Sony confirmed the pricing for in-game microtransactions.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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41 comments
Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

makes sense, forza dr (forza drive) would not look right.

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

Don't worry, if you get in a car accident on these roads, your car will not take any damage just like in the game.

gam3r80
gam3r80

Imagine It's named Halo street ... eewwwww

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

Is it a toll road? That would be suitable then.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Should have called it Microtransaction Lane.

prats93
prats93

Surprised they didnt add "microtransactions" in the name.

Halloll
Halloll

anyone know in Streets of Rage games got a street named after them?

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Look at the comments already nonsense spewed, like naming the street after a game is any more weird than naming the street a freaking number value. 

@grey_tiger . Australia is a country just like whichever country is blessed with the honor of having you as a citizen, why is Australia eschewed as if it's some sort of blight, is that the new in thing? I know quite a few Aussies and they are fun folks, would you be so kind as to elaborate on your point?

hadlee73
hadlee73

While the Bathurst supercar race and Mount Panorama are iconic for those of us who live in New Zealand and Australia, naming a street after a game does seem a little odd.

super_tramp_tri
super_tramp_tri

Australia has a road called Micro-transaction Avenue? I didn't know.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@callsignalpha There's already a port-a-john manufacturer with a product line named that.

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@RossRichard they could put that up for another street connected to it and they should also add another street name called Copy Paste Rd.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@elegantspock It should be a park, really...

Then, to add suspense and without any real threat existing, there would be a small stall selling bulletproof vests near the entrance.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

 @grey_tiger there's always that conspiracy theorist and the "civil rights" person.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@grey_tiger Here's something, type in "Strange street names" in google for US, UK, hell any country. Not limited to Australia at all, another thing, this is just one street, you are essentially saying no street can be named anything if it is not named after someone or something important. It is a street, there is no relevance between what names should be for it, especially when there are prob a dozen of the same streets or more with an important person/place/event/etc already named that, like Martin Luther King.

tom2750
tom2750

@NightOfInsomnia considering most games don't get banned or censored in Australia it is not surprising we got the exact same version of GTA V as the American's did so don't be a drama queen because like 2 or 3 games got banned/censored

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@grey_tiger I hope you realise that the writer of this story (me) is Australian and works at GameSpot Australia.

tom2750
tom2750

@elegantspock why did you like the micro transaction comment Spock your precious forza and about half the Xbones launch line up is full of micro transactions and at least grand turismo doesn't leave half the cars and tracks out of the game so that they can charge you extra for them later on LOL

fallenout3579
fallenout3579

@grey_tiger What it comes down to is you can not make a claim that an entire nation of people are stuck up, jerks and racist because of the actions of a few and some news reports you have read. In doing so you are being a racist jerk yourself. I have not mentioned my personal opinions on the matter, and don't need to.

Ereheru
Ereheru

@grey_tiger I hate to point this out, but wasn't your original statement an insult to all Australians?

Ereheru
Ereheru

@grey_tiger Rhetoric is the art of  discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations...I believe the word starting with "R" you were looking for might be rash, or ridiculous, or even racist (though Australian is a nationality, not a race)...

fallenout3579
fallenout3579

@grey_tiger Again one example. Of an issue which everybody in Australia is aware of and many citizens disagree on the government policy. To say a country of 23 million people is stuck up,  irrelevant and full of racists because of this is fallacious.By claiming this you in turn are a jerk, stuck up and racist.

fallenout3579
fallenout3579

@grey_tiger Routinely? I see one article. About a ship which sank 50m from the Indonesian coast. Which does not back up  your statement at all. But I guess reading a headline is about as much as you can comprehend. I am well aware of the issues of the asylum seekers in Australia, and don't agree with the government policies, but to say that "Australians routinely leave asian immigrants stranded out at sea to die rather than let them into their country" is ridiculous and untrue.