Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA), publisher of the Gran Turismo series, the world’s best selling racing game franchise with over 47 million units shipped worldwide, hosted the fifth annual Gran Turismo Awards last night in conjunction with the 2007 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) auto show in Las Vegas. This year’s highly anticipated event featured a distinguished line-up of automotive entries from top SEMA show exhibitors representing five categories, all vying for the coveted “Best in Show” title, which went to Marcel Horn for his 2007 Audi TT.
For the top honor, Marcel Horn’s exceptional 2007 Audi TT will be immortalized as a featured vehicle in a future iteration of the Gran Turismo franchise, allowing millions of fans worldwide to race his vehicle. Last year’s Best in Show award winning 1960 Chevrolet Corvette will be unveiled in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, available on PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system in North America in 2008.
“The 2007 Gran Turismo Awards showcases the collaboration between the automotive culture and the gaming industry,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, famed creator of the racing franchise and President of developer Polyphony Digital, Inc. “We are proud to honor auto enthusiasts for their passion of cars, and to celebrate the automotive lifestyle that Gran Turismo embodies.”
Source: Gaming Age, picture by Audi