The Gran Turismo series transformed the way an entire generation was introduced to cars. Among its game-changing achievements — ultra realism, actual manufacturer unveilings, developing world-class race drivers — is one very special triumph for JNCers. It was not only the first mainstream game to give Westerners a taste of the Japanese classics, it was the best.
From the mighty KPGC10 Skyline GT-R to the cars that frankly have no business being in a racing game like the Honda StepVan, we could drive them all. Even non-classics like the WRX STI and LanEvo received huge awareness boosts, forcing Subaru and Mitsubishi to finally offer them for sale in the States.
A new documentary called Kaz — Pushing the Virtual Divide explores the man behind the franchise, Kazunori Yamauchi, who had dreamed of creating the world’s most realistic racing simulator since age 15. Though overlong in some segments, it definitely does a fantastic job of capturing just how much influence the GT series has had on the automotive universe. It’s worth a watch if you have 90 minutes or so to kill.