Bathurst hits virtual big-time

Australia’s iconic track to feature on next Gran Turismo game.
Australia’s iconic track to feature on next Gran Turismo game.

WANT to race a Lamborghini Aventador or Bugatti Veyron around Mount Panorama? Well, soon you'll be able to fulfil your dream for less than the price of a speeding fine.

Australia's most famous racetrack is set to join the one of the world's most famous computer games, Gran Turismo.

Developers from the game's creators, Polyphony Digital, were spotted in Bathurst recently taking detailed photos and videos to create a digital replica of the famous circuit; and Bathurst regional council has confirmed it has entered into an agreement with the developers.
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Making the ranks of Gran Turismo is a major coup for Bathurst. The famous 6km street circuit joins a select group of real circuits to be turned digital for one of the world's most popular PlayStation games.

It will join the world famous Nurburgring, Le Mans, Daytona, Indianapolis, Monza, Laguna Seca and the Top Gear test track as well as the Japanese circuits Fuji, Suzuka and Tsukuba.

Exactly when you'll be able to play Bathurst on PlayStation remains unclear. It is likely to be added to the sixth instalment of the series, which has been under development since last year. But a release date for Gran Turismo 6 hasn't been announced.

Despite the addition of Australia's most famous track, it is unlikely that you'll be able to live out your V8 Supercar fantasies because the local racing series already has a deal with Gran Turismo rival Forza Motorsport.

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