“European Hot Hatch Championship” GT5 Seasonal Event Now Live

June 6th, 2013 by Michael Leary

The latest Seasonal Events are now available in Gran Turismo 5, featuring European compact cars. Five expert level challenges touring such locations as the Top Gear Test Tack and Autumn Ring Mini await, and the rewards are just as high as they’ve come to be in these expert level challenges.

Cars are limited to a maximum of 430PP and Sports/Hard tires or less. The challenges are as follows:

  • 430PP European Hot Hatch Championship: Autumn Ring Mini / 7 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/06 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.278,000  2nd: Cr.152,900  3rd: Cr.111,200 
  • 430PP European Hot Hatch Championship: Nürburgring GP/D 4 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/06 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.271,000  2nd: Cr.149,050  3rd: Cr.108,400 
  • 430PP European Hot Hatch Championship: Madrid City Course / 4 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/06 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.275,000  2nd: Cr.151,250  3rd: Cr.110,000 
  • 430PP European Hot Hatch Championship: Top Gear Test Track / 3 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/06 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.270,000  2nd: Cr.148,500  3rd: Cr.108,000 
  • 430PP European Hot Hatch Championship: Eifel (Kart) 102A / 7 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/06 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.280,000  2nd: Cr.154,000  3rd: Cr.112,000 

Note the “Performance Difference Bonus” applies, so more credits will be awarded for using a slower car below the maximum allowed PP value.

The game’s Online Car Dealership has also been updated with new inventory. As always, stop by our GT5 Seasonal Events forum for more analysis and discussion!

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  1. Jul. 11, 4:12pm

    Believe it or not, i used a Pagani Zonda for all of these races.

  2. Jun. 13, 12:16am

    I reeeallly have begun to hate these seasonal events. With: Srf being stuck on, the rewards never change, the competition is waaaaay too hard, the races are no fun i.e. starting 35 seconds behind and having to make that up in 4 laps. The cars you pass are so slow that you cant help hitting them when youre going 25mph faster than them through the corner and theyre stuck blocking the road. That isnt real racing thats a time trial with pos slow cars in your way. I was using the motor Elise RC for the hot hatch event and actually lost repeatedly with making no mistakes! Going agaisnt a mini! A mini! A race car vs a mini and i lose?! It shouldnt even be allowed..!? Its the same with other events too. The only way to win is either be a pro at tuning or cut corners or find an over powered car. The point of PP’s is to make them all equal.

    • Jun. 13, 11:49am

      I always find a car more powerful then use the engine thing to put pp right at mark. Each race you gradually have go down more cause you win.

  3. Jun. 10, 9:56pm

    I don’t understand the hate on the skid recovery. I do think it does correct spinning a little it seems to help me with the pushing a X button old man. I can’t use the joystick other then to steer. Last time I played any playstation until January was in 1999. I don’t have steering wheel or better REALISTIC petals that make not stomping gas possible. Without the skid thing every time I hit button it registers as stomping petal when in real life you wouldn’t. I would love for GT6 to have a option just for the old timers that need to push button. I think all the other help is totally unnecessary. Further most of these events were easy and able to beat first time except that kart track it gives some problems. I always make car better and scale the engine down in PP makes your car accelerate better enabling easy win. I usaully on the 5 laps beat them by 3rd lap. I used a brand new Renault out of dealer. I still mange to not spin out without the skid but it certainly makes it better to drove many different cars not just ones you mastered.

  4. Jun. 9, 5:24pm

    I always think that SRF is a joke. but when i’m short on cash, i do one of those
    i found a VW nardo on UCD then decided to go SE because i had no money for it then…

  5. Jun. 8, 8:46am

    My S60 managed top 5 in all of
    Them (won the first one.) when it came to those rabbit Peugeots and Minis tho my Polestar was Poleaxed :/ the other thing that annoyed me was the number of laps. Only 4 at Madrid and Nurburg, and 3 at TGTT (not the usual 5 these rabbit hunts are.) most frustrating thing was that at the rate I was catching the leader I only needed one more lap and I’d have had them.

  6. Jun. 8, 3:41am

    The car to use on this seasonal is the Audi TT :)

    • Jun. 8, 5:36pm

      Too late, I used the Speedster Turbo.

  7. Jun. 7, 11:28pm

    What do you guys think I should use that’s cheap and fast?

    • Jun. 8, 12:31pm
      Both Barrels

      Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 ’85. Super fun to four wheel drift.

  8. Jun. 7, 10:24pm

    I’m giving it a shot with a Volvo S60 I had. Figured I’d try something a little left field seeing as I only do these seasonals for the fun of it. Built myself my own Polestar, curious to see how it goes

  9. Jun. 7, 1:30pm

    Yup another ‘lost in the translation’ example from PD. Does any of these guys speak any English? Laughable 15 years ago, nowadays, it just seems to be ignored. No matter, I dont like FFs and hatchbacks even more. so I ran through the series with a ’00 Opal Speedster in about an hour. It was fun too. Thanks for the 2.5mil credits PD.

  10. Jun. 7, 4:50am

    I challenge anyone to say that have passed all 5 races in this event…
    All the cars even when maxed out are all the same anyway.
    Can get within 3 seconds on mini ring.
    Can’t get anywhere near on Madrid or kart track
    The other two I managed to win only by racing dirty and utilising cutting corners

    • Jun. 8, 5:46pm

      … using a European hatchback, l presume.

  11. Jun. 6, 11:10pm
    Fire Yoshi

    Anyone else think it’s slightly ironic that the leader car sometimes uses a VW Rabbit? lol

  12. Jun. 6, 4:16pm

    my 406 COUPÉ can compete!! Its a shame. SRF and no championship again. And not only hatches can race it.

  13. Jun. 6, 2:08pm

    SRF isn’t going away. It’d be nice if we knew why, because then that would at least cut down on a percentage of the complaints; but it looks like it is here to stay without an explanation. So I just take it in stride and deal with it.

  14. Jun. 6, 12:36pm

    …so…a Lotus Esprit Turbo HC is considered a “hatchback?” Help me out here Euro members but here in the States and Esprit isn’t quite a hatchback unless you want to put your groceries on top of the engine exhaust.

    • Jun. 6, 1:20pm

      I tried it and my ice cream melted

    • Jun. 6, 1:37pm

      That’s one of those annoying little problems that’s been carried through most all GT games, production cars don’t tend to have any proper classifications for body types like hatchback, coupe, sedan / saloon, estate / stationwagon and wotnot. The best they could do restriction wise is limit it to “normal cars” then by country and PP.

      When I checked for SRF I noticed a stock Jaguar XKR Couple Luxury in my garage that was detuned a little was available for the race and had to chuckle, probably couldn’t be much further from a “hot hatch” :).

    • Jun. 6, 1:55pm
      Pit Crew

      I was baffled by that too. That’s PD for ya.

    • Jun. 6, 8:57pm

      Hatchbacks aren’t just civics. The rear end of the Esprit opens up the same way as a 240 hatch…..so yes, its a hatchback. -__-

    • Jun. 7, 10:27am

      My old Mustang had a hatchback, but it was never called a hatchback. Mustangs used to come in notchback and fastback.

    • Jun. 8, 5:44pm

      Guess what. PD don’t give a damn about grammar. Never have and they probably never will. Don’t fret it through. You know how nerds can be social misfits.

  15. Jun. 6, 11:54am

    This seasonal looks outstanding. But it’s again ruined by putting the fastest car 30 seconds ahead. I wanted to be able to use more options since I love European Hatchbacks, but with that Mini on top, I have no choice but to only use my Mini. Such a shame.

    • Jun. 8, 12:32pm
      Both Barrels

      Try the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 ’85. It fits right in at TopGear, since it sounds like an Ultralight Aircraft.

  16. Jun. 6, 10:30am

    Love TGTT making an appearance, I might have to dust GT5 off!

  17. Jun. 6, 9:46am

    My Mini Cooper is going to tear this even up.

  18. Jun. 6, 9:38am

    Another “Expert level” seasonal event: CHECK
    Fictional driving aid “for Beginners” forced on: CHECK

    Such a shame, oh well at least there are still other seasonals as yet untouched by the Skid Recovery Farce on the off chance I might need some cash :).

    • Jun. 6, 11:28am

      I like what you did there.

    • Jun. 6, 8:58pm

      Until you finish all them like myself. :/

  19. Jun. 6, 7:13am

    I was using peugot 205 GTI on first two tracks till I got to Madrid and got beat by a mini :( and I got penalty on top gear track which took forever to countdown and finished at back of eveyone :(

  20. Jun. 6, 6:53am

    Rrr seriously. What cars are people using to win.
    Even though I am level 40 and maxed out with cash. My obsessive compulsive means I need to win all races.
    What cars are people using to win.
    Help a brother out ??

    • Jun. 6, 9:34pm

      I used the Lutecia Renault Sport V6 24V ’01. I only purchased transmission, drivetrain parts, and suspension. I also had to use the engine limiter to get to 430 pp, but I had no problems winning with this car.

  21. Jun. 6, 6:52am

    I love to look at people whining about how Seasonals suck either because of SRF or how useless they are :D

  22. Jun. 6, 6:39am

    Meh, this “chase the rabbit” crap gives me the irrits!
    Seriously, who need the Cr. anyways?
    I really hope GT6 doesn’t go down this path!

    Now, some things they should get rid of:-
    a) Chase the rabbit
    b) Log-in bonuses (particularly the museum cards and the win percentage, the paint chips are ok!)
    c) The 20,000,000 cap on Cr. (make it 999,999,999 as in previous GT games)

    • Jun. 6, 11:14am

      I quote…
      a) I agree
      b) No! just no! 200% increase helps if you are low on cr.
      c)Yeah definitely, they shouldn’t even have a credit cap.

    • Jun. 6, 1:24pm

      Ok, so maybe keep the Cr. increase, but only to 150% and we should have an option to accept it (and other bonuses – individually) or not!
      For example, I may want to keep the paint chips but see no reason to keep the increase, so I accept the paint but not the increase, or I accept the increase but diss the chips!
      The museum cards are a waste of space and should NEVER have been offered! OR, we should have at least been given the option to delete them!!

  23. Jun. 6, 6:29am

    PD please give us a long and competitive A-spec career mode

    IGN :

    10/10 simulator
    5/10 for a game

    thats the review i will wait for before i buy GT6 please PD more focus on offline content

    • Jun. 6, 7:20am

      Sad to to say, Kratos. Extensive content is what PD wants it’s die-hard fans to get ONLINE. I don’t expect it to change much from the current, “this is all you get for $60 err $64.99”, take home and play OFFLINE, business model.

    • Jun. 6, 11:55am

      It’s such a shame indeed. I hate playing online, or being forced to. It’s my game and I want to enjoy it alone.

  24. Jun. 6, 5:47am

    These SRF seasonals are dead to me.

    • Jun. 6, 5:58am

      But, but. But dem cash. D:

  25. Jun. 6, 5:00am

    Top Gear test track will be the only highlight of this, such an under used track (but I understand why with the crossover issues).

  26. Jun. 6, 3:22am

    Drove the 1996 Lotus Elise and had a lot of fun in this event. My only problem with it is that you always start at the back of the grid and have to muscle your way through your opponents in a short amount of laps which isn’t very realistic.

    • Jun. 6, 4:00am

      Agreed. “Chasing the rabbit” really sucks. :\ I hope GT6 doesn’t have this…

    • Jun. 6, 4:34am

      seriously…. I want to qualify, then start race from the grid… and I want my opponents to be able to catch me, they need do drive as fast as player…

      this far every seasonal race is 100% same.. just with different cars :) I am a huge GT fan.. but this is too much, I cant take it anymore.. last 20 seasonals I didnt even drive.. too booring… online is more fun.. I jump in now and then..
      pity but gt5 singe player is dead and empty with same events over and over again.. no realistic feeling for them also.. all AI cars drive the same, they do nothing.. just follow the line.. I must get pass them in 5 laps from last 16 position.. dont want to continue..

      just hope GT6 will start the racing.. not just driving..

    • Jun. 6, 12:21pm

      I agree, sir.

  27. Jun. 6, 3:07am

    SRF on boo hoo, I’m gonna tell my mummy boo hoo……… Really, cry me a river, build a bridge and get the hell over it.
    Looking forward to these seasonals :)

  28. Jun. 6, 1:45am

    Here’s an idea. Instead of 5 single races why don’t they put them all together in a championship format. That way you do Autumn Ring Mini through to the Season Finale at Eifel. Most points wins? It’s nothing outrageous to implement. Why not just do that?

    • Jun. 6, 1:55am

      And at that, what about LONGER races? I’d like to harness the tire wear and pitstop functions… It seems to be a waste of PD’s resources NOT to use these sorts of things…

    • Jun. 6, 4:10am

      Id like to be able to do some more endurance races

    • Jun. 6, 4:43am

      agree.. why no pit stops..

      If I want to drive I can play NFS or Forza..

      but I want simulation.. I want pit stops, qualify, grid start.. everything real racing and GT online have… why single player is so abandoned… I just dont understand..

    • Jun. 6, 9:12am

      ^ Use Arcade then.

    • Jun. 6, 12:44pm

      @ NCR
      No because that defeats the point of having those features in the game in the first place. We expect PD to utilise them and create things like endurance races, where tyre changes are naturally essential.

    • Jun. 6, 4:10pm

      I’m sure no one (ok, very few – it’s the internet) would dispute that PD should make better and broader use of the many useful features that the game has in their own events. But how exactly does using those features in a game mode that does allow you to use them as you see fit “defeat the purpose of having those features in the game in the first place?”

      Sadly, even in Arcade we still can’t qualify or use a grid start(that’s just in one-makes with park-bots) or take advantage of the advanced tire/fuel/slipstream options that have been added online. It really doesn’t seem like it should be that much of a problem for someone to just sit down in a team meeting and say, “okay, how can we make sure that our customers can have an experience that is most well-tailored to their liking? How about we let them set whatever options we already have available so long as they don’t directly disrupt a particular game mode?”

  29. Jun. 6, 1:41am

    I dont see the point of complanning about SRF. If you are good that wont hurt anybody.

    • Jun. 6, 10:25am

      It’s the fact that it’s not realistic an your forced to use it. It should be optional because some people like it but us hardcore GT’ers hate it we want 100% realism not phony aids that take away from the driving experience SRF gives the game an arcade feel its the DRIVING SIMULATOR not an arcade wanna be sim like forza.

  30. Jun. 6, 1:30am

    Racing on TGTT was so much fun, however the penalty system…. This seasonal is quite fun actually, and will be doing more when I have enough time. :)

  31. Jun. 6, 1:08am

    A seasonal with the Top Gear Test Track? Didn’t expect that. should be interesting.

    • Jun. 6, 1:35am


  32. Jun. 6, 1:04am

    I love expert level!

  33. Jun. 6, 12:46am

    sounds good.

  34. Jun. 6, 12:45am

    We are going to see SRF complaining soon.

    • Jun. 6, 1:17am

      SRF still ON:(

    • Jun. 6, 1:31am


    • Jun. 6, 2:34am

      Yeah, I will not race anymore any seasonal with SRF forced ON. Just for the records.

    • Jun. 6, 2:59am

      @danbojte you’re missing out on some easy cash man

    • Jun. 6, 6:19am

      Usually, I make cash with the Seasonal nr. 4 on Nurburgring Nordschleife. ;)

    • Jun. 6, 6:53am

      Same here, MONEY MONEY MONEY :D.

    • Jun. 6, 7:31am

      Not when you’re bouncing of the 20 million credit limit. It is only worth doing these races if you need cash. They aren’t enjoyable when you’re used to driving without skid recovery on. It makes it less fun than driving online with 6 others and setting the driver aids as you want them. In fact arcade mode is better than these seasonal once again people have more flexibility to drive how they want. We can even set tyre wear and race length as we want. It’s a shame these seasonal don’t offer that flexibility and variety.

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