Is GT Academy Officially Dead? RJN Motorsport Switches to Honda — and Jenson Button

Discussion in 'GT Academy' started by GTPNewsWire, Feb 12, 2019 at 7:21 PM.

  1. GTPNewsWire

    GTPNewsWire Contributing Writer

    Messages:
    7,758
    Location:
    United States
  2. courageC60

    courageC60

    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    United States
    Yay maybe more Honda’s and Acura’s in GT Sport!! FK8 Type R and TLX A-Spec have a higher chance yay!
     
    anthonyfa18 likes this.
  3. anthonyfa18

    anthonyfa18

    Messages:
    229
    Location:
    Canada
    Maybe we will see a new GT Academy under honda soon
     
    Animedeaf and 24HuresdeLoL like this.
  4. MIE1992

    MIE1992

    Messages:
    403
    Location:
    United States
    I’m not entirely sure if I understand how RJN Racing switching to Hondas means GT Academy is dead.
     
  5. zeptrans

    zeptrans

    Messages:
    1,035
    Location:
    France
    Since GT Sport came out, I didn't see any affiliation with Nissan (marketing or partnership).
    But E-sport took a big interest in GTS. Maybe to combinate E-sport and GT Academy is not very interesting.

    GT Sport is not a part of GT series (clear now, but wasn't at the beginning), PD always said it was an online competition game (E-sport).

    Maybe GT Academy will return with the next GT game (not optimistic, stopping a racing programm :confused:).
     
  6. daan

    daan Moderator

    Messages:
    32,099
    Location:
    Scotland
    How can Button be a silver rated driver?
     
    Snaeper and TamasToth like this.
  7. Famine

    Famine Administrator

    Messages:
    64,012
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    RJN's switch isn't the cause of Sony/Nissan GT Academy ending, it's the indicator of it.

    As we also mention, Nissan has rejigged its entire motorsports portfolio. Lucas and Alex - both drivers that GT Academy and RJN relied on to co-drive both Dubai and all other GT4/GT3 races - both lost their Nissan contracts (or rather did not have them renewed for 2019) making them unavailable (or financially unavailable; they'd need to bring their own funding rather than Nissan money) to RJN. Nissan as a whole has no interest in running any factory GT3 cars this year, only supplying to customers like Gainer, KCMG and Kondo for IGT3 and GT300. There's no Blancpain effort, for example.

    Essentially Nissan has stopped its factory GT3 program, meaning no Nissan drivers or sponsorship for RJN, which in turn means that if Sony/Nissan GT Academy were to take place, there's nowhere for the winning drivers to go... so it won't.

    He old. Possibly also he doesn't have a super licence any more (they're valid for two years, I think) and doesn't drive LMP-class cars (Edit: Actually, he will in 2019, as he's in the SMP Racing BR1...). Alonso's probably still a platinum.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019 at 12:37 AM
    matzel and MIE1992 like this.
  8. Aphelion

    Aphelion

    Messages:
    3,458
    Location:
    Australia
    Completely random comment: Its good that these articles are written by people who then participate in a post article discussion. I might be ignorant but I dont often see this kind of interaction on the internet.

    On topic: this is quite sad to see really. I never was a fast driver, but its always been my dream to drive racing cars. GT Academy was the only hope when I was young, and it ended up spawning some pretty cool success stories for the people who were fast enough. Great idea, great execution, sad ending.
     
    Rustyhole, Gregfranklin, XJ40 and 2 others like this.
  9. PSN offapple

    PSN offapple

    Messages:
    500
    The real question is:
    Will Jenson Team Rocket be blasting off again? :D
    (sorry)
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019 at 1:12 AM
    Snaeper and Imari like this.
  10. Saidur_Ali

    Saidur_Ali

    Messages:
    6,350
    TBH it died as we knew it since Darren Cox left Nissan, Nissan GT-R LM Nismo failure probably caused it. He did create The World's Fastest Gamer since then and looks like Rudy will be racing for real this year. Will be interesting to see who they have partnered up for season two of The World's Fastest Gamer, by the sounds of it there will be opportunity to go from driving virtual to real. Shouldn't be long now.

    McLaren apparently doing Shadow again next month so another great opportunity there. Also so many F1 teams being involved with F1 Esports and the creation of eROC, seems now is the best time for racing gamers to get noticed. Also seeing sponsors such as ROKiT sponsoring Nic Hamilton, maybe the likes of them will be attracted to sim racing and that could end up seeing a substantial increase of prizes on offer.

    IIRC, I heard there is a manufacturer that is planning to do something with GT Sport that is of note for us gamers soon...
     
    Lawndart likes this.
  11. Auditore

    Auditore

    Messages:
    1,397
    Wonder if this could affect Nissan's Esport teams(they are a major part of GTS esport championships)
     
  12. Imari

    Imari

    Messages:
    10,955
    Location:
    Australia
    That was my first thought as well. No one calls themselves Team Rocket without at least some inkling of the humour that's going on there.
     
    sangdude82, Auditore and PSN offapple like this.
  13. LosCules24SFA

    LosCules24SFA

    Messages:
    343
    Button is a former (current?) Super License holder and a factory driver for Honda so he's still a platinum. Drivers will be downgraded automatically once they reach 50 yo and further down at 55 before finally becoming a bronze at 60. He won't actually race I think. Rather only lending his name.

    Damn it's be awhile since I've gone to this forum..
     
    TamasToth likes this.
  14. Snaeper

    Snaeper Premium

    Messages:
    3,310
    Location:
    United States
    That was one of my first thoughts when I saw the racing team name launched.

    Here's to hoping Nintendo does a sponsorship tie up.
     
    PSN offapple likes this.
  15. sangdude82

    sangdude82

    Messages:
    254
    Location:
    New Zealand
    Is Nissan not participating in GT3 racing as a factory team got to do anything with Carlos Ghosn scandal?
    I'm guessing that if Nissan concentrates on Formula E and helping out their customer teams, may be they can reduce their motorsport budget big time?
     
  16. Warbeast101

    Warbeast101

    Messages:
    242
    Location:
    Egypt
    ok maybe Nissan GT Academy is dead (possibly) but what if the idea of virtual to reality through gran turismo isn't dead yet? what if it will be revived as the "Ford Racer's Academy" or some crazy thing like that? i still have my hopes up