Gran Turismo 5 Demo Hits December 17

December 3rd, 2009 by Jordan Greer


Announced just hours ago on the PlayStation EU Blog, GT Academy 2010 will be held in a brand new demo of Gran Turismo 5 hitting the PlayStation Store on December 17, 2009. The demo will feature a stock and tuned version of the Nissan 370Z, and, while Sony has decided not to release the track just yet, I have been aware of the competition for some time now and GTPlanet can reveal the demo will include either Spa Francorchamps or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, Sony described the track as a “specially created section of a new Gran Turismo 5 circuit”, which suggests to me it’s the Indianapolis GP Circuit, as it is quite literally a “section” of a larger circuit. (Let’s not forget it was also the big track prominently shown in Gran Turismo 5‘s E3 2009 trailer.)

The GT Academy competition will work much like it did last time, only it’s expanded to include all of the countries listed after the jump – though if you’re from the United States like myself, don’t bother looking. Although it’s more than a little disheartening to be left out of the competition for a second time, Sony’s blog post assures us that countries not included in GT Academy will still get to try out the demo. Bring on the 17th!

UPDATE:  A few more specifics have been announced on the GT Academy Facebook page: anyone who has ever held a national or international racing license or who is under the age of 18 is exempt from the competition. It will begin on December 17th and will end of January 24th, and will consist of two “stages”, each featuring new circuits:

Stage One – will offer Gran Turismo fans a sneak preview of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 game, due for release during 2010. Competitors will record flying laps on a time trial-based track available via PlayStation®Network, accessed through PS3. Unlike the first GT Academy, participants will not have to enter the competition using the GT5 PrologueTM game itself, and so even more hopeful racing drivers are expected to take part.

Stage Two – the holders of the twenty fastest online lap times from each participating country will qualify for their national final event. Tensions will run high as they battle each other on another exclusive Gran Turismo 5 level for the chance to move to the next phase of the competition.

Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital and creator of the Gran Turismo series, shares Wijnen’s enthusiasm. “This has been a very rewarding partnership. The whole GT Academy concept is very close to my heart. Our target with the Gran Turismo series has always been to come as close as possible to a real driving experience. To witness the level of driving achieved by GT players after a relatively short space of time at the GT Academy was very satisfying for me and I look forward to seeing the 2010 finalists in action. I am also very happy to have the opportunity for our GT community to have a preview of the Gran Turismo 5 game.”

The online section of the game will run from 17 December until 24 January with national finals following soon afterwards. The GT Academy itself takes place from 26 February until 3 March. The two winners will have to quickly clear their diaries, as their intensive training programme will start immediately and culminate in one driver racing in the opening European GT4 Cup race that could be at Silverstone on 2 May.

UPDATE 2: The prizes offered for United States and Canadian residents has also just been announced. The fastest players from each country will be offered VIP access to the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race. For more details, see the official rules here.

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

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  1. Dec. 3, 8:05pm

    Time to break out the European account again (after being terribly dissapointed by Supercar Challange beta, wtf was that).
    Too bad the comp is only for 18 and older (not to mention Europe). I guess they won’t trust a 16 year old who’s a much better driver than all those wanna-be ricers.
    And why do the front tires look like the back tires?

  2. Dec. 3, 7:50pm

    Why not Czech republic? This is stupid!

  3. Dec. 3, 7:30pm

    Some GOOD NEWS…. Can’t wait!

  4. Dec. 3, 6:57pm


  5. Dec. 3, 6:19pm

    If I remember well, some cheaters were disqualified from last GTAcademy’s time trial. I think it’s something PD, Sony and Nissan take quite seriously.

  6. Dec. 3, 6:01pm

    PD’s release timeframe is still lame, but this demo should shut me up for a couple days. I assume the usual PD time trial rules still apply though. Cheaters won’t be disqualified and clean laps won’t be rewarded. Turn the one who cheats the best into a race car driver?

  7. Dec. 3, 5:59pm

    LOL @ everyone complaining about Tokyo.

  8. Dec. 3, 5:55pm

    Oh sweet, Australia is on there

    If only I had a bit more time inbetween work to practice more

  9. Dec. 3, 5:23pm
    Mickle Pickle

    There seems to be confusion amongst you guys..

    so to make it clear:

    The DEMO will be available for all to all in each and every country of this planet earth… so long as you have a working PS3!

    Only the competitions finalists are to be from the above-listed countries…
    The players from any other countries NOT listed, can still play the demo, but they will not be eligible for the competition… there might or might not be a separate competitions for them and us North Americans.

    Again: on the 17th, everyone will be able to drive that 370z ;)

  10. Dec. 3, 4:57pm

    it would also be cooler if this was an add-on to Prologue!!!! also, we should question the track choice.

    1. this demo is in Europe
    2. it has to be Spa because of where the demo is first at
    3. i love spa and loved it in NFS shift

    i hope you can see some logic here

  11. Dec. 3, 4:52pm

    oh yes i’m GLAD I have that UK playstation store account. GT5 here I come!!! >:)

  12. Dec. 3, 4:42pm
    Bank Alexander

    Hell yeah!
    Christmas is going to be awesome again =]

  13. Dec. 3, 4:34pm
    aleksandar SRB

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im from Serbia so I will download it!!!!!

  14. Dec. 3, 4:29pm

    YEAH BABY YEAH!!!Can’t wait for that demo to b out.

  15. Dec. 3, 3:55pm

    so do u have to gave gt5:P? to add this demo?

  16. Dec. 3, 3:39pm

    why does gt academy have to run on the dates when I’m away from new zealand???

  17. Dec. 3, 3:20pm

    “But is the demo free?”

    Of course it is.

  18. Dec. 3, 3:18pm

    But is the demo free?

  19. Dec. 3, 3:02pm

    US and CANADA will get the demo and own competition

  20. Dec. 3, 3:01pm

    no! not US? WTF ima smack a bitch screw US haha

  21. Dec. 3, 3:00pm

    time for me to start posting again! :D

  22. Dec. 3, 2:50pm

    How much is the demo going to cost to download??
    This is great news!!
    Hopefully there will be damage.

  23. Dec. 3, 2:35pm

    And yes, Volk TE37 are the wheels… (how a car enthusiast would not know those particular wheels is kinda strange… whats next, don’t know LMGT4s?)

  24. Dec. 3, 2:34pm

    No academy for America = friggen lame.

  25. Dec. 3, 2:32pm

    The track could still be Spa because it used to big a lot longer than it is now a days.
    So they might have the old track as well as the new one (the new one being a section).

  26. Dec. 3, 2:24pm

    I have read a lot of comments and im pretty shocked that nobody has mentioned this, I live in the US but have an account on my PS3 thats registered in the UK, it takes 10 minutes to make one and the demos are avaliable on my US account too….just do that

    • Dec. 3, 2:51pm

      @Jeff: Because it’s not that simple. As with most competitions, you’ll need to verify your eligibility with Sony before any prizes (or advancements in the program) are awarded. If you’re not a legal resident of a valid country, you will not be able to continue. But hey, wouldn’t you rather go to the Indy 500, anyway? ;-)

  27. Dec. 3, 2:22pm

    December 17th is my birthday.

  28. Dec. 3, 2:04pm
    Max Mosley

    At least it won’t be on the Tokyo R246 track. Im sure we are all quite sick of it. Look forward to a newer track. Altohugh im not sure if Indianapolis will be the track selected for the demo. After all the Indy track is in the USA but the competition only
    only applies to European and Oceania based nations. surely Spa or even Bathurst would be more appropriate. Possibly even an actual track used in the GT4 calender would be a more logical choice.

    An as to why the Nissan 370Z and not the GT-R or another Nissan; the 370Z competes in the GT4 racing class for amatuer racing drivers. Anything more powerful, and it will have to be in a higher class for more experienced drivers.

  29. Dec. 3, 1:56pm

    I like how the tires are mounted backwards…

  30. Dec. 3, 1:53pm


  31. Dec. 3, 1:52pm

    Why is Greece out again? Great Christmas gift though.. Can’t wait !!

  32. Dec. 3, 1:50pm


    Finally a demo! I have been waiting so long for this game and I finally get to play it!!!

    Thank you Kaz.

  33. Dec. 3, 1:24pm

    I am SO excited, but at the same time I’m so upset that they aren’t extending the Academy to Canada…maybe next year?

    Ahh this is going to be a hard 2 weeks!

  34. Dec. 3, 1:16pm

    @ alan actually dirt 2 is a fantastic full game and the demo is only 2 cars and a track or half one

  35. Dec. 3, 1:05pm

    Lmao wow the comments just flooded in once a demo was spoken of!

  36. Dec. 3, 12:58pm

    I only just went out today to buy dirt 2 thinking that there was noting else coming out from pd until gt5 then i get home and find out a new demo is coming out, brilliant, thanks, great timing

  37. Dec. 3, 12:44pm

    so bad.. for other countries that.. we wont have the demo…. like america…

  38. Dec. 3, 12:43pm

    I can dig it, but this should have been done much sooner.

  39. Dec. 3, 12:37pm

    HIP HIP horray

  40. Dec. 3, 12:34pm
    Mickle Pickle

    Christmas comes early this year… what a surprise, the kind we all have been wishing for…
    This is a AWESOME substitute for GT5P Spec IV! ;) AND to keep us WARM during this transition between GT5P and GT5!!

    We got the Prologue, we are getting THE real Demo, and we will get the ReAL Thing in the Spring 2010!

    @ MadDog10885 Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:43 am
    Yeeeeeha!!! I need a new Steering Wheel!!
    Does anyone know how to explain this to my girlfriend??? :-P
    I suggest you be REALLY REALLY REALLY NICE to her until then LOL LOL
    GOOD Luck Man !!

    as for the tires: Do the orientations of the treads really matter… Well i know they usually are reverse way of what is shown here… but in this configuration… the car will not blow up will it?

  41. Dec. 3, 12:33pm


  42. Dec. 3, 12:24pm

    I’m mixed. Part of me likes idea of a updated GT engine and a chance to experience the the vibe of GT5 before it launches but another side of me wonders why they wouldn’t update the existing GT5:P to include the new content in a mode.

  43. Dec. 3, 12:19pm

    I will be downloading this game via my European account if it doesn’t arrive in the US PSN Store.

    This is exciting news!!!

  44. Dec. 3, 12:18pm

    just a quick answer to JVH1982.

    Simply they don’t like Americans. Its the Japanese you know? haha

  45. Dec. 3, 12:13pm

    Same here, Relentless..

  46. Dec. 3, 12:08pm

    :( So while European residents have a shot at a career in racing…. we in the U.S. get to attend the Indy 500? :( *Cries*

  47. Dec. 3, 11:49am

    I’m too old and fat to enter GT Academy, but I can’t wait to play the Demo.

  48. Dec. 3, 11:47am

    The tires are NOT mounted backwards.

  49. Dec. 3, 11:45am

    about screens: why tires is so dark?

  50. Dec. 3, 11:43am

    Yeeeeeha!!! I need a new Steering Wheel!!
    Does anyone know how to explain this to my girlfriend??? :-P

  51. Dec. 3, 11:39am

    woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesommmmmmmeeeeeeee finallyyyyyyy

  52. Dec. 3, 11:31am

    Am I the only one who is wondering whether there will be damage shown in the demo? I hope it does, that way they can get some feedback on their damage model.
    This is going to be so awesome!

  53. Dec. 3, 11:29am

    truly great news – and its in line with my holiday over christmas – my wife will be pleased!

  54. Dec. 3, 11:12am

    I hope it’s the Spa. In my opinion is one of the greatest circuits in Europe and for me it has always been disapointing not to see that track on GT-series.
    I once drove around it with my Volkswagen and it felt amazing. Although my car didn’t go that fast but I felt like Schumacher!

  55. Dec. 3, 11:12am

    WTF, nothing for Croatia?!

  56. Dec. 3, 11:11am


  57. Dec. 3, 11:11am

    Jack uk and Watevaman

    It’s the Rays Engineering VOLK TE37.

  58. Dec. 3, 11:11am

    oohh very very nice, switzerland is in :)

  59. Dec. 3, 11:06am

    yeah we need more info but great news is spa will be in gt5 c’mon 17 december hope we get a release date as well soon for the rest of the world

  60. Dec. 3, 11:05am


    The left spoke says Volk Racing Wheel and the right says Ray(‘?)s Engineering.

    And I can’t wait for the demo. Although a demo for 3 months before the release?

  61. Dec. 3, 11:05am


  62. Dec. 3, 11:02am

    Its so nostalgic…i remember when i got gt4. It was raining lights were out and here it was the game i waited for, for so long, i was soo eager to play it then when the lights came on, i put in and…it didn’t work “read disk error” my face went pale…i felt like everything was taken from me i felt naked in this world, right now my physics mark went down by 3% i was top of my class and now 5 people are ahead of me…i feel that same feelin i had, but now i feel joy, joy that i remember that feelin the feelin of hoping for something good

    Thank you Gran turismo for making my darkest day come to light!

  63. Dec. 3, 11:01am

    Any more info regarding demo though? Is it just the 2 370z’s and one partial track? Thats it?

  64. Dec. 3, 11:00am

    YES! Is this an update to Prologue, or a seperate demo?

  65. Dec. 3, 10:58am

    Woot!! That’s my birthday! What a great birthday present! I can’t wait!

  66. Dec. 3, 10:55am

    Look at the 370z tuned version’s wheels. What make are they, can’t make out the logo on them. BTW great news on the demo. Can’t wait for the 17th. Bring it on!

  67. Dec. 3, 10:53am
    The Masfer

    Omg this is amazing earlier My 80gb ps3 broke so I bought a new 250gb slim on amazonthis morning and that will be delivered by the 15th

  68. Dec. 3, 10:49am

    @Vlad Mares: You’re right! Tires ARE mounted backwards.
    That will probably mean we will have races driving backwards…

  69. Dec. 3, 10:47am

    WAIT! WHAT!!! OMG!!! lol not much more to say.

  70. Dec. 3, 10:46am

    Greece its out again….y?

  71. Dec. 3, 10:32am
    David T


  72. Dec. 3, 10:30am

    I don’t give a fuck about the competition but the demo is amazing news. Huge surprise too, and of course this time it’s actually a good surprise.

  73. Dec. 3, 10:22am

    FUCKING HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ありがとう Kazunori Yamauchi (I am learning japanese for FF13)

  74. Dec. 3, 10:18am

    Only 2 weeks :D

  75. Dec. 3, 10:18am
    Berlino Bear

    And there was me hoping the tack would be Tokyo!!

  76. Dec. 3, 10:17am
    jay gatsby

    I thought I would get this kind of news during christmas…good job PD, good job Jordan!
    maybe just put this update into GT5P, ya?

  77. Dec. 3, 10:12am

    everything looks awesome on those pics except tires :p

  78. Dec. 3, 10:05am

    OMG SPA IN GT5 !?!?!?!!!!!

  79. Dec. 3, 10:05am

    It’s a download for me :). Awesome!!!!!!! I hope it’s SPA and that tuned 370z looks interesting. Good thing it’s FR layout, not some Front wheel drive car. Now we’ll find out how PD improved their physics engine.

  80. Dec. 3, 10:03am

    peter, read more carefully :)

    “Sony’s blog post assures us that countries not included in GT Academy will still get to try out the demo.”

  81. Dec. 3, 9:59am
    Vlad Mares

    Did anyone spot that the tires are mounted backwards :P ?

  82. Dec. 3, 9:54am

    Guess the track will be a small section of Tokyo, since that seems the only track that is finished atm.

  83. Dec. 3, 9:54am
    S3 Racer

    Yop made my hole 14 days!!

    yeah and those in the us. We other europeans cant participate either. I m form Luxemburg, an they could easily let us join belgium or germany. Thats bad just like last time. But we still can look at the rankings and than look how good we are.

    And at least we got a demo. We expected cole pieces from PD for christmas :)-.

  84. Dec. 3, 9:54am

    Heh… the best Christmas gift PD could give to us :) Doubtful should be ashamed ;)

  85. Dec. 3, 9:49am


  86. Dec. 3, 9:48am
    [UK] ANDYW

    Finally!!!! Something to keep us going til March 2010!

    I’m hoping it’s a little more than just the academy tho… maybe some ‘The Making of GT5’ videos like in GT4:P???

    Hopefully this is part of a much bigger upgrade for GT5:P

  87. Dec. 3, 9:47am

    I don’t care much about the GT Academy but a playable demo, my god.. christmas did come early this year!

  88. Dec. 3, 9:45am

    You made my day. Thanks PD for this christmas present and thanks GTPlanet to share that with us!

  89. Dec. 3, 9:44am

    the US will probably get another lame tanner foust drift ride :(

  90. Dec. 3, 9:43am

    Sony better return my PS3 before the 17th or I might cry :(

  91. Dec. 3, 9:38am

    While the demo is great news, I wonder why it is that the US is being left out of the GT Academy again… There has to be a better reason than an ocean of separation (Australia and New Zealand aren’t any closer to EU than we are).

    What gives?

  92. Dec. 3, 9:34am

    /cry for us Americans.

  93. Dec. 3, 9:32am

    Nice news (: my playstation is getting all dusty… waiting for the gt5

  94. Dec. 3, 9:32am

    Does it mean that the demo will be downloadable from PSN?

  95. Dec. 3, 9:32am

    Much more than many many people here expected from PD. This is a great precious thing for the xmas season.

  96. Dec. 3, 9:29am

    I’m really hoping it’ll be Spa in the Demo, Indianapolis is not challenging and bearly used anymore…

  97. Dec. 3, 9:28am

    My day is made

  98. Dec. 3, 9:28am


    I guess X-Mas comes early this year, that just made my day!

  99. Dec. 3, 9:28am

    First to comment!

    I’ve read it and posted the link 10 seconds before on previous news! Oh man this is sweet!

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