Following on from the Tweet detailing GT Academy‘s online participation, Kazunori Yamauchi has also Tweeted figures about GT5’s cumulative online racing to date – a truly staggering 36.4 billion miles in the 577 days since launch!
Numbers of this magnitude are difficult to comprehend without context, so here’s some equivalents:
- GT5 players have driven the distance from the Earth to the Sun. And back. 200 times.
- Or the distance from the Sun to Neptune. And back. Thirteen times.
- In under 2 years GT5 players have driven three times further than Voyager 1 has managed in 35 years.
- We’d still take 1,367 years to drive GT5 to our nearest star, Proxima Centauri…
The average increase in distance is 63 million miles a day, with GT5’s online players covering the same distance in 2 days as the entire GT Academy 2012 competition has so far! This corresponds to 2.6 million mph or around 730 miles per second, enough to:
- Equal the record distance in the Nürburgring 24hr in 3.4 seconds
- Drive from San Francisco to New York in 3.5 seconds
- Drive from New York to London in 4.7 seconds
- Drive from London to Sydney in 14.4 seconds
- Drive around the Earth in the time it took you to read this article
- Drive to the Moon in 5 minutes 27 seconds
Even though the average online race in Gran Turismo 5 is only just over 12 miles in length, the community as a whole is certainly getting their money’s worth from the game with each player driving nearly 5,000 online miles.