Gran Turismo 5 Goes Interstellar!

June 24th, 2012 by Andrew E.

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.

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  1. Jun. 27, 3:35pm

    That’s a photo travel I want to see…

  2. Jun. 26, 1:45pm

    The average online race is about 19.5 KM or 12.117 miles…

  3. Jun. 25, 10:10pm

    Today was the PERECT day to get a YLOD! I just got Gold on TRM to get the GT Academy prize, saved and quit, started up Burnout Dominator, played for 5 minutes, and voila! Black screen, three beeps, and the system shuts off. I tried turning it back on, light went green, beeped three times, turned yellow, then stared blinking red. Oh boy.

    Luckily, I know how to fix this on my own, and not paying Sony $150. I’ll be back to GT5 in likely less than a week!

    • Jun. 26, 6:02am

      How you fix it?? i have a Fatty 80 gb model colecting dust!!!

    • Jun. 26, 1:27pm

      Well, according to this video:

      The most likely problem is a disconnected CPU or GPU, and just requires a simple re-solder. All you need is some specific screw drivers and a soldering iron/heat gun (and a little prior knowledge in electronics) and your set to repair! Watch that video – it should work. I don’t currently have the driver heads required to open the system.

    • Jul. 1, 11:51am

      from experience you can pretty easily get away with using a v.small flat head jewellers type screwdriver to undo the three security screws at the front (on a ps slim but i think they all use same screws), its not too pretty but it works fine to take em in and out, kinda wedge it between the middle pin and two of the notches round the edge.

  4. Jun. 25, 8:58pm

    And to think, I’ve driven 300,000 of those miles!

  5. Jun. 25, 5:33pm

    The sun is our nearest star.

    • Jun. 25, 7:16pm

      Again, not when “our” refers to the Sol system.

      We’re just a rocky ball orbiting a star. Were we an exoplanet we’d be called “Sol c”, indicating we’re the third rock from the Sol star. The nearest star to the Sol system would be Proxima Centauri – at least for now.

    • Jun. 27, 6:17pm

      And not when ‘our’ refers to the Milky Way

      We are in a single galaxy “The milky way”. The nearest Galaxies could be the Magellanic Clouds. But I can’ figure out exactly where the edge of our galaxy is and where the next begins. Then spotting the nearest star will take a while. I have only shrewdly made telescope I stole from the National Art and History musuem when I was a mere child. I ‘ll get back to you.

  6. Jun. 25, 2:49pm

    now thats an instellar overdrive!

  7. Jun. 25, 1:02pm

    Now if “we” as human knew the inner knowledge that we all have to be able to teleport….

    That is exactly how fast we would/could travel…Must be a nice feeling to be Goku.

  8. Jun. 25, 11:53am

    GT Academy blah blah – 40 comments
    Jordan Tresson blah blah blah – 30 comments
    GT5 asia blah – 29 comments
    Top 10 finish blah blah – 70 comments
    Seasonal events blah blah – 40 comments

    DLC possible rumors, maybe coming soon. nothing confirmed , don’t hold your breath – 700 comments


    • Jun. 25, 12:03pm

      People care more about DLC than GT Academy. I can’t blame them for that though, GT Academy doesn’t expand the Gran Turismo 5 experience, whereas DLC and seasonal events do.

    • Jun. 25, 12:34pm

      And watch, when/if the DLC gets launched, it wont even be what us gamers wanted because PD dont listen to what the public want, just more Japanese content.. sad

    • Jun. 25, 2:13pm

      Blah Blah DLC Blah Blah….

    • Jun. 26, 8:51am

      This is officially the funniest post ever on GTP. Well done!

  9. Jun. 25, 11:17am

    That’s pretty cool! I got 30,000Miles+ on my profile excluding GT Academy 2012! My best score on the last event only using a wheel was 107th. I know it sounds like I’m boasting.

    • Jun. 25, 12:18pm

      Damn you, you boaster!

    • Jun. 26, 8:54am

      Who’s bleat is that?
      It’s not a bleat, it’s a boast.
      Who’s boast is that?
      It’s Zed’s boast, baby.

  10. Jun. 25, 9:41am

    I just did this to get the free cars. Who cares about the rest.

  11. Jun. 25, 5:31am

    Sydney to London in 14 seconds would be useful sometimes!

  12. Jun. 25, 4:54am

    We’ve been going around in circles again & again that many times, never got anywhere new (just 70 circuits), its like cycling at the GYM… we are basically controlling currents in 70 electric circuits lol

  13. Jun. 25, 4:25am

    Well i have a felling that not even ET himself can find DLC. To bad driving alot in GT5 doesnt allow you to go to diffrent dimensions.

  14. Jun. 25, 4:09am

    Again only with the milles. How about using km too, or doesn’t GT planet bother with catering to the whole world?

    • Jun. 25, 10:22am

      Fun thing is that the graphic contains the figure in kilometers and I converted it to miles so that everyone – including the US and UK – had a unit with which they were familiar, catering to the whole world… Everything else is equivalent distances compared to planetary orbits and times in seconds, except the last paragraph…

    • Jun. 26, 1:41pm

      Famine: Last paragraph is half of the written post. :/ But perhaps I shouldn’t complain, I’m not contributing to the site doing so.

  15. Jun. 25, 3:14am

    One Indy back strait at a time!

  16. Jun. 25, 1:45am
    Pit Crew

    Oops Typo. Meant to say close that gap to Proxima Centauri in 2 yrs

  17. Jun. 25, 1:42am
    Pit Crew

    I know this is fun thread, but if any of this information helps PD develop a more stable and user friendly online environment (oil changes online public/private lobby) for GT6 we may actually close thatto Proxima Centauri gap in 2yrs (Opinion) as there will be less unwanted disconnects from ORL, (Online Race Lobby) leading to more players finishing a 2.4 HR Lesarthe League Event they were winning when…. Ohsorry that 1 still hurts.

  18. Jun. 25, 1:01am

    Really makes you wonder..

    Proxima Centauri is the closest star to us, and it’s 4 light years away. Seriously, what’s out there?
    Really makes you just think deep thoughts. It’s truly scary to think about.

    • Jun. 25, 1:17am

      And to think it all ”poofed” into existence from nothing. I also have a bridge to sell you.

    • Jun. 25, 6:04am

      Its very interesting and breathtaking! Proxima Centauri seems to be very far far far far away………

    • Jun. 25, 10:14am
      Jet Pilot

      Only 24,690,226,570,000 miles from Earth.

  19. Jun. 25, 12:47am

    i’d be more impress if the next DLC has brand new america cars

    • Jun. 25, 1:08am


  20. Jun. 25, 12:37am

    How about Daytona USA drivers?

  21. Jun. 24, 11:14pm

    How many miles OFFline?

    • Jun. 25, 8:46am

      They could only guess..

    • Jun. 25, 11:12am

      They could probably work out how many while people were connected to the Internet. They could also calculate that somebody who has, for example, the extreme series complete trophy has driven a minimum of (insert the correct number) miles offline.

    • Jun. 26, 1:41pm

      I don’t know – but my offline mileage is likely at LEAST about 5-10 times greater than my online mileage, though I know some people use online a LOT more than me, but some less. If they could include B-Spec as well, we’d likely have added a zero or two to the end of the number due to the amount of times I did the 24 and 9 hour races to get to B-spec level 40.

  22. Jun. 24, 10:23pm

    In Unrelated news, the new RedBull X2012 Prototype may or may not contain warp drives…

  23. Jun. 24, 9:57pm

    •GT5 players have virtually driven the virtual distance from the virtual Earth to the virtual Sun. And back. 200 virtual times. :)

  24. Jun. 24, 6:49pm
    Maddens Raiders

    Gran Turismo #1

  25. Jun. 24, 5:59pm

    Time for an oil change!!!

    • Jun. 24, 6:18pm
      e30 freek


    • Jun. 24, 10:10pm

      Dont forget to rebuild the motor

    • Jun. 24, 10:11pm

      I actually wonder what would happen to a car in GT5 with 36.4 billion miles…

    • Jun. 24, 11:02pm
      tube chaser

      It might actually need a car wash.

    • Jun. 25, 12:41am

      Time to change that suspension as well. :)

    • Jun. 25, 1:43pm

      Not sure, but it might need chassis restoration…

  26. Jun. 24, 5:29pm

    the truly staggering thing is that it continues to average 63 million miles per day almost 2 years after it was released

    • Jun. 25, 4:58am

      And wash the car

  27. Jun. 24, 5:01pm

    Awesome I did most of those miles in my kart XD

  28. Jun. 24, 4:43pm

    Intergalactic Planetary Planetary Intergalactic

    • Jun. 24, 5:11pm

      Another dimension, another dimension…

    • Jun. 24, 8:47pm

      Don’t you tell me to smile…

  29. Jun. 24, 4:38pm

    I contributed a few thousand of those miles

  30. Jun. 24, 4:38pm

    The next dlc will be twin ring motgei and the moon :) Jk

    • Jun. 24, 6:16pm

      Umm I think if you had read the news the DLC for twin ring motgei is already online.

    • Jun. 24, 8:02pm

      Negative. It’s only in the GT Academy demo at the moment. Sorry 8 mile but I think you’re confused homie

    • Jun. 24, 8:57pm

      TomBrady its not only for GT Academy. They are planning to release twin ring montegi soon.

    • Jun. 24, 9:02pm

      you missed read his post. He said “its only gt academy demo *at the moment”.

  31. Jun. 24, 4:04pm

    Why do i feel so proud to have contributed my miles?

  32. Jun. 24, 3:58pm
    i love gt5

    Lol i red the title and though ” new DLC wooohooo” but then I saw some distance:(

    • Jun. 24, 6:40pm

      Yeah I thought we were going to get GT5 in space lol

  33. Jun. 24, 3:31pm

    “We’d still take 1,367 years to drive GT5 to our nearest star, Proxima Centauri…”

    Well then I’ll just use the RedBull X2011 & get there a bit faster.

    • Jun. 24, 3:49pm
      Pit Crew

      HaHa lol +1,136700

    • Jun. 25, 12:43am

      X1: To boldly go where no car has gone before……… *insert X1 Trek Theme*

  34. Jun. 24, 3:25pm

    So on SS7 when people were doing donuts, every donut counted as an entire lap.. 14.47 mi. That’s not counting all the other ”cheats” and exploits.. So really, the numbers are more than slightly BS unless all those miles are taken out.

    • Jun. 24, 3:52pm
      Pit Crew

      Good point BWX, but dang bro now I gotta go back and recalculate again…now let me see…lol JKJK :)

    • Jun. 24, 8:17pm

      haha and you actually think that would even put a dent in these numbers?

      Stop being so negative dude

    • Jun. 24, 10:18pm

      I don’t think GT5 counts miles by the amount of laps completed, I think it actually measures them as a real car would.

      I may be wrong though, I have no sources.


      It WOULD put a dent in those numbers… 14.5 miles every 2-3 seconds is a little quick… But that’s only if it counts distance based on laps completed.

    • Jun. 25, 1:12am

      Try 14+ miles every second or less, much less actually- for every person doing it, for hours and hours and hours over many many servers over the entire time those exploits were used (weeks).

      It was an A-Spec feeding frenzy. I bet there was a huge spike in mileage last march or whenever that was. And yes I bet it calculated the mileage, why wouldn’t it?

      Yes I think it would put a dent in those numbers, probably a significant one..
      And it’s not ”being negative”- it’s called reality, you should try it sometime.

      Next argument: who cares.

  35. Jun. 24, 3:10pm


  36. Jun. 24, 2:43pm

    What’s the number of black screens of death?
    equivalent to 1,000,000 human lives XD.

  37. Jun. 24, 2:15pm

    Intergalactic Planetary Planetary Intergalactic
    Another Dimension Another Dimension Another Dimension

    Go GT5!

  38. Jun. 24, 2:04pm

    Well what do you expect from an Amazing game.

  39. Jun. 24, 1:06pm

    That’s GT5 for ya. Great news. :D Is this a new record?

  40. Jun. 24, 12:45pm

    and now, we’ll have free dlc’s with non-nissan awesome cars.

  41. Jun. 24, 12:16pm

    GT rulez :)

  42. Jun. 24, 11:50am

    I wonder how much the 200 Lap Daytona NASCAR drivers contributed haha :)

    • Jun. 24, 3:41pm

      Lol, we’ve contributed a helluva lot.

  43. Jun. 24, 11:38am

    Wehre can i find kazunori on Twitter ? The Real One ?

  44. Jun. 24, 11:27am

    Meh… Rather have formula d cars and tracks than know this x.x

  45. Jun. 24, 11:10am
    Sergio Perez

    AWESOME! GT5 is looking how many millions of miles we go and not looking at all the comments wanting cars other then crappy Nissans…

    • Jun. 24, 11:20am
      Mac K


    • Jun. 24, 2:00pm

      Comments want cars? GT5 is alive? Nissans are crappy!? :)

    • Jun. 24, 4:00pm
      Pit Crew

      Still a pretty cool accomplishment. Fan base definitely has legs uhhh wheels UKWIM. Wondr what the distance is when calculated by the cars each GT5 player own? Example my 27 Cudas make up what distance between the earth and say…Saturn? lol jkjk this is a fun thread.

    • Jun. 26, 2:40am

      One of the greatest negative consequences of having many Nissans is that it is now somehow making people think they are “crappy”. R34 is crappy?!? R35 crappy?!? 350Z crappy?!? R32 crappy?!? Please folks, let us be clear that what we do not like is the inclusion of too many variants of the same car. But to target Nissan and then generalise by calling them crappy is to confuse the issue. A comment like that is more likely to piss them off than anything else.

  46. Jun. 24, 10:51am

    That’s an amazing achievement but technically, our nearest star is the Sun.

    • Jun. 24, 10:59am

      Not when “our” refers to the Sol system.

    • Jun. 24, 12:41pm

      Just testing your awesome knowledge Famine.

    • Jun. 24, 1:53pm

      Gt5’s nearest star is me and i’m right here in DK Laughing over your statement :P hehe Good one though :o)

    • Jun. 24, 2:21pm

      Modest I see. :)

  47. Jun. 24, 10:47am
    Mac K

    GT Academy isn’t part of the 36.4 billion is it? No matter your opinion on PD or GT5, there is no denying that that is a pretty impressive feat, and saying otherwise only makes one sound a bit ignorant.

  48. Jun. 24, 10:35am

    What percentage of these 36 billion miles were done by B-Spec Bob…? :-p

    • Jun. 24, 10:36am

      0%. It’s from online races only, as in the graphic. If you were to include Remote Races, Seasonals, Arcade and A- and B-Spec, you could easily add a zero to the end of this number.

    • Jun. 24, 11:02am

      I’ve ran the 9 hours at Tsukuba and 24 hours of Le Mans at least 5 times each just to get to Level 40. Ugh.

  49. Jun. 24, 10:25am

    Some people have ALOT of spare time on their hands…

    • Jun. 24, 12:39pm

      *raises hand*

  50. Jun. 24, 10:14am

    over 2 million miles are only from me muhahaha….
    so we get a pioneer probe or a space shuttle next DLC…..

    • Jun. 24, 1:54pm

      Chi Ching :o)

  51. Jun. 24, 10:14am

    Amazing. In the real world i did more than 3 laps to the Earth in 2 and a half years. I worked as a carrier. ;)

  52. Jun. 24, 10:00am

    That graphic really made me laugh, that’s excellent.

  53. Jun. 24, 9:40am

    GT Polyphony The Best Ever! So many Peoples Fan Boy! :D

  54. Jun. 24, 9:06am

    Very interesting facts! Everyone give your self a pat on the back haha!

  55. Jun. 24, 8:56am

    Does anyone else find these stats a bit silly? Virtual mileage is the same as Monopoly money, no value. IMO

    • Jun. 24, 10:11am

      To me it has value because i counted my Km in my daily work (carrier) too and in less than 2 and a half years i did “3 laps” to the entire Earth. And i did less in the game but still probably 2 laps to the Earth.
      The funny thing is that it takes more or less the same time to do it if you “drive” at a normal speed. That´s why it has its value…you are spending a lot of time on it…and yes it counts even being in a virtual world.

    • Jun. 24, 10:42am

      I should hope you do find them silly. The post was written with quite some levity – driving through space to catch Voyager 1 is patently ridiculous. It doesn’t do one any good to take life and our entertainment too seriously.

      However, “virtual miles” are the only way to measure online participation and the fact is that the 7 million copies of the game have been used to drive 36.4 billion miles in online races. This post only exists to put into context just how mind-bogglingly colossal this distance is, in humourous terms…

  56. Jun. 24, 8:22am

    Wow Cheers Everyone who did GT ACADAMY

  57. Jun. 24, 8:15am


  58. Jun. 24, 7:47am

    They are 2’812’094’409 laps of the Nordschleife

    • Jun. 24, 10:48am

      That’s a great number. I’m going to look into that and add it or something similar to the post :D

  59. Jun. 24, 7:35am

    I’m just glad they’re not doing all these miles on public roads.

  60. Jun. 24, 7:31am

    Noby Noby Boy meets GT5

    • Jun. 24, 11:52am

      haha One of my biggest regrets in life is buying that game!

  61. Jun. 24, 7:29am

    You can also take your bike and do a couple of miles on it, or walk a certain distance, a day. Don’t forget that, it seems like some people do.

  62. Jun. 24, 7:18am

    im into most sports, not least wrestling, so in the words of hall of famer Ron Simmons…………………………………….DAMN!!!!!!!!!!

    Those figures are, no pun intended, astronomical. id love to see the figures for that arcade racer on that glorified pc!!!!!!

  63. Jun. 24, 7:08am

    I had no idea that people drive in GT5 so much these days!

  64. Jun. 24, 7:07am

    My wife doesn’t care if I have driven to the sun. :(

    Those numbers are staggering. What it more staggering is that they are tracking it all. To keep those figures for that long is an accomplishment in itself. I wonder if they know what cars we are doing them in?

    • Jun. 24, 8:25pm
      tube chaser

      I’ll bet they do, and that that’s how they’re going to prioritise which Standards to upgrade to Premium quality for GT6. So make sure your favourite Standards don’t gather dust, because that will be the next hot topic: PD y u no include *car* in GT6..

      BTW great stats Famine, Quakebass is gonna love this article!

  65. Jun. 24, 7:05am

    Jeez some people need to get a life interstellar is an acronym nothing more nothing less who gives a s**t what its true meaning is
    i hate to go to a party with some of these poopers

  66. Jun. 24, 7:03am

    Imagine offline included. It would be from one end of the galaxy and back. like 3 times

    • Jun. 24, 3:17pm

      No it wouldn’t.

    • Jun. 25, 12:28pm

      It’s two times, get it right. lol

  67. Jun. 24, 6:52am

    I’d like to say that the endurance races I host has helped us get there. :D

  68. Jun. 24, 6:52am

    Some of those stats are a bit odd. How can you compare millions of drivers cumulatively covering 2.6 million miles an hour to one person driving from San Fran to New York?

    • Jun. 24, 6:57am

      It’s the collective speed, speed = distance x time. It’s just an equivalent stat.

  69. Jun. 24, 6:41am

    wow…power to the people!!!
    390 AU….alpa centaury (next star system close to ours) is only 23,6 AU away…

    • Jun. 24, 7:20am

      Sorry fellow but i think you’ll find its a TINY bit further away than 23.6AU

      Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to our Solar System. It lies about 4.37 light-years in distance, or about 41.5 trillion kilometres, 25.8 trillion miles or 277,600 AU

  70. Jun. 24, 6:37am

    Wow! PD’s using Science in their campaign!

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  73. Jun. 24, 6:30am

    I wish there was some way to know how far I’ve driven online. A few thousand laps of Nordschleife for a start…

  74. Jun. 24, 6:25am
    Roger the Horse

    Please may I point out that ‘interstellar’ is an inaccurate term to be used here. Considering the fact that it would take GT5 players 1,367 years to drive to our nearest star other than Sol, Proxima Centauri, we are nowhere near ‘interstellar’. ‘Interplanetary’ definitely, but not ‘interstellar’.

    Just my two credits.

    • Jun. 24, 6:29am

      “Interstellar” refers to the space between stars (“inter” is “between”, “stellar” refers to stars) where no single star’s stellar wind is dominant. Voyager 1, at a measly 11 billion miles distant from the Sun has passed the Heliopause and Heliosheath and is now approaching the Interstellar Medium that forms interstellar space. GT5 players have covered three times more distance than Voyager 1 and, if transcribed into straight line distance from Earth, are well into interstellar space – interstellar is an wholly accurate term to use.

      GT Academy is merely interplanetary, having covered sufficient distance to drive from the Earth to the Sun past the planets of Venus and Mercury. And then Mercury again on the way back.

    • Jun. 24, 6:34am

      Famine, I have always respected you (you can close threads and ban people), but my respect has just SHOT up. Most people don’t have a clue about that sort of stuff. Is it possible that you are (whisper it) a nerd…?

    • Jun. 24, 6:37am

      The horse has been rogered.

    • Jun. 28, 5:46pm
      Roger the Horse

      Famine obviously knows his stuff. I study astronomy and I didn’t know (or at least, didn’t remember) that Interstellar space is the space where no stars solar wind is dominant.
      Nerd, no. Clever, yes.

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