Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Snow Business

The latest event in Gran Turismo 7’s Online Time Trials is now available, setting players a lap time challenge around the game’s newest circuit: Lake Louise.

Gran Turismo 7’s Online Time Trials are time-limited events that reward drivers according to how close they are to the global record time at the end of the event. For each event you’ll pick up 250,000cr for being within 10% of the best time (Bronze), 1,000,000cr if you’re within 5% (Silver), or 2,000,000cr for coming within 3% (Gold).

That means that the target times are dynamic, and a time that’s good enough for Gold one day may not be quite enough the next if the world record time improves, as it often does as players compete to be the best.

The new Lap Time Challenge will be available for the next two weeks, and takes you to the chilly Canadian location for the first ever time trial in snow and ice conditions on the track added in the Spec II/1.40 update earlier this month.

Indeed Lake Louise is the first “Snow & Ice” track in Gran Turismo since Chamonix, in 2013’s Gran Turismo 6, so it’s an entirely new experience for GT players in the PlayStation 5 (or PlayStation 4) era.

It’s a one-make event, requiring the Toyota GR Yaris RZ ’20, and once again you can use either a stock, rental vehicle or grab one from your garage. You’ll need to be careful not to have a wide-bodied car, or an engine-swapped vehicle, but otherwise tuning and tweaking is fine (up to a point) as the car will have power and weight adjusted under “High Speed” Balance of Performance regulations.

One particular point with this week’s event is the requirement for Snow Tires. They’re mandatory for the Lake Louise tracks anyway, so it won’t be an issue. The event will run through to 0659 UTC on Thursday November 23.

With only one week under its belt so far, the other Lap Time Challenge remains in place for seven more days. This is another one-make event for the new NISMO 400R at Tokyo Expressway Central Clockwise on Sports Soft tires. Currently the world record stands at 1:20.817, so you’ll need to beat a 1:23.241 to get the Gold time, but figure on a 1:22 to stay there.

In order to access the Online Time Trials, you’ll need to unlock Sport Mode, by completing Menu Book 9 (“Championship: Tokyo Highway Parade”) in the GT Cafe single player hub. However PlayStation Plus is not required as they are not multiplayer events.

The events update every Thursday, with each individual challenge remaining available for two weeks and the oldest of the two events being replaced each week. That being the case, the next new Time Trial should arrive at 0700 UTC on Thursday November 16.

Lap Time Challenge November 9 – Lake Louise

  • Track: Lake Louise – Long Track
  • Car: Toyota GR Yaris ’20 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Snow
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge November 2 – Tokyo Expressway

  • Track: Tokyo Expressway – Central Clockwise
  • Car: NISMO 400R ’95 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Sports Soft
  • Settings: Fixed

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