Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Bug Life

The next event in Gran Turismo 7’s Online Time Trial challenges is now available, taking players to the fictional Kyoto Driving Park for a hot-lap event in a racing Bugatti.

Online Time Trials are a time-limited event, each running for two weeks. Although they’re part of the game’s Sport Mode, you don’t need PlayStation Plus to take part as you are not playing against other players directly.

The events grant credit rewards appropriate to how close you are to the final world record time — meaning that the targets are dynamic and move as the world record improves. A lap within 10% (Bronze) earns you 250,000cr, with 1,000,000cr for a lap within 5% (Silver), and 2,000,000cr if you’re within 3% (Gold).

You’ll be taking a trip to Japan for the new challenge, which runs for the next two weeks until 0659 UTC on Thursday December 21. It’s a one-make race car event, requiring the Gr.1 version of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, which you can either borrow for the event or use your own garage car — and don’t buy the regular VGT by mistake if you do the latter.

Either way, the car will need Racing Medium tires for the lap-time challenge, around the reverse version of the Yamagiwa course at Kyoto Driving Park. This layout makes fast esses section a downhill run (which an awkward exit) and turns the chicane into a different challenge as you’re no longer braking in a straight line for it.

With the Balance of Performance regulations for the Time Trial set to “Medium”, the current top times are in the mid-1:15 region — but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that drop into the very low 1:15s, requiring a mid-1:17 for Gold.

The Watkins Glen Lap Time Challenge that arrived last week is still available for the next seven days too. It’s a hot-lap event using the Alpine A110 ’17 road car on Sports Hard tires, and the current world record stands at 1:19.969. That means the Gold threshold is 1:22.368 at present, but times could still fall.

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. 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 December 14.

Lap Time Challenge December 7 – Kyoto Driving Park

  • Track: Kyoto Driving Park – Yamagiwa Reverse
  • Car: Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge November 30 – Watkins Glen

  • Track: Watkins Glen – Short Course
  • Car: Alpine A110 Premiere Edition ’17 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

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