Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Civic Spirit

The latest Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial challenge is now available to all players, as the often lucrative event throws up a new car and track combination to test you out for the next two weeks.

Online Time Trial events are time-limited, hot-lap challenges that you’ll find within the game’s Sport Mode — though a PS Plus subscription is not required. There’s a new event every week, each running for 14 days and worth up to 2,000,000cr but only if you can keep up with the fastest players in the world.

Scoring the big payday requires that you’re need to be within 3% of the world record when the event closes. That means the target time is dynamic — lowering whenever a player sets a new record — so you’ll need to be safe when the event ends. If you don’t get the top prize, there’s others available: 1m credits for a “silver” time within 5%, and 250,000cr for a “bronze” time within 10%.

This week’s new event sends you to a fictional circuit located in Europe, at the Autodrome Lago Maggiore circuit. There’s very many course variants at this location, and the one you’re taking on this time is the East Reverse loop. Not to be confused with the East End course, this version is the full course less the bowl hairpin and final sector — only run backwards.

You’ll be driving the Touring Car version of the Honda Civic (EK) Type R for this week’s hot lap challenge, which isn’t currently available in the Used Car Dealer but you can borrow a car for the challenge if you want. Should you use your own garage car it’ll need Racing Hard tires, but otherwise it’s in stock form.

Currently the record is a low 1:27, requiring a high 1:29 for Gold, but as it’s only just started there’s a long way to go yet. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a high 1:26 by the end of the event, so you’ll probably want a 1:29.4 or less to be secure and claim the two million credits.

The Mazda RX-8 Lap Time Challenge at the Nurburgring GP that began last week remains available for the next seven days too. As it stands, the world record for the event has just dipped to a 2:19.820, so you’re going to need a 2:24.014 or better to get the Gold. With a week to run that might not be safe, so you ought to aim for a high 2:23.

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 January 25.

Lap Time Challenge January 18 – Lago Maggiore

  • Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – East Reverse
  • Car: Honda Civic (EK) Type R Touring Car – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge January 11 – Nurburgring

  • Track: Nurburgring – GP
  • Car: Mazda RX-8 Spirit R ’12 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

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