Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Mount Doom

A new Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial challenge is now available, offering all players the chance of collecting up to two million credits for a few minutes’ work if they’re quick enough.

Online Time Trial is a special event within the game’s Sport Mode, although as you’re not racing directly against other people you won’t need a PS Plus subscription to take part. Two events are available at any one time, each lasting for two weeks and on a staggered rotation with the oldest swapped out each week.

Unlike other events in the game, the target times aren’t set by Polyphony Digital but by the players themselves. As the global world record falls, so the target times for each bracket (and each reward) also fall.

You’ll need to be within 3% of the world record at the end of the event in order to pick up Gold and two million credits. There’s one million for Silver, within 5%, and those within 10% score Bronze and earn 250,000cr.

It’s going to be quite the challenge this week as you’ll need to find the fastest way around the Mount Panorama circuit, with its unforgiving walls that will invalidate your lap. Not only that, you’ll also have to pick a car capable of setting the fastest times as it’s not a one-make event.

Like last week’s challenge — which is still running, of course — you have free choice of car from a vehicle category. This week that’s the Gr.3 class, which is broadly similar to GT3, and currently the best times are all coming from the Genesis X concept racer.

There’s some very quick times right out of the gate too, with the current world record standing at a 1:58.193. We’re not expecting a huge amount of movement on that, so you should figure on a 2:01 dead — preferably a high 2:00 — to be relatively comfortable on Gold.

You’ve still got another week to run on the Autopolis Lap Time Challenge which began last week too. We’ve already seen times drop to the mid-1:52 predicted, with 1:55.8 the required Gold marker, and with the variety of cars available someone may yet discover a magic bullet and drop that further. To avoid late-Wednesday stress, you’ll probably want a 1:55.6 or less.

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. You can look forward to the next new Time Trial arriving at 0700 UTC on Thursday February 15.

Lap Time Challenge February 8 – Mount Panorama

  • Track: Mount Panorama
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Racing Soft
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge February 1 – Autopolis

  • Track: Autopolis International Racing Course
  • Car: Gr.4
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

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