Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Bat vs. Dragon

A fresh Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial challenge is now available within the game’s Sport Mode, with another chance to collect up to two million credits for setting a fast enough lap.

As it’s just you against the clock, you don’t need a PS Plus subscription to take part in Online Time Trials. Each event runs for two weeks, running on a staggered rotation so that the oldest event is swapped out each Thursday.

You’ll need to be pretty quick to collect the top prize though and, unlike other events in the game, the time you have to set isn’t one conjured up by Polyphony Digital. Instead they’re set by whomever is the current fastest player in the world, with the gold, silver, and bronze thresholds a set percentage slower.

In order to score the two million credits, the target is a lap no worse than 3% slower than the global world record. There’s smaller prizes of one million for being within 5%, and 250,000cr for bronze at 10% off. Crucially, the target also moves as the world record improves so you may find that a time that’s good enough when you set it is outside the cutoff by the time the event ends.

This week’s event moves back to road cars after a few weeks of race cars, Vision GTs, and tuner vehicles, but it’s quite the machine. You’ll be driving that classic DTM homologation special from Mercedes, the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. It’s not currently available in the Legends Cars dealer, but you can borrow an example for the challenge.

It should be an interesting one to conquer too, as you’ll be visiting the reverse layout version of the fictional Dragon Trail Gardens course. That means that the first turn is a squared double-right, you’ll be tackling the quad-apex Club Corner in an anti-clockwise direction, and the sausage chicane will define your run to the line.

With the event only just becoming available, the fastest times are dropping into the lower bounds of the 1:51s, requiring a mid-1:54 for gold. We’d expect this to be trimmed down maybe to the high end of 1:50, so you should look at setting a 1:54 flat or better for a reasonable chance of keeping gold.

There’s still a week remaining on the Mount Panorama Lap Time Challenge that started last week, and the times there are proving remarkably stubborn. The global record remains a 1:58.1, requiring a 2:01.7 for gold, and given the lack of movement there you likely won’t need much better by next Thursday. Aim for a 2:01.5 or less to be just about assured.

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 22.

Lap Time Challenge February 15 – Dragon Trail Gardens

  • Track: Dragon Trail Gardens Reverse
  • Car: Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II ’91
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

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

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