Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Spaceship!

A new Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial is now available, bringing what should be a big payday to the overwhelming majority of the playerbase thanks to a rather unusual combination.

This event’s choice of car is easily one of the oddest in the game, and a vehicle often brought up as a stick with which to beat on the entire Vision GT project as one of the most extreme machines ever imagined.

Produced under the Chaparral marque, the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X is pretty much a spaceship. Not in layout, where it remains a conventional four-wheeled vehicle, but in terms of propulsion: it’s the only vehicle in the game that doesn’t directly power its wheels.

Instead it uses a laser-powered propulsion system which superheats the air to create shaped shockwaves which propel the car along the road. If that sounds like science fiction… well, you’d be right. This is something much more appropriate to interplanetary, deep-space probes rather than terra firma.

For a double-dose of unusual, the event takes place at a circuit with no braking zones whatsoever. You will be trying to set the fastest time you can at the Daytona International Speedway Tri-Oval, making this lap all about who loses the least speed on the banking.

The oddness turns up a little further too as there’s a departure from the regular prize brackets. You’ll need to be within 1% of the top time globally to score gold, rather than the regular 3%. That currently sits at 35.5s, resulting in a 35.8s requirement for gold — which still shouldn’t be tricky for pretty much everyone should to achieve.

Players still have a week remaining on the Sardegna Road Track time trial which began last week. The global record has dropped into the 1:03.9s now, requiring a 1:05.8 to set the gold time. We’re not expecting any more big gains here, but a mid-1:05 should be enough to keep hold of gold by next Thursday.

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. As it’s just you against the clock and not a direct, head-to-head multiplayer event, PlayStation Plus is not required.

You’ll usually need to be within 3% of the fastest time globally once the event finishes in order to secure “gold” status and a 2m credit bonus prize. There’s smaller prizes of one million for being within 5%, and 250,000cr for bronze at 10% off.

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 March 28.

Lap Time Challenge March 21 – Daytona

  • Track: Daytona Tri-Oval
  • Car: Chaparral 2X Vision GT – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Racing Soft
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge March 14 – Sardegna Road Track C

  • Track: Sardegna Road Track C Reverse
  • Car: Ferrari Dino 246 GT ’71- Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Comfort Soft
  • Settings: Fixed

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