Here it is, folks: your first look at the official box art for Gran Turismo PSP. As you can see, it features Chevrolet’s hottest Corvette ever, the ZR1. Kazunori Yamauchi himself selects the car to appear on each game’s cover – what made him pick the ZR1 to receive such prestigious recognition? As it turns out, he’s spent quite a bit of time hanging around the ‘Big 3’ in Detroit, taking a particular fondness for American muscle cars in the process. His latest interview with Motor Trend revealed his new-found fascination with the culture of the U.S. automotive industry:
“This spring I visited Detroit a few times, mainly to see the factories of the Big 3, and their museums and archives. What I came to realize in those visits was that the designs and mechanisms of American cars,
in all eras over the years, have always been aimed towards a bright new future that all little kids dream about, and always full of emotion. And I also found that when I’m surrounded by these generations of American cars, it just makes me happy.
This is something I’ve never experienced in European car museums. I don’t feel the same kind of happiness or excitement in them, rather I become awed at their practicality and engrossing history of engineering, and it is more a humbling, almost holy experience where you appreciate this in silence. That’s when I realized, that American cars are so full of peoples’ dreams, and that’s what makes them so great.
With all the automotive industry in the world at a crisis, we all know that North American automakers are especially in a very difficult situation. And as you all know, the game “Gran Turismo” was a video game that was nurtured by the kindness of the automotive industry, and that’s why I wanted us to make something, that could cheer up people in the industry.
Many GM cars representative from the Autorama days have really helped build the foundations of my sense of beauty and values regarding cars, but something that has always been deep within my heart over the years is the long line of Corvettes. And the newest Corvette is the C6 ZR1.”
Check out the full interview right here.