GT Academy’s Nissan GT-R Immortalized in Google Maps’ Street View of Silverstone Circuit

August 6th, 2012 by Jordan Greer

The famous Silverstone Circuit has just been added to Google Maps’ Street View, which now lets you virtually tour the entire length of the 3.6-mile Grand Prix course.

In an apparent hat-tip to GT Academy, the PlayStation-liveried Nissan GT-R used in the competition finals escorts the Google Maps camera around the circuit, as an Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Ferrari F430 trail behind.

Watch the video above to see how the images were (quite slowly…) captured, or just check out Silverstone on Google Maps to see how it all turned out. Thanks to @PowderGuy for the tip!

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  1. Aug. 10, 7:18pm

    They used a bike cause it’s google. Google isnt your typical company that disregards their employees mental and physical health. Wouldnt you love to bike through silverstone race circuit with 3 amazing cars following you while being paid? I sure would! Bikes are easy to control too. Another possible reason instead of a powered vehicle b/c its a race circuit, who wouldnt give it a little extra gas once in a while. It would jepordize the quality of their product. It shocking how stupid people are on here… Yes they are google mapping the track with cars hot lapping on the track!… Of course..

  2. Aug. 10, 4:06am

    Fact: PowderGuy is me :)

  3. Aug. 9, 4:47pm

    I bet if this was happening in GT5 mulitplayer, everyone would be ramming that bike.

  4. Aug. 9, 3:02pm

    I doubt it’s a hat-tip to PS, Sony, or GT Academy.
    The Nissan GTR is just so good-looking.

  5. Aug. 8, 11:21am

    and the cars look bored

  6. Aug. 8, 11:19am

    least it’s cool out there

  7. Aug. 7, 8:19am

    I hope this means Silverstone will be on GT5 or GT6?

    • Aug. 7, 9:18am

      I could be wrong, but that does not look like laser scanning. Just photographing for google street view when searching maps.

    • Aug. 7, 2:49pm

      Doesn’t make a difference ccjcc81. I expect to see Silverstone in GT5. They had they’re GT Academy event there and now they have the GT Academy car doing google maps. Invested interest is what that indicates to me. I mean for all the GT Academy events they do there at one of the largest most historic venues in the world, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t in a DLC pack for about $5, track has 4 or 5 layouts. At some point I think we’ll see it, 90% confident.

    • Aug. 7, 5:39pm

      @Amac500 This is GT5. Learn to not get your hopes up because of blind speculation.

    • Aug. 7, 6:54pm

      I’ve learned that by now, I’m basing off of PD’s involvement in a track of similar high stature they added, being Spa, if you remember the really old articles about things they had done their up until it was added.

  8. Aug. 7, 4:44am
    flink racquet

    Does this mean DLC for GT5 or new track for GT6?

  9. Aug. 7, 1:09am

    I’ve been over-exposed to GT-Rs. Every time I see one now i have a nervous twitch. I spoke to my therapist about it. He recommended that I switch to Forza.

    • Aug. 7, 1:35am


    • Aug. 7, 2:23am

      Haha :D

    • Aug. 7, 2:51pm

      Yeah I’m getting the same syndrome, lol, bad marketing strategy by Nissan. The car went from being okay with me bedew I played GT5 to the point I’ve been smothered with them like an over protective mother. Makes me want to move out of the house, haha.

  10. Aug. 7, 12:12am

    A word to all you want to be pro racers, see the guy on the bike!!! Lol

    Step away from the keyboard occasionally

    Step away from the ( Cheech & Chong ) occasionally

    Cardio!!! Lol

  11. Aug. 6, 10:35pm
    Pit Crew

    Id bet good money the guys driving the cars are laughing

    • Aug. 7, 12:07am

      No doubt, lol this guy needs t hit the gym!!

  12. Aug. 6, 6:03pm

    The two google maps people I’ve seen in Colorado were in a Subaru Impeza and a Toyota Prius

    • Aug. 7, 2:52pm

      I saw a Ford Fiesta one last year here in Michigan, at least I’m 50% that’s what it was, don’t quite remember.

  13. Aug. 6, 5:50pm

    That’s a GT-R I’m surprised hasn’t been given out yet for any GT-Academy stuff, one with the PlayStation scheme they use with changing numbers sence that I the only difference between all those GT-R’s. Lol, one of the few Nissan models I would want.

    • Aug. 7, 7:20am

      Well that would make sense that’s why we won’t get it.

  14. Aug. 6, 5:32pm

    ugghh, that looks so painful for the drivers. Go ahead and hop in your Aston / Ferrari…and follow that bicycle, at 3 mph.

  15. Aug. 6, 3:52pm

    All the money that google has and they do this with a bicycle? Looks like a single speed too. Dude was even wearing a jacket no wonder he was sweating.

    • Aug. 6, 5:51pm

      Lol, they used cars to, they did my neighborhood last year. But yeah I saw th bike and said “Huh?” haha

  16. Aug. 6, 2:31pm

    Can you imagine him using that bike to scan the ‘Ring, lol

    I think If I used an X1 to draft, I get get it round in 7 years and 27 months. ; )

    • Aug. 6, 4:33pm

      Out of all the cars in the world, I don’t think one with a fan on the back is the best choice.

    • Aug. 6, 5:39pm

      The ring is only 20 km or so. An hour should be more than enough to do the track.

  17. Aug. 6, 1:35pm

    Why a bicycle?

    • Aug. 6, 5:52pm

      I wanna see him bike down the corkscrew at Laguna Seca, or Bathurst, lol

    • Aug. 7, 4:45am
      flink racquet

      maybe bicycles are going to be in GT6? or maybe some gt5 dlc, come on Caz, we need bicycles now!

  18. Aug. 6, 1:06pm

    I want to see that guy ride a lap of the ring on his lil tricycle! Give him 2 corners before he is killed by a 320i

  19. Aug. 6, 12:57pm


  20. Aug. 6, 12:37pm
    440 CHARGER

    Google has done this for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well, except you are behind a Camaro pace car. It’s pretty thorough and takes you though all of the streets in the infield, the pit lane, and even gasoline alley. I wonder how many other race tracks Google has done now.

    • Aug. 6, 12:49pm
      440 CHARGER

      And several others it looks like…

    • Aug. 6, 5:53pm

      Suzuka and Laguna Seca I know they have done.

  21. Aug. 6, 11:44am

    Saw the story came in to read comments, greeted by complaints…never fails. The GTR is just escorting him around the course so he doesn’t get run over by another car hot lapping. As you can attest that bicycles are hard to notice on streets, that’s more likely a safety thing.

    • Aug. 6, 12:08pm

      Nah, I’m sure they had it closed for the time being. I was thinking the three cars were there for show. Google Street View is on streets usually, ya know lol.

    • Aug. 6, 5:54pm

      It was deffientebtly closed there was nobody else lapping lol

  22. Aug. 6, 11:21am

    They were not escorting the guy in the bicycle, they were hot-lapping. :D

  23. Aug. 6, 10:29am

    He still beat a 2cv’s lap time lol

  24. Aug. 6, 10:16am

    is it me? or the whole GT franchise/PD/SONY is now begining to look like a bad joke

    • Aug. 6, 10:20am

      We know who the joke is.

    • Aug. 6, 11:36am


    • Aug. 6, 12:06pm

      Obvious reply is obvious. And you’re here for the wrong reasons, so go away.

    • Aug. 6, 2:32pm

      “We know who the joke is.”

  25. Aug. 6, 10:00am

    So are we gonna get the freaking track and all its configurations or what? I know, thats like so much to ask….right?

    Sliverstone would be indeed sweet.

    • Aug. 6, 5:57pm

      When they go to due these GT Academy events at tracks and stuff I would much eater have them pack up the car they use to scan tracks then Kaz’s 24 Hour car. See what I did there? Same cost of travel with results we can enjoy.

  26. Aug. 6, 8:40am

    Dam he looks tired

    • Aug. 7, 9:49pm

      Lets see him go around the nurburgring 8P

    • Aug. 8, 11:17am

      lol yeah i’d bet they would have a couple of gatorades on the sides of that bike

  27. Aug. 6, 8:21am

    Seeing as everybody goes off track with every single posting made; think i’ll do it for a change does this mean we will get this track as a DLC……………………….LMFAO

    • Aug. 6, 8:36am

      lmfao sry to say only dlc were looking at is prolly when gt6 comes out

  28. Aug. 6, 8:13am

    They couldn’t give him an electric bike?

    • Aug. 6, 8:23am

      I was just about to post the same. To me it dosen’t look that stable at the top of that mast. Must be the flex in the spokes or low tire pressure. They should have used a stretched “hovaround chair”. At least they kept the three wheeled tripod idea.

  29. Aug. 6, 7:59am

    I’m just curious to why a man on a bicycle has to get escorted by a GTR, Ferrari, and an Aston Martin.

    I think “escorting” is an excuse for FREE ADVERTISING, I want to see the track and surroundings… Not a car driving next to the damn camera…..

    • Aug. 6, 8:34am
      King Something

      It sounds like the start of a bad joke.

      “So a bicyclist is being escorted by a GT-R, a Vantage and a 430….”

    • Aug. 6, 5:56pm

      Because they paid a lot of money to be in those photos… Good marketing goes a long way.

  30. Aug. 6, 7:57am

    At least I can drive a Gran Turismo car on silverstone some how

    • Aug. 6, 8:10am


    • Aug. 6, 5:30pm

      Sounds more like the start of a Top Gear episode:
      “Tonight, James rides a bycicle”

    • Aug. 6, 5:59pm

      Lol, didn’t they once have “And they Stig rides a bike” on the intro? They had an episode where he tried riding a bike and couldn’t.

  31. Aug. 6, 7:47am

    Man i want that GTR

    • Aug. 6, 8:37am

      man we got enough gtr’s

    • Aug. 6, 10:25am

      We want it for the exterior.

    • Aug. 6, 6:00pm

      Yeah the only GT-R I am good with is race painted ones.

    • Aug. 6, 7:48pm

      lol Photo Mode, man.

  32. Aug. 6, 6:06am

    @markyracing500 – Do you or does anyone know what song that is in the video?

  33. Aug. 6, 4:42am

    Id like to see that guy on the bike do a lap of Mount Panorama.

    • Aug. 6, 5:19am

      Haha yeah, good luck with that one!!

    • Aug. 6, 5:49am

      Or Nürburgring…lol…well at least after the “hillclimb” he has the downhill…but also he can´t go that fast…yep, poor guy.

    • Aug. 6, 11:38am

      You guys are sadistic!

  34. Aug. 6, 4:09am

    Just like I said.

  35. Aug. 6, 3:49am

    lol thats derpy

  36. Aug. 6, 3:47am

    Now can we have Silverstone?!?

  37. Aug. 6, 3:45am

    That is so lame…

  38. Aug. 6, 3:44am


  39. Aug. 6, 3:18am

    It doesn’t need to be done fast. It has to be done WELL. :D

  40. Aug. 6, 3:12am

    I hope the any cars seen on googlemaps are premium :) lmao

  41. Aug. 6, 2:56am

    I see Google have now lowered their budget for streetview vehicles…

  42. Aug. 6, 2:52am
    The Gran Finale

    *Patiently waits for comment complaining how the circuit isn’t in the game.*

  43. Aug. 6, 2:43am

    THE song c:

  44. Aug. 6, 2:42am

    that’s awesome

  45. Aug. 6, 2:41am


    Will/is be awesome to look at this track on street view.

    Nice one. : )

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