There’s always some stuff to pick through with a new GT Sport game update. It might be interesting or rare new cars, new tracks to learn, new Scapes locations for the shutterbugs among us, or something else entirely.
In the case of the 1.41 update, released today, there’s a whole new game mode just lightly tossed into the patch notes:
4. Sport Mode – ‘Time Trial’ has been added to ‘Sport’ mode. Various events will be hosted within the Time Trial section.
This new feature allows you to race off, hotlap-style, against players across the world rather than just within your own region. You can think of it as a global version of the Daily Race qualification/practice modes. Interestingly, it seems that tuning will be permitted for the events if so selected.
There’s actually precious little information on how the Time Trial mode will function right now — even the in-game link to the event website doesn’t clear things up. What we can say is that it appears to be a two-week event, likely updating every fortnight just as the Daily Races update weekly.
Even more oddly, the game refers to the events as “Online Time Trial Qualifiers”, without any explanation what it is you’re qualifying for… This may just be a Lost in Translation moment, but the game’s offline Time Trials do not feature a “qualifier” tag anywhere. However it seems unlikely that there’ll be anything following on from how you place within the time trial.
For now the feature exists in the game without any reward — beyond the usual Mi points, XP, daily marathon distance and credit awards associated with driving that distance. How you place does not seem to affect the prizes, although we may yet see players rewarded based on their rankings at the end of the two-week entry period.
The first two events are as follows:
Porsche 911 Turbo (930) Super Lap
Track: Nurburgring – Nordschleife
Car: Porsche 911 (930) Turbo ’81 – Garage Car
Tires: Comfort Soft
Power/Weight Limit: N/A
Civic Type R (EK) Super Lap
Track: Willow Springs – Streets of Willow Springs
Car: Honda Civic (EK) Type R ’98 – Garage Car
Tires: Comfort Medium
Power/Weight Limit: 197hp, 1000kg
These will run through to August 14, and — we assume — will be replaced by two (or more) further time trial events.