You’re going to need plenty of spare cash in GT Sport to get involved in this fortnight’s Time Trials, as it’s all about rare, road-going racers from the 1960s.
The first event puts you in the driver’s seat of the Mk1 Ford GT40 from 1966. While the race car won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 (with the very same chassis — one of only two occasions that a car has achieved this feat) you’ll be at the wheel of the road car, and taking on the Willow Springs Big Willow course. It’s a very quick circuit, and any error will see you off into the Mojave Desert.
At a mere 2.8m credits, the GT40 seems inexpensive next to the car you’ll need for the second time trial: the 20m credit Ferrari 330 P4. This car was Ferrari’s entry to the 1967 Le Mans race, and placed second and third behind the Ford MkIV of Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt, but you’ll be taking it back to its home turf.
With tuning enabled, you’ll be trying to set the best lap time you can at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the track which hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To suit the era, it’s actually the layout that removes the post-1989 chicanes (although it still features the reprofiled corners of the 2015 circuit), so you will need to tune the P4 for maximum speed down the Hunaudieres.
GT Sport‘s Time Trial mode is a global competition, ranking your best time against all players worldwide, rather than just those in your region as with other Sport Mode events. These two time trials will run through to April 9, when two further events will replace them.
Ford GT40 Mk1 Super Lap
Track: Willow Springs – Big Willow
Car: Ford GT40 Mk1 ’66 – Garage Car
Tires: Sports Hard
Power/Weight Limit: 354hp/1080kg
Ferrari 330 P4 Super Lap/Tuning Allowed
Track: Circuit de la Sarthe – No Chicane
Car: Ferrari 330 P4 ’67 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Medium
Power/Weight Limit: 448hp/792kg