GTPlanet’s Year In Review: 2014

FeaturesGran Turismo Series 32 December 31, 2014 by
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2014 was a roller coaster of a year for Gran Turismo fans. Although GT6 didn’t evolve as quickly as many people expected after its December 2013 release, it has undergone a considerable transformation over the past twelve months and introduced some major “firsts” for the series.

As we have in year’s past, let’s take a look back at some of this year’s highlights, and – if you’re feeling nostalgic – check out some previous years’ reviews to see how far we’ve come!

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January

  • GT Academy kicked off the year on a high note, as the program’s new champions brought home a dominating class victory in their first international race at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
  • Toyota made waves waves in the automotive and gaming industry, launching their radical new Toyota FT-1 Concept at the North American International Auto Show and simultaneously in GT6. It would go on to become one of the company’s most popular concepts revealed in 2014.
  • Jann Mardenborough, one of GT Academy’s brightest rising stars, took his first single-seater race victory in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
  • KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide, a documentary film by Tamir Moscovici about Kazunori Yamauchi and the history of the Gran Turismo franchise, was first released in the U.S.
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February

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March

April

  • Polyphony Digital took its first action of the year against “modders”, who had been hacking GT6’s game code to tweak car parameters and expose hidden content.
  • GT6 update 1.06 – one of the largest to date for the game – introduced the GPS Data Visualizer and compatibility with 3D televisions.
  • Toyota launches one of the first “official” Photomode competitions, asking players to capture their best shots of the FT-1 Concept in Gran Turismo 6.
  • After years of lobbying from players in the region, Canada officially joins GT Academy North America.
  • Gran Turismo documentary KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide wins big at the GMA 2014 Awards.
  • GTPlanet launches an all-new dedicated tuning database, fully integrated with our forums.
  • GT Academy 2014 officially kicked off around the world.
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May

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June

July

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August

  • Gaeton Paletou was crowned as Europe’s GT Academy 2014 regional champion.
  • The Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo car was revealed as a race-spec version of the company’s popular concept car, revealed earlier in the year.
  • Ricardo Sanchez is announced as the winner of GT Academy 2014’s international region.
  • Kazunori Yamauchi awards a Maserati A6GCS Spyder the “Gran Turismo Trophy” at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; the car will be playable in the GT series in the future.
  • As the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” sweeps the Internet, Kazunori Yamauchi dumped a bucket of ice water on his head after being challenged by Forza Motorsport director, Dan Greenawalt. Kazunor would later dump water over the head of the “father of PlayStation”, Ken Kutaragi.
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September

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October

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November

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December

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As we look ahead to 2015, the year promises to be one of the biggest yet for Gran Turismo: there’s much more to come for GT6, the FIA Online Championship is set to launch in the Spring, GT Academy will be larger than ever as it expands into South America, and fans will be eager to watch as GT begins its transition to the new PlayStation 4 console…

It’s going to be a big year for GTPlanet, too, with a new look, a new book (!), and the launches of several major new site features currently in development. As always, thanks for being a part of our community and your continued support of the site. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year for all!

GT6 Photomode image by ForceMotion.

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