Kazunori Yamauchi Talks GT Awards, GT Academy, and Motorsports with GTChannel

November 21st, 2012 by Jordan Greer

Following up after his drive in Daijiro Yoshihara’s professional drift car, Kazunori Yamauchi sat down with the Formula D champion for a brief interview now available on GTChannel.

Although no game related topics were discussed or revealed, Kazunori did encourage Daijiro to look into competing at Pikes Peak as he expands his career in motorsports beyond drifting.

Pikes Peak, of course, has been somewhat of a mysterious topic for Gran Turismo fans since Red Bull’s official blog posted an entire article on the inclusion of the infamous hillclimb track in Gran Turismo 5 shortly after the game was released.

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  1. Nov. 24, 7:35am

    can we get DAIJIRO’s SILVIA into gt5? U know what I really want KAZ 2 put the NEW MUSTANG in the game. PLEASE!!! I BEG YOU…Been playin your game from the start (gt1) & love your work.

  2. Nov. 24, 3:53am

    Why is it whenever kaz gets interviewed nobody asks him the questions we really want to know?

  3. Nov. 24, 12:13am

    Next time somebody meets kaz ask him to to release Gran turismo 1 or 2 as a ps1 classic……then i can play that on my vita!!!!…cheers

  4. Nov. 23, 8:42am

    Wake me when he announces GT6.

  5. Nov. 23, 7:34am

    PLEASE come out with more STANDARD CARS that became PREMIUM!!! too much of the same cars. no offense!!

  6. Nov. 22, 11:28am

    I just love the way Dai slipped in a little I’m looking to broaden my horizons at the end.

  7. Nov. 22, 5:28am

    I hope GT can have double the cars we have now(each car being different to the one you race with). Bring back qualifying and make more Super Taikyu, GT300 race cars like it was.

    • Nov. 22, 5:32am

      Oh, and for all those haters of too many GT-Rs. Can’t you just see how awesome the car is? I rode along in an R35 on Eastern Creek. If you’ve never had the chance to experience the R35, do it! Trust, you will never feel the same about any other car out today.

    • Nov. 23, 6:17am

      No-one hates the GTR IRL; it’s the constant focus/preference it gets in GT5.
      For e.g we wait a not-inconsiderable amount of time for DLC – and surprise, surprise another GTR.

      Kaz needs to get his head out of the Japanese clouds. He needs to realize there are manufactures outside of japan.

      Don’t tell me that even you 05XR8 would be happen enough with ANOTHER GTR – especially with some of the other new cars not long ‘out’ (F12 Berlinetta, Mclaren P1 and Porsche 918 (close to production)).

  8. Nov. 21, 9:11pm

    I would love to see Pikes Peak in GT again but I refuse to get my hopes up.

  9. Nov. 21, 5:58pm

    Long live Kaz and his dream, please accept the shovel of money we have to feed your team at PD.

    • Nov. 21, 6:34pm

      Sorry to say, but comments like that, if not sarcastic, they’re quite worrysome.
      It sounds like you worship PD, and no matter for what it was, you would blindly give them any amount of money they asked you. No whats nor buts asked.

    • Nov. 22, 2:17pm

      I would gladly pay whatever they asked for any piece of software they release…
      I am with the people that have gotten WAY more than my money’s worth out of GT games… In relation to other games I purchase these have always been MY best bargain…
      Oh yeah and I own forza and don’t ever play my Xbox…

  10. Nov. 21, 5:48pm
    Maddens Raiders

    Gran Turismo Forever.

  11. Nov. 21, 4:45pm

    A pikes peak hill climb would be a riot in GT5. Nurbrgring got nothing on a go around the mountain! Even free run rooms would be fun, just dropping in and seeing who turns the fastest time. Again though, it would be even funner if we had class racing in GT5, just let us set 2 class, to different car regulations, really simple.

    • Nov. 21, 6:51pm

      You lost all credibiltiy with “funer”. It would be “more fun” if you stayed under your bridge when you troll such comments regarding the”ring” the most hallowed pice of asphalt in the world, period!

    • Nov. 21, 7:47pm

      “funner” – had a little lol at that X)

      Although , frankly I strongly agree with Amac, since I monumentally hate the ‘Ring. (please, keep your. PERSONAL opinions to yourself and don’t try to sell me something I hate); I just find it’s endlessness to be tedious.

      And, sayba2th, stating the obvious (a hill climb in GT5 would be great) doesn’t translate into trolling.

    • Nov. 21, 7:51pm


      the ‘Ring*


      (Yep, it’s definitely Amac who’s illiterate) ; )

    • Nov. 22, 12:34am

      good lord, people are full of themselves. Funner is a word, whether or not you like the sound of it.

    • Nov. 22, 5:42am

      Its really not…

    • Nov. 22, 8:58am

      Xamado, I did not say there should not be a hill climb in the game and pikes peak would be epic. I was stating that when you compare the two and basicallytrong disregard the ‘Ring it comes across as an effort to spark strong reactions hence trolling. I understand that its not for you but you must respect the track for what it is. It’s the proving ground of all manufactures worth their salt when testing the entire capabilities of a car. Thanks cuz I went pro and lost the spell check too.

    • Nov. 22, 3:07pm

      Oh, it’s really not? That changes everything.

    • Nov. 23, 6:20am

      jakhole – just GO AWAY.

      Stop trying to get the last BS word in.

      It would be funner if you left. Geddit?

  12. Nov. 21, 2:17pm

    i would definitely like to have Pikes Peak in gran turismo (5 or 6 i don’t really care)..!!!!!!

    • Nov. 22, 1:26pm

      A) I was merely stating that I agree with Amac – Pikes > Ring IMO.

      b) I keep the spell check since I dont want to mock someone elses spelling, when my spelling is atrocious. : )

    • Nov. 22, 5:32pm

      Sorry vasagiom – that was supposed to be a reply to the post above yours. : )

  13. Nov. 21, 1:44pm

    Please give us Pikes Peak !!! :-)

    • Nov. 21, 5:01pm

      Yes, it is kind of strange that Sony bothers writing a whole article about it, and then GT5 does not include it. But it’s not like this is the only inconsistency in the game or the surrounding properties (ie gtacademy). I guess Sony is a large organization and not everything that happens is coordinated

    • Nov. 21, 5:21pm

      “A bizarre post on the official Red Bull blog…”

      Correction, it wasn’t Sony that wrote the article.

  14. Nov. 21, 1:39pm

    The only reason I really hope we get Pikes Peak is to SHUT you persistent whingers/persistent hopefuls UP.

    No matter what the article, you never fail to express your hope for DLC which will NEVER happen (eg Pikes Peak).

    So bloody annoying. Oh look Kazunori drove through Scotland one weekend….

    We gunna get DLC?? new trcks?? We gettin scotish tracks?!?! :O

    Kaz: I very much like Ferrari

    GTWhingers: We get more Ferrari?! NEW DLC?? Ferrari?? This cause we gettin Ferrari?! XD

    …and done.

    • Nov. 21, 1:42pm

      Don’t get me wrong, there’s a LOT of things I’d love to appear in GT5 – but that ‘hope’ Isn’t expressed in a persistent-annoying fashion.

    • Nov. 21, 2:46pm

      Second this :)

    • Nov. 21, 4:13pm

      That’s really funny! I love the Scottish part. You made my day, sir.

    • Nov. 24, 2:51am

      I totally agree with this. This made my morning. lol

  15. Nov. 21, 11:42am

    Pikes Peak! Bring it back from GT2! That would be awesome, make the Escudo Premium as well as other new ones.

  16. Nov. 21, 9:51am

    Ah and the Susuki Escudo lives on

  17. Nov. 21, 9:25am


    • Nov. 21, 10:21am

      REALLY??! LOL
      Sorry laughing couldn’t help LOL I still can’t LOL!!!!

    • Nov. 21, 4:58pm

      Someone didn’t watch the interview before commenting like a jacknut.

    • Nov. 21, 5:15pm

      Let me clarify. TOUGE!!!! Hell yea :D. The drifter said he used to partake in touge races, and that makes us want to have “touge layouts” to drive on.

    • Nov. 21, 5:17pm

      * “reminds us that we want”, not “makes us want”

  18. Nov. 21, 9:24am

    This will be good to see where Kaz’s thought are at on motorsports in a whole. As well encourging Daijiro-son into running the Pike, which he may be very well suited for. Even though there is alot of car control must of it is keeping the car in a drift. The last Japanese driver to win at Pikes Peak was Tajima Nobuhiro, Japanese nickname Monsuta Tajima. If Daijiro-son wins it after many runs on the track, think of what it would bring to the Japanese Motorsport commutiy.

    • Nov. 21, 10:01am

      sorry mate, but 2012 is the first year of the new, fully-paved pikes peak hillclimb. No drifting of any kind is desired for a fast time-attack run.

      I much preferred the course when it was mostly a dirt road, and we will have to look elsewhere for such an experience- the Climb To The Clouds in New Hampshire is certainly a good one. Hope it comes back for 2013.


  19. Nov. 21, 9:13am

    Yeah the real Hill Climb track for the Gran Turismo, oh yeah. And couple of Hill Climb cars too. That would be awesome!

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