Gran Turismo 5 players get first dibs at 2014 Corvette
Free download puts camouflaged sports car on historic tracks.
Few people have driven the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette--chief engineer Tadge Juechter and a handful of development engineers. Next in line: players of the Gran Turismo 5 video game.
A free downloadable version of the C7 Corvette prototype is available now to owners of the video game, played on the Sony PlayStation 3 console.
Chevrolet worked with game developer Polyphony Digital Inc. to accurately render the car, including the vinyl wrapping and eye-tricking camouflage. The game version of the C7 even has some of the driving characteristics of the real car, Chevy says.
The game lets players drive the C7 prototype on a variety of tracks, including the Nürburging (used to develop the real car) and Daytona International Speedway.
Cars from the previous six generations of Corvette are also available in the game.
The video game download is just another of Chevrolet's marketing efforts ahead of the 2014 Corvette's scheduled debut on Jan. 13 in Detroit, on the eve of press days for the North American International Auto Show.
Chevrolet will release another teaser video for the car on Thursday morning, Nov. 29, at the www.one13thirteen.com website.
-- Dale Jewett
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