This is the weekend of the annual Le Mans 24 Hours race, a legendary event contested by big car brands and world-class racing drivers - and members of the public are being given the chance to find out what it’s like to drive there in the radical new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO racer. More than that, by entering the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy online competition, gamers could go on to become a racing driver for real. Four previous winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy have been turned from gamers to racers by Nissan and are competing at Le Mans this weekend.
It's hard to believe, but until just a few years ago the only racing experience three of Nissan's GT-R LM NISMO drivers for Le Mans had was playing Gran Turismo on their PlayStations. Impossible? No – just the extraordinary virtual-to-reality phenomenon that is GT Academy.
GT Academy 2011 winner Jann Mardenborough has been announced as the 50th most marketable athlete in the world, joining a list of superstars such as soccer star Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
NISMO Athlete Lucas Ordóñez recently got the phone call of his life when Nissan's Motorsport Director Darren Cox called to tell him he will race in LM P1 at Le Mans this year. Watch his amazing reaction to the news.