The Gran Turismo Sport March update is out for download. Version 1.15 adds 13 new cars, a new track, some new championships AND perhaps most importantly VR Time Trials are added to the VR Tour mode. Major updates have been released since December 2017, all of which are free updates and seem to be making great progress in addressing some of the criticism the title received on release. To be specific, there was criticism about lack of vehicles to drive especially when it came to the classic cars.
With the latest update, the amount of additional cars added so far is 40, which is a ten percent increase since release and with decent monthly updates being released there is more choice and more to keep gamers interested. Another aspect was the lack of tracks, again Polyphony Digital came to the rescue as monthly updates have added new tracks and also alternative configurations of the existing ones. Although we are no closer to racing in VR and technically you could fly around a track as fast as you like in VR Tour, the time trial aspect at least means you can keep track of your times if you want to.
This is the full list of new machines
- Lexus au Tom’s RC F ‘16 (Gr.2)
- Nissan Motul Autech GT-R ‘16 (Gr.2)
- Honda Raybrig NSX Concept-GT ‘16 (Gr.2)
- Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Standard ‘14 (Gr.X)
- Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Junior ‘14 (Gr.X)
- Aston Martin DB11 ’16 (N600)
- BMW M3 Sport Evolution ’89 (N200)
- Eckerts Rod & Custom Mach Forty (N800)
- Ford GT40 Mark I ’66 (N400)
- Lexus RC F GT3 (Emil Frey Racing) ’17 (Gr.3)
- Mazda RX-7 GT-X (FC) ’90 (N200)
- Nissan GT-R Nismo ’17 (N600)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V・spec (R33) ’97 (N300)
A stand out there is the famous Ford GT40 Mark I. All we need now is Circuit de la Sarthe to be added (no chicanes please) and all is go for a retro Le Man 24 Hours endurance race. Tsukuba Circuit (not to be confused with Suzuka) means if one was inclined they could recreate classic Best Motoring Battles (Google it). It mixes a long straight, sweeping corners as well as a few tight turns which make it an exceptionally challenging course. I personally think the drip feed of decent extra content is working really well as opposed to overwhelming content at the start then charging for more within a few months.
The VR time trial is an interesting addition, personally I found my times slower in VR than when playing via television. I am unsure if that is because the game runs slightly slower in VR or whether it has to do with perspective. But I have advocated for the VR mode of the game in the past and continue to do so as it really is a unique experience. If I could have one thing added to the game it would be some famous driving roads so we could just go for a drive and chill. But alas this is a racing game (a hardcore one at that) so I highly doubt that is on the cards.