Toyota GT 86 drivers can race themselves online

9 Apr, 2014 1:30pm Jordan Bishop

New Toyota technology allows GT 86 drivers to improve their real-world times on Gran Turismo 6 for Playstation 3

Finding new ways of cutting down lap times is one of the primary concerns for any track racer.

For professionals there are usually simulators and a host of in-car monitoring to help along the way, but for the amateur driver it’s a little bit trickier.

Now though, drivers of Toyota’s GT 86 coupe can use a telemetry recording device to challenge their real-life times on Sony’s Gran Turismo 6 for Playstation 3.

According to Toyota, the ‘Sports Drive Logger’ collects data from the car’s controller area network and GPS system, recording “acceleration, braking, steering angles, gearshift operation, engine speed and vehicle speed”. This information is then stored on a USB device that can be uploaded to any PS3.

The idea that drivers will be able to race themselves on the game, helping to improve technique and track placement virtually, before trying their new lines out on the track.

A ‘GPS data visualiser’ available in the game also allows drivers to test themselves against lap times set by professional racers.

The good news is this technology won’t set you back as much as some of the systems around – it’ll cost 91,800 yen (about £537) when it goes on sale in Japan on June 2. Unfortunately, there are currently no plans to launch the Sports Drive Logger here in the UK.