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2012 Gran Turismo Award Winner Announced; Will Be in Future Title

For those of you who aren’t cool enough to follow racing and/or are fans of automotive culture, Polyphony digital hosts its Gran Turismo Awards ceremony at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association) convention. Think of it as E3 for car guys.

This year, the winner was David Eckert’s Ford Mach Forty, named so because of it resembling the Mach 1 Mustang and being powered by components normally reserved for the GT40. Overall, there were 5 categories, of which, this car was also the winner of the Best Hot Rod category. Other finalists include:

  • Best European Import: 2013 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle ( 2013 Super Beetle Project)
  • Best Truck or SUV: Antron Brown’s Family Dragster Toyota Sequoia
  • Best Domestic Automobile: 2014 Ford Mustang GT RTR Spec 3
  • Best Asian Import: 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsport

Here are a few details of the car, as reported by

A 1969 Mustang Mach 1 body was used to create the roof section, door frames, and doors. The tail section, quarter panels, front fender, hood, floor structures, and full peripheral frame are all new, hand formed steel pieces.
The engine is a 2006 Ford GT 5.4 liter dry sump unit, with a four liter Whipple supercharger, Mo TeC engine control unit, custom billet fuel rails, and dual Lamborghini throttle bodies. It also includes an “Adjustable Horsepower Dial” which allows you to adjust the car’s horsepower on the fly between 600-850hp.
Suspension is from a C6 Corvette with custom coil over shocks.

As has been in tradition, the winner’s car will make it into a future GT title. My money is on GT6 rather than DLC for GT5, but regardless, how many can say that their personal cars are drivable in a video game (without being a mod)?

It has always been a dream of mine to have my truck, a 1970 Chevy C10, to be included in the game, and the stuff I want done to it some might say is over the top (an NRE 1500-2000HP engine with AWD and IRS built by Roadster Shop), but even being able to get into SEMA and compete in this contest would be enough for me. Heck, I’d be happy just to tear up the racetracks with that truck!