Category Archives: Cars

Makes me want a PS3… and a budget for track days

Gran Tourismo, Playstation’s ultimate driving simulation game (some argue it’s the best on any platform), has announced a feature that bridges the gap between video games and track days.

Back in the good old days, when Mike and I used to have “racing budget”, we practiced driving Laguna Seca on the PS2 with Gran Tourismo, then went and drove the track for real. If we did it now, however, we could take it one step farther by bringing the results of our track day back home and reviewing them on the new version of Gran Tourismo.

Here’s how it works: while at your track day you record your lap times and lines using GPS and “CAN”. When you return home you put the data on a USB stick and plug it into your PS3. You can replay the data by watching your run around the track or use the data as a ghost and race against yourself to improve your lines or see how you would fare against, say, an F1 car (spoiler alert: not very well).

What type of data logger hardware you need isn’t terribly clear in the press release, it just says you need log CAN data. As for tracks, I think it’s a safe assumption that the feature will be limited to the tracks already part of the software.

The new CTS-V — not sure what I think yet

I really liked the last Cadillac CTS-V and probably would have bought one if the interior didn’t feel so cheep.  I also like the tweaks they’ve made to the styling of the new CTS.  I’m not sure, however, that I like the new CTS-V.

Sure, it’s got all kinds of sexy under the hood and the interior looks much improved… but the outside looks like they made it a bit too bumpy/bulgy.  I’m sure they wanted to make it seem extra-tough… but it’s looking like they may have gone past the look of a sleek athlete and ended up with something a little more cartoon superhero.


I’ll reserve final judgement until I see it in person, but with 550HP & lbs/ft I suspect I’d never want to be looking at it from the outside.

via: autoblog