Tomorrow’s patch 1.56 update also brings 7 new GT League Rounds for the Beginner, Pro and Endurance League Series
The February content update for Gran Turismo (Patch 1.56) will be available Thursday, 27th February at 6am GMT / 7am CET (Internet connection required). Let’s take a look at what’s included.
Featured car: Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 ’10 (Gr.3)
The Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 is a racing machine created by Aston Martin Racing to compete in GT1 category races. The base car is the DB9, and its name is taken from the DBR1, the first racing car of the Aston Martin DB series which won the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour Race with a 1-2 finish, as well as many other sports car races.
In addition to reinforcing the road car chassis, the body panels were all changed to carbon fibre excluding the roof. The gorgeous interior characteristic to Aston Martin road cars has been stripped, with even the dashboard replaced with carbon fibre for less weight. The car was made over 600 kg lighter this way, weighing in at only 1,100 kg.
In addition to a wider fender, there is an additional front underspoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and wing, plus the bottom of the car is made fully flat for improved aerodynamics.
The 5.9 litre V12 engine has undergone engine ECU tuning, raising its power from the 449 BHP/58.1 kgfm of the road car up to 599 BHP/71.4 kgfm. This is combined with an Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission.
The DBR9 GT1 won its debut race at the 2005 Sebring 12 hour race, and until the GT1 category disappeared at the end of 2011, it had a spectacular career in racing. In 2006 it won the team and drivers’ titles in ACO Le Mans Series, and in the FIA-GT it won the manufacturers’ title. In 2007 and 2008, it won the GT1 class of the Le Mans 24 hour race 2 years in a row.
The Aston Martin joins two other vehicles in this update:
- Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 2010
- Fiat 500 1.2 8V Lounge SS 2008
- Nissan 180SX Type X 1996
In addition, the following new rounds are added in GT League:
- 2 new rounds added to the FR Challenge
- 2 new rounds added to the Group 3 Cup
- 2 new rounds added to the Lamborghini Cup
- 1 new round added to the X2019 Competition Endurance Series