If Gran Turismo 6 wasn’t already realistic enough, now Toyota GT86 (sold here as the Scion FR-S) drivers can upload real-life lap data from actual track runs using Toyota’s new Sports Drive Logger. The technology will allow drivers to race against their own or their friend’s real racing data, and also see how they stack up against the pros.
The Toyota Sports Drive Logger collects data from the Toyota GT86’s controller area network and GPS system, which can then be downloaded to a basic USB drive. Driver data such as GPS information; accelerator, brake, and steering input; gear shifts; engine speed; and vehicle speed; is all recorded. If the Sports Drive Logger is active during a real-life run at Fuji Speedway, Tsukuba Circuit, or Suzuka Circuit, the data can be transferred into a virtual opponent in Gran Turismo 6 (for PlayStation 3 only).
Nissan will soon offer a similar technology, called NissanConnect NISMO Plus, which is paired with the Nissan GT-R Nismo supercar. Like Toyota’s system, track data can be digitally recreated through PlayStation 3. BMW recently detailed its own data logger, called the M Laptimer App, for the iPhone. While BMW's data cannot be uploaded to a video game just yet, the technology offers drivers looking to improve their technique the same kind of real-time, position-based data to study and improve upon.
The Toyota GT86 Sports Drive Logger will be considerably more accessible than Nissan’s (given that the Toyota GT86 is so affordable), and the add-on itself has a starting price of about $880. It will be released for now only in Japan as of June 2.