Gran Turismo presents The Ring

Gran Turismo presents The Ring


The cars were simply not as good back then, but today the cars have become much better.
This was how it was like back in the day:
Families drove to the Ring, complete with wife and children.
You don’t see this anymore.
Nowadays it’s one or two men per vehicle, and they race instead of just drive.
That’s what it is.
My father helped build the Nürburgring.
He was a linesman there,
so therefore the son, me, had the opportunity to work at the Nürburgring.
I spent nine years in the column/convoy,
in the paddock, cutting hedges, mowing the lawn, doing everything that needed to be done.
And then this thing here was built from scratch.
This was when I came here, and I am still sitting here to this very day.
The Nürburgring opened in 1927.
And the exhibition that we built here…I am actually still building it after starting it six years ago.
We have the first gas pump from BV Aral here from 1927,
which was the first gas pump produced at the Nürburgring.
This was when the cars had to be refueled by a hand operated pump.
It wasn’t a time when you simply stuck in the hose and in three seconds the tank is filled with 70 liters.
Back then five liters had to be pumped up by hand and drained at the track.
And all brands were represented there.
Look the pits here in the historic paddock,
where they squeezed two cars inside these small pits.
You actually had to climb over the wall to get into the pit, and you couldn’t even drive inside the pit at the track.
A lot has changed since then.
Nowadays teams arrive with five vehicles and build palaces that are more extravagant than any house the average person can build, all for one race.
That’s pretty incredible, yes.
The space that’s needed here has increased a hundredfold.
Technology continues to evolve in all motorsports events.
We cannot compare Formula 1 today with Formula 1 five, 10 or 40 years ago
Just as we cannot compare the 24-hour race.
These days we have cars that are highly engineered,and
tires that are on a whole different level than they were years ago.
Everything from the timekeeping and live streaming,
are simply things that we didn’t have in the past.
Nowadays technology is principally transparent.
We’re able to see where the car is on the track at all times, and see how fast it is going.
The viewers know who is in the car via built-in timekeeping transmitters.
The story has changed significantly today, and it’s not possible to reverse this.
Although sometimes people say they’d like to return back to the old, simpler times.
In the last few years, enormous changes have been made,
even at the track, which has become so safe. At least for me,
I can’t think of a single thing to criticize about the track.
Even as the guardrails are closer, as I prefer them right beside the asphalt
so that I am not flying around powerlessly.
What has really changed is the pit area. As I think of the old pits…
they drove past the front and past the back, and we even drove with flame pipes, but
this is something I couldn’t imagine happening anymore.
We admittedly complained when the flame pipe was gone,
but today I would complain even more if it came back.
When you look at photos from 30 to 40 years ago,
there weren’t even guardrails on parts of the Nordschleife.
There was a 50cm or 80cm narrow strip of grass,
followed by a ditch where the drainage could run,
and behind the ditch there were hedges. When when you flew into the hedges,
they opened, and then closed, and nobody could find you.
We now have guardrails all around that are five- to six-stories high.
We have FIA safety fences all around to secure the spectators if something major happens.
I think a race track, if you want to sustain it over the long term,
if you want to witness its 100-year celebration,
then it has to be maintained. It has to be kept up to date
and adjusted to the newest circumstances.
Luckily this has always been done here throughout the decades. We’ve made adjustments time and again.
When I was a child, I experienced the race track a little bit differently from how I see it now.
But on the other hand I frankly have to say that each change benefitted the Nürburgring
and helped the Nordschleife to receive the TÜV seal of the FIA,
the highest sport authority in Paris;
allowing the possibility to have professional motor races here.
If this wasn’t the case, and the seal wasn’t awarded,
then there would be no racing on the Nordschleife, and that would be a shame.
At the moment, I have to say it’s time to cut back a little because the cars are incredibly fast.
For examle the flag signals…we often drive past them and don’t notice them.
You can’t even see if there were a lot of people at Brünnchen or if there were any at all.
You drive with tunnel vision and actually only race through the Eifel, which is a little sad.
Well, the safety here, of course, has improved substantially because
the cars have become substantially faster.
But here there is a certain closeness between the racers and the fans like nowhere else in motorsports.
There is a broad spectrum of cars that drive here
and everyone is basically a part of it.
And there is also no rivalry here, like you would find in soccer. Here we have full solidarity.
You see hooligans hitting each other in sports like soccer, but
that doesn’t exist here. There is a sense of togetherness, which is the beauty of the 24-hour race.
– Well, nothing to add.
There is more safety in the pits, but the original, pristine character of the
of the 24-hour race still exists.
The fans continue to barbecue outdoors like they did 30 years ago.
The originality has survived and yet the teams have evolved with the times.
For me this isn’t a shortcoming, it’s an inherent quality
where we want to keep and celebrate the racing spirit for the 24-hour race.
Some years ago, it was the first time I saw someone who had his simulator with him, with a big seat and everything inside his car.
He would sleep in his tent, and then drive his simulator inside his car. That was so awesome!
And this year, we have ample space, we have got the trailer with us and the Bulli,
so I am doing the same.
I like the game, I think it’s perfectly made.
The tracks are designed fantastically with every graffiti on the ground.
The details of the cars are very, very well done.
I also found that it can teach children who are not allowed to drive cars quite a lot.
I think a highlight for us was definitely when I went to Tokyo last year.
There, I felt a little proud when my own car was driving on the screen.
But once you see what the technicians have done there,
when you finally drive the car and virtually experience every bump and
every jump on the racing track,
then you realize that it’s really close to what you experience as race driver in the car on the track.
So I must give my compliments.
But then you see what’s behind all of it, how many people are programming, making and doing things, the data that’s been collected…
Everyone who played racing games in the 90s longed for the Nordschleife.
And there were attempts to recreate the track, but they weren’t that great.
When in 2002 and 2003 Gran Turismo came on the market with the laser-scanned Nordschleife, it was a complete breakthrough.
At that moment the whole world was really able to experience
what we as race drivers do on the track here.
And the biggest proof for the potential of Gran Turismo for me was in the 2004
when Andy Priaulx had no experience on the Nordschleife,
but had only experienced the track on Gran Turismo.
He then came here and showed the entire BMW factory team how to be fast up here.
I believe this was the first moment where I saw how a simulation,
especiallly Gran Turismo, was on such a high standard
that it allows you to enjoy race tracks from everywhere in the world,
learn it, come to the Nürburgring and be competitive.
There’s no better evidence.
I’ve been a jury member at the Nissan GT Academy for several years,
and what I experienced there, the jump from video game into the racecar was incredible.
They drove single-seaters, they drove touring cars, and
Nissan GT-Rs, which can really pack a punch.
They basically got out of an office chair and into a real racecar,
flooring the gas pedal right from the beginning. Chapeau!
I am here thanks to Gran Turismo because after I won the GT Academy,
I have raced for real for seven years now,
and it’s a really nice step to change from video game to real racing.
And yes, it is very enjoyable,
especially driving here. The M6 at the Nordschleife is a unique experience.
I just experienced for myself how someone who prepared on Gran Turismo knew every section of the track, even every meter on the track.
Thus it has been relatively easy to train him on the Nordschleife.
And that makes it a fantastic tool to prepare the younger generation and
maybe even old geezers like me.
There’s no race track in the world with the character of this one.
Length-wise, it goes up and down, You’re close by, you see how the cars are battling
and also how many of them get avenged really fast right? Off to the guardrails!
When you drive 50 rounds on the Nordschleife, then you know where cars fly off.
The weather conditions haven’t always been stable.
We have had diluvial rainfalls, and we had hail last year where the race had to be interrupted.
There were hot days where it was 30 degrees in the shade,
and also bitter cold days during this race.
There are many who grumbled about it,
but if the Nürburgring wasn’t here, this area would be a completely dead.
This track is a voluntary laboratory for motorsports.
And as some people view kite flying or soccer as an idiotic hobby, so too is motorsports.
I am saying as long as somebody wants to do it, it’s alright,
And people will always spend money to partake in it. The laboratory lights will always stay on.
Because of the Nürburgring, it’s really busy here.
It’s running really smooth here now. Really!
This isn’t about the race at all. It’s about friendship.
This is history, this is solidarity and this is very important!
Once your arrive at the 24-hour race,
I believe, someone who drives a Clio or a GT3 rejoices in the same way
because your performance in a smaller car or a bigger car is judged similarly. It’s simply all about your driving skills.
You need to have a little luck,
preferably make no mistakes and then the rest will take care of itself.
So it’s definitely a cult racing track if I may say so.
It has become increasingly harder to be successfull here because the competition has become more and more intense over the years,
more and more manufacturers are participating. There are completely different challenges year after year.
There are a lot of great race series in Europe and also worldwide,
but this constellation of classes of vehicles that are on the track together
is simply unique.
The cars came in, I took the customer’s payment, and they drove onto the track.
Then the next car came, and the entire process was repeated,
over and over.
One could almost say my whole life, until the day I retired,
I let people and their cars onto the track.
It was beautiful.
I really liked it.

100 thoughts on “Gran Turismo presents The Ring”

  1. Thanks GT. GT PSP was what made me love cars and racing with it's unique cars some I've never heard of like the Mazda Furai. Now I still love racing and cars because GT is still alive. Thanks Kaz-san

  2. 10:30 can anyone verify/fact check that? Seems Andy was an excellent driver regardless of gran turismo & there appears to be no tangible link at all.

  3. Kinda sad to see that japanese pay more Respect to german culture the germans itself… thumbs up for that.

  4. Gran turismo wouldn’t be gran turismo without the nurbürgring, personally my absolute favourite track

  5. I'm studying German Language at university.
    I'm happy to be able to understand what they say
    Sometimes, I use English and Deu…German at the same time.

    BTW I'm Japanese, and I have a friend who's from Germany.
    German is more difficult than English.
    By practicing studying and speaking foreign-language , I can be more confident to communicate with everyone.
    Of course I love cars, I want to go to Germany someday 🤗🤗

  6. thanks to bizzare creations for first putting the nord in a console racing game (project gotham racing 2) 👍

  7. its a shame the game isnt how it use to be. its all online now… but the tracks will allways stay the same……

  8. Die ,, Grüne Hölle " eine Legende
    Und die Beste Strecke der Welt
    Ein Mythos für immer
    Ein 3 Faches Hoch auf die Rennfahrer die die Eier hatten auf dieser Strecke alles zu geben und auch auf die die mit Ihrem Leben bezahlt haben!

  9. An encapsulement of pure passion, in a way I have never seen before.
    What a phenomenal documentary.

    Polyphony doesn’t make these documentary’s for themselves or their product, they make them out of passion and that really shows in the quality.

  10. Thank you for this incredible short film. I have always had a deep passion for the Ring after my father and I went. Awesome

  11. We Need Cinematic Tools !!!

    Please, add a replay editor to edit clips with slow motion and more! Like in The Crew 2 and GTA V

  12. 24h of le mans might be Classic but the 24h of Nürburgring is real racing with all the different cars …

  13. Very good documentary 10/10 thank you gran turismo for putting so much time into developing the track , I set a lap time of 6min43secs in the 350z #75 LM race car on the RING and it was the most intense experience I've ever had playing a video game I turn on GT just to drive that track

  14. Beautiful documentary. To be complete only missing the soundtrack of Van Halen
    https://youtu.be/40HyCg4-0w0

  15. Never dealt with Gran Turismo franchise (Team Green member) but the passion you have for the Nordschleife is special. Thanks a lot for supporting the sport.

  16. I was fortunate enough to have had a full lap of Ring Taxi ride with the Legendary Sabine Schmitz on the Ring in the summer of 2006. That was simply the most unforgettable experience of my life so far. Love it and many thanks to Mr. Yamauchi for leading this incredible team to keep making this amazing simulator series. Well done!

  17. "Раньше машины были плохими и старыми"?? Боже, что он несёт: разве можно назвать величайшие образцы автомобилестроения ХХ века плохими?.. Сори, но этот кретин несёт бред… =)

  18. Ja alles schön und gut, bis auf die Kupplung+Gaspedall Gangschaltung.. Unreal ist das es nicht funktioniert

  19. what a beautiful documentary. i never drive in nurburgring i real life. but when i race in gran turismo in first time, its make me fall in love with this track

  20. Simplemente FENOMENAL, CELESTIAL, MARAVILLOSO 🙌🏽 suelo entretenerme mucho con los simuladores y este circuito a pesar de todos los accidente que he tenido no por mucho si no por infinidad es mi favorito me encanta tomar cada curva y cada subida y bajada con el porsche RSR Y LA VERDAD ES QUE NO ME CANSO DE NÜRBURGRING Y VER TODA ESA HISTORIA QUE TIENE EL CIRCUITO ME HACE AMARLO TODAVIA MAS

  21. Absolutely amazing video GT Developers! ❤️

    History in and of the 'Ring is something that should be respected and remembered.
    Down voter's, I feel sorry for you that you will never understand our passion for this alluring track.

  22. I did drive the ring with GT5 and GT6 (with a fanatec wheel) , now usually I'm driving the Ring with Forza M7, Assetto Corsa and PC2 and I know it's up for debate which one of the games/sims is best, but: great video!

  23. Ich liebe es, wie Kazunori Yamauchi und sein Team so viel Passion und Herzensliebe in ihr wundervolles Projekt hineinstecken. Die Dokumentaionen, die Spiele, einfach alles perfekt. Und die liebe zum Detail ist ebenfalls ein Wahnsinn! Eine Dokumentation über den Nürburgring in Originalsprache verfilmt, ohne Englische übertönung. Einfach Wahnsinn.

  24. The Nurburgring made me see all the glory and passion for cars. I wish so much to take a lap there💕

  25. みんなアップデートで車増やせコース増やせって言ってるけど

    作り込みに時間かかるんだし文句言わないで我慢して待てよと思う…

    それでもアップデート 1ヶ月に一回は相当頑張ってると思うぞ!

    VRでやるとわかるけど内装の作り込みとかすごくこだわってて運営の苦労がわかるし

    プレイさせてもらってる事に感謝しかない!

  26. This is one of the most beautiful motorsport related videos i've have ever seen in ages. Thank you, GT.

  27. I really liked the video. That is the world of racing, pure passion.

    I would like to watch one video of la sarthe

  28. Lang lebe der Ring! Auf dass dich nie irgendein fehlgeleiteder Politiker aus reiner Geldgier zu zerstören vermag.

  29. Es ist einfach großartig das die schönste Rennstrecke bei uns in Deutschland zuhause ist. Ich war schon dort und habe das ein oder andere Rennen gesehen und es ist einfach Faszination pur! Mein Opa ist in den 80ern auch mehrmals beim 24h Rennen mitgefahren und landete 87 sogar in die Zeitung weil er nicht aufgeben wollte und mit seinem qualmenden Alfa Romeo GTV auf 3 Zylindern durch das Ziel fuhr😍😊 Danke Gran Turismo für diese schöne kurze Doku, es erweckt schöne Erinnerungen ❤

  30. I’m sure I spent thousands of hours on the nordschleife in gt5 with the cheapest Logitech available as a young teen. I wouldn’t have what little driving skill I have today without that

  31. Just came back home from the Nürburgring with my e36 318is, lost my exhaust in the mini karussell and it was destroyed zo i had to go bij all the garages around the ring to gather exhaust parts and eventually had to weld it. The mutual respect everyone has was amazing and everyone was extremely helpful. It just a "slower" car that drives there but they don't care, your a carguy and love driving and so do they. One of the best experiences i've ever had!

  32. The next one should talk about Le Mans 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷😂
    Wonderful documentary, as much as you're game❤
    Thanks you Gran Tourismo❤❤❤

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