Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 15th May: Copen mechanism

Ross McGregor
This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature the Daihatsu Copen at Maggiore, Gr.4 cars at Road Atlanta and Gr.3s at the Red Bull Ring.
Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th May: Copen mechanism

In this week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races, we get the chance to drive Gr.3 and Gr.4 cars, and have the luxury of sampling a Japanese kei car icon.

Race A features the little two-door Daihatsu Copen coupe, with Races B and C open to Gr.4 and Gr.3 cars respectively, taking in Road Atlanta and the Red Bull Ring.

You can find GT7’s Daily Races in the game’s Sport Mode, offering online ranked racing where you will be placed within events based on your previous performances.

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th May: Copen mechanism

RACE A

The Daihatsu Copen was first released in 2002 and fitted with a tiny 659cc engine to help comply with Japan’s kei car regulations (cars with smaller dimensions and minimal engine capacities receive tax breaks in Japan).

With a tiny power output of around 62bhp, the Copen isn’t a quick car by any means, but weighing in at only 830kg the Copen provides enough safe entertainment to melt the heart of any supercar aficionado.

Autodrome Lago Maggiore’s East End layout is the venue for Race A, providing plenty of tight turns to launch the Copen into, and the key to a good lap time is maintaining the Daihatsu’s momentum from corner to corner. And let’s face it, with only 81 lb-ft of torque on tap the little coupe won’t be able to pull itself out of trouble.

Daihatsu COpen, Gran Turismo 7, Maggiore

Recommended car: Daihatsu Copen ‘02 (Brand Central, 18,000 Credits or free rental)

Race B

We’re off to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for Race B and this time we’re using Gr.4 cars. This is a simple event with no fuel or tyre wear to worry about – just blast through the Georgian venue’s blend of elevation changes and high-speed curves.

Our recommended car is the fictional Nissan Silvia spec-R Aero (S15) Touring Car. Based on the Nissan Silvia Spec-R Aero (S15) road car, its Touring Car variant has a choice of 12 colours and all the stripped-out, performance-enhanced features you’d expect from a full-blown racecar.

If you’ve already purchased Silvia Touring Car and performed some major tuning, bear in mind that the NISMO V6 engine swap will make it ineligible for Sport mode races.

Gran Turismo 7, Road Stlanta, Nissan Silvia Touring Car

Recommended car: Nissan Silvia spec-R Aero (S15) Touring Car (Brand Central, 350,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

We head to Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Race C, and it’s a classic Gr.3 showdown.

With 2x fuel consumption and 10x tyre wear multipliers, pitstop strategy is key – especially as both Medium and Soft Racing tyre compounds must be used at least once during the race. Fortunately, there aren’t too many fast corners at the Red Bull Ring, so tyre management should be easier than at other tracks.

Our car of choice is the semi-fictional Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Gr.3. Toyota has produced a GT4 version of its Supra for real-world racing and has run a series of GT3 tests, so it’s perhaps only a matter of time before we see the real thing in GT7.

Remember to use the Red Bull Ring’s ample run-off and kerbing to their limits: not only does it improve tyre wear but it also helps maintain momentum onto the track’s three long straights.

Gran Turismo 7, Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota Supra Concept, Red Bull Ring

Recommended car: Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept ‘18 (Brand Central, 450,000 Credits or free rental)

LAP TIME CHALLENGE 1

Gran Turismo 7, Lap Time Challenge

The first Lap Time Challenge sees the Wicked Fabrication GT ’51 tackle Grand Valley’s South layout. This will be replaced on the 18th of May by a new Lap Time Challenge event.

Recommended car: Wicked Fabrication GT ’51 (Brand Central, 300,000 Credits or free car rental)

LAP TIME CHALLENGE 2

The latest Lap Time Challenge uses Gr.3 cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife as a tribute to the upcoming ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring event. A new event will be available on the 26th of May.

Recommended car: Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept ‘18 (Brand Central, 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Race A

Race Information

Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – East End

Laps: Six

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyre and Types: Comfort: Medium

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Regulations (Specified Car)

Daihatsu Copen ’02

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Off

SR Updates: Off

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race B

Race Information

Laps: Five

Track: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyres & Types: Racing: Hard, Intermediate, Wet

Category: Gr.4

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race C

Race Information

Laps: 13

Track: Red Bull Ring

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 2x

Tyre Wear: 10x

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Racing: Medium, Soft, Intermediate, Wet

Required Tyre Types: Racing: Medium, Soft

Category: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On

LAP TIME CHALLENGE 1

Race Information

Track: Grand Valley South

Entry Period: 4th-18th May 2023

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Sports Medium

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Regulations (Specified Car)

Wicked Fabrication GT ’51

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

LAP TIME CHALLENGE 2

Race Information

Track: Nürburgring Nordschleife 24h

Entry Period: 11th-25th May 2023

Useable Tyres: Racing: Hard, Intermediate, We

Regulations

Category: Gr.3

Wide body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car Restrictions

Bop/Tuning Forbidden: High-speed

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light


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