This fortnight’s Lap Time Challenge sees the return of the open-wheel Super Formula cars to Gran Turismo 7’s Sport Mode.
The new Lap Time Challenge is a simple time trial mode where you compete against other players to set the fastest time on the leader board. However, there’s a caveat: setting a lap within three per cent of the fastest time nets players 2,000,000 Credits.
If you aren’t quite quick enough for that then lapping within five per cent gains you 1,000,000 Credits, while a time inside 10 per cent of the fastest results in a 250,000 Credits pay-out. Well worth the couple of laps practise, then.
The 639bhp Super Formula single seaters weigh only 660kg and feature a push-to-pass system to ensure overtaking in a similar manner as DRS – so an ideal way to prepare drivers for World Championship racing like Formula 3, 2 and 1. You won’t be able to use this system here though, unfortunately,
Toyota and Honda both supply engines for identical Dallara-built chassis and race on F1-grade tracks such as Suzuka, Autopolis – and the focus of this Lap Time Challenge – Fuji International Raceway.
Set in the shadow of Mount Fuji, the track features a combination of high-speed corners with several low-speed sections, meaning a delicately balanced set-up is required for the optimal lap time.
But of course the Lap Time Challenge is subject to Balance of Performance (BoP) conditions, so it’s very much a case of making the most of the tools at your disposal.
Both Honda and Toyota powered cars are identical, so either choice is good. But for a bit of home advantage, pick the Toyota. After all, the Japanese car giant owns the circuit!
As of the week commencing the 25th of April, if you don’t own the required Daily Races or Lap Time Challenge vehicles then GT7 allows players to rent them. For GT7 newbies, the Sport mode – where you can find the Daily Races and Lap Time Challenge – unlocks after completing Café Menu Book nine.
Lap Time Challenge
Car: SF19 Super Formula / Toyota ’19 or Honda ’19
Track: Fuji International Speedway
Entry Period: 7th July to 21st July
Categories: SF19 Super Formula / Toyota ’19 or Honda ’19
Wide Body: Prohibited
Tyre Choice: Racing: Medium, Intermediate, Heavy Wet
BoP/Tuning Forbidden: On
Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car
Car Settings: Specified
Track Limit: Normal
Shortcut Penalty: Light