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From Couch To Racetrack: Gamer-To-Racer GT Academy 2012

Face it, you've completed Gran Turismo 5 and you've constantly came first against your buddies online. There's nothing more to prove. Wrong. If you're really convinced that you're the best racing driver in the world, why not enter the Gamer-to-Racer programme for your chance to take part in the Dubai 24 Hours in January 2013 for real. Not on the sofa, in a car, in real life! Now in its fourth year, taking part is as easy as fetching yourself another drink from the kitchen. Simply get Gran Turismo 5 fired up on the PS3 and sign yourself up for a live GT Academy event. These live races will be held from the 1 May until 24 June 2012. Fastest gamers from their respected country will then battle it out in a thrilling virtual final and then national competition winners will then enter Race Camp and get behind a wheel of a Nissan sports car to race it around Silverstone in August. Ultimate winners will then be put through an intense Driver Development Programme to prepare them for the Dubai 24 Hours. GT Academy has been recognised as a potential route into motorsport, with past winners getting podium finishes at Le Mans and Dubai and the opportunity to develop their careers. Jann Mardenborough, the Brit that won in 2011, is racing a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series. If you think you've got what it takes, then sign up! President of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi says,"You don't have to be an expert to have a go. Added to that, each country will host live GT Academy entry events to ensure that as many people as possible can enter the 2012 GT Academy." All the terms and conditions and extra info can be found at It could be you standing here next year.


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While it's a shame that we live in a world that needs weapons of war, military vehicles are nevertheless intriguing beasts that draw the attention of more petrolheads than you might think. Here are the coolest land-based (non-tank) military machines as chosen by you!

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This is me and my dad, and we are stood next to my absolute pride and joy (Betty the Beetle). This post however isn’t about her as such, it is about that man stood next to me. He put real blood (take the bonnet off beetles when working under them, they catch you out big time!) sweat, and tears in to this restoration for me and 5 years later she is just about ready to make her way on to the roads. We have had a lot of help along the way but he has truly been grafting on this from building a sandblasting cabinet in our shed to working in there till the early hours of the morning, killing himself for me. I just want to say thank you Dad for giving me the best thing that money cant buy. You. And so for this I would like to ask if Car Throttle could post this on their Facebook page and everyone to share to show my Dad that not only I but everyone else appreciates the work he has put in to it and for the world to see how he made my dreams a reality.

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This week's CT pages have been filled with hypercars, hard-hitting blogs and nostalgia. Here are the things we learned...

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FERRARI'S BIG 5: 288 GTO vs F40 vs F50 vs Enzo vs LaFerrari - PART 1

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We take a look at Ferrari’s evolution of their flagship hypercars from the 288 GTO all the way to the amazing LaFerrari!

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Thanks to the fact that people could work and sleep in their cars, Audi reckons the convenience afforded by self driving cars will spell the end of domestic flights and business hotels

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Audi Reckons Its Self Driving Tech Could Spell Disaster For Short Haul Flights