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FIA seals partnership with video game giant

The FIA, motorsport’s global governing body, has unveiled a partnership with Legends Polyphony Digital, the video gaming company that created the hugely-popular Gran Turismo series.

As part of the deal, the two parties hope to launch an official FIA Online Championship in 2015. The latest instalment of the series, Gran Turismo 6, is the first-ever video game to feature FIA-certified content, with virtual circuits replicating four famous race tracks. The length of the “long-term” partnership was not disclosed.

“This innovative new partnership will ensure that millions of Gran Turismo and motorsport fans can race on even more detailed tracks at home,” FIA president Jean Todt (pictured) said. “The Gran Turismo series has played an important role in helping to attract a new fan base to motorsport. We are also excited to be working closely with Polyphony Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment in the future to find new ways to continue to make motor sport more accessible to millions of fans that share a passion for racing.”

Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital, added: “We are incredibly proud for Gran Turismo 6 to be officially certified by the governing body of world motorsport for in-game content. As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo, this has to be the biggest accolade the game has received in its history. Our partnership with the FIA is a further step forward in our continued quest to bring the worlds of virtual and reality racing into a full circle.”