Recreating track laps virtually within the driving video game offers a new way to hone performance driving skills.

The popular racing simulator game Gran Turismo aims to provide the closest possible recreation of real track driving. Professional racers use it to train on and learn circuits and skilled players have even gone on to start real racing careers based on their experience competing virtually. Now Toyota and game developers Polyphony Digital are completing the circle, allowing Toyota 86 owners to recreate their real world drives within the Gran Turismo game.

The “Sports Drive Logger,” an on-board telemetry recording device was designed specifically for use in the Toyota “86” sports car (the Japanese version of the Scion FR-S, Subaru BR-Z). There are already a range of aftermarket telemetry recording devices available but Sports Drive Logger was designed to be easy to use and is the first that displays information through a video game interface.

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