However, the problem with the vehicle dynamics is simply hair-raising to be able to check. With the exception of turn one - following too much of a narrower line trajectory during the actual lap - the driving lines around the circuit hold up pretty well between the two. Will L, a YouTuber says his best lap in the game was 1 minute 44 seconds, while he managed just 1:45 in real life.
Before anyone goes over the comments, it's fair to mention that video games don't replicate the element of fear. There's no reset button when it comes to actual failures that will hurt you in your bank account. Semantics aside, we'll still be excited to see how well video games can close the gap between the virtual world and the real world.
Both laps in this comparison take place at Laguna Seca. In our environment and these days, video games are getting closer and closer to replicating real-life racing conditions.
YouTuber Will L recently decided to compare an actual lap of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with another lap he did in Gran Turismo Sport. Both laps were completed in a Mk 7 Volkswagen GTI, which uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine, with 228 horsepower to the front wheels.
While the GTI comes with a factory manual gearbox, the hot hatchbacks in the video appear to have the optional dual-clutch automatic.
Aside from the obvious difference in visual fidelity, Volkswagen's GT Sport interpretation seems to suffer from a severe case of understeer. While it's hard to judge from video alone, the virtual GTI looks like it needs plenty of direction and information to motivate it into corners.
It almost feels like the tires magically adhere in the middle of the turn, regardless of the amount of lockup behind the wheel.