The highly anticipated Gran Turismo movie, set to hit theaters on
August 11 August 25, revolves around the inspiring journey of Jann Mardenborough, a skilled British racing driver who kickstarted his career through racing video games. For those intrigued by the film’s narrative and eager to immerse themselves further in the Gran Turismo universe, an exciting opportunity awaits: one of the cars used during the movie’s filming will be up for auction.
The spotlight car in question is the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, which not only played a significant role as a movie star but also boasts a remarkable racing history. This specific GT-R has been under the ownership of Darren Cox, the visionary behind the GT Academy, the very competition on which the movie is centered. Throughout the film, the GT-R takes center stage, playing a crucial part in Mardenborough’s success story, portrayed by Archie Madekwe. Interestingly, Mardenborough himself contributed to the action by performing some of the stunts in Gran Turismo while driving the car, mirroring his real-life experiences.
Beyond its Hollywood status, the GT-R Nismo GT3 carries a legacy on the racing track. It achieved an impressive ninth-place finish in the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2015, marking a significant milestone for Nissan’s recent track performances. The car’s black livery serves as a poignant tribute to a spectator who tragically lost their life in an earlier VLN round accident involving Mardenborough and another GT-R GT3.
Automotive enthusiasts and movie buffs alike will have the chance to own this prestigious vehicle, as it is scheduled to be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the Silverstone Festival on August 25. With an estimated price range of $290,000 to $355,000 (equivalent to 225,000 to 275,000 British pounds), this GT-R holds a distinct pedigree that adds to its allure. Interestingly, just prior to this auction, the same auction house successfully sold a TVR Cerbera Speed 12 featured in the Gran Turismo computer game, further fueling excitement around the GT-R movie car’s sale. Moreover, the car is reported to be in race-ready condition, making it a captivating prospect for potential buyers seeking an extraordinary piece of automotive and cinematic history.
Apart from the car’s thrilling story, the Gran Turismo movie boasts an impressive cast, with David Harbour of Stranger Things fame taking on the role of the kid’s coach. Joining him on the silver screen are Orlando Bloom and Darren Barnet, while the film is skillfully directed by Neill Blomkamp. Adding to the project’s credibility, Gran Turismo’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, assumes the role of executive producer.
As the movie’s release date approaches, fans of the gaming franchise and motorsports enthusiasts eagerly await the chance to witness the captivating tale of Jann Mardenborough and his extraordinary journey from virtual racing to real-life triumphs. Meanwhile, the auction of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 provides a unique opportunity for passionate collectors and admirers to own a piece of automotive history, forever intertwined with the Gran Turismo movie’s legacy.