The box cover art for Gran Turismo PSP (coming October) has been revealed, and it features GM's phenomenal 638-horsepower supercar, the Corvette ZR1, in a starring role.
The ZR1, also known as "the Blue Devil", was personally selected by Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi as the cover vehicle, as a way to show support for the troubled U.S. auto industry.
"With all the automotive industry in the world at a crisis, I know that North American automakers are especially in a very difficult situation, and I understand the background and the reasons behind this," said Yamauchi. "And I can easily envision these things affecting our works as well. After all, as you well know, the game Gran Turismo is a video game that grew thanks to the insight and vision of the automotive industry, and in effect nurtured by its kindness, in its very womb."
He added: "That’s why I wanted us to make something that could cheer up those in the industry."
The Corvette ZR1 is the General's most powerful production car ever, its giant 6.2-litre supercharged V8 producing 638 horsepower (476 kW). It is capable of reaching 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds, can do the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds finishing at 130.5 mph (210 km/h), and has been clocked at a top speed of 200.5 mph (322.7 km/h).
"Many GM cars representative from the Autorama days have really helped build the foundations of my adoration and sense of value for cars," said Yamauchi. "And something that had always been deep within my heart over the years is the long line of Corvettes; as long as I’ve known in every era, even from when I was a very small child, the Corvette has always been one of the coolest cars around. And that is the reason why the newest Corvette, ZR1, was selected for the package cover of Gran Turismo for the PSP."
Yamauchi also hinted the car would be highlighted in the game as well. "There’s a fun little bit at the ending of this PSP version of Gran Turismo that is in concert with this package image of the Corvette. I hope you’ll look forward to its release."
We just hope it makes its scheduled release date of 1 October (simultaneous with the PSPgo's launch), so that he can get back to work on Gran Turismo 5.