GT5 – A Beginners Guide
Gran Turismo 5 is a complex game, there’s more to it than just driving cars around a track. Here’s a few pointers to help get you going.
There are two parts to the main game:
A-Spec is where you take part in races and championships, driving your cars around the tracks, becoming a better driver. The races have restrictions so you can’t jump straight in with a Bugatti Veyron and win every race!
B-Spec is where you control a driver (albeit with limited instructions) who drives around the tracks for you. As you progress through the game, you can increase the number of drivers you have to 6.
The basic premise of these is to earn experience points to ‘level up’ getting to drive better cars in harder races, and thus becoming a better racer. When you win certain events you win tickets which you trade in for cars. You also earn credits which you can then spend on buying cars and tuning them up.
There are two types of cars in GT5 and each has their own way of being bought. The Premium cars can be bought in the Dealership section where you’ll find each make of car in their own dealership. There are only about 200 Preimum cars available.
The Standard cars are bought in the Used Car Dealership (UCD). Here you will find only 30 cars at any one time. Every time you start a race, the UCD is refreshed and 6 new cars are added. So after 5 races you’ll have a fully refreshed UCD. Standard cars are models from previous versions of Gran Turismo including GT4 and GT PSP, and aren’t rendered as well as the Premium versions. The inside cockpit view which has only just been added for Standard cars is very basic, unlike the Premium versions.
Cars are graded on Power Points (PP). The PP is worked out from power, weight, grip and traction. Changing any part of the car will affect the PP (see tuning). In theory, the higher the PP in a class of cars, the better it will be when just comparing to a car with similar bhp.
For both Premium and Standrad cars, note that you can only buy cars that are the same level, or lower, than your highest A-Spec or B-Spec level. As you progress through the game more cars will therefore become available to you to buy.
Tuning your cars
Once you’ve bought a car it’s best to get it ready to race. You might want to race it straight away without tuning, but there are a few things that you really should do to it first. Go to the GT Auto shop and add some aerodynamic pieces. If you’ve bought the car from the UCD it might be worth doing an oil change and in extreme circumstances you may have to rebuild the engine and restore the body rigidity.
Then go to the Tuning Shop and carry out the three weight reduction stages, add the light glass and the carbon bonnet in the Body section as well (if available). In each of the other sections (except for tyres) add one of everything, unless your limited for credits in which case just buy the cheapest parts to give you a good bhp boost and increase the car’s PP.
The final thing to do is to stick a set of Racing Soft tyres on it. They’re expensive but will make your car handle better on the track. If you don’t want to shell out for them get some Racing Hard or Sports Soft ones.
Starting the game
The first thing I would do is create a B-Spec driver and set him to “Share with friends” so that he can earn you credits while you’re not playing the game when other people race him via the Remote Race function.
When you start the game you are given 20,000 Cr with which you need to buy your first car to start your A-Spec career. Something like a Toyota Yaris (Vitz), MX-5 or Suzui Cappucino should be suitable but you may want to double-check the entry requirements for each set of races in the A-Spec career to find a car that could be used for multiple events.
(You can earn a trophy for spending all your money, so the beginning of the game is the best time to do that.)
The Licences gives you a chance to learn driving techniques such as braking, cornering and overtaking so it’s worth spending a little time having a go at these. But if you just want to start racing, then begin your A-Spec career and start your races in the Beginner section.
There are seasonal event races that you can take part in and these are another good way to boost your credits. The reward for completing these is a lot higher than the races in your A-Spec. You will need certain cars to do these so make sure you’ve got a good enough car in your garage. They are realtively easy to complete if you choose a car at the maximum allowed limit but I find the challenge is to choose a more competitive car to make it that little bit more difficult.
Logging into GT5 for consecutive days increases your bonus percentage, so that if you log in for 5 days in a row all credits that you win are doubled. An easy way to boost your credits! Even if you don’t play the game, just load it up go to the GT Life screen, wait for the pop up to appear, click OK and then quit the game.
Trading and Sharing
In the same way that you can set your B-Spec drivers to be used by other people, you can do the same with cars. Setting your cars up to be shared allows your firends to use your car in their races. This is ideal if you need a car for a specific event but either don’t have enough credits to buy it or just don’t want to buy it. Just go to your friend’s profile page and it will be listed underneath the drivers.
You can also trade cars by gifting them to other people, so if you’ve got duplicates or ones you just don’t want they can be sent to friends. The same can be done with paint chips and tuning parts also.
To easily keep track of what cars you’ve got in GT5 it’s worth signing up to My Gran Turismo. When you buy any car add it to your list here, it’s a bit manual but a usefule tool.
Also, sign in to Gran-Turismo.com with your PSN log in to see what cars and drivers your friends have available and also compare your stats to them. There'[s other stuff there as well.