After 'virtual' qualifying rounds via GranTurismo 5 on Sony PlayStation consoles and a “real-world” test at Kyalami, SA hopefuls were selected to participate in final trials at the Silverstone circuit in England.
As is the case during any motorsport training, crashes are to be expected… especially at the GT academy, considering most of finalists have never driven a real sports car.
Nismo has a released a compilation of crashes on YouTube. According to the automaker: “This is footage of painful moments as a Nissan 370Z smashes into a wall at Silverstone during race training for GT Academy. Racing Fail.
“Driver and passenger were unhurt. Please note this is a compilation of crash footage, not a single crash incident.”
The video shows two different cars, one clearly a right-hand drive manual road car and the other a left-hand sequential GT4 car. Apparently the second crash was the result of anti-lock brakes failure and a jammed pedal.
There’s a particularly painful moment at 0.14 when you can see the anguish on the instructor's face moments before impact. You can hear him shout, “Whoa! Brake, brake, BRAKE!” before saying over radio: "We’ve had a big one, we’re in the wall!"
YouTube commenter Arnold Verghese explained: “I was one of the GT Academy's Middle East finalists. Yes, I'm aware the ESP and ABS fuse would normally be pulled during these tests, but since the conditions were very slippery, they didn't want to risk pulling it.
"We apparently had the worst conditions yet (it even snowed). The first crash was clearly speeding. What I failed to mention about the second was the the ABS failed and the pedal was jammed."
Another comment, from 'Mmybizuk', said: "First crash was hard, then towards the end of the video they make out it's the same crash but it isn't, it's LHD rather than the original crash which is RHD... also the last one they show a few times is a much slower crash with minor impact."
OwnageProductions03 said: "50 feet away: Brake 0% Full lock 100% = Accident avoided. Harsh lesson indeed, better luck next time."