Sony powers up with Top Gear

BBC motoring programme to provide downloadable content through Gran Turismo TV on PS3.
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Sony Computer Entertainment and developer Polyphony Digital have joined forces with BBC Worldwide to allow Top Gear to be downloaded through Gran Turismo TV on the PlayStation 3 console.

GT TV, a dedicated online channel packed with the latest news and content from the motoring world, will launch worldwide on PlayStation Network in 2008. BBC Worldwide will provide 40 episodes of Top Gear, the award winning motoring TV series for download.

In addition, the Top Gear Test Track - which is featured each week on the show where host Jeremy Clarkson and the team test the latest cars - will be replicated in Gran Turismo 5 on PS3. For the first time in a racing game, players will be able to burn rubber and experience every white knuckle, hairpin turn on the Test Track for themselves.

"BBC Top Gear is the world's number one motoring media brand and we're thrilled to make it accessible to Gran Turismo gamers," said Simon Danker, director of digital media at BBC Worldwide. "We continue to explore different avenues to share our content with an expanding audience, and are delighted to participate with Polyphony Digital in the launch of this exciting new opportunity."

Kazunori Yamauchi, Polyphony president, added: "We're sure that players will be as thrilled as we are when they get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test on the Top Gear Test Track in GT5, as well as enjoying classic episodes of Top Gear via GT TV."

The Gran Turismo franchise has sold more than 47 million units worldwide and is regarded as the most authentic driving simulation ever created. GT5 Prologue is due for release in 2008.

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