Gran Turismo 6 Pays Tribute to a Racing Legend

20 years ago today, Ayrton Senna lost his life in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Sony's flagship racer is paying tribute throughout the month of May.

News by Pete Davison, .

On this day in 1994, Ayrton Senna lost his life at the age of 34 following an accident at Italy's Imola Circuit during the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Today, Sony's flagship racer Gran Turismo kicks off a month of content paying tribute to the driver.

The first of the content to be featured is a short documentary film called "Ayrton's Wish." The film is directed by Tamir Moscovici, who also put together the 90-minute documentary on Gran Turismo and its creator Kzunori Yamauchi, KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide. You can watch it right here if you have 20 minutes to spare.

To follow in the first half of the month is a two-part slideshow depicting moments from throughout Senna's career, and in the latter half of May Gran Turismo 6 will receive a free Senna-themed update, developed in partnership with the non-profit organization The Ayrton Senna Institute. It's not yet known exactly what the update will include, but a teaser image of the Lotus 97T '85 on the PlayStation Blog (seen also below) will probably give you a good idea of what to expect.

Elsewhere in the Gran Turismo universe, Sony is preparing to pull the plug on Gran Turismo 5's online mode at the end of the month, but not before it's held a grand finale event, during which players will be able to unlock five cars for use in Gran Turismo 6. Taking part is a simple matter of posting a lap time on both the Top Gear Test Track and the Nürburgring via the special two-stage "Online Finale" event accessible in the game. You've got until 7pm Pacific on May 30 to do so, after which if you start Gran Turismo 6 using the same PSN ID between June 2 and June 29, you'll be rewarded with an Abarth Grande Punto '09, a Renault Sport Megane R.S. Trophy '11, a Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34) '08, a Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance '12 and a Subaru S206 NBR Challenge Package '12. (In the game, obviously, so don't worry about clearing your driveway.)

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