A lot of Formula 1 fans exist all over the world. And the drive to experience this high-octane action is a common reason for getting into racing sims and games. Gran Turismo 7 has landed this week, and has ignited a huge amount of interest in the genre. Stock car racing is also huge in the US, and there’s ton of interest among gamers to drive some of these iconic cars as well. So what’s the deal, can you drive these cars? Here’s what we know.
There are more than 400 cars in the game at launch, and more are due to be added as time goes on. Sony and Polyphony Digital will likely add many new cars through weekly updates, and at launch, we do have a few options. Here are all the current car brands in GT7, and some of them look familiar to F1 and NASCAR fans.
There are lots of other things to learn about this game. The big core of the grind is all about making money, or Credits. And you’re going to need a lot of them. With more than 400 cars to unlock, you have way too many options to worry about ever unlocking them all. But if you want to race with Formula 1 cars in Gran Turismo 7, there are a few you can unlock—such as the Toyota SF19 Super Formula and the Radical SR3 SL ’13.
So far, there are about 10 different cars in the base game that could be considered part of the collection of NASCAR and Formula 1 cars in Gran Turismo 7. There’s a workaround though, so you can technically add more. if you’re creative with the car customization, you can make certain models look more like their traditional NASCAR paint schemes. It won’t be a 1:1 recreation, but it can help immerse a hardcore fan. And with the sharing of customizations and skins possible in the game, there’s some potential there for player communities to grow over their love of these particular aspects of motorsport.
But it’s not just the cars you can race with either. Gran Turismo 7 focuses a lot more on the grind to unlock things like Collector levels, and that means grinding out races and victories. Some of these challenges will use tracks and racing styles that F1 and NASCAR fans might recognize. So while there’s not a totally immersive F1 or NASCAR series, there’s something here to enjoy.