Course Maker: If real-life tracks like the Nürburgring, Monza, and Infineon aren't enough to sate your appetite, GT5 will offer a Course Maker. Rather than a full-on editor, you will start out with a template, and then adjust parameters at each section of the track. Parameters include turn frequency, sharpness, banking and elevation.
Vehicle Damage: Damage rendering will (finally!) be part of the GT experience. Expect a similar model to the one employed in Forza Motorsport, where you can choose between no damage, visual damage only, or simulation-style damage.
Formula 1: F1 cars will be offered once again, and unlike Gran Turismo 4, will be visually identical to the real thing. In GT4, due to licensing, the livery and the names of the F1 cars were different. Judging by the screenshot, Ferrari looks to feature prominently among the F1 constructors.
Karting: Many great racing drivers started off by piloting karts around the local track, and now you can experience it too. Karting hasn’t had much representation in the world of video games (save the Mario Kart variety), so we are happy to see one of our favorite past times become part of one of our other favorite pasttimes.
Vintage Le Mans: Relive the classic sixties rivalry between Ford and Ferrari, but with a bit of a twist. Besides the Ford GT40 MkIV and Ferrari 330 P4, the Jaguar XJ13 will be available. The XJ13 was the successor to the D-Type, and looked to turn the Ferrari versus Ford battle into a three-horse race. Unfortunately, due to financial issues, it never saw the light of day—until now.
Vehicle Upgrades: A hallmark of the Gran Turismo series, upgrading vehicles looks to be getting a revamp. Upgrades look to be more extensive, with a wider variety of parts being available. There is no word if Forza-style paintwork will be offered.
NASCAR: We aren't terribly excited to race on NASCAR-style oval tracks, but the idea of hurtling through the Rome Street Course in Jeff Gordon's Number 24 Dupont Pepsi United States National Guard Chevrolet Impala sounds entertaining. Don’t expect to come through with all of your paint intact, however.
Environmental Conditions: Racing at night and in varying weather conditions adds a new complexity to an already complex experience. Piloting a roaring sports car around a tight, bumpy city street with vicious AI competitors on your tail getting too easy for you? Do it in the dark.
The Top Gear Test Track: Fans of the Brit TV hit are slavering over the GT5 edition of the Top Gear track, which is used to test new cars and celebrities. With corners like Chicago, Hammerhead, and Gambon, you can take out a Pagani Zonda R to best the Stig or a Kia Cee'd to show Tom Cruise a thing or two.
Rallying: While the rest of GT looks to go head-to-head with Forza Motorsports 3, the rally content is going to be competing with the upcoming DIRT3. Look for a vast number of old and new rally cars, and some spectacular vistas to race on.