Gran Turismo 7’s latest Lap Time Challenge features the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R on Kyoto’s Yamagiwa + Miyabi layout.
Gran Turismo 7’s Lap Time Challenge is back, giving players another chance to earn some big credit payouts through a time trial format.
This time, we got the chance to drive the astonishing Volkswagen ID.R around Kyoto Driving Park’s Yamagiwa + Miyabi configuration. The ID.R was conceived by Volkswagen as a technical exercise to improve its ID range of electric road vehicles. Don’t expect your ID Buzz to share the ID.R’s 680bhp anytime soon, however…
The ID.R holds the Nürburgring Nordschleife electric car lap record. In 2019 the car set an astonishing 6min 05.336sec lap time, with Romain Dumas at the helm. While this is a little short of the 5min 19.45sec petrol-powered record set by Timo Bernard in the Porsche 919 Evo in 2018, it’s still an impressive feat for an all-electric car.
With a Drag Reduction System (DRS) and four-wheel drive, the ID.R is a massively capable racing machine that also holds the Pikes Peak hill climb record – beating the world’s fastest gas guzzler in the process. leaves
We’d prefer to see this lap time challenge at Nordschleife rather than Kyoto Driving Park, but its 4.25-mile Yamagiwa + Miyabi layout also plays to the ID.R’s aerodynamic strengths thanks to an abundance of high-speed sections.
Kyoto curbs are also wide and generally flat, so feel free to use as many of them as you can to help you line up as many corners as possible.
As mentioned earlier, the ID.R has a DRS system, so be sure to map a button to the Overtake/Nitrous functions in the controller options menu. DRS can be activated above 85mph and requires considerable throttle application to keep it open (80% and above should do). Late apexes are your friend here, as they allow you to get straight and go on power and DRS first.
In-game, when the DRS icon (found to the right of the accelerator widget) is grayed out, you cannot activate it. When it’s white you can. When DRS opens, the icon will turn red.
The ID.R has plenty of downforce, so use DRS as much as possible, even leaving it open when cornering. You’ll need to use some throttle to remember it, so build up your confidence slowly.
GT7’s Lap Time Challenge is a time trial mode where you compete against other players to set the fastest time on the leaderboard. However, there is a caveat: setting laps within three percent of the fastest time net players of 2,000,000 credits.
If you’re not fast enough for that, lapping within five percent earns you 1,000,000 credits, while a time within 10 percent of the fastest results pays out 250,000 credits.
At the time of publication, Australian Andrew Lee holds the award for fastest lap with 1:54.587. The question is, can you get close enough to bring home all those beautiful credits? Good luck and remember to pin it!
Recommended car: Volkswagen ID.R ’19 (Brand Central, 2,000,000 credits or free car rental)
Lap Time Challenge
Track: Kyoto Driving Park – Yamagiwa + Miyabi
Admission period: 2-16 February 2023
Serviceable tires Racing: Medium, Intermediate, Wet
Wide Body: Is prohibited.
Regulations (car specific)
Volkswagen ID.R ’19
BoP/Tuning is prohibited.: Medium Speed (M)
Car used: Garage car, event specific car
Car settings: specific
Track limit: Normal
Shortcut penalty: the light