Pikes Peak – Gran Turismo Exclusive?

Pikes Peak Hillclimb

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the legendary race courses around the world, and is known as one of the ultimate challenges for pushing a rally car to its limits. Despite being paved over and forced to become a shell of what it once was, it’s still an iconic track, last seen in DiRT Rally. Now, with DiRT Rally 2 announced, many community members were hoping to see Pikes Peak return. Sadly, it has been confirmed not to be, but for a rather interesting reason: Polyphony Digital has reportedly acquired exclusive rights, according to a EuroGamer article.

Pikes Peak is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and features a staggering 4,720 feet climb, with a 7.2% average grade. The full course is 19.99 km (12.42 miles), and features 156 turns. To compare, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is 20.81 km with 154 turns. This is a behemoth of a course!

Gran Turismo 2 was the last title to feature the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Course, which was a very popular venue among fans. In turn, many were hoping they would see it return in a future installment, with rumors stating it would be in Gran Turismo 5 or 6. Now, we may have a confirmation of it being in Gran Turismo Sport, which is quite exciting!

Granted, we do not have any concrete confirmation from PD, so this is not 100% confirmed. However, given the circumstances with Codemasters not being able to put Pikes Peak in DiRT 4, this may be pretty convincing evidence. What are your thoughts on this legendary venue possibly making its return to Gran Turismo?