Mercedes-Benz - Virtual vs. Reality

  • John Aitchison

The launch of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG excited car enthusiasts the world over. This flagship vehicle, with its thunderous V8 and classic gullwing doors combines the latest technology with jaw-dropping iconic looks. But the £167,000 price tag puts it beyond the reach of many. To address this, we invited virtual racers to take on our very own David Coulthard in an exciting challenge. David would be in a real SLS-AMG at the Top Gear test track, while competition winners chosen from 60,000+ plucky contenders would buckle in to their Gran Turismo 5 simulators a few miles up the road at Mercedes-Benz World. With a trip to Interlagos to join Mercedes F1at the Brazilian Grand Prix up for grabs the competition was fierce. But who would win this battle of Virtual vs. Reality?

Our drivers were chosen from more than 65,000 players who entered via the PlayStation network, or via a press, email and YouTube campaign.