Polyphony Digital signs deal with BBC's Top Gear

Polyphony Digital today announced that the company has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to allow users to view episodes of the popular motoring show Top Gear through the PlayStation 3.

Gamers can watch up to 40 episodes of the popular Television series, run by the ever exuberant trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, via the new Gran Turismo TV Channel, which is set to launch next year.

The BBC also revealed that the infamous test-track featured in the programme would be included in Gran Turismo 5, allowing players to race a variety of machines around the course in a similar mould to Top Gear’s very own motoring legend, 'The Stig'.

Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi commented, "We're sure that players will be as thrilled as we are when they get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test on the Top Gear Test Track in GT5, as well as enjoying classic episodes of Top Gear via GT TV.”

Gran Turismo 5 will be released in North America and Europe some time in 2008; stay tuned for more coverage as it breaks.

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