GT5 Seasonal Events #11: Pickup Truck Edition

Posted by Pesico
Mar 27 2011

Despite what they’re going through over in Japan, last Thursday, Polyphony added yet another set of seasonal events in the form of a Pickup Truck Race. For those wanting to help Japan, take a moment to download the Sunrise Blossom theme on the PlayStation store. It comes in several different prizing options depending on how much you can spend. With that out of the way, let’s continue on with this weeks seasonal events.

Pickup Truck Race

These are the races in the Pickup Truck Race series:
* Tsukuba Circuit – 5 Laps
* Fuji Speedway F – 3 Laps
* Nürburgring Nordschleife – 1 Lap
* Grand Valley Speedway / Reverse – 5 Laps
* Mt Aso 103A (Tarmac) – 5 Laps

The other races were extended. Pickup Truck Race series along with the old events now have an expiry date of April 7th.

* PP: Max 550

Cars allowed:
* Chevrolet Silverado SST Concept ‘02
* Chevrolet SSR ‘03
* Daihatsu Midget II D type ‘98
* Dodge RAM 1500 LARAMIE Hemi Quad Cab ‘04
* Ford F-150 Lightning ‘03
* Toyota Tacoma X-Runner ‘04
Note: All 6 cars are available in the Online Collector’s Store.

Suggested Car:
I chose to use the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning ’03 that I bought in the Online Collector’s Dealership for a little shy of Cr. 35,000. I bought Chassis Weight Reduction Stage 1, Sports ECU, Racing Air Filter, Catalytic Converter: Sports, Soft Sports Tyres for Cr. 14,950. You’ll easily get back that money in the first race plus more. With this set-up, the races became pretty easy. I you want a challenge, you shouldn’t buy much parts at all.

The races lasted roughly 5 to 8 minutes, with Nordschleife being the longest one. Experience gain per minute was around 2,200 with the car I used. After all golds where secured with the Ford, I decided to take the Daihatsu Midget II D type ‘98 out for a spin on Tsukuba Circuit and it performed better than expected. After playing a little bit with the transmission, I managed to get a 2nd place, 7 seconds behind the Tacoma X-Runner on first place. I exited out completely and entered back in to get a new starting order and I came in 3rd 14 seconds behind. So I’ve proven 2nd place is possible with the Midget. I wouldn’t rule out 1st place. It’s not gonna be easy though, and it would probably require a perfect starting order so that the best cars can’t run away in front. I assume the Tacoma X-Runner is the one you want to be far behind when the race starts. So if you really want a challenge, tune the Midget to the max and race with it on Tsukuba Circuit.

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