Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines. NPI has become one of the fastest growing automotive companies in the Philippines and spearheaded the aggressive expansion of its dealership network. Committed to delivering Innovation that Excites to the Philippine market through introduction of new and exciting vehicles, innovative customer programs, and excellent customer. Last June 30, 2016, NPI launched the second season of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.
According to NPI President and Managing Director Ramesh Narasimhan, “through the virtual-to-reality racing competition, we look forward to giving more opportunities for Filipino gamers to realize their dream of becoming professional racecar drivers. Last year, the Philippines team competed against other racers in other countries and came out on top. Continuing the competition’s success, we open season 2 with Lucas Ordonez in hopes of motivating the best Filipino talents to enter the competition and make the country the breeding ground for outstanding racing drivers.”
NPI revealed that the new Sony PlayStation-4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport would be playable for the first time ever during live recruitment events of the 2016 Nissan GT Academy. Nissan, in partnership with Polyphony Didital, introduced the upgraded racing video game to the Philippines, and other participating countries, ahead of its official release to the rest of the world in November.
During the NPI launching, they also introduced Mr. Lucas Ordonez, 2008 1st Nissan Playstation GTAcademy Winner in Europe. At the event, Ordonez encouraged the participants to grab the Nissan GT Academy Season 2 as an opportunity to make racecar dreams a reality. He also reminiscing and according to him, “back then, I was just studying for MBA when I saw an ad for a new competition called ‘GT Academy’, I knew I had to join and take this shot to be the racing driver I dreamed to be. Now, here I am racing on every possible tournament. I felt great to have taken that move. I hope Filipinos will grab opportunity, too.” He is an inspiration for all gamers and aspiring racers looking to get their big break in the new season of Nissan GT Academy.
Last season, over 13,000 hopefuls showcased their talents at the live events carried out nationwide. Out of all the contenders, six Filipino representatives were chosen to represent the Philippines at Race Camp Week in the Silverstone Circuit, UK. One of them won the title, besting other competitors from India, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand. Joward Policarpio was crowned the grand winner and became the first Filipino Nissan GT Academy Asia champion. This season, NPI will holding nationwide series of Live Events for its recruitment drive starting July until August, with the National Finals slated for September. The top 6 contenders will then fly to the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom for the Race Camp to compete against representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, and Thailand to determine the Nissan GT Academy 2016 champion.