That collaboration certainly was interesting. Do you think you'll ever make the jump from designing a video game prototype to perhaps designing the prototype for an actual automobile prototype?
Oh, I'd love to do that one day.
What's your favorite car in the game?
The Jaguar XJ13 is probably my favorite car in the game. Though the real XJ13 is quite a pain to drive, in the game it's a bit easier. In real life, the clutch is really heavy, as is the steering, while the throttle response is really, really sensitive.
It must be interesting to meet Bryan Heitkotter, the winner of GT Academy, because I feel that on some level the concept of Gran Turismo has been to bring a typically inaccessible experience -- racing cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars -- to the gaming masses. And now, a Gran Turismo gamer has actually become a race car driver because of your creation. How do you feel about that?
Actually, you know, when I first started developing the series of games, I hoped and knew that one day this happened. I knew one day someone who played this game would become a real life racing driver. But to actually witness it in person, is like a dream come true for me.