There are many reasons to get Gran Turismo 6 for Playstation 3 but Formula 1 fans only need one: legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna. As December 6 (the official Gran Turismo 6 release date) nears, Gran Turismo participated in a special SCEA Press Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, October 24. Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi announced a special long term partnership with the "Ayrton Senna Institute" to bring Ayrton Senna content to Gran Turismo 6.

According to Yamauchi during the special press conference, a variety of Ayrton Senna-related content will be available as downloadable updates for Gran Turismo 6. In fact, Brazilian news site Globo reports that Senna will even be a playable character in the game. According to Globo, players will have an opportunity to "trace the roots of Ayrton Senna's racing career," suggesting a possible story-mode in GT6.

"Ayrton Senna has always been my hero, and I'm honored to be able to work as a partner with the Ayrton Senna Institute which has carried on his legacy," said Yamauchi. "If it wasn't for Ayrton Senna, I don't think the video game, Gran Turismo, would ever have been developed. Nothing makes me happier than to relay the gratitude of Ayrton Senna Foundation, to all the players of Gran Turismo 6." 

The Gran Turismo 6 Ayrton Senna Limited Edition PlayStation 3 bundle will be availabe strictly as a Brazil exclusive. The bundle will include a copy of GT6 and all the Anniversary Edition cars and in-game credits along with the Playstation 3 console itself.

“For us, it’s very special to have Ayrton as the main highlight of Gran Turismo 6. It represents victories that Brasil won far beyond just the sport. It's the Brazilian spirit, perseverance among challenges, and victory achieved through great effort. Ayrton also represents the creative intelligence, courage, and solidarity with friends and strangers. These are values that we Brazilians cultivate and saw represented in the figure of that champion, which added to this a meticulous technique," said Viviane Senna, the sister of the late triple champion and president of Instituto Ayrton Senna.

They Ayrton Senna Institute is a non-profit organization established by Ayrton Senna's sister Viviane in 1994. The special program focuses on providing Brazilian children the opportunity to receive an education and to teach the youth the skills necessary to pursue a successful future career. The Ayrton Senna Institute nonprofit program has taken in more than 17 million children and have trained over 750,000 teachers.

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Ayrton Senna's presence in Gran Turismo 6 is definitely a refreshing addition to the racing game genre.  However, GT6 isn't the first game to feature the motorsport hero. check out the forgotten classic Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II Japanese Commercial below: