This first and second gear section is the tightest ever seen in a GT. It’s a real test of a both a car’s agility and your throttle control. Try it in the reverse direction (unlocked once you beat all ten times) and you realize how steep it is - and bear in mind Polyphony Digital’s interest in hill climbs actually goes much further than this. The famously mad Pikes Peak course, which has as many turns as the Nurburgring but is a dirt road leading 14,000 feet up a mountain, is expected in GT5.
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Meanwhile, back at the Eiger, there’s a tempting-looking gravel cut across the lowest corner, but keeping control is tough - not just because of the lack of grip, but because of the compression as you come off the hill. You can lose a lot of time here. Polyphony Digital hasn’t lost its flair for track design.