iPhone Racing- Now With Moar GTI and Less Cost

Man, the iPhone sure does understeer.
Man, the iPhone sure does understeer.

Volkswagen is launching a new GTI for 2010, and to build buzz, they are offering a free version of the iPhone driving game Real Racing, called -strangely enough – Real Racing GTI [ iTunes App link] that replaces all the non-VW virtual product with GTIs for a one-marque racing series.
Not only can you get a bunch of GTIs on your iPhone, but you can also enter to win one to put in your driveway. VW is giving away 6 specially modified (carbon fiber trim, specially embroidered seats, etc) GTIs and you can enter to win from either the Winner’s Circle inside the game, or from the VW site.
So, if you happen to have both an iPhone and a jonesing urge for a GTI, hit up both the links to get your fill of lifted inside rear-wheel goodness.
Source [TUAW]

13 Comments

  1. I’m so glad I don’t have a iPhone. I would be useless the rest of the day.
    /Goes back to playing with his BB Storm’s light sabre.

    1. I like that the heading says GTi.
      I can’t download this until later when I’m not on the crappy restricted work Wifi.
      Engineerd, you got me excited for a moment about the light saber application. Then I remembered that my BlackBerry has a keypad and no accelerometer. See, if I had a Storm (or Storm deux) I could load both phones up and have a light saber duel with myself. Nobody else around this is nerdy enough to do that. Well, scratch that. I do work with a bunch of software developers. Surprisingly, not many of them have Storms despite everyone having at least one BlackBerry. Perhaps that’s because they are not GSM. Whew, I’m rambling aren’t I?
      Anyway, this is hopefully better than that crappy Mercedes game.

  2. Do they include VAT or any other taxes in the Canuck price? US prices are before tax and license since it varies so much between states/counties/cities.

    1. My semi-inlaws live up in Quebec province and routinely come down for trips to purchase items such as their Honda Pilot and multiple large furniture pieces. Even with the taxes they pay at the border it's still cheaper every time…

  3. For what it’s worth, the difference in price works out to an exchange rate of 81.9 cents, which isn’t outrageous when you look at the exchange rate over the past 5 years (there was the spike in late 2007 through part of 2008, and our current spike, but other than that, it’s been in the low 80s). Plus, how pissed would you be if you paid ~$28 grand for a new car, and six months later, you could get the same car for five grand less? After that, they’ve got considerations of resale value (both for customer satisfaction and for setting lease rates).
    I’m not saying I like the situation, but from a manufacturer’s perspective, I wouldn’t want to make any major changes in prices unless the Canadian dollar stayed near par with the US dollar for an extended period of time (like, several years).

  4. I played it this morning and it is better than I expected. However, they do manage your braking and acceleration so you really just steer the thing. There is a setting to remove braking “assistance.” I have only run three quick races and the lap times are coming down nicely. There should be more understeer and a handbrake to help through the hairpins though.

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