It's time to start your engines

After a not inconsiderable wait, we are mere hours away from the launch of Gran Turismo 5 – and we're happy to say it delivers on every count. Obsessive attention to detail? Check. Over 1,000 cars to earn, customise and race? Check. An excellent Stereoscopic 3D mode for even more realistic handling? Check. Go-carts and VW camper vans? Check. Still the ultimate driving simulator? Let's just say it laps the competition. For a taster of what you can expect from tomorrow, the game's epic intro is after the jump.

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Gran Turismo 5 will go on sale from Wednesday 24 November on PlayStation 3.

Esquire's exclusive interview with GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi is in the December issue, out now.

And if you consider your road-handling skills to be equal to The Stig's, why not take part in Sony’s inaugural 3D TV GT5 tournament? Starting on 27th November at HMV stores in Manchester, Reading, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, the two fastest competitors from each region will then go pedal to pedal at HMV’s London Oxford Street store in the grand final.