Seasonal Events are a special set of races that are released periodically by Polyphony Digital, giving players an additional challenge. So far there have been 7 updates to the seasonal events. These consist of Bonus Races, Special Races, Time Trials and Drift Trials. In GT6, time-trial seasonal events usually award an exclusive chrome or colour-shifting paint chip.
Special Races consist of a set of races for a specific group of cars. They were added in the 10/02/2011 update. These events carry lower prizes than bonus races, but can be raced over and over to gain the same rewards multiple times. Examples include:
- MR Challenge (limited to MR drivetrain cars);
- Mini Challenge (limited to Minis)
- Ferrari F1 Challenge (limited to Ferrari F2007 and Ferrari F10).
Bonus Race/Gran Turismo Expert ChallengeEdit
The Bonus races each introduced 5 new races with strict restrictions and large rewards. The first time each race is completed, the player receives the rewards and experience of all the positions up to where they placed, but from the second race and on the player will only receive a reward and experience if they place in a better position than in the previous races.
Before update 3 (06/01/2011), there were strict restrictions for the tuning of cars used, restricting Max. Power, Min. Weight, and Max. Tyres. After the update, all restrictions were dropped, and this is retroactive to the previous races that are still available.
In mid-2011, the Bonus Race was replaced by the Gran Turismo Expert Challenge. Returning with this change were the strict regulations, this time limiting the player to a specific car with limited upgrades. A PP limit was enforced to make this challenge very difficult, but the rewards were also improved. Prizes now include Credits, XP and Prize Cars.
The Time Trials introduced two circuit time attacks with various restrictions. Players attempt each race as many times as they wanted to achieve as high a place on the online leaderboard as possible. No rewards are given for each attempt (although mileage counts towards the Beyond the Autobahn Trophy) but the leaders at the end of the event recieve rewards based upon finishing positions.
The Drift Trials introduced two sector mode drift circuits with only restrictions on tyre choice. Players attempt each trial as many times as they wanted to achieve as high a place on the online leaderboard as possible. No rewards are given for each attempt (although scores can count towards the Drift King Trophy) but the leaders at the end of the event recieve rewards based upon finishing positions.