ITV4 will broadcast infamous Nissan PlayStation GT Academy contestNissan

GT Academy challenges the conventions of motorsport by taking some of the speediest PlayStation gamers in the world and fast-tracking one of them to become a professional racing driver with Nissan. The series of high-octane, character-driven programmes will be broadcast on ITV4 on Mondays at 8pm, with the first programme airing on February 4.

Each episode will be repeated on Saturday early evening and Sunday morning slots.

The ITV4 show charts the incredible journey that started with a massive entry list of 830,000 gamers from 14 participating European countries. From each country, the fastest players on PlayStation's legendary video game Gran Turismo5 qualified for a National Final event, bringing the worlds of virtual and real racing ever closer.

The six winners from the UK and Ireland National Final arrived at the GT Academy Race Camp at the world famous Silverstone Circuit in August 2012, where the transition from virtual expert to real racing driver began.

Not for the faint-hearted, contestants were put through their paces in a gruelling set of driving, physical and mental challenges designed to measure what it takes to become a modern-day professional racing driver.

The programme discovers who has the winning mentality and who will crack under the intense pressure.

Last year, Jann Mardenborough won the competition despite never having set foot in a race car in his life. The teenager has since piloted a Nissan GT-R Nismo in the Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT.

Tune in to find out who the next superstar racer will be.