Gran Turismo’s structure of class-based racing for certain types of cars threw the spotlight on some unexpected and previously unknown heroes. Likewise its credit-based system that forced players to find cheap, fast cars that could help earn them "money" and propel them up the ranks.
For the lower leagues, and especially the front-wheel-drive races, the Mitsubishi FTO’s cheap purchase price, powerful and revvy 2.0-liter V6, and distinctive styling made it an essential early purchase in the game. This factor surely motivates the appearance of real FTOs on British streets, first imported and then sold officially. As with their virtual brethren, these remain an affordable expression of your gaming credentials out in the real world.