Racing isn't exactly my forte, so it's hard for me to say. With so much competition on the track now in the way of Forza and Project Cars, I doubt that Gran Turismo will ever stand alone as the face of racing sims. However, I do feel like it still has a place of prominence, most notably among PlayStation players, much as Forza is the go-to Xbox racing sim. Project Cars just straddles the line and satisfies everyone. In the end, choices are always a good thing for players, and competition is a great thing for evolving franchises.
Since I'm not really on the up-and-up on what's in and out in the racing genre nowadays, I wasn't even aware that GT lost its status as 'the face of racing' in the first place, at least on PlayStation systems. Well, obviously... since Gran Turismo is exclusive to PlayStation the same way Forza is exclusive to Xbox. I suppose I'm a bit behind on the times!
To me Project Cars is now the face of sim racing. I've never played a Forza game, and much like the Gran Turismo series, their biggest problem is console exclusivity. Gran Turismo has always been a great simulator, but only if you own a PlayStation console and the same with Forza. No Xbox means no Forza. Project Cars, being multi-platform, reaches a much larger audience. As far as actual game-play, Assetto Corsa and Project Cars both are equal to any other simulator out there, with Project Cars matching even the Gran Turismo Sport beta on graphics. Bottom line, Gran Turismo had a nice run as the top simulator but now must take a back seat to Project Cars.
I sort of doubt it. Sony's racing series just takes too long to develop, which means a lot of time out of the public's eyes, and when I think about a console sim racer my mind goes straight to Forza Motorsport rather than Gran Turismo. It's also not the peak of simulation anymore, as if players are that serious about racing and want a crazy accurate representation then I bet they're playing iRacing on PC. I still think the Gran Turismo name holds a lot of brand recognition, though, and it's clearly one of the PlayStation 4's technical marvels. So, while it might not be the first name I think of, it's certainly still up there as one of the kings of the genre.