BMW has revealed its Vision Gran Turismo race car, which is set hit racetracks in the popular PlayStation 3 video game, Gran Turismo 6.
The race car concept, created by BMW Group Design, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine developed by BMW M, which offers a peak performance of 542 bhp.
Visually, the virtual concept car follows in the tradition of the BMW touring cars of the 1970s. Karim Habib, Head of Design at BMW said: “The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. It’s a precise driving machine engineered and designed to race and win.”
To mark the game’s 15th anniversary last year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo creator and president of Polyphony Digital, invited several car manufacturers to contribute to the game series. Design departments were called upon to look into the future and share their concept models with the gaming community. The virtual cars will be gradually integrated into the new Gran Turismo 6 game through online updates.
“I was eagerly awaiting what kind of car the people at BMW would come up with. The resulting Vision Gran Turismo car was a sports car that was so clearly BMW, that really shows the DNA of BMW. What makes the Vision GT car so recognisable as a BMW, is in things like its compact size, its wide front and rear overfenders. It maintains the strong angular forms from the past, but the car is also given modern, elegant lines”, said Yamauchi.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design added: “This project means a lot to me, because Kazunori-san shares the same passion for design and driving pleasure as we do at BMW Group.”
The Gran Turismo video game, first released in 1998, is one of the biggest virtual racing games worldwide and PlayStation’s most successful franchise. According to Sony Computer Entertainment, the complete series has sold over 70 million games in more than 100 countries to date.