Gran Turismo concept becomes a Nissan reality

JonathanJune 28, 2014

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the legendary Gran Turismo driving game, a concept car created by gamers has been brought to life by Nissan's designers.

The Japanese manufacturer's vision of a supercar for the future was originally created as a design study among Nissan’s young designers and formulated as a virtual model for the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 computer game, but has since moved from the virtual world to reality.

The full size concept model is being presented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, where GT6 gamers will become the first to drive it.

Initially, Nissan’s young designers were given free rein to create the perfect supercar for their own Gran Turismo fantasy garage, but the design was seen to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from the brand’s expert engineering team in Japan.

Adapting design cues from current Nissan performance models, it was created from scratch using the latest digital design tool, which represents the first – and to date only – physical representation of the car as the actual concept model.

The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo project emerged from a styling and design study among Nissan’s global pool of young designers, tasked by the makers of Gran Turismo 6, who asked different manufacturers present within the game to each create visionary, dream cars to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Nissan’s 2+2 sports car adapts race-track technology – in particular air flow management – to a road car environment, with the design courtesy of skilled aerodynamic technicians and engineering teams in Japan to ensure the virtual car performs as realistically as possible.

Although visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed saw a physical interpretation of the car, the first people to ‘drive’ it were GT6 gamers.

"This is in line with the Nissan philosophy," explained Koji Nagano, vice president of Nissan Design Europe.

"In reality, not everyone would be able to own a car like Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, but through Gran Turismo anyone can drive it and experience Nissan’s promise of delivering innovation that excites," he added,

Although there is no word on whether a production version will be created, Nissan noted that "a great deal can happen in the near future", with motor enthusiasts in the meantime able to enjoy its looks and virtual performance from the comfort of their armchair.

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