Welcome to the Gran Turismo family, Bugatti
If you haven’t spent your teenage years with a PlayStation joystick in your hands, you probably don’t know this: real automotive manufacturers have designed all the cars racing in Gran Turismo, abbreviated GT, the highest selling video game franchise of all times on the PlayStation platform (that’s North of 50 million copies). Gamers can virtually test and drive Fords, Toyotas , BMWs or Chevrolets, to name a few.
Last September 2015, French manufacturer Bugatti (owned by Volkswagen) unveiled his ‘Vision’ of the Gran Turismo concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a Grande Messe for the automotive industry and its fans. The blue car on the picture is real, but it’s the prototype for the virtual one soon to be available on Sony PlayStation.
But no, it’s not only about PlayStation fans. This, my friends, is the car of the future. According to its designers, the Vision is nothing less than a projection of what the Bugatti car could look like tomorrow: “it clearly signals the design language we can expect to see from the automaker in the near future” (see DuJour article below).
So take off the massive GT wing and racing features, keep the 8 led light system in lieu of your two headlights, the matte-finish carbon fiber interior, cerulean blue suede finished steering wheel and indigo blue exterior, and enjoy the vision.
Oh, WHY is the Vision blue? The answer is in Car Magazine.
‘Bugatti Unveils the Next Revolutionary Hypercar
With its Vision Gran Turismo, the French automaker looks to the future
A decade ago, Bugatti dropped a meteor on the automotive world with the Veyron, reshaping notions of what’s possible in a production car. At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show this month, visitors can get a glimpse of the ultra-exclusive French automaker’s future, with the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo.
As its name implies, this car was initially designed for the best-selling Gran Turismo PlayStation series, but those in Frankfurt can see in the blue-carbon-fiber flesh that it represents a great deal more. Achim Anscheidt, head of design at Bugatti, says while the concept is overstated, it clearly signals the design language we can expect to see from the automaker in the near future.
The iconic horseshoe grille frames the front-end, while eight “eye headlights” designed specifically for the VGT give the car an equally modern and menacing look. The rear is characterized by the massive wing, which helps create down-force. The cockpit is designed for racing functionality, with the location of every button and control purposefully considered. An especially lightweight and durable suede that is used for racing shoes in Formula One makes its way onto parts such as the steering wheel, dash and headrest. And while the carbon fiber used on the exterior is glossy, designers opted for a matte-finish in the cockpit, chosen to minimize glare.’
‘The design is said to be a homage to Bugatti’s racing history, specifically the victories at Le Mans in 1937 and 1939 in the Type 57 Tank. The blue paintwork reflects the ’37 car’s two-tone livery and – although a virtual racer – the company pledges that every second part of the car has a functional purpose.’
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