Nissan says a version of its outlandish Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo supercar could make the bold step from virtual to reality.
Revealed overnight, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has the appearance of a wild 2+2 supercar with an advanced aerodynamic body. The twist is that it does not exist in reality, but rather as bits and bites.
From July, players of the Sony PlayStation game Gran Turismo will be able to download this possible Godzilla of the future to their fantasy garage. The car was created in part to celebrate the GT franchise’s 15th anniversary.
The project was created by a team of young designers at Nissan Design Europe in London, but according to Nissan, the model was considered to have enough potential to get input from its ‘advanced engineering team’ based at its Technical Centre in Atsugi, Japan.
But the story may not stop there, because Nissan also says it believes the real-world is ready for a production version: “Watch this space…”, it says. At the least, expect some of the wild styling elements to translate to the 2017 ‘R36’ GT-R, which is expected to feature hybrid power, and possibly KERS technology co-developed by Nismo and F1 team Williams.
Last year Nissan’s global chief planning officer Andy Palmer told Autocar that Nissan would almost certainly follow in the wheel-tracks of the Porsche 918 Spyder, LaFerrari and McLaren P1 with its own electrified powertrain for the next-generation GT-R.
This could mean Nissan intends to reveal a physical version of the Vision GT concept soon, potentially at this month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Revealing outlandish cars of the future in Gran Turismo is becoming something of a trend, with numerous other brands such as the Volkswagen (GTI Roadster), Mitsubishi (XR-PHEV Evolution), BMW and Mercedes-Benz AMG all taking part in its Vision Gran Turismo project.
Nissan’s participation is fitting: the winner of the inaugural GT Academy — a virtual racing challenge — Lucas Ordoñez has since raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.