Vir­tual race­car smashes record

Video-game cre­ation is dy­na­mite to drive, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

THE Suzuka grand prix cir­cuit lap record has been smashed by 20 sec­onds — on PlayS­ta­tion3.

Red Bull Rac­ing driver Se­bas­tian Vet­tel claimed the record in a shake­down of a vir­tual car that is fea­tured in the next gen­er­a­tion of Gran Turismo 5.

The X1 Pro­to­type car is a joint ven­ture be­tween the pro­duc­ers of the pop­u­lar com­puter game and Aussie Mark Web­ber’s For­mula One team.

The project threw out the F1 rule book to pro­duce the fastest race car pos­si­ble for its Gran Turismo 5 game, which will be re­leased in Aus­tralia on Novem­ber 4.

The X1 fea­tures aero­dy­nam­ics by Red Bull Rac­ing chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Adrian Newey.

‘‘We all have a dream about push­ing the bound­aries, where the per­for­mance of the car and the ex­pe­ri­ence of the driver take prece­dence over the rules,’’ he says. ‘‘This is the in­spi­ra­tion that brought Red Bull Rac­ing and Polyphony to­gether. As a re­sult, the X1 Pro­to­type is dy­na­mite to drive.’’

Kazunori Ya­mauchi, pres­i­dent of Gran Turismo pro­duc­ers Polyphony Dig­i­tal, says the X1 is a ‘‘what-if’’ dream.

‘‘We want to in­spire rac­ing fans and the in­dus­try alike by ex­plor­ing the realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties for the fu­ture of mo­tor­sports,’’ he says.

Go to www.gran-turismo.com or www.red­bull.com

Dream run: the X1 Pro­to­type vir­tual racer cre­ated by (be­low right) Adrian Newey and Kazunori Ya­mauchi.

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