Virtual racecar smashes record
Video-game creation is dynamite to drive, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.