Ex­plor­ing ve­hi­cle po­ten­tial in games

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At this year’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, Nis­san un­veiled a new de­sign vi­sion for gamers who traded their con­soles for real cars at the four-day event.

The Nis­san Con­cept 2020 Vi­sion Gran Turismo is the lat­est su­per­car in the Gran Turismo video game fran­chise, now in its 15th year.

Good­wood, where car mak­ers flaunt top-per­form­ing and clas­sic mod­els to at­tack the fa­mous hill climb, is where Nis­san de­buts what gamers will be driv­ing next month in Gran Turismo 6.

A young team at Nis­san De­sign Europe, led by de­sign di­rec­tor Taisuke Naka­mura, col­lab­o­rated with en­gi­neers in Ja­pan, cre­at­ing a ve­hi­cle that re­flects the po­ten­tial of its vir­tual per­for­mance.

‘‘We have 149 cars in PlayS­ta­tion Game,’’ Naka­mura said.

‘‘People are quite en­thu­si­as­tic to race a car in a vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment. the Mr It’s a new styling chal­lenge with­out any con­straints, bound­aries, so it was a purely de­sign chal­lenge from our side to see how much we can go fur­ther to achieve an at­trac­tive de­sign. It’s like a vir­tual mo­tor show to me.’’ But the Nis­san Con­cept 2020 isn’t the only way Nis­san trans­forms the vir­tual into real.

The car is a key fac­tor in Nis­san GT Academy, the pro­gram where gamers who as­pire to be­come race car driv­ers are put through the paces and a few find the pro grid. One grad­u­ate is NISMO ath­lete Jann Mar­den­bor­ough, who af­ter three Le Mans 24 Hours and a Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship, is on track for For­mula One in a driver de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

Driv­ing the Con­cept for the first time at Good­wood, Mr Mar­den­bor­ough said whether gam­ing or on the track, the driver’s per­for­mance was real.

‘‘It feels re­ally quick,’’ Mr Mar­den­bor­ough said.

‘‘It’s been de­signed vir­tu­ally. And we’ve got the real car here as a con­cept car.

‘‘So, it’s kind of like my story of GT Academy, com­ing from the vir­tual world into the re­al­life rac­ing world to do what I’m do­ing in mo­tor rac­ing cars… I still train on sim­u­la­tors. I still train on Gran Turismo… it’s still a cru­cial part of my de­vel­op­ment as a driver.’’

Car en­thu­si­asts and me­dia are call­ing the con­cept the next gen­er­a­tion of Nis­san per­for­mance ve­hi­cle.

For a full run­down all things Nis­san, call into Thomp­son Nis­san, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222 666.

The Nis­san Con­cept 2020 Vi­sion Gran Turismo is the lat­est su­per­car in the Gran Turismo video game fran­chise, now in its 15th year

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