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