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PlayS­ta­tion petrol­heads are be­ing driven to dis­trac­tion by Gran Turismo Sport, the lat­est “real driv­ing sim­u­la­tor” from Polyphony and Sony. The game has over 150 cars, which are de­scribed as “the high­est-qual­ity, high­est-pre­ci­sion mod­els in the world”, sec­ond in de­tail only to the ac­tual CAD data used by the car man­u­fac­tur­ers. The ve­hi­cles in the game cover a wide spec­trum – from reg­u­lar road-go­ing rides sold in deal­er­ships, to rac­ing ma­chines seen on race­tracks and con­cept cars shot at mo­tor shows. At the ex­treme and most stun­ning end of the spec­trum are the Vi­sion Gran Turismo pro­to­types.

Cre­ated spe­cially for the game se­ries by car companies which want to play along, these GTs are dig­i­tal dream hy­per­cars rooted in high-tech re­al­ity. The most re­cent one is the McLaren Ul­ti­mate Vi­sion Gran Turismo (be­low). Its en­gine is be­liev­able, be­ing the com­pany’s twin-turbo 4-litre V8, but the rest of the pow­er­train is un­be­liev­able, with high-out­put elec­tric mo­tors in each of the front wheel pods, max­i­mum power of 1150bhp and in­stant torque of 1275Nm. The 1000kg kerb weight (thanks to car­bon through­out) and ad­vanced ac­tive aero­dy­namic tech­nol­ogy are pos­si­ble, more so than the mo­tor­cy­clestyle driv­ing po­si­tion within the glass cock­pit. An­other vir­tual new­comer is the Peu­geot L750 R HY­brid Vi­sion Gran Turismo (left), a lighter and even racier ver­sion of the ear­lier L500 R. The rad­i­cal car­bon-mono­coque mis­sile has a fan­tas­tic petrol­elec­tric driv­e­train with a to­tal out­put of 750bhp, a 7-speed se­quen­tial gear­box, an en­gine red­line of 10,000rpm and a 0-100km/h tim­ing of 2.4 sec­onds. More re­al­is­tic are the the­o­ret­i­cal French hy­per­car’s ven­ti­lated car­bon disc brakes, forged mag­ne­sium wheels and in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sions. The Nis­san Con­cept 2020 Vi­sion Gran Turismo (be­low) is older than the McLaren and Peu­geot – it made its de­but in 2014’s Gran Turismo 6 and was up­dated in 2015 with strik­ing red paint­work and a slightly dif­fer­ent grille. But the conceptual Nis­san has been built as a full-scale model and also comes in 1:43 scale die-cast form as part of the spe­cial pack­age for the col­lec­tor’s edi­tion of Gran Turismo Sport.

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