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.