Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi gave automotive designers a gift with GT6: an unprecedented canvas on which to paint their wildest ideas. The Vision Gran Turismo project invites automakers to imagine, engineer, and create concept cars for the racing-simulation video game without the constraints of, you know, reality.
SRT opened the project to every designer at Chrysler, and the Tomahawk, with three power levels, was chosen from 30 concept submissions. Why? It wasn't for its hybrid drivetrain or active aero. It just looked fast. In this world, that's enough.
Designed by Pual Hoste | 7.0-liter V-10, Plus pneumatic Power Assist |Total Power: 1007–2590 hp | Weight: 1459–2026 lb | Top speed: 250–404 mph
More than a pretty face
Engineers and designers worked together on these concepts, like they do for production models. BMW's Vision Gran Turismo may have been engineered for virtual use, but it was engineered nonetheless. It has 50/50 weight distribution and a heady twin-turbo straight- six, its aerodynamics and mechanicals are all "functional." That gets translated into legit driving dynamics in-game, just as the aesthetics are rendered on-screen.
Designed by BMW Group Design | 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 | Power: 541 hp | Weight: 2601
Nissan and Gran Turismo have always been thick as thieves. Polyphony, the game's development company, even designed the current GT-R's graphic interface. Last year, that partnership bore new fruit at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Nissan showed a full-scale model of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. This is more than a virtual plaything—think of it as a preview of Nissan's next halo car.
Designed by Michael Reinth | Twin-turbo V-6 Hybrid Powertrain
Pixel to clay
Once the heavy lifting is done, it's only a matter of time before the ones and zeros make it to clay. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo adopts the best elements of the French firm's sports-car racing past and chisels them onto the future. Gorgeous in 1080p; heart-stopping in reality.
Designed by Victor Sfiazof | 4.5-liter V-8 | Power: 450 hp | Weight: 1984 lb | Top speed: 199 MPH
These Vision Gran Turismo concepts are more than an excuse for designers to have a field day: They're a chance for automakers to flex their creative biceps, to show the world what their people can do unshackled. And for a gross display of strength, there's no better venue than an international auto show. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a car conceived for a video game, took center stage at the Los Angeles auto show.
Designed by Bastian Baudy | 5.5-liter Twin-turbo V-8 | Power: 577 hp | Weight: 3153 lb