In most cases, virtual reality exceeds real life and BMW’s new virtual racecar called the Vision Gran Turismo makes no exception. Designed for the Gran Turismo 6 video game available exclusively on PlayStation 3, the Vision GT appears to be an evolution of the real-life BMW M235i Racing, both in terms of design and performance.
The car’s creators at BMW Group Design envisioned it with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine developed by BMW M GmbH, promising a peak performance of 542hp (549PS), “fast laps and optimum handling and control.”
The engine produces a peak torque of 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) at just 1,900 rpm and is mated to a sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. The rear-wheel drive BMW Vision Gran Turismo weighs only 1,180 kilograms (2,601 lbs), evenly distributed on the two axles (50:50).
The car’s design reminds of BMW touring cars of the 1970s, with the crisp proportions and dynamic silhouette making it a joy to look at. The front and rear spoilers are designed to provide optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fiber. Finally, the paint finish in BMW M colors traces the flow of the airstream.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is obviously based on the M235i Racing – just look at the overall proportions and the shape of the taillights. So why would BMW design a virtual racecar based on a real car, when it could have opted for a futuristic proposition like Mercedes’ AMG Vision Gran Turismo? I can only hope it’s because BMW plans to actually build a similar model…
My hopes are kept alive by this statement from BMW’s vice president brand communication, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann: “The race car anticipates future racing trends and allows gaming fans even more to experience BMW racing quality.”
By Dan Mihalascu