If you need a reminder that time does indeed race by, the Gran Turismo racing video-game series is celebrating its 15th birthday this year. To mark the occasion Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of the Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. commissioned automaker design studios to each create their ideal future vision of a sports car. The project, know as “Vision Gran Turismo,” challenged designers to work on a virtual model that had to represent advanced design thinking and also function in race conditions on Gran Turismo’s virtual tracks.
Mercedes-Benz is the first to debut their creation, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo. While the car relies on classic sports car proportions, a long hood flowing into a small teardrop shaped driver and passenger cabin, the forms are pushed to the extreme and mated with motorsport-inspired details. Added touches like exposed hood latches and filler cap, integrated air scoops and Formula 1 inspired rear air diffuser and rain light are usually reserved for production models but show the level of detail now expected in realistic racing games. In fact Mercedes-AMG sound specialists created a special V8 engine sound for the virtual 577hp AMG V8 biturbo engine in the car.
The designers updated the iconic Mercedes-Benz grille, taking inspiration from the the legendary 1952 300SL racing car. The AMG Vision Gran Turismo sports a seemingly classic louvered grille and centrally located star emblem. However each of the grille slats are LED lights capable of producing various illumination patterns. A feature probably headed for a production car in the near future.
A 1:1 scale model of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo was produced for the 2013 LA Auto Show. The virtual model will be available through Gran Turismo 6 in December 2013 as the first vehicle in the Vision Gran Turismo series. Players will be about to acquire more cars through online updates as they are gradually unveiled.