Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept revealed
Getting its formal coming out party in Frankfurt, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept takes the automaker to a new level of technology and accessibility. Created as a virtual competitor for the popular Sony PlayStation franchise Gran Turismo, the car's design reflects a modern-day homage to the automaker's racing history, including its wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937 and 1939. But the striking coupe also previews a new design language that will color the character of what lies ahead in Bugatti's "post-Veyron" era, which recently ended with the 450th and final example of its supercar rolling out of the factory in Molsheim, France.
Leveraging a heritage of high-performance
"The Bugatti design team normally works only for the exclusive and very distinguished circle of the brand's customers. Now Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo has given us the opportunity, for the first time, to do something special for our fans as well," explained Achim Anscheidt, the head of Bugatti Design. While the automaker has yet to offer any details on the engine in this one-off show car -- which is expected to be an even-more-intense version of the awesome mid-mounted 1,184-horsepower quad-turbo W16 that drives all four wheels in the Veyron - it has confirmed that the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo was developed by factory engineers based on cutting-edge racing technology and aerodynamic analysis.
Finished in the marque's familiar blue and black motif set off with raw carbon fiber elements, Bugatti's VGT dream machine picks up on several heritage cues highlighted by its "horseshoe" grille, signature "Bugatti line" that dominates its profile view and the elegantly stylized dorsal fin first seen on the firm's classic 1936 Type 57 Atlantic Coupe. A more contemporary touch - the prominent NACA duct integrated into its roof panel -- works with the car's front splitter and rear wing to enhance balance and dynamic stability at speed while adding its own distinctive flourish to the mix, as do the bold LED front/rear lighting treatments.
Inside, the cabin of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept displays a similarly competitive character. Carbon racing shell seats and an F1-style multifunction steering wheel set are complemented by digital main displays and an array of console-mounted buttons and switches that put every key function in easy reach of the driver.
"We wanted to develop a virtual race car which is a genuine Bugatti down to the last detail and radiates the unrestricted values of the brand," the designers said. "We hope that the gamers will have just as much fun racing the car as we did in developing it." For our part, we're even more anxious to see how the time and effort spent crafting this track-focused digital one-off impacts the real-world successor to the Veyron, a vehicle currently rumored to have as much as 1,500 horsepower and expected to debut next spring in Geneva.
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