Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a must-have for any (virtual) car collector
Since its inception in 1997, Gran Turismo has came a long way. The benchmark console racing series got its sixth installment in 2013, and as fans worldwide wait for GT7 to arrive, manufacturers teamed up with the publishers to embody their visions into a series of Gran Turismo-specific cars. Many manufacturers had revealed their digital racers and this year, they were joined by Bugatti who also made a real life example of its virtual Vision Gran Turismo Car which made its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show.
Vision GT, a concept car and an homage to Bugatti’s glorious past
The car was unveiled at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and got journalists stunned. It features a two-tone blue paint job reminiscent of the famous pre-war cars, most notably the beautifully aerodynamic Type 57G Tank, the winner of both 1937 and 1939 24H of Le Mans. However, the nostalgia of this car ends with the number 16 on its grill, since the concept is by no means retro. ‘With the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept, Bugatti will be presenting the new form and design language developed by the brand to celebrate the next chapter in its history following the end of the Veyron era. Bugatti’s design DNA has reached a new stage in its evolution… our concept car for Vision Gran Turismo will be exaggerated and extremely performance-oriented. Even so, the progressive design language will give an impressive demonstration of the path to be taken by Bugatti design over the next few years.’ Achim Anscheidt, the head of Bugatti design team, said. With that in mind, we can expect that some of the features found on this concept will make their way to Veyron’s successor, momentarily known as Chiron.
As for the car itself, every single bit of the concept is fully functional and the car is ready for racing. Bugatti’s engineers and racing experts were heavily involved with creating the car that will not only look great, but shows great performance as well, calculating that the Vision Gran Turismo could potentially attain speeds of more than 250mph on four sections of the Le Mans track. This Bugatti also features NACA duct and DRS, must-have racing features for today and the future. Minimalist carbon fiber interior follows the outside’s design via a longitudinal central fin that divides the console in two and creates an oddly pleasing, blue suede-padded, futuristic racing environment.
All that has got us thinking will we ever see this 8.0l W16-powered marvel on wheels showing its full potential and will we have another Bugatti Le Mans winner in near future?