A lot of real world activities have either been canceled or delayed, and that includes racing. Fortunately, racing fans have an alternative to turn to, and that’s the iconic video game franchise Gran Turismo. To make the switch to digital even more palatable for fans, Gran Turismo is adding a new car to its lineup: a Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept. The new car will be available in Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4 starting with the update scheduled for May 25.
The RX-Vision GT3 Concept builds on Mazda’s RX-Vision concept that was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Most notably, the concept brings back the rotary engine, making gamers the first to experience its return, though the engine is set to be the force behind future Mazda model. That model is said to produce 562 horsepower in the game. Combined with a front-to-rear weight distribution of 48:52, the RX-Vision GT3 should dominate the track.
Mazda brought in the designer responsible for the RX-Vision and the RX-8—Ikua Maeda, who is also the head of global design for Mazda. The design originally called for oversized wheels and a super-low greenhouse, but the actual concept brought the wheels back to more appropriate levels, and added visibility out of the windshield. In the front, Maeda added more aerodynamic features. Side-exhaust exhaust behind the front wheels give another interesting note to consider. On the rear, a massive wing made from carbon fiber pairs with a large rear diffuser. The car comes in at 2,755 pounds, and has some elegant lines that will have you thinking race car.
Mazda isn’t just providing a new concept for the game, they’ve also penned a deal to join in a partnership with the game’s developers, Polyphony Digital. That partnership no doubt means that more Mazda models will be coming to the game in 2020.