When Gran Turismo was first released in 1997, it sent shockwaves through the gaming and automotive industries. Kazunori Yamauchi’s masterpiece was as addictive as it was authentic (hello endurance challenges), and while many franchises have come and gone, Gran Turismo still remains the benchmark racing game.
The various releases since 97 have included basically any manufacturer you would care about, but oddly, it wasn’t until 2017 that motorsport royalty, Porsche, joined the Gran Turismo party. Like most relationships in the COVID era, Porsche and Gran Turismo have got very serious, very quickly.
For the launch of the game’s seventh edition, Porsche has, for the first time, developed a vehicle purely for the virtual world. The collaborative baby is called the “Porsche Vision Gran Turismo” and from what we can tell, it might just be the most attainable Porsche Hypercar ever (virtually) made.
Michael Mauer, Vice President of Style for Porsche says: “A vehicle designed purely for the virtual world opens up exciting possibilities for us that are otherwise heavily regimented in a regular design process for a series production car. Projects such as the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo are particularly valuable for us in the creative process. Further developing our clearly defined Porsche Design DNA and exchanging with designers from other industries is an important part of our work.”
Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Technical Data
- Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h: 2.1 seconds
- Acceleration 0 – 200 km/h: 5.4 seconds
- Top speed: 350 km/h
- Peak power: 820 kW (950 kW with overboost & launch control)
- Battery size: 87 kWh
- Range: 500 km (WLTP)
- Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
But rather than just create some wild scrapbook, Frankenstein, Porsche wanted to maintain cohesion with its current practices. The concept car maintains Porsche’s ” height-to-width ratio, an extremely low-set bonnet and very pronounced wings. ” The front of the car is very Taycan-esque, while the rear light strip is ala 992. The car also features a low, dynamic seating position, and interior materials that align with Porsche’s current automotive pallet.
Markus Auerbach, Head of Interior Design at Porsche says: “We spent a long time considering the right material design consisting of carbon and titanium. The aim was to reduce weight while increasing performance. In addition, sustainable aspects also play a role in forward-looking projects. For example, we only used entirely vegan materials in the concept car.”
Kazunori Yamauchi (President, Polyphony Digital) says ” In terms of engineering expertise, both we and Porsche follow the same perfectionist philosophy. We share the same passion for racing and are looking to the future of the car.” Polyphony says that the new functions in Gran Turismo 7 will closely represent that of a steering wheel through the implementation of haptic feedback and more direct feel. The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo will be available exclusively in Gran Turismo 7, which will be released on 4 March 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.