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From video game to reality: Bugatti took a concept car from Gran Turismo

Bugatti shows real-life videogame car

Bugatti’s Vision Gran Turismo offers an idea of what a future Bugatti might look like.

Bugatti, maker of 1,200 horsepower supercars with seven-figure price tags, unveiled a fantasy videogame car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But this one wasn’t just made of pixels. Bugatti engineers created a real, drivable version.

You know the Vision Gran Turismo drill by now: it’s a safe environment for a car company (and it’s designers and engineers) to play around with whatever brand DNA they have laying around. It gets molded into an extreme version of the company’s exemplar car, with a nod or two to real-world physics (or maybe not), and everyone with a Playstation gets to try it out. I really think it’s a brilliant idea, and not building a physical car (even a styling buck) save serious dough.

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a model of the car that appears in the popular Gran Turismo videogame series. The real-life version is fully drivable but wasn’t designed to comply with government safety regulations — only racing regulations.

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Bugatti has unveiled the Vision Gran Turismo at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. This is the first race car that Bugatti has designed since the EB110, but it’s just a concept that will not hit an actual race track. This Vision Gran Turismo however, will make its way to the Gran Turismo video game available for the PlayStation.

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This concept car is particularly important because it offers a glimpse of what Bugatti’s next model will look like. As part of the Volkswagen Group, Bugatti is related to luxury automakers like Lamborghini and Bentley, but is even more exclusive. Over the last decade, Bugatti has sold 450 cars worldwide at prices in excess of $1 million each. All of them were versions of one model, the Bugatti Veyron.

Powered by a turbocharged 16-cylinder engine, the Bugatti Veyron evolved over the years, gaining speed and power. Later models have 1,200 horsepower and top speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour. But now Bugatti is working on an all-new successor.

“Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the first stage on a new journey that Bugatti is embarking on following the successful completion of its Veyron chapter,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, head of Bugatti, said in a statement.

Dürheimer added that the new model will be unveiled “in the not too distant future.”

Designers for the concept car drew inspiration from Bugatti racing cars of the 1920s and ’30s. Based in France at the time, Bugatti won at LeMans in 1937 and ’39. The Vision Gran Turismo was designed to excel on the LeMans track, which features long, straight sections — putting a premium on top speed.


Bugatti’s virtual supercar follows an interesting formula: The company claims it utilizes realistic technology adhering to real-world physics, like a W16 undoubtedly inspired by the Veyron’s, but disregards luxury in favor of maximum performance. Without worrying how, say, the ride quality affects real people riding in a real car, they claim that this virtual car could match any real-like LMP1 car around Le Mans. An interesting thought experiment, really.


The aerodynamics, too, are claimed to follow real-world principles but not necessarily things like impact compliance or other regulatory constraints. It’s a Veyron successor without any limits. And that’s really the point: to give us a sense of what the Veyron’s replacement will look like, and perform, as viewed through a slightly extreme lens. In this sense, it’s nice that Bugatti gives showgoers at Frankfurt the ability to look at it in person, as two-dimensional photos (and in-engine game renders) don’t do a car’s styling justice.






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