Hot on the heels of the stunning concept from Mercedes-Benz, the world’s top automakers have been releasing sketches and renderings of their own interpretations of the ultimate Gran Turismo car.
The virtual automotive showcase that is the Gran Turismo racing simulator series has been hugely influential in the automotive industry, with over 70 million units sold and spawning actual race drivers from enthusiasts. This year, to coincide with the launch for the sixth game in the franchise, creator Kazunori Yamauchi asked automakers to submit their ideas of what the ultimate grand touring or sports car would be in a contest called Vision Gran Turismo.
The design studies range from the whimsical (a hub-less open-wheeled racer from shoe company Nike) to the standard super car form (a mid-engined wedge from Aston Martin).
Often, the concepts reflect the direction their respective parent companies are taking. Subaru, for example, created a shooting brake combined with the BRZ’s swoopy fenders and the head and tail light treatments found on the WRX concept. Mitsubishi appears to have rendered an off-road racer in the vein of its Dakar Rally dominators. Ford’s open-wheel racer recalls Formula Fords while Toyota’s traditional FR silhouette has hints of the LFA and last-generation Supra.
In total, 28 companies are participating, from automotive giants like GM to design houses like Italdesign Giugiaro to newcomers like Tesla. These concepts will be rendered into virtual cars for Gran Turismo 6, scheduled for release December 6.