Bugatti usually concentrates their efforts in designing and building a car towards an exclusive group of customers. But now, for the first time, they have created something specially for the fans. They are now reaching out to millions of fans and gamers with the new Vision Gran Turismo.
The car draws inspiration from the racing success that Bugatti found in the 1920s and 1930s. Major inspiration has been taken from the Bugatti Type 57 Tank which won the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1937 and 1939.
The car was developed with Polyphony Digital Inc. They are the creators of the Gran Turismo video game franchise.
Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for the game.
Bugatti designers designed the car with the help of Bugatti engineers to keep it as real as possible. So it does not look as dramatic as the other Vision Gran Turismo concepts. It uses cutting-edge racing technologies and precise aerodynamic analyses.
A few of the design cues have been taken from Bugatti’s history. For example, the radiator grille is a traditional Bugatti grille and the central fin is from the legendary Type 57 Atlantic from 1936. Other design features include 4 round headlights on either sides, a huge rear wing, a horizontal tail light that runs the width of the car and 4 exhaust pipes.
The car has been finished in a two-tone blue colour that was featured on the Type 57 G Tank, the car that won the 1937 24-hour Le Mans race. Blue is also the racing colour for all French cars of that period. Since then, it has been Bugatti’s brand colour.
The Vision GT also gives us a hint as to how the future Chiron might look like although many radical design cues will not be carried over due to limitations while designing a road car.
Even the interiors of the car has been designed keeping a racing driver in mind. Everything is easy to reach and easy to read. It has been designed to meet racing requirements.
The blue interiors has been finished in a combination of carbon fibre and alcantara. The centre console has minimum number of buttons. The instrument cluster is a futuristic digital display while the steering wheel is a U-shaped race inspired wheel.
The Vision GT gets carbon fibre racing bucket seats. The whole cabin has been finished with a blue theme that matches the exterior.
Bugatti has not revealed the power train details for the Vision GT. But the Vision Gran Turismo will be powered by the same quad turbo 8.0 litre W16 1200 hp engine powering the Veyron. It may also get an electric motor that will make it a hybrid.
The W16 and an electric motor are expected to power the replacement for the Veyron, dubbed the Chiron. Bugatti has confirmed that it will be a hybrid.
Power output will be around 1500 bhp and torque will be around 2000 Nm. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and power is sent to all four wheels.
The car accelerates from a 0-100 kmph in about 2 seconds and it will have a top speed of more than 430 kmph.
Nissan has been involved with Gran Turismo since 1998 and cars like the GT-R, Skyline and the 370Z have been featured. This is the new car that has been designed for the game. The Vision GT has been through a series of tests and simulations.
The 2+2 seater virtual supercar will be powered by a hybrid engine producing a total
784 hp and it will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The internal combustion engine will be the same V6 present in the current GT-R
The car is available for gamers and a model was shown at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Nissan has also hinted that a production version would be launched a few years later. This maybe the new R36 GT-R. It has been confirmed that it will be a hybrid.
It is good to see Bugatti getting involved with the Gran Turismo series. Hopefully, we will see more stuff from the company that will be directed to their fans and not only to their exclusive customers.
Bugatti has tried to keep the car as real as possible so that gamers can almost experience the real thing. The design cues and the colour of the car reminds us of Bugatti’s incredible history and racing success.
We just hope that the French company puts this car into production as the replacement for the Veyron even though we know that it will not look as radical as the concept due to various design constraints for a road car.
It will also be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show.