If you’ve been paying attention to your motor news lately, McLaren Automotive’s new Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo car has caused quite a stir, and if you’re anything like us, it’s pretty easy to see why!
For those still out of the loop, in a response to video game creator Kazunori Yamauchi’s call for vehicle manufacturers to design “visionary GT cars,” McLaren’s Ultimate Vision was brought to life, with some collaboration in development from Yamauchi himself, for competition in the upcoming highly anticipated PlayStation 4 title, Gran Turismo Sport, who’s debut took place on October 17th!
Now this vehicle is not a prototype for any future McLaren model, but what it does do is provide us with an spectacular look toward the future with what McLaren could be capable of producing beyond the year 2030 focusing on technological excellence and their inherent principles such as a continued commitment to putting the driver first. The McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo also utilizes carbon fiber construction with Integrated Active Aero features, pioneering central prone driving position and a 1,150 horsepower hybrid powertrain, among other things, making it one extreme race car!
McLaren Automotive’s very own Design Director, Rob Melville, had this to say about the design experience, “We wanted to break new ground and to innovate and the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo does exactly that. It puts the driver absolutely at the center of the action, delivering a sensory overload with incredible sound and awe-inspiring acceleration. From the game player’s point of view, the driving experience in this car will be like nothing else: the amazing glass cockpit and the motorcycle-like driving position – with your head far forward, almost right above the front axle – combine to allow you to see exactly where the apex of the corner is so you can shave vital milliseconds off each lap. More than anything though, the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo is a stunning looking car. The design form communicates exactly what the car’s mission is and what its intentions are: it’s the ultimate expression of the McLaren design pillars and principles we have already established, future into the 2030s.”
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Gran Turismo’s creator and President of Polyphony Digital Inc, shared some choice words on bringing the whole project together, “I created the Vision Gran Turismo project to give car manufacturers the opportunity to design something that has all of the characteristics of their brand, and will live on as a playable vehicle in Gran Turismo. Many of the cars have become legendary in their own right, continuing to shine for years and attracting players from different eras. For me, a car needs to be an extension of the driver; I am focused not just on the appearance, but on the handling, the sound of the engine, and the feeling you get when you are racing. So, it was an honour to work with McLaren to bring the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo to life, and to put such a car on the circuits of Gran Turismo Sport for players to enjoy driving at the limit.”
As we stated before, Gran Turismo Sport, the latest title to be released in the famous Gran Turismo franchise for PlayStation, is right around the corner, and it gives players the ability to choose their preferred car from a slew of production and concept vehicles to compete in any one of 17 world-class circuits including Brands Hatch as well as the 24-hour Nürburgring!
Although the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, just like the other Vision GT concepts that have come to fruition, will only be available in the digital space, you can’t help but dream about one day getting your hands on one.