Gran Turismo 6 has become one of the most well-known racing games thanks to the physical and digital Vision Gran Turismo models that are being released by prestigious automakers for use in the video game. The latest company to create one of these concepts is Bugatti, who just released their model in a press release issued today.
Called the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, this new model was crafted by the Bugatti design team to be created as a physical show car and digital race car. The team drew inspiration for this car from the company’s racing history, more specifically, the Bugatti Type 57 Tank. In fact, the two-tone exterior finish of this new concept car is borrowed from the Type 57 G Tank that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937.
“In the Bugatti Veyron, we have developed a super sports car which unites two characteristics, the beauty and the beast,” explained Achim Anscheidt, the head of Bugatti Design, in the press release. “The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo embodies the performance beast. It has a more radical and extreme style. This is a thorough-bred Bugatti for the virtual race track, not for the street.”
For the overall design of the car, Bugatti wanted to bring the brand “back to its roots,” according to Sasha Selipanoc, the Head of Exterior Design Creative Development. From the side, it has the same line as the Veyron, while the front also has the iconic horseshoe grille. But, these two aspects are just about all that it and the Veyron hold in common.
The front of the car has an extreme front splitter, large air intakes and canards on the sides. Solid headlights have also been ditched for four separate LED lights on each side. Head to the back and you’ll find a rear more extreme than any other made by Bugatti. A thin and solid rear LED taillight and a quad-exhaust setup sits between a massive diffuser and rear wing. The sides have air vents for the front and rear wheel wells, while a stylised air intake for the engine creates an almost elliptical line that flows into the side windows and front wheel well.
One design element that really harks back to Bugatti’s past is the center fin, which was first found on the 1936 Type 57 Atlantic. This fin runs across the front hood and along the roof, ending at the rear wing.
Inside, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo’s intense design continues. The press release states that, because this is a race car, all the necessary indicators, displays and controls are within arm’s reach of the driver. A racing seat with massive bolsters hold the driver in place, as an appropriately designed racing steering wheel with a digital display in its center sits in front of them. From the picture of its interior, we also see a cluster gauge that consists of a rather large electronic display. As for its aesthetics, the two-tone interior is comprised of massive amounts of exposed carbon fiber and what looks like Alcantara.
Regarding its powerhouse, Bugatti’s press release did not indicate what would be powering the car.
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo show car will be on display at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt from September 17-27.