In creating a car for one of the world’s most popular racing games, Bugatti strove to do two things: stay as close to reality as possible, and stretch existing abilities as far as possible.
With the Vision Gran Turismo, they’ve achieved both. The French automaker shared a video to YouTube Oct. 5 looking into the process behind developing this beast of a car, which resulted in an aurally arresting and visually addictive concept at the IAA. Its creation is based on the marque’s “engineering excellence, aerodynamics research and existing racing technologies.”
“Our previous chapter, the Bugatti Veyron, is over, and Vision Gran Turismo is the first step into the new direction,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, said in the video.
There’s quite a bit of speculation around just where Bugatti is headed with the development of a new model, with many thinking it will bear the name “Chiron” and appear similar to the Vision GT. From leaked photos to spotted test mules, the small details that can be seen do look quite similar to the eight-light headlights and classic Bugatti horseshoe found on the GT’s front.
In the video, they show a shot of the Vision GT racing around a digital Le Mans track, with a brief view at the car’s speedometer. It’s hitting a speed of 437.63 kph, or about 272 mph – just a little slower than the reported top speed of the Chiron. In August, Car Magazine reported that the Chiron will cost approximately $2.5 million, with an 8.0-liter W16 engine creating 1,480 bhp and 1,106 lb-ft – with a top speed of 288 mph possible.
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Since the Vision GT was designed to be a purebred race car, could the Chiron be its road-legal variant? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and find a Veyron for your collection from our exclusive listings.