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BMW launches striking virtual reality race car


BMW has unveiled new a race car of a very different kind – a virtual one for the upcoming video game Gran Turismo 6.

The car, dubbed the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which promises a peak performance of 404 kW/549 hp.

It has a peak torque of 680 Nm at just 1,900 rpm, and a sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, distributes engine power to the driven rear axle.

Following in the tradition of the successful BMW touring cars of the 1970s, the BMW design team has created an uncompromising road racer for the modern era. Crisp proportions and a dynamic silhouette give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the appearance of speed, even standing still.

Front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fibre. The BMW Vision Gran Turismo weighs only 1,180 kilograms, and includes perfect 50:50 axle load distribution.

The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream, recalling BMW Motorsports successes. BMW head of design Karim Habib commented: “The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is pure BMW sportiness and dynamics. It’s a precise driving machine engineered and designed to race and win.”

First released for the PlayStation One in 1998, Gran Turismo is one of the most popular racing video games worldwide and PlayStation’s most successful franchise. A wide range of realistic racetrack options and authentic-looking HD graphic images characterise the game.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment, the complete series has sold over 70 million games in more than 100 countries to date.

To mark the game’s 15th anniversary last year, creator Kazunori Yamauchi invited leading automobile manufacturers to contribute to the successful game series and share their ground-breaking concept models with the gaming community.

The virtual cars – including the BMW Vision Gran Turismo – will be gradually integrated into the new Gran Turismo 6 game through online updates.

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