Infiniti brings Vision GT concept into the real world
Another car designed for the virtual world of Gran Turismo has been brought into the physical realm. The design was first unveiled in December as a "vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future." The flesh-and-bones Infiniti Vision GT concept car was recently shown off at the Shanghai Auto Show.
It is a mark of Gran Turismo's standing that car manufacturers will take the time to design cars for the game, let alone then go on and build them for real. Recently we've seen Nissan's 2020 Vision GT and the Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision GT graduate from digital to actual, albeit as concepts only of course.
All three cars have been spawned from the Vision Gran Turismo program, in which carmakers are designing cars for the game to celebrate its 15th anniversary. All the cars designed for the program are being made available to drive in Gran Turismo 6 for the PS3.
The concisely-named Infiniti Vision GT began life as part of an internal global design competition at the company. The winning design came from the its Beijing design team and aims to balance sensuality with ferocity. Long smooth curves, for example, run from front to rear giving a sense of elegance, while huge wheels and a cavernous front grille give a look of voraciousness.
The car's fenders are wrapped around the tires making them almost enclosed. It is powered by a naturally aspirated, front-mounted V8 engine that uses a rear transaxle to deliver rear-wheel drive.
The video below provides an introduction to the Infiniti Vision GT concept.