Monday, June 16, 2014

Start Game: Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Looks Utterly Radical, Could Predict Shape of 2020 GT-R.

Nissan Reveals 2020 Vision Concept

Last week, Nissan teased us with a ghosted image of its Vision Gran Turismo fantasy car, which was created for Sony Playstation 3’s popular Gran Turismo 6 video game. Now it has revealed the real (virtual) thing, called the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Available for download starting in July, and looking for all the virtual world like a gene-splicing experiment between a Nissan GT-R and a Ferrari LaFerrari, with a huge dollop of future stirred in, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is spectacularly badass. Its 2+2 cabin is slung low in its long-wheelbase chassis, and wears spooky, sharp-edged bodywork, hockey stick-like rocker panels, and elaborate hexagonal rear wheel arches. Other savory details include a wraparound windshield, impossibly skinny side windows, high-set vertical headlamps, three-dimensional afterburner taillamps, ginsu-style wheels, vertical carbon-fiber blades set inside hungry-looking front air intakes, camera rearview mirrors, a massive spoiler supported by fat inboard struts, and the mother of all rear diffusers. As with the GT-R, there’s a lot going on with this car’s design, and it really works—we’ve seen Batmobiles that that look more pedestrian than this.

Nissan Reveals 2020 Vision Concept

Nissan has already hinted that the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo could appear in the metal at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place on June 26–28. That’s only fitting since it was created by some young designers at Nissan Design Europe in London, England. However, it appears that, unlike most of the Vision Gran Turismo concepts being developed by the many manufacturers participating in the Sony/Polyphony Digital Gran Turismo 6 endeavor, this one could have production potential, likely as a future GT-R. “The model was considered to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan,” according to a press release accompanying the new images and video released today.

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Nissan Reveals 2020 Vision Concept

“We don’t’ do anything by accident,” Nissan North America spokesman Dan Passe told us. “This is not a case where you you’re only going to see this car once, in digital form.” When might this concept be evolved into something producible? Call us crazy, but our bets are on 2020. “The 2020 nomenclature is something that came straight from Japan,” said Passe.

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