Bugatti, the hyper-car manufacturer, is known to be the first manufacturer to produce a road-legal car that could do 400 kmph. And if Bugatti is to be believed, it will be the first manufacturer to touch 500 kmph, after they launch their next car, Chiron, as some call it. And now Bugatti has revealed the Vision Gran Turismo, designed exclusively for the PlayStation's Gran Turismo 6 video game.
But why are we going so gaga over a car that's meant for a video game? Well, for starters, Bugatti has designed and engineered exclusively for the video game and stands in the flesh at the ongoing Frankfurt Motorshow, and secondly, Bugatti says that the Vision GT previews the next generation of Bugatti's design language. What it means is the Chiron could very well look like the GT.
It's not common for manufacturers to build a real car for a video game only, and when it comes from the house of Bugatti, it becomes even more special. Just before Bugatti sold their 450th and final Veyron, the fastest car on the planet Earth in its era, they announced that they are working on the next generation Bugatti hypercar, which naturally diverts our attention to anything that comes from the manufacturer.
“Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the first stage on a new journey that Bugatti is embarking on following the successful completion of its Veyron chapter,” explains Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer, “and which will culminate in the unveiling of the next Bugatti super sports car in the not too distant future. Bugatti will remain clearly positioned in the future as a brand with a strong profile. We’re building the world’s fastest, most exclusive, most luxurious and most powerful production super sports car.”
The Vision GT is inspired by the Type 57 Bugatti, the winner of the 1937 and 1939 Le Mans and comes with the same blue paintjob. Designed for outright performance, the Bugatti engineers worked for six months just for modelling the driving dynamics and aerodynamics. This ensured that the Vision GT could work as a proper, growling racecar.
With our extreme speed on the long straights,” Bugatti explains, “we could make up for any disadvantages on the bends, and would then be as quick in the virtual world as the fastest real-life LMP1 race car, which, unlike us in the video game, naturally needs to comply with all FIA and ACO regulations.” And they just mentioned the LMP1, just imagine...
The Vision GT will have a W16 at the heart that would push the machine to 402 kmph on the four sections of the virtual Le Mans circuit. And while you may think that the design is little over the top, we must tell you that every part has a been purpose built, right from the signature Bugatti side profile, to the concave transitions and the 'eight-eye’ headlights.
On the interiors, everything of luxury is stripped down and the driver gets two displays: one on the steering wheel for the vehicle information, and the second on the steering column, combining images from three cameras fixed to the GT’s body. The reduction in material and extensive use of carbon fibre ensured lower weight, and tough as hell.
And if this is what the future of the Bugatti will look like, we surely can’t wait more!