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Nissan Gives Gamers 2020 Vision
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 07:29 AM
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Nissan Gives Gamers 2020 Vision


Nissan's vision of a supercar for near future, originally created as the study model among Nissan's young designers and formulated as a virtual model for the PlayStation®3 exclusive Gran Turismo®6 (GT6TM), has moved from the virtual world to reality.

 

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The full size concept model will be presented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from 13:00 on Thursday 26th at the Nissan booth.

NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo began life as dream project for young Nissan designers who were given free rein to create the perfect supercar for their own Gran Turismo fantasy garage.

But the design from a team at Nissan Design Europe, based in London, England, was seen to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an engineering team based in Japan.

Adapting design cues from current Nissan performance models, it was created from scratch using the latest digital design tools: the first - and to date only - physical representation of the car is the actual concept model.

NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo emerged from styling study among Nissan's global pool of young designers. Each team was answering a call from the makers of Gran Turismo 6, who have asked different manufacturers present within the game to each create visionary, dream cars to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Nissan's 2+2 sports car adapts race-track technology - in particular air flow management - to a road car environment.

Working closely with skilled aerodynamic technicians and engineering teams in Japan to ensure the virtual car performs as realistically as possible, the design is partly shaped by emotion and partly by the wind.

Neat styling touches evoke aspects of Nissan performance models through the ages but present them in a futuristic way.

Although visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed will see a physical interpretation of the car, the first people to ‘drive' it will be GT6 gamers. NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, which will be available in ten different shades, will be available to download in July.

"This is in line with the Nissan philosophy," says Koji Nagano, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe. "In reality, not everyone would be able to own a car like NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, but through Gran Turismo anyone can drive it and experience Nissan's promise of delivering innovation that excites."

So will a production version be driven up the Goodwood hill in 2020? That remains to be seen... but a great deal can happen in the near future. And in the meantime, enthusiasts can enjoy its dramatic looks and spectacular virtual performance from the comfort of their armchair!

Nissan and Gran Turismo already enjoy a unique relationship, collaborating on the annual GT Academy programme, which takes online gamers through national competitions and trains the winners to become professional racing drivers. Past winners of GT Academy have raced for Nissan in some of the most high profile races in the world, including the Le Mans 24 hours and Nurburgring 24 hour, and in some of the most demanding categories in motorsport, such as GP3 and the Blancpain Endurance Series.



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