Marcus De Guzman / McLaren | September 22, 2017 11:29
McLaren envisions the ultimate hypercar in all-new Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo Sport will be heading to the Playstation 4 soon and McLaren has revealed something special for the upcoming racing game. Called the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, the digital hypercar highlights the brand's technological prowess in making a truly capable hypercar.
“We wanted to break new ground and to innovate and the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo does exactly that. It puts the driver absolutely at the centre of the action, delivering a sensory overload with incredible sound and awe-inspiring acceleration. From the game player’s point of view, the driving experience in this car will be like nothing else,” said Rob Melville, Design Director at McLaren Automotive.
Specifically designed for the digital realm, McLaren claimed that the car is not held back by design constraints and in fact, pushes the boundaries of automotive design. It comes with what the brand calls 'Integrated Active Aero' that helps in generating downforce in key points of the car. Tiny aperture covers around the air inlets on certain portions of the car open up which make downforce. This allows the car to have the handling benefits of active aerodynamics without so much moving parts and added complexity.
The body and chassis, on the other hand, is built from lightweight carbon fiber and composites that allows the car to have a curb weight of 1,000 kg. Style-wise, the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo features a futuristic design that comes with prominent wheel arches, large glass canopy and huge side air intakes.
In addition, Melville stated that the cockpit has a 'motorcycle-like driving position – with your head forward, almost right above the front axle' that will allow drivers to see the far corners easily. Apart from that, the high-tech cockpit will also feature a digital display along with what looks to be a Formula 1-inspired steering wheel.
Powering McLaren's Vision Gran Turismo car is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that is helped along by high-output electric motors. The former drives the rear axle while the latter spins the front axle, essentially making the car an all-wheel-drive hypercar. It has a total system output of 1,150 PS along with 1,275 Nm of torque.
Aside from the highly-advanced hypercar, the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S GT3 are some of the cars that will be available when Gran Turismo Sport officially launches on October 17.