• Oct 19, 2010
Red Bull X1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ever wonder what would happen if they threw out the rule book and created a no-holds-barred, we-don't-need-no-freakin'-badges track car? The talented (though time-insensitive) brains behind Polyphony's long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 racing simulator for the Sony Playstation 3 did. Turns out, so did the boffins at Red Bull Racing. The result is the X1 Prototype.

The Red Bull X1 is the brainchild of the team's star designer Adrian Newey, the aerodynamicist who's probably responsible for more checkered flags than any other engineer on the real F1 grid today, with input from the team's star driving talent Sebastian Vettel. We could best describe the result as looking rather similar to the Caparo T1 – that is to say, some freakish cross between an F1 car and an LMP1 racer – but the specs would eclipse both.

Instead of a conventional internal-combustion engine, the X1 packs a (theoretical – remember this exists entirely in the binary) gas turbine driving 1,483 horsepower and 527 lb-ft of torque through a CVT to the rear wheels. Simulated performance stats give it a top speed of 249 miles per hour, while lapping Suzuka in 1:11.540. (For comparison's sake, Vettel's fastest time behind the 2009 F1 car was 1:30.833.) The car's been fully detailed in the latest issue of Car magazine, which has naturally leaked its way onto the interwebs, so check out our first look at the cyber-machine in the gallery below.



[Source: GTPlanet]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I suspect Sony will have a PS4 and Redbull X2 or X3 before GT5 hits the shelves
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think my non-pregnant wife will debut our first child before GT5 is released.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So its not a real car, that somehow is supposed to do a lap of Suzuka in 1.11.540 using a gas turbine (?) engine which produces 1483 bhp, but it doesn't because its not a real car, and it can reach 249 mph, in a video game, that doesn't yet exist.

      One question, the gas that the turbine uses, is that unicorn flatulence?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The year 2016 will debut before GT5 too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      High res images?? I need a new desktop background, and this meets both criteria of "awesome" and "cars".

      I see what looks like a fan in the rear...sucker car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The "sucker" car was a Chapparal 2J and the fans were run by a snowmobile motor...ground effects downforce regardless of speed! If anyone wanted to know what the ultimate road race machine would be, they should have left Can Am alone in 1973. Porsche already had a 1700lb 1500HP 1000 ft/lb 5.3 liter turbo 12 and a seven liter sixteen cylinder under development. Think of where all that would be today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        What looks like a fan in the rear is the exhaust, from the turbine. Quit staring at the pics for a sec and read the article.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter how cool, from this point on, I don't care, I don't want concepts or marathons, I want the game!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So will this be the equivalent of the Suzuki Escudo from the original GT that would blow the doors off of every other car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How appropriate it is that PD has teamed up with a car designer to pen a car that will never be built. I suspect they are considered experts in the field of vaporware.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does it look like I've seen it before...oh right, it looks just like a Caparo T1
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I really like this design, but prefer it with an ICE.

        And not catching on fire.

        And not losing the floorplate on a track.

        And not getting the throttle stuck wide open.

        Hate it or not, I loved the Caparo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the caparo t1

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caparo_T1
      • 4 Years Ago
      The back end looks like something that belongs in batman's garage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one!
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