• Nov 10th 2010 at 6:57PM
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Polyphony's Gran Turismo games tread the line between fantasy and reality with the balance of a trapeze artist. Not only are the games themselves a close approximation of reality, but once in a while, reality jumps out of the digital world and into the tangible.

A couple of years ago the game's creators worked with the French automaker to give birth to the GTbyCitroën – a supercar designed specifically for the game. But then they made it into a concept car and put it on display. And while it never came to be, they even considered a limited production run.

The latest collaboration brought the recently-crowned world champion Red Bull Racing team on board for the X1 prototype. Again, an extreme high-performance vehicle designed specifically for the game – this time a vision of what an F1 car could be if not for all the pesky regulations. Initial reports that the car is powered by a turbine engine are now being corrected to an F1-derived, direct-injection, twin-turbo V6. Fortunately, the 1483-horsepower output remains.

Actually building the X1 into a functioning track car would be a little pointless and undoubtedly extremely expensive, but they have made a full-size mock-up that will be unveiled during the game's launch party, scheduled (don't hold your breath) for Madrid in a few weeks' time. Here's hoping GT5 can follow that same fantasy-to-reality trajectory and land in our hands on (the revised and revised again) schedule.

[Source: GTPlanet]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Turbine engine? Gosh, that's so forward thinking. No wonder they implemented it as a V6.

      Let me know when they put a *Tesla* turbine IC power unit in there...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gran Turismo has reached the point of ultrahyper-hype. Can they come up with any additional promotion without actually mailing me the game? Or announcing a release date (again)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uhh.. who would have rather seen Porsche in the game than this? Not to mention Nascar and Go-karting...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The GT by Citroen DID end up going into limited production. Only 6 were ever made, and there's a number of videos of the car out on the streets. Someone should fix that error.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Citroen had PLANNED to produce six cars in 2009.
        It's currently still "under evaluation" for production and no decision on whether or not it will make production had been made, although rumour is that its been canned.
        The videos of it in London were for a magazine shoot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As awesome and amazing as it would be to see this actually tackle a track, I doubt any current driver would be able to withstand the intense G forces this car would put through to the driver.

      In excess of 8 Gs in corners would be just too much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fighter pilots can withstand 8 positive Gs, not lateral Gs. There's a big difference. And they have G suits to keep them conscious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fighter pilots baby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that muthafvker is cold!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pass out i mean:-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      and it surely will be on display @ hangar7 veeery soon. hence that location is only 10 mins away from where i live theres only one thing for me to think about that prototype:
      can't wait to feast my eyes on it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That explains the long dev time for the game. They were busy making prototypes. ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        In response to Dustin F ... I don't find any of the PS3 games interesting, heck, I don't find games interesting period.

        I bought a PS3 and it was not a poor decision!

        The PS3 is also an entertainment centre.

        I didn't buy my PS3 to play games, I bought it to watch Blue Rays and stream media from my computers to my TV.

        GT5 was the deciding factor!

        It doesn't matter if it never comes out, I still enjoy my PS3

        So arguably, you can
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you can't find any PS3 games you like, you're not doing it right.

        Not meant as a fanboy comment at all... I'd say they same to a 360 owner. The PS3 has tons of excellent games that are not available anywhere else. And of course the 360 has many as well.

        If you bought a PS3 and just leave it unplugged, that's not the PS3's fault... it's a sign of amazingly poor decision making skills.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I said in another post about this car and some of the guys got pretty upset... guess a few of the fans are so anxious to get the game they can't take a joke. I know the only reason I got a PS3 was for GT5, but I have learned to be patient.

        At any rate, now that they have released the engine "specs" I don't see why it should be a V6. That really is sort of a convenience architecture, IMO. I don't think anyone would make an engine in that configuration if there were no rules whatsoever. Maybe a real engineer can explain why they would.
        • 4 Years Ago
        V6s are very good engines because they're intrinsically balanced (if you set the vee at a good angle).

        Other than that, really, all set ups are about equal if you pour equal amounts of money into them.

        I mean, the 'vette shows us that an OHV v8 is competitive with DOHC V10s (M5, R8), and V8s (new M5, RS6(?)) , and inline-6s (old M3s) and v6s (GT-R)
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG It's beautiful. Please make a working one. I promise to buy some Red Bull of you do. Thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Laterale G's are NOT as bad as Positive ones. In an airplane the blood is forces away from the brain and downwards, with lateral G's you don't pass put!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see two problems with it, if they decide to ever make a working copy. Being an aerodynamics expert, Adrian Newey has neglected, or more likely eliminated, a couple things. First off, how would you keep the brakes cool? And secondly, how does the driver see who, if anyone, is behind or beside them?

      Other than that, I want it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see front winglets for additional downforce, nothing for brake cooling specifically, although you could argue that the louvers over and behind the front wheels should take away some of the hot air.
        Spotters in F1? NASCAR yes, where the tracks are round, but I've never heard of it in F1. In most cases in F1 the only person talking to the driver is their race engineer, no spotters.
        Have you ever won a HANS device? It's not a "noose" as one NASCAR driver once put it, and hardly decreases your peripheral vision, you can still turn your head and see what's around.
        Hey, if it were up to Adrian Newey, they would not have rear view mirrors on the cars, look at the early 2010 season, they were mounted far out past the sidepods, and were almost useless for the drivers, so they moved them back to where they were actually useful.
        Australia: http://www.f1-site.com/wallpapers/2010/f1/australia/qual/melbourne-f1-wallpaper-2010-2.jpg
        Brazil: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/mediaManager/?controllerName=image&action=get&id=417973&width=628&height=471
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John Graham. You're right about Newey getting rid of mirrors if he could. I remember reading that when he was working at Leyton house in the late eighties to 1990, he wanted to place the throttle pedal ABOVE the brake pedal so he could slim down that area of the monocoque even more. I'm sure the drivers were happy it never happened.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John:

        And we all know what happened to that particular NASCAR driver...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well Mr. aerodynamics expert. Check out the outer leading edge of the front wheel well, it has air intakes for brake cooling. As far as not being able to see, thats what a spotter is for. The H.A.N.S. device pretty much blocks the view of seeing any thing but what is in front of you anyway. So, there!
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