Porsche and the Japanese video game development studio Polyphony Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment, present a spectacular virtual vehicle concept. Young people today often make their first emotional contact with fascinating cars through video games like “Gran Turismo”. When developing virtual models, the Porsche design team also takes inspiration from near-real driving and racing simulations. Porsche has been working officially with Japanese game development studio Polyphony Digital for several years.
“Gran Turismo Sport” allows you to drive numerous Porsche sports cars, from the 356 A/1500 GT Carrera Speedster to the Taycan Turbo S, around the racetrack in an amazingly realistic way. The design team in Weissach has now exclusively developed a completely new car for the new PlayStation “Gran Turismo 7” game, set for release in spring 2022: “The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo shows what a fully electric racing car could look like in 10 or 15 years,” explains Michael Mauer. “Nevertheless, instead of letting our imagination run riot, we have developed a car that could quite conceivably exist, despite its futuristic shape.” A small, compact and agile two-seater, with an ideal power-to-weight ratio instead of limitless power reserves, the virtual racing car with road approval remains true to the brand values that already distinguished the 356 Le Mans Coupé or the 908 Bergspyder. Although the project peers far into the future, it still harks back to Porsche’s roots.
“The appeal of a Porsche comes from its purist design,” says Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital. “And in terms of engineering expertise, both we and Porsche follow the same perfectionist philosophy. We share the same passion for racing and are looking to the future of the car.” The concept car exhibits the brand’s typical proportions with an especially sporty height-to-width ratio, an extremely low-set bonnet and very pronounced wings. The lights in the particularly purist front and the integrated air intakes create a visual link to the design language of the Taycan – a nod to the car’s purely electric drive. The rear is adorned with a markedly narrow light strip – a further development of the light signature that is familiar from the 911 and Taycan models. The clear emphasis of the brand identity continues in the interior, with the curved hologram display, tailored to the driver, which appears to float above the steering wheel. The low seating position underscores the car’s dynamic feel. The realistic surface appearances in the interior also play a major role. “We spent a long time considering the right material design consisting of carbon and titanium. The aim was to reduce weight while increasing performance,” says Markus Auerbach, Head of Interior Design at Porsche. “In addition, sustainable aspects also play a role in forward-looking projects. For example, we only used entirely vegan materials in the concept car.”