Genesis Unveils X Gran Racer VGT Concept At Busan International Mobility Show 2024

Cars, News, Racing I By Guest Contributor I June 27, 2024
Genesis X Gran Race-1
  • Latest concept car to appear in Gran Turismo digital racing game series
  • Hybrid powertrain delivers 1,540 horsepower and1,051 lb-ft torque
  • Exterior design creates a symphony of form and function
  • Minimalism and performance converge in the interior, the purest expression of Genesis ‘Beauty of White Space’
  • Genesis Neolun Concept and re-designed Electrified G80 also displayed

Busan, Korean, June 27, 2024:  The Genesis X Gran Racer Vision Gran Turismo Concept was unveiled for the first time at the Busan International Mobility Show.

The X Gran Racer VGT Concept is part of the Genesis Magma program, highlighting the brand’s bold leap into the realm of high-performance luxury mobility.

“Genesis is constantly pushing the boundaries to deliver its unique values of safety, comfort and cruisable driving experience,” said Global Head of Genesis, Mike Song. “As Korea’s leading luxury brand, we will always attentively listen to the voices of our customers, ensuring their desires are our utmost priority.”

In addition, following their separate global debuts earlier this year, re-designed Electrified G80 and Genesis Neolun, the brand’s first full-size electric SUV concept, were also on display at the show.

Exterior: A Symphony of Form and Function

The X Gran Racer VGT Concept is a derivative of the earlier revealed Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Concept, and the brand’s fourth car developed for the Gran Turismo digital racing game series.

The X Gran Racer VGT Concept features enhanced ground effects, optimising the car’s aerodynamic qualities and road-holding capabilities. Active aerodynamic devices, electronically controlled for precise adjustments, ensure optimal airflow management, while the flat underbody design further reduces drag and improves vehicle stability.

The Two-Line crest grille light design, inspired by the X Trilogy Concept, extends from the front to the sides and rear, creating a cohesive flow that optimises airflow and enhances overall performance.

Genesis X Gran Race-2

The larger front splitter, rear diffuser, strategically placed turning vanes on the front bumper and a more aggressive side skirts all contribute to further enhance aerodynamic high-speed stability.

On the side, the elongated dash-to-axle ratio positions the driver and powertrain toward the rear, creating a mid-engine layout. The long wheelbase and relatively short front overhangs result in a timeless proportion that epitomises Genesis’ enduring aesthetic.

Wheel-centric energy is elegantly expressed through the voluminous wings which, together with the parabolic lines, create an iconic silhouette that exudes the car’s unique character.

The X Gran Racer VGT Concept’s rear design seamlessly integrates the powerful Two-Line character from the front and side profile into an elliptical concave volume, visually expressing the car’s concentrated energy. The dynamic interplay of body volumes and technical aerodynamic elements creates a bold and purposeful stance.

The real carbon fibre rear wing, meticulously designed with aerodynamics in mind, enhances downforce for improved stability, while the vertical rear lights integrated into the wing ensure visibility for following vehicles, even in extreme racing conditions, prioritising driver safety.

The striking Magma colour, embodying Genesis’ high-performance spirit and passionate brand identity, complements the real carbon fibre elements, adding a touch of exclusivity and refinement, while completing the car’s unique and captivating presence.

Interior: The Beauty of White Space

Genesis’ design philosophy, ‘The Beauty of White Space,’ finds its purest expression in this concept, where minimalism and performance converge in perfect harmony. Inspired by the relentless pursuit of speed and precision in racing, the interior has been meticulously crafted to prioritise essential functions while elevating the driver’s experience.

True to its race-centric design, the interior of the X Gran Racer VGT Concept exposes structural elements that minimise weight while accentuating its core focus. With control switches incorporated into a structural divider under the instrument panel, a fully integrated roll cage, a roll bar element behind the headrests and stronger cross beams in the door, the X Gran Racer VGT Concept is as functional as it is beautiful.

Genesis X Gran Race-3

Digital Panorama Interface

The Digital Panorama Interface seamlessly integrates essential vehicle information into a panoramic display, providing the driver with a comprehensive overview at a glance. The intuitive interface minimises distractions and maximises situational awareness, allowing drivers to make informed decisions with lightning speed.

Colour and Materials

Carbon fibre accents throughout the interior exude an aura of dynamism and raw power, reflecting the concept’s unwavering commitment to performance. These lightweight, high-strength materials not only enhance the aesthetic but also contribute to the car’s overall weight reduction and agility. Quilted padding is strategically applied to areas where the driver’s body comes into contact with the interior elements, providing exceptional comfort and support during intense racing manoeuvres or quick pit stops.

This meticulous attention to detail ensures that drivers remain protected and focused, even in the most demanding situations.

High-Performance Racing Yoke

The steering wheel has been replaced with an ergonomically designed, high-performance racing yoke, providing drivers with intuitive control and immediate access to essential race functions. This innovative, race-focused design further enhances the driver’s connection to the car, enabling them to execute manoeuvres with precision and confidence.

Performance and Powertrain

At the heart of the concept lies a front mid-mounted race-spec Lambda II V6 engine enhanced with Genesis’ electric supercharger (e-S/C) technology. The hybrid powertrain combines to deliver an astonishing 1,540 horsepower and 1,051 lb-ft torque. The V6 engine delivers 870 horsepower and 790 lb-ft at 10,000 revolutions per minute, while the front E motor generates an additional 670 horsepower and 225 lb-ft torque.

This represents a significant leap from the original X Gran Berlinetta Concept’s 1,071 horsepower (986 lb-ft torque), showcasing Genesis’ relentless pursuit of innovation.

About Genesis

Founded in South Korea, Genesis offers premium cars with a luxury experience and is committed to delivering an exceptional service to its customers. From its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Genesis Motor Europe operates in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Since launching in Europe in 2021, the brand has received multiple company and product award wins across all three markets.

The Genesis range includes three dynamic pure electric models as well as the most recent addition, Genesis G90, the brand’s flagship luxury saloon. Central to Genesis’ identity is the distinctive design language of ‘Athletic Elegance’, blended with the very latest technology to deliver state-of-the-art customer features. Genesis is dedicated to a sustainable future and aims to become a carbon net zero by 2035.

For more information about Genesis and its definition of premium, please visit www.genesis.com.

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