When video games come to life! McLaren has announced plans to build (in real-life) the Solus GT, a car inspired by their “Vision GT” creation for Gran Turismo.
After completing Driver School and a race the following day, we set our sights on the next local SCCA race: a two day divisional event at Willow Springs International Raceway. With class in the rear view and racing season in full swing, the training wheels were coming off and it was time to build upon what was learned thus far and expand from there.
Created over the course of nearly two years by enthusiast designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research facility in Newport Beach, California, the FT-1, or Future Toyota 1, represents Toyota’s vision of the ultimate high-performance sports car. While Toyota isn’t being explicit about it, there’s also a strong possibility that the FT-1 is also Toyota’s vision for the next Supra.
In the world of console racing simulators, two franchises garner the lion’s share of attention: Forza Motorsport for Microsoft’s Xbox and Gran Turismo for Sony’s Playstation. But Slightly Mad Studios, the group behind the crowd-funded racing title Project Cars, might just have a legitimate contender on their hands.
For better and also for worse, Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series has always catered to purists. In its first few entries, Microsoft’s competitor to the PlayStation driving simulator was easily dismissible as just another arcade racer that wrote checks the game really couldn’t cash. Throughout the years, that paradigm shifted, and even GT diehards like us slowly came to the realization that Gran Turismo had some very legitimate competition to contend with. Despite this, Polyphony has refused to waiver from their vision, continuing to focus on their own formula for the ideal driving game. Designed for the PS3 – and not Sony’s recently released PS4 – Gran Turismo 6 has the unfortunate task of directly competing with Microsoft’s newest Forza installment, Forza Motorsport 5, which debuted on the new Xbox One console last month. For that reason, comparisons between the two are unfair, but also inevitable.
Gamers will get to enjoy this concept car in the new Gran Turismo 6 title for PS3 when the launches in December. Now, though, a physical manifestation of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo virtual supercar has graced the halls of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Can’t wait to get you hands on the next title in the Gran Turismo series? Tired of just watching cinematics from Gran Turismo 6, and not seeing how the game actually plays?
Ubisoft, maker of the Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Far Cry has a new racing game coming to the next generation of consoles that might just have the X factor that racing fans are looking for. It debuted in a trailer at E3 2013.
Our number one question about Gran Turismo 6, the newest installment in the epic racing series wasn’t one of how many cars or tracks there would be. It was a question of when. The answer is 2013. Yeah, you’ll have a new GT in your Playstation before the year’s end.
Gran Turismo will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary tomorrow at Great Britain’s Silverstone circuit. Hosted by Sony, the event could see some announcement regarding the latest installment in the venerable Gran Turismo series.
Gran Turismo 5 had what felt like a ten-year gestation. In reality, it was only about half that long, arriving in 2010, five years after GT4. It appears, if information from Italian retailer Multiplayer.com is correct, that we won’t need to wait nearly as long for Gran Turismo 6.
Remember being an awkward adolescent? Not quite a kid anymore, but not quite a full-sized adult, it was an uncomfortable period where our legs were long enough to trip on, and our voices cracked. That’s what the BMW Concept X4 reminds us of. If it enters production (almost a certainty), it’ll be the teenager of the BMW range, occupying a strange middle ground that no one wants to experience again.
The 3GT will come to market with the 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-pot found in the 335i, along with two different versions of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. Diesel offerings consist of a pair of 2.0-liter, turbodiesel four-pots. There’s no exact information on power figures, but we’d strongly assume power will be identical to 3-Series Sedan levels for each respective engine. Like the sedan, a six-speed manual is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is an optional goodie.
Happy Friday, car freaks. While we’re playing loads of Gran Turismo 5 and snacking on leftovers, we thought we’d offer this video of Sebastian Vettel piloting the game’s virtual Red Bull X1 Prototype, a design study in pure speed.
Gran Turismo 5 has landed. The wait is (finally) over, and we have the hugely anticipated driving sim in our hands. For the uninitiated, GT5 is the latest entry in the Gran Turismo series and features over 1000 cars, 71 tracks in 26 different locations, the ability to create your own tracks, and full damage rendering. On top of all that, you can race at night and in the wet.
Five years of waiting have come to an end for us—our review copy of Gran Turismo 5 arrived at our office this morning. Thanks Sony!
We don’t necessarily love waiting, but we do have one thing in common with the makers of Gran Turismo 5: we love cars.
Never wanting to keep us in the dark when changes are afoot (seriously, we get about six press releases a day from the various corners of the BMW universe), the good folks at BMW have given us a full rundown of the company’s model range plans for 2011. We’ve already cataloged many of these updates and changes as they’ve happened, with first drive reviews of the new vehicles, our impressions of the new motors, and announcements of upcoming models.
With its last installment released over five years ago, to say that Gran Turismo 5 has been long awaited is a bit of an under statement. The original Gran Turismo was one of the first console-based games to bring production car racing to the home, and helped create legends out of cars like the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and Subaru Impreza WRX.
In this issue of Winding Road, we drive the Jaguar XJ to see what the new cat has in store after its long-awaited update.
We’re keeping our eye on this one. While Blur may not be the most realistic racing game, it looks god enough for us to get our gamer fix while we wait (decreasingly) patiently for Gran Turismo 5 to launch.