Stuttgart's only been represented in the 'GT' series for four years.
PlayStation gamers and car enthusiasts, every few years, get a little squishy with the reveal and release of a new Gran Turismo driving simulator. We're now closing in on seven titles with the latest aptly named GT7, which comes out on March 4, 2022. Porsche took its turn to create a Vision concept, and this is what it came up with.
Porsche partnered with development studio Polyphony Digital on the project for Gran Turismo, which the German manufacturer has been a part of since 2017. The designers love this mission, considering it frees them from the regular restraints of building a production vehicle.
"A vehicle designed purely for the virtual world opens up exciting possibilities for us that are otherwise heavily regimented in a regular design process for a series production car," says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche. "Projects such as the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo are particularly valuable for us in the creative process. Further developing our clearly defined Porsche Design DNA and exchanging with designers from other industries is an important part of our work."
The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo features a low hood with big spoilers, dive planes and splitters, and we're guessing Brembo brakes. The front end takes cues from Taycan EV, as the car is electrically driven, as well as the iconic 911. The low seating position points at a curved hologram display, "which appears to float above the driver."
"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."
Porsche says the steering feel should mimic a real car, with fast and direct feedback. We've said it before, but if you really want to have fun with these games, get a steering wheel controller, and build yourself a rig. Porsche also notes that being in and around Gran Turismo is good for business.
"We can engage young and digital target groups in the place where their automotive dreams are born: the world of gaming," says Robert Ader, Vice President Marketing at Porsche AG. "The partnership with Polyphony Digital and Gran Turismo is a perfect fit for Porsche, because motorsport - whether rear or virtual - is part of our DNA."