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BMW unveils Vision Gran Turismo race car

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Appropriately called Vision Gran Turismo, the concept looks like a wide-bodied evolution of the M235i. It features an aggressive, race-bred appearance characterized by a deep front bumper with several air dams, carbon fiber kidney grilles, an air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper and a tall trunk-mounted wing. White paint and contrasting M graphics all around wrap up the track-ready look.

A new virtual race car, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, takes to the racetrack in Gran Turismo 6, the acclaimed racing title available exclusively on PlayStation3. The race car, created by BMW Group Design, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine developed by BMW M, which promises a peak performance of 404 kW/549 hp, fast laps and optimum handling and control.

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Following in the tradition of the successful BMW touring cars of the 1970s, the BMW design team has created an uncompromising road racer for the modern era. Crisp proportions and a dynamic silhouette give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the appearance of speed, even standing still.

Front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fibre. The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream, recalling BMW Motorsports successes.


About the BMW Vision Gran Turismo:

Following in the tradition of the successful BMW touring cars of the 1970s, the BMW design team has created an uncompromising road racer for the modern era.

Crisp proportions and a dynamic silhouette give the BMW Vision Gran Turismo the appearance of speed, even standing still. Front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag and lower the vehicle’s total weight through the use of carbon fibre.

The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream, recalling BMW Motorsports successes.

The technology in the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is just as impressive as its uncompromising design. A powerful three-litre six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a maximum power of 404 kW/541 HP between 6,200 rpm and 7,300 rpm. Its peak torque of 680 Nm/499 ft-lb is developed at just 1,900 rpm. A sequential six-speed transmission, operated by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, distributes engine power to the driven rear axle.

The outstanding performance characteristics of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, which weighs only 1,180 kilograms, include perfect 50:50 axle load distribution.

source : urdesignmag.com

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