Bugatti unveils a real-life version of their race car from the Gran Turismo video game at the Frankfurt Motor Show; a concept design that hints at what Bugatti's next supercar model will look like. Matthew Stock reports.
This is Bugatti's latest supercar, unveiled at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show. But this is the only version of this model that will ever exist... at least in the real world. Bugatti built this concept as a one-off to showcase a supercar racer that will be available exclusively for PlayStation gamers. Called Vision Gran Turismo, it will give anyone the chance to own their very own Bugatti... even if it's only the virtual model. Working with the creators of the Gran Turismo video game franchise, Bugatti's team of designers wanted to create something that was as close as possible to the real thing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACHIM ANSCHEIDT, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AT BUGATTI, SAYING: "We didn't want to create just some kind of fantasy or science fiction project which is quite normal in that category. We wanted the Bugatti way to be an approach that is very technical and very elaborated, and based on our engineering values and our aerodynamic research. And on the functional elements, to portray the design elements really being driven by form follows performance." Bugatti's Veyron series, limited to just 450 vehicles with a starting price of over a million euros, have now all been sold. The Vision Gran Turismo concept, they say, hints at what's in store for their next supercar. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACHIM ANSCHEIDT, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AT BUGATTI, SAYING: "This car is about our stylistic future, it's a vision of things to come. It illustrates the new Bugatti form language, and it shows very clearly from all main views of the car characteristic DNA elements that you can expect on future Bugatti models." It has state-of-the-art aerodynamics and drag reduction system. Three in-built cameras give the driver a 180 degree virtual image - something the makers see becoming increasingly common in the car industry. The virtual Vision Gran Turismo supercar is expected to be release soon for gamers to download. Meanwhile, Bugatti's president said that their next supercar will be unveiled "in the not too distant future".