GT5, the latest incarnation of the Sony PlayStation’s legendary driving franchise Gran Turismo will give gamers a chance to test drive a dream car created by one of the world’s most talented designers – Adrian Newey.
GT5 puts gamers behind the wheel of a fleet of supercars and takes them on global tour of famous circuits, from the Green Hell of the Nordschleife to the BBC’s Top Gear test track. Now gamers will also get to try out a ground breaking new concept car straight from the mind of Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer.
In a 30-year career, Newey has built championship and race-winning cars in F1 and Indycar. His designs for Williams and McLaren helped those teams dominate the 1990s, his STR3 for Scuderia Toro Rosso became the first car from the Red Bull stable to win a grand prix and his RB5 and RB6 have since elevated Red Bull Racing to the sport’s top table.
'The X2010 is something new, created from a ‘what-if’ dream.' Kazunori Yamauchi
Game designer Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony Digital, is similarly all-conquering in his field, and has been in charge of developing the Gran Turismo format for the Sony PlayStation from the start.
The two came together at Newey’s offices in Milton Keynes in the UK where Yamauchi threw out the rulebook to give the car designer a blank canvas on which to create a virtual machine that would push the very boundaries of motorsports. That car is the X2010 Prototype.
“Every race conforms to some sort of regulation, and every racing car is built to fit within those various regulations,” explained Yamauchi. “However the X2010 is something new, created from a ‘what-if’ dream. We want to inspire racing fans and the industry alike by exploring the realm of possibilities for the future of motorsports.”
Newey brought his vast experience and boyish technical curiosity to the entire X2010 design process. As a result, Polyphony’s X2010 Prototype became an extreme car, having a unique form and mechanism unlike any other racing car in history.
“We all have a dream about pushing the boundaries, where the performance of the car and the experience of the driver take precedence over the rules,” said Newey. “Only with the technology of PlayStation3 and the virtual environment of Gran Turismo 5 could that dream become a reality that millions can explore.
“This is the inspiration that brought Red Bull Racing and Polyphony together. And as a result the X2010 Prototype is dynamite to drive.”
So just what does Adrian Newey mean by dynamite? Step forward virtual test driver Sebastian Vettel who took the X2010 Prototype for a shakedown around Suzuka in Japan. On his first virtual lap, the German beat the lap record – set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2005 – by more than 20 seconds.
“Adrian’s dream car handled brilliantly,” said virtual test driver Sebastian Vettel. “There are few tracks that reward bravery and commitment more than Suzuka and I can’t think of a better way to experience the pace and performance of the X2010 Prototype than going through 130R at full throttle.”
We can’t lift the lid on the X2010 Prototype dream car just yet, but keep watching redbull.com for more news and teasers in the coming weeks building to the launch of GT5 in November.
Video profile of Adrian Newey
The Gran Turismo official site
Adrian Newey drives the RB5