Nissan has introduced a new supercar designed specifically for gamers.
At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, attendees were able to see the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo in person. It's a powerful car featured in the PlayStation-only Gran Turismo 6 racing game. Although the GT racer will available to download in July, Nissan decided to give it life early.
A full-sized model of the areodynamic car is now on display at the 4-day motor racing event in West Sussex, where car makers show off their top-performing and classic models through an annual hill climb. The car is also meant to demonstrate what a high-performance Nissan could look like in the future.
Aston Martin launched a similar concept car at Goodwood today, called the Aston Martin DP-100. Only, it's not physical car at all, it's entirely a virtual vehicle and the only place where you can give it a spin is in Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3.
The Nissan Concept 2020 is a little different from Aston Martin's concept car, because Nissan actually turned the virtual into real. Taisuke Nakamura, the design director of Nissan Design Europe, collaborated with engineers in Japan to create a real-life car that reflects the potential of its virtual performance.
He said Nissan has 149 cars in the video game, and that he considers the franchise to be like a virtual motor show. Nissan as a whole apparently has similar feelings about video games. In fact, to further develop relationships with gamers, Nissan offers a program that allows them to become "race car drivers".
The Nissan GT Academy puts video gamers through the paces, and a few have even gone on to find the pro grid. Jann Mardenborough, for instance, is a British GT Championship winner on track for Formula One in a driver development program.
Mardenborough was at Goodwood and tested the Nissan Concept 2020 simulator: “It feels really, really quick. It’s been designed virtually. And we’ve got the real car here as a concept car. So, it’s kind of like my story of GT Academy, coming from the virtual world into the real-life racing world."