Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept is More than a Virtual Race Car [Photo Gallery]

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Bugatti has demonstrated its latest design language in the Vision Gran Turismo concept – a full-size carbon fiber model that will find its way into the virtual world of Gran Turismo and is now on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. More importantly, there are hints that this one-off concept car could be a preview of the Veyron’s successor.

“Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the first stage on a new journey that Bugatti is embarking on following the successful completion of its Veyron chapter, and which will culminate in the unveiling of the next Bugatti super sports car in the not too distant future,” said company president Wolfgang Dürheimer, in the vehicle’s announcement.

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Basic architecture of the car is based around the W16 engine that drives all four wheels. With the goal of making the project as realistic as possible, every design feature has a distinct purpose. The signature Bugatti horseshoe grille and forward air ducts allow for maximum air flow to the radiator and multiple coolers for the transmission, brakes, and oil. Every line, wing, and air diffuser of the bodywork is based on the Bugatti development team’s latest simulation models of driving dynamics and aerodynamics.

The cabin is all about the business of racing and features bare carbon fiber panels, a curved display on the steering wheel, and exquisite stitched racing blue fabric on the seats, door panels, and steering wheel grips.

Featuring the blue and black color scheme similar to Bugatti’s Le Mans-winning racers, design influence of the Vision Gran Turismo race car comes from modern LMP1 racers. The intention is to build a race car that could get up to 250 mph on the long straights of Le Mans circuit – a feat that can be tested in Gran Turismo once the car becomes available for downloading to your PS3.

Achim Anscheidt, head of Bugatti’s design team, says the Vision Gran Turismo has not been developed only for the PC gamers, but one that could actually be driven on the race circuits around the world. To date, Bugatti has not made any statement that the Vision GT will be produced, but it does suggest certain design features may be used in the Chiron or other future Bugatti models.

Watch this in-depth look at the pre-war Bugatti race cars from TFLClassics.