Sony Computer Entertainment today lifts the lid on a fantasy racing car built using technology and expertise from Red Bull Racing. Presenting the Red Bull X2010 Prototype: the world's fastest road car to be driven on the virtual circuits of Gran Turismo 5.
The Red Bull X2010 Prototype, seen above in Hangar 7 at Salzburg Airport, is the answer to the question: ‘What if you designed a racing car where the performance is not restricted by any sporting rules or regulations?'
Forged by Polyphony Digital, working with world-class racing car constructor Red Bull Racing and design genius Adrian Newey, the result goes far beyond the surface of its startling good looks.
If the performance of test driver Sebastian Vettel in a shakedown run at the Suzuka Circuit is to be believed, the driving experience, which will be available exclusively through Gran Turismo®5 on PlayStation®3, will be unbeatable.
"It is about devastating speed coupled with real handling control." –Adrian Newey
As with all grand designs, the Red Bull X2010 has been through several iterations. The starting point was a low-drag, single-seat wing car with a glass canopy and covered wheels, powered by a forced induction engine.
The early result produced some startling figures: 1,483hp at 15,000 rpm, a top speed of 400 kmh (approx. 250 mph) and up to 6G of lateral G-force. But that was before Red Bull Racing’s design guru Adrian Newey cast his expert eye over the blueprints. Under his guidance, the X2010 switched gears.
He proposed using ‘Fan Car’ technology – last seen in (and rapidly banned from) F1 in the late '70s – where a fan is used to force air out from underneath the car, lowering the air pressure and creating a huge amount of downforce.
The innovation showed its value on the track where traditional low-speed corners could be taken at significantly higher speeds. The new figures showed a maximum lateral G force of more than 8G, pushing the limits for the human body, and a top speed of more than 450 kph (280 mph).
The killer combination of low air resistance due to body styling, glass canopies and full tire cowlings; increased low-speed down-force courtesy of the fans; and stability at high speed due to front and rear wings and rear diffuser are what brought about this result.
For a nervous design team, the last stage of the journey was the shakedown test. Enter Sebastian Vettel who, on his first run, slashed more than 20 seconds off the course record on the Suzuka Circuit.
“The results were thrilling. X2010 is about evolution. Delivering the optimum combination of tested technologies in a single integrated design,” explained Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing. “This would be the future of racing were we not bound by regulations, but one that is achievable today.
“As Sebastian has shown, it is about devastating speed coupled with real handling control. Today, thanks to PlayStation®3 and Gran Turismo, we can test drive the future.”
Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. and creator of the Gran Turismo series, said: “X2010 sees the marriage of virtual and real worlds as we explore the boundaries of our technology and aesthetic senses.
“The X2010 Prototype Project has been motivated by curiosity and passion, powerful forces that brought together the best the world has to offer in design, physics simulation, racing car product technology and driving.”
Welcome to the personification of the Dream for Speed, to the marriage of imagination, of expertise and of technology. Welcome to a unique combination of Gran Turismo and Red Bull realized in the X2010 Prototype Project.
Gran Turismo 5 will contain more than 1,000 perfectly recreated cars, ranging from the latest supercars to the cars of NASCAR and WRC. Standing proud will be the fastest car in the game – and one of the fastest to ever leave the drawing board – the Red Bull X2010. Earn your chance to drive the Red Bull X2010 when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale later this year.
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