The X1 Prototype Project: Gran Turismo 5 SONY/POLYPHONY

The makers of Gran Turismo 5 asked for someone to build the ultimate race car; Red Bull answered with the X2010 Protoype, developed with the help of Formula 1 stud Sebastian Vettel.

With more than 56 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo franchise is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulator ever created. With its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology, and design, the game was every gearhead's wet dream. Gran Turismo 5 is the fifth version of the driving game and will be exclusively produced for Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

The game is slated to have more than 1000 licensed cars from the world's top manufacturers, and it will feature more than 20 tracks including famous circuits and city courses. Among the tracks available include the Laguna Seca, Trial Mountain, and Circuit de la Sarthe. There will also be features like the Dynamic Weather Changes system, Remote Racing feature, and a revamped Rally Mode. GT5 is undoubtedly the most anticipated game this year.

The X2010 is something new, created from a ‘what-if’ dream we have long held at Polyphony. -- Kazunori Yamauchi

During the stages of development, Polyphony Digital posed the simple question: ‘If you built the fastest racing car on land, one that throws aside all rules and regulations, what would that car look like, how would it perform and how would it feel to drive?” With the assistance of Red Bull Racing’s technology, Polyphony Digital were able to produce the answer in the form of the X2010 Prototype, which will be playable in the game.

Red Bull’s aerodynamics expert, Adrian Newey, performed the role of technical advisor on the X2010 Prototype project. Adrian is renowned in the motorsports world for designing championship winning cars. Throughout the X2010 design process by Polyphony, Adrian contributed his vast experience, as well as a pure, child-like technical curiosity. As a result, the completed X2010 Prototype became an extreme car, having a unique form and mechanism unlike any other racing car in history.

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Performing the shakedown test and settings for this Gran Turismo 5 car was the world famous driver Sebastian Vettel. On his first virtual lap, Vettel achieved an unbelievable time on the Suzuka circuit, beating the course record by over 20 seconds.

“Every race in the world today conforms to some sort of regulation, and every racing car is built to fit within those various regulations. However the X2010 is something new, created from a ‘what-if’ dream we have long held at Polyphony. We want to inspire racing fans and the industry alike by exploring the realm of possibilities for the future of motorsports,” said famed creator of the game Kazunori Yamauchi.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to ride the X2010 Prototype until November 2010, when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale. In the meantime, all we have to go by is this video:

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