It all started with Polyphony Digital, the makers of Gran Turismo 6 requesting all the major car manufacturers to come up with cool, wacky, digital concepts to be featured in the game. It was followed by a slew of concepts, all christened as Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, from Mercedes-Benz to Mazda that pushed the envelope of automotive design. Renault’s long lost Alpine brand is awaiting revival, but in the digital realm, they’re now ready with their version of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, and as expected, otherworldly is the word that defines it.
Drawing inspiration from the classic Alpine A110, the single seat race-car’s front carries over the signature round head lamps, but of course everything around it has been honed for the modern day, and even beyond that. But the real action happens at the rear, with the tapering speed-boat like shape being shrouded by additional panels bearing the slim tail lamps and hydraulically operated pop-up elements – it’s a sight to behold.
Power comes from a 4.5-liter V8 engine developing around 450 hp and 580 Nm of torque, channeled to the rear wheels via a 7-speed sequential gearbox. Tipping the virtual scales at only 900 kilograms, this race-car from the future is capable of hitting a top whack of 320 km/h (199 mph).
The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo will be available to download free of charge in Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation3 from March 2015. What’s more, the makers loved it so much that they even went ahead and built a full scale model, right down to every last detail, which will be displayed in Paris at the Hôtel des Invalides until the end of January.
The actual, full scale model