On the occasion of the 66th Frankfurt International Motor Show, Bugatti has taken a virtual car off the drawing board and brought it to life. The French super sports car brand presented the Vision Gran Turismo to celebrate racing history and Bugatti’s superior technology. Bugatti is related to luxury automakers like Lamborghini and Bentley, but just a bit more exclusive. Over the last decade, Bugatti has sold 450 cars worldwide at prices in excess of $1 million each. All of them were versions of one model, the Bugatti Veyron.
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The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a model of the car that appears in the popular Gran Turismo videogame series. The real-life version is fully drivable but was designed to comply only with racing regulations. Designers for the concept car drew inspiration from Bugatti racing cars of the 1920s and ’30s. Based in France at the time, Bugatti won at LeMans in 1937 and ’39. The Vision Gran Turismo was designed to excel on the LeMans track, with a premium on top speed.
Inspired by the historical Bugatti Type 57 Tank, Bugatti revives the classic blue two tone finish reminiscent of French race cars of the era. Designers worked with engineers to ensure that the details possess mechanical function, based on advanced racing technology and aerodynamic lines.
The Vision Gran Turismo embodies styling from the Veyron, particularly in the side view. The sculptured house symbol of a horseshoe is featured on the front grille, between the wings and aerodymically engineered front splitter. The signature eight-eyed headlights were developed for the Vision Gran Turismo. The rear view sports a dominated spoiler and four exhausts tips.
A number of automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, General Motors and Lexus, have designed cars for the Gran Turismo game.