If you want to drive the newest high-performance machines from Bugatti and Hyundai, you need only fire up your PlayStation. Both companies introduced Vision Gran Turismo concept cars at the Frankfurt auto show, which will be offered as playable downloads for the Gran Turismo video game franchise. How do the wild racing concepts compare?
What are they?
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo is the more exotic of the two concept cars, taking the shape of a low-slung LMP racing car. With its small bubble-shaped canopy and gracefully shaped carbon-fiber bodywork draped over large wheels at each corner, the N 2025 wouldn’t look at all out of place screaming down the Mulsanne Straight. A huge vertical fin not only provides aerodynamic stability, but also allows Hyundai to advertise its name for all race spectators to see.
What’s under the hood?
Bugatti offers precious few details about the power source for its Vision Gran Turismo concept, saying only that there’s a W-16 engine. It’s most likely a variant of the quad-turbocharged unit employed by the Bugatti Veyron road car, but with performance amped up for racing use. At a virtual representation of the Circuit de la Sarthe circuit, Bugatti says its digital racer can crack an incredible 250 mph.
What does it mean?
While both cars are intended to amp up attention for their parent brands among Gran Turismo gamers, the ultimate motivation is a little different. Bugatti’s car likely provides some hints as to the shape of the forthcoming Chiron, which could pack as much as 1,500 hp from an updated version of its famous W-16 engine. The Bugatti Chiron should make its debut next year, serving as a new halo model for the Volkswagen Group.