Creating Vision Gran Turismo concept cars has become quite the habit among automakers, as they rushed to showcase their design skills and advanced powertrains in the latest iteration of the franchise. This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed brought yet another futuristic supercar to the game, this time from British-based company Aston Martin .
Dubbed DP-100 and developed in-house by a team led by Design Director Marek Reichman, the concept car highlights a brand-new approach for the company, as its engine is mounted behind the seats. The Brits have yet to build sports cars in this configuration, except for the B09/60 Le Mans prototype co-developed with Lola, and the DP-100 comes to put an end to that. At least in the virtual world.
The DP-100 joins a large batch of virtual supercars created for Gran Turismo 6 this year, and will be available for gamers to download starting July 2014. There are no production plans waiting to turn this virtual racer into a vehicle for the real world, but the DP-100 is a concept worth looking into from a design and technological point of view.
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The DP-100 Concept is radically different from any Aston Martin design we’ve see so far. Besides the trademark front grille, which now sits closer to the ground, the styling of the DP-100 is pretty futuristic and in line with most Gran Turismo concepts.
The muscular wheel arches raise above the beltline and house tiny, rectangular LED headlamps mounted in Y-shaped carvings.
The front end is distinguished by a three-piece lip spoiler that replaces the standard bumper, a short bonnet and a sloped, rounded windshield that reminds us of supercars like the Pagani Zonda . The muscular wheel arches rise above the beltline and house tiny, rectangular LED headlamps mounted in Y-shaped carvings.
Around back, a huge, carbon-fiber diffuser dominates the landscape, with the exhaust system mounted right between the aerodynamic element and the spoiler. The latter carries a distinct shape and extends away from the body, being flanked by V-shaped taillights on both sides.
The mid-mounted engine — also a first for Aston Martin — resides under a huge, see-through hood. When viewed from the side, the DP-100 seemingly hints at the wedge design of the 1970s, with only the bulging wheel arches and the rounded, carbon-fiber fins covering the sides of the cabin, suggesting this racer was crafted in the 21st century.
Like most Gran Turismo concept, the DP-100 carries a lot of power under its virtual hood.
Like most Gran Turismo concepts, the DP-100 carries a lot of power under its virtual hood. No less than 800 ponies are being pushed through the wheels and onto the track by the twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted, V-12 engine. There’s no word as to how many liters the unit displaces, but we bet the Brits were looking at AMG’s bi-turbo, 6.0-liter mill, which will replace Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated, V-12 engines, while designing this concept car.
2014 Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo: Drivetrain Specification
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Concept or a Glimpse Into the Future?
However, some of design cues seen on the concept might just make it on the company's next generation of sports cars by the end of the decade.
Yes, we’d all love to see this concept car become a production supercar, but that’s not going to happen. Aston Martin already stressed the DP-100 is a "virtual-only GT racer that will be available for Gran Turismo 6" and we’re dead sure that’s not going to change. However, some of design cues seen on the concept might just make it on the company’s next generation of sports cars by the end of the decade. A turbo, V-12 engine, on the other head, is already a certainty due to the company’s partnership with Mercedes-AMG.
Unlike the Aston Martin DP-100, the Nissan Concept 2020 will serve as inspiration for an upcoming vehicle. Described as "a vision of what a high performance Nissan could look like in the future," the 2020 Concept obviously previews the next-generation GT-R, which is rumored to arrive in 2016 with a hybrid drivetrain.
Created by the company’s team of young designers at Nissan Design Europe in England, the 2020 Concept carries many cues reminiscent of the current GT-R, including the V-shaped headlamps and the glasshouse. However, the remaining design features are pretty much futuristic, and most of them are likely to be dropped when the production car is envisioned.
The Mercedes Mercedes-Benz Vision is also a radical concept that has very little in common with the company’s current design language. The dramatic lines of this supercar split between a long bonnet, muscular fenders and rain drop-shaped rear end. A large front grille taken from Mercedes ’ Le Mans racers of the early 1950s suggests the Germans designed the Vision Gran Turismo Concept with some brand heritage in mind.
The Formula One-inspired interior is complemented by a powerful, bi-turbo, V-8 engine sourced from the AMG division. The powerplant generates 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which, when paired with the car’s weight of only 3,053 pounds, leads to an impressive power-to-weight ratio.
The DP-100 is far from being the most spectacular Gran Turismo concept car, but we have to tip our hats to Aston Martin for stepping out of its comfort zone. The mid-engine configuration and the bi-turbo, V-12 powerplant with 800 horsepower are a couple of details we’d very much like to see on a production car. But on the other hand, the DP-100’s design is rather simple and unconvincing.
- Huge amount of horsepower
- First Aston Martin "vehicle" with AMG power
- Mid-mounted engine
- Unconvincing design
- No production plans
Aston Martin is unveiling an exceptional new addition to the hugely popular PlayStation®3 exclusive racing game Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™) in the shape of the stunning Design Prototype 100 – DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo.
Developed in-house by the Design team at Aston Martin, led by Design Director Marek Reichman, DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo is a new, virtual-only GT racer that will be available for Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™) owners to download in July 2014, following the global launch at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Starting with nothing but the traditional ‘blank sheet of paper’ the design team and design engineers worked for six months to create the new addition to the Vision Gran Turismo stable of race cars. Clearly pushing the boundaries of what an Aston Martin could be, DP-100 not only looks beautiful but also boasts a high degree of engineering integrity.
The twin-turbo V12 mid-engined racer offers up to 800bhp, endowing it with blistering performance fully in keeping with the high octane nature of the game.
Created utilising many of the same techniques as applied in the development of Aston Martin production sports cars – hand sketches and 3D modelling, followed by full realisation in the virtual world – DP-100 provides an exceptional level of detail with a fully functioning suspension system and state-of-the-art electronics.
Design Director Marek Reichman said: “DP-100 has been an exciting and intensive project for the team here at Gaydon.
“Features such as the car’s revolutionary ‘active aerodynamics’ are there not just as a way of enhancing form, but also to support the car’s function in-game.
“As with the CC100 Speedster Concept, many of the design cues visible in DP-100, such as the light blade rear lamps, could also feed through into future sports cars that we’ll launch in the offline world so the importance of this project should not be underestimated.”
Aston Martin has supported previous editions of the long-running and hugely successful Gran Turismo® series, debuting in the very first game with the Aston Martin DB7 Coupé and Volante. The stunning 2011 Aston Martin One-77 is already a popular car in the Gran Turismo® 6 stable.
Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony Digital Inc, enthused: “When I first came face to face with this car at the Aston Martin Headquarters in Gaydon, UK, I was at a loss for words seeing the level of perfection in its design. I was surprised by the bold proposal of the car being the first midship layout model in Aston Martin history. And while it is clean and classy in design, it is also very emotional. Not only that, there was this future Aston Martin in front of me, that was so detailed it could be released on the market pretty much as is.”