The mythical unicorn of Gran Turismo 5 – the Red Bull X1 Prototype – may very well be accessible only in the virtual gaming world, but the folks over at Red Bull, together with Polyphony Digital and Industrial Design Consultancy, are in the process of piecing together and building a mock-up design of the car that, if it was road legal, would shatter just about every land-speed record known to man.
Unfortunately, regulations are preventing it from fully taking shape so the people behind this ungodly machine have decided to build the next best thing: a real-life scale mock-up of the newly named ’X2010’. And Red Bull has released a new video that shows how the X2010 (aka X1 prototype) was transformed from a Gran Turismo 5 fixture into a full-scale model.
The car was born when Polyphony Digital CEO – and the man behind the Gran Turismo franchise – Kazunori Yamauchi sought the help of Adrian Newey to design a car without any limitations. Translation: build me the fastest and most powerful car your imagination can think of.
Hit the jump to see what they came up with, as well as get a look at the press release.
The result is a machine that’s powered – in the virtual world – by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces an unheard of 1,483 horsepower and 714 Nm (527 lb/ft) of torque with a 0-60 mph time of just 1.4 seconds and a top speed of 280 mph. And in case you’re wondering why the X2010 can never be built for real-world purposes, the car’s lateral acceleration reaches 8.75G, which is at the very limit of how much G-force a human body can handle.
While we let those numbers sink in, here’s the latest video from the folks of Red Bull as they undertake the build-up process of the X2010 race prototype. This will probably be the closest we can get to seeing this car in a real-world setting.
Red Bull Press Release
What goes from 0 to 193 kph in 2.8 seconds? No, it’s not the opening line of a questionable joke. The answer of course is the Red Bull Prototype - the X2010 - star of Gran Turismo 5. When Kazunori Yamauchi came to Red Bull Racing and asked Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, to design a car without limitations for the release of GT5, Adrian’s imagination went into overdrive. Watch the build of the Red Bull X2010 Prototype as Adrian’s ideas leap off the drawing board into reality and watch Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel take it round our virtual track!
X2010 Car Specs:
* 3-litre V6 engine
* 15,000 rpm
* 0-193kph in 2.8 seconds
The makers of Gran Turismo 5 asked for someone to build the ultimate race car, and 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. The selection of tracks available include Laguna Seca, Trial Mountain, and Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans). 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.