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.

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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.

Gulp, indeed.

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.

2012 Red Bull X2010 Exterior
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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

* 1,483bhp

* 450kph

* 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.

World, meet the Red Bull X1 Prototype Exterior
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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.

Source: Red Bull

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  (1) posted on 10.15.2011

Top speed is higher than 280 it will hit 286 on it’s own it will hit 300 with downforce minimal (GT5) and drafting on indy i hit 310 MPH

  (474) posted on 03.29.2011

I think this car consume too much gas. But if they could built the race car it would be so amazing! We could actually see how it race for real and not only on game console.

  (375) posted on 03.15.2011

Well, it look so amazing! The figure of the specs is a bit amazing and it has a boosting power that could reach into its top speed.

  (309) posted on 01.17.2011

same here bro, But I guess we have to wait for more information about it, and for sure sooner or later they’ll reveal it.

  (291) posted on 01.17.2011

I really can’t wait to see how the car is like for real, and I hope they could develop the car further

  (763) posted on 01.16.2011

I think the world will end in 2012 before GT5 ever gets released, plus this is just a rumor read bull exec hasn’t comment on this one. but for sure this is worthy to wait.

  (477) posted on 01.16.2011

If a video game sponsorship wasn’t involved, this car would have come out different. In the real world, a prototype car like this wouldn’t waste weight on practicality- it would be designed for ideal conditions. Nighttime racing is far from ideal.

  (46) posted on 01.14.2011

Obvious elements from the F1 cars made this baby a star! Without them and the light materials, and that insane engine, it could never reach those ultimate performances!

  (65) posted on 01.14.2011

Too bad it’s a single seat car! Maybe they’ll build an prototype with 2 or 4 seats! smiley

  (73) posted on 01.14.2011

Wow, wow, wow! Is this real? smiley

  (151) posted on 01.14.2011

This is awesome! I think this is the undisputed new champion of acceleration smiley Any other contender? (.... silence) smiley

And the looks... well, it looks like 10 times better than a F1 car and 5 times better than a Veyron! smiley

  (324) posted on 01.13.2011

as of now the are getting a lot of Junk cars with tremendous Horsepowers and nothing else. but isn’t it nice to see someone take some inspiration from F1 or Ariel Atom and create a lightweight car that is design to blaze around track as quickly as humanly possible.

  (701) posted on 01.13.2011

what? are you telling me that the SSC Ultimate AERO TT has a lot more ponies and nothing else? does it means that 257MPH Topspeed and the fastest production slalom speed count is nothing?

  (1) posted on 01.13.2011

does anyone know the name of the song at the end of this video.

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