The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Was Made to Be Driven Hard…in Gran Turismo Sport
Porsche’s first-ever electric sports car makes its video game debutby Tudor Rus, on
There’s something about car launches these days. The Land Rover Defender received its own Lego Technic set right as it was taking a bow in Frankfurt, and something similar can be said about Porsche’s Taycan.
Porsche’s first all-electric sports car made its public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, although we knew everything there was to know about it from its online reveal, yet Porsche kept to work with Japanese video game development studio Polyphony Digital Inc. towards the Taycan’s debut in Gran Turismo Sport.
OK, but when exactly is the Porsche Taycan coming to GT Sport?
.@Porsche's first fully electric car - the Taycan Turbo S - will be coming to GT Sport as a free DLC by October of this year!
— Gran Turismo (@thegranturismo) September 11, 2019
Gran Turismo’s developers took to Twitter to announce that the Taycan Turbo S will be coming to GT Sport as part of a free DLC deployed “by October of this year.” There’s not much else we can squeeze out of Polyphony Digital; however, Porsche is coming to the rescue with a press release of its own.
The German carmaker confirms the tweet but adds more spark to the announcement by saying that its designers are currently developing the so-called “Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Project” which, wait for it, will be converted into a drivable virtual car by the Polyphony Digital.
An appearance in GT Sport is expected to happen “by the end of next year,” which isn’t exactly to our liking but it goes without saying that the wait is well worth the reward.
Coming back to the GT Sport-featured Taycan Turbo S, Porsche tells us teams from Stuttgart and Tokyo worked together over the past nine months to implement the car into the game. Well, we certainly didn’t expect things to take that much time, but it seems that Porsche and Polyphony put a lot of effort into recreating the real car’s interior cues and animated instruments as well as the Porsche Electric Sport Sound boosting tech and last but not least, the Taycan’s driving characteristics on the race track.
Porsche and Gran Turismo Sport
Porsche and Gran Turismo Sport have had a close relationship ever since the PlayStation 4-only racing game made its debut back in 2017. As of August 2019, Porsche is represented in the game by several cars of various ilks: 356 A/1500 GS GT Carrera Speedster, 911 991 GT3 RS, 911 996 GT3 RS, 911 997 GT3 RS, 911 991 RSR, 911 930 Turbo, 962 C, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, and 919 Hybrid.
Gran Turismo also brags on the fact that “excluding the CAD data used by automobile makers for their manufacturing, the 3D models created for the game are the highest quality, highest precision models in the world.” In any case, the developers have done a Herculean job in creating the Brand Central, an in-game place where players can learn more about the history of a particular brand.
Once the history lesson is over, players can head to Campaign, where they’re expected to go through four modes that will eventually teach them how to drive and get the best out of each race.
These modes are Driving School, Mission Challenge, Circuit Experience, and Racing Etiquette.
You can even take your car for a photoshoot in-game and come up with stunning wallpapers for your devices.
The racing sim game industry is a many-million-dollar niche, and it’s not showing signs of stopping here. The same goes for the car manufacturing industry, so in the future, we should definitely expect more of such carmaker-game developer collaborations to find fruition.
With more and more people playing car racing games these days, as consoles and PCs have become sensibly more affordable than in past recent years, the growth and exposure potential of the digital gaming medium cannot be ignored by carmakers. Which, somewhat works in favor of the gearheads out there, who wouldn’t be able to enjoy their favorite brands’ cars unless taking them for a spin in-game. Sure, that’s not even close to actually driving the real thing, but for some, it’s the highlight of the day. Us included, sometimes.
|2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo||2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S|
|Electric motors power||616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost)||616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost)|
|Weight||5,132 pounds||5,121 pounds|
|0-60 mph||3 seconds||2.6 seconds|
|Quarter of a mile time||11.1 seconds||10.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||161 mph||161 mph|
Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Taycan.