When was the last time that somebody told you to start living in the real world? If the answer to that question is “recently”, then we would advise you to disregard that advice in light of recent news from Aston Martin.
To accompany the release of the latest installment of the hugely popular video game series, Gran Turismo, the design department at Aston’s Gaydon headquarters have been busily working away on a special virtual supercar concept.
Revealed at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we can now present to you the fruits of their labour; the shapely DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo racer.
Six months in the making, the DP-100 – or design prototype – launches itself head-first in to virtual reality, raising two fingers to the inconvenient constraints of real world physics. Though the car may be a digital creation, its engineering grass-roots are not necessarily grounded in dreamland. Several of its in-game systems, such as the electronics, suspension and active aerodynamics, are fully functioning and have been developed to be feasible in real life.
Slightly more fantastical, but no less awe-inspiring, is the monstrous 800bhp V12 engine at the beating heart of the DP-100, making this the first ever mid-engined Aston Martin design.
As with other recent Aston Martin concepts such as the CC100 Speedster, many of the computer generated design cues visible in DP-100, including the blade-style tail lamps, could pave the way for future Aston sports car designs.
Leading on from its Goodwood debut, the first customers to get their ‘hands’ on the wheel of the DP-100 Vision concept will be Gran Turismo 6 gamers themselves, via download from July 2014. The DP-100 will join Aston’s One-77 hypercar in the GT6 stable.
See the video below for an-in depth interview with the brains behind the DP-100 concept.