At the 2019 world finals of the FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Gaming Championship in Monte Carlo, Nov 24th, Lamborghini unveiled their much anticipated V12 Vision Gran Turismo prototype. This prototype will be available for gamers to drive in Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4 in the spring of next year.
As with most previous Vision Gran Turismo concepts from manufacturers like Jaguar, Bugatti, Hyundai, Zagato, the design of Lamborghini’s latest is hyper dramatic. Mitja Borkert, director of Lamborghini’s design center, explains: “The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo was designed to be the best virtual car ever for all the young gamers and fans who love our brand. It is an opportunity for the genius and talent of our designers to fully express themselves and reflects the design center’s commitment to developing innovative technologies, especially in the field of light materials and hybridization.”
The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is a single seater. The driver enters the cabin like a jetfighter pilot, from the front of the car. The main driving controls are located within the futuristic steering wheel and all driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver.
Based on the Sian
The V12 Vision Gran Turismo uses the same electrified powertrain that powers the Sian, Lamborgini’s ultra-performance hybrid. You may recall the Sian has a 6.5-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine accompanied by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for a grand total of 819 horsepower. Lambo’s first-ever hybrid sprints from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and the top speed is electronically governed at 217 mph.
About the Gran Turismo Championships
Our friends at Lamborghini of Broward FL explain that the FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Championships is a series of professional Gran Turismo Sport world championship esports tournaments, managed directly by Japanese game development studio Polyphony Digital and by France-based international motorsport governing body FIA. The series uses Polyphony Digital’s latest racing game Gran Turismo Sport, and the championship contains two series that are held concurrently throughout the year. These two series are the Nations Cup where entrants from their respective countries will represent themselves and the Manufacturers Series where entrants race for specific manufacturers.
All virtual races in the tournament take place in specified locations all around the globe. In addition to the live studio audiences at the specified locations, the tournaments are streamed live on YouTube, under the official Gran Turismo channel, through several languages. The series is currently sponsored by Michelin, TAG Heuer, Puma and Toyota. The commentator duos for the livestreams are Jimmy Broadbent and Tom Brooks (English coverage), Rene Buttler and Florian Strauss (German coverage), Donald Reignoux and Fabian Tarakci (French coverage), Emilio Cozzi and Andrea Facchinetti (Italian coverage), Alberto Perez and Lucas (Spanish coverage), and Duarte Félix da Costa and Filipe Albuquerque (Portuguese coverage).