The thrill-seeking and highly popular PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) will soon have a new GT racer from the United Kingdom on its virtual tracks – the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo. GT6 gamers would be able to download the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo in July 2014, following its global debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo was developed in-house by Aston Martin’s design team headed by Design Director Marek Reichman. Aston Martin’s design team and design engineers started with the traditional 'blank sheet of paper' and toiled for six months to create the DP-100. They managed to create an Aston Martin that goes beyond the boundaries, with elegant looks and a high degree of engineering integrity. Since the GT6 is a high-octane virtual game, Aston Martin gave the DP-100 a powerful twin-turbo V12 engine that could deliver up to 800 bhp.
Interestingly, Aston Martin created the DP-100 employing the same techniques it usually applies when developing production sports cars, such as hand sketches and 3D modeling. Now fully realized in the virtual world, the highly detailed DP-100 comes with state-of-the-art electronics and a fully functioning suspension system.
Design Director Marek Reichman called the DP-100 as an exciting and intensive project for the design team. He noted that the DP-100 also features 'active aerodynamics' that doesn’t just enhance the GT racer’s form, but also supports its function in-game. He noted just like the CC100 Speedster Concept, several design cues in the DP-100 -- like the light blade rear lamps – might even find their way into Aston Martin’s future sports cars, which means that importance of DP-100 project could not be underestimated.
This isn't the first time that Aston Martin became a part of the Gran Turismo racing game. The previous editions of this highly successful game saw the introduction of the Aston Martin DB7 Coupe and Volante as well as the 2011 Aston Martin One-77 into the virtual racing world.
Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony Digital Inc,, quipped that when he first came across the DP-100 at the Aston Martin Headquarters in Gaydon, he was “at a loss for words” after seeing the level of perfection in the racer’s design. He added that he was surprised by the proposal of the DP-100 being Aston Martin’s first mid-ship car. He quipped that the design of DP-100 is clean, classy and emotional. Yamauchi added that the DP-100 was so detailed that it could be released on the market as it is right now.