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Bugatti will unveil its Vision Gran Turismo concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show - providing a rare glimpse into its future car plans. After showing a teaser of a Naca duct in August 2015, today it has issued a set of renderings of the virtual car.
The design is said to be a homage to Bugatti's racing history, specifically the victories at Le Mans in 1937 and 1939 in the Type 57 Tank. The blue paintwork reflects the '37 car's two-tone livery and - although a virtual racer - the company pledges that every second part of the car has a functional purpose.
Bugatti has now built its 450th and final Veyron and we're waiting to see its successor, rumoured to be called the Chiron. See CAR magazine's scoop on the planned Bugatti Chiron here.
Achim Anscheidt, head of the Bugatti design team, said: 'With the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept, Bugatti will be presenting the new form and design language developed by the brand to celebrate the next chapter in its history following the end of the Veyron era. Bugatti’s design DNA has reached a new stage in its evolution... our concept car for Vision Gran Turismo will be exaggerated and extremely performance-oriented. Even so, the progressive design language will give an impressive demonstration of the path to be taken by Bugatti design over the next few years.'
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The popular PlayStation gaming franchise approached numerous car makers, asking them to let their designers loose on a futuristic sports car to be launched in the virtual world only.
This is the first time a Bugatti has ever appeared in Gran Turismo. Polyphony Digital Inc has sold 70 million games since its launch in 1997. 'Bugatti is admired and loved by countless people throughout the world,' said Bugatti president Wolfgang Durheimer. 'We highly appreciate this enthusiasm. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo will make our brand available to them as well as to gamers and high-performance aficionados throughout the world, only very few of whom will be able to afford a real Bugatti. This is a project for our fans.'