The designers drew their inspiration from the
brand’s successful racing tradition. Bugatti
enjoyed great success in racing in the 1920s and
1930s. The historical theme for the design of
the Vision Gran Turismo virtual modern race car was,
in particular, the Bugatti Type 57 Tank
and its victories in the 24-hour Le Mans race in
1937 and 1939. Consequently, the Bugatti
Vision Gran Turismo makes its appearance in the
classic blue two-tone finish of the Type 57 G
Tank, the winning car in 1937, simultaneously
evoking the colours of the historical French race
cars of that period. Since then, blue has also been
Bugatti’s brand colour.
Although the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo will be
racing in a class in which the cars generally
have little or no relationship to real road
vehicles, and their designs therefore are far more
extreme and performance-oriented than that of a street-legal car, two things were important to the design team: First, the virtual car should look unmistakably like a Bugatti and completely embody the brand values of ‘Art, Forme, Technique’, and second, every part of the vehicle should have a real function. Consequently, the virtual race car was developed in close cooperation with the Bugatti engineers and is based on cutting-edge racing technology and precise aerodynamic analyses.
“In the Bugatti Veyron, we have developed a super
sports car which unites two characteristics,
the beauty and the beast,” explained Anscheidt. “The
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo embodies
the performance beast. It has a more radical and
extreme style. This is a thorough-bred Bugatti
for the virtual race track, not for the street.”
“Under no circumstances did we want to create a retro-style race car in memory of the successes in Le Mans, but rather to transfer the feeling and mood of these special moments in Bugatti’s history to a modern vehicle,” said Sasha Selipanov, the Head of Exterior Design Creative Development. “As an acknowledged Gran Turismo fan, it is a great adventure for me to bring a brand which was once so successful in racing back to the virtual track.” “We are taking Bugatti back to its roots,” he added. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo’s expressive form language is dominated by large convex surfaces in contrast to concave transitions and strong lines. This lends the vehicle styling precision and surface tensions of the highest quality. The proportions of the car are uncompromisingly athletic and shaped to meet the car’s performance goals.
The designers have unmistakably transferred the most important characteristics of Bugatti’s design DNA into the styling of the virtual race car. Consequently, the side view of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is characterised by the famous Bugatti line. And the virtual race car has also been furnished with the most recognisable symbol of a Bugatti, the horse shoe on the front grille. It is placed in the centre of the central front air intake as three-dimensional sculpture and supports the structure between the wings and the aerodynamic front splitter. The horse shoe is flanked by the eight-eyed headlights, which were developed especially for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo.
Another typical Bugatti design element is the centre fin, which originated on the legendary Type 57 Atlantic from 1936. The designers employ two versions of the fin on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo: one on the front and rear wings, where they contribute to the appearance of the vehicle and the other running the length of the roof, where it makes an important contribution to the car’s dynamic stability. An interesting detail on the roof is the NACA air intake, which, with its contrasting light blue finish, not only has a strikingly beautiful shape but also makes a crucial contribution to the control of the aerodynamic conditions on top of and at the rear of the car without compromising the effectiveness of the impressive rear wing.
The car has a strong trailing edge which provides great longitudinal-dynamic stability, exhausts the hot air from the engine compartment and, no less important, communicates to the pursuer in the video game that a Bugatti is getting away from him.
“We wanted to create a project as realistic as possible for our fans and put a real Bugatti in the virtual world of the PlayStation video game franchise,” explained Frank Heyl, the head of Exterior Design for Production Development at Bugatti. “Every design characteristic is defined 3 BUGATTI by its function. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the perfect symbiosis of engineering and aesthetics.”
(2 September 2015)