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Here’s the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 9th, 2015

Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Did you know that Mazda is the only Japanese automaker ever to win the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race? Yep; they won all the way back in 1991 with their LM787B race car.

To be honest, we didn’t know that little fun fact either. But, now that we do, it makes the newest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo garage all that much more special. It’s the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which will be available as DLC (downloadable content) for the Playstation sometime in the couple weeks. See the car for yourself in the full Holiday-themed teaser video below. (skip to 2:10 if all you care about is seeing the car)

In case you didn’t catch that huge SkyActiv logo on the LM55’s tail fin, this will be a SkyActiv inspired car making full use of Mazda’s new Kodo design language. Even though we know it’s just a video game, we can’t help but drool a little at the sound of the LM55’s high-pitched thrum as it flies around the virtual track in the video above.

Speaking about the LM55’s development, Mazda’s NA Design Director, Derek Jenkins, had a lot to say about the car’s origins and what they wanted to do with their contribution to the Vision Gran Turismo garage:

“The design, from a heritage standpoint, obviously we looked at cars like the 787 (editor’s note: you can see the LM787 behind the LM55 in the image below). That car has this amazing long front overhang, really short, low rear-end, and it creates this very unique balance that’s just not commonplace in contemporary sports cars. So, we wanted to take that influence and bring it into this new concept and create this dramatic proportion where you had really low front-end, very dynamic sculpted fender treatments, and then really low rear-end.”

Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Concept with LM787

Now, our regular readers already know that we have an affinity for Mazda, but no one can argue that this LM55 Concept stands out even among the other jaw-dropping cars in the Vision Gran Turismo garage. Because it’s based on a real car with real heritage, it just looks more refined and deliberate than many of the other Vision concepts we’ve seen up to this point.

Furthermore, it’s clear that Mazda’s designers have given real thought to the production of this car (not that it’ll necessarily ever happen; just that they’re being realistic). “The Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo barely tips the scales with lightweight, carbon-fiber components, including a monocoque chassis clad in striking atmospheric white paint.”

To wrap up with one final fun fact, if you dig a bit into the LM787’s history, you’ll see that the individual race car that won the ’91 Le Mans actually bore the number 55. So, that’s where the LM55 got its name!

Infiniti Vision Gran Turismo 6 Concept Teased

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 12th, 2014

2014 Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept

The Gran Turismo Vision garage is quickly becoming our favorite source of new automotive concepts. The latest automaker to release a concept for the virtual lineup is Infiniti, and their contribution to the video game’s 15th anniversary Vision challenge was teased today ahead of its full reveal at an unannounced later date. As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at each of the two infinity GT6 teasers, plus a couple good theories about what the concept could mean for the premium automaker:

Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept teaser

In case you’ve forgotten, Gran Turismo has already challenged several other automakers to contribute their version of a grand tourer sports car. Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Mitsubishi, Audi, Honda, Chevrolet, Subaru, Toyota, BMW and even Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, have all offered up their own answers to the GT6 Vision Challenge.

You may remember that Nissan actually manufactured a 2020 Concept show car that they brought to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. It’s no surprise at all that the two early teasers we’ve seen for Infiniti’s Vision Gran Turismo 6 concept bear a slight resemblance to Nissan’s model. If anything, the Infiniti Vision GT6 concept looks like a curvier Nissan 2020. Here’s a quick look at the 2020 Concept:

2014 Nissan Gran Turismo Vision 2020 Concept

There are several design elements that really stand out when looking at the teasers for the Infiniti GT6 concept. We love the deep-cut side sills and the inversely-angled rear spoiler. The whole car looks very muscular, right down to the tendon-like nature of the A-pillar; kind of like a fusion between a fighter jet and a jungle cat. Even with these limited-view renderings, there is a clear depth to the design, so that the more you look at it, the more there is to see.

We can’t wait to see a full reveal of the concept, hopefully before the end of the year!

Now, obviously a car designed for a video game probably won’t ever make it to production, at least not without some serious changes. And let us be clear that there is no word from Infiniti execs on the matter of production intent – the Vision concept that Gran Turismo 6 players will be able to download and drive via an upcoming downloadable patch should be taken as nothing more than a study until an official source tells us otherwise.

With all of that being said…

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti’s former CEO, Johan de Nysschen, had clearly expressed that he planned to add two new high-end sports cars to the premium automaker’s lineup within the next few years. One was to be a four-door coupe; the other was a two-door mystery car. We already saw the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (above) at the Paris Motor Show, which was a four-door coupe. Could this GT6 Vision Concept point towards a future two-door production car? It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible.

Stay tuned to Integrity Exports to see the full Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept as soon as it’s revealed.

Subaru Viziv Vision GT Concept Teased for Gran Turismo Anniversary

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept teaser

Today we have a really cool teaser to help us pass time before doors open to the LA Auto Show next week. It comes from Subaru, and it’s a contribution to the ever-expanding Vision Gran Turismo garage – a selection of theoretical cars that automakers can use to showcase futuristic designs and performance. Several automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have already made their contributions; this is Subaru’s.

Subaru’s Viziv GT Concept is the their iteration of their Viziv Concept, which was shown as the VIZIV Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, fittingly, as the VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva show. For this version, Subaru has created their take on the classic grand touring sports car to celebrate Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary. This explains why the Viziv GT is stands apart from the previous two Vizivs… It’s not meant to be the same Vision-Innovation for a crossover.

Chances are we won’t see a full reveal of the video-game-only Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo until the official Downloadable Content Pack with the model included becomes available. Still, the teaser video gives us a good feel for what Subaru has done with the model. Enormous racing wheels; sleek wraparound LEDs; an ominous trapezoidal grille reminiscent of the BRZ; extremely aggressive line work; all these features fit perfectly in line with what we’ve seen from other Vision GT concepts.

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept grille

Of course, there’s always a little bit of sadness that goes along with concepts like this one, since there is absolutely no way we’ll ever get behind the wheel in-person. For one, it’s a concept, which in and of itself distances it from production. For two, it’s a digital-only study, which means any actual VIZIV that ever sees production will be a totally different car.

Auction Find – 2013 Subaru BRZ S (aka. BRZ Limited)

2013 Subaru BRZ Auction Find

It’s hard not to think of the Subaru BRZ when the topic of Subaru sports cars comes up. This new teaser got us curious about the available BRZs currently up for auction, and a quick search in the Integrity Exports auction system led us to this little gem.

Subaru BRZ interior auction find

This particular find is a premium BRZ S trim, known as the Limited in NA, which gets you that sweet rear spoiler. It also includes:

  • Alcantara and leather seating
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Keyless entry & ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

While the Viziv Concepts are said to run on a hybrid diesel powertrain, the BRZ is known for its staunch 2.0L boxer engine. This particular find is the S model with the performance package by STi. All in all, a pretty neat find to make up for not getting to drive Subaru’s new Viziv GT Vision Concept.

Keep reading below the auction sheet for more details:

2013 Subaru BRZ auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered January 2013, DBA emissions code, BRZ S model, FAT, AAC, power steering, original AWs, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original 7 inch wide navigation system with TV and color rear view reversing camera, 7120KM, original body kit, original 17 inch AWs, 2 x smart key, xenon lights, non-smoker’s car, STi performance package, leather steering wheel, push button starter, original floor mats, minor scratches on trim, minor rust underneath, light scratches on right front door, other marks as per map”

Real-Life Nissan Concept 2020 Previews Next Nissan GT-R

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Nissan Vision Gran Turismo Concept

We already knew that Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo model – a virtual car created for the PlayStation 3 racing game (pictured above) – would eventually have some real-life bearings; we just didn’t know exactly when or what they’d be. We suspected that the virtual supercar would have some ties to the next-generation GT-R, but now we know for sure. Nissan has confirmed all of our hopes with an in-the-metal debut of the Nissan Concept 2020 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as seen in the video below:

What’s really interesting about this car is how it came about. Apparently, Nissan was asked to contribute to Gran Turismo 6 to commemorate the racing game’s 15th anniversary. This makes sense given that Nissan has been contributing to the Gran Turismo video games since the very first title. So, as a team from Nissan Design Europe was working to make the GT6 car as realistic as possible, a couple of their engineers realized that what they were developing could actually be a real car.

Nissan’s press release describes how, “The [Gran Turismo] model was considered to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan.” In the above video, Jann Mardenborough from the NISMO racing team described the car’s special relevance for him. As a recent graduate from Nissan’s GT Academy, a place where Nissan takes talented gamers and transforms them into real-life racecar drivers, the cross from virtual to reality is something he wants to see more of.

We have another video below that goes into more detail on the creative process that led to the car’s development:

As you can see, this was definitely a fun car to design, and both teams have created a perfect vision of what a high-performance Nissan might look like in the future. It’s fast, sleek, futuristic and exhilarating, and everyone will have a chance to drive it through the Gran Turismo video game.

As for the production model, it’s likely we won’t see the next GT-R anytime in the immediate future. Furthermore, Nissan has stated that the 2020 Concept is NOT a direct prequel to the next GT-R. In an interview with Autocar, Nissan design manager Darryl Scriven went on record saying, “I can’t talk about GT-R, but I can say the styling, the shapes, the volumes and the nuances here are something you will see in the future. There are cues on this car […] that will hint towards 2020.” Presumably the next GT-R is coming in 2020; quite a ways away.

In the meantime, Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept will be available for download on the PS3 sometime later this month, so it’s only a short wait for those of you aching to get behind the virtual wheel.

Nissan Previews Possible New GT-R in Gran Turismo 6

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It wasn’t too long ago that Mitsubishi used the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation 3 racing game as a platform to debut their newest racing concept. However, while Mitsubishi’s concept is unlikely to make it out of the digital world, Nissan’s newly unveiled contribution to the GT6 Vision garage could very well make it to production. Of course, it’s possible that even if it’s manufactured, it’ll remain a track-only vehicle, but early rumors indicate something more.

Let’s start by looking at the teaser below:

Nissan Vision GT Teaser

Even though this is a vague and artistic image, it actually tells us a lot about Nissan’s contribution to GT6. In fact, it might even tell us too much; this mystery car has been rumored to be everything from the brand’s next WRC racer to their new LMP1 prototype or even the next commercial GT-R.

Personally, we believe that the image above previews the next Nissan GT-R. It might not be the mass-production version we’ll eventually see on the streets; perhaps instead it’s a racing-only version, like the upcoming Nissan R36 GT-R we discussed a week or two ago as Nissan’s return to Le Mans racing.

Whatever it is, though, there is clearly some level of production intent. After all, why else would Andy Palmer, Nissan Vice President, tweet the question “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood?” with the teaser image? Clearly Nissan are planning this to have some carry-over to the real world. We already knew that Honda was planning to bring their NSX to the Goodwood Festical of Speed, so why wouldn’t Nissan bring some competition in the form of their next GT-R?

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the darkened teaser image Nissan has provided us with is the peculiar front-end, unlike anything we’ve seen from them up to this point. The image shows a car with a shortened front-clip with colossal air vents and a very prominent front spoiler. The way that the vents on both the front and side seem to dip into the middle of the car could possibly suggest a mid-engine layout, which offers a highly favorable weight distribution for excellent rear-wheel traction. Let’s cross our fingers that this is the case.

In the end, all we know for sure is that this car – whatever it may be – is the next in a long line of Nissan contributions to Gran Turismo. In fact, did you know that the first GT-R was originally introduced to international drivers through the Gran Turismo video game, decades ago? This explains why it actually makes contextual sense for Nissan to use this platform to launch the next GT-R, if that’s what it turns out to be.

Either way, the one thing that Nissan has promised is that “all will be revealed” next Monday, June 16th. So, stay tuned until then for the full scoop.

In the meantime, thanks for reading!

Mitsubishi Unveils XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept on PS3

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi made official plans to axe their Lancer Evo sports car, but it seems that they’re already making plans to reinvigorate the Evo lineup. In doing so, they’ve unleashed a concept that – for the first time in recent memory – is actually exciting to look at.

The only problem?

It only exists in the virtual world. It’s the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept as seen in the Gran Turismo 6 video game for the PlayStation 3:

2014 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept

Even if this is a car that only exists in the digital realm, you have to admit that it’s one you’d like to take for a spin. And you can if you’re a PS3 gamer; the XR-PHEV is part of the Gran Turismo 6 Vision Initiative, which has automakers from around the world submit concepts to feature in-game. Last December we’d heard that Toyota would feature a Supra concept in GT6, but this is the first we’ve heard – or seen – of Mitsubishi’s contribution.

So, what exactly are we looking at?

The XR-PHEV concept features what Mitsubishi has dubbed the “Athlete Form” design language, which speaks to the rally racer’s lean and muscular exterior, like that of a sprinter ready to pounce at the starting gun shot.

To give you a little bit of context, Mitsubishi originally showed an XR-PHEV Concept last November (below) which was intended to showcase a possible direction for the next-gen Outlander, ETA unknown. Thus, the sports car seen in Gran Turismo 6 is actually a refined version of the XR-PHEV CUV. You can clearly see the similarities between the two vehicles.

2013 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

Just like the original crossover concept, the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision features, you guessed it, a Plug-in Hybrid EV engine… At least, it would if it were a real car. The PHEV powertrain would likely be turbocharged and connected to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, topped off with 20-inch aluminum wheels.

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Obviously, Mitsubishi will probably never produce a production-ready version of the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept. However, they are bringing a car that bears a slight resemblance to the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (above), although it will be the third year in a row that they’ve used the same car. Still, if nothing else this shows that Mitsubishi is maintaining a tenuous hold on their motorsports potential, so perhaps a toned-down version of the XR-PHEV Evo Vision isn’t totally out of the question.

Either way, if you’d like to see Mitsubishi’s newest racing concept in virtual action, we’ll leave you with the demo video below: