Nissan's virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo 6 to Goodwood

The Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo goes from pixels to prototype
Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

What an awesome render! Hold on a second. This isn’t just digital fantasy, this is a genuine concept car, carbon fibre and all, unveiled yesterday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. 

But wasn't this made for Gran Turismo 6?Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital and Nissan's London design studio in Paddington originally planned this futuristic incarnation of the Nissan GT-R for the PS-3 racer GT6, but they just couldn't resist bringing it to life.

Much more painful to crash in real life

So do I even need to go to car shows any more?Good question. The Vision Gran Turismo project is all about road-testing concept desgins with the public before car makers spend big bucks on bending steel and casting carbon fibre. If Nissan's Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turino makes it into production, expect to see other marques following suit.

Soon, every new vehicle might make its digital debut long before the Geneva or LA circuses. (Remember that Nissan has already used Polyphony Digital to create all of the displays on the current generation GT-R). 

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

When can I stack it?Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to find out exactly how easy the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is to roll when it becomes available to download next month. It should sport a hybrid drivetrain that will boost performance figures to epic levels. If you want to get some revision in, take the current GT-R for a test ride. This current 542bhp monster can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds and industry insiders believe that could drop to an unbelievable 2.0 seconds or less should it employ the services of some electric motors.

What’s next for digital concepts? Gran Turismo turned 15 last year and to celebrate, its creator Kazunori Yamauchi asked automotive design studios around the globe to come up with exclusive creations. Volkswagen unveiled the 500bhp Golf GTI Roadster last week and AMG dropped the stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept late last year.