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Making Of – Red Bull Project X2010


Originally created only for the highly-acclaimed PS3-exclusive Gran Turismo 5 video game, Red Bull decided to do a real version of the X2010 vehicle, also known as X1 prototype. The design of this car was made by Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer and the vehicle was built by Industrial Design Consultancy, the result is a pretty cool looking car.

Although this mock up does not have a powertrain, the Gran Turismo 5 version of the X2010 is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 unit that churns an impressive number of 1479 ponies (1103 kW / 1500 PS) and a whopping 527 lb-ft (714 Nm) of torque. This tremendous power combined with the fan installed in the floor that is capable of creating a suction effect with massive downforce allows this futuristic vehicle to reach 60 mph in 1.4 seconds, 200 mph in 6.1 seconds, onto an impressive to speed of 450 km/h.

The lateral acceleration of the GT5-based X2010 can reach 8.75 G, which is at the limit of what our bodies can withstand.

I for one am really curious to see if the car will be developed even further by adding an engine. Although it will certainly not be that 1479 hp unit, let’s hope that the engineers at Red Bull will install something just as great as the looks of this car.

Gran Turismo 5 Review

GT 5 In-Game Footage

Gran Turismo 5 is finally available for Sony’s PlayStation 3 gaming console, after 6 years of anticipation and 2 last-minute delays. Although the Need for Speed franchise is a bigger hit in terms of overall sales, GT is still considered as the best racing game that was ever developed. Polyphony Digital and CEO Kazunori Yamauchi is also a professional driver and is known for his obsession to detail, an obsession very obvious in the car details of the game.

In 2008, Polyphony Digital launched Gran Turismo 5: Prologue which was considered by many a large demo of the final game that was launched this week. The game was a hit back then as it sold more than 5,000,000 copies. Moving on to the complete game, the Arcade Mode will offer you a two-player split-screen mode, drift modes, time trails and races. The drift mode is considered to be very difficult to conquer although the game is weighty and communicative even when using a standard controller, but to feel the real simulation, it is recommended to use a force feedback wheel.

The complexity of Gran Turismo 5 can be found in the GT Mode where you start your early career with 20,000 credits and at first you have to choose a vehicle from a long list of cars (but most of them exceed the 20,000 credits limit). A second-hand car is a good way if you want to save some money and use it instead to install differing tuning parts. If you want to play with the most expensive and fastest cars the game has to offer you either wait to get more money or you go into the Arcade Mode where you can use all the cars there.

Getting back to the complex GT Mode, you will find A-Spec races, B-Spec races, Open Series, and many other types of races that will require specific car types, similar to Gran Turismo 4 and the rest of the GT franchise. An interesting addition is the License Tests section that helps you learn more about slipstreaming, cornering methods and other driving techniques which will help you become a much better driver if you have patience as it can get a little bit tricky to master. If you want more fun, the Special Events section is what you need. Here you will get a car and jump in the action as soon as possible. Besides visual graphics, the attention to detail is emphasized in the sound of the 1000+ cars. Almost each car has a specific sound which is why it is an absolute delight to drive a Lamborghini Murcielago or a Ferrari Enzo or any other supercar. Speaking of which, the sound made by the Tesla is absolutely stunning and unique, a premiere to a racing video game.

The B-Spec is an eccentric mode in which you will be able to pick an AI driver to race for you, in your own car and after that watch and attempt to issue instructions. Although not popular among Gran Turismo fans, this mode can be surprisingly interesting and rewarding especially for those players that want to play the game on a “professional” level.

GT 5 In-Game Footage

The online gameplay of Gran Turismo 5 will allow you to try out different interesting racing modes like the one that randomly selects a set of cars, the one where you can import your single-player cars and many others. On the downside, the lobby system seems a little bit rudimentary at the moment and the available race modes are somewhat limited. Hopefully, in the future with the help of a comprehensive update, the online features of GT5 will become more complex.

Although in the presentation of the game we are told that it has to offer more than 1,000 cars, only 200+ are fully modeled vehicles with interior cockpits and a high level of detail. The other 800 cars are imported from the PS2 Gran Turismo 4 and brushed up here and there. There is a huge difference between a premium car and a standard one, the premium cars have an amazing level of details while the standard models look rather dull, not worthy of the level of detail that the Playstation 3 can offer.

A new addition to the franchise is the damage mechanics but it feels a little bit simple in comparison to Forza 3 for example. Hopefully, in the future the franchise will feature a more developed level of damaging mechanics system and the standard cars will be updated to premium through DLCs. Returning to the Gran Turismo franchise is the possibility to race during the night, but it is limited to some tracks only. Speaking of which, the transition between day and night at the Nürburgring track is simply amazing. The game allows you to race also on wet and snow tracks, but also on a few tracks, not all of them.

Although it has its weak points, the game is still the best in its genre with more than 1,000 cars (WRC, Super GT and Nascar license), which is double than its most important rival – Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection. However, all the cars in Forza have cockpit views which might be important for some players; we will leave it up to you to decide which one do you like more. GT 5 has 26 different locations and 71 different track configurations, including some of the most famous tracks like Laguna Seca, Nürburgring and Top Gear’s Test Track.

Kazunori Yamauchi declared that Polyphony Digital has already started working on Gran Turismo 6 which will be most likely launched on the next generation PlayStation console. This does not mean that the support for GT5 is over, on the contrary, the game will most likely receive various updates, optimizations and DLCs to further enhance the level of the entertainment the franchise accustomed us to.

Video: Gran Turismo 5 creators and Red Bull Racing to develop the fastest (virtual) car: the X1 Prototype

Video: Gran Turismo 5 creators and Red Bull Racing to develop the fastest (virtual) car: the X1 Prototype

Gran Turismo 5 is definitely one of the most expected games of this fall, and unlike previous times, it actually looks like it will come out, and with a whole array of features and modes.

Besides offering the most realistic driving experience besides getting into an actual car, its developer, Polyphony Digital, has decided to throw in something extra, just for the kicks.

As such, it has partnered up with Red Bull Racing, in order to create the fastest (virtual) race car, set to be used in an environment without any technical specifications or regulations. The car has been built just for pure performance, but still able to obey the laws of physics (meaning no rocket strapped to its back).

The result is currently being teased at the Tokyo Games Show, and is called the X1 Prototype. Basically, the model is a cross between the Formula 1 RB06 race car and a Le Mans prototype, but with the power cranked up to 11 (and then some).

Check it out in an HD video after the jump.

Gran Turismo 5 offers real life Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG if you buy the Signature Edition

Gran Turismo 5 offers real life Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG if you buy the Signature Edition

Continuing the gaming theme we had all week, this time we’re talking about what might be the game to beat in the racing genre this year: Gran Turismo 5.

After checking out the special GT5 Collector’s Edition at this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, the development team at Polyphony Digital has just revealed an even more exclusive Gran Turismo 5 Signature Edition.

So, what will you be getting with this special edition? Besides the actual game, you’ll get your hands on things like:

  • Metal sculpted box finished in SLS AMG Obsidian Black
  • Exclusive GT branded SLS AMG 1:43 model car
  • GT leather wallet containing Signature Edition competition entry card
  • Branded USB key with Polyphony/Mercedes-Benz trailer
  • GT branded metal key fob
  • Signature Edition coffee table book featuring the beautiful cars and locations of Gran Turismo 5
  • 200 page Apex drivers magazine with hints on driving technique, car tuning, future technologies and more

    The price for the Gran Turismo 5 Signature Edition? ‘Just’ €179.99 ($240). While that may be a bit too expensive for some, Sony is adding a special type of competition for all those who purchase this version of the game.

    Sony, Polyphony Digital and Mercedes-Benz will organize specific in-game and real-life challenges, at the end of which one lucky gamer will walk away with an all-new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar. To enter the competition, all participants need to be over 18 and have a full driving license.

    Gran Turismo 5 offers real life Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG if you buy the Signature Edition

    In case this version is a bit too rich for your taste, a more tamed Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition will also be offered. It will boast the game, the Apex driver magazine, as well as five collectible artcards and special downloadable cars. The price is more decent €79.99.

    Both the Signature and the Collector’s editions will be available in these countries: UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE and Saudi Arabia.


Video: See a race on the Top Gear Test Track in Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 has been a long time coming, but after the E3 conference, we now have a concrete release date: November 2.

At that time, we were also treated with one stunning trailer video, showcasing all the different types of races you can do, but also the tracks that you could visit. Even though the Nurburgring Nordschleife really impressed us, the images with the Top Gear Test Track really took the proverbial cake.

Now, we can actually check out a race on the Top Gear track, in Gran Turismo 5, thanks to a new video posted on the web.

While it may not be the same without a Clarkson voice over demanding more ‘POWERRRRR’ and name-checking the turns, the footage is quite impressive. Hit the jump to check it out for yourselves.

How do Gran Turismo 5′s virtual cars compare to real cars?

The Gran Turismo 5 racing game has been a long time coming, but is now closer than ever, having just been confirmed for a November release date.

We’ve already shared some of the details before, but it seems that Polyphony Digital, the game’s developer, and Sony, its publisher, have released a few new pieces of information about the game.

From the 1,000-car roster, around 800 will be standard, meaning their models have been taken from previous GT games, and optimized for the PlayStation 3′s hardware. The remaining 200 ‘Premium’ cars have been rendered from scratch, in order to portray the best photo-realistic model of a real car.

Don’t believe us? Check out these comparison shots of Gran Turismo 5′s virtual cars against the real vehicles which served as a model. Hit the jump to view all of the photos (click on them to enlarge) and then see which are real and which are virtual. Will you be able to guess?

Gran Turismo 5 confirmed for November 2 release, supports 3D, trailer included

It’s been an extremely long time coming, but yesterday, at its E3 press conference, Sony has officially revealed a release date for its “real racing simulator” Gran Turismo 5.

The game, which has been a long time in development with the Polyphony Digital studio, will be arriving exclusively for the PlayStation 3 platform on November 2.

So, you might be wondering, what’s so great about this game? Well it will have over 950+ cars, a plethora of real and virtual tracks, plus the ability to compete in a variety of events, from supercar racing to rallying or even Nascar. Add in the fact that it will support 3D output, meaning that if you have a 3D-ready TV, you’re going to need special glasses to see that extra dimension, and GT5 is looking mighty impressive.

Besides the release date, Sony has also detailed the special Collector’s Edition of Gran Turismo 5. Retailing for $99, it will include not only the GT5 game, but also a 1:43 scale diecast model of Nissan GT-R SpecV with GT livery, a 300-page in-depth car guide, detailing history and racing techniques, a custom-etched GT5 keychain plus a voucher for five exclusive downloadable cars. All this will be available in custom packaging alongside a special serial number, as the Collector’s Edition will be limited to a certain number of units.

Gran Turismo 5, both in regular and limited Collector’s Edition format, is now available for pre-order at special game stores.

Until November, hit the jump to check out a new trailer of the game, complete with footage of a virtual Stig driving around the Top Gear course and of Red Bull’s F1 driver Sebastian Vettel.

Video: Gran Turismo 5 Nights Trailer revealed

Gran Turismo 5 is definitely one of the biggest racing games arriving this year. But even though a release date is still unknown, the team at Polyphony Digital released a brand new trailer, promoting their long-awaited video game.

The “Nights” video was included in another blockbuster release for the PlayStation 3 console, God of War III. It includes footage with the cover car, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but also with other ones, from events like GT races or even Nascar.

Hit the jump for 2+ minutes of pure racing ecstasy with Gran Turismo 5.

Toyota unleashes FT-86 G Sports Concept in Gran Turismo 5, video and photo gallery included

Toyota unveiled yesterday at the Tokyo Auto Salon a tuned version of its recently released FT-86 rear-wheel drive compact coupe concept.

The new model, dubbed the FT-86 G Sports Concept, has certainly impressed many people with its looks, as no performance figures were given by Toyota about the performance of the car. But what it did reveal was a couple of screenshots and a video of the high end sports car in the upcoming but recently delayed racing video game Gran Turismo 5.

Check out the gallery below and hit the jump for the video:

Photo Gallery: Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept in Gran Turismo 5


Gran Turismo 5 delayed in Japan, release date still unknown

In terms of racing simulators, Gran Turismo is one of the most acclaimed video game franchises of all time. But seeing as how all this glory means you can take your time with developing a new title, perhaps we shouldn’t praise it anymore.

After saying that Gran Turismo 5 will appear this March in Japan and this summer in the rest of the world, Polyphony Digital, the developer of the game, and Sony, the publisher, have just announced that the Japanese version has been pushed back to an unknown date.

This means that we’ll have to wait even more to get our hands on the 1,000 cars and race them around 20 different locations. Until a concrete release date is established, you’re going to have to keep the dust from gathering on your PlayStation 3.


Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG graces cover of Gran Turismo 5, still no concrete release date

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is definitely one heck of a supercar, which will cost its future drivers quite a lot of money. But PlayStation 3 owners will be getting a chance to race this stunning sportscar for around $60, that being the price of upcoming racing simulator Gran Turismo 5.

It seems that the already famous sportscar will be on the cover of the long awaited video game when it will actually appear, around March for Japan and summer of this year for the rest of the world. The stylish cover is quite appealing, showcasing the main attribute of the SLS AMG, its gullwing doors.

Until the game will actually appear, you can enjoy the demo which is available on the PlayStation Network, and hit the jump to see this already released video of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG tearing it up on both the real and the virtual track.

Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial Challenge to appear this December, prizes to be won

Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial Challenge to appear this December, prizes to be won

Racing games are a favorite for many car fans as they allow regular people like you or me to get behind the wheel, virtual as it may be, and see what it feels to drive some of the most expensive cars in the world, without anyone saying anything.

But this December, besides the regular presents, will bring something even better for racing fans and PlayStation 3 owners, as Sony and Polyphony Digital, the publisher and developer, respectively, of the upcoming racing simulator Gran Turismo 5, will unleash the GT5 Time Trial Challenge on the PlayStation Network.

Basically it will be a glorified demo, where you’ll get to race two versions of the Nissan 370Z, a stock and a tuned one, on a single circuit and compete in two time trial events, one for each model. But you will not only race for your prestige, as the owners of the best times will win a special, all-expenses paid trip to the Indianapolis 500 NASCAR race, and experience everything in VIP style with one guest.

The contest is only open to US and Canada residents, and you will need to be over 18 to win anything, runners up will get vouchers to download Gran Turismo for the PSP console. The contest will begin on December 17, when the demo goes live, and continue until January 25. With that being said, may the best racer win!


Toyota FT-86 Concept gets virtual track debut in Gran Turismo 5

It seems that showcasing your cars on the track these days is so last year, as many car makers have opted to let two of the best looking racing games, Forza Motorsport 3 and Gran Turismo 5 to do that job for them.

The latest company to use the game developers is Toyota, which has just presented a video of its newly-announced FT-86 Concept made with Gran Turismo 5, the PlayStation 3 racing simulator currently being developed by Polyphony Digital and set to appear in March in Japan.

Although we would have liked to see a real care on the track, this is definitely coming close, especially as it features in the end the iconic Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. Enjoy the video and count down the days until both the game and the car get released.


First screenshots and video of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Gran Turismo 5 appear

About a week ago, Mercedes-Benz and Japanese game developer Polyphony Digital revealed that the stunning new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing supercar from the German company will be appearing in upcoming racing simulator Gran Turismo 5, scheduled to appear next year, in March in Japan and later for the rest of the world.

Sadly, the companies only offered photos of a real SLS AMG on the racing circuit, but have now revealed the first in-game screenshots of the new model and a video combining the real and the virtual version of the SLS AMG model. Enjoy the few screenshots and crank up the volume for the video.

Gran Turismo 5 coming next year, to feature Koenigsegg CCX

Gaming enthusiasts are well aware that the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, and it seems that the first day has already brought a big announcement for racing fans, as the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 from Polyphony Digital will be hitting the PlayStation 3 console in March 2010. There’s a catch though, as the release date is only for Japan, meaning that we might expect the game to hit North America and Europe in fall of next year.

Until then though, the development team released a video with a render of the beautiful Koenigsegg CCX supercar. Marvel at the stunning lines and the attention to detail that the team offered to the Scandinavian model. You might also want to check out the Ferrari 458 Italia tribute the team also make a few days ago.

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