The developers of PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo game, Polyphony Digital Inc., made a proposal in July 2013. They announced that they would be creating a virtual car. The Alpine team saw a lot of hope in this grand project and showed quite the enthusiasm for it. Around the same time, 15 staff of Polyphony Digital made a visit to Alpine’s studio. Alpine CEO Bernard Ollivier reports that engineers and designers have created Alpine Vision Gran Turismo in a way that highlights the spirit of the brand. Drivers won’t be disappointed with performance when they get behind the wheel. They will enjoy the same agility in the car, as they did in the vehicles that founder Jean Rédélé produced. The car is a link between the real and virtual worlds. He further stated that the end result of designing was so stunning, that the company couldn’t stop itself from creating an actual full-scale model based on the concept.
Before the digital version was produced, the model appeared in drawing form. Meanwhile, the chassis development engineers were busy giving the car superb technical characteristics. As for Polyphony Digital, they input the data into their own software end. The specifications for the model were finalized after a little more than a year, following the project’s launch. Then the makers set a new target for themselves- realizing this concept in the physical form. As reported by the company, this terrific model bridges the gap between the 21st Century Berlinette and the Alpine A450 race car. Talking about the performance, it lies between the company’s forthcoming sportscar and the LM P2 endurance racing prototype.
The car is armed with a mighty engine that produces 450 HP at 6,500 rpm. The torque output is 580 Nm at 2,000rpm. The V8 4,494 cc engine makes the car potent enough to hit the top speed of 320 km/hr. it is mated to seven-speed sequential gearbox and the car is a rear-wheel drive. Other impressive aspects are carbon monocoque chassis and double wishbone suspension along with adjustable spring/damper assemblies and pushrods. The fuel tank boasts a capacity of 75 liters. While a weight of 900 kg does its best to ensure agility.
The looks of the front end reminds of A110. The V-shaped sloping bonnet looks enhanced by a central crease. Another feature that reminds of the 1960s is the cross-shaped LED lights, as black tape was used for protection of additional lights present in the Berlinette rally cars. These features from the olden times blend with the modern aerodynamic package. The car has a splitter meant to channel the airflow along the sides of the car’s body. The flow escaping behind the front wheels is directed by large air intakes. These intakes also serve the purpose of highlighting the narrow body of the car. Long lateral rear fins brings back the memories of A220s and A210s that were a hit at ‘24 Hours of Le Mans’ in 1966. The wheels have traces of both past and present. The design of rims is based on those of A110s. It is open enough to reveal the attractive brake calipers. These are painted in blue or orange, according to the car’s version.
A butterfly door lets the driver enter the splendid interior. The famous cross pattern is visible on the classic leather seats and the blue thread gives them a royal look. The nearly rectangular wheel, featured in endurance racing prototypes, looks smart. A high-definition camera has replaced rear view mirrors. In the rear, the flat bottom terminates in an arched shape. Three color choices are available- Matt Black, Orange & Blue and White & Blue.