2010 Red Bull X1 Launched Gran Turismo As Ultimate MMO R&D Engine



2010 Red Bull X1As we look to the future of disruptive, breakthrough innovations in racing — it helps to start with a blank sheet of paper.

This is counterintuitive, of course, versus the typical half-step of evolution among all species — racecars included.

What is needed to deliver the TV ratings and championship trophies all race series crave? Speed, beauty, drama and technical innovation.

There must be balance between outright speed, sound and safety.

In short, a revolution is needed to put put racing into hyperdrive.

The world championship Red Bull and Vettel pairing from 2010 provided a clever look at priorities of racing team leads like Adrian Newey. A brilliant aerodynamic engineer, Newey is also tipped for a spot at the top of the Formula One world. He is a favorite of Bernie Ecclestone — which is all you really need to know about F1 succession plans in the future.2010 Red Bull X1 40

Car Name: Red Bull X1 S.Vettel Manufacturer: Gran Turismo Year: 2010

Car Name: Red Bull X1 S.Vettel
Manufacturer: Gran Turismo
Year: 2010

So, armed with supercomputers and the real-life RB Wind Tunnel in Bedford, England — Newey tore up the existing designs and started fresh.

Balancing CAD-CAM and hydrodynamic studies and models, the wind tunnel data is an exceptional tool of the trade. Molding air to do what he wants, when he wants.

But how to really put these ideas to the test?

Enter, Gran Turismo from Polyphony Digital for Sony PlayStation.2010 Red Bull X1 5 2010 Red Bull X1 4 2010 Red Bull X1 3

To make each car drive like it does in the real world for gamers, the GT physics engine takes an estimated 80,000 parameters into account. Grip, yaw, power, gears, drag — even wind and rain — results in a fully race-able digital car that behaves like the real thing.

For the Red Bull X1 Concept, Newey grasped the fantastic potential of this racing sim to refine his design to achieve max performance.

In place of a real car with fixed details, here we have the ability to tweak those params —- delivering the 280-mph-plus Vmax of this prototype, plus its dynamic and aero traits.

Nearing 1500-horsepower and featuring a closed cockpit, fan-driven vacuum aero and shrouded wheels — the X1 is a faithful look into the future of racing.

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What did the X1 teach race engineers and Newey himself?

Follow-up concept in the X2014 take hundreds of thousands of laps into account. It is like all GT racers did the development work on the car– allowing tweaks with hard data as the basis for the changes.

As Gran Turismo gets more and more advanced, the sim R&D potential could be a powerful tool for all supercars and racers.

Check out the X1 in action below — in a handy side-by-side showing the difference in graphics and sound for GT5 versus GT6.

 

 

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GT5 vs GT6 Comparison – Sound and Graphics

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TECH SPECS BRIEF

Power: 1483bhp
Torque: 527lb ft
Top speed: 249mph
Weight: 545kg dry, 615kg gross
Height: 980mm
Length: 4750mm
Width: 2180mm
Wheelbase: 2900mm
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 with direct injection

 

 

 

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