Red Bull’s prototype racecars for Gran Turismo are some of the most influential looks at the future of racing, and have been since the X2010 and X2014 challenges. A four-pack of concept vehicles was the result of those efforts, with the machines raceable in the game.
Because GT5 and GT6 have such intense details in their physics simulator algorithms, you really can get a sense of each vehicle’s strengths and weaknesses on track. You become extremely familiar with their behavior at the limit — like a true racing scenario. It sounds like a cliche to say, but GT6 is that good.
But one downside of the Red Bull X cars and the Vision Gran Turismo concept series is that not all of them made it into the 4D of real life. Even static models are a rare treat: think Nissan NC2020, Bugatti VGT. Just seeing and touching the lines in natural sunlight is convergence and mentally stimulating in many, many ways. Just a fantasy, but right in front of you?!
Now, one of the coolest RB X2014 concepts is breaking out of the game — and into real life. And priced low enough for us all to own and caress daily!?
Well, it is not full size. The new 1/18th scale models from AutoART come in three liveries, with intricate detailing and open-able hatch, movable wing planes and other lovely details. A series of photos below shows the evolution of the X2010 into the X2014 scale models. Dramatic changes, thanks to sim racing learnings. MMO-AI? (http://www.car-revs-daily.com/2015/06/30/2010-red-bull-x1/) [Massively Multiplayer Online Artifical Intelligence:].
We miss our model car collection from back in the day. Never sell or give these away, folks!!
The only ones we kept? A Porsche 959 and VW Beetle. Or what I thought were nice bookends to the evolution of the automobile. Even those two scale models would be blown away by a suction-effect race prototype like the X2014 Fan Car, though.
So will you. Be blow away, or maybe just sucked in!
The new scale model of the X2014 Fan Car is $180. Please note: many of these photoreal illustrations are the “X2014 Standard” versus the scale model, which is “X2014 Fan Car.” The X2014 also included junior and Kart racer variants, sharing much design but tailored to different GT6 drive classes.
Junior below left, X2014 Fan Car to the right
X2014 Standard Renders c/o M2M-design by Maurizio Mancin
Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Fan Car – Scale Model vs X2010 Scale Model
The Red Bull X2014 Fan Car Comes to Life in the Form of a 1/18-scale Diecast Model
TOKYO, Japan (March 31, 2016) – So now that you’ve driven the amazing Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Fan Car, how would you like to own one? Well, now you can…although it’s a bit smaller than what you might expect. Famed model-maker AUTOart has introduced a beautiful 1/18-scale diecast replica of the popular virtual race car featured in the Gran Turismo game. Those with good memories will recall that AUTOart also produced a diecast model of the Gran Tursimo Red Bull X2010 back in 2012.
Created by the developers of Gran Turismo and the Red Bull race team, the Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Fan Car is the ultimate performance machine, forged from the quest to create the “fastest race car on Earth,” free of any regulations. At first glance, it looks no different than its predecessors, the X2010 and the X2011, but look closely and you’ll realize that everything except the cockpit is completely new. (Check out our images illustrating the evolution of the race car below.)
In true AUTOart fashion, the new model is an accurate representation of the real thing (or in this case, ‘virtual thing’), down to the smallest detail. AUTOart developed a unique Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) mixture to recreate the sharp edges of the body, while using diecast metal to form the base to give it solidity. And like the X2010 model car, the canopy can be opened, allowing you to examine the minute intricacies of the interior.
The Gran Tursimo Red Bull X2014 model comes three paint schemes: Dark Silver Metallic, Hyper Silver, and the Red Bull livery, and is priced at US$180 plus tax.
Gran Turismo Red Bull X2014 Standard (not X2014 Fan Car) – Illustrations by M2m Design
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