Honda Vision Gran Turismo is the virtual mini-NSX we've always wanted
The popular racing video game Gran Turismo has once again teamed up with a real-world car manufacturer for a virtual vehicle. The Vision project is a way for manufacturers to create amazing in-game cars, unconstrained by cost or even the laws of physics – but the latest offering from Honda is one we'd really like to see make it to production.
It's called the Honda Vision Gran Turismo, and translates the look of Honda's NSX supercar onto a more compact, exaggerated body. Honda says it's in-line with the brand's corporate culture – it simply 'looks fun', and who can argue with that?
It was created by the winners of a design contest, held among Honda designers from across the world. The winning team was from Los Angeles, and teamed up with Japanese and US designers for the finished project.
The front and sides of the Vision are very reminiscent of the NSX, from the low bonnet to the sculptured doors. However, the rear features a futuristic full-width light strip and massive vents betraying its mid-engined configuration.
Though it may look like a supercar, the virtual Vision is rather modestly powered by just a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. It produces 404bhp, which is somewhat down on the NSX's 573bhp power output. However, extensive use of carbon-fibre has kept the Vision's weight down to just 899kg, lighter than most superminis, so performance should be suitably sprightly.
The car was not just tested in the virtual space, but with a full scale model, guaranteeing accurate aerodynamic development in a wind tunnel.
Honda has had plans for a 'baby NSX' sports car for a while, hinting at a mid-engined replacement for the long-departed S2000. All we can hope is that the Honda Vision Gran Turismo eventually makes it into production in the real world.