Gamers Can Experience the Ultra High-Performance Virtual Race Version of Toyota’s Sports Car Concept
TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Rev up those virtual engines. Toyota’s stunning FT-1 sports car concept takes the track again inside Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest iteration of the best-selling racing franchise exclusively on PlayStation®3. A high-powered version of the Toyota FT-1, called “Vision GT,” is available now for download.
Toyota’s North American design studio, Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach, California, designed the FT-1 to stun the world with bold, sculpted lines that communicate speed and power. Toyota has revealed two physical interpretations of FT-1 concept – in red and graphite – to showcase the vehicle’s versatility and striking styling. The red version was available as a Gran Turismo 6 download earlier this year, and the graphite is available now.
But Calty designers didn’t finish there. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, Calty designed an ultra high-performance race version of the FT-1 that inside the game is called the FT-1 “Vision GT.” This high-powered version interprets what a full-race FT-1 might achieve on the track. See how the FT-1 Vision GT came to life by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXFyCHp59w
Prior to building the FT-1 concept vehicle, key Toyota executives (including Toyota President Akio Toyoda) experienced its excitement inside the GT6 game. With today’s download, more fans can take the virtual wheel.
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About the Gran Turismo® Franchise
Gran Turismo® celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2013, having first appeared internationally in 1998. The multi-award-winning franchise has been the most successful ever for PlayStation®, and in 2013 it also surpassed worldwide sales of 70 million units. Various iterations of Gran Turismo have been created for PlayStation® , PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 and PSP (PlayStation® Portable), and have always been regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulators ever created due to true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of Gran Turismo, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products. Gran Turismo®5, the latest iteration of the game, was released in 2010 and has sold 10 million units worldwide. The latest entry into the franchise, Gran Turismo®6, released on December 6, 2013.
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