We’d Sure Like the Nissan 2020 Concept to Be the Next GT-R
Gallery: The Nissan 2020 is Gorgeous, Kinda Terrifying
Nissan made good on its promise and brought a full size example of their 2020 Concept to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And, yes, it’s every bit as beautiful and insane as you thought it was going to be.
The 2020 Concept, which is probably maybe hopefully a preview of what we can all expect in the next generation GT-R, will be made available for download for Gran Turismo 6 sometime in July. A playable demo is available for FoS attendees who visit Nissan’s display, and among those offering early feedback on the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo’s performance is GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, fresh off of a top ten finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mardenborough, in speaking with Nissan, noted similarities between his journey and that of the new concept.
Gallery: Also, the 2020 Concept Kind of Looks Like a Batmobile
“It feels really, really quick,” Mardenborough told Nissan. “It’s been designed virtually. And we’ve got the real car here as a concept car. So, it’s kind of like my story of GT Academy, coming from the virtual world into the real-life racing world to do what I’m doing in motor racing cars. So there’s a link between the virtual of design and me coming from the virtual of racing. I still train on simulators. I still train on Gran Turismo. A perfect example is today. I’m driving the 2020 Concept car from Nissan and tomorrow. I’m going to be driving up Goodwood Hill, and I’m on Goodwood Hill at the moment now. It’s all training virtually to help the real life counterpart. So it’s still a crucial part of my development as a driver.”
Nissan won’t just come out and say that the 2020 Concept is the foundation for the next GT-R, but let’s face facts: it’s too good not to be. Let’s just hope we don’t have another five years to wait.
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