2014 Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
As with most daring Nissan concept cars , the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was created by the company’s team of young designers at Nissan Design Europe in England. And by the looks of it, no boundaries were set aside from staying within aerodynamic restrictions and sticking to Nissan’s current design language.
Although radical by styling, the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is recognizable as both a Nissan and a GT-R. The V-shaped front grille - not available on the current GT-R - is embedded in the concept’s gaping, trapezoidal mouth. The protruding nose is flanked by vertical intakes that feature blade-like, carbon-fiber fins. These are connected to the two-piece lip spoiler at the bottom and mix beautifully with the narrow headlamps up top. The LED units go halfway into the sculpted fenders that share a similar shape.
The updated version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show received a new LED headlamp pattern and a sharper V-shaped grille.
The updated version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show received a new LED headlamp pattern and a sharper V-shaped grille. Also, the black paint has been replaced by a flashier Fire Knight Red color.
The scenario changes completely around back. A large, carbon-fiber wing floats right above the rear end, while a carbon-fiber rear diffuser occupies most of the lower fascia. The piece that sits in the middle is raised upward and makes the concept look like it’s ready to race at Le Mans instead of the world’s most compelling virtual tracks. Inside the blade-like rear fenders lie a pair of futuristic taillights that make us wonder whether this concept isn’t powered by rocket fuel instead of gasoline.
The radical looks continue on the sides, as the deep crease on the bottom hides what appears to be a side-mounted exhaust system placed right beneath the front wheels. The doors carry a rather unusual shape and don’t feature any door handles, but act as support for the carbon fiber mirrors. Naturally, these work as cameras and send the images inside the cockpit.
Speaking of which, the glasshouse is another detail reminiscent of the current GT-R, although the overall shape screams prototype racing. Interestingly enough, the rear quarter windows are still in place, which is a strong indication that this concept car will be more than just a virtual racer.
InteriorMuch like all Vision Gran Turismo concepts, the Nissan 2020 came with no details whatsoever about its interior. However, there are a few official photos that show some of the car’s high-tech cockpit, which seems to sport several carbon-fiber components and a pair of lightweight bucket seats. Both the rearview mirror and parts of the dashboard are made from carbon-fiber, while the steering wheel is a race-spec, multi-function unit with a flat top and bottom. Though not visible in this photos, the center stack should feature a display that receives images from the fender-mounted cameras that act like side mirrors.
There’s no word as to what kind of drivetrain lurks beneath the long hood either, but that’s not surprising given the Concept 2020 was created for a racing video game. It could be anything really, as Vision Gran Turismo cars are mostly about futuristic designs and ludicrous horsepower figures. All told, if you’re looking to break as many lap records as possible in the game, the Concept 2020 is the vehicle you need to consider.