, 2022-08-22 02:00:00,
The McLaren Solus GT is a car right out of a video game—literally.
McLaren Special Operations unveiled its latest track-only beast this past Friday. The futuristic speed machine may look awfully familiar to gamers. That’s because it made its debut in Gran Turismo Sport for the Playstation 4 back in 2017.
Since 2013, Sony has teamed up with some of the biggest automakers in the world to produce truly outlandish racers under the “Vision Gran Turismo” banner. Concept cars, by definition, are boundary-pushing, but the prototypes featured in the last three Gran Turismo games are on another level. The reason: they only have to exist in the virtual world, freeing designers from pesky little things like the laws of the road—or even physics. That’s a big reason why no marque has ever put one of these concepts into production. Until now, that is.
Vision Gran Turismo cars tend to look particularly flamboyant and the Solus GT is no different. The model, which was originally called the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, looks like the kind of race car you’d expect to see in a science fiction thriller set in the future. It’s got huge fenders over each wheel, a bubble cockpit and a gigantic rear wing. Its aerodynamic shape isn’t just meant to look cool—although it most certainly does—it’s meant to maximize performance. The car’s unique shape—along with its front splitter, vehicle-length ground-effect tunnels and massive…
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