The Japanese car maker is the latest to take the virtual wraps off an equally virtual supercar that has been created especially for the popular PlayStation game.
Nissan is giving virtually nothing away about how this concept fits into its future supercar plans. Photo:AFP
However, there's a difference. Although this car, like similar incredible creations from Mercedes, BMW, VW, Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo, were dreamed up to get gamers truly excited and to bring a whole new angle to the "Gran Turismo" series of driving games, there's a good chance that this car -- or something very much like it -- could be crossing over from the virtual to the real world.
Like all of the special cars that have already appeared in the latest edition of "Gran Turismo," the Nissan is meant to reflect the future design ethos of its makers. And, like its peers, the finished car has a real-world powertrain, performance statistics and handling characteristics. In other words, although each company gave their design teams carte blanche, it was within the confines of the world of physics. None of the cars revealed thus far are capable of breaking the sound barrier, for instance.
However, Nissan is suggesting that its concept could also offer major clues as to what to expect from its next supercar. Indeed, if the official images are scrutinized, the car does look to be based loosely on the current Nissan GT-R, the company's flagship hypercar, a replacement for which is due within the next two to three years.
However, that's speculation but speculation nonetheless that the company is doing its best to stoke up further- - indeed, the company says it "believes that the real-world is ready" for the car.
But that's in the future. For now, the only place that we'll be able to see and to test out the car is in "Gran Turismo 6" in July, when the car becomes available as a download.