British car manufacturer and race team McLaren has unveiled a new Vision Gran Turismo car. With the catchy name of “McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo”, the hybrid hypercar features the brand’s own 4-liter V8 turbo and active aerodynamics. The single-seater car also includes a rather unusual driving position. Rather than sitting upright as in a normal car, the UVGT’s driver is lying down. In case you think that’s not too strange, given how an F1 driver sits, think again: here the driver is lying on their front. Rob Melville, the design director at McLaren Automotive, explains: We wanted to break new ground and to innovate and the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo does exactly that. It puts the driver absolutely at the centre of the action, delivering a sensory overload with incredible sound and awe-inspiring acceleration. From the game player’s point of view, the driving experience in this car will be like nothing else: the amazing glass cockpit and the motorcycle-like driving position – with your head far forward, almost right above the front axle – combine to allow you to see exactly where the apex of the corner is so you can shave vital milliseconds off each lap. Power for the UVGT comes from a hybrid drivetrain. The V8 McLaren engine drivers the rear wheels, with electric motors in the front wheel pods. The total system output is 1,134hp (1,150PS), with 940lbft of torque. Extensive use of carbon fiber keeps the kerb weight down to a metric tonne – 2,204lb. The car features a new aerodynamic technology that McLaren calls “Integrated Active Aero”. Rather than moving entire surfaces, the system functions by opening covers around air inlets on key surfaces during cornering. This creates drag and generates downforce, without the need for heavy hydraulics and slow-moving panels. Players will be able to choose from three standard liveries in the game, dubbed Performance, Ulterior and Noir. --------------------------------------------
Spanish Formula 1 star Carlos Sainz Jr is officially a brand ambassador for the new Gran Turismo Sport. The Toro Rosso driver is set to be the “image” for the game in Spain. Carlos is considered part of “Generation PlayStation”, having grown up with racing games like Gran Turismo inspiring his real world accomplishments. Even more recently, Sainz Jr provided feedback on the handling and physics in the GT Sport beta. Despite this partnership and competing at the highest level of open wheel racing, Carlos is just as curious as us regarding the FIA portion of the game. Even as a partner, Sainz appears to have no further knowledge than the general public. It appears PlayStation and Polyphony Digital remain tight lipped on the certified championships but with release imminent, more details should emerge soon. Given the regional nature of this news, we don’t expect Sainz to have a worldwide association with the game. The press release being in Spanish indicates this is a marketing push for Spain and not GT Sport overall. With the FIA’s involvement, perhaps other yet-to-be-revealed drivers will push the game in other countries. For now though, Sainz Jr becomes the first non-GT Academy graduate to market GT Sport on the road to release. Of course, he isn’t the only Spaniard: he’ll be working alongside countryman Lucas Ordóñez, the very first Academy winner. Although these types of deal tend to be more superficial than substantial, it’s still positive to see Gran Turismo continuing to have big brand-pulling power, and Sainz hands-on approach can only help. With his F1 career still in the formative stages, Sainz is a bright young talent to have involved with Sport. We look forward to seeing what else comes from this partnership. -------------------------------------------- #gtsport#granturismosport#granturismo#playstation#ps4#gtplanet#gtcomminity#gtphotomode#vgt#visiongt#gtupdates#polyphonydigital#jointhehumanrace#granturismonews
We had a blast this week at @integrate_expo 2017. It was great to catch up with many of you there. We’re already looking forward to Integrate Expo next year! #int2017#integrate2017#rav#avx#av#audiovisual#avtweeps#infocomm#crestron#hitachi#sony#360activate#grandturismosport#whiskyandalement#whisky#vr#gaming#jointhehumanrace Photo 1: The exhibition floor at Integrate 2017 Melbourne Expo 2017. Photo 2: Michelle Cowan (left) and Jacinta Smith from Rutledge AV (right) at the Women of @infocomminternational Networking Breakfast. Photo 3: Nathan Patrech of Rutledge AV speaking at the InfoComm Young AV Professionals Programme. Photo 4: Gordon Anderson from @crestron (left) and Nathan Patrech from Rutledge AV (right) at the InfoComm Young AV Professionals Programme. Photo 5: @the_world_through_kams_eyes of Rutledge AV testing out her VR gaming skills at the @360activate stand at Integrate Expo 2017. Photo 6: @gianlucacaico of Rutledge AV, going for the fastest lap on the yet-to-be-released @thegranturismo Sport, at the @sony booth at Integrate Expo 2017. Photo 7: A selection of fine Japanese whiskies at the Hitachi AV stand at Integrate Expo 2017, presented by Melbourne-based @whiskyandalement : Whisky Bar & School.