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Lamborghini introduces Lambo V12 Vision GT for Gran Turismo Sport

There's a new Lamborghini but it's exclusively for e-sports players.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

Lamborghini's latest concept car isn't available for a test drive at your local dealership. And it won't be seen in a showroom or racing down a test track. The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is exclusively for the gaming world.

The luxury automaker describes the new car as a "highly visionary concept" that emphasizes Lamborghini's mission to make vehicles that are fun to drive, even if just in the digital environment.

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo

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"Lamborghini is a very young brand, and this is why we are here today to present our newest virtual vision in the form of a real model, with a highly futuristic and cool design to be enjoyed by the young generation of racing game and super sports car enthusiasts," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. at the car's debut in Monte-Carlo.

Its exterior is striking. The car's sleek aerodynamic lines culminate in an eye-catching Y-taillight design. It's body is disconnected from the fenders. Hexagon-themed side windows were purposefully designed to be reminiscent of the 1968 Lamborghini Marzal concept car.

The design of the car was produced by Lamborghini Centro Stile in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The car uses the powertrain of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 a mid-engine hybrid sports car that will be produced for IRL drivers. Combined, the Sián's powertrain elements give the car 807 horsepower. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Sián has a zero to 62 mph time of 2.8 seconds and an electronically limited speed of 217 mph.

The designers created a cabin that is entered like a jet fighter would get into their plane. The single-seater Lambo V12 Vision GT's cockpit was designed for a driver who is not seated in the car, but rather on their couch or floor. Driving controls are located within the steering wheel

"The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is created to provide the ultimate virtual car for young fans and gamers, who are ultra-enthusiastic about Lamborghini and its futuristic aspirations," said Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile. "It is an opportunity for the design talent within Lamborghini to stretch its wings and visualize a car that, like every Lamborghini, is a head-turner and the best driving experience, but also mirrors Lamborghini's push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization."

The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo can only be driven inside the confines of the Gran Turismo Sport game for Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4). It will be available starting in the summer of 2020 and add to the list of 309 cars and 58 tracks the video game offered at last count.

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Sony's team is testing the Vision-S on the streets of Austria.

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One year ago Sony surprised the crowds at CES with the Vision -S, a concept vehicle meant to further the discussion on safety, security, and entertainment. The vehicle has moved from concept to prototype, taking to the roads of Europe for testing.

The car has been driving the roads of Austria since December 2020, according to the company, for technical evaluation. Evaluation of what? We're so glad you asked.

If the car is technologically similar to what has presented at CES last year, on-board is Sony's imaging and sensing technologies as well as software regulated using Sony's AI, telecommunication, and cloud technologies.

Sony Vision-S The Sonny Vision S is a working vehicle prototype now. Photo courtesy of Sony

The car, which was built in cooperations with Magna Steyr, features 33 sensors, including CMOS image sensors and time of flight (ToF) sensors within the vehicle. These sensors are designed to detect and recognize people and objects inside and outside the vehicle, and provide "highly advanced driving support."

Each of the two rows of seating in the vehicle features Sony's 360 Reality Audio system. Bose has similar technology built into the Nissan Kicks.

The crossover-lie car's front seats have a panoramic screen in front of them that has the ability to display rich content.

Does this mean that Sony will begin to make cars? The quick answer is no. Sony does not appear itching to get into the car business though the products that result from this testing will likely be available to automakers offering additional competition for components in a fast-paced marketplace where the technology is evolving quickly.

The real winner here could be consumers who will benefit from the stiff completion between suppliers and be on the receiving end of better technology because of it.

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Chevy is bringing the Corvette Stingray to Forza Horizon 4.

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Sim racing is about to get more interesting. Forza has just announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be available in the game starting January 14, 2021 - this week - on its Forza Horizon 4 gaming platform.

The car, which was redesigned as part of a generational change for the 2020 model year, has been highly requested by Forza users, according to a release by Chevrolet. In the game, like it does in real life, the car will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with a performance exhaust.

Chevrolet's rollout of the Corvette Stingray started with a lot of fanfare in July 2019. Negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors caused production delays, which were followed by subsequent parts shortages and manpower issues related to COVID-19.

Chevrolet isn't the only automaker getting in on the sim racing game. The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV is bringing its 225 mph top-out speed to Gran Turismo Sport. It will be joining the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 and the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision GT in the game. Bugatti recently announced that the Bolide concept hypercar will be coming soon to CSR Racing 2.

Uniquely, Ford recently designed an entire esports car based on social media input. It all started in March when gamers were asked to vote on the package and features of the car on Twitter, including seating configuration, engine position and cockpit definition. Nearly a quarter of a million fan votes were submitted throughout the polling process. Designers of the project never met or worked together in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Forza Horizon 4

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Sim racing has gained popularity in the last year as more people are stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for outlets for entertainment and stress relief. Twitter recently reported a 57 percent increase in gaming-related tweets in 2020. In the U.K. alone Facebook reported a 50 percent increase in user gaming engagement during the year.

Forza Horizon 4 is a game for Xbox consoles and Microsoft Windows devices. It has over 12 million players.

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