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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

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

"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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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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Brembo is the exclusive brake provider for Gran Turismo 7.

Brembo

The wait is over. Grand Turismo 7 is here, and is available for both Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. The latest chapter in the massively popular racing game franchise offers incredible driving and track mechanics, along with plenty of ways to buy, customize, and upgrade cars. Several big names in the automotive world are on board to provide cars and extras, including Brembo and Hagerty.

Gran Turismo 7Players have several customization options to choose from. Brembo

Brembo is on board with the game as the exclusive braking systems brand. The company offers in-game upgrades that include carbon ceramic discs and more. Players can choose from over 400 cars from more than 50 manufacturers, and Brembo brakes are available in the Tuning Shop.

Classic car insurer and automotive powerhouse Hagerty is also getting on the action. A "Legend Car Dealer" feature in the game allows players to choose from more than 70 classic and enthusiast vehicles, and company CEO McKeel Hagertymakes an appearance as an avatar. Just like normal cars in the game, Hagerty's cars can be purchased using in-game credits, and the prices for each car are set using Hagerty's Valuation Tool. Costs will change throughout the year based on market conditions. If you're a member of Hagerty Drivers Club, you'll have the option to select a special livery or your car.

Gran Turismo 7Hagerty offers a group of special cars for the game. Hagerty

If you're looking to get behind the wheel, Gran Turismo 7 is on sale now, and is garnering impressive reviews. It's one of the most accessible Gran Turismo games of all time, from the ease-in races offered during the download process to the myriad of options and upgrades for each car, there's an aspect of the game that any enthusiast can get behind. You can purchase and download the game through the Playstation store, or you can head to your local retailer to pick up a physical copy.

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