Gran Turismo often blurs the lines between real and virtual racing. For example, the groundbreaking Vision GT programme sees car manufacturers create exclusive concept cars for Gran Turismo. Some like the single-seater McLaren Solus GT hypercar even enter production in real life after debuting in Gran Turismo.
Now, Polyphony Digital has collaborated with Nissan to design a high-tech dashboard display for an electric concept car called the Hyper Force.
Gran Turismo developer designs Nissan Hyper Force dashboard
The radical concept car was unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 in Tokyo alongside four other concepts as part of Nissan's 90th anniversary celebrations.
Inside the futuristic cockpit, the instrument panel interface was designed in collaboration between Nissan and Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital. The interface changes colour depending on the selected mode, displaying vital information to the driver.
In the racing-focused R mode, the cabin illuminates red and panels on the dashboard move closer to the driver to “enhance the cockpit feel.” Graphics on the four satellite screens display information such as tyre grip and temperature, air pressure, brake rotor temperature, power distribution and “other information invaluable for racing.”
Switching to the GT comfort mode changes the interior lighting colour to blue, with the screens joining together to provide “an immersive experience.” In this mode, a “simpler infotainment interface” displays controls for the air conditioning, audio, suspension, and stabilisers.
There’s even support for virtual and augmented reality gaming. When the car is stopped, the driver can wear a VR headset to race against the clock, other online players, or professional driver’s ghost cars in an augmented reality driving experience.
This isn’t the first time Polyphony has worked with Nissan. Polyphony also designed the display in the current Nissan GT-R.
Previewing the next-generation Nissan GT-R
Nissan says the concept previews its vision of a “next-generation all-electric high-performance supercar.” Boasting an aggressive carbon-fibre exterior with cues inspired by past GT-R sports cars and an aero package developed by Nismo, the Hyper Force won’t enter production.
But it possibly previews the next-generation Nissan GT-R. The current R35 debuted 16 years ago, and while it’s had several facelifts over the years, it’s starting to show its age. A replacement is long overdue.
Powering the sports car concept is an all-electric powertrain developing an astonishing 1,000 kW (1,341hp) and “precise and rapid acceleration,” replacing the current GT-R’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6. Power is sent to all four wheels via Nissan's e-4ORCE all-wheel system.
Whether the Nissan Hyper Force will appear in Gran Turismo 7 remains to be seen, but it probably will at some point, given that Polyphony was directly involved with the design. Perhaps it will be one of the new cars in the upcoming update 1.40.
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