Introducing the 'Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo': A Fusion of Dynamism and Functionality
Honda has always focused on human-centric development when pursuing new values in its automobiles, and the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo, created in collaboration with Gran Turismo, is no exception. A video where you can see the newly developed sports car is now available.
This is a pure sports model born through Gran Turismo, the Real Driving Simulator. it comes from Honda’s corporate culture for doing things that simply 'look fun'.
For its development, Honda ran a competition amongst their designers from all over the world. A team in their Los Angeles studio was the winner of the fierce competition, and they were joined in the later part of the development process by both Japanese and US designers alike, both exerting their own strengths. The quarter model was built in the U.S., while the modelling data and hardware was developed in Japan. With teams from each region coming together, many designers enjoyed participating in the project.
In the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo, Honda’s 'Human Centred Design' direction is apparent in the placement of the driver, engine, and tyres. These are elements that determine the structure of the car; furthermore, the design and proportion of the exterior make the car appear as though it is in motion even at a standstill. It emits a strong presence on the road with its tight body, wide fenders with air intakes, and wheels combining beauty and functionality.
Using many carbon fibre components, the total weight of the car is kept down to a mere 899 kg. The midship mounted 1998cc engine combines a turbocharged inline 4 with Honda’s iconic DOHC-VTEC, producing 404 BHP/7500 rpm. This power is transferred firmly to the ground through an 8 speed dual clutch transmission.
In terms of aerodynamics, the design was tested not only with computer simulations, but also through a wind tunnel using a full scale model, just as in the development of a real car. By doing so, optimum aerodynamic performance was achieved, guaranteeing airflow and exit of air around the body, through the underfloor and as well as the cabin and engine room.
The Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo is a personification of Honda’s 'Power of Dreams'. See and experience its allure for yourself through its introduction movie.