Gran Turismo 5 – Red Bull X1 Revealed + News Tidbits
Sony has released new previews of the Red Bull X1, a fictional no-holds-barred race car designed by none other than Red Bull’s Adrian Newey. We get to check out the car from various angles, also included is a video showing Sebastien Vettel behind the wheel of the X1 on the Nürburgring.
Powered by a 1483hp gas turbine engine, the X1 weighs 545 kilograms and reaches speeds of over 400 kilometers per hour. Thanks to that insane power and extensive aerodynamics such as enclosed wheels, the car laps Suzuka in 1:11, almost twenty seconds quicker than current Formula One cars.
In related news, some magazine articles have revealed some tidbit facts on Gran Turismo 5 features, mentioned features include mechanical damage for gearboxes, brakes & engines, imprecise weather forecasts, the ability of all cars to get dirty, time-of-day synchronization between virtual & real circuits and official NASCAR rules and regulations for oval races.
While all this sounds pretty impressive, the big question remaining is “When?”. There might be some indication to that as Sony Australia has set a new deadline for a contest that originally was planned to end on November 4th, the Australian release date before the latest date change. Now, the contest ends on December 9th, giving us a rough idea on the new release date.
Gran Turismo 5 will be bringing 1000 cars and over 60 tracks to the Playstation 3, including new features such as damage, weather and day/night effects. GT5 will be one of the first six Playstation 3 games to be available in 3D. The title will be out during the holiday season, no exact date has been announced but Sony expects to announce a new release date by the end of October.