Last Update: 17/09/2010
Introducing the "Red Bull X2010 Prototype" Project with Red Bull Racing
Gran Turismo®5

Sony Computer Entertainment today announced a unique partnership between Gran Turismo® and Red Bull Racing to create a virtual car which will push the boundaries of motorsports. The Gran Turismo development team at Polyphony Digital posed the simple question, "If you built the fastest racing car on land, one that throws aside all rules and regulations, what would that car look like, how would it perform and how would it feel to drive?" With the assistance of Red Bull Racing's technology, Polyphony Digital were able to produce the answer in the form of the "Red Bull X2010 Prototype" which will be playable in Gran Turismo 5.

Red Bull's aerodynamics expert, Adrian Newey, performed the role of technical advisor on the Red Bull X2010 Prototype project. Newey is renowned in the motorsports world for designing championship winning cars. Throughout the Red Bull X2010 design process by Polyphony, Newey contributed his vast experience, as well as a pure, child-like technical curiosity. As a result, the completed Red Bull X2010 Prototype became an extreme car, having a unique form and mechanism unlike any other racing car in history.

Performing the shakedown test and settings for this Gran Turismo 5 car was the world famous driver Sebastian Vettel. On his first virtual lap, Vettel achieved an unbelievable time on the Suzuka circuit, beating the course record by over 20 seconds.

Comment from Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc.

Every race in the world today conforms to some sort of regulations, and every racing car is built to fit within those various regulations. However the X2010 is something new, created from a "what-if" dream we have long held at Polyphony. We want to inspire racing fans and the industry alike by exploring the realm of possibilities for the future of motorsports.

Earn your chance to drive the Red Bull X2010 Prototype when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale in November 2010.

Comment from Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing added

We all have a dream about pushing the boundaries, where the performance of the car and the experience of the driver take precedence over the rules. Only with the technology of PlayStation®3 and the virtual environment of Gran Turismo 5 could that dream become a reality that millions can explore. This is the inspiration that brought the Red Bull team and Polyphony together. And as a result the Red Bull X2010 Prototype is dynamite to drive.

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