We've had the latest chapter in the Gran Turismo racing sim saga, GT6, for well over a year now. Sony and Polyphony Digital have also been pushing the "Vision Gran Turismo" campaign, commemorating the game franchise's 15th year, for that same span, which has been an additional hoot. At their best, some of the concepts and playable cars coming out of the effort are simply mind-blowing (Mercedes' AMG, for example); at their least, each creation is an expert interpretation of where sports car design is possibly going - a reflection of where engineers' heads are at.
It's all good fun, and today Mazda joined the other automakers that have already contributed to the concept exercise with the unveiling of its LM55 Vision Gran Turismo. Tapping into the OEM's KODO design language, the virtual sports car also takes cues from Mazda's most famous racecar, the 787B that took overall victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The blending of old and new comes together in a lightweight, carbon fiber festooned futuristic prototype racer, complete with monocoque chassis. The LM55 is said to offer "advanced drive train technology" that is the "epitome of power, efficiency and durability," and coupled with the svelte chassis amounts to what Mazda claims is an exceptional power to weight ratio.
We just think it looks tits, like so many of the other Vision Gran Turismo concepts. The LM55 is available now for GT6 on your PlayStation 3; after installing the Holiday Season Update (free of charge) in the Gran Turismo 6 area, "LM55" can be obtained from the Vision Gran Turismo area.