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Unleashing the Dream: X1 Prototype Project Unveiled

Real World Technologies Deliver Unreal Performance

Oct 28, 2010

Gran Turismo and Red Bull Present the Ultimate Race Car:
The Red Bull X1 Manufactured by Gran Turismo

London, 28th October: Sony Computer Entertainment today revealed details of a fantasy racing car built using very real technologies. The X1 Prototype is the answer to the 'What if' dream of a world where racing car design is no longer limited by regulation. Forged by Polyphony Digital, working with world-class racing car constructor Red Bull Racing and aerodynamics expert and racing car design genius Adrian Newey, the result goes far beyond the startling new look. If the performance of test driver Sebastian Vettel in a shakedown run at the Suzuka Circuit is to be believed, the driving experience, available exclusively through Gran Turismo(r)5 on PlayStation(r)3, will be unbeatable.

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As with all design masterpieces, the Red Bull X1 has been through several iterations. The starting point was a low drag single seat wing car with a glass canopy and covered wheels, powered by a forced induction engine. The result was a startling set of figures; 1,483hp at 15,000rpm, a top speed of 400kmh and up to 6G of lateral G-force. However under the expert eye of Newey and driven by his passion to realise the dream, the initial concept then took a big step forward. He proposed the use of 'Fan Car' technology - last seen and rapidly banned from F1 in the late 70s - where a fan is used to force air out from underneath the car, lowering the air pressure creating a huge amount of downforce.

A redesign of the car showed its value on the track where traditional low speed corners could be taken at significantly higher speeds. The new figures showed a maximum lateral G force exceeding 8G, pushing the limits for the human body, and a top speed of more than 450kmh. The killer combination of low air resistance due to body styling, glass canopies and full tire cowlings; increased low speed down-force courtesy of the fans; and stability at high speed due to front and rear wings and rear diffuser, are what brought about this result.

For a nervous design team the last stage of the journey was the shakedown test. Enter Sebastian Vettel who, on his first run, slashed more than 20 seconds off the course record on the Suzuka Circuit.

As Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing puts it: "The results were thrilling. X1 is about evolution. Delivering the optimum combination of tested technologies in a single integrated design. This would be the future of racing were we not bound by regulations, but one that is achievable today. And as Sebastian has shown, it is about devastating speed coupled with real handling control. Today thanks to PlayStation(r)3 and Gran Turismo we can test drive the future."

Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of the Gran Turismo series commented: "X1 sees the marriage of virtual and real worlds as we explore the boundaries of our technology and aesthetic senses. The X1 Prototype Project has been motivated by curiosity and passion, powerful forces that brought together the best the world has to offer in design, physics simulation, racing car product technology and driving."

Welcome to the personification of the Dream for Speed, to the marriage of imagination, of expertise and of technology. Welcome to a unique combination of Gran Turismo and Red Bull realised in the X1 Prototype Project.

Gran Turismo 5 will contain more than 1000 perfectly recreated cars ranging from the latest supercars to the cars of NASCAR and WRC. Standing proud will be the fastest car in the game - and one of the fastest to ever leave the drawing board - the Red Bull X1. Earn your chance to drive the Red Bull X1 when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale later this year.

Performance Specification:

"X1 Prototype" Technical Specifications


Length: 4.75m
Width: 2.18m
Height: 0.98m

Wheelbase: 2.9m
Front Tread: 1.85m
Rear Tread: 1.78m


Dry Weight: 545kg
Wet (gross) Weight: 615kg


3000cc V6 Twin Turbo Engine?(Direct Injection)
Maximum Output: 1106.0kw(1503.8ps)/15000rpm *1483hp
Maximum Torque: 714.1Nm(72.9kgf*m)/12000rpm


Full Active Ride Suspension


Maximum output 9800N(1000kgf), equal to 1.63G


At 100km/h: 1044.7N, (106.6kgf) equal to 0.17G
At 200km/h: 4181.7N, (426.7kgf) equal to 0.69G
At 300km/h: 9412.9N, (960.5kgf) equal to 1.56G
At 400km/h: 16732.5N, (1707.4kgf) equal to 2.78G

Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h

Total tire load: Equivalent to 4.19G (=Gravity 1.00G+downforce due to fan 1.63G+downforce due to wing 1.56G)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: ?=1.97 (base?=2.16, model calculates a efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering G that can be exhibited by tires: 8.25G (4.19 * 1.97)

*Specs in consideration for correspondence with diagram
Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h
Total Tire Load: 2575.6kgf (Front Wheel 1142.7kgf+Rear Wheel 1432.9kgf)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: ?=1.97 (base?=2.16, model calculates
an efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering force that can be exhibited by tires: 5073.9kgf
Cornering G: 8.25G (= 5073.9kgf / 615kg)


0-60mph: 1.4sec
0-120mph: 2.8sec
0-200mph: 6.1sec
Maximum Speed: Over 280mph (450km/h)
Maximum Longitudinal or Lateral Acceleration at 300km/h: 8.25G
Ends

To find out more visit:
http://www.gran-turismo.com. http://www.redbull.com

About the Gran Turismo(r) Franchise With more than 56 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo(r) franchise for the PlayStation(r) , PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(r)3 and PSP (PlayStation(r) Portable) is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulator ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of the Gran Turismo franchise, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products. About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(r) and PS one(r) systems, the PlayStation(r)2 system, the PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system, the ground-breaking PlayStation(r)3 (PS3(tm)) system and its online and network services the PlayStation(r)Network and PlayStation(r)Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, California, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation(r)3, PlayStation(r)2, PSP(tm) (PlayStation(r)Portable) and PlayStation(r)Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, over 38 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 146.1 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 62.7 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 54 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 1.1 billion items have been downloaded.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com.

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A 1,500 HORSEPOWER CAR FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing and Polyphony Digital Inc. launch the perfect racing car.

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A top speed of 450kph, 1,483bhp and 9,800N of down force - when the covers are taken off a virtual race machine - the dream of creating the perfect racing car has come true. Polyphony asked Adrian Newey, the aerodynamics expert and design genius, to realise his version of a car that didn't respect any regulations. The X1 Prototype is the end result built for the new Gran Turismo 5 using real world technology and delivering unreal performance.

"Sony approached me and asked if together we could design a car which didn't respect any regulations and whose pure purpose is to go as fast as possible around a lap. So from there I came up with a specification for the car and did a few sketches as to how the essential components could be packaged in a shape," recalls Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing. When he and Gran Turismo's chief designer Kazunori Yamauchi met in Milton Keynes the 'meeting of minds' began. With the technical advice of Newey, something that doesn't actually exist, but could be created, was developed - the X1. Yamauchi says: "With the X1 we aimed to build the fastest car on earth and I had fun thinking about this for quite some time before we actually started working on it. With the involvement of Adrian Newey and Red Bull, we were able to use very accurate simulations to accomplish that aim to a very high level." Bodywork, the size of the engine, the type of tyre, the weight... anything that usually restricts a car's performance was not considered. It was only the laws of physics that applied. Offering Adrian Newey this once in a lifetime chance of realising his visions, gave the whole project a big boost. His passion for the perfect merge of design and function inspired the brilliant Brit: "I think the design of a racing car is a combination of art and engineering. The physics and the engineering tells you whether it will work or not, and whether indeed you can make it. But it doesn't give you the idea, it doesn't give you the inspiration: that's where the artistic side tends to come in." The Neweyish creative process needs time to sink in; the physics of a modern car, the aerodynamics, the flow around it have to be absorbed before the light bulb goes off - sometimes even in the shower! - and the expert can pursue the next evolution.

One of the most notable innovations Newey brought in, was the fan-car technology where fans force air from underneath the car, lowering the air pressure and creating the huge amount of down force (9,800N) - reminiscent of the revolutionary Brabham BT46B, the so-called Fan Car that took part in a single Formula One race (which it won) before it was promptly outlawed from the sport. "If we didn't have regulations, cars would be too fast. I guess the last attempted 'no regulation racing' happened in the early 70's because the cars were getting too fast and if you now took that through, thirty or forty years later, then they would be ridiculously fast. Having said that, I am quite envious of my compatriots from the 70's where the regulations were much less restrictive. And they could express themselves in a more open way, if you like," explains Newey, who has successfully worked in both Formula One and IndyCar racing.

After redesigning, the car, whose shape makes it look like it might belong in a sci-fi movie, showed its value on the track where traditional low-speed corners could be taken at significantly higher speeds. The new figures showed a maximum lateral G force exceeding 8G, pushing the limits of the human body, and a top speed of more than 450kph. "Take all restrictions away, then the opportunity exists to make a car that would be obscenely quick around a lap," says Newey, who took Sebastian Vettel's shakedown test on the Suzuka Circuit as an example: On his first run he slashed more than 20 seconds off Kimi Raikkonen's course record for F1.

What makes the X1 the ultimate racer? Besides a dry weight of 545kg, a 3000cc V6 twin turbo engine with direct injection and a performance of 0-120mph in 2.8sec, it has the benefits of a killer combination of low air resistance due to body styling, glass canopies and full tyre cowlings, increased low-speed down force courtesy of the fans and stability at high speed due to front and rear wings and rear diffuser. One man who was among the first to test drive the virtual dynamite was Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel: "Adrian's dream car handled brilliantly. There are few tracks that reward bravery and commitment more than Suzuka and I can't think of a better way to experience the pace and performance of the X1 than going through 130R at full throttle." The 23-year-old has not only tested the car in a shakedown run but will provide the GT5 players with some of the most outstanding features of the X1 as soon as they have reached the hero-car level. Home of the Red Bull X1 is the famous Hangar-7, where the gamer picks up the car or can even choose this temple of technology, art and entertainment as a "garage", storing all his cars there while progressing through the career mode.

The X1 project made a designer's dream come true; even the matter-of-fact Brit Newey got carried away with the results of the prototype: "X1 is about evolution. Delivering the optimum combination of tested technology in a single integrated design; this is the future of racing but one that is achievable today. And as Sebastian has shown it is about devastating speed coupled with real handling control. Today we can test drive the future."

Earn your chance to drive the Red Bull X1 when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale later this year!

Find exclusive trailers & pictures on www.redbull.com and www.gran-turismo.com

"X1 Prototype" Technical Specifications

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Length: 4.75m
Width: 2.18m
Height: 0.98m

Wheelbase: 2.9m
Front Tread: 1.85m
Rear Tread: 1.78m


Dry Weight: 545kg
Wet (gross) Weight: 615kg


3000cc V6 Twin Turbo Engine?(Direct Injection)
Maximum Output: 1106.0kw(1503.8ps)/15000rpm *1483hp
Maximum Torque: 714.1Nm(72.9kgf*m)/12000rpm


Full Active Ride Suspension


Maximum output 9800N(1000kgf), equal to 1.63G


At 100km/h: 1044.7N, (106.6kgf) equal to 0.17G
At 200km/h: 4181.7N, (426.7kgf) equal to 0.69G
At 300km/h: 9412.9N, (960.5kgf) equal to 1.56G
At 400km/h: 16732.5N, (1707.4kgf) equal to 2.78G

Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h

Total tire load: Equivalent to 4.19G (=Gravity 1.00G+downforce due to fan 1.63G+downforce due to wing 1.56G)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: ?=1.97 (base?=2.16, model calculates a efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering G that can be exhibited by tires: 8.25G (4.19 * 1.97)

*Specs in consideration for correspondence with diagram
Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h
Total Tire Load: 2575.6kgf (Front Wheel 1142.7kgf+Rear Wheel 1432.9kgf)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: ?=1.97 (base?=2.16, model calculates
an efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering force that can be exhibited by tires: 5073.9kgf
Cornering G: 8.25G (= 5073.9kgf / 615kg)


0-60mph: 1.4sec
0-120mph: 2.8sec
0-200mph: 6.1sec
Maximum Speed: Over 280mph (450km/h)
Maximum Longitudinal or Lateral Acceleration at 300km/h: 8.25G

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