Mazda's utterly gorgeous RX-Vision Concept becomes a race car
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As Covid-19 continues to point and laugh at humanity, the world of esports appears to be one of the few benefactors.
The Supercars Championship has announced an esports series that involves some of its mainstream racing stars, similar plans have been unveiled for categories like Nascar, and naturally the number of people gaming at home is surely going to rise.
Perfect timing then for Gran Turismo Sport to drop one of its most beautiful in-game exclusive cars.
In 2015, Mazda unveiled the very pretty RX-Vision Concept — warming speculation of both a return to sports cars and a return to rotary engines in some way or another.
Sadly, neither has become reality in the time since (although many of the rumours continue to exist). The closest we'll get to driving these things, unfortunately, is in the digital world.
Which is where these beautiful renders step in. This is the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 — an online creation for Gran Turismo Sport's GT3 series. From late May, the svelte Mazda will be available as a racer online as a competitor in one of the game's most popular classes, where it'll come up against replicas of various real-world GT3 and GT-LM machinery.
The RX-Vision GT3 will be powered by a screaming high-rpm rotary engine, making 419 digital kilowatts. This power is paired to a platform that weighs just 1250kg total, with 48:52 weight distrobution front to rear. But, it's the styling that we're most drawn to.
The GT3 retains the wonderful looking light curvature on the RX-Vision's sides — light dropping like a waterfall down its sleek doors. But, it adds plenty of aggressive race-car tropes. These include a DTM-style rear wing, hungry looking diffuser, and slotted vents above the widened front guards to disipate airflow and heat.
“I think all of you here will be able to tell, that with these proportions it will be a really good car to drive,” says Polyphone Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi. “The roof is obviously very low, and the 4 tires are placed on the furthest corners, so you get the impression that this car will have high-stability.”