Sony Computer Entertainment and Polyphony Digital have used the Gran Turismo 6 launch event in the Spanish town of Ronda to announce a host of new partnerships for the game with real-world auto makers and racing teams.
As part of the presentation marking the worldwide launch of the sixth major installment of the Gran Turismo series, several new brands were announced as partners to the Vision Gran Turismo programme, an in-game project that aims to celebrate 15 years of the GT franchise by commissioning the world's leading automotive design studios to sketch outlandish concept cars which will eventually be turned into free downloadable cars to use in Gran Turismo 6.
With the new partnerships – ranging from the likes of Lexus and Toyota to Tesla and Lamborghini – the official roster of Vision Gran Turismo participants now jumps up from the original number of 18 to 28. The full line-up goes as follows:
- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- GM Design
- ItalDesign Guigaro
A new partnership has also been forged with BMW's high-performance 'M' division – much in the same way the Chevrolet C7 Corvette StingRay made its gaming debut in 'Test Car' form through Gran Turismo 5 earlier this year, Polyphony Digital has had "exclusive access" to the BMW M4 Coupe development cars, and will added to the game in a free update "shortly after the release of GT6".
Rounding the announcements of game developer/automotive partnerships being forged was the confirmation that Polyphony's relationship with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team will continue in Gran Turismo 6, courtesy of a new breed of 'X' prototype racing car: the X2014 'Fan Car', the presumably fan-less 'Standard Car and – perhaps most intriguingly – a 'Junior' spec version of what is expected to be the fastest car in the entire game.
With the Gran Turismo 6 launch event set to carry on tomorrow, it's likely that there'll be plenty more GT-related updates to our news page, so keep checking back to the Team VVV site for the latest coverage on Gran Turismo 6