E-racers – Grand Turismo and Forza

It seems that the virtual world of racing is as interesting as the real world of racing. As always, it depends on how you like your thrills.

Grand Turismo

Starting with the Grand Turismo brand; Grand Turismo 7 has been linked with the Porsche brand since 2017. It’s different from designing a car as it’s all about what it feels like to be behind the wheel and although you need to know something about the interior and the paintwork this isn’t the main focus.

The Deep Forest Roadway is apparently back as is the Trial Mountain and the High-Speed Ring.

This is the first year that a Porsche has been developed for the game, as if it were a concept car or one-off. It’s not a car you’d see on the road now, it’s far too futuristic an aesthetic.

Porsche Taycan

It needs to look and feel as if it were a Porsche-in other words, have the correct proportions and the iconic light strip which is linked with the brand. It has a hologram display in a curved shape which is also linked with Porsche and has the low seat associated with a racing car. Although these features wouldn’t necessarily work in real life.

The LED headlights are certainly reminiscent of the Porsche but to be clearer it is most similar to a Taycan, a Porsche electric sports car.

The titanium and carbon casing that the car were accounted for in the weight and wind dynamics effect on the cars handling. Funny enough, made sure that interior appears to be made out of vegan elements. Not sure why a car that doesn’t actually exist in real life needs to go that far, but…there you have it.

The display reacts to the steering wheel/controller as quickly as it can be. There are a number of mysteries under the hood which the game merely hints at.

Apparently, creating a concept car so real your competitors could potentially steel your design ideas from it’s avatar in a racing game is a concern for Porsche. Remember when automakers tried to keep people from viewing their design models so you couldn’t reverse engineer them—well, now adays you might be able to do it from a digital footprint.

Forza Horizon 7

Forza Horizon 7 has introduced speedsters such as the Lamborghini Aventador and various other vehicles recognizable to road users such as the 2011 Ferrari. There is also the 1939 Maserati which might only be considered highly recognizable to vintage car experts.

Do people buy the Forza Horizon for the different qualities of car horns which can be heard? It’s highly unlikely, but they made the horn sounds accurate and we nerds thank them for adding a new level detail to the gameplay.

Unfortunately, its predecessor Forza Motorsport 7 stopped being available in online stores in September 2021. The only way to buy it as a boxed copy is now second hand.

1939 Maserati

This seems to be the way of things; gone are the days of owning a physical copy of a game. People must prefer to buy it online and play it online without a physical box or file that you can hold.

Even if you delete Forza Motorsport 7 and similar games you can redownload it for nothing (in a similar way as you can redownload apps).

As of December 2021, there’s no news of the game which is simply called Forza Motorsport, or the one called Forza Motorsport 8. Project Woodstock is also linked to Forza but again there’s scant news about these projects.

This keeps everything guessing about the latest fads, so it probably keeps online racers intrigued. We’d love to write a post about how racing game developers are pushing designers to innovate real cars, or something along those lines, but game developers don’t seem to be able to push themselves to release their own games on time. So we’ll work with what we have. Look for updates as they become available.

The Lamborghini Supercar

The Lamborghini is an established supercar designer and as such it can afford to take a few risks. How else could you explain the strange shapes like the Y shape and the hexagon shape-but what does it all mean?

What makes the design of the Lamborghini such a strong aesthetic?

It must be about obtaining lines which are as clear as possible and surfaces with sheen, or as their own website describes it “pure surfaces” working from sketches, turning into models to scale until finally reaching the finished car.

Huracan

The design of the Huracan is based on hexagon shaped clouds near the North Pole. If you didn’t know there were hexagon shaped clouds near the North Pole, you aren’t the only one. Lambo designers crammed in so many parts with the six-sided designs, the grilles, the air condition vents, even the rear-view camera. The whole thing is slightly reminiscent of a flattened hexagon.

The launch control has been marketed with the name of Thrust Mode, which is a bit Freudian, and could be a clue to who they’re marketing to. Regardless, it reaches 60mph in 3 seconds.

The Huracan has a slim line of lights under its bonnet. The Gallardo’s lights are square whilst the Aventador has the shape of Ys on its side.

Aventador

The Sian had a limited run, but it had the distinction of being the first hybrid. A couple of commenters believed the twelve-cylinder engines were a little bit too much as if it was “showing off” but at least these cylinders had been reinvented in order to deride extra power. Could you be paying for the titanium valves too? It makes the Sian reach 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.

The Huracan will be with us for a long time as it won’t be replaced until 2024 and there won’t be a Hybrid Urus until 2022.

The Millenio combines the elements of the fastest sports car with the electric car concept. As with many Lamborghinis it all comes with increasing the aerodynamics.

Less Successful Attempts:

Some cars however aren’t as successful. Take the Asterion. It was planned as a hybrid with a V10 and its bodywork had a lot curves. The upholstery was Ivory colored and it boasted more storage space than its competitors.

Asterion

It seems a shame that an iconic car didn’t enter production. Customers liked hybrid cars, true, but not if it didn’t improve the performance (meaning the speed) of the cars. According to an announcement by the Lamborghini’s CEO the speed wasn’t improved, which sounds strange to announce something before a piece of vital research has been carried out, but that’s the motor business for you.

Other Crazy Innovations:

It is not only cars which sell to the public that show uniqueness in the Lamborghini’s range.

The racing cars are designed to split in two parts in the event of a crash. The reason for this is that it prevents a fire risk. You might be shocked to see a bashed up half-car but this is the best way of operating. After the crash it is not welded together again it is picked up by a tow-truck and scrapped, which is probably just as well.

It is all these concepts and developments which make it a supercar. How long can it compete against the other premium sports vehicles? We can only wait and see.