Aston Martin has pulled back the digital curtains on a new concept that will race into the digital world of Sony’s Vision Gran Turismo.
Looking like it just rolled off the set of Thunderbirds, the DP-100 is a low-slung racer that, while a departure from the traditional Aston look, showcases more than a few of the brand’s familiar styling features.
The carmaker has shifted from its usual long-bonnet design to a more modern cab-forward look, but with an advanced evolution of its iconic grille shape and wing-like tail lights, the DP-100 is unmistakeably Aston.
"DP-100 has been an exciting and intensive project for the team here at Gaydon. Features such as the car's revolutionary 'active aerodynamics' are there not just as a way of enhancing form, but also to support the car's function in-game,” Reichman said.
While the DP-100 is strictly a virtual concept, Aston has taken the trouble to detail a mid-mounted twin-turbo V12 powertrain that produces a whopping 597kW.
That’s a setup you won’t find in any current Aston - or any past Astons, either - but it remains unclear if it’s a hint of things to come.
Reichman was only too happy to highlight the DP-100’s potential as a preview of things to come, however.
“As with the CC100 Speedster Concept, many of the design cues visible in DP-100, such as the light blade rear lamps, could also feed through into future sports cars that we'll launch in the offline world so the importance of this project should not be underestimated."
Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi added:
“I was surprised by the bold proposal of the car being the first midship layout model in Aston Martin history. And while it is clean and classy in design, it is also very emotional," he said.
"Not only that, there was this future Aston Martin in front of me, that was so detailed it could be released on the market pretty much as is.”
With Aston now well into development of its next-generation platform and design, we may see the DP-100’s key styling features in production sooner than we think...
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