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Trevor Collett | May, 31 2014 | 5 Comments

Mitsubishi has unveiled a futuristic concept as part of the Gran Turismo Vision series, set to feature in the Gran Turismo 6 game for PlayStation.

The full name of ‘Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo’ reveals that the car is a plug-in hybrid, based on the XR PHEV concept from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Mitsubishi says its Advanced Vehicle Research and Development Group designed the concept using the same process it would normally follow to develop a genuine racing car.

Using experience from World Rally and Dakar competition, the Japanese carmaker describes the finished product as a “stoic racing machine”.

Power from the virtual plug-in hybrid unit is transmitted to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, via Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system to optimise grip.

Mitsubishi says the front grille is a preview of how its ‘next-generation’ models may look, inspired by the appearance of an athlete crouching at the start-line.

The body is made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic to keep weight down, while the concept also features a rear wing, front and rear diffusers and 20-inch wheels.

The XR-PHEV comes just days after a concept with similar styling ideas was unveiled by Volkswagen, with the German effort also set to appear in Gran Turismo 6.

Be sure to watch the video (top of page), as the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV makes a virtual visit to our own Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

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