It's not just big brands like Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and Toyota that are releasing their own "what if" virtual racecars for Polyphony Digital's Vision Gran Turismo series, even Renault's re-born Alpine sub-brand is getting in on the action.
Revealed in these images leaked by French site Automoto, the Alpine Vision is dramatically different to the "Stylistic 2" Vision Gran Turismo concept that was shown by Alpine last October.
That car had a two-piece chassis hinged at the rear axle to provide steering; the open-cockpit Alpine Vision on the other hand is far more conventional in its layout (though still utterly futuristic).
Air is channeled through the body and behind the wheels, making the Alpine Vision appear almost like an open-wheeler from certain angles.
The driver's compartment is offset to the right and open to the elements, while the refueling ports and intake snorkel for the engine are mounted opposite.
Viewed from the rear, the Alpine Vision presents a complex jumble of suspension arms and driveshafts.
The Alpine Vision's bisected circular headlights are a feature borrowed from the A110-50 concept that debuted in 2012 and are pretty much the only link between this virtual-only racer and Alpine's anticipated return to road car manufacture.
Speaking of which, is Alpine's virtual foray setting the scene for the brand's long-awaited revival? According to the latest report, it's not far away.
Styling on Alpine's first new road car is said to be complete, and the car is also expected to look completely unlike the shapely A110-50 concept pictured above.
As for when we'll see it, a 2016 motorshow debut is likely.
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