It's even lighter than some city cars.
There is yet another reason to pick up a copy of Gran Turismo Sport once the game will be out exclusively on the PlayStation 4 console on October 17. Peugeot has prepared a new Vision Gran Turismo concept for the racing game as a follow up to an older virtual race car introduced back in 2015 for the previous title in the award-winning franchise, Gran Turismo 6.
Peugeot’s latest machine has not been actually developed from the ground up as it’s basically an evolution of last year’s L500 R Hybrid, which came into being for a specific purpose. Dario Resta behind the wheel of a Peugeot L45 managed to win the Indy 500 on May 30, 1916 when he posted an impressive average speed of 83 mph (135 kph). The concept was created specifically to celebrate the achievement.
Dubbed L750 R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo, the new concept builds upon its predecessor and adopts a low-slung body sitting on massive wheels backed by sizeable brakes with red calipers. This one too takes the shape of a single seater and utilizes a carbon fiber monocoque structure to keep the weight low. At just 1,818 pounds (825 kilograms), it’s actually 386 lbs (175 kg) lighter than the concept before it.
Not only is it lighter, but the futuristic race car is also considerably more powerful as its combustion engine alone packs 580 hp or an extra 80 hp compared to the 500-hp hybrid powertrain of the L500 R Hybrid. The conventional gasoline engine revs to 10,000 rpm and works together with an electric motor that churns 170 hp for a grand total of 750 hp. A seven-speed sequential gearbox and liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack are part of the package as well and Peugeot says the engine and the transmission have both been mounted over the rear wheels.
As a result of replacing some of the fat with muscle, the new Peugeot L500 R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo as it’s known by its full name is quicker by hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.4 seconds. It needs a tenth of a second less than the 2016 concept also available in Gran Turismo Sport. The two GT concepts will join more than 150 cars you will be able to race on 17 locations with 40 different layouts.
Gallery: Peugeot L750 R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo
The PEUGEOT L500 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo presents its ultimate version, the L750 R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo, on the circuits of Gran Turismo Sport
On 30 May 1916, Dario Resta drove his PEUGEOT L45 to victory at the legendary Indianapolis 500 automobile race, putting in an average speed of 135 km/h. 100 years on, to celebrate the centenary of that Indy-500 win, PEUGEOT and PEUGEOT SPORT presented the PEUGEOT L500 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo in May 2016. Now, to mark the release of the new PlayStationâ4 exclusive video game Gran Turismo Sport on 18 October, PEUGEOT and PEUGEOT SPORT are unveiling their new, sleeker, sportier version of the car; the PEUGEOT L 750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo.
An all-new racing experience at the wheel of the PEUGEOT L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo, the extreme purebred version of the PEUGEOT L500 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo
Glued to the road and seemingly at one with it, both models bear the distinctive stylistic features of the PEUGEOT brand.
With their carbon-fibre monocoque structure, both the PEUGEOT L500 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo and the PEUGEOT L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo were designed with the rigours of competitive racing in mind. For the driver, this radical new version of the car promises hitherto unknown sensations.
Ever striving for greater efficiency, PEUGEOT equipped the L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo with an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor. The petrol engine produces 580 horsepower and a top engine speed of 10,000 rpm. That is backed up by a 170-horsepower electric motor, giving the PEUGEOT L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo a total of 750 horsepower. The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. The sequential 7-speed gearbox is cutting-edge technology from the world of racing. The entire engine and transmission assembly is mounted on the rear axle.
With its dual-circuit hydraulic braking system and four ventilated carbon discs, independent front and rear suspensions varying the ride height according to the car's speed, and forged-magnesium wheels, the PEUGEOT L 750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo was designed to be as light and aerodynamic as possible to deliver outstanding performance.
Weighing just 825 kg—175 kg lighter than the PEUGEOT L 500 R HYbrid—it gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds.
Whichever one you choose, both of these racing machines are perfectly suited to the 17 locations and many tracks available in the Gran Turismo Sport video game.
Digital activation: hit the track for a 24-hour race on Twitter
Take the wheel of the PEUGEOT L500 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo or the PEUGEOT L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo —customized in your colours—for a 24-hour race on Twitter.
Your goal is simple: drive the greatest distance in the allotted time, where each completed lap earns you a re-tweet.
The winner will be the person with the most retweets at the end of the race.
Go to PEUGEOT’s Twitter account at 12pm on 9 October!