The Subaru VIZIV GT Was Inspired by Fish and Racecars
Subaru has revealed its striking VIZIV GT concept for Gran Turismo, and took a behind-the-scenes look at its designer’s creative process (see below). His inspiration might surprise you. That’s because the VIZIV’s features are more or less inspired by a fish – a fermented one at that – which is boiled and dried until it’s hard as rock. The resulting "katsuobushi" is then thinly shaved and used to garnish traditional Japanese dishes, emitting a powerful taste. While we can’t exactly taste this Subaru, the effect is noted. RELATED: Check out the next-generation of WRX in the 2015 Subaru Impreza
Subaru’s all-new, all-digitized concept blends together those influences with experience gleaned from the Nurburgring, resulting in hard lines, blistering fenders and a commanding shooting brake silhouette. Aero affects adorn the front and rear bumpers and the roof is treated to a stunning dual-plane spoiler. Subaru asserts the importance of a lightweight design, which in this concept manifests itself in extensive carbon fiber construction, resulting in a curb weight of around 3,000 pounds. But just wait until your hear how it sounds.
Underneath those shaped flanks lies a Subaru 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four, designed for racing and featuring revised restrictor plates. While that tuned mill would be sufficient enough, Subaru has gone one further and equipped the VIZIV GT with a hybrid powertrain.
PHOTOS: Take a closer look at the striking 2014 VIZIV GT Concept for Gran Turismo
An electric motor pairs with the gas engine up front and two electric motors find homes in the rear, which catapults total system output to 591 horsepower and 593 lb-ft of torque. That mountain of torque should come in handy as the VIZIV features a techy vectoring system to shuttle the torque among all four wheels. Lamps affixed to each fender will allow Gran Turismo players to watch that process in action.
Need one in your life? Soon you can log in to Gran Turismo and purchase the car or nab one after completing a lap in a new seasonal event.
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