You Don't Sit Inside McLaren's Wild Gran Turismo Concept

Cars: they're just video games you can actually die in. So when car designers get a chance to play around in the gaming world, it's a chance to be free of the rules that govern so much of what we drive. The latest Gran Turismo concept comes from McLaren, and it radically reimagines how a person would even operate a car.

This is the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo. You can download it next month when the new Gran Turismo Sport drops for the PlayStation 4. In the game, it uses a hybrid twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that puts out a totally reasonable 1,134 horsepower and 426kg-ft of torque. The idea is it's what a new Ultimate Series racing car could look like after 2030.

The really crazy thing here is the seating position -- or laying position, I guess. The driver lays prone inside the car, on their stomachs, facing forward and with arms outstretched to grip a steering wheel. They call it a "motorcycle" driving position, but you'd lay even flatter than that.

Our man Jason Torchinsky once dreamed up something similar, and the Batmobile from the Dark Knight Trilogy also had a driving mode like this as well.

Here's a video:

That sounds bizarre! And it would clearly be a lot to adjust to. Driving is a total body experience, and I'd wonder how this would feel, how different driving dynamics might be, if a driver was inserted into the car this way.

But hey, it's not real, nor will it likely ever be. But it does look awesome, and gives us a very different way to think about human-machine interactions in racing cars.

Gran Turismo Sport arrives October 17.



    Good luck keeping your head up and feet on the brake pedal. This is dumb on so many levels.

    In real life, neck strain is a thing.

    Quite a few Aircraft with prone pilots positions have been created.

    However in an airplane it is useful to be able to "look down" and forward in a car the ability to look down isn't so important, looking forwards (all the time) is more useful.

    (Prone pilot Horton flyingwing aircraft had a useful "chin-rest" to relieve neck strain .)

    In our era of digitisation and computer processing, synthetic vision, allowing any desired perspective is very possible, irrespective of driver orientation.

    Last edited 22/09/17 11:35 am

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