A super concept from VW

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Meet the brand-spanking-new VW GTI Supersport Vision concept. Beneath that curved and flowing bonnet is a 3.0L 503hp VR6 turbocharged engine linked to a seven-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox that delivers power to all four wheels. Coupled with 665Nm of torque, the Supersport catapults from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, on a par with the Enzo Ferrari, with a top speed of over 300kph.

Meanwhile, a power-to-weight ration of just 2.5kg per horsepower means a likely kerb weight of around 1,257kg, while a rear spoiler and diffuser means the Supersport will hug the tarmac tightly.

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Follow that ghost

jlr_urbanwindscreen_followmeghostcar-and-transparent-pillars_01_LowResWe love companies that take video game concepts and introduce them to the real world. Like Jaguar, for example – a few months back they announced they were developing a virtual windscreen.

The eggheads at Jaguar are at it again; this time it’s a ‘follow me ghost car’, a virtual projection of a car which basically shows you where to go. One of the first things we thought of when we saw it is the AI opponents in the likes of the Gran Turismo videogames. Though increased safety is the idea behind the new technology, you just know someone’s going to try to fiddle with the mechanics, and turn the ghost guide into a racing opponent.

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Jaguar’s virtual windscreen

Jaguar have recently revealed their latest technological concept and we have only two words for it – yes, please.

Basically speaking it’s a virtual windscreen – displaying lots of handy pieces of information on the glass including hazard, speed and navigation icons. Despite the fact that Jaguar are highlighting the everyday practicalities of this concept in terms of safer driving (so drivers needn’t take their eyes off the road), the most exciting thing is that it could also help drivers to go even faster on a track day (people generally bring their Jags to track days, right?). That’s more like it.

Virtual racing lines and braking guidance could be projected on the windscreen along with your lap times and information on other drivers. It’ll also let you push your skills harder as you race against your previous laps or lap times which have been uploaded by other drivers.

Video gamers, rejoice. Gran Turismo is truly coming to life.

Armchair racers, rejoice!

Toyota_Gives_GT86_Drivers_The_Chance_To_Race_ThemselvesIt’s a scorching day. You’re hammering down the Fuji Speedway International Course, neck and neck with yourself in your Toyota GT86. Nope, it’s not that slightly uncomfortable dream you keep having, nor is it an especially vivid acid trip – it’s just the latest technology on offer from Japanese giants Toyota and Sony.

You see, one of the best things about Gran Turismo for many of us is the fact that you’re controlling (and crashing) real cars, cars which any one of us could – theoretically – own or drive some day, if we won the lotto or never had any bills to pay. Unfortunately, if your broadband isn’t great (read: quite a lot of Ireland), your competitors don’t really exist, and the thrill of beating virtual opponents doesn’t always last for terribly long.

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