Mazda’s latest virtual racing car – the RX-Vision GT3 is now available for download in Gran Turismo Sport and can be used in the FIA certified Gran Turismo Championship in the 2020 virtual season.
The car is based on the Mazda RX-Vision concept that was unveiled during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The GT3 Concept is modified in accordance with FIA GT3 race car regulations, and also complies with Gran Turismo Sport’s own regulations in its Gr.3 category.
Mazda is aiming to strengthen its fan base by introducing the pleasure of competitive driving to a wider range of people who love Digital Motor Sport. It adopted the name “Digital Motor Sports” as advocated by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
The virtual racer jointly developed with Polyphony Digital Inc. and is Mazda’s newest virtual race car in Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 driving simulation title, Gran Turismo Sport.
The original cabin and doors of the car were in accordance with GT3 regulations, with the front and rear track width expanded and wheel arch width increased. It features a large bonnet air outlet to improve both aerodynamics and engine bay cooling, and front and rear spoilers and a rear diffuser increase downforce. In addition, both ride height and overall vehicle height had been reduced to optimize aerodynamic performance. To lighten the weight, Mazda took out a number of materials and interior parts which also resulted in a lower center of gravity.
Powering the car is a front midships-mounted, next-generation Skyactiv-R, 4-rotor 570 PS rotary engine, giving it an ideal 48:52 front-rear weight distribution. Inside, Mazda’s attention to cockpit ergonomics were designed to improve operability under harsh race conditions.
To celebrate Mazda’s 100th Anniversary, it will host the RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT Time Trial Challenge together with Sony Interactive Entertainment Corporation. This challenge will be implemented online within “Gran Turismo SPORT,” exclusive for the PlayStation 4 from May 22, 2020 (Friday) 15:00 to June 5, 2020 (Friday) 23:59 Japan time and will be held globally. The race course will be Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and prices will be given to the 1st to 3rd place finishers in the World Time Rankings at the end of the competition period.
The challenge is open to all players who have a networked PlayStation 4, Gran Turismo SPORT and an account for PlayStation Network to participate.
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