Delorean Motor Company was known for its rather crazy DMC-12 road car, which was propelled to fame through the “Back to the Future” series. After some major controversy, DMC folded in 1982, with no successor to the DMC-12.
Now, Polyphony Digital has been hard at work, reviving John DeLorean’s brainchild, in what will be one of the craziest Vision Gran Turismo vehicles yet: The DMC-WX1 Vision GT. I’m not going to call this a “car”, because it has no wheels!
“When I first heard of the concept of the DMC-WX1 from Zachary DeLorean (John’s adopted son), I thought that he was totally insane,” stated Kazunori Yamauchi, founder of Polyphony Digital. “However, when he started explaining his idea, I saw a challenge; a way to push the Gran Turismo physics engine to the limits.”
Polyphony Digital did not know how to recreate a flying vehicle for Gran Turismo, so they went to former developers from SCE Studio Liverpool, which folded in 2012. They were most known for making the widely popular Wipeout series for Playstation, which featured vehicles similar to the DMC-WX1 concept. Together, they helped rewrite the physics code for Gran Turismo 7, which is set to be released in 2016 or 2017.
“With this new physics code, our opportunities are limitless,” Kaz said in an interview, “We will be able to bring whole new types of vehicles to Gran Turismo. Think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Podracers from Star Wars, and even the Magic School Bus!” Kaz continued to elaborate on the possibilities, which included applications in Tourist Trophy 2: “We can do speeder bikes, and even the hoverboard from Back To The Future 2!”
This is a very exciting announcement, bound to make for some very interesting races in Gran Turismo 7. What are your thoughts on the DMC-WX1 Vision GT? Let us know in the comments!