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Fiat Chrysler develops SRT concept for Gran Turismo

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

The high-performance SRT team of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles developed a new supercar for the "Gran Turismo 6" video game.

The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, which FCA US released video and teaser images of Friday, is a single-seat hybrid powertrain concept vehicle that features an aggressive design with exposed carbon fiber, Viper-like hoodscoop, sleek lights and five center-mounted exhaust pipes.

"It has guts to it," says head of Dodge and SRT Design Mark Trostle in the 57-second teaser video. "We worked to make sure that it pushed the envelope."

A company spokesperson would not comment on if Fiat Chrysler is looking to produce a vehicle like the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo. Fiat Chrysler produced a small model of the vehicle and sketches but didn't produce a full-scale, functioning concept vehicle.

Fiat Chrysler plans to show the digital vehicle to journalists on Tuesday with the help of Gran Turismo developer Kazunori Yamauchi, a professional racer and president of Polyphony Digital Inc., a Sony video game development studio that produces the game.

The vehicle will be released exclusively in Gran Turismo 6 this summer. The car was created through the Vision Gran Turismo project, which invited automakers to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the franchise by designing vehicles for the popular racing video game.

Crosstown rival General Motor Co. last year revealed a concept race car created through the Vision Gran Turismo project at the Los Angeles Auto Show called the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) concept. It was digitized and is one of the cars gamers can drive the video game. Yamauchi was at the unveiling.

Other auto brands to partner with the Vision Gran Turismo project include Volkswagen, Lexus, MINI, Mazda, Infiniti, Subaru, Toyota, Nissan and BMW.

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