When car designers are allowed to work with no financial or safety constraints they are able to create unbelievable vehicles. Case in point: the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept the latest Vision Concept to make it to Gran Turismo 6.
Developed by Mazda studios in Japan and the United States the concept pays homage to the brand’s 787B race car, which famously won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1991. As you may recall, that was the year in which the screaming 787B took home first place on the podium with the number 55. The victory ensured Mazda a place in motorsport history as both the first Japanese company to win the event, and the first rotary-engined car to do it.
Maeda says the design was approached in the same way Mazda tackles complex issues.
“At Mazda, we have always felt that meeting challenges is an important part of who we are. You could say it’s part of our heritage,” he noted.
So far there are no details on what engine powers the LM55, but based on the acoustics from the video and the fact that no SKYACTIV Mazda engines are yet rotary, it’s possible the LM55 is propelled by a four-cylinder turbo.
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global design chief, oversaw the design of the LM55 and its swooping, aerodynamic lines appear as though a silk cloth was draped over the skeleton of a race car – chassis, engine, wheels – then solidified in carbon fiber to ensure maximum torsional rigidity.
With a super-lower rear end, the design blends “agility with elegance” according to Mazda. The design also adheres to the company’s KODO (translated: soul of motion) design language seen on all its passenger vehicles, from the Mazda2 city car to the CX-9 large SUV.
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