litre twin-turbo V6
The Red Bull X1 concept race car was one of the vehicles
which featured in the Gran Turismo 5 racing game.
The entirely theoretical vehicle will be the fastest and
most powerful car in the game. Basically it will defy
all current engineering capabilities, and offer the sort
of performance only a futuristic Formula 1 car can offer.
Red Bull have enrolled the help of one of their F1 drivers,
Sebastian Vettel, in order to help show off the car's
capabilities by getting him to take the car to the limits
in a dedicated racing simulator.
Power for the Red Bull X1 comes from a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged
V6 - which sounds fairly reasonable. But the peak power
output of 1,483 hp @ 15,000 rpm is bordering on crazy.
The performance figures are equally ludicrous. The X1
tops out at 280 mph, hits 60 mph in just 1.4 seconds,
gets to 120 mph in 2.8 seconds, and can generate cornering
forces of 8.25G! That's similar to the current generation
of fighter jets!
All of this would be deeply impressive if the Red Bull
X1 were to exist in more than just the digital world.
But if it were to be made, and I hope it is, Red Bull
would have to build one of the most powerful cars on the
planet, and then package it into a vehicle weighing just
615 kgs (1,356 lbs).
In the styling department, the Red Bull X1 looks like
a cross between a Caparo T1 and the Red Bull F1 car. There's
wings, vents and spoilers all over the place, and for
improved aerodynamics there's an enclosed cockpit with
an aircraft-style canopy.
Red Bull X1 dimensions:
Length: 4.75 m (187 inches)
Width: 2.18 m (86 inches)
Height: 0.98 m (38.5 inches)