Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Unveiled
Mazda is the only Japanese car manufacturer that has seen victory in the legendary 24-Hour Le Mans endurance race and judging by their new LM55 Vision Gran Turismo, it’s an accolade they’re extremely proud of.
Back in 1991, Mazda joined the racing elite and became the first, and only, Japanese car firm to achieve success at the Le Mans 24-Hour. Their winning car was the 787B, which was rotary-powered – another Le Mans first.
Obviously still extremely proud of their achievement, Mazda have created a Vision Gran Turismo car that is inspired by their Le Mans triumph.
The Mazda LM55 – which you can see in its full glory in the video at the end of this post – is the latest and, quite frankly, one of the most awesome-looking additions to the Vision Gran Turismo project.
We showed you Toyota’s FT-1 Vision GT concept back in August, which was rather good, but Mazda have raised the bar another notch with the LM55.
Even though it’s ultimately fictitious, the LM55 would apparently feature a powertrain that definitely wouldn’t be rotary-based. The company said the LM55 would boast: “advanced drive train technology that offers the epitome of power, efficiency and durability and the result is an exceptional power to weight ratio exceeding that of most cars in its class”. Sounds rather intriguing!
Is the LM55 the best Vision Gran Turismo project entry we’ve seen so far?
Decide for yourself by checking out the other awesome concept cars on the official Vision Gran Turismo page.
The following, rather Christmas-y, video from Mazda lauds the virtual accomplishment that is the LM55: