這幾天各大媒體都在紛紛報導有關於 Mercedes-Benz 為遊戲《Gran Turismo 6》所打造的新款超級概念跑車 AMG Vision Gran Turismo，而 Mercedes-Benz 於日前 11 月 19 日在位於加州桑尼韋爾市的新研發中心內為該款 AMG Vision Gran Turismo 進行了發佈儀式。由於該車款是專為《Gran Turismo 6》而設的概念車，同時 Mercedes-Benz 也不打算生產，而為了此番的開幕儀式上所見到的是一台以 1 : 1 打造出來的實車車型。
HYPEBEAST 同時也藉此機會與當天也有出席揭幕儀式的 AMG Vision Gran Turismo 設計師 Kazunori Yamauchi 進行了一次簡短的訪問，據 Kazunori Yamauchi 所講，他也是在當天才親眼開看到該款 1 : 1 的實車車型。就在他用相機為車型拍照的時候，同時也抽出時間與我們的編輯同事分享了他本人與《Gran Turismo》遊戲系列的一些故事，並且講述了對未來遊戲的一些展望。
For those that aren’t familiar with your work, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Kazunori Yamauchi and I’ve been the producer for the driving simulation game Gran Turismo for the past 20 or so years.
How have the last 20 years been for you?
Since each of the titles, from GT1 to the current one we are working on, GT6, it’s pretty much been no rest. I don’t even think I’ve had an actual weekend for the past 20 year ha-ha.
I heard that this is your first time seeing the actual physical version of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo. What are your thoughts on it?
I’ve seen the CG version of this car over and over again, but seeing it today, I’m really amazed at the quality of it. It’s above what I expected, and that’s already with a pretty high set bar.
It was mentioned that well before you even knew what the car would look like, you needed specs and technical data on the Vision in order to start the game developing on it. How did Mercedes facilitate your request, and how did you get them involved with the project?
Well, I initially reached out to a few manufacturers asking if they would make a Gran Turismo for Gran Turismo. A few got back to be saying that they would love to. What impressed me about Benz was that when I arrived at their design facility in Stuttgart, they literally had hundreds of designs of this car on this wall. They had their teams from all over the world to submit their designs for my request. They were really keen on this project and had so many people involved up until just one was selected.
I mean, this is the final design, but we are still working on the finishing touches at our studios. They made it that good.
There’s no denying the cult-like following of the Gran Turismo series. Could you tell us more about how things are going with the franchise, especially with the move to the next generation of consoles? With such attention-to-detail on the driving experience for each of the games, will things become more challenging as the demands increase?
I think moving from PS3 to PS4 actually makes development easier. The PS3 was a special type of hardware that required tweaking, but the PS4 is more plain and straightforward. Better graphics just bring make the experience that much more closer to the real thing.
Any last words regarding this experience and with GT6 coming soon?
I mean, either way, I am happy to see a beautiful car like this come out to the world today. It reminds us that cars are a beautiful thing.