Four years after its reveal at the launch of Gran Turismo 5 in Madrid, the Red Bull X2010 still pulls a crowd… as witnessed by the draw it had at the Festival of Speed. But it wasn’t just fans who were in the queue to see it – President of Polyphony Digital Kazunori Yamauchi was also on hand.
With its smoothed wheels and glass canopy, the X2010 was designed as the ultimate Formula One car free from the regulations of the real world. Adrian Newey was responsible for the shape. Its obvious aero is a significant departure from F1, making it arguably the Mercedes W156 Streamliner of the modern era – albeit one that will never race against its open-wheeled rivals. The X2010 is also available for GT6, and has now been joined by the X2014 (below).
One of the people putting the digital X2010 through its paces was Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough. He was getting some practice in 30 minutes before he took to the hill for real. He said of the X2010: “I’ve driven the latest iteration on 6 and it’s like an F1 car times 10. It’s so fast and you really have to be so dextrous and so quick witted to get the car around the circuit and it’s a definite challenge to pilot that car well.”
If it’s a challenge for him, it must be tough…