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Ford: the virtual P1 hypercar comes to life in the real world

Ford Hypercar P1 2021
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Ford gives life to the P1, a futuristic hypercar originally designed in the virtual wave.

Last August, at Gamescom 2020, a major international trade show dedicated to video games, Ford unveiled a virtual racing car called the ford P1. Designed in collaboration with the gamers themselves, this car is intended to eventually integrate a video game. In the meantime, here it is today… in reality.
A life-size model
Ford went from virtual to real by designing a life-size model of its futuristic racing car.

“While it is common to see real vehicles modeled in video games, this is the first time ever that a carmaker has brought a virtual car – which has not yet been presented in a game – to life with a physical version,” says the U.S. automaker.

A fighter plane for the runway

In reality, the car is therefore 4.73 m long, 2 m wide and 89.5 cm high. Logically, it has extremely sporty lines with prominent wings and sculpted flanks. Built around a monocoque structure, it also has a large, totally transparent canopy that, like on a fighter plane, protects the pilot and co-pilot.

Another special feature: the rear is completely exposed and pays homage to aerodynamics and modern competition cars.

As for the interior, it is minimalist. It simply features a race-style steering wheel with a large screen in the center for live data exchange with the team in the pits.

In the end, it took Ford only 7 weeks to make the P1 a reality…

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Written by senhaji

senhaji ’s obsession with cars passed the “unhealthy” mark long ago. From classics to modern performance cars, he loves anything with four wheels, especially if there’s an interesting story attached. When he’s not writing automotive news articles for High Gear Media, Stephen can often be found combing through local car shows for something he hasn’t seen before, and sharing the results with anyone on the Internet willing to pay attention. Stephen has a Master's degree in History from Clark University. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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