Red Bull X1 Real-Life Model Revealed

IDC Models released a time-lapse video of the build of the Red Bull X1 Prototype. Back in September, Sony and Red Bull entered a partnership that would spawn the ultimate virtual racing car, the X1 Prototype, which will be playable in Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5.

With no rules to conform to or boundaries to push, the X1 racer had a 1479 hp twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, boosting the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.4 seconds and to 200 mph (322 km/h) in 6.1 seconds. The car is capable of reaching a top speed of 280 mph (450 km/h). Naturally, this monster engine is not featured in the 4.75 meters (187 inches) long and 2.2 meters (86 inches) wide concept, the model being built with the purpose of a show car.

IDC Models built the car in 4 weeks, with each model section having been CNC (computer numerical controlled) machined and then fitted together and finished to give a seamless surface finish. The manufacturing process was highly automated using computer-aided design.

Building this model was a fantastic challenge in so many ways. To build a car of this size and detail from scratch in just four weeks required all our model making techniques and rapid prototyping technologies,” says Head of IDC Models, Vincent O’Horo. “After all the long hours and intense effort, the whole team is immensely proud of this amazing achievement and our involvement in such an exciting project for Red Bull.

Red Bull Racing F1 star Sebastian Vettel virtually test-drove the X1 around Suzuka and beat the lap record by more than 20 seconds.

Adrian’s dream car handled brilliantly,” said F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel. “There are few tracks that reward bravery and commitment more than Suzuka and I can’t think of a better way to experience the pace and performance of the X1 Prototype than going through 130R at full throttle.

The modeling project has been documented by time-lapse photography, showing piece-by-piece how the X1 Prototype has taken shape to its landmark final form. Scroll down to view the time-lapse video.

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