On Friday, October 30, the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 will open. There are two big highlights to our booth this year: one is the technical demo of the Gran Turismo 6 motion simulator we are developing in cooperation with Access Inc.; the other is an exhibit of movies and panels for the numerous Vision Gran Turismo projects that were presented to everyone starting from 2013 as a 15th Anniversary celebration project.
In the field of racing simulators, various manufacturers are pursuing realism using a variety of different approaches. How to make someone experience the feeling of a realistically simulated G-Force? The Access Simulator “ACSIM-S07F” developed in collaboration with us is a powerful, luxurious system using 7 actuating cylinders. The 4 cylinders connected to the mainframe are used to simulate roll and pitch, and on the back of the bucket seat there are 2 cylinders which enables three-dimensional movement. The 7th cylinder, situated horizontally at the bottom of the seat back, is the particular element to this system: it’s the unit added to simulate the feeling of traction.
This traction is simulated by moving the bottom of the seat back (the hips of the driver). The movements of this single cylinder conveys the feel of “tail slides”, an important piece of information for a driver. The seat itself never moves in a real car, but they are expressing this feel in a unique approach.
In addition, the brake system using hydraulics will actually operate a caliper through a real master cylinder when pressure is applied on the boot pedal, conveying the exactly same feeling of a racing car. So, compared to a typical home steering system, brake control is sensitive and heavy. Being a very expensive simulator unit, there aren’t many opportunities to experience it normally, so if you are visiting the Motor Show please visit the Gran Turismo booth located to the right of the central gate, at the Event Plaza!
In this motion simulator, you can test drive Toyota’s new generation “S-FR” light weight sports concept, presented for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, in a special limited edition of Gran Turismo 6 specifically made for the show.
* The motion simulator presented at the Gran Turismo booth is a special development prototype, and the S-FR is planned for inclusion in a future version of the Gran Turismo series.
In one of the big screens at the show, you will also be able to watch the trailer for the recently announced PlayStation®4-exclusive “Gran Turismo SPORT”, the highly anticipated next instalment of the “Gran Turismo” series.
Meanwhile at the Nissan booth (West Exhibition Hall 2), the full-scale model of the “Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo” will be displayed for the first time in a new exterior body color, “Fire Knight”. Moreover, the design of the front section has been further refined in this version. Though this version will not be included in Gran Turismo 6, you can drive it in the demo installed at the Nissan booth.
44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 details
Public days: October 30 (Friday) – November 8 (Sunday)
Location: Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo-to, Koto ku, Ariake 3-11-1)
Gran Turismo booth details
Booth location: Event Plaza, to the right of the Tokyo Big Sight central gate
Booth content: Vision Gran Turismo movies/panel exhibit
Gran Turismo 6 technical demo experience using a motion simulator