Kimura KRD Vision Gran Turismo
Kimura, founded in 1949 as Hokkaido Motor Company, was always famed for their affordable, reliable, and practical cars with a kick of sportiness injected in every model. With their growing car lineup, Kimura finds new ways to innovate and clear a path into the future of automotive design. In 2017, Kimura unveiled the Asura supercar; utilizing the most advanced technology ever seen in a Kimura, with an F1-derived 3.8 Liter V10 producing 639 PS, carbon-fiber bodywork, and an advanced traction management and electronics system, Asura proved to be the next step in the world of Kimura. Now, we present our latest creation; the “KRD Vision Gran Turismo”.
KRD, Kimura’s sports development division, represents the most balanced way to get affordable performance in a comfortable and practical package. However, the KRD Vision Gran Turismo is a pure-bred super Grand Tourer. Designed with input from Kimura’s Super GT GT500 team and Kimura’s F1 team, the front-mid engine, rear-wheel drive KRD Vision Gran Turismo was designed to be the purest form of a driving experience, unhindered by the extreme amounts of technology that lays underneath.
Designed in collaboration from 3 of Kimura’s design studios; Sapporo Design in Sapporo, Japan, KPA Design in Pasadena, California, and Kimura Design Europe in Hamburg, Germany; hundreds of proposals were sent. In the end, Kimura decided to make an amalgamation of the designs with a major focus on the Pasadena design, with mechanical focus from Sapporo. Design inspiration was taken from a multitude of vehicles; Kimura’s F1 cars, of course, were a major inspiration, but in fact many classic Kimura automobiles were equally important. Heavy inspiration was taken from the 60’s Kimura sports car K-C series, as well as sports car Helruna, Le Mans racers, and super car Asura. With a classically proportioned, long-hood short-deck 2-seater body, the KRD Vision Gran Turismo has road presence never seen before from a Kimura. Sculpted haunches accentuate the edgy yet refined look of the concept. Featuring the now-iconic falcon headlights, the KRD Vision Gran Turismo is surely one of the most recognizable Kimura concepts. Carbon fiber canards and splitters up front create real downforce on the concept; among the rear are vents which funnel hot air from the brakes out. A complex rear diffuser creates even more downforce, and an electronically controlled rear spoiler also helps form negative lift in the vehicle. Butterfly doors add dramatic effect to the already intense look of the machine, revealing a sporty, two-tone interior which can be configured in any color combination in the world of Gran Turismo.
Naturally, the KRD Vision Gran Turismo is not simply a design showcase. In fact, 5 fully functional prototypes exist for the purpose of furthering the technological advancements in Kimura. The concept has a modified version of the Asura’s 3.8 Liter V10 which has been modified to produce an extreme 711 HP at a screaming 9100 RPM and 431 lb-ft at 8200 RPM. This is not an engine in which is easy to deal with; it’s difficult powerband makes the driver work and relinquish in the full sound of all 10 cylinders firing in unison as it snaps through the gears, speed climbing rapidly. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed Dual-Clutch transmission with and an electronic differential. With extensive use of carbon fiber in the body panels, wheels, driveshaft, interior, and other elements, the weight of the KRD Vision Gran Turismo is kept down to a svelte 1390 kg. Active Suspension can adjust the suspension settings by microns in milliseconds in order to achieve the perfect ratio between sporty driving dynamics and lap times. A slight front weight bias means that with a driver in the car, the cabin can shift for optimum weight distribution. These factors combine allow for an exhilarating driving experience that cannot be found in any other but a Kimura.
The Kimura KRD Vision Gran Turismo will continues to carve paths for Kimura, and we hope to see records being broken memories being created with the introduction of our concept.