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Mazda puts Le Mans heritage on display with LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car

Playable in Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 right now

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Mazda's Christmas gift to the world of racing fanatics has been revealed as the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept supercar. It joins a growing cadre of outlandishly designed vehicles that car manufacturers have been contributing to Gran Turismo 6 since the game's release last year. Challenged by Polyphony Digital chief Kaz Yamauchi to produce their grandest vision for the ideal Gran Turismo racing car, marques like Mercedes-Benz and Toyota have responded with enthusiasm and even built real-world mockups to show off the undulating curves of their supremely aerodynamic concept autos. Mazda's approach is even more focused on the racing aspect, as the company has taken its 1991 Le Mans win as the basis for the LM55 concept that it's now added to the Gran Turismo 6 roster. Carbon fiber components and a monocoque chassis form the basis for an aggressive design that has "blended agility with elegance."

To give the LM55 a test drive, download the latest update for Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3 and browse to the Vision GT car menu, which also includes all the other Vision Gran Turismo supercars introduced so far.

Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo renders