How would the fastest racing car look if it could be built without any rules and regulations? According to Kazunori Yamauchi, the producer of Gran Turismo, the answer to that question is the Red Bull X1 prototype. And what would the specs of the mighty race car be? Light as a feather (545kg) and powerful like a bull (gas turbine, 1483bhp @ 15,000RPM and 527lb ft @ 12,000RPM) with a continuously variable rear-wheel drive transmission.
Let’s go a little further with the theory. If the X1 were to exist and run Suzuka Circuit, it would crack off a lap time of 1:11 sec. That’s 20 sec faster than today’s F1 cars!
To ensure that the Red Bull X1 Prototype wasn’t just someone’s wet dreams thrown on paper, this race car was developed by two of the most highly esteemed Formula 1 aerodynamicists, Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel, who current share second place in F1.
Here we can see another thing that helps the X1 to be a unique one-off race car: “Vacuum cleaner” which increases low speed downforce.