Anyone who has a preference for video games and also for cars will certainly not like titles Gran Turismo, Need for Speed or Force come round. In the latest title of the Gran Turismo series, there is a larger selection of vehicles that are shown in great detail, as well as special conversions and designs of cars that we know all too well from our everyday lives and not from the racetrack. This includes, for example VW Beetle Group 3 (GT3). This belongs to a series of vehicles in GT3 optics, which one would normally not associate with it and of course the Beetle fits perfectly into the scheme. The concept of the VW Beetle Group 3 now caught the attention of Jean Pierre Kraemer (JP Performance). He was so fascinated by the conversion that he apparently wanted to turn the concept into reality. The idea for this came up in May 2020, but the plan was published in the form of a video only recently - in November 2020 on his YouTube channel JP Performance.
VW Beetle Group 3
A 9500 Euro VW Beetle Turbo (pre-facelift), which was also heavily used, was used for the conversion. JP received support from Volkswagen, Sony, Prior Design and Polyphony Digital - the Los Angeles developer studio behind Gran Turismo. As far as the motorization is concerned, there are differences in the planned implementation. While the car in the video game (front-wheel drive) weighs 1200 kilograms, has a 2-liter TFSI with 591 hp and a dual clutch transmission (DSG), JP decided to convert to all-wheel drive and the 2.5 TFSI engine from the Audi RS3. In this respect, S-Tronic and Quattro technology are also installed. There are also some differences in the interior. This was completely redesigned specifically for the video game, which in reality would have resulted in far too high costs. As far as the external design is concerned, there are also drawbacks here: for example, no light strips are installed, but rather they should only be indicated in the form of a paintwork.
no chopping from the roof, but 22 inches ...
Furthermore, there is a very high probability that the roof will not be chopped or lowered. If we take a closer look at the data of the Beetle in the video game, we can conclude that the “normal” Beetle is 61 mm longer, 133 mm wider and 126 lower with a lowered roof. In addition, 22-inch rims and two tailpipes from the front fenders are used, which requires the doors to be adapted. In addition, the assembly of a large rear spoiler and a cage is planned. The paintwork should be the same as that of the video game. Only the sponsors should be adjusted. JP made a very interesting statement: Prior Design probably plans to bring the kit for the Beetle onto the market with TÜV in the future - How much will be taken over by JP's conversion is not yet clear. If we get more information about the planned changes to the Beetle, there is of course an update for this report. You will be informed of this if you simply use ours Feed subscribe to. Have fun watching the pictures and stay true to us!
Photos: JP Performance
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JP VW Beetle Group 3 from Gran Turismo!
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