Just a couple of days after the big Gran Turismo 7 launch announcement video, Porsche has released its own brand-focused, independent game trailer, and it contains something of a mystery.
Originally published by Porsche Japan and then subsequently appearing on the main Porsche Facebook page, the clip features a lot of what we saw in the full launch trailer, only edited to show nothing but Porsche.
That said, there are also a couple of additional sequences not in the main GT7 trailer. One, appended to the clip of the Jaguar XJ13 and Porsche 917K at Le Mans, actually shows us the Shelby Cobra Daytona and Ferrari 330 P4 in the distance, but the other — right at the very end — has us scratching our heads.
It’s just over a second long, and features a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, as added to GT Sport back in 2019, running at the Tokyo Expressway city circuit. Then, over the course of about five frames, a second car emerges from behind the Taycan before the clip ends with the GT7 logo.
As yet, we’ve not been able to identify this mystery Porsche; all we have to go on is the off-side headlight, with the signature quad-LED Porsche pattern, though it sits very low to the road indeed.
There’s several possibilities here, the most likely of which is the Porsche Vision GT that hasn’t actually been revealed yet. That’s the car we’ve seen for the past 15 months in the blue portion of the GT7 concept cover artwork, though it’s never shown anything more than a rear three-quarter angle to date so this would be a first look at the front end.
That’s not the only car it could be though, with plenty of other vehicles in the Porsche concept stable that could make it into the game.
Though not entirely matching the sketch above, one candidate is the Porsche LMDh car which the company is readying for WEC and IMSA in 2023. We don’t know what that car will actually look like, but a race car with very low slung headlights would fit the image. The LMDh would also run endurance races at Le Mans and Daytona, and both circuits are confirmed for GT7.
As revealed last year, the Porsche Unseen concept car collection might also provide an answer. It’s not the Vision 920, which actually bears a hidden GT logo, as that car doesn’t use the quad-LED lights, and we can probably rule out the 919 Street due to its proportions. However the Mission E concept below might also fit in.
Whatever the mystery car’s identity though, it’s clear that the relationship between Porsche and Gran Turismo is continuing for GT7, and we’ve got plenty to look forward to next March.