Red Bull X1 Prototype Gets Real, Set to Debut in Madrid

November 9th, 2010 by Jordan Greer

Much like Polyphony Digital’s Citroen GT, it looks like the Red Bull X1 Prototype will also be transitioning from the virtual world into reality – sort of. This is actually just a model, but these pictures from the latest edition of Evo Magazine make it easier to imagine what the real thing could actually look like.

According to Evo, first reports of the car’s gas turbine engine and continuously variable transmission were actually incorrect. Instead, it’s driven by an “F1-derived direct-injection 3-litre twin-turbo V6”, producing 1,483bhp at 15,000rpm and 526lb-ft. at 12,000rpm (that explains the sound heard in the first X1 gameplay video). This elaborate model will be unveiled to the world at the official GT5 Launch Party in Madrid, set to go down in just a few weeks.

Pick up a copy of the magazine at a newsstand near you for more. Thanks to Neal for the tip and the images!

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  1. Nov. 10, 11:39am

    either they’re not going to be release a date cause it’s kind of pointless now and just expect all of to know that it can be out on stores any day now.

  2. Nov. 10, 10:41am

    So.. who else keeps checking the front page every hour or so in the hopes of seeing in big bold lettering “FINAL RELEASE DATES RELEASED!!”

    or something similar..

    but alas..

    • Nov. 10, 11:04am

      At least 4 time a day

  3. Nov. 10, 10:06am

    still no confirmation on the release date which is strange as the game has been shipped over already for the shops.

  4. Nov. 10, 8:32am

    How about ‘GT5 release date get’s real’ and you can debut it NOW.

    • Nov. 10, 9:13am

      No doubt, you know I have plenty of patience with their ways of being secretive and quiet about the game and it’s features, but at this point with copies being pressed and ending up in peoples PS3 drives it boggles the mind why they can’t set the date. It will never be an overnight surprise like they want it to be, so I’m not sure if they’re still pondering the logistics part of it to make sure all copies make it to stores on time. I hope there is something they’re not sure about and that this is still a way of revving up excitement about this mysterious product. I’ve even been eagerly awaiting the Signature Edition to pop up on Germany’s Amazon which still hasn’t happened, even after their price has gone from 170 to 299 euros. Crazy that they can’t set things straight with their fans by now. But I still got more doses of patience left in me.

  5. Nov. 10, 5:51am

    This car is already getting on my nerves
    X1 = waitting period before GT5

    • Nov. 10, 6:48am

      Yeah.. that’s right.. i hate this ppl like Hideo Kojima.. that think is a regizor now.. and make the game like movies .. instead of working on, metal gear 4.. was a big delusion for me.. :(( and now Kaz.. creates this car :| is just a stupid game car! can’t be real. i love GT5 … but this things are getting on my nerves to..

    • Nov. 10, 6:56am

      The topic explicitly states “Red Bull X1 Prototype Real, Set to Debut in Madrid”. If you’re not interested in the X1, why bother clicking on this news page and commenting here?

      Some people actually think it’s an interesting exercise.

  6. Nov. 10, 5:18am

    First time I saw this thing I thought

    *Cyber Formula!!!*

    Now, I think

    *Definitely a Cyber Formula car!!!*

    • Nov. 10, 6:19am

      Yeah, that’s exactly what I think.

      The resemblance is uncanny. Now they just got to stick an engine in it and have two massive boosters!

  7. Nov. 10, 2:56am

    I still reckon it would it could only do a few laps before running out of fuel, so a slower (relatively, e.g. F1) may have a chance.

  8. Nov. 9, 10:56pm

    I WANT IT!!!

  9. Nov. 9, 9:59pm

    It’s amazing what you can do with just a slab of wood!

    • Nov. 9, 10:37pm

      That’s what she said!

  10. Nov. 9, 9:31pm

    So how do you change the tires? haha

    • Nov. 10, 8:51am

      Ya they better forge a close partnership with Bridgestone also to develop X3 tyres with at least half of it’s compound with materials from Mars. Everything from there is intended to withstand temperatures that exceeds that of sythetically produced rubbers. Heck, it would be in their best interest to partner NASA to get this concept of the ground.

  11. Nov. 9, 9:12pm
    Space Dynamics

    They would not do a 3.0 V6 IRL :U

  12. Nov. 9, 8:25pm

    I knew this thing was stored in a vault at RBR HQs lol There’s no way they built it JUST for the game. Kaz wants to revolutionize racing.

    • Nov. 9, 9:01pm

      B.S…this thing would break your neck “on the limit”

  13. Nov. 9, 7:35pm

    I hope their working on the engine not just the model.

  14. Nov. 9, 7:19pm

    Hey, I want a beer holder in it.

    oh, wait..

    • Nov. 9, 11:58pm

      Beer-holders are on both sides of your helmet :-D

  15. Nov. 9, 6:51pm

    Can anyone drive this car without dying if it’s built with the claimed spec? lol

    • Nov. 10, 8:18am

      You know that’s what’s kind of silly about this car. I mean who really wants to put their life at risk with those supposed speeds and g’s it would generate. Whichever track this car would be tested on in real life at it’s limit would have to have grass runoff for miles and a huge part of F1’s is that they’re built with incredible safety so that suspension arms and so fourth don’t penetrate the cockpit on heavy collisions. I’m not trying to talk down PD and RedBulls effort, cause it’s actually a proper partnership for bringing this thing to life and will probably end up in the Guiness Book of Records for highest lateral g’s created on land.

  16. Nov. 9, 5:40pm

    i want some more good news

  17. Nov. 9, 5:14pm
    Daniel Learmouth

    Awgh! I’ve just had an orgasm! Oooh!

    • Nov. 9, 5:43pm

      That sounds painful man. Take it easy

    • Nov. 9, 6:21pm
      Daniel Learmouth

      Too painful. Ow… THAT’S A MEASURE OF HOW BADLY I WANT THIS GAME! Come on Polyphony!!

    • Nov. 9, 6:21pm

      I was reading the text when my eyes wandered to the pictures and then HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG

  18. Nov. 9, 5:10pm

    Thats bonkers!

    • Nov. 9, 7:29pm

      And than some.

  19. Nov. 9, 5:09pm

    Tinted window. Must be standard.

    • Nov. 9, 9:48pm


  20. Nov. 9, 5:06pm

    Cool! That car looks awesome. Let’s see if Vettel can repeat his virtual lap time in real life :p

    • Nov. 9, 5:08pm

      Let’s see if vettel can keep his head on while doing that lap

  21. Nov. 9, 5:05pm

    3 LIter V6 Twin Turbo ? Can such an engine even produce 1485bhp ?

    • Nov. 9, 5:14pm

      The early(early eighties) F1 BMW engines produced about 1500hp from a single turbo 1,5Lt.

    • Nov. 9, 5:19pm

      They used to get 1500bhp out of the old 1.5l V6 turbos, and that’s 20yrs ago.!! As i recall, they were running over 3bar of boost which the drivers could tweak, kinda like brake bias now. So with modern manufacturing methods and materials, the X1 motor is probably pretty reliable with it’s power.

    • Nov. 10, 11:03am

      Actually they were 1,5lt 4 cylinder engines running at about 50 to 60psi(That is around 6 bar),the block came from the M10 engine which started life in the BMW 1500 from about 1961.

  22. Nov. 9, 5:00pm

    vroooooooooooooooooooom ! :D

  23. Nov. 9, 4:54pm

    That explains the sounds…

  24. Nov. 9, 4:43pm

    Not the most exciting car for me to drive, but its damn fast and i´d like to try it

  25. Nov. 9, 4:37pm

    Seems like the release date will fall on the same day as the launch party. Seems to all go together now. I really hope so. I’m guessing the release date will fall on a Tuesday, so it could be the Nov. 23rd, or 30th.

    • Nov. 9, 5:16pm

      the last launch party was scheduled a week before the alleged november 3rd release so it will probably be a week after the new sate, or thereabouts.

  26. Nov. 9, 4:37pm

    If they actually make this thing it would almost be worth a few years in jail to steal it and drive it for an hour or so. I’m not saying they’d catch you, but you would have to put fuel in sometime. ;)

  27. Nov. 9, 4:36pm

    So what is meant by model is that this is made of materials that are of no use to be driven on the track. Like plastics and so on? Or is this the real deal with the F1 engine housed beneath the body?

    • Nov. 9, 5:41pm

      Never mind, I see it clearly states it’s just a model so no engineering has gone into it.

    • Nov. 9, 8:04pm

      most the time their made of clay, not sure what they used to make this one. it maybe fiberglass.

    • Nov. 9, 9:46pm

      its definitely clay

    • Nov. 9, 11:42pm

      @whiteman Sup

    • Nov. 10, 7:59am

      @whiteman and blackman…gimme my land back

  28. Nov. 9, 4:34pm

    This model mock-up must have cost quite a fair penny.

    • Nov. 9, 11:53pm

      No problem, if you are a billionaire like the owner of RED BULL

  29. Nov. 9, 4:32pm

    I wouldn’t drive that thing on the ring with that low suspension. But track times on La Sarthe would be interesting

    • Nov. 9, 8:40pm
      I Love Omer


    • Nov. 9, 9:45pm

      just raise the ride height!

    • Nov. 9, 11:40pm
      I Love Dunavantj


    • Nov. 10, 10:02am
      I Love I Love Duna..

      +7 :S

  30. Nov. 9, 4:29pm

    wish it drove, can’t wait to see this thing on the track

  31. Nov. 9, 4:28pm

    Launch party seems to be on the new release date. I’m sure you’ve seen the images, and Amar.

  32. Nov. 9, 4:28pm

    The future is here. LOL

  33. Nov. 9, 4:28pm

    Only a matter a time before spy shots start appearing on the web of the X1 being tested on the ‘ring. At least I hope so!

    • Nov. 9, 7:07pm

      Not before it’s in the rest of our hands, the car would take a lot of work to unlock i imagine.

  34. Nov. 9, 4:28pm

    Nice!! No release date yet?

  35. Nov. 9, 4:28pm

    I wonder if that car is legal to drive on regular streets… :) Oh Sony. Now give us the release date before I …

    • Nov. 9, 6:36pm

      Without mirrors, it would be illegal to 90% of racing events too!

  36. Nov. 9, 4:27pm

    Batmobiles away! Looks gorgeous.

    • Nov. 9, 4:36pm
      With a Eg6

      Pwwwaaaaaaa ! The crumple zone is your faace

    • Nov. 9, 4:42pm

      Lol. You ARE the brakes!

    • Nov. 9, 5:42pm
      My Eg6 is better


    • Nov. 9, 5:53pm

      How come the chase view on the photo is so stiff????

    • Nov. 9, 6:51pm

      @WHAT? Yeah WHY? is that I wonder.. hmm.

    • Nov. 9, 7:50pm

      @WHY? What?

    • Nov. 9, 8:21pm

      @HUH? HUH?

    • Nov. 9, 8:25pm

      ^^^ you two why? and What? are stupid lol.

    • Nov. 9, 10:35pm

      @WHY? dude we’re really getting sick of you whining about that. Stop trolling. Everytime there’s a news post here you whine about that over and over. I even caught you whining about it on you tube also. If the chase cam was any less stiff, it would be even harder to see where exactly the car is pointed and thus very difficult to place the car. It already is hard enough to get fast times with that view. Nobody cares about you’re lame ass complain bro so stop crying like a little sissy. or in the words of Arnold AKA Detective John Kimball in kindergarten cop, STOP WHINING!!!

    • Nov. 9, 11:37pm

      @HugoStiglitz_420 Haha now look who’s whining, you just sounded like a bitch right there.
      I’m only typing what others are thinking, so you should keep your lame ass words to yourself next time and don’t bother typing about other people who you disagree with, that’s just straight bitching, it has to stop you heard.

    • Nov. 10, 12:11am

      this can only mean the game will be launching early december?

    • Nov. 10, 11:09am

      At least he isn’t using 3 different pseudonyms to talk to himself…

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