They tried with a port of Hard Drivin' but the project got eventually cancelled. IIRC it was actually smoother than the Genesis port for whatever reason.
They took clues from the Sonic R dev team.
And this is where it originates from: /watch?v=aIP73xIAPLU
Isn't the first 3D Disney movie Tron (1982, released by Walt Disney Pictures)?
Whoever it was, I loved him.
Also, I did not expect Slowbeef to have a beard like that at all. (And it is gorgeous.)