Jaguar has unveiled an all-electric virtual sports car – the Vision Gran Turismo Coupé – as part of the line-up for the popular Gran Turismo Sport video game series.
The electric GT Coupé has been designed and developed from the ground up as an all-wheel drive race car with design inspiration taken from iconic Le mans winning models like the C-type and the D-type, while technical aspects are based on the I-Type 4 Formula E and I-Pace eTrophy racing cars.
“This project has been completely led by our young designers and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to create a vehicle steeped in our incredible heritage but pushing the boundaries of future design,” says Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director. “The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past,” he adds.
Gamers will get to enjoy virtual output and performance figures of 1,020 horsepower (750kW) of power, 1,200Nm of torque, and a 0-100kph time of less than two seconds. Imagined as a lightweight sportscar with a light and stiff monocoque made from carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys, Jaguar Vision GT Coupé weighs just 1,400kg in the virtual world and delivers near 50:50 weight distribution.
“The opportunity to take what we have learned on the track from our time in Formula E and apply it to a futuristic Jaguar race car has been a great challenge for the Jaguar Racing engineers,” says James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing. “With its all-electric motor design drawing on the technology from both the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 and eTROPHY race cars, we have accurately modelled the performance of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé in the virtual world, creating a car that will be exhilarating to drive and a real threat to the competition,” he adds.
The interior blends the brand’s heritage styling with its contemporary design language. The cockpit has been designed to wrap around the driver, much like Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-types. It also features augmented reality digital side glass for enhanced vision and a transparent information cluster ahead of the driver, displaying three-dimensional information inspired by Smiths gauges. “We’ve really pushed the limit to imagine how a future Jaguar sports car interior could look. The architecture is visually lightweight, simple, and dramatic; featuring advanced and experimental materials and finishes. Sitting in the stunningly considered cockpit and looking out onto the gracefully long bonnet of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé – a view that is unmistakably Jaguar – the player will be fully immersed in the action,” says Chris Shaw, Interior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design.
The Jaguar Vision GT will be available for players to download in Gran Turismo Sport for Sony PlayStation 4 from the end of November and was first driven by competitors in the latest round of Sony’s Gran Turismo World Tour event at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, from 26-27 October.