All-electric Jaguar racecar debuts in Gran Turismo
Ever since the Gran Turismo series began, it’s provided a great platform for manufacturers to show off what they could do. In the past, we’ve seen everything from previews of the Chiron through the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo and the hilariously whacky Daihatsu Copen RJ Vision Gran Turismo.
The latest brand to show off what it can do without the real-world restrictions of money and manufacturing is Jaguar. The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé is an all-electric racecar that is said to be inspired both by classic models like the D-Type, but also by modern racers like the I-Pace eTrophy.
Both of these rather different muses are evident when looking at the model. The long, curvaceous body certainly reflects the GT racers of yesteryear whereas the more subtle design features such as the lights, grilles and stance all have an air of Jaguar’s current design language. From the rear end, one can even see a hint of the C-X75 Bond villain car.
This unique balance between classic shaping and modern details is the result of a youngster’s touch. In fact, the entire project was led by Jaguar’s younger designers.
As for the interior, it’s very much a story of simplicity and modernity. According to Chris Shaw, one of Jaguar’s interior designers, this ethos is so that “the player will be fully immersed in the action.” In fact, the layout of all the instruments around the driver makes for a very focused environment.
That concentration will most definitely be required when trying to tame such a beast. The drivetrain is made up of three electric motors giving an equivalent of 1,006hp and 1,200Nm. This power is sent to all four wheels thanks to a somewhat standard setup of two motors on the rear axle and one of the front.
With a lightweight design delivering a 50:50 weight distribution, the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé is able to hit 60mph from a standstill in under two seconds. If the driver’s right foot is kept buried, it’ll hit a top speed in excess of 200mph. That acceleration is mainly down to the car’s immense torque, but a total weight of just 1,400kg will also play its part.
Although the virtual Jag was unveiled during this weekend’s Gran Turismo World Tour event in Tokyo, GTSport players will have to wait until the end of November to try it out in the comfort of their own homes.
Beyond that, Jaguar have confirmed that this electric powerhouse will never make a real-world debut, as the British marque say the Vision Gran Turismo Coupé is purely for the game. Sad to see really, as with the emergence of cars like the Lotus Evija, and the ongoing development at Rimac, this car really would have been epic in the flesh.