► Jaguar’s latest virtual hypercar
► 0-60mph in 1.65 seconds
► Could be a launch game
We’re still waiting for a release date for Gran Turismo 7, but here’s a look at one of the cars you’ll be able to drive in it. Jaguar has revealed the Vision Gran Turismo SV, an all-electric endurance car designed by the brand for the Gran Turismo franchise. That means it’s not a real car, though Jag’s designers have produced a full-scale model.
It looks familiar?
It does, doesn’t it? That’s because it’s essentially a tweaked version of the Vision Gran Turismo revealed earlier in the year – another one-off just for GT Sport. At 5540mm the SV is 861mm longer than the Vision – and the extra length comes from a tail designed to generate further downforce.
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‘When the design team behind the Vision GT Coupé were asked to create the ultimate electric gaming endurance racer for Gran Turismo,’ said Julian Thomson, design director at Jaguar. ‘They worked with engineers from SV and Jaguar Racing to create something really special.’
Jaguar says the car was ‘fully engineered in the virtual world’ with aerodynamics tweaked using simulation tools. Design-wise it riffs on the old Vision GT Coupe, but includes nods to the C-type, D-type, XJR-9 and XJR-14 – that’ll keep gamers and old motorsport fans happy.
It’s not clear if the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV was engineered to the same lifelike degree as the forthcoming iR-01 from iRacing, but it certainly looks good.
What’s it powered by?
Well, the Sony PlayStation 5 where the car exists is powered by a 3.5GHz, 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor – but Jaguar says the SV is powered by three-electric motors. That all adds up to 1877bhp of power and a tarmac-ripping 2478lb ft of torque. The Vision Gran Turismo SV should take 1.65 seconds to hit 60mph from a standstill, and V-max is 255mph – in Gran Turismo, of course.
‘The team didn’t just achieve that target – they exceeded it, developing a virtual electric car which really could compete successfully in the extremes of 24-hour endurance racing,’ added Jamal Hameedi, engineering director of Jaguar SV. ‘Not only that, they were able to see their work in the virtual world, turned into reality with the production of the stunning full-scale model which will no doubt excite gamers about what’s to come in Gran Turismo.’
You’ll be able to drive the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV when Gran Turismo 7 comes out, which is still TBC.