Game: Gran Turismo Sport
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: 17/10/2017
Jaguar has become the latest car maker to design a vehicle for the Gran Turismo games, via its stunning Vision Gran Turismo Coupe concept.
Set to be added to Gran Turismo Sport for free by the end of November, the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe is billed as “a futuristic Jaguar sports car” that embodies “the ultimate expression of Jaguar DNA”.
It’s also, on paper, an incredibly fast machine. Jaguar claims the three electric motors (one on the front axle, and one for each rear wheel) produce a combined 1,005 horsepower and 885 lb ft of torque, which permit a 0-62mph time of under two seconds and a 200mph+ top speed.
While the car is claimed to be a futuristic take on a Jaguar racing vehicle, the car maker has referenced some of its historic models from the past. For example, the exterior is said to be inspired by the Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-Type and D-Type sports cars, and the minimalist cabin is supposedly modelled on the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type’s interior.
Those callbacks even extend to the noises the car makes. Instead of the hums and whirrs of an electric motor, the Jaguar instead has a “unique soundscape” based on recordings of a 3.8-litre six cylinder racing engine from a Jaguar D-Type.
Jaguar’s design director Julian Thomson said: “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. 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.”
Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi added: “We are delighted to today announce the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo project. It was a great experience for us to work with Julian Thomson who is the new design director now at Jaguar. The design and performance of this car is a result of the team’s skill, craftsmanship, and long years of collaborations together. We look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.”