jaguar has created an all-electric hypercar that packs 1,020hp, tops out over 200mph and can get to 62mph in under two seconds. the british automaker announced the vision GT coupé on friday (october 25, 2019), a low-slung racer whose only unfortunate spec is that it will exist only in the playstation 4 game ‘gran turismo sport.’
the jaguar coupé is part of the six-year-long vision gran turismo project, a challenge by the creators of the gran turismo racing game series to manufacturers to design their ideal grand touring cars. available only in pixel form, it started off as a way to celebrate the game’s fifteenth anniversary and has since every year created some excellent concept cars.
jaguar’s team of designers were given complete creative freedom to develop the perfect proportions and beautiful surfaces of this virtual jaguar of the future. inspired by jaguar’s I-TYPE 4 and eTROPHY racecars, the virtual EV boasts three powerful, compact motors producing 1,020hps (750 kW), propelling gamers from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds.
the C-type, D-type and E-type, have influenced the form and graphics of the jaguar vision GT coupé. radical front fenders are reminiscent of the C-type, the epic plan shape is inspired by the ‘long nose’ D-type, and the fast and elegant cabin hints at the lightweight E-type.
the virtual sports EV is crafted from experimental lightweight materials, with the light and stiff monocoque made from carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys. the lightweight construction ensures the jaguar vision gt coupé weighs just 1,400kg and delivers near 50:50 weight distribution.
the vision gt coupé is the first jaguar to feature the iconic leaper on the front grille. elsewhere the historic references continue with the twin-charging sockets flanking the rear haunches, inspired by jaguar’s revolutionary 1968 XJ saloon.
‘we are delighted to today announce the jaguar vision gran turismo project,’ says kazunori yamauchi, gran turismo creator and president of polyphony digital inc. ‘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, craftmanship, and long years of collaborations together. we look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.’
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,’ julian thomson, design director, jaguar. ‘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.’
the jaguar vision gran turismo coupé will be available for players to download in gran turismo sport for sony playstation 4 from the end of november.