Jaguar has revealed a new model designed for the Gran Turismo video game, which could offer a glimpse of its future electric sports car design.
The Vision Gran Turismo Coupé concept is the latest addition to the virtual motorsport title, and will be available for players to download from the end of December. Jaguar has expressed no intention of bringing it to production in real life, however.
The concept is said to have been “designed and developed from the ground up, taking inspiration from the brand’s incredible racing lineage”, with its historic C-Type and D-Type racers listed as styling influences. The coupé’s powertrain, while not taken from any one real model, is based on that featured in the firm’s I-Type and I-Pace electric racers.
The virtual model packs a combined 1006bhp and 885lb ft from three high-output electric motors, one driving the front axle and two at the rear, which is enough to push it from zero to 62mph in under two seconds, and on to a top speed of over 200mph. There has been no indication of a hypothetical range figure.
In terms of its design, the concept takes clear inspiration from the current F-Type, with visual references to previous Jaguar concepts, including the 2013 C-X75 supercar. It is constructed using a range of experimental lightweight materials, with a carbonfibre monocoque tub at its core helping to achieve a 1400kg kerb weight and near-50:50 weight distribution.
The concept’s roofline is low to the ground, and a swooping rear deck and domed glass cabin feature for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. An active rear wing is said to “optimise energy efficiency while generating the perfect amount of downforce”.
Further retro-inspired design touches include a vintage-style grille that features Jaguar’s ‘Leaper’ mascot, and twin rear charging sockets as a reference to the first-generation XJ saloon.
The retro-modern theme continues inside, where Gran Turismo players can make use of an on-board artificial-intelligence system called Kitt-E, which uses hologram technology to display three-dimensional maps and telemetry. Augmented-reality digital glass can alert the driver to unseen dangers, while a transparent information cluster allows for a clearer view of the road ahead.