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Skoda has unveiled an outlandish electric single-seater concept for the Playstation racing game Gran Turismo.

The Skoda Vision Gran Turismo is a totally unique four-wheel-drive racer, designed to “attract new fans” to the Skoda brand, according to CEO Klaus Zellmer. 

The digital racer gets a 268bhp electric motor on each wheel for a combined output of 1072bhp and 752lb ft of torque, with Skoda claiming its 4WD system and active aerodynamics will enure “exceptional performance” under all track conditions. 

Power is drawn from an 87kWh lithium ion battery through a single-speed transmission. The 4WD layout optimises torque distribution between the two axles for better cornering performance, while a pushrod suspension system – similar to the one used in Formula E – is claimed to improve stability at high speeds, reduce body roll and lower the centre of gravity. 

It's claimed to weigh just 1300kg, helping to improve driving dynamics and efficiency. 

It also produces its own unique sound, created by Skoda's development and design team. 

While its exterior silhouette is a radical departure to Skoda’s current model line-up, the new concept draws heavy inspiration from the Skoda 1100 OHC Spider racer of 1957 while incorporating characteristics from the marque’s new Modern Solid design language - first previewed by the Skoda Vision 7S – that will be used for upcoming EVs. 

Measuring 4407mm long, 1947mm wide and just 949mm tall, the low-slung racer has an elongated body with sharp lines and defined edges.

It has a long, aerodynamically honed bonnet (similar to that of the 1100 OHC Spider), a narrow blanked-off front grille, T-shaped headlights and active aero components. 

The split rear wing, for example, deploys to ensure the car handles well while also taking into account performance and efficiency. 

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Its minimalist digital cockpit features a central driving position and a sports bucket seat designed to hug the driver’s body. The futuristic yoke-like steering wheel is finished in carbonfibre and was designed in collaboration with expert Gran Turismo gamers.

The steering wheel and button controls are all based on a professional gaming wheel, while directly above the yoke is a crystal stone that displays the car’s power meter. 

The Vision Gran Turismo will be available to drive from tomorrow (25 April), when developer Polyphony Digital plans to update the Gran Turismo 7 game. 

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips
Title: Staff Writer

Sam has been part of the Autocar team since 2021 and is often tasked with writing new car stories and more recently conducting first drive reviews.

Most of his time is spent leading sister-title Move Electric, which covers the entire spectrum of electric vehicles, from cars to boats – and even trucks. He is an expert in electric cars, new car news, microbility and classic cars. 

Sam graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2021 with a BA in Journalism. In his final year he produced an in-depth feature on the automotive industry’s transition to electric cars and interviewed a number of leading experts to assess our readiness for the impending ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars.

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