The Roadster concept was created for the video game Gran Turismo.
Jaguar has unveiled a new electric concept car for the upcoming video game Gran Turismo 7. The Vision Gran Turismo Roadster – a development of two previously revealed Vision GT concepts – is styled in the manner of a speedster.
- This is the open top version of the 2019 Vision Gran Turismo concept
- Has many design elements reminiscent of the Jaguar D-Type
- Themes displayed here could make its way into real cars
What is Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo?
A convertible version of the original Vision Gran Turismo concept unveiled in 2019, this new addition features a single driver seat – similar to the real-world Ferrari SP1 Monza – and a dorsal fin reminiscent of the 1950s Jagaur D-Type Le Mans racer. It features a laser-etched LED-illuminated Union Jack on the side, and the fin is an active-aerodynamic feature that deploys at high speeds to increase stability.
The cabin is surrounded by a sleek wraparound windscreen, with a small lump in the centre of the car that could be a rear-view mirror. The bonnet is secured with a pair of leather straps.
At the front, a redesigned grille houses a pair of LED fog lights that pay homage to the D-Type once again. A new front splitter is also visible, with a two-piece design replacing the previous concept car’s single lip.
Apart from the open-top layout and restyled front end, the Roadster is virtually identical to the concept car from 2019. It features the same three-motor, 1,004hp all-electric drivetrain as the hypercar, with a lithium-ion battery pack capable of producing up to 1,194Nm of torque. This enables a 0-100kph sprint time of “less than 2.0 seconds” and a top speed of “in excess of 320kph.” The concept weighs in at just 1,400kg, with a weight distribution of “nearly 50:50.”
Along with the two previous concepts, the car is now available to Gran Turismo 7 players. Although it will not result in a production car, it demonstrates themes that may appear in future Jaguars. A sizable portion of Gran Turismo’s 83 million players are between the ages of 25 and 35 – a demographic that the brand previously stated was critical to its future.
Jaguar’s most recent Vision Gran Turismo vehicle – the 1,900hp Vision Gran Turismo SV for 2020 – was developed by employees from across the brand, including Jaguar Racing, the company’s motorsports division. A full-scale replica of the car was built and displayed at several motor shows.
Vision Gran Turismo Celebrates Its Sixth Birthday
The Vision Gran Turismo project will enter its sixth year in 2022. The programme, which was conceived by Polyphony Digital, the team behind the massively popular racing game series, invites major manufacturers to create advanced fictional cars for inclusion in the games.
Jaguar is one of 26 brands to have unveiled a Vision Gran Turismo vehicle thus far, joining Lamborghini, Bugatti, and McLaren. Porsche recently unveiled its own Vision Gran Turismo car ahead of the release of the latest instalment in the video game series.