Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé introduced!

By CARSIFU | 25 October 2019

TOKYO: Jaguar has unveiled its Vision Gran Turismo Coupé - the British carmaker's first all-electric virtual sports car.

The futuristic EV is set to join the grid as the latest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo line-up for the Gran Turismo series.

The all-electric Jaguar Vision GT Coupé has been designed and developed from the ground up taking inspiration from the brand’s incredible racing lineage - the iconic C-type and D-type.

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Jaguar’s I-TYPE 4 Formula E and I-PACE eTROPHY racing cars helped provide the technical foundations for its racing performance.

The teams of designers were given complete creative freedom to develop the proportions and surfaces of this virtual "Jag" of the future.

The coupé provides gamers with 1,020PS and 1,200Nm of torque thanks to three high-powered electric motors - one for the front axle and the other two for the rear wheels each.

Acceleration from 0 to 100kph takes less than 2.0 seconds before reaching a top speed in excess of 320kph while being further touted as having perfectly balanced handling to line-up on the starting grid for GT Sport fans from the end of November.

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The virtual sports EV is crafted from experimental lightweight materials, with the monocoque made from a combination of carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys just so that weighs 1,400kg and has a near 50:50 weight distribution.

While being the first Jag to feature the iconic Leaper on the front grille, it also possesses lines and sculpted fenders that reflect those of the iconic Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars as well as a deployable, active aero wing to help optimise energy efficiency and generate downforce.

The C-type, D-type and E-type helped influence the form and graphics of the coupé with radical front fenders reminiscent of the C-type, the plane shape inspired by the ‘Long Nose’ D-type, and the cabin which hints at the lightweight E-type.

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Elsewhere the historic references continue with the twin-charging sockets flanking the rear haunches which have been inspired by Jaguar’s revolutionary 1968 XJ saloon.

The interior of the coupé has been designed to fuse the brand's heritage with its contemporary interior philosophy of progressive luxury, purity, driver focus, and stunningly intricate details, all of which are allowed to breathe through the simplicity of the car’s design.

Also, the car features an on-board artificial intelligence system affectionately named “KITT-E” – a companion that would operate systems and interface between the driver and machine to enhance the emotional connection with the car.

This technology can also display other useful information to the driver in a variety of formats, including three-dimensional (3D) maps, and essential vehicle data.

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The cockpit has been crafted to envelop its driver, creating a racing experience reminiscent of Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-types.

It also features augmented reality digital side glass for enhanced vision either side of the car - the glass being able to highlight danger and obstacles, therefore increasing driver perception.

Complimenting this, ahead of the driver is a transparent information cluster, displaying 3D information inspired by iconic Smiths gauges, with rearward vision integrated either side in the screen’s simple wrapped design – all in perfect eye-line of the road ahead.

A unique soundscape has also been created to immerse the driver in a pure Jaguar racing experience.

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Led by the team responsible for the Jaguar I-PACE’s soundtrack, the coupé’s distinctive sound was created using brand new recordings of the 1957 Le Mans podium-finishing ‘603’ Long Nose D-type with a race-spec 3.8-litre XK engine.

The Jaguar Vision GT will be available for players to download in Gran Turismo Sport for the Sony PlayStation 4 from the end of November and will first be driven by competitors in the latest round of Sony’s Gran Turismo World Tour event at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan from Oct 26 to 27.

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