Just in time for the launch of the new PlayStation blockbuster Gran Turismo 7, Jaguar is delivering the third electric console racer called Vision GT Roadster. Visually, it is reminiscent of the legendary D-Type, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times.
The PlayStation game series Gran Turismo has been fulfilling designers' dreams for several years now. Far away from the tiresome conditions of the sometimes dull car world, it allows them to realize themselves with wild concept vehicles. The highlight: In contrast to the real concepts gathering dust in exhibitions, the virtual racers can be driven by the gamers.
A big fan of this project is the British brand Jaguar, which had already presented two console racers with the Vision GT Coupé and the Vision GT SV. With the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster, a third car was presented for the seventh part of the classic that was published last week .
Formula E technology meets Le Mans
Like its digital predecessors, the Roadster is also an electric vehicle. Three lightweight and compact electric motors from Formula E deliver a whopping 750 virtual kW (1,020 hp). Maximum torque is 1,200 Nm, and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (just under 100 km/h) takes less than two seconds. Gamers can race through Gran Turismo 7 at over 200 mph (320 km/h).
The design clearly alludes to the legendary D-Type sports car, which brought the brand from England three Le Mans victories in a row (1955, 1956 and 1957). There is also a good portion of the new F-Type, whose curved LED headlights are intended to guide you through the virtual night. With the help of simulation programs, the outer skin was also trimmed for greater efficiency.
Since March 4, gamers have been able to test whether the digital racing car actually keeps promises such as a 50:50 weight distribution and a particularly stiff monocoque on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. "GT7" also includes the previously presented Jaguar visions.