Ferrari says this concept will inform the design of future Ferrari models.
Ferrari has revealed an all-new single-seater hypercar using a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the 296 GTB and the brand's 499P Le Mans contender, but with a pretty big catch: you can only drive it in Gran Turismo 7. That's because the car you see here is the first-ever Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo concept, joining a long list of concepts designed purely for the digital world of Gran Turismo. That powertrain, by the way, makes 1,337 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque thanks to the aforementioned engine and three electric motors.
Let's backtrack a little. Ferrari says the Vision GT "represents a futuristic design manifesto for Ferrari's road and racing cars." It is supposed to "redefine" the brand's design language- meaning you can expect to see hints of this car in future Ferrari models.
It is, rather obviously, a big change. Ferrari's design language, especially that of its mid-engined cars, has not changed drastically since the 458 Italia. That car is now more than a decade old, and some of Maranello's more recent mid-engined efforts certainly show it.
Speaking of Maranello, the full-scale design study will be displayed in the Ferrari Museum there from December 15 to March 2023. Ferrari has packed in hints of some iconic models as well, including the 499P, the 330 P3, and the 512 S, as well as the number 75 on the car's flanks.
That's significant because this year marks the 75th anniversary of Ferrari's first race car, the 125 S from 1947.
In addition to the headline power figures we mentioned above, Ferrari has provided additional info on the chassis and powertrain. The engine, much like in Ferrari F1 cars, uses a hybrid system paired with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to harvest waste energy while decelerating. Three electric motors are used- one on the rear axle and two up front. In-game, Ferrari worked with Gran Turismo engineers to tune the car's sound.
The exterior shell is hung on a carbon fiber underbody, built to ensure as close to 50-50 a weight balance as possible. The floor of the car pulls the Vision into the ground, and the biplane wing is ripped right out of the 499P playbook.
Users can look for the Vision GT in-game starting on December 23. Ferrari also says that players will be able to take part in a viewers' campaign quiz in-game, and the winner of that contest gets early access to the car. It's a cool idea, with the winner gaining access on December 15.
So, for 15 days, we imagine someone out there will own a few leaderboards in Gran Turismo. Speaking of lap times, Ferrari has done the math on the digital car, and claims it'll lap the test track at Fiorano in under 1:10:00. The Vision has a theoretical top speed of 217 mph, will hit 62 mph in under two seconds, and will go on to 120 mph in less than five.