Vision Gran Turismo Coupe is the latest in a long line of outlandish gaming concepts.
Following on from the launch of its first-ever electric vehicle in the I-Pace, Jaguar has cooked up something altogether more tantalizing in the form of an all-wheel-drive, all-electric race car. It's called the Vision Gran Turismo Coupe. You'll be able to drive it, but you also won't, because the virtual race car will only be available to play in Gran Turismo Sport as part of the Vision Gran Turismo line-up.
In around a month's time, PlayStation 4 gamers will be able to drive the virtual EV and take advantage of over 1,000 horsepower and a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of under two seconds, thanks to three powerful motors. In the real world, that would make the Vision GT Coupe faster than anything on four wheels.
Let's step away from the performance credentials for a moment to focus on that insane silhouette. Influenced by the legendary C-Type from the early '50s and the D-Type which came a few years later, the Vision GT Coupe features a similarly flat and aerodynamic shape, while ultra-slim headlights and taillights ensure a thoroughly futuristic air. Oliver Cattell-Ford, exterior designer from Jaguar Advanced Design, said: "This was the dream project for a car designer, creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless." Innovation extends to the use of materials, with carbon-fiber composites and advanced alloys seeing the EV tip the scales at under 900 pounds.
Inside, a fusion of Jaguar's rich heritage and modern design was the goal. We think it looks a bit like being ensconced in a luxury speed boat, which is either really bizarre or really cool depending on your point of view. If gamers aren't distracted by the details, they'd be pretty focused individuals, as there's fresh thinking dripping from every angle.
Ahead of the driver is a transparent information cluster, while augmented reality digital side glass improves the driver's peripheral awareness. The interior designer responsible for the trailblazing cockpit is Chris Shaw, who said: "We've really pushed the limit to imagine how a future Jaguar sports car interior could look."
Performance-wise, the creators turned in-house once more, this time looking to the I-Type 4 Formula E and I-Pace eTrophy race cars for inspiration. The end result is three powerful motors producing in excess of 1,000 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque. With one electric motor powering the front wheels and the other two motors each powering a rear wheel, 0-62 mph (100 km/h) takes under two seconds and the maximum speed is 200 mph. For the Jaguar Racing engineers, applying the knowledge gained from the brand's Formula E participation to a virtual race car represented a unique challenge, but it seems they've outdone themselves.
While Gran Turismo Sport players will be able to download the Jaguar Vision GT on the PlayStation 4 from the end of November, it's hard not to imagine what a Jaguar Gran Turismo Coupe (minus the 'Vision') would accomplish in reality if pitted against performance EVs from the likes of the Porsche Taycan and, of course, Tesla. Perhaps in the not too distant future, we'll get to answer that.