You'll be able to take it for a spin in Gran Turismo next year.
Last year, Jaguar lifted the wraps off the stunning Vision Gran Turismo Coupe concept, a virtual 1,000-hp electric sports car for the PlayStation 4 racing game Gran Turismo Sport. It's one of several exclusive concepts that have debuted in the Gran Turismo series, including the Bugatti Vision GT.
Following this week's tantalizing teaser, Jaguar has revealed a second concept car for the popular racing game series: meet the new Vision Gran Turismo SV concept, which takes the Coupe concept's performance and handling to a new level. Envisioned as the "perfect electric gaming endurance race car," the design pays homage to iconic Jaguar race cars from the past. The curvature of the silhouette recalls the C-Type, while the fenders are inspired by the D-Type. The circuit board livery also features references to the Le Mans debuts of the C-type and D-type in 1951 and 1954 respectively.
"Jaguars created for the race track and the road have always shared the same DNA - whether that's the D-type and XKSS, or the I-Pace and the I-Type. So, when the design team behind the Vision GT Coupe were asked to create the ultimate electric gaming endurance racer for Gran Turismo, they worked with engineers from SV and Jaguar Racing to create something really special," said Julian Thomson, Design Director at Jaguar.
"The Vision GT SV is a dramatic and visually arresting car which showcases what's possible when the traditional boundaries governing real-world car design are completely removed. In bringing this car to life with a full-size design study we've been able to showcase the most extreme version of an electric Jaguar race car that is inspired by the past but looks fearlessly to the future." Thomson's comments suggest some design cues could inspire the future Jaguar F-Type successor.
Whereas the Vision GT Coupe packed three electric motors producing a combined 1,000 hp, Jaguar's new virtual endurance racer has four electric motors generating a combined 1876 hp and 2,478 lb-ft of instant torque, with one motor driving each wheel. This setup enables the electric endurance racer to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 1.65 seconds and max out at 255 mph. Providing the juice is a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack positioned low in the GT SV's lightweight body to deliver a low center of gravity.
Jaguar's engineers have also developed a unique sound for the electric motors that is "authentically yet futuristically Jaguar" as they approach the 40,000 rpm redline. Measuring 218 inches long, the GT SV is 33 inches longer than the Coupe concept. Despite having an extra motor driving the front axle, the wheelbase remains unchanged at 107 inches.
To increase the downforce for better traction, faster cornering, and better stability on long straights, the SV is fitted with a new large front splitter and a prominent deployable rear wing inspired by the Jaguar XJR-14 endurance racer with two moveable sections that automatically rise at high speed. These aero enhancements give the GT SV a low drag coefficient of Cd 0.398 and enable it to generate 1,064 pounds of downforce at 200 mph. Inside, the driver-focused interior features two sculpted composite seats trimmed in Typefibre, a lighter alternative to leather that will be applied to the i-Type 5 Formula E racer.
While the electric endurance concept will only be drivable in Gran Turismo, Jaguar also brought the vision to life in a real-world full-scale model of the GT SV. The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV will arrive in a Gran Turismo game in 2021. Jaguar didn't specify which game it will feature in, however, so it will either appear in Gran Turismo Sport on the PlayStation 4 or Gran Turismo 7 releasing on PlayStation 5 next year.