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Pininfarina Teases Front End Of 600-HP Nurburgring Killer

Pininfarina will ensure that even the nether regions of the Geneva Motor Show are as exciting as the rest.

Currently laughing all the way to the bank are the armies of video-game obsessed children who found out how to make a living out of doing the very thing their parents said would make them losers. Some have turned their hobbies into millions of dollars while on the car side of things, video games like Gran Turismo have become the new platforms on which bespoke automakers unveil cars to the public. Pininfarina, as it turns out, is choosing to do what Bugatti did with the Vision GT Concept with its Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo.

The concept car is named after the car’s developer, Emerson Fittipaldi, who happens to double as a Formula 1 champion and Indy 500 winner. While Pininfarina will be sure to let Playstation’s Gran Turismo players get ahold of a virtual sample of the car, the design house/automaker will also bring a real life copy to the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. The reason why is that unlike the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo will become an actual production car (and not just a single collector's item), albeit one that’s likely to be built in volumes low enough to make Ferrari balk. This teaser image of the front end complements the image we've previously seen of the car's rear end.

Aside from these two photos, which hint at a supercar with neck-snapping design, the car's most enticing selling points are in its raw stats. With the help of a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision GT is advertised as weighing less than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds), making it light enough to put Ford's claim that the GT would have the best power to weight ratio ever in question. The lightweight chassis frees up the naturally aspirated V8 engine to put over 600 horsepower to the pavement in a progressive way, enabling even amateur racers to feel confident behind the wheel. While these ingredients bode well for an autoclave-baked supercar, Fittipaldi was insistent that reliability should be paramount.

“Owner-drivers can expect reliability, lower maintenance cost, and minimal mechanic and tech teams — which means more time and elation on the track,” said Fittipaldi. This led the design team to conjure up an engine and gearbox in-house to ensure that no outside company has the chance to ruin the powertrain. These will be mounted low and be built as compact as possible to give the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision GT a low center of gravity. The end result sounds great on paper, but we’ll have to wait until March 7 to get a full glimpse of the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismoand the H600 Concept, an electric sedan that will debut alongside the supercar.

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