Buying one gives you free racing lessons from an Indy 500 champion too.
This is the story of another race car built using inspiration of some old timer who won a racing championship years ago, except this time you may want to tune in because there is not much not to love about the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina, starting with the fact that you’re likely going to be able to drive it. Not in real life though, sorry for the disappointment, but on Playstation. That’s because it's one of the series of Vision Gran Turismo concepts.
As such, it will be available to drive on the latest edition of the famous racing video game. For the small group of 25 buyers who will be able to purchase a copy, here’s what’s in store. Designed using the racing experience of Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, this race car is built to cater to the novice, the expert, and anyone in between. Rest assured, it’s a real race car, but thanks to large readouts as well as adjustable traction control and ABS systems, this car is easy to hop into for a few hot laps regardless of skill. Owners wanting to increase their level of skill are privy to racing lessons by Fittipaldi himself where they can learn the ins and outs of proper technique and about how to maneuver the car itself.
Speaking of which, the car is made up of a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that’s loaded with safety tech, enough so that it surpasses what FIA regulations call for in this class of car. That’s good because mounted behind the driver and centrally mounted in the car is a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter engine making 600 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to cause trouble for experts and newbies alike. This engine is as old school as racing engines get, with peak horsepower coming in at 8,250 RPM, just 750 RPM shy of the redline, and peak torque making an appearance at 6,000 RPM. It’s a good thing then that the car only weighs 2,200 pounds. The pursuit of weight loss was incessant and required replacing the rearview mirror with a camera.
Even the glass windows were exchanged for polycarbonate versions. Distilling the power is a six-speed sequential gearbox sending power to the wheels with a 2-way mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear. The exterior, which is crafted by the experienced hand of Pininfarina, features a sharklike design, aerodynamic elements, and special rims that supposedly emphasize the car's exclusivity. Inside it’s all business for both driver and passenger with six-point racing harnesses, static seats with an adjustable steering wheel and pedal box, and a quick release steering wheel and shift paddle assembly for easy ingress and egress.
Price was not made clear by Pininfarina, but consider looking elsewhere if this is a concern to you, especially given how Pininfarina hyped this car prior to release. Check out the video below to see how the Gran Turismo series managed to render this beauty in the virtual realm.