'Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé' Unveiled – the Pure EV Race Car!
Jaguar is the creator of numerous celebrated race cars.
The next one to carry on this lineage is the Vision Gran Turismo Coupé, unveiled here for the first time!
On 26-27 October, the fifth World Tour of 2019 will be held at the FUTURE EXPO MEGA WEB in Aomi, Tokyo. Not only will the event be the stage of the traditional FIA GT Championships, but it will also host many extra special races, including the Final of the 'GR Supra GT Cup'. On top of this, on the day before, the 25 October, at 3pm local time, the newest Vision Gran Turismo, the 'Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé', was revealed.
Its power train includes compact and powerful electric motors, and the battery driving these utilises the same lithium-ion batteries proven in the world’s first production electric car race series, the ‘I-PACE eTROPHY’.
The highlight of the car is the shape and form created by Jaguar Advanced Design specifically for Gran Turismo. To achieve its stunning silhouette, the battery module was placed around the cockpit, achieving both a low centre of gravity and perfect weight distribution.
The cockpit takes inspiration from legendary Jaguar race cars such as the C, D, and E-Types. Modern- and driver-oriented interior philosophies have been fused with pure and beautifully intricate details, striking a fine balance between analogue and digital. The access to the cockpit through the electric roof hatch is another boost to the driving experience of the player.
The body structure is light and simple, but full of dramatic features. Using advanced experimental materials, the surfaces were given a unique finish. The driver sitting deep in the cockpit will feel as though they are enveloped by the car, similar to getting into the famed D-Type which achieved 3 race victories at Le Mans.
Information required for operation is displayed at an optimum ratio at the forefront of the driver’s vision, and a visibility almost seamless with the road will allow precision control of the machine. The scenery looking past the elegantly long bonnet of the car is distinctly Jaguar. Players will be able to immerse themselves and focus on controlling the car.
This Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé appeared immediately in the World Tour Exhibition Pro-Am race hosted at the announcement venue, where top racers and journalists experienced first-hand its incredible performance. With the November update of Gran Turismo Sport, players around the world will also be able to enjoy its beauty and allure.
Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director
“This project has been completely led by our young designers and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to create a vehicle steeped in our incredible heritage but pushing the boundaries of future design. The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past.”
Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo Series Producer
“We are delighted to today announce the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo project. It was a great experience for us to work with Julian Thomson who is the new design director now at Jaguar. The design and performance of this car is a result of the team's skill, craftmanship, and long years of collaborations together. We look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.”