Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo: 1000bhp concept gets roadster

Jaguar has unveiled a new electric car concept for Gran Turismo 7, a video game.

Vision Gran Turismo Roadster is a combination of two previously unveiled Vision GT concepts. It features a speedster-style design.

The Vision Gran Turismo’s open-top version was unveiled in 2019. It features one seat for the driver, similar to the Ferrari SP1 Monza. A dorsal fin, reminiscent of the 1950s Jaguar D-Type Le Mans racer with an LED-illuminated Union Jack laser-etched into its side, is also featured. The fin is active-aerodynamic and can deploy at high speeds to improve stability.

A sleek wraparound windscreen surrounds the cabin, with a small lump visible in the middle of the car that may contain a rear view mirror. The bonnet is held down by a pair of leather straps.

A new grille is featured at the front and hosts a pair LED foglights, which pay homage to the D-Type. The front splitter has been redesigned, and now features a two-piece design that replaces the single lip on the concept car.

The Roadster looks almost identical to the 2019 concept, except for the new front end and open-top design. The Roadster shares the hypercar’s 1004bhp all electric drivetrain with a lithium-ion pack that provides up to 885lb/ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.0 seconds and reach a maximum speed of more than 200 mph. The concept is just 1400kg with a 50/50 weight distribution from the front to the rear.

Gran Turismo 7 players can now access the car, along with the other concepts. It won’t be a production car but it has themes that could be used in Jaguars of the future. Gran Turismo’s 83,000,000 players are mostly 25- to 35-year-olds. This demographic is vital for the brand’s future, as it previously stated.

Jaguar’s last Vision Gran Turismo vehicle – 2020’s 1900bhp Vision Gran Turismo SV – was built by employees from various departments, including Jaguar Racing, Jaguar Racing’s motorsports arm. The car’s full-size version was made and displayed at various motor shows.

This marks the sixth anniversary of Vision Gran Turismo. The programme was created by Polyphony Digital, who is behind the popular racing game series. It invites manufacturers to design advanced fictional cars for the games.

Jaguar is among 26 brands that have displayed a Vision Gran Turismo vehicle so far. It sits alongside McLaren, Lamborghini and Bugatti. Porsche showed off its Vision Gran Turismo car just before the latest installment in the videogame series was launched.