The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV: A new concept racer and you can drive it
The virtual racer is powered by four electric motors developed by Jaguar Racing which send 1903 hp to all four wheels. The Vision Gran Turismo SV will throw it self down the digital road at a ridiculous pace, reaching 60 mph from rest in 1.65 seconds. At its top speed the electric motors spin at a heady 40,000 rpm.
The long, low bodywork, inspired by the past racing glory of the C-type, D-type, XJR-9 and XJR-14, cheats the air with a low drag coefficient of 0.398, yet still generates over 1000 lbs of downforce at 200 mph. Jaguar says that the virtual racer has been developed in exactly the same way as the team would work on a real car and was, in fact, produced in tandem with next year’s Formula E electric racer.
Among the innovations are a liquid nitrogen battery cooling system which allows the battery pack to deliver maximum power for a longer duration.
In real life (IRL as the gamers say) there is one full-size Vision Gran Turismo GT model complete with a full interior with seats made from a new composite material called Typefibre which could offer a lighter alternative to leather in future Jaguar road cars.
The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé – the first all-electric Jaguar sports car created for the globally-renowned Gran Turismo series, revealed in October 2019 – has already proved highly successful, attracting gamers with its radical, heritage-inspired design, driver-focused interior, and outstanding ride and handling.
Yet to the team from Jaguar Design, SV and Jaguar Racing, the Vision GT Coupé represented only the starting point for development of the Vision GT SV. It was an opportunity to re-evaluate everything that could improve performance and in doing so, re-think what an electric Jaguar endurance race car could be.
Fundamental to that process was detailed analysis of gamer feedback from online videos and forums. This ‘virtual world testing’ combined with many hours ‘behind the wheel’ enabled the design and engineering teams to determine exactly how to optimise the Vision GT SV to create the perfect electric gaming endurance race car.