Jaguar has unveiled few days ago its third all-electric virtual gaming sports car – the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster. Following the success of the original Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé and the extreme Vision Gran Turismo SV endurance racer, Jaguar’s latest all-electric virtual race car joins the grid for the launch of Gran Turismo 7 – the latest and most immersive iteration yet of the world-renowned racing game.
In recognition of Jaguar’s trilogy of cars in the Vision GT series, Jaguar’s Design team have developed new bespoke livery for each one. The specially-developed black and grey paints and subtle graphics emphasise the cars’ inherently dramatic, beautiful designs – and are unique to the cars’ in-game liveries*.
The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster is an all-electric single-seater which combines the race- proven powertrain from the Coupé with a taut, sculpted form inspired by the iconic, timeless Jaguar D-type.
The Roadster is designed to bring gamers the pure, visceral driving experience of an open-cockpit Jaguar sports car powered by three electric motors generating a total power output of more than 750 kW/1.020 pk and instant, maximum torque of 1,200Nm. Acceleration from 0-60mph in under two seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 320km/h together with outstanding ride, handling and agility will deliver a truly unforgettable drive.
The flowing surfaces, dramatic lines and perfect proportions of the first two Jaguar Gran Turismo Vision cars are instantly recognisable, but in place of a deployable canopy the Roadster features a swept-back aero screen directly in front of the driver.
Behind, there’s a modern interpretation of the fin synonymous of the three-time Le Mans-winning D-type, aerodynamically-optimised using the latest computational fluid dynamics tools to be deployable at speed for enhanced stability with minimal drag.
The fin also features one of the beautiful details to be found throughout the Roadster, the form of a Union Jack etched – using the Jaguar monogram pattern – into the fin itself, and subtly illuminated by LEDs. The theme continues with the hand-crafted leather straps on the front fenders and iconic roundel lights in the front grille.
The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster’s dramatic, driver-focused interior combines lightweight, luxurious materials and finishes with stunningly intricate details. Looking out onto the gracefully long bonnet with the unmatched all-round visibility inherent to open-cockpit racers, gamers will be fully immersed in the action.
The Roadster’s light, stiff monocoque body is expertly and meticulously crafted from carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys. A state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack is packaged as low down in the structure as possible, contributing to the low centre of gravity, low roll centre and near 50:50 weight distribution that are fundamental to the car’s outstanding driving dynamics.
Power from the battery is fed to three light, powerful and compact motors, developed using learning from Jaguar Racing’s Formula E experience. With one motor on the front axle and two on the rear, the total output is 750 kW/ 1.020 pk and 1,200Nm of immediate, electrifying torque. Players will experience this for themselves when they accelerate away from the start line on their way to maximum speed of more than 320 km/h.