Being middle-class is no fun! Can’t take three-week trips to Europe. Can’t build an arcade with the best from Atari, Bally-Midway and others. Can’t afford weekly visits to Ruth’s Chris. Can’t afford a Ferrari (or a $5000 oil change).
But now there is hope for those of us in the trenches as Ferrari has created its first virtual concept car. Yes, Enzo has gone egalitarian! The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo is Maranello’s first concept car designed specifically for the Gran Turismo 7 (GT7) video game available for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Certainly you can afford a PlayStation, right?
The Vision Gran Turismo is a closed-wheel single-seater and is the first Ferrari concept car created just for virtual motor sports. Additionally, this race car marks 75 years since Ferrari introduced its first race car, the 125 S. Though virtual, the Vision Gran Turismo carries everything that makes a Ferrari a Ferrari. Coming from the direction of Flavio Manzoni of the Ferrari Centro Stile, the Vision Gran Turismo is clearly inspired by Ferraris that raced in 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona from the 1960-70s, such as the 330 P3 and 512 S. Not only is the Vision Gran Turismo a homage to Ferrari’s history, but it’s also a nod to the future of Ferrari’s race cars.
And you own it, Man! How cool is that?
According to Ferrari, the Vision Gran Turismo’s design “was conceived around the idea of a speed form with very geometric, sharp, angular lines that nevertheless underlie a very organic shape. This contrast has a disruptive effect, as the plasticity of the external and internal surfaces binds with the geometric precision of the lines,” resulting in the patenting of two unique side channels that direct airflow from the front underbody and around the cockpit to over the channels. The result is aerodynamic downforce due to momentum and suction. Also up front is an S-duct and associated vents on the wheel arches for more aero sleekness and stability. Out back, the diffuser and wing are inspired by the Ferrari 499P.
Powering the Vision Gran Turismo is the same 120-degree 3.0-liter V6 that powers the 499P, though in this car it’s tuned to deliver about 1000 horsepower at 9000 rpm plus an additional 240kW from three electric motors — one on the rear axle and two others on each of the front wheels. According to Ferrari, this hybrid technology “benefits from the unique expertise in electric boost and energy recovery strategies Ferrari has developed in Formula 1 … so that maximum performance is available both during qualifying laps as well as over consecutive racing laps.”
The construction of the Ferrari features a carbon-fiber underbody that ties together the body and suspension. “The chassis is designed to emphasize e car’s lateral dynamics in on-the-limit handling,” with an elasto-kinematic suspension set-up that was developed in concert with the racing tires to achieve a balance between winding city circuits and endurance racing.
The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo will become available to GT7 players on December 23, 2022, but GT7 users will be able to participate in a viewers’ campaign quiz that will result in one person winning a Vision Gran Turismo on December 15th. On that date, a full-scale design study of the race car will appear at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello through March 2023.
FERRARI VISION GRAN TURISMO – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
|Type||V6 – 120°, twin turbo, all-wheel drive|
|Total displacement||3000 cc|
|Max. ICE power output||1030 cv @ 9000 rpm|
|Max. ICE torque||900 Nm at 5500 rpm|
|Max. power output hybrid system||240 kW (326 cv)|
|Dry weight||1250 kg|
|Weight distribution||43.5% front / 56.5% rear|
TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX
|F1 dual-clutch gearbox, eight speed|
Fiorano lap time
|> 350 km/h
< 2.0 s
< 5.0 s
< 1 ’10”