The Vision Gran Turismo marks Ferrari’s 1336hp entry in the virtual world

It benefits from the LeMans racer 499P’s powertrain and futuristic exteriors

2022 has been a year of celebration for Ferrari as it marks 75 years of the Italian marque entering production with its first vehicle – the 125S. And to bring the festivities to a close, Ferrari has decided to cater to one segment it has never ventured before – virtual word. After McLaren’s attempt with the Solus GT, Ferrari now becomes the latest sports car manufacturer to develop a dedicated virtual motorsports concept car. The creation is called the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo, and like most things Ferrari, it reeks of motorsport heritage.

The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo is the first Ferrari concept explicitly designed for the Gran Turismo video game series. The Vision Gran Turismo is a closed-wheel single-seater with design elements borrowed from Ferrari racing car prototypes from the 60s and 70s. The shape of the Vision Gran Turismo is said to lend geometrical and aerodynamic superiority courtesy of airflow from the front underbody, around the cockpit and over the striking side pods.

Multiple elements have been lifted from the Ferrari 499P, the latest racecar to leave the Maranello factory and announce Ferrari’s return at the prestigious 24hrs of LeMans race. One such aspect is rear aerodynamics, as the Vision Gran Turismo’s design draws heavily from the 499P’s diffuser and the rear biplane wing.

Though more importantly, the virtual concept car also boasts the same 3.0-litre turbo V6 powertrain found on the new LeMans racer and the 296 GTB, 296 GTS and 296 GT3. While the virtual world bestows no regulations, the engine is tuned to deliver a massive 1015 hp at 9000 rpm, with an additional 321hp available from three electric motors, one on the rear axle and one on each of the front wheels.

An elasto-kinematic suspension set-up was developed to help the Vision Gran Turismo put the entire 1100 Nm of rear torque to the track. The suspension aimed to deliver further superlative performance around winding city circuits and endurance race tracks.

The interior design resembles the futuristic and driver-focussed theme applied for the exterior. The glass canopy opens upwards to reveal the bare dashboard with high-tech materials and a sophisticated modern steering wheel with the entire car’s controls embedded in it – typical Ferrari.

The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo will become available to all users of GT7 from the 23rd of December 2022. Though, the full-scale design study will be displayed in the Ferrari Museum in Maranello from 15 December 2022 to March 2023.

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