Jaguar recently lifted off the covers from its all-new virtual concept sports car from the future, the Vision Gran Turismo Roadster. Designed by Oliver Cattell-Ford, Exterior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design, the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster is the third visual sports car after the Vision Gran Turismo Coupe unveiled in 2019 and Vision Gran Turismo SV unveiled in 2020.
With the new Gran Turismo Roadster, Jaguar has completed its virtual line-up of three cars for the Gran Turismo 7 racing game, which is available through PS4 and PS5 platforms from 4th March 2022. Here are some of the highlights of the Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster, which make it the coolest car from the iconic British carmaker ever:
Like the GT Coupe and GT SV concepts, the Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster also is a single-seater electric car, which is derived from the iconic Jaguar D-Type from the 1950s. The overall profile of the Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster remains taut and well-sculpted, with flowing lines and curves from front to rear and proportions retained from the previous two concepts. The biggest design differentiator which sets the Roadster apart is the presence of a swept-back aero screen in front of the driver, in place of a deployable canopy. The front profile of the car also gets hand-crafted leather straps on the fenders and rounded lights in the front grille. The rear profile of the Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster has an aerodynamic fin, which looks inspired by the Le-Mans-spec D-Type, and works well in reducing drag and enhancing stability. This fin is decorated with a Union Jack using the Jaguar monogram pattern, which is also illuminated by LEDs.
Like the two erstwhile GT visual concepts, the new Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster also has a bespoke livery, which is a combination of specially-developed black and grey paint schemes contrasted well with subtle looking body decals.
The open-cockpit Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster shares its powertrain from the Gran Turismo Coupe, which is a combination of three electric motors. Derived from Jaguar Racing’s Formula E experience, this powertrain has one motor on the front axle and two motors on the rear axle. While the maximum power output of this powertrain is 750 kW (1,020 PS), the peak torque output is rated at 1,200 Nm. The car is capable of hitting a top speed of 320 kmph and reaching 100 kmph from a standstill in under 2 seconds.
While the Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster is a virtual car, Oliver Cattell-Ford has described the chassis details of the car. The overall monocoque body of the car is made of carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys, which make the overall structure light-weight yet stiff. For optimal weight distribution, low centre of gravity, low rolling centre and 50:50 weight distribution, the lithium-ion battery pack is positioned closer to the ground.
Will it make it to the real world?
Like the previous two GT concepts, the new Jaguar Gran Turismo Roadster is destined only for the virtual gaming world, and not real-world production.