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Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo Is A Stunning Single-Seater With A Hybrid Twin-Turbo V6

Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo Is A Stunning Single-Seater With A Hybrid Twin-Turbo V6

Ferrari is one of the few supercar makers that hadn’t unveiled a concept for the Gran Turismo video game, but this changed today. During the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Sony’s gaming series in the GT World Finals at Monaco, Ferrari revealed is own Vision Gran Turismo concept in both full-scale prototype and digital forms, boasting a stunning low-slung body, a single-seater layout, and a V6-based hybrid setup bringing monstrous power and torque figures.

Starting with the design, the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo looks wilder than anything we have seen from Maranello, including the recently revealed 499P endurance racer. This is due to the fact that as a vehicle created to be enjoyed in a video game, the designers didn’t have the same limitations as in real-life automobiles, allowing extreme proportions.

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The fenders protrude from the heavily sculpted body creating beautiful curves while contrasting with the sharp nose and tail, both sporting ultra-slim LED lighting units. Ground clearance is close to zero, with the massive splitter at the front, the fins on the side sills, and the rear diffuser almost touching the tarmac. Other interesting details are the huge vents on the sides, and the large rear wing connected to the roof through a semi-transparent central fin. Finally, the wraparound windshield covers the single-seater layout with a central driving position. The interior design is minimal, with a yoke steering wheel integrating a screen and a transparent dashboard.

The hypercar is a creation of the Ferrari Centro Stile, headed by Flavio Manzoni, taking inspiration from iconic racers of the past including the 330 P3 and the 512 S. According to the official press release, the Vision GT is a “futuristic design manifesto for Ferrari’s road and racing cars” and “redefines the company’s stylistic language”. This likely means that some of its styling cues could be interpreted in future production models and hopefully in the next flagship.

Top-Tier Hybrid Performance

Unlike other Vision GT concepts from Porsche or Jaguar that use fully electric powertrains, Ferrari opted for a hybrid layout that is closer to the one used by its production models – although significantly more powerful. The mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 from the 296 GTB has been tuned to produce 1,016 hp (758 kW / 1,030 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, being free from any regulations. Additionally, there is another 322 hp (240 kW / 326 PS) from a trio of electric motors positioned in each of the front wheels and at the rear axle. Ferrari says that the combined torque from the hybrid system on the rear axle alone is 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft). Thanks to F1-derived technology, the battery has enough juice for maximum performance at all times.

Power from the engine is transmitted through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the addition of the electric motors offers AWD. Maranello estimates that such a powerful machine can accelerate from 0-100 km (0-62 mph) in less than 2 seconds, from 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in under 5 seconds, and reach a top speed of over 350 km/h (218 mph).

The carbon fiber chassis and the elasto-kinematic suspension setup make sure that the handling is on par with the looks. Thus, Ferrari estimates a Fiorano lap time of under 1:10 minutes for the Vision GT. For comparison, the flagship SF90 Stradale did it in 1:19 minutes. Besides the extra power and the racecar characteristics, one reason for this difference is that the Vision GT’s dry weight is 1,250 kg (2,756 pounds), much lower than the 1,570 kg (3,461 pounds) of the SF90.

The full-scale prototype of the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo concept will be on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello until March 2023. Those with a Playstation gaming console will be able to drive it in Gran Turismo 7 starting from December 23 – just in time for holiday season gaming nights.

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