Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe concept is an electric sports car that will be available for download in Gran Turismo Sport by the end of the month.
Despite the car’s futuristic look, Jaguar claims the Vision Gran Turismo Coupe’s exterior design was inspired by two iconic race cars from the 1950s — the C-Type and D-Type.
The car’s active rear wing is thoroughly modern, however.
So is the interior, which features augmented reality glass that can show information about the outside world and warn the driver of obstacles, according to Jaguar.
The virtual concept car also has an artificial intelligence assistant called KITT-E and 3D image displays. Jaguar is actually working on 3D tech for its real-world production cars, although it’s not quite ready for prime time
The Vision GT project, where real car companies design futuristic concept cars just for Gran Turismo, started in 2013 with Gran Turismo 6. The fact that, six years later, real car companies are still taking time to work on these one-offs is a testament to the impact of the PlayStation driving game. Jaguar is the latest to join the fray; it kindly sent out a bunch of images of a car it’s calling the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé.
“This was the dream project for a car designer, creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless.
It has to excite future generations and most importantly, look and feel unmistakably Jaguar,” said Oliver Cattell-Ford, Exterior Designer at Jaguar Advanced Design.
The Vision GT Coupé draws inspiration from some of its legendary racers of old: there’s some Le Mans-winning C-Type in the front fenders, while the profile harks back to the the long-nose D-Type.
Meanwhile, the lightweight E-Type was on the mood board for the Vision GT Coupé’s pared-back cockpit.