Ferrari is officially jumping on the Vision Gran Turismo bandwagon with its own fictional car. The retro-futuristic styling is inspired by the Prancing Horse race cars of the 1960s and 1970s, specifically the 330 P3 and 512 S. Envisioned as a single-seat machine with an enclosed cockpit, Maranello’s VGT has “75” graphics to mark three -a quarter century since the marque’s first racing car, the 1947 125 S.
The design isn’t just about looking to the past for future inspiration, as the rear is derived from the recently introduced 499P, especially the fender and diffuser. Ferrari developed the VGT with ventilated wheel arches and a newly patented aerodynamic technique with two side channels routing front airflow around the cockpit and over the side nacelles.
Motivation is provided by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that powers the 296 GTB/GTS as well as the GT3 and 499P racing cars. By not having to comply with any regulations, the engineers had complete freedom to take the 120-degree V6 to new heights. It produces a whopping 1,030 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 900 Newton meters (664 lb-ft) of torque at 5,500 rpm.
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Linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox borrowed from Formula 1, the ICE is accompanied by three electric motors, one mounted at the rear and the other two powering the front wheels. The hybrid portion of the powertrain is good for an extra 326 hp (240 kW) in a concept that has a combined rear-only torque of 1,100 Nm (809 lb-ft). Despite its complex powertrain, the Ferrari VGT is only marginally heavier than a Mazda MX-5, with a dry weight of just 1,250 kilograms (2,756 pounds) split 43.5% front and 56.5% rear.
Ferrari has done the math and claims that its Vision Gran Turismo does 0 to 100 km/h in less than two seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in less than five seconds. At full throttle, the racing car created specifically for the GT7 can reach over 217 mph (350 km/h). The legendary Italian brand has even published a hypothetical lap time around its Fiorano track of less than 1 minute and 10 seconds.
Presented today at the Gran Turismo World Finals in Monte-Carlo, Ferrari VGT will join Gran Turismo 7 from December 23. However, the fictional race car is already featured in an in-game viewer campaign quiz. The winner will get early access to the race car by obtaining the virtual keys on December 15.
The day will coincide with the public reveal of a full-scale model at the Maranello museum where it will be on display until March 2023 alongside other unique Ferrari projects.