By Adam Ferraresi, November 27, 2022
The launch of the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo for PlayStation signals the ending of the company’s 75th-anniversary celebrations to an official close. To mark that occasion, this model serves as an important step for Ferrari in the virtual environment, where it will inspire new generations of passionate drivers and enthusiasts, but also redefines the company’s stylistic language. It represents a futuristic design manifesto for Ferrari’s road and racing cars.
The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo’s design was penned by the Ferrari Centro Stile and takes its inspiration directly from legendary 1960s and 70s’ Ferrari Sports Prototypes, specifically endurance race machines such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The design of the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo was conceived around the idea of a speed form with very geometric, sharp, angular lines that nevertheless underlie a very organic shape. The architecture of the exterior surfacing centres around an advanced aerodynamic concept based on two imposing side channels.
This solution has been patented by Ferrari and directs the airflow from the front underbody, around the cockpit and over the striking side pods. This solution generates extremely efficient aerodynamic downforce thanks to the variation in momentum and the suction created by the central part of the underbody.
The rear aerodynamics were developed using concepts inspired by the Ferrari 499P, particularly in terms of the diffuser and the rear biplane wing. Lastly, the front S-Duct and the integrated air vents on the wheelarches further boost aerodynamic efficiency and high-speed stability.
The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo sports the same 120-degree 3-litre turbo V6 Hybrid architecture adopted on the 296 GTB, 296 GTS and 296 GT3 that also powers the new 499P. Made for the PS4 Gran Turismo 7 driving sim, the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo concep has no restrictions. The virtual engine concept is tuned to deliver a massive 1030 cv at 9000 rpm, with an additional 240 kW (326 cv) available from three electric motors, one on the rear axle and one on each of the front wheels.
Ferrari worked with Gran Turismo to ensure that the engine sound of the virtual powertrain is faithfully reproduced to give SIM racers an even more realistic racing experience.
Unveiled during the Gran Turismo World Finals in Monte-Carlo, the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo will become available to all users of GT7 from the 23rd of December 2022. A full-scale design study will make its first public appearance at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, where it will be displayed alongside the current exhibition dedicated to the marque’s exclusive one-off models until March 2023.