Zagato, the Italian, has revealed the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo, a model which appears in the latest chapter of Sony’s PlayStation videogame, Gran Turismo Sport. Anyone who has the videogame can drive the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo as well as other futuristic supercars associated with well known specialist manufacturers. However, the IsoRivolta is unique in that it will also be a real-life fully-engineered car that can be driven on the road.
With the design of the latest Vision Gran Turismo model, Zagato pays tribute to IsoRivolta – the renowned automaker from Milan – which, during the golden era of automobiles, produced stunning Gran Turismo-class sportscars that combined sleek Italian designs with the brawn of American powertrains. Passion for racing, combined with luxury and reliability, was where they found their inspiration.
Now, with the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo, Zagato closes the circle and takes us back to Milan, where, after World War II, the GT category of motorsport was conceptualized, created, and promoted. This intermediate GT class hosted cars that were halfway between production touring saloons and racing purpose-built barchettas of international motorsport.
Zagato-bodied models – streamlined and lightweight coupes, successful in racing, but also comfortable enough for everyday use – found their natural place in the new GT category, monopolizing it and securing numerous wins.
The Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo is the realization of a dream, and designed to race in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo Sport game. As players will discover, it is built around a bespoke chassis and a Corvette Callaway powertrain that features 10-speed gearbox. Drive is from the two rear wheels which are powered by a twin turbo 6.2 litre V8 that can produce 997 bhp and hit a top speed of 365 km/h. Thanks to a weight of 1,129 kgs, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.
“The IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo was created to drive in the virtual-reality world, a world created by Gran Turismo. There is no mass in the virtual-reality world, as it remains a place that exists only in our imagination. Gran Turismo, however, has enabled us to physically experience the digital realm, processing a seemingly endless stream of data. Like a Mobius strip, the PlayStation game has allowed ourselves to be transported from reality and thrust into a world of pure fantasy, and then back again. The bodystyle of the IsoRivolta Vision contradicts the sense of oneness that has evolved over the past 100 years of automotive design,” explained Norihiko Harada, Vice-President Design at Zagato.
“Although the canopy and fenders seem to stand out on their own, in the end, the overall design comes together in regard to both its proportions and general ambience. Our next wish is that this car, which was born in Gran Turismo, will take to the road in real life and one day grow larger in your rearview mirror, eventually passing you at high speed. When this happens, you will feel the limits of your imagination being severely tested, blurring reality,” he added, saying that the company expects to get orders for 3 to 5 units.