Two-time Indy 500 and Formula One championship winner Emerson Fittipaldi has taken the wraps off its EF7 Vision Gran Turismo high performance machine during the press days of the Geneva Motor Show.
This is a carbon-fiber racing machine, with carbon monocoque, powerful V8, and standard six-point harnesses, so the EF7 is readily available for track enthusiasts. Styling belongs to the Italian design house Pininfarina and the engineering bits were sourced from HWA AG, the AMG spin-off that builds German Touring Car Masters (DTM) racers. The outlandish design is a tribute to the aerodynamics, with huge rear wing, large air inlets in the hood, and enormous air-intake scoops behind either door. The car actually tips the scales at a mere 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds) and was designed from the start to ensure driver safety.
The Fittipaldi team talks about an integrated safety cell and roll-protection design, along with two seats with six-point harnesses. To save weight, the windows are from polycarbonate and there’s no rear-view mirror, with a camera system providing rearward visibility, and a digital racing display bringing the info to the driver. In the back sits a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine, developed by HWA AG, packing up to 9,000 rpm, producing 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 376 pound-feet (510 Newton-meters) of torque. There’s also a six-speed sequential transaxle, as well as a mechanical limited-slip differential, complete with “racing” braking and suspension components, with a fully independent suspension featuring adjustable anti-roll bars. By the way – the buyers will get with the vehicle the specific counseling of Fittipaldi – and in case you lack the money you can always turn to the PlayStation 4 video game “Gran Turismo Sport.”