ITALIAN BREED. EVEN IF IN THE VIRTUAL UNIVERSE OF VIDEOGAMES, ISORIVOLTA BRAND IS BACK THANKS TO ZAGATO. THE NEW VISION GRAN TURISMO IS A STUNNING AND EXTREME SUPERCAR FOR GRAN TURISMO SPORT. AND IT COULD COME TO REALITY.
Italian (Milanese!) coachbuilder Zagato has revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo, which was announced at the Grand Basel on August 31st.
The new Zagato creation will be a drivable vehicle in Gran Turismo Sport, the latest chapter of the acclaimed Sony PlayStation video game.
Zagato Atelier pays tribute to Italian firm IsoRivolta which during the 60s and the 70s produced stunning Gran Turismo-class sports cars that combined sleek Italian designs with the brawn of American powertrains.
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.
Norihiko Harada, Vice-president Design at Zagato:
“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 body style of the IsoRivolta Vision contradicts the sense of oneness that has evolved over the past hundred years of automotive design,” further explained Harada. “Although the canopy and fenders seem to stand out on their own, in the end, the Zagato’s 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 rear view mirror, eventually passing you at high speed. When this happens, you will feel the limits of your imagination being severely tested, blurring reality.”
The Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo featured in the video game is built around a bespoke chassis and a Corvette Callaway powertrain. Rear wheel drive, it mounts a twin turbo 6.2 liter V8,
with a power output of 997 hp and a top speed of 365 km/h (227 mi/h). Thanks to a weight of 1.129 kg, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mi/h) in 2”7. The gearbox is a ten speed automatic/sequential.
A limited production run of three to five units has been foreseen by opening a short list.