Meet the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo, an outrageous concept racing car that gives us a glimpse at what Lamborghini thinks the future of motorsport should look like. One seat, a supercapacitor and styling straight from the world of jet fighters, what’s not to like? Happy Monday, everyone!
Unveiled at the Gran Turismo World Finals in Monaco, Lamborghini’s Vision GT car – easily named the ‘Lamborghini V12’ – has been designed to appear digitally in Gran Turismo Sport next year, meaning that you’ll get to drive it. As with many Vision GT cars, however, it’s unlikely we’ll see it hit race tracks in real life but it could influence Lamborghini’s of the future … after all, Bugatti’s Vision GT car ended up being the precursor for the Chiron.
Much like Lamborghini’s first hybrid supercar – the Siån – the Lamborghini V12 gets its power from a version of the Aventador’s V12 that has been paired with a supercapacitor.
There are no power figures but, looking at Siån, we imagine that power would be up around 819hp (owing to a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio), top speed around 217mph and 0-62mph over in under 2.8seconds.
As you can see from the pictures, it’s suitably crazy when it comes to styling. As with the single-seat Egoista that we saw a few years ago (and, to be fair, most Lamborghinis of late), the brand took their design influence from jet fighters.
Unlike other Lamborghinis, however, any part of the bodywork that wasn’t needed to hold the engine, wheels or single occupant has been removed, leaving what is called a ‘floating Monoposto’.
Despite the overall craziness of the Lamborghini V12, the brand have added a host of subtle elements that remind you it’s a Lamborghini – see the Y-shaped headlights, Y-shaped taillights and 63 decal.
Exactly like a jet fighter, access to the Lamborghini V12’s cockpit is through a large glass canopy that opens upwards – taking the steering wheel with it. Once closed, the driver sits in an F1 car-esque laid back position and is entirely surrounded by glass. Information is shown to the driver through a hologram that is projected just behind the steering wheel; something that Lamborghini expect to be a real thing within the next ten years.
As with many futuristic racing cars, Lamborghini say that the Lamborghini V12 is intelligent and is capable of offering the driver context-sensitive advice from a factory driver to help make lap times faster and faster.
Incredible, isn’t it? In an age where critics have said Lamborghini have been turning a bit ‘safe’, it’s great to see something so opposite to anything else out there. Lamborghini definitely haven’t lost it.