The word “vision” in the title of the newly introduced SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is as good an indicator as any that this single-seat hybrid is a concept from the future. Just how far in the future? Well, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles literally estimate it will be 20 years before it may actually roll off production lines – not that we should expect this 2,600-hp beast would hit the streets or even the track anytime soon.
Sourced from a sketch competition held by FCA and its SRT (Street and Racing Technology) engineering unit, the SRT Tomahawk in all its futuristic glory will exist in the Vision Gran Turismo 6 video game on PlayStation 3, along with other out-of-this-world concepts from FCA and other automakers, designers and aftermarket brands.
There are three versions of the SRT Tomahawk – S, GTS-R and X – with progressive “levels of performance and technology” in each, according to an FCA statement. The hybrid’s powertrain is powered by a V-10 with pneumatically driven front wheels. The winning sketch was created by Paul Hoste, a young designer new to FCA and a big fan of Gran Turismo. According to FCA, his design and its “amped up, voluptuous curves … paid homage to iconic Dodge performance vehicles.” The car weighs 1,658 pounds and the wide angle V-10 produces 2,168 hp.
The entry-level S features a 7.0-liter wide-angle V-10 with 792 hp (compared with 645 hp for the 8.4-liter V-10 in the 2015 Dodge Viper), while the pneumatically driven front wheels add 215 hp, for a total power of 1,007 hp with curb weight of 2,026 pounds, the heaviest of the three variations yet still able to push to 250 mph.
The racing version GTS-R carries a V-10 with 1,137 hp wheels that top up another 313 hp for 1,450 hp. The curb weight of the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo GTS-R is 1,459 pounds and the car zooms to speed of more than 300 mph.
The experimental technology ultimate version X is the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo on … steroids! The redline is at a whopping 14,500 rpm, and the V-10 engine pumps out 2,168 hp as the front wheel drivetrain pitches in another 422 hp at peak, for total output of 2,590 hp. This enables this Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X to reach airplane-like top speed of 404 mph. Naturally, due to this extreme performance, the driver must wear a G-suit for protection.
The SRT Tomahawk’s “radical design” prompted GT6 creators “to develop new physics for Gran Turismo in order to represent the car properly in the game,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo and president of Polyphony Digital, Inc.
The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo will be available to gamers on GT6 for PlayStation 3 this summer.
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