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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Heritage and Performance Collide in This Stunning Jaguar Concept Car

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Imagine you’ve traveled back to the year 1957. Blasting down the final straight of Le Mans, a stunning Jaguar D-Type, winning its third consecutive title and celebrating a culmination of performance and design only a company like Jaguar could create.

Fast forward 60 years. The closest thing you’ll find today to the D-Type in the Jaguar lineup is the F-Type Project 7. A potent car in its own right, but nowhere near the racing pedigree or imaginative engineering you’d find in an original.

Thankfully, a few creative minds got together to create a worthy successor to the legendary Jag. This is the Jaguar D-Type Vision Gran Turismo concept, and everything about this unique concept heralds back to the original from 1957, but with some modern twists.

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Student artists Diego Ruiz, Felipe Amback, Paulo Grave, and Gusttavo Cassolari created the concept you see before you. A thesis project on the surface, but much more a true Jaguar the further you dig.

“To start the project we asked: what is Jaguar?” the group stated. “We found a lot of words, but one of them is the most important: passion.” Using the current Jaguar lineup and marketing strategy as a reference point, the key was to develop a concept deep with heritage and drawing from emotion, just like the original.

The final result is something to behold. The iconic ‘wing’ remains a fixture, while the open-top, single-seat design also carries over. But unlike the original D-Type it’s replacing, the lines are sharp, and the ‘passion’ translates more to something like aggression. Not that that’s a bad thing.





The group of designers imagines not only that the D-Type Vision concept would be the perfect subject for the Gran Turismo video game, but also in a limited run of around 54 units. All of which using a hybrid powertrain and a V10 engine.

The concept remains just that (for now), but there’s plenty of reason something like this should exist in the real world, if only just for a bit.