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.
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.