By now you probably know that F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi is developing a futuristic supercar with famed Italian coachbuilder and design house Pininfarina. New teaser images are constantly trickling out, and they paint a picture of a very interesting vehicle, one that is supposed to take advantage of Emerson Fittipaldi’s track knowledge.
The Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo will be properly unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7. For those unable to either make it to the Geneva event or lay their hands on a Pininfarina-built Fittipaldi special, the supercar will be able to be experienced in Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo video game, as the name implies. Or as the creator of the Gran Turismo game, Kazunori Yamauchi, put it: “Emerson Fittipaldi’s vision, Pininfarina’s design aesthetic and HWA’s engineering capability, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina boasts a collective of some of automotive’s best partners and is a project we’re honored to be a part of.” Interestingly, there will also be a FIA-certified eSports Gran Turismo Championship, for virtual racing, and the fact being mentioned in conjunction with the EF7 introduction gives some reassurance that it will take part in the eSports championship.
Today’s teaser shows a better view of the massive rear wing on the supercar, as well as what appears to be a multi-level rear diffuser. It appears the car is mid-engined, and there is some reinforcement visible through the window over the powertrain. What we’ve seen so far looks very serious.
Pininfarina speaks fondly of the EF7. “The result is an exciting car that embodies Pininfarina’s DNA in terms of style and innovation, Emerson’s long-lasting experience and HWA’s engineering skills. Our collective team was able to turn a dream into a driving machine,” says Pininfarina Chairman Paolo Pininfarina.
As well as the EF7 receiving shapely flanks and aggressive spoilers courtesy of Pininfarina, its powertrain will be overseen by AMG’s offshoot HWA, named after Hans-Werner Aufrecht, one of AMG’s founders. “The realization of the dream of a multiple Formula 1 World Champion in building a supercar is an exciting new challenge for us. As a development partner, we achieved together with Emerson Fittipaldi and the renowned Italian automobile designer, Pininfarina a vehicle, that combines racing technology and breathtaking design with drivability and the highest safety requirements,” said Aufrecht. HWA has been building racing cars for half a century, and it has a number of DTM championships to its name.
We’re likely to see more of the EF7 before it is unveiled next week. Pininfarina will be having a busy show, as it will also debut a concept version of an electric luxury sedan being built for a Hong Kong company. That car is called the H600 concept.