As part of the ongoing Vision Gran Turismo series where a variety of automakers design crazy, futuristic cars to play in Gran Turismo 6, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) unveiled the wild SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Tuesday. It’s a stunning preview into what the future of performance cars could look like.
The Tomahawk comes in three different flavors: the entry-level S with 1,007 hp, the racing GTS-R (a nod to the legendary Viper GTS-R), which has 1,450 hp and weighs just 1,459 lbs, and the experimental X with 2,590 hp and a top speed of 404 mph. Yes, those numbers are correct, but bare in mind the fact that they only exist in the virtual world.
Each of the three versions of the Tomahawk use a V10 that sends power to the rear wheels and a crazy pneumatic system that sends power to the front wheels. That pneumatic system is also used to control the car’s active aerodynamics, which changes the way that air flows over the car as it moves around. As evidenced by the video below, it all adds up to a wild effect as the body panels change shape dramatically as the car makes its way around the racetrack.
The virtual driver is required to wear a pressurized “G-suit” because the Tomahawk’s performance is so extreme.The fact that it shares a name with the Tomahawk does not seem like a mere coincidence.
For its design, FCA held a competition open to every member of its U.S. design studio For its design, FCA held a competition open to every member of its U.S. design studio, selecting young designer Paul Hoste as the winner. Hoste grew up playing the Gran Turismo (as did seemingly every young person who cares about cars) and incorporated design cues from Dodge’s history of performance cars.
Don’t think that this is simply one designer’s flight of fancy, though. Hoste and the designers worked closely with engineers from Dodge’s performance division, Street and Racing Technology (SRT) who dedicated their extra time to develop the Tomahawk’s boundary-pushing performance.
The Tomahawk will be available to download in Gran Turismo 6, and maybe we’ll see it in the flesh 20 years from now. I wouldn’t count on it, but it’s fun to dream.