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F1 racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi chose the Geneva International Motor Show to unveil his dream track car – the much-anticipated Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina.
The ultra-light supercar fuses the vision of F1 and Indy Car racing champion Fittipaldi, iconic Italian design company Pininfarina and race-bred German engineering firm HWA.
“I have tried for years to explain to others what it truly feels like to be behind the steering wheel of a championship racecar. There is adrenaline and elation all rolled into an awe-inspiring inner fulfillment that leaves you craving for more. This is what our dream team created in the EF7,” Fittipaldi maintains.
The car – the first to be launched under the Fittipaldi Motors banner – is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine mounted at the rear of a carbon-fibre chassis. According to Fittipaldi, the vehicle can be piloted by drivers of varying skill levels. “The car combines lightweight racing technology, an exceptionally low centre of gravity and safety features that meet the highest standards,” he says.
Pininfarina chairman Paolo Pininfarina describes the car as exciting. “Our collective team was able to turn a dream into a driving machine,” he says.
Fittipaldi, who began his journey to create a supercar three years ago, adds that he has had the privilege of working with many great teams on and off the track – “but this project took me to new heights, co-creating with the masters of legendary car design and race-winning engineering.”
The EF7 will have a limited production run, with every owner having the opportunity to benefit from personal coaching by Fittipaldi. In addition, owners will be able to join the Fittipaldi Racing Club which will provide exclusive high-performance driving and racing experiences at some of the world’s premier circuits.
Owners will also have bespoke customisation options that will enable them to personalise their cars, including a variety of wheel designs and Pantone colours. Meanwhile, supercar fans and video game enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the EF7 in the virtual world.
The car has been incorporated in the upcoming PlayStation4 videogame, Gran Turismo Sport – a highly anticipated title that features the newly developed Grand Turismo Championships created in partnership with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, which is said to herald an exciting new platform for motorsport gamers.
“I won my first Formula 1 Championship as a 25-year-old,” Fittipaldi says. “At that time, driving skill, team effort and technology played critical roles. In 2017, we are on a new horizon where real world and virtual world motorsports are merging.
“Our partners, Gran Turismo, are the leaders in virtual racing field worldwide and we are truly excited to be working with them.”
What’s certain is that in both the real and virtual worlds, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina will provide a unique racing experience.