- SRT tomahawk designed using technology firm believes is 20 years ago
- Has been released as a car in Gran Turismo 6 computer game
It is an exciting glimpse of what cars could be like in 20 years – and you can drive it online today. Fiat Crysler’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) engineering team created the astonishing car based on their predictions for the future of racing. Its rear wheels are powered by a V-10 engine that delivers up to 2,168 horsepower, while the front wheels are driven pneumatically – allowing a top speed of 404mph, so fast the driver will have to wear a special suit.
Three powerful versions – S, GTS-R and X – offering increasing levels of performance and technology, and the range-topping SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X boasts 2,590 hp combined. The extreme exterior look of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo was born from an internal design competition that sought a futuristic (2035) interpretation of a high-performance Dodge. ‘It doesn’t take much to bring out the competitive spirit of the team,’ said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ‘We have plenty of Gran Turismo fans in the room and every one of them has the same goal – win the race. ‘Everything we’ve done with the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo aims for that goal.’ The driver views the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s instruments and communication system on a clear digital overlay on the graphene windshield.
A large air intake for engine cooling is mounted on the hood. Active panels mounted above the front and rear fenders are constantly moving, via pneumatic assist, to create the optimal amount of aerodynamic downforce for braking assist and traction under acceleration. The entire vehicle design, from the driver position to the nearly flat layout of the V-10 engine, is intended to achieve the lowest possible center of gravity. ‘We had fun stretching our minds to create the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo for GT6.
Pressurized air drives fast-actuating aerodynamic body panels for enhanced braking/traction performance
‘The game places a high emphasis on capturing reality in a virtual environment; our goal was to respect that philosophy by focusing on plausible future technologies that could achieve our vision of extreme performance,’ said Mike Shinedling, Manager – Advanced Concepts, SRT Engineering, ‘Everyone can appreciate an exquisite design and something that is beautifully engineered; when those two things are brought together in a fusion of cooperation, there is nothing more exciting.’ Ultra-lightweight materials used in the chassis and body work result in a car that weighs just 1,658 pounds in its ultimate performance configuration – just slightly heavier than a current day Formula One race car. Rear wheels are powered by a wide-angle (144 degrees) V-10 engine that delivers up to 2,168 horsepower. Front wheels are pneumatically driven independently. Combined with the V-10 powertrain, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo boasts up to 2,590 hp. Maximum performance version the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo rolls with 1.56 hp per pound.
In addition to the front wheel power unit, pressurized air drives fast-actuating aerodynamic body panels for enhanced braking/traction performance, and activates driver’s G-suit during extreme maneuvers. Pressurized air is stored in tanks integrated into SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s chassis to negate any weight penalty.