Emerson Fittipaldi works with Pininfarina to create a new supercar

Pininfarina, possibly the most famous Italian design house, has designed a supercar for new manufacturer Fittipaldi. The car, called the EF7 Vision Gran Turismo, will be unveiled fully at this year’s Geneva motor show.

What we know about the new car is scant and the teaser image that Pininfarina has released reveals very little about what the car will look like. A tag line on the Fittipaldi website gives us the biggest clue about what we should expect, it says: “A champion’s dream, German engineering and Italian design.”

The champion that the statement refers to is, of course, Emerson Fittipaldi. The Brazilian driver started his F1 career in 1970 in a Lotus and went onto become the team’s number one driver after just five races. He then won the drivers’ title in 1972, and at 25 years old became the youngest F1 world champion. He held that title until 2005 when Fernando Alonso won at the age of 24. Fittipaldi went on to win another F1 drivers’ championship in 1974 after he moved to McLaren.

Fittipaldi, now 70, is still prominent in motorsport and makes regular appearances at Goodwood. But he is now directing his attention towards road cars. Pininfarina said this about Fittipaldi: “His sole mission was to apply all his track knowledge on creating a new experience that will elevate the driving ability of all supercar enthusiasts from around the world.”

Fittipaldi’s skill and knowledge combined with ‘German engineering’ – whether that means an entirely new car or if the EF7 borrows components from an existing German car, we aren’t yet sure – could create something very special. And, with Pininfarina responsible for its appearance, it should be a handsome looking car too.

Once the Fittipaldi EF7 concept has been fully revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the car will then be available to drive in the latest Gran Turismo Playstation game.

The EF7 will join an elusive collection of other Vision Gran Turismo concept cars that have appeared in the simulator franchise. The virtual world of Gran Turismo has hosted twenty different Vision GT cars, from a track-prepared Bugatti Chiron to sleek looking Mini Clubman. Sadly only a few of the Vision Gran Turismo concepts have been realised as full-scale cars, but none have ever made production. Maybe the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo will be the first.

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