Fiat’s SRT Tomahawk Vision Exists Only in a Video Game
Fiat’s New SRT Tomahawk Vision – ( TeK-ThinK)
The SRT Tomahawk Vision by Fiat is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and aesthetically pleasing supercars we’ll ever lay our eyes on. Unfortunately, this Fiat concept vehicle isn’t going to be tearing up the streets anytime soon. The only way we’ll be able to see it is if we have a Sony Playstation 3 video game console and a copy of Gran Turismo 6.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) recently announced that it was releasing its newest concept vehicle as a free download for Polyphony Digital Inc.’s popular car racing simulator. This comes as a surprise considering the fact that Fiat has never really jumped on the electric supercar bandwagon even when competitors like BMW and Audi have.
The Sportscar of 2035
Fiat’s Street and Racing Technology design and engineering teams came up with the concept for the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo based on “the sportscar of 2035” theme. With three grade models, this Fiat concept vehicle is a single-seater that combines existing and future technologies that make it the gaming world’s fastest hybrid vehicle. At the core of this futuristic supercar’s design is a 7 liter V10 engine that is positioned in the middle of the vehicle at a 144 degree angle. Then there’s a pneumatic power unit connected to the hybrid’s front tires that produces drive force and also powers the vehicle’s air suspension system.
While the base model (Tomahawk S) has an impressive top speed that maxes out at more than 250 mph, the true star of the show is undoubtedly the Tomahawk X which has a total output of 2590 horsepower and 404 mph top speed. In order to drive the Tomahawk X in real life, you’ll need to wear a G-suit if you don’t want to have your bones broken (or internal organs damaged) when rounding corners at speeds in excess of 300 mph.
Why Isn’t Fiat Making This Now?
Although most people are saying that Fiat is missing out by only releasing this concept for a 2 year old game, the truth of the matter is that making a working prototype of any of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo models is not viable as of the moment. First off, the technology this Fiat concept vehicle is supposed to use is either still in development or not available at all. And even if the technology and materials were available, the expected cost for producing a prototype would be more than enough to deter any carmaker. Costs and availability of materials aside though, another reason why this car won’t see the light of day any time soon is Fiat’s hesitancy to compete against EVs from Tesla, BMW, and Audi.
Fiat’s Electric Cars (Or Lack Thereof)
As of now, the only electric car available from Fiat is the 500e and it’s not exactly the kind that’s going to break speed records on the racetrack. The 500e is a plug-in electric car that’s mainly targeted for the budget conscious and is only available in California. It’s also not a favorite of Sergio Marchionne, Fiat’s Chairman of the Board. Marchionne has even gone on record to say that he hoped people wouldn’t buy the 500e since his company was selling it at a loss. Although this was said in the context of profitability, completely abandoning EVs (for now at least) and what they stand for might not be such a good idea. Hopefully, the company does change its stance so that we could at least see the SRT Tomahawks at the racetracks. For now though, we’ll just have to be content with seeing and “driving” this Fiat concept vehicle on the PS3.