Automakers are continuing to roll out their Vision concept cars for Gran Turismo 6, and the latest vehicle is the Tomahawk from the crazy folks over at SRT. Today, SRT has finally unveiled this stunning concept after a short round of teasing, and it was well worth the wait.
The first thing that jumps off the page is the insane look of this concept. Its low-slung roofline and long body make it look like a futuristic missile flying around the racetrack. On top of looking like something from the future, SRT engineers built it out of advanced materials, including ultra-light body materials that help keep its curb weight in check. Another peek into the future includes fast-actuating aerodynamic body panels that help keep the rig planted on the track and help in braking.
While the body is a thing of both beauty and nightmares, what powers the Tomahawk is the star of the show. Here lies a wide-angle 7.0-liter V-10 power plant that drives the rear wheels, while the front wheels are pneumatically driven.
The pneumatic side of the powertrain is a power-on-demand system that compresses air using energy from the engine or from the regenerative braking system and stores it in two tanks. This compressed air is then used to either drive the front wheels, activate the aerodynamic body panels, adjusting the variable-rate pneumatic springs, or fill the G-suit, which I will talk about later.
The Tomahawk Vision Concept is available in three levels: S, GTS-R, and X. The S model is the entry-level version, and its V-10 engine lays down 792 horsepower while its pneumatically driven front wheels chime in with an extra 215 ponies. In this version, the Tomahawk tips the scales at 2,026 pounds, delivers 1,007 horsepower, and tops out at over 250 mph.
The GTS-R model receives a power bump to 1,450 horsepower – 1,137 from the V-10 engine and 313 from the pneumatic system. Additionally, SRT trims the curb weight to just 1,459 pounds, making it the lightest version of the concept. This extra power and lightened body push the top speed to over 300 mph.
The X version is sheer insanity thanks to an output of 2,590 horsepower – 2,168 ponies from the V-10 engine and 422 more horses from the pneumatic system. In this state of tune, the Tomahawk tops out at an unimaginable 404 mph. What’s more, this model requires the driver to wear a G-suit for protection.
I think it is obvious that there is no production version of the Tomahawk in the works, but you can pick up the digital version of this car for GT6 on the Playstation 3 this summer.