The Fittipaldi EF7 is a mid-engined sports car that is planned to reach production in the Spring season of 2018. This is the first vehicle by automotive company Fittipaldi Motors LLC.
When Emerson Fittipaldi left Brazil for Europe as a young man, he had two life dreams.
The first was achieved in October 1972, when Fittipaldi was crowned the youngest Formula 1 World Driving Champion to date racing for the Lotus F1 Team. The second has taken a bit longer, but Fittipaldi, now 70, took a giant step closer at this year’s Geneva motor show.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” Fittipaldi said as he unveiled his EF7 Vision Gran Turismo at the Pininfarina stand in Geneva. “Growing up in Brazil, even before I wanted to race, I dreamed of building a GT car. Thanks to a lot of creative partners, it’s now here for everyone to see.”
The EF7 was originally released only for the Gran Turismo Sport racing video game as a Vision Gran Turismo, until Brazilian F1 and IndyCar driver Emerson Fittipaldi announced he would start production for the car.
Only 39 units will be made. 39 comes from the 39 F1 and Indycar victories Fittipaldi gained. These units will only be track cars. Each customer will get personal racing coaching from Emerson Fittipaldi himself.
The purpose of the car is to have high power, low weight, and high downforce design, everything that Emerson Fittipaldi wanted for the car. Fittipaldi’s biggest goal for his car is to let his customers have the best fun out of the car.
The EF7 contains a 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that is dry-sump lubricated. It is expected to have 600 hp (447 kW; 608 PS) or more. This is still to be decided on the final car. Emerson Fittipaldi says the torque, which is at 320 lb·ft (434 N·m),will help for faster launch, thanks to low-RPM for the torque. This should help for running under-3-second 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) runs.
The engine fumes come out of an eight-pipe exhaust that gathers into one exhaust. The engine will also have a 9000 rpm redline.All of this power will be sent by a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The car’s weight is said to stand at 998 kg (2,200 lb). The weight distribution is also said to be at 52 up front, and 48 down the rear. This is thanks to a carbon-fiber build for both the monocoque and body panels.
The car’s suspension will be constructed by HWA AG, who will also build part of the car.
Manufacturer Fittipaldi Motors LLC
Also called Fittipaldi EF7 by Pininfarina
Production 2018 (expected start)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout Mid-engine design
Engine 4.8 L naturally-aspirated dry-sump lubricated V8
Transmission 6-speed semi-automatic
Curb weight 998 kg (2,200 lb)
The concept car is the Vision Gran Turismo version. The design, according to Fittipaldi himself, is supposed to represent a shark. This is loosely influenced in the car’s body language.
The design was also made in only six months. The car was also inspired by wind, and how it travels by the car.
The production car will have typically the same design as the concept version, but will have a few differences.
The Fittipaldi EF7 was unveiled in concept form at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and 39 production models will be built at an estimated cost of $1 million each.