A newly launched company called Vazirani Automotive has presented a design concept for its upcoming turbine electric supercar at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The car, called the Vazirani Shul_Inspire Gran Turismo, was developed and designed with input from Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi and his team. While only a concept for now, Vazirani hopes to eventually make the car a reality. If it does reach production, the Shul will tap a jet turbine electric powertrain, with the turbine acting as a generator for the lightweight lithium-ion battery pack. Vazirani says the presence of the turbine allows them to use a smaller battery, thus saving weight, and prevents range anxiety.
As for the Shul’s body, it’s made entirely from carbon fiber and was designed by company founder Chunky Vazirani himself. Vazirani graduated from graduated from the Art Center College of Design in California and has worked as a designer around the world at Land Rover, Volvo, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, among more. Chunky says the vehicle’s proportions are “a reflection of the technology packaged underneath,” and exude a “classic automotive elegance.”
This creation may seem like vaporware, but Vazirani has teamed up with respectable partners for the project. In addition to Gran Turismo, the company has also tapped the engineering expertise of the Force India Formula 1 team in the Shul’s development.
“I am delighted to see the launch of the first ever Indian Supercar,” said Force India team boss Vijay Mallya. “Sahara Force India is the first and only Indian entry in the Formula One World Championship and the team has achieved fourth place in 2016 and 2017. It is only logical for us to collaborate with Vazirani Automotive to advise mainly with aerodynamic design and participate in this important milestone in Indian automotive engineering.”
The Vazirani Shul concept is on display at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. It’s not clear when or if the vehicle will head to production, but with seemingly strong backing for the project, the Shul looks promising from the outset. Let’s hope it materializes into an actual, drivable product.
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