The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

March 9, 2017
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Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.

It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.

That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.

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Don’t get your hopes up too high of owning one

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Say what you will about the rather emotional slant of this story, but every so often we need to be reminded of such things, right? After all, when you look at the EF7, you can’t help but remember who created it and the long road that he traveled on to get to this point. Okay, enough wistfulness for now.

Let’s take a look at the car.

On the surface, the EF7 looks like a bonafide GT track car. It’s got a super aggressive front section, sweeping curves that run for days, a low profile, and a noticeable rear wing at the back. In other words, it’s a masterpiece from the design wizards over at Pininfarina. The interior is flagrantly spartan as you’d expect. I for one am not too fond of that brown Alcantara wrap on the racing steering wheel, but if that’s what the car’s having, then that’s what the car’s having.

On the positive side, the EF7 does have thin-shell carbon seats will inevitably be fixed and individually fitted to owners with pads. There’s a range of tech also available to the car, including traction electronics and adjustable ABS, which is an important tool considering that people who might end up driving it on the track will probably have a wide variety of track skill sets.

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The EF7 looks like a bonafide GT track car. It’s got a super aggressive front section, sweeping curves that run for days, a low profile, and a noticeable rear wing at the back.

Moving on, the EF7’s technical features is highlighted by a 4.8-liter dry-sump V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. No performance numbers have been revealed but since Fittipaldi wants the car to weigh no more than 2,300 pounds wet, the car should be blazingly quick on any track.

All that said, arguably the most important piece of news about the EF7 is that there are actually plans to build it. That’s right. Fittipaldi Motors LCC, the company that Fittipaldi started to get his dream of building a GT car off the ground, has plans to build 39 units of the EF7s, all of which as track cars. Even here, there is some significance attached to the 39 units since it’s one unit for each of his race wins in both Formula One and IndyCar. Not only that, but every owner of the EF7 will also receive personal track instruction from Fittipaldi himself.

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The interior is flagrantly spartan as you’d expect. I for one am not too fond of that brown Alcantara wrap on the racing steering wheel, but if that’s what the car’s having, then that’s what the car’s having.

The caveat, of course, is the price. Since there’s no information on that front either, I think that with everything that it has and the limited quantities of production, the EF7 could fetch a price in excess of seven figures. At the very least, even guessing $500,000 seems like a conservative estimate.

The good news for the rest of us: there is a chance to drive one, thanks to Gran Turismo’s “Vision Gran Turismo” series. And wouldn’t you know it, but the EF7 will play have a prominent role in the video game franchise’s upcoming Gran Turismo Sport game.

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Press Release

F1 racing legend and Indy 500 champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, unveiled his dream track car, the much-anticipated Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina, at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The ultra-light, all carbon fiber supercar fuses the vision of F1 and Indy Car racing champion Fittipaldi, iconic Italian design company Pininfarina and race-bred German engineering firm HWA AG, and fulfills Fittipaldi’s dream to produce a car with fierce track-racing capabilities, for drivers of all skill levels.

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

“I have tried for years to explain to others what it truly feels like to be behind the steering wheel of a championship racecar. There is adrenaline and elation all rolled into an awe-inspiring inner fulfillment that leaves you craving for more. This is what our dream team created in the EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina,” said Fittipaldi of the first car to be released under the Fittipaldi Motors marque.

Revealing a commandingly sleek design underscored by an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio, the supercar’s design theme – that of a shark, inspired by Emerson – finds astounding aerodynamic expression in the vehicle’s flowing, aggressive lines; assertive yet incredibly beautiful and pure; and a balance between emotion and efficiency typical of Pininfarina’s design work.

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

“The EF7 is an exciting car that embodies Pininfarina’s DNA in terms of style and innovation, Emerson’s championship race experience and HWA AG’s flawless engineering skills. Our collective team was able to turn a dream into a driving machine,” enthused Pininfarina Chairman Paolo Pininfarina.

The EF7’s exceptional yet forgiving handling and performance, will be achieved through a powerful V8 naturally aspirated engine, integrated gearbox, suspension and braking system developed by HWA AG, and an ultra-lightweight, all carbon fiber chassis construction with an exceptionally low center of gravity.

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Added Hans Werner Aufrecht, Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HWA AG:

“In realizing the dream of a champion, the result is a car that combines racing technology and breathtaking design with drivability and the highest safety requirements.”

The carbon fiber monocoque is a specially designed safety capsule for both driver and passenger, enabling drivers to feel comfortable in the car, even while at its limits.

“I have had the privilege to work with many great teams in my life on and off the track, but this project took me to new heights, co-creating with the masters of legendary car design and race-winning engineering,” said Fittipaldi, who began his journey to create a supercar three years ago. “Combined they have over 140 years delivering on the elite cars of the world and this is now the same brilliance in the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina.”

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

The EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina will have a limited production with every EF7 owner having the opportunity to benefit from personal coaching by Emerson Fittipaldi himself and move up a driver-training ladder designed by the racing champion. In addition, owners will be able to join the Fittipaldi Racing Club which will provide exclusive VIP high-performance driving and racing experiences at some of the world’s premier racing circuits, led by Fittipaldi and other racing professionals.

Owners will also have bespoke customization options to personalize their EF7 complete with car interior and exterior options, multiple wheel options and personal Pantone color and racing numbers, along with Emerson Fittipaldi signature branding placement selections.

Meanwhile, supercar fans and video game enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the EF7 in the virtual world where it will be exclusively available in the upcoming PlayStation®4 videogame, Gran Turismo Sport™. The highly anticipated title from Polyphony Digital Inc. will bring a new era to racing games through its accessible single player and online game modes, including the brand new FIA Gran Turismo Championships, created in partnership with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The FIA Gran Turismo Championships will create an exciting new platform for motorsports, and the virtual EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina will be a part of this, featuring exactly the same characteristics as the real track car.

The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. and creator of Gran Turismo, added: “The Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina boasts a collective of some of the automotive world’s best partners and it is a project we’re honored to be a part of.”

Said Fittipaldi: “I won my first Formula 1 Championship at 25 years old, in a time when driving skill, team effort and technology played critical roles. In 2017, we are on a new horizon where real world and virtual world motorsports are merging and this is truly remarkable. Our partners, Gran Turismo, are the leaders in virtual racing field worldwide and we are truly excited to be working with them.”

What’s certain is that in both the real and virtual worlds, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina will provide an unparalleled racing experience for drivers of all skills levels.

“Together we have built the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina enabling lady and gentlemen drivers around the world to truly experience a new level of racing euphoria and passion and push beyond their limits on the most prestigious race circuits worldwide,” added Emerson.

“It has been three years since I started this journey and today, 7th March 2017, thanking God for His kindness and grace on this journey of my life, I present to you the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Turismo by Pininfarina.”

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