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Chevrolet Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept Bound for L.A.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/13/2014 Jason Udy
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo© Provided by MotorTrend Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo

When Chevrolet teased a new Vision Gran Turismo concept on its Chevrolet Corvette Facebook page, we assumed the topless concept car was Corvette-based. Now, the automaker has revealed that its entry in the Vision GT series will be the Chevrolet Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

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Dubbed the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT, the concept was designed by GM’s Advanced Design Studio along with Jim Hall of Chaparral Cars fame. In 1962, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp founded Chaparral Cars and changed the racing world with their wild aerodynamics and Chevrolet engines.

“Jim Hall and Chaparral blended the art of racing with science in an unprecedented way, changing the sport forever and inspiring a new generation to experiment with aerodynamics and unconventional materials,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, in a release. “His race cars were four-wheeled physics projects that proved innovation -- and a strong Chevy race engine -- could drive you to the winner’s circle.”

Over the years, Chaparral created a variety of race cars. The first, built by Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes, was a front-engine race car built in 1961. After Jim Hall and Hap Sharp founded Chaparral Cars, Inc. in 1962, the duo built the mid-engine Chaparral 2. Powered by a 327-cubic-inch Chevrolet small-block V-8 engine, the Chaparral 2 was successful in the 1963 through 1965 race seasons.

Chaparral Cars and Chevrolet Research and Development worked to develop composite monocoque chassis, lightweight alloy powertrain pieces, racing automatic transmissions, and active aerodynamics. The 1966 Chaparral 2E featured a large wing that produced as much as 240 pounds of downforce at 100 mph. The Chaparral 2E and 2F were successful in the 1966 and 1967 race seasons, respectively. By 1970, the big-block V-8-powered Chaparral 2J had reached a high point of aerodynamic downforce. A pair of fans sucked air from underneath the car, creating suction and more downforce.

The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT concept will debut at the Los Angeles auto show on November 19 and will be available for download in Gran Turismo 6 during the holiday season.

Source: Chevrolet

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