Going roughly one light year beyond the typical fairytale figures you might associate with a concept car, Chevrolet is cracking into pure fiction.
The Chaparral 2X Vision GT concept just debuted at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show powered by an imaginary laser pulse propulsion system, “which pulses beams of light that focus in a shroud, creating shock waves that generate tremendous thrust in the lightweight race car,” Chevrolet said today, describing its Gran Turismo Vision race car. Like the long list of other Vision GT cars, Chevrolet created its imaginative concept for the Gran Turismo 6 video game.
With the understanding that the Chaparral 2X Vision GT isn’t real, it is powered by a 671-kW laser connected to a pack of lithium ion batteries and an air-powered generator that can provide up to 900 hp. You will be able to take the car for virtual laps in the game where it will achieve a top speed of 240 MPH and a 0-60 time of only 1.5 seconds.
But there’s history behind the especially farfetched concept car because of Chaparral Racing’s longstanding history with Chevrolet. The two partnered roughly 45 years ago and pioneered automotive technology developments including the composite monocoque chassis, lightweight-alloy powertrain systems, automatic transmissions for racing and progressive and active aerodynamics.
Going back to the future, the concept car on display in L.A. has an extreme-looking body for a reason. The driver lays prone with legs and arms splayed toward the wheels.
“Think of it as adapting a wing suit to a racing car, where the driver’s movements control certain aspects of the aero package,” said Frank Saucedo, who oversaw the project. “In many ways, the Chaparral 2X VGT is like racing wing suit, with a protective fuselage for ‘flying’ very low to the ground.”
Chevrolet says the suspension system and propulsion components are designed around the driver, as are the adjustable aerodynamic pieces that eliminate the need for large conventional wings to generate downforce.
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GALLERY: Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision GT Concept
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