Chevy prepares V Vision ision Gran T Turismourismo-based based classic Chaparral race cars By C.C. Weiss By Weiss November 14, 2014
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Chevy's new 2X VGT revives the spirit of innovation set by Chaparral in the 60s and 70s Image Gallery Gallery (6 images) We're pretty sure the the Nissan Nissan Concept 2020 2020 is the coolest of the Vision Gran Turismo concepts. Then again, maybe it's the the Aston Martin DP-100? DP-100? A trip a little farther down memory lane Mercedes-Benz.. With so many virtual racers hitting PlayStation this reminds us of last year's year's Mercedes-Benz past year, it's difficult to decide. Another Vision Gran Turismo Turismo debut is sure to make the decision even tougher. Chevy is preparing a design based on Chaparral race cars from the 60s and 70s, adding a bit of historical pedigree to what wh at promises to be a wild, futuristic track car.
While previous Vision Gran Turismo design teams concerned themselves with making futuristic – or or just plain wild – wild – renderings, renderings, Chevy injects a bit more history into its design. It's using its Vision Gran Turismo as an opportunity to pay pa y homage to the cutting-edge technological advances that Chaparral Cars made in the 60s and 70s. Founded in 1962 by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp, Chaparral teamed with Chevrolet Research and Development in developing a series of bleeding-edge race cars. The company came out of the gate swinging with the Chaparral 2, a semi-monocoque fiberglass chassised car with a Chevy small-block V8 mounted amidships. That race car went on o n to set a track record in its first race in 1963 and win the 12-hour race at Sebring in 1965. From there, Chaparral worked with Chevy Research on a series of high-tech cars that featured elements like composite monocoque construction, active aerodynamics and vehicle data acquisition systems. Some of their most famous design elements included the large, stilted rear wings on the Chaparral 2E and 2F cars and the fan-assisted downforce system that the 2J used to suction itself to the track – track – at at least for a few races, before b efore the system was banned.