Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Gran Turismo Car
On November 19, in advance of the US Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet has unveiled the full scale model of its Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo. The car which goes far beyond the boundaries of modern day automobiles will appear in the PlayStation 3 exclusive software Gran Turismo 6 in an update planned for the holiday season, where players around the world can experience the unique drive feel of this revolutionary car.
Chaparral has produced ground breaking racing cars that have revolutionized motorsports. The Texas based company had formed a partnership with Chevrolet Research and Development more than 45 years ago, pioneering now-standard methods and materials used in contemporary racing and production vehicles. In addition to things like composite monocoque chassis, lightweight-alloy powertrain systems, automatic transmissions for racing and progressive, active aerodynamics, the partnership also spawned ground-breaking telemetry vehicle data acquisition technology. Chevrolet continues to use racing programs to test and develop new technologies and materials.
The highlight of the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo which inherits this spirit of revolution, is in its styling and powertrain. The power supply selected for this car is a unprecedented laser propulsion system. The laser beam unit mounted central to the car produces a laser beam pulse which strikes a focusing shroud, and the resulting shockwave produces the thrust which propels this extremely light racing car. With a 671kW laser and air powered generator, this car rises to a top speed of 384km/h（240mph and accelerates from 0-60mph in 1.5 seconds.
This unprecedented Chevrolet Chaparral 2X drive unit is also closely associated with the unique driver position in the car. The driver almost lays completely flat towards the front, with all four of his appendages spread out towards the wheels when driving this car. The laser propulsion system and the suspension unit is laid out to match this driver position, and enables the futuristic active aerodynamics control.