Chevrolet revealed more of their new virtual concept designed for the famous video game Gran Turismo 6. The Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo, as it’s called, looks more like a spaceship from year 2050, but it is in fact inspired by a racing car from the Sixties.
Chevrolet Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo is a wish list of what car makers wish they were capable of doing. The dream car features a mid-mounted laser beamed-energy propulsion system which pushes the car forward by generating powerful shockwaves. This is literally space age technology. The car also has composite construction and active aerodynamics.
The laser powertrain consists of a 671-kW laser, powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries, and an air-powered generator to provide 900 horsepower worth of thrust. With that kind of oomph, the imaginary Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds and reach 240 mph… in the game.
It’s a good thing the Chaparral is a virtual concept, because driving it doesn’t seem to be the most comfortable or dignified job. It has an unconventional driving position with the driver’s arms and legs splayed toward the wheels and his face down!
“The Chaparral 2X VGT is a vision of how advanced technology may shape the look and driving experience of racing,” said Saucedo. “Chaparral’s race cars and methods were seen as outlandish four decades ago, and with the innovative spirit still burning at Chevrolet, the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept might just be a harbinger of motorsports in the next four decades.”