Chevrolet is joining the Gran Turismo virtual concept game, albeit a bit late, with an ultra-modern version of the 1962 Chaparral. Officially called the Chevrolet Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo 2X VGT, the concept will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show before it gets released in the game.
Designed jointly by GM Advanced Design Studio and Chaparral Cars, the Chevrolet Chaparral Vision concept is extremely aerodynamic, and thanks to Chevrolet horsepower, extremely powerful as well. Despite all the modernity incorporated in the concept, it remains loyal to the spirit of the original Chaparral 2.
Chaparral 2 was a mid-engine car with an aerospace-inspired semi-monocoque fiberglass chassis. It was powered by a 327-cubic-inch Chevrolet small-block V-8 engine and would later incorporate an innovative torque-converter transaxle. it went on to become a hugely successful race car.
“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. “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.”