Chevy Chaparral 2X VGT Concept Will Bow in LA
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is heating up to be an exciting time for performance car enthusiasts. It’s in LA that Chevy will be unveiling its Vision Gran Turismo project, which is—wait for it—the Chevy Chaparral 2X VGT concept. That’s right, rather than look ahead to what the Stingray might look like in 25 years, Chevrolet has chosen to revive the Chaparral name.
Chaparral Cars was founded back in 1962 by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp, and the company is commended for advancing the “science of racing cars,” according to Chevrolet. The folks at Chaparral were innovators, pioneers even, and Chevy hopes to recapture that magic in its Vision concept for Gran Turismo.
The Vision project marks the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo game. The object is to have automakers look forward and imagine what the future of automotive design will look like. Thus, the Chevy Chaparral 2X VGT concept was born.
“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,” explained 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.”
Jim Hall had actual input on the concept car, which was designed by GM’s Advanced Design Studio. The car will be unveiled during the LA Auto Show on November 19th.
The car will then be available to race via an online update for Gran Turismo 6 during the holidays.