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Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Twit­ter: @PaulWard­Gover

CON­CEPT cars once pro­vided a win­dow on the fu­ture. Th­ese days, some are built solely for the vir­tual high­ways of com­puter games.

The Chevro­let Cha­parral 2X un­veiled in Los An­ge­les this week is a pointer to a car that will com­pete in the lat­est Gran Turismo. It fol­lows fu­tur­is­tic gamer cars from a range of mak­ers in­clud­ing Mercedes-Benz.

The silli­ness of the Cha­parral runs from a crazy pow­er­plant in the tail to a lay-down driv­ing po­si­tion.

But Chevro­let, which is re­viv­ing the name of the Cha­parral team that pushed the bound­aries in sports car rac­ing in the 1960s, knows it’s all about the per­for­mance in the vir­tual world. How else could it claim a “mid­mounted laser beamed-en­ergy propul­sion sys­tem, which pulses beams of light that fo­cus in a shroud, cre­at­ing shock waves” us­ing a 671kW laser run by lithium-ion bat­ter­ies?

The car is claimed to have a top speed of 400km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 1.5 seconds. But the true head­line num­ber is the 72 mil­lion peo­ple who have a copy of Gran Turismo 6 and are ex­pected to down­load the Cha­parral 2X as a bonus for the game.

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