Strictly digital Chev
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.