Chevrolet has unveiled the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Designed to pay tribute to the "innovative race cars" that Chevrolet and Chaparral Racing developed more than 45 years ago, the Chaparral 2X has a composite chassis and an extremely aerodynamic body that requires the driver to lay face down with their arms and legs splayed toward the wheels.
Power is provided by a laser-based propulsion system that draws inspiration from "advanced work targeted at space travel and future aircraft design." As the automaker explains, the mid-mounted laser propulsion system pulses of light that focus in a shroud creating shock waves that generate tremendous thrust. The laser is powered by lithium-ion batteries and an air-powered generator which help the car to produce 900 bhp (671 kW). Chevrolet says this will enable the concept to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 240 mph (386 km/h).
According to GM's executive director of advanced design, Clay Dean, "This concept is an audacious and ambitious vision – and one that demonstrates to a new audience how Chevy’s engineering and design teams challenge norms and explore the technologies of tomorrow." He added, "It also an ode to a unique partnership that pioneered ground-breaking technologies that are used today on the track and the street.”