For low-flying lovers

Los Angeles ( USA ), 20 November 2014

The car world is not just the boring station wagons, mini - SUVs and small cars that most of us drive. Beyond the real vehicles there are the fantasies and dreams of fans and designers. The latter are responsible for so fascinating studies such as the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo. The study was developed for the Playstation racing game Gran Turismo 6 and can be downloaded as an online update. However, the computer model was also reconstructed and is shown as a real car at the LA Auto Show ( 21 to 30 November 2014).

Adjustable aerodynamics with classical models

The Chaparral 2X VGT was inspired by the famous Chaparral Cars of the 60s. The name is derived from the Chaparral Cock, a cuckoo, which is also known as Roadrunner. The eponymous race team enjoyed unofficially the technical support of Chevrolet. Chaparral Racing was founded by Formula 1 driver James " Hap " Sharp and the oil magnate Jim Hall. During the Chaparral 1 the late 50s still looked fairly conventional, the eccentric Chaparral 2 came on by its extremely high-rear wing. At Chaparral 2C, the large wing was even set from the cockpit.

A wing suit for low-flying aircraft

Even when Chaparral 2X VGT modifiable by the driver aerodynamics plays a key role. The pilot must maintain a plentiful unconventional position: He is lying face down in the car, with arms and feet pointing toward the four wheels. So the driver can directly change with his movements aerodynamics ?? similar to how it does a skydiver or BASE jumper on the way down with his wingsuit ( wing suit ). So special aerodynamic structures are unnecessary, which reduces the vehicle weight. The interior is minimalist. The instruments are, for example, is reflected in the helmet visor just the driver.

Laser drive with 900 hp

Unconventional but is also the drive: In the middle behind the driver, almost as an extension of his helmet, a powerful laser with 671 kilowatts installed, drawing its power from lithium - ion batteries. The laser emits light pulses which are focused on a point. This ignites a plasma, creating pressure waves arise which give the light racecar immense boost. As fantastic as it may sound Such things laser drives are actually tested by physicists, but for space. That it also works outside of a game on real roads, may be doubted. But that is not gonna work well ?? The main thing the car is fast, and that's it. The 900 hp thrust to bring the Chaparral racers in 1.5 seconds to 100 and allow over 380 km / h. Due to the lithium - ion batteries, from which energy is derived ultimately, the pleasure is of course completely emission-free ?? at least in the context of the Playstation game. ( sl )