DRIVE network’s ‘Shakedown’ with Leo Parente provides a comprehensive rundown of what’s going on in the racing and motorsports world each week. In light of General Motors’ giant recall debacle, Parente decided to recall some of the worst racing cars ever put out by GM or powered by GM powerplants in the most recent episode of the show.
There are some entries on Parente’s list we agree with wholeheartedly. The Chaparral 2-series for example, particularly the 2H, was never very successful in the United States Road Racing Championship. It went through several different redesigns, each seemingly more whacky and ridiculous than the last, but was never the winning car lead designer Jim Hall hoped it would be. To his credit, the Chaparral 2-series was an icon, an innovation leader and, on a few occasions, a race winner.
However some cars Parente lists simply don’t deserve to make the “Worst GM racecars” list. The one that sticks out the most to us is the Oldsmobile Aerotech. Parente’s reasoning for listing the Aerotech as a terrible racing car is that it was a “charade of GM engineering,” because the chassis it sat on was actually from a March IndyCar. The Aerotech was never meant to showcase chassis engineering, and instead was a demonstration of the power of GM’s quad-4 engine and the super-streamlined body the GM Design staff drew up for the car, which looks futuristic even today. It also never went racing, so the use of the word “racecar” by Parente is a little dodgy.
Check out the video below and let us know if you agree or disagree with Parente’s list in the comments. You can also drop a line if you think he might’ve missed any bad GM racecars.