Chevrolet debuted their futuristic Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, proving that 79-year old designer and Chaparral founder, Jim Hall, has the same talents and imagination which he applied to his racecars in the 60s. Autoblog caught up with Hall at the Los Angeles auto show, where he divulged some additional information on the theoretical racer.
Hall reviewed early sketches and drawings of the 2X which were completed by GM Design employees. He gave the team input and suggested changes, including mounting a camera over the cabin to aid in driver visibility. He also insisted on the 1.5 second 0-60 time and 240 mph top speed, enabled by the 900 horsepower laser-beam propulsion system.
“I said our cars are built to be winners,” Hall told Autoblog.
Hall used to race for Lotus in Formula One before launching his own Can-Am team in the 60s. Chaparral rose to fame for their forward way of thinking and innovative solutions. The 2X continues Chaparral’s legacy of experimental designs, and will hopefully get younger enthusiasts excited about engineering and design, Hall said.