Could this be a sneak preview of the C8 Corvette or just another tease of a long-rumored mid-engine car from Chevy?
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What we do know for sure, though, is that Chevrolet will be unveiling its Corvette Vision GT Concept on Nov. 19 as the newest member of the highly popular Gran Turismo PlayStation game.
The Corvette Facebook page urges enthusiasts to keep watching because “when you combine the passion of the video gamer community with the passion of Corvette fans, you get the surprise we have in store for you in a few days.”
The forthcoming Corvette Vision GT Concept traces its lineage to 1962, when racers Jim Hall and Hap Sharp began Chaparral Cars and in the process upset the apple cart in the world of racing.
Chaparral pioneered the use of aerodynamics and aerospace technology, with help from Chevrolet Research and Development.
“Jim Hall and Chaparral blended the art of racing with science in an unprecedented way, changing the sport forever and inspiring a new generation to experiment with aerodynamics and unconventional materials,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “His race cars were four-wheeled physics projects that proved innovation – and a strong Chevy race engine – could drive you to the winner’s circle.”
Hall gave his input to GM’s Advanced Design Studio to come up with the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT concept that will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. Gamers will have a chance to race the vehicle after the release of an online update for Gran Turismo 6 during the upcoming holidays.
The Corvette Vision GT Concept “will serve as an example of what our designers are capable of when they are cut loose, no holds barred,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “A fantasy car in every sense of the word.”
The first Chaparral was a conventional front-engine race car built by Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes in 1961. The next year, Hall and Sharp purchased one of the original Chaparrals and designed and built Chaparral 2, a mid-engine car with an aerospace-inspired semi-monocoque fiberglass chassis.
The car was a big success from the start, with Hall earning the pole position in its first race at Riverside in 1963 while setting a track record. The next year, he won the United States Road Racing Championship and in 1965 captured the prestigious 12-hour race at Sebring.
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