Virtual insanity: Meet the Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo

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In honor of the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo racing video game franchise, Chevrolet and famous race car builder Chaparral have revealed perhaps one of the wildest concepts to ever bear the Bowtie.

The Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo will be playable in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 via an online update. In the game, the 2X Vision will feature a laser-based propulsion system and an air-powered generator that gives the car 900 horsepower, a top speed of 240 miles per hour, and a 0-60 mph speed of 1.5 seconds.

However, as you can see above, Chevy and Chaparral have produced a real-life concept of the machine for the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs through November 30.

“It was created in a no-rules atmosphere to challenge designers and test engineers to deliver the most exhilarating sensations. This is a fantasy car by design,” said Frank Saucedo, who oversaw the 2X Vision concept team. “Like the original Chaparral race cars decades ago, the Chaparral 2X VGT weaves advanced aerospace technologies into the design to help achieve its performance goals.”

Another aspect of the 2X Vision that jumps out at you is that the driver is lying face-down inside the car with arms and legs pointed toward the wheels. The car’s propulsion and suspension is built around the driver, and allows him or her to adjust the aerodynamics.

Saucedo likened the car to a wing suit, and with the driver controlling the aerodynamics, there’s no need for the typical wings and aero bits you find on modern-day machines. Additionally, all instrumentation is projected on the driver’s visor.

“The Chaparral 2X VGT is a vision of how advanced technology may shape the look and driving experience of racing,” Saucedo adds. “Chaparral’s race cars and methods were seen as outlandish four decades ago, and with the innovative spirit still burning at Chevrolet, the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept might just be a harbinger of motorsports in the next four decades.”

Chevrolet becomes the latest manufacturer to contribute to the Vision Gran Turismo project, joining the ranks of Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, and more.

Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

IndyCar Harvest GP practice
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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for the injured Oliver Askew, also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.