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Tron Comes Alive in the Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision GT

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept  © General Motors
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept
© General Motors

Well, sort of.  Instead of a Light Cycle, you get into a four-wheeled car that goes from 0 to 60 mph (96.6 kph) in 1.5 seconds thanks to a 671 kW laser.  Yup, a big @ss laser propels the car and gives it 900 bhp, propelling the car to a whopping top speed of 240 mph (386 kph).

The car called the Chaparral 2X Vision GT was unveiled by Chevrolet at the Los Angeles Motor Show.  It was built for Kazunori Yamauchi’s Gran Turismo racing series.  And unlike other Vision GT concepts from Subaru, Mitsubishi and BMW, you can actually touch it or even get in.

And when you try, that’s where you feel like Flynn of Tron.  Instead of lying back on a seat, you lie face down with your limbs reaching out for the wheels.  Much like the Light Cycles, the propulsion and suspension is built around the rider that “enables progressive strategies of active and driver adjustable aero,” according to the car maker.

The fun doesn’t stop there, did we say that the car uses a laser?  The laser is powered by a battery pack of lithium ion batteries and an air-powered generator to generate earth friendly 900 bhp of power.  The powertrain was “inspired by technology derived from advanced work targeted at space travel and future aircraft design,” according to Chevrolet.  The laser is mounted in the middle to pulse beams of light to create shock waves that thrust the vehicle forward like a jet, or maybe a rocket.

“The Chaparral 2X VGT is a vision of how advanced technology may shape the look and driving experience of racing.  Chaparral’s race cars and methods were seen as outlandish four decades ago. The 2X VGT concept might just be a harbinger of motorsports in the next four decades,” says the car company.

That’s all fine, just don’t zap us with a laser, okay?

Note: The model at the LA Motorshow isn’t actually drivable but you can burn rubber with this baby in a future release of GT.

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