Designers adapt advanced aerospace ideas for use on the racetrack

Over the past year, many automakers have been unveiling race car concept contributions to the “Vision Gran Turismo” project for the Gran Turismo 6 video game. Chevrolet unveiled their contribution and surprisingly, it isn’t a futuristic Corvette or Camaro. Instead, the automaker rekindled a relationship with iconic Texas-based race team Chaparral who particularly in the 70’s pushed the envelope on advances in race car engineering and design. The Chevrolet and Chaparral partnership introduced a number of technologies the auto industry widely uses today including composite monocoque chassis, lightweight-alloy powertrain systems, automatic transmissions for racing and progressive, active aerodynamics and the development of vehicle data acquisition.

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