It runs on lasers… seriously.
There are concept cars and then there are concept cars which exist only in video games. The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo would be one of the latter, and it is appropriately bonkers. It makes 900 horsepower from a 671-kilowatt laser powered by lithium-ion batteries and an air-powered generator. Of course, you might as well say it runs on unobtainium or Bernie Ecclestone’s sense of morality, or something else that doesn’t exist.
Chevrolet says the virtual concept will sprint from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 240 mph. But what’s really important is the styling, because that is genuinely something dreamed up by the people who decide what real cars like the Corvette will look like.
It is named after Chaparral Racing, with whom Chevrolet has had a racing partnership since the Sixties. Yet the styling looks like it may be influenced by something a bit older. It put us in mind of the Auto Union Type C Streamliner, a supercharged V16-powered monster of a thing that could hit 248 mph in 1937 (really). But Chevrolet has no heritage to connect it to that car, so perhaps the designers just know a good thing when they see one.