This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show was host of high-tech concept cars, such as the Infiniti Synaptiq and Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo. While the former lets you become one with the car by connecting your spine to its interface, the latter is powered by a laser propulsion system.
The Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept pays tribute to the “innovative race cars” that Chevrolet and Chaparral Racing have developed over nearly 50 years. It is described as a revolutionary interpretation of the ultimate race car, one made exclusively for fans of the PlayStation 3 racing game, Gran Turismo 6.
It’s built on a lightweight composite chassis and features an extremely aerodynamic body that requires the driver to lay face down with his / her arms and legs splayed toward the four wheels.
“Think of it as adapting a wing suit to a racing car, where the driver’s movements control certain aspects of the aero package,” said Frank Saucedo, the leader of the team responsible for the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo.
As if that wasn’t radical enough, power is provided by a powertrain that features a mid-mounted laser beamed-energy propulsion system that pulses beams of light into a shroud, creating shock waves that generate tremendous thrust.
Lithium-ion batteries and an air-powered generator provide energy for the laser engine, granting the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo with 900 horsepower and allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in an out-of-this-world 1.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 240 mph (386 km/h).
“This concept is an audacious and ambitious vision – and one that demonstrates to a new audience how Chevy’s engineering and design teams challenge norms and explore the technologies of tomorrow,” Saucedo added. “It’s also an ode to a unique partnership that pioneered ground-breaking technologies that are used today on the track and the street.”
So which concept car is cooler — the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo or the Infiniti Synaptiq? Let us know in the comments.
New Chevy Camaro LT1 Is A Performance Bargain For The Ages
The LT1 is a serious performance machine that the everyday man can afford.
For the 2020 model year, General Motors added to the updated Camaro lineup, one designed to pull customers away from the Mustang and Challenger. The new Chevy Camaro LT1 came well-prepared for the battle, combining the content and design of the already popular Camaro LT with the hard-charging engine of the Camaro SS to create a serious performance machine that the everyday man can afford.
At its heart breathes GM’s 6.2-liter LT1 engine, tuned to produce 455-horsepower. The V8 can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic, both driving the rear wheels, and offers more than enough power to pass virtually every car on road or highway, not that we encourage speeding.
Just as impressive as the performance is the Camaro LT1’s price. With pricing starting at $34,995 (including destination) in the United States, it is an unbelievable performance bargain for anyone who loves driving!
The comparably-powerful Ford Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger R/T, in comparison, start at $36,350 and $35,790, respectively.
You can order your new Camaro LT1 in coupe or convertible body styles, and with LT1 fender badges, black bow-ties, a vented hood adopted from the SS model, dark tinted taillamps, a rear spoiler, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, and red or orange brake calipers.
The interior can be equipped with Recaro sport seats and a suede steering wheel and shift knob, while the available technology Package adds Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen and a Bose premium audio system.
“The new Camaro LT1 is a great choice for those seeking a pure V-8 performance experience,” says Majoros. “And at less than $35,000, it will be one of the most affordable V-8 performers on the market.”
With the relatively subdued looks of the Camaro LT and the intoxicating power of the Camaro SS, the Camaro LT1 is a bit of a sleeper that few will see coming. Do you think it is hot or not? Have your say in the comments below.
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All-New, 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV Is A Baby Blazer
The new Trailblazer is perhaps not what you expected. It won’t be blazing any trails.
General Motors has revealed an all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer for North America, reviving a nameplate that hasn’t been used in over 10 years.
First unveiled in China last month, the Trailblazer is closely related to the new Buick Encore GX and slots between the Chevrolet Trax and Equinox. Its aggressive exterior styling clearly takes cues from the new Blazer, with key highlights including a squarish shape and a tall grille.
“The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” stated Chevy’s car and crossover marketing director, Steve Majoros. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”
Whereas its predecessor was a traditional SUV with real off-road capabilities, the new Trailblazer is optimized for city driving. It’s not the off-road beast most hoped for, and it probably can’t be turned into one.
The long list of standard safety features include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, while Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist and a High Definition Rear Vision Camera are optional.
Sales of the all-new, 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer begin in the first half of 2020.
GM’s ‘Buckle To Drive’ Lock System Forces Driver To Wear Seatbelt
The system prevents the vehicle from shifting into gear if the driver seatbelt is not secured.
General Motors has added a new ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature to its growing range of teen-driver safety technologies.
Called Buckle to Drive, the industry-first system is so simple that we’re surprised it tool so long for it to become mainstream. As a more strict and more effective seatbelt enforcement method than an annoying chime and reminder lights, it does not allow the driver to shift out of park for 20 seconds if his or her seatbelt isn’t secured.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States and teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared with other age groups.
When GM ‘s researchers piloted the new feature on a select number of fleet vehicles, seat belt usage among adults increased 16 percent over the regular audible chime.
The technology will launch in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse before rolling to other new GM vehicles. It must be activated via vehicle’s Teen Driver mode.