|Chaparral 2J '70|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4|
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Detailed|
|Engine||Chevrolet Big-Block V8|
|Max Power||679 BHP|
|Performance Points||663 PP|
|0-60 Mph||3.2 seconds|
|Standing Quarter Mile||11.1 seconds|
The car appears to be the #66 driven by Vic Elford, who finished 15th place overall in the 1970 Can-Am season.
"Nicknamed "The Vacuum Cleaner", this car took the motoring world by surprise and became an icon in racing history."
The 2J may well be the most innovative, wildest racing machine ever created. The car, characterized by its big boxy rear end, entered the 1970 SCCA Can-Am racing series in North America, as the first machine in the series to feature active ground effects...in the form of a giant vacuum.
The Can-Am series was quite unusual as, at the time, there was no rule to limit the amount of horsepower for its race cars. Chaparral boss, Texas oil magnate Jim Hall, pulled a wild car from his sleeve when he created a race car that utilized two engines: one was a 690 HP powerplant to power the car and the other, an air-cooled snowmobile engine that powered a pair of large fans to such the air flowing underneath the car, thus making it "stick" to the road surface. The area between the sides of the bodywork and the ground were sealed by floating pieces of high-strength Lexan. Nicknamed "The Vacuum Cleaner", the Chaparral 2J astounded race fans and the other Can-Am drivers alike.
Aside from its odd looks, the 2J often took pole position by several seconds over heady competition that included the previously-dominant McLaren M8D...that is, when it was running. The 2J experienced many mechanical problems in its maiden season, making every race it entered a thrilling event.
Before the start of the 1971 season, the SCCA banned the use of engines used for other than powering the car itself, and the Chaparral 2J was banished from motorsports forever.
This car can be purchased for around 1,200,000 Credits at the Chaparral dealership.
This car can be purchased for 1,500,000 Credits.
This car can be purchased in Gran Turismo 5 in the Used Dealership for 15 million credits as a Level 23 Standard Car.
This car can be purchased for 4.500.000 credits at the Chaparral dealership. It has a detailed interior despite its simple look.
- The fan's power comes from a two-stroke snowmobile engine
- Due to the fan, this car was called "the sucker car"
- Contrary to most race cars which normally use manual transmission, this car has a 3-speed automatic transmission, developed in-house by Chaparral.
- It was raced only in the 1970 season of the Can-Am Series, before being banned for unfair technological advantage. However, the original idea of ground effect was later used, with much more successful results in F1, with the Lotus 78 and the Brabham BT46B (both of which have a big turbine on the back).