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Chevrolet Chaparral concept race car ignores all the rules
Chevrolet Chaparral concept race car ignores all the rules

When General Motors designers created the Chevrolet Chaparral concept car for the Los Angeles Auto Show — and a digital version for the Gran Turismo PlayStation game — they tossed out all the rules they believe stifle innovation in auto racing. Regulations designed to contain the expense of fielding an IndyCar race team also smother innovation in aerodynamics, suspension and engines, they said. Starting last year, for example, all cars must run on a twin-turbocharged V6. No V8s allowed. Forget about more exotic technology such as turbines. Everybody's racing to a rubric. Speeds have declined. The four-lap average speed record — 237 mph — was set way back in...

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