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Chaparral 2

Jim Hall was already as a talented pilot when he an equally skilled engineer. The was 1963, and the young Texan was finishing his first complete in Formula One. Having some promising results at the of a private Lotus, he was courted by teams for 1964… but never – he already had other plans.

during the very same Hall had raced the first machine he had designed on the American stage, the Chaparral 2. A very car, this Chaparral, after a Texan bird was a spyder built around an semi-monocoque structure carrying a body drawn with in mind. Power was provided, as it was with most American of the time, by a small block V8, a Chevrolet.

Fed by four two-barrel carbs, it was good for about 420 This huge amount of passed through a Colotti gearbox before reaching the wheels.

Soon Jim Hall’s approach successful. Constantly improved to Chevrolet and Firestone’s supports, and more to Hall’s methodical which pushed him to experience new ideas on his cars, the Chaparral 2 was the car to beat. The original 2 was followed by the 2B and 2C, the latter riding on an aluminium

Chaparral also replaced the his car originally used by a self-developed transmission, a rather uncommon that would become its for years to come. After seasons, the Chaparrals had won 22 of the 39 races had entered, which gave even more ambition.

A step for a highly successful in a national competition is to advance to the level, that is, in Hall’s the World Championship for Makes. At the time, a brand new championship for spyders was being organized in America, the CanAm. Which one Hall next set his goal on?

The Texan didn’t even – he decided to enter both in

In endurance racing, Chaparral’s car be the 2D, a small coupe capitalizing on experiences in the field of aerodynamics. showing unfulfilled promises the two first races of the championship, a air intake was added to the 2D’s and the car was sent to Europe. Facing and potent opponents of the likes of and Ford, the Chaparral won the 1000 km on the twisty Nürburgring circuit.

the 2D was rather unreliable and this success remained an exception.

In the 2E spyder pioneered the use of a high-mounted which added downforce to the rear axle. Actually wasn’t the first one to imagine the such an aileron could – as early as 1956, Michael May pilot-engineer, this time Switzerland) had provoked much by fitting such a peculiar to his Porsche 550 spyder for a race at the

No one laughed anymore when May even the fastest competitors practice. As a result the other asked the organizers to ban May, they did… at the same postponing a crucial development for racing by a dozen years.

The of both the 2D and the 2E were incorporated the design of the 2F, Chaparral’s endurance for 1967. Another coupe, the 2F was with a huge movable – having his left foot thanks to the use of an automatic transmission, the would depress a pedal in straights in order to set the wing and generate minimum drag approaching a curve, he would it – the wing would then into an angle, increasing drag, which assisted and downforce, which helped Unfortunately, the 7.0-litre, 525 bhp Chaparral 2F was as as its predecessor the 2D, and would have nothing if not for an unexpected victory at the 500 at Brands Hatch, the very race of the season.

Chaparral two-pronged effort saw the entering a 2G spyder in CanAm, but the racers were rapidly momentum and were increasingly to beat. The FIA having banned of more than 3.0-litre for the 1968 endurance season, could concentrate on the CanAm, but the 2G, the 2H (the “Great White which replaced it in 1969, disappointing.

In 1970, Chaparral the CanAm world by storm the 2J, which seemed finally to shake McLaren’s utter The 2J was powered by 7.4-litre Chevrolet V8 about 680 bhp, but the reason of its wasn’t there.

A second engine, a tiny twin placed at the rear of the car two large fans which sucked the car onto the road – in so much suction force was that, turned upside the car could have stuck to the of a room… Practice times by the 2J were astounding and, the car was rarely able to finish a there was much moaning in the against Chaparral. Near the end of the McLaren and other CanAm were able to convince the that the side skirts by the 2J were illegal, and the car was banned. its progressive approach forbidden, retired from racing.

the models

Model: Chaparral 2D –

Year: 1966

Event: Nürburgring 1000 km, driven by Hill and Joakim Bonnier 1st overall)

Maker: Del Prado, or whoever models for Del Prado


Distributed by: Del Prado through an Japanese press series

brand new, in December in Hong Kong, S.A.R.

Chaparral’s main weakness is its wheels, Del Prado’s traditional heel. As the rest of the car is nothing than average, I cannot more than 9/20 to model.

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