Chevrolet’s effort is called the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (pictured above) - built for the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 game.
The Chaparral tag is a nod to the racing team of the same name, which formed a partnership with Chevrolet more than four decades ago to produce motorsport specials.
But we must step back into the virtual reality of the video game before considering the Chaparral’s power plant…
The concept is powered by a laser connected to a pair of lithium-ion batteries, with an output of 671kW.
Further forward momentum comes from an air-powered generator, which combines for a 0-100km/h time of 1.5 seconds and a top speed of 384km/h.
Equally futuristic but designed for an entirely different reason is Infiniti’s Synaptiq concept.
The Synaptiq is Infiniti’s answer to the challenge laid down by LA Auto Show organisers this year, asking carmakers to consider ‘how will cars interact with us in 2029’.
Infiniti envisages transformable ‘cars’ in 15 years from now, capable of changing from street-racer to off-road buggy to flying machine.
The Japanese carmaker has even invented a racing category for the Synaptiq to compete in. Called the A.R.C. Race (air, rally, circuit), competitors would compete in a ‘triathlon’ of events tackling three different disciplines without even exiting the cockpit.
We’ll have to wait until 2029 to see how accurate Infiniti’s vision is, but the Synaptiq only exists on paper for now (see gallery below for more pictures).
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