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A racing car produced by Chaparral starting in 1957. Retroactively named.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chaparral Cars page on 5 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Background

Troutman and Barnes were builders of the original Chaparral race cars (later referred to as Chaparral 1). Jim Hall purchased two Chaparral 1s to race. When Hall and Sharp began building their own cars, they asked Troutman and Barnes if they could continue to use the Chaparral name. That is why the Hall/Sharp cars are all named Chaparral 2s (models 2A through 2J for sports cars/CanAm cars, and the 2K which was the 1979–1982 Indycar). Despite winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1980, they left motor racing in 1982. Chaparral cars also featured in the SCCA/CASC Can-Am series and Endurance racing.

Jim Hall and Chaparral was a leader in the innovation and design of spoilers, wings, and ground effects. A high point was the 1966 2E Can-Am car. The 2J CanAm "sucker car" was the first "ground-effects" car.

The development of the Chaparral chronicles the key changes in race cars in the 1960s and 1970s in both aerodynamics and tires. Jim Hall's training as an engineer taught him to approach problems in a methodical manner and his access to the engineering team at Chevrolet as well as at Firestone changed aerodynamics and race car handling from an art to empirical science. The embryonic data acquisition systems created by the GM research and development group aided these efforts. An interview with Jim Hall by Paul Haney illustrates many of these developments.

Models: 1

In 1957, Jim Hall raced the front-engined Chaparral (retroactively called the "Chaparral 1") through 1962, bought from Troutman & Barnes (like the Scarab, the Chaparral 1 cars were built in California by Troutman & Barnes). Hall and Hap Sharp extensively modified their Chaparral, and eventually decided to build their own car. They obtained permission from Trouman & Barnes to use the Chaparral name, which is why all of Hall's cars are called Chaparral 2s.


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1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
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1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
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1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 3,723KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 3,483KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 3,355KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 3,414KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 3,981KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
View photo of 1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 - Meister Bräuser - 4,035KB
1962 Chaparral 1 S/N 002 Meister Bräuser 1962 Serial Number 002
Meister Bräuser Mk.II

Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories
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