1970 Chaparral 2J


Images courtesy and copyright Greg Cooper and
Pete Lyons

Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
Jim Hall's Chaparrals are known for their revolutionary ideas being the archetype for many current design details.  The Chaparral 2J is the ground-breaking "Sucker Car".  The 2J generated aerodynamic grip via a snow mobile engine hooked up to generate suction along the underside of the underbody.

Pete Lyons, author of the book Can-Am, generously let us use some of his images and they nicely compliment the page giving us additional insight.  Many thanks to Mr. Lyons. 

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1970 Chaparral 2J Specifications
Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Monocoque: Aluminum monocoque
Engine: 8112 cc normally aspirated Chevrolet V8 90║, secondary 274 cc Rockwell JLO to drive suction fan (55+ hp)
Horsepower: 700+ hp
Gearbox: 3-speed automatic
Length: 3683 mm 
Width: 1981 mm
Front Track: 1524 mm 
Rear Track: 1397 mm
Wheelbase: 2134 mm
Weight: 821 kgs
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