Talk:Chaparral Cars

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Ground Effects[edit]

Since ground effect is all about creating a low pressure zone under the car, isn't the purpose of the skirts to stop air leaking in? i.e. The statement that "It also had ground effect skirts to keep air from leaking out..." is wrong.


This article needs a lot of expansion. Seems to me the Chaparral had an automatic transmission also, something unheard of at the time.

Toy cars[edit]

The 2F was one of the original cars in Aurora Plastics Corporation's XLerators slotless racetrack sets. The other car was a J3. Aurora also used these cars in their earlier slot car product line.

Accuracy of claim?[edit]

The intro reads:

Chaparral Cars was a United States automobile racing team which built race cars from 1963 through 1970. Named after a California coastal scrubland known as chaparral, it was founded in 1962 by Formula One racer Hap Sharp and Jim Hall, a Texas oil magnate with both engineering and race car driving skills.

The part in bold is the part I feel is fishy. Hall is from Midland, Texas, a West Texas oil town situated on the eastern edge of the American Southwest. The Geococcyx, a bird commonly known as a Chaparral in the area, is pretty common out in the brush in that region. In fact the local junior college's mascot is the Chaparral.

I don't really know what tie Sharp and Hall had to that particular area of California, but I would bargain that the company and cars were named after the speedy little desert bird. It would definitely make more sense. In fact the Chaparral logo even has a silohuette of the bird...

Are there any sources indicating that the company was named for the California region? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:31, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

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Is this the same Chapparral that made snowmobiles for several years in the mid 1970's? WriterWithNoName (talk) 16:43, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Yes. There might have been some legal distinction, but they were related organisations. When the "fan car" was built (the 2J) they used one of their snowmobile engines to drive it. Andy Dingley (talk) 17:09, 13 February 2017 (UTC)