This Just May Be the First-Ever Model of A $2000 Challenge Car

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jan 30, 2021 | $2000 Challenge

Sure, you could build a “normal” model car, like a Lamborghini or even a P-51 Mustang, but why do that when you could build a faithful, small-scale replica of a $2000 Challenge car?

Well, that’s exactly what forum member vwcorvette did.

Based on the No. 66 “Cheaparral” from the 2007 running of the $2000 Challenge, the model successfully replicates the team’s attempt at making their own version of the Chaparral 2J—an odd-looking Can-Am racer that used a system that quite literally sucked the car down to the road—out of a C4 Corvette.

For the real Cheaparral, its team was able to pull off an overall win in 2007 despite a stuck throttle and the car’s blower motor giving out.

And now that legacy lives on, just in small scale.

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thebc
thebc New Reader
1/30/21 7:57 a.m.

What a wild car to watch go through the slalom course, earning the nickname "Zamboni" as it swept it's way through the course.  The inside of the windshield was etched as though hit by a sandblaster, it threw debris 20+ feet into the air. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
1/30/21 9:50 p.m.

Thanks for the highlight. I hope to do some kind of video to highlight some of the, um, highlights!

CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter)
CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) Reader
1/31/21 7:33 a.m.

I remember reading about this build-it was amazing!

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
1/31/21 8:10 a.m.

What ever happened to this car?

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
1/31/21 2:47 p.m.
Mndsm said:

What ever happened to this car?

It was donated to the NCM and is used for teaching STEM.

And to be fair, the team built their own in 1:18 scale. Mine is 1:25.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/31/21 3:11 p.m.

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

Did they decal theirs or do I need to resize and print another sheet?

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/31/21 3:21 p.m.

We actually did a scale GRM Challenge car class last October in the forum model contests, which I believe is what George started building this car for. It is the first replica of a real Challenge car as all the other contestants built "in the spirit of" cars. This is absolutely one of my favorite builds of all time! Did you notice that the turbochargers were different sizes, just like the real car? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/1/21 1:56 p.m.

In reply to Javelin (Forum Supporter) :

That's awesome on the mismatched turbos. It's a terrific build. 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
2/1/21 2:16 p.m.

I initially read the thread title as the first-ever Model A $2000 Challenge car.

Definitely not the first, but much better than my amateurish effort a decade ago. Don't have any pictures handy; I think  it is lost to the depths of my father's garage...

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/1/21 7:13 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to Javelin (Forum Supporter) :

That's awesome on the mismatched turbos. It's a terrific build. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/1/21 7:16 p.m.

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2/1/21 7:18 p.m.

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