Chaparral 2E by Exoto, rolling chassis + winner Leguna Seca
Exoto fine scale replica, a twin set of rolling chassis and winner at Leguna Seca of the 'Texan Roadrunner' Chaparral 2E, full reveal with detailed engine and interior, this model set is in mint condition, boxed and presented in its original packaging.
The 2E was based on the Chevrolet-designed aluminum 2C chassis and presented Hall's most advanced aerodynamic theories to the racing world in the 1966. The 2E established the paradigm for virtually all racing cars built since. It was startling in appearance, with its radiators moved from the traditional location in the nose to two ducted pods on either side of the cockpit and a large pivoting variable-incidence wing mounted several feet above the rear of the car on struts. As opposed to an aircraft wing, it generated down force instead of lift and was attached directly to the rear suspension uprights, loading the tires for extra adhesion while cornering. A ducted nose channeled air from the front of the car upwards, creating extra down force as well. By depressing a floor pedal that was in the position of the clutch in other cars, Hall was able to feather, or flatten out, the "normally" negative-incidence wing's angle when down force was not needed (as on a straight track section) to reduce drag and increase top speed. An interconnected air dam also closed off the nose ducting for streamlining. When the pedal was released, the front ducting and wing returned to full down force position. Until they were banned many race cars, including some in Formula One, had wings on tall struts. The resulting accidents from their failures led to pivoting wings mounted on the suspension prior to being fully banned.
The 2E scored only one win, at the 1966 Laguna Seca Raceway Can-Am with Hill driving. Hall stuck to an aluminum 5.3-liter Chevrolet engine in his lightweight racer while the other teams were using 6- to 7-liter iron engines, trading weight for power.
The 2E was a crowd favorite and remains Hall's favorite car.