Chaparral 2F – No.15 Daytona 24 Hours 1967
“For the 1967 endurance races we built the 2F. I thought that it was pretty spectacular and quite decent-looking too. […] The car was plenty fast with the 427-cubic-inch aluminium Chevrolet engine, but we were beset by more little nit-picking problems than anyone can imagine”–Jim Hall.
If you asked our founder Maurizio Ferrari what he thinks of it, he’d say it’s one of the most beautiful cars ever – but you know he’s in love with everything Chaparral, so take this with a pinch of salt
CA46a is modeled after the car that raced the 24 hours of Daytona, Feb 4-5th, 1967. Possibly for the first time in a mass produced slot car, the features that are unique to this Daytona race are done properly: the radiators, in their signature rear position, divert hot air through two tail end openings, rather than through the top of rear hood as it was the case in the later 2F evolutions. The nose of the car is also void of the characteristic aerodynamic balance openings. Unique to the Daytona and Spa races, a rear mirror springs from the right side of the driver’s window.
Nose air intake and rear motor area are also unique to this specific car. Last, ‘ça va va sans dire’, in classic Chaparral style, the rear wing can be positioned in high and low downforce positions.
On track, the 2F dominated the 1967 Daytona race ahead of all Ford, Ferrari and Porsche, and set the fastest lap of the race, until Phil Hill hit the wall hurting the chassis and rear suspension. The car was forced to retire due to damage.