2010 Chevrolet Corvette Racing 2nd Generation C6.R based on ZR1 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 8 March 2010 , 22:03:02 byVeronica

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Chevrolet Corvette Racing 2nd Generation C6.R based on ZR1

The second generation of the Corvette Racing will receive power from a new 5.5-liter production-based V8 engine. This will help the car to compete in the new GT class in the 2010 American Le Mans Series as well as the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C6.R and the Corvette ZR1 on which it is based, represent the strongest link between a production Corvette and the modern Corvette Racing team. The first generation car scored 35 victories in 55 races, won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring three consecutive years, posted three 1-2 finishes in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and earned 4 consecutive ALMS manufacturers championships for Chevrolet. Back in 1999, the 5th generation Corvette C5 produced 345 horsepower from its 5.7-liter V8. The C6 Corvette delivered unprecedented performance, including a 189 mph top speed, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and quarter-mile runs in 12.6 seconds at 114 mph. the C6 Corvette served as a foundation for the joint development of two new, high-performance Corvettes, the 2006 Corvette Z06 and the Corvette Racing C6.R, introduced in 2005. Both models are powered by 7.0-liter V8 engines with dry-sump lubrication systems, titanium valves, forged steel crankshafts and also plate-honed cylinder bores. In the case of the Z06, the output was 505 horsepower and 470 lb. ft. of torque. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and to reach a top speed of 198 mph. in the 2010 American Le Mans Series, Corvette Racing will compete in the GT category and in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a second-generation C6.R that is homologated on the Corvette ZR1. This is the fastest most powerful car ever produced by Chevrolet. To deliver 638 horsepower, the LS9 V8 engine are hand-built using many of the processes developed by the race team. To deliver a 205 mph top speed, the ZR1 aerodynamics package also uses race technology - including wide carbon fiber front fenders with dual vents, a full-width rear spoiler, and a front splitter. The success in production-based endurance racing of the Corvette Racing has played a significant role in improving the performance of the production Corvette.