2010 Chevrolet Corvette Racing C6.R GT2 review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 , 08:08:48 byDan

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Chevrolet Corvette Racing C6.R GT2

Corvette Racing will open a new chapter with the competition debut of the Corvette C6.R at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 6-8. The carmaker will test and develop the latest generation Corvette C6-R in the GT2 category in the final five rounds of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. The GT2 rules require the use of many production-based components, expanding the opportunities for the two-way transfer of technology between the race track and the showroom. The new model uses the body design of the ZR1, an aerodynamic package, aluminum frame and chassis structure, steering system, windshield and other components. The race team has prepared the cars for the rigors of endurance racing with safety and performance modifications as permitted by the GT2 rules. Previous versions of the Corvette C5-R and C6.R race cars have dominated the GTS and GT1 categories in the last decade, winning 77 races and eight consecutive ALMS championships. The Upcoming GT regulations required a comprehensive redesign of the Corvette C6.R package. In the remaining races in 2009, the Corvette race cars will be powered by 6.0-liter GM small-block V8s that are based on the 7.0-liter LS7.R that powered the GT1 version. This lead to a reduction in engine output from 590 horsepower to 470 horsepower. The Corvette Racing team is continuing its commitment to green racing with the use of E85R ethanol racing fuel. The carmaker also has the continued of its long-time sponsors and technical partners. The GT2-spec Corvettes were designed, built and tested on a compressed schedule. The program was approved and announced in September 2008 and construction on the first chassis began in early December. Advanced technology tools enabled Corvette Racing to meet the challenge they have developed to the finite element analysis and composite fabrication in-house, which has accelerated their design and production cycle. The engineers have been impressed with the durability, reliability and performance of the car and will try to count on these three factors in the upcoming races. The GT2 version of the Corvette C6.R will make its debut in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race will last for two hours and 45 minutes and it is scheduled to start at 3 pm. EDT on Saturday, August 8th. For the ones that cannot be there, ABC will televise the race tape-delayed at 2.30 pm EDT on Saturday, August 9th.