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Corvette Takes Track Performance to the Street with Z06

Debut paired with launch of new Corvette C7.R race car.

by on Jan.13, 2014

The new Corvette Z06, dubbed "The Big Nasty" by GM's Mark Reuss, shares much of its DNA with the C7.R race car.

After winning 90 races since the turn of the New Millennium, the Corvette teams hunger for victory has only intensified. The real test will come, in a matter of weeks, as the all-new C7.R race car makes its debut at the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.

With its upgraded engine, improved aerodynamics and a chassis that’s 40% stiffer than the old Corvette C6.R racer, the team has reason to be confident – while those who would like to see some of that added performance transferred from track to street might have their own reason to be just a little jealous.

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But not for long.  Wannabe racers will soon be able to order the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.  “A lot of the race car’s functional improvements have been shared with the street car,” said Tadge Juchter, the director of the Corvette program, who calls the new model, “a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes.”

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Celebrating 50 Years of Corvette Endurance Racing

Chevy unveils Legends of Le Mans display at Laguna Seca.

by on May.20, 2010

Corvette C6.R

Corvette C6.R is AMLMS' most successful car.

Saturday’s American Le Mans Series Monterey marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary celebration of Corvette’s first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The six-hour race will start at 2:30 p.m. PT and televised by CBS Sports on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Chevrolet will honor its rich racing history with a special Corvette Legends of Le Mans display at Laguna Seca, and legendary racing drivers Dick Thompson and Dick Guldstrand will attend the race.

California was central to Corvette racing from its earliest days. Corvettes ran on the streets of Pebble Beach until racers found a permanent home with the construction of Laguna Seca Raceway in 1957. Legendary drivers such as John Fitch, Dick Thompson, Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant, among others, enhanced their reputations racing Corvettes in the Golden State.

Chevrolet designers have also created a unique 2011 Corvette Z06 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette racing at Le Mans. This one-of-a-kind Corvette (VIN 0001) features the same blue and white color scheme as the 1960 Corvette that won its class at Le Mans 50 years ago, and will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette Museum.

Chevy designers have also created a unique 2011 Corvette Z06 to celebrate.

Chevrolet designers have also created a unique 2011 Corvette Z06 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette racing at Le Mans. This one-of-a-kind Corvette (VIN 0001) features the same blue and white color scheme as the 1960 Corvette that won its class at Le Mans 50 years ago, and will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette Museum.

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Factory Corvette Team Takes a Step Down to GT2, and Still Dominates

Running with the competition in a new class.

by on Aug.10, 2009

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

Leaf through the record books of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) sports car races, and you will find that it is not Audi or Porsche or Ferrari or BMW or Mercedes-Benz that holds most of the significant racing records.  Not by a long shot.

That honor belongs to the Detroit-based, Detroit-sponsored Compuware Team Corvette organization, using a series of front-engined coupes with simple pushrod V-8 engines, not exotic rear-engined V-12 cars with double-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder.

The yellow and black Corvettes built and raced by Pratt & Miller Engineering of Wixom, Michigan, hold the ALMS records for most starts by its drivers, most pole positions in the GTS and GT1 classes (59), most wins in a single season (9), most consecutive wins in a season (8), most podium finishes in a season (12), the longest winning streak (24 races in a row), and the most wins over ten seasons (70), not to mention eight consecutive GT1 championships.

Make tracks!

Make tracks!

The team has won the 24 Hours of Daytona — first overall and first in class — won seven times at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, and has scored six GT class wins at the toughest race on Earth, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including its latest just two months ago.  No other GT team in history comes close.

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