• Sep 7, 2007
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Ever since the end of the factory Dodge Viper racing program, the American Le Mans Series GT1 class has been dominated by the factory C5R and C6R Corvettes. For a while they were challenged by assorted Panoz GTR1s, privateer Vipers, Ferrari 575s and Aston Martins. In 2007, aside from an Aston Martin at Sebring, the 'Vettes have had the GT1 class to themselves.

Without some serious challengers there really isn't any point in GM continuing to fund the program. Program Manager Doug Fehan has said that they would only run unopposed for one year. If Aston Martin, Ferrari or someone else doesn't step up to the plate, 2007 is likely to be the last year for the factory C6R GT1 program. The team will definitely run at Le Mans next year but anything else is unclear right now. Beyond 2008 the team could switch to GT2 where they might challenge all the 911s and F430s.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      this is not surprising. i think the manufacturers are getting more interested in using the race cars as a means of showcasing what the road version is capable of, as opposed to showcasing how much money they can squander into a hyper car. the new GT3 class is going become even more popular (IMHO) as it only allows the race essentials (roll cage, race prep fuel tank).

      GT1 is going south (euphemistically, not geographically) like NASCAR. I want to see what a production car can do while in the hands of a capable driver. I'm not so interested in seeing what a one-off race car with a production-ish shell can do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I fully agree. The GT3 class has always been my favorite. Unless I can buy the damn thing (which I can't, but THEORETICALLY :) ) it's not as fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      C6R wouldn't be able to run in GT2...it's too modified.
      In order to run in GT2, I think it has to be more of a production version of the car.
      Perhaps this is the reason why the Corvette never ran there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess they'd have to develop a Z06R
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's amusing. Nothing can stand up to the 'Vettes, so why race?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, much more fun to watch in a GT2 series. +
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would love to see c6r's laying down the law in GT2. Would be awesome. Run both classes. Continue the dynasty.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get why this is a big deal...they are just going to move to GT2....

      • 7 Years Ago
      GT2 is already a great show tho it could always be better. Picture Vette, Viper, New M3, 911, F430 & Panoz all duking it out on track.
      • 7 Years Ago
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      *gasp*

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      [/Colbert]
      • 7 Years Ago
      cool, but I am curious what will have to be done to keep within the appropriate hp levels (how much hp is gt2 allowed?). The current zo6 makes 505 and doesn't the C6-R make about 590-600 after restrictors and such? (of course gobs of low end torque) Would GM actually use a detuned ls7 or just go with a lower displacement (ls3?) engine?

      Either way, its fine with me, but i think it would be cool to see a detuned ls7, GT2 level hp but keeping all 650 lb-ft of GT1 torque 8^(>)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just my personal opinion, but I think that they should be running in GT2 anyway with the other cars in their class.
      It would be fun to see them running with 911's, F430's, Panoz', Viper's, etc.
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