During yesterday's conference call to announce the new GT2 version of the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, we asked program manager Doug Fehan about using a hybrid or KERS powertrain in the Corvette. The Corvettes race in the American Le Mans Series where the Green Challenge is becoming an increasingly interesting part of the action. Corsa Motorsports has recently begun competing with a hybrid powertrain in LMP1 class.
With Corvette Racing moving from the GT1 class down to GT2, a new powertrain was needed so this seemed an obvious time for something different. The interim 6.0-liter V8 that will run for the remainder of 2009 is a de-stroked version of the GT1 engine and it will continue running on cellulosic ethanol just as the GT1 Vettes have since early 2008.
Fehan emphasized that GM has as much in-house hybrid technology as anyone and that hybrid or KERS technology was investigated for the GT2. Fehan is not ruling out the idea in the future saying, "If the dynamics of the sport move in that direction, we'll be prepared to move in that direction." Here's looking forward to a hybrid racing Corvette.