• Feb 16, 2010
Corvettes look sharp. Racing 'Vettes, even sharper. A competition-spec ZR1? Now we're talking.

After dominating the GT1 class seemingly for longer than we can remember, the Corvette Racing team is dropping down to the GT2 category for the 2010 American Le Mans Series. There they hope to find the competition, dominated by Ferraris and Porsches, even fiercer, and indeed they did for the latter part of the 2009 season. This, however, is our first look at the finished new car.

The shot above was snapped at the garages of Pratt & Miller, the racing outfit contracted by GM to develop and run the racing 'Vettes. Although the color scheme is the same yellow and black that's instilled fear into the hearts of most every other team on the grid, the 2010 C6.R, as you can see, gets a decidedly sharper paint job.

The bodywork is otherwise styled after the roadgoing Corvette ZR1, built atop an aluminum frame (instead of the GT1's steel), with steel brakes (in place of carbon-ceramic) and a downsized 5.5-liter V8 (replacing the 6.0- and 7.0-liter units employed in previous iterations). The season can't begin soon enough...

[Source: BadBoyVettes.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      yum
      • 4 Years Ago
      Corvette Racing, for me, is the best that America has put forward in international racing in the last 10-12 years. It has become a truly legendary team - incredibly dominant in GT1 in ALMS, with numerous GT1 class victories at Le Mans.

      When people outside of the US think about American car racing, three names come up - Corvette Racing, Flying Lizards and Risi Competizione - with CR at the top of the list. Penske's Porsche RS Spyders were also special, too bad the team has been defunct for a while now because I love the RS Spyder.

      OFF TOPIC - Team Cytosport will be running a full ALMS season in the now-combined LMP class in ALMS. Muscle Milk livery. Love the car, love the livery, can't wait for Sebring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      'The upcoming GT regulations required a comprehensive redesign of the Corvette C6.R package. In place of the GT1 Corvette's steel frame, the GT2 version utilizes the production ZR1's hydroformed aluminum frame as the foundation for a fully integrated tubular steel safety cage.'

      Most racing series at this level allow liberal changes to the frame because unibody frames are tough to repair after accidents. Tube frames, while more expensive to fabricate in the first place, are much easier to repair, you just cut a tube out and weld a new one in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice-looking car. How did it keep the #4 given they didn't win their class last year?

      Only 9 races this year, bummer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My understanding is the winners of LMP1 (or overall) last year get to pick their numbers first. They usually pick 1 and 2. Corvette got to go next (by winning GT1?) and would pick 3 and 4. But last year Corvette didn't win their class, so how did they get to pick early enough to get 3 and 4 this year?
        • 4 Years Ago
        How could the Vettes compete with LMP1 cars? LMP1 cars are 600 lb lighter, almost 100 hp more powerful and produce 3 times more downforce. GT1 are 15 seconds slower than LMP1 cars on a 1:30 min lap because this is how the endurance racing classes are regulated. It is not a question of technical compentency.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think only old people say "sharp".
        • 4 Years Ago
        young trendy people say "iSharp".
      • 4 Years Ago
      They wanted competition..they got it. And their competitors aren't as likely to give up as they were in GT1.

      This is going to be GOOD.

      Also, that 5.5L V8, from what I've heard, is the basis for the next Corvette's small-block. I wonder how much horsepower it's putting out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a case of fixing what wasn't broken. I prefer the more classic livery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, we need more details on the 5.5L!
      Get on that Autoblog!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool! I'm a die hard tifoso but I wish them the best of luck and think nothing would be better to see them in some heated battles with Ferrari and Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bona-fide.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tiger and barbwire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets see if the corvette can take on the competition. Porsche and Ferrari have dominated this class for years now
      good luck Chevy :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Vettes were the only cars in GT1 for a reason...no one could hang with them. They're hungry for some competition so they're hunting in GT2 now. I suspect a solid presence...they already were doing well in 2009.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the best looking corvette race car since the '04 C5 Lemans edition.
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