Chevrolet Spark turbo – Click above to enlarge

Chevrolet has built a special edition of its new Spark runabout for use as a pace car during World Touring Car Championship races this year. The Spark is powered by the new 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four that will power the Cruze when it goes on sale in the United States this fall. The turbo-four produces 140 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque while standard production Sparks are powered by 1.0 or 1.2-liter engines generating 67 and 80 hp, respectively, so this figures to indeed be a significantly hotter drive. The Spark turbo will make its first WTCC appearance during the event at Zolder, Belgium on June 19-20.

Before it gets down to business, the Spark and a WTCC Cruze will be displayed with the Corvette C6.R at the kickoff of this week's activities for the 24 hours of Le Mans. The GT2 Corvettes ran second and third in the opening qualifying session on Wednesday.

[Source: General Motors]
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Chevrolet Corvette Racing At Le Mans Receives Family's Support
The Cruze WTCC and the new Spark WTCC Leading Car paid a visit to the C6.R GT2

2010-06-09

ZURICH – LE MANS, 9th June 2010 - The entire Chevrolet family is this week behind the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 which is participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the greatest endurance race in the world. The iconic Chevy sports car, after having dominated the GT-1 scene for many years, is making its debut in the highly-competitive GT-2 class. The two Chevrolet Corvettes entered in Le Mans will be driven by Magnussen-O'Connell-García and Gavin-Beretta-Collard.

The Chevrolet Corvette C6.R has recently received on the French track the well-wishing visit of her two cousins, the Cruze WTCC, the current leader in both the Drivers and Manufacturers categories of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), and the youngest member of the family, the Spark WTCC Leading Car.

This spiced version of the Chevrolet's city car, equipped with a 1.4 turbo and 140 hp engine, has been entrusted the key task of leading the pack in the WTCC, as it will be the official leading car in selected events of the series. The Spark WTCC Leading Car will be displayed in public for the first time at the WTCC round in Zolder on 19-20 June. It will carry a sparking red livery, but only for that occasion. Its definitive "dress" will be the winning design of this year's 'Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' contest for young artist throughout Europe.