Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan Steps Down - Are Big Changes Coming?
Doug Fehan, the long-standing Program Manager that has masterminded all of Corvette Racing’s successes ever since the factory-backed team made its debut all the way back in 1999, has parted ways with GM fresh off the heels of one of Corvette Racing’s best seasons to date.
The news came shortly after Oshkosh made it official that it had purchased Pratt & Miller, the company responsible for the building of all of Corvette Racing’s cars. Do these developments suggest that the writing is on the wall for the oldest American racing program that’s still active or will we see Corvette Racing change its focus in the not too distant future? Read on to find out more about the latest puzzle that sports car racing has thrown at us in recent days.
The C8 Chevy Corvette Is Easily Dominated by a Hennessey-Tuned C7 Corvette Z06
Unlike Chevrolet, Hennessey isn’t interested in selling stock cars. Hennessey makes money out of its tuning kits, so don’t be so surprised that the tuner pitted a HPE850-imbued C7 Z06 against a factory-spec C8 with the latter not standing a chance. This video reeks of marketing and nothing but marketing.
Does the 2020 Chevy C8.R Have What It Takes to Win Championships?
The Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car has arrived, and it is a doozy. The Corvette racer is all set to make its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25, 2020. But before it lays the smackdown on the race track, the Corvette C8.R takes its turn under the spotlight where it’s properly getting the attention it deserves. The Corvette C8.R isn’t just a race car; it also happens to be Chevrolet’s first-ever mid-engine race car to compete in IMSA’s GTLM class. It’s also Chevrolet’s first clean sheet race car design racer since the C5.R debuted in 1999. Through all these firsts, the Corvette C8.R racer takes its place as Chevrolet’s next warhorse, succeeding a race car — the Corvette CR.7 — that won 16 races in its time, including the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. Can the C8.R replicate that kind of success? Only time will tell. For now, let’s enjoy the fact that the C8.R is here, and it’s ready to stake its claim as the next great Corvette racer.
The Corvette C8.R Isn’t The First Mid-Engined Racer With That Logo On The Hood
We were all pleased when, right after unveiling in front of the world the first Corvette to feature a hardtop at the Kennedy Space Center, Chevy also showed us the C8.R, Corvette Racing’s new weapon for GTE competitions from 2020 onwards. The race car had previously been teased during the launch event of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Coupe and we were aware that Chevy planned to take the wraps off both the C8 Convertible and the C8.R during the same event but many still were surprised by the appearance of the silver winged warrior. What could also surprise you is that this isn’t the first mid-engined race car that raced under the Corvette banner.
The moment we laid eyes on the Corvette C8, we immediately started picturing it with a big diffuser in the back, a large splitter in the front, big rims hugged by wide, slick racing rubber, and a carbon-fiber wing hanging from the back. We’d seen glimpses of the C8.R testing at Sebring Raceway in Florida back in December of last year but, at the time, GM was tight-lipped on the subject and it took many months before the American automaker finally confirmed the C7.R will become the swansong of the successful line of front-engined GT racing cars as the C8.R will make the transition to the rear-mid-engine layout on the circuits as well.
Chevy Has Yet to Confirm a 2020 C8.R Race Car - Here’s Why You Should Still Expect One!
With the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette coming to dealerships, it’s safe to assume that GM will release a race-spec model soon. Chevy has yet to confirm that a C8.R model is underway, but we have quite a few reasons to believe that the race car is almost ready to debut.
The Hoonigans Go Deep With Cleetus McFarland’s Insane ’Vette Kart: Video
How about stripping a Chevrolet Corvette down, strapping in a 7.0-liter LS, and going after some world records for manual Corvettes? Sounds like an insane project to you? It sure didn’t sound too daunting to Cleetus McFarland, the creator of "Leroy The Savage."
"Leroy The Savage" is, at its core, a Chevrolet Corvette C5 that was stripped of its bodywork and was able to run the quarter mile in 11 seconds with no other modifications. Then came an LSA supercharger and other mods that brought the time down to 9 seconds. McFarland then smelled blood and reckoned his creation could go after some records on the dragstrip and one thing led to another.
Chevy Just Got Caught Racing a Mid-Engined Corvette Race Car!
Just when it seemed like Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette was enough to make our knees weak in excitement, a report from Sportscar365 reveals that the American automaker is also developing a race car version of the mid-engine powerhouse. The race-dedicated website was able to get its hands on spy photos of a heavily camouflaged car that’s believed to be the mid-engine C8 Corvette race car. The photos were taken at Road America in Atlanta, which suggests that the car was doing some test runs in its natural habitat.
Video: The Hoonigan Crew Catches Up With a 1,000-HP Drift Monster
Remember when the drifting scene really sank its teeth into U.S. car culture? Remember all those naysayers who said it was just a short-lived fad? Join me as I laugh at their inability to see the long-standing awesomeness that is this artful motorsport. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s all revel in this red-white-and-blue ‘Vette smoke machine as it doles out four-figure horsepower numbers in a bid to do it sideways at the top of the drifting game.
The video comes courtesy of The Hoonigans YouTube channel, and features the backstage antics of Matt Field as he and his team from Falken Tire do their thing at Formula Drift Seattle. The vid is a bit on the longer side (a little over 20 minutes), and provides an inside look at what it takes to compete at top level of this amazing motorsport, not to mention loads of tandem battles on the race course. And, of course, being real life drifting, things don’t exactly go as planned…
Chevy is Taking the Corvette C7.R To Race at the Shanghai International Circuit
The Corvette C7.R has been around for a few years now, and it’s about to take a trip to Shanghai where it will compete in the FIA WEC wearing a special redline livery. It’s also the first time a factory-run Corvette has participated in a race in the Asian region.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indianapolis 500
For the 15th time since 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the pace car for one of the world’s most prestigious races, the Indy 500. In keeping with the occasion, we’re not going to be seeing just an ordinary Corvette in Indy; we’re seeing a 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 with all the cosmetic bells and whistles of a fully functioning pace car.
You Won’t Believe The Price For Chevy’s Race-Ready Camaro GT4.R
You might think the 2017 Camaro ZL1 1LE is the baddest Camaro offered by Chevy, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the Bowtie has a race-ready version of its pony car designed to comply with GT4 regulations. Not surprisingly, Chevy calls it the Camaro GT4.R. And like other automakers that make factory-built race cars available to the public, so will Chevy allow anyone to purchase this competition-proven track monster. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap.
The Camaro GT4.R will cost $259,000.
But let’s back up. The Camaro GT4.R is based on the ZL1 1LE and built by the specialists at Pratt & Miller in cooperation with General Motors. Naturally, the GT4.R has to comply with the GT4 race regulations, which mandate it have an internal safety cage, specific metrics on the aero bits, and fit within the requirements of engine output, among other things. Sadly, the ZL1’s mighty LT4 V-8 and its 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque are beyond the specs for the racing series. As such, Pratt & Miller swap in a naturally aspirated LT1 V-8 modified with only a new camshaft, stronger main bearings, and a dry-sump oil system. The result is 480 horsepower that will run laps all day long.
Behind the all-aluminum V-8 is a custom Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Out back, a limited-slip differential keeps power moving to both wheels.
Surprisingly, the rest of the car is very similar to the ZL1 1LE, though everything is formed to meet GT4 spec. This includes the front dive planes and the rear wing. The doors and front fascia are now carbon fiber and the front fenders are wider, though the GT4.R uses the factory, 305-series tire size. Around back, the GT4.R actually gets narrower tires than stock, moving from 325- to 305-series tires. Of course, the tires themselves aren’t the road-going type but comply with GT4 regulations.
The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R might be expensive, but it already has two victories under its belt. It took the checkered flag at the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire Race and the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS. So, do you own a race team and need a new whip? The folks at Pratt & Miller want to hook you up. Just have your checkbook ready.
Goodbye Chevy SS, Hello Camaro ZL1 – Chevy’s New NASCAR Cup Race Car Announced!
Chevrolet has announced the Camaro ZL1 as its top-tier race car for the 2018 NASCAR season. The news comes as no surprise following the discontinuation of the Chevy SS sedan in May of 2017, the basis for Chevy’s previous stock car. This marks the first time Chevy’s pony car will battle with the big boys (and Danica Patrick) in NASCAR’s tile event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
As with any modern NASCAR racer, the cars are only look-alikes to their production counterparts. They car merely sheet metal shells bolted to a tube-chassis and powered by custom-built racing V-8s. Not a single bolt or switch comes from the production car’s assembly line. The Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy car is no different, though Chevy’s design team has done a great job preserving the Camaro ZL1’s massive lower grille, brake ducts, menacing headlights and curvy rear haunches. The announcement was made at GM’s Detroit headquarters with driver Jimmie Johnson and executive VP of GM Global Product Development Mark Reuss on hand. Reuss said in a statement, “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.” The 2018 NASCAR season will begin in February at the Daytona Speedweeks.
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Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Will Pace 101st Indianapolis 500
The 2017 Indianapolis 500 race is just around the corner, and the race organizers have just announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is the race’s new pace car. The Grand Sport is the 14th Corvette and the 28th Chevrolet to lead the field at Indy, both of which are records.
"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
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2016 IMSA Northeast Grand Prix - Race Report
Lime Rock Park in Connecticut was again the host of the Northeast Grand Prix which gathered three of the four IMSA Weathertech Sportscar classes within the premises of the 1.4-mile circuit, and saw Corvette Racing reach some incredible milestones. Under scorching heat, the intense traffic made for contact aplenty, with prototypes and GTs scraping on a track that lacks the endless asphalt run-offs of modern “Tilkedromes” – and thank God it does!
The quickest overall lap time of the qualifying session was set by CORE Autosport’s Colin Braun, the No. 54 ORECA lapping Lime Rock in just 48:824 seconds, a slim margin of 0.016 seconds separating Braun’s time from Robert Alon’s best effort, the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport car starting second. Kyle Marcelli was third quickest, a tenth off pole, sharing row two of Saturday’s grid with the No. 7 Starworks Motorsport entry. Peter Baron’s other car was at the bottom end of the top five, but had high hopes for race day as van der Zande and Popow had won two of the previous three rounds.
BMW’s Dirk Werner battled for pole with Ford’s Richard Westbrook, the latter sneaking through to post the quickest lap time and take the pole. The Briton’s 50:748 was less than a tenth quicker than the best that Werner could do. The second row of the GT-LM grid was in the 50-second bracket as well, with Tommy Milner starting from third alongside Toni Vilander. Dirk Mueller qualified sixth, two tenths back from Magnussen on seventh. Porsche was again at the back of the pack, the two 991 GTEs starting eight and tenth, although this time the gap from first to last was well under a second.
Change Racing’s Spencer Pumpelly stormed to pole thanks to a blistering 53:148, just 0.030 seconds quicker than Andrew Davis who locked a front-row position in the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsport Audi. The sister Stevenson Audi was third while Alessandro Balzan was fourth in the championship-leading Scuderia Corsa car.
Corvette Racing Secures 100th Victory; 60th 1-2 Finish
Corvette Racing, the longest surviving factory-backed racing effort in the United States, scored its 100th win at Lime Rock Park yesterday at the end of the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix. The result also marks the team’s 60th 1-2 finish, an impressive achievement for a squad that’s been around for some 17 years.
Driven by Gavin/Milner and Garcia/Magnussen, respectively, the No. 4 and No. 3 Corvette C7.Rs of Corvette Racing took the checkered flag in first and second in the GT-LM class at Lime Rock Park, ahead of the Ford GTs of Chip Ganassi, and the Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizione. The achievement brought the Chevy-backed team its 100th victory and 60th 1-2 finish, two feats not many racing squads can brag about.
Their record is also impressive and includes events from all over the U.S., as well as the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since its official inception in 1999, Corvette racing has booked ten manufacturer and team championships in the American Le Mans Series, nine driver titles in the same competition, eight class wins at Le Mans, three class and one overall victory at Daytona, and ten class wins at Sebring.
Corvette Racing also scored nine race wins in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, a record 82 American Le Mans Series race wins, and a Grand-Am Sports Car Series victory. In 2015, the team also claimed endurance racing’s triple crown with wins at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, becoming the first squad to do so in 15 years.
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