With the real C7 Corvette hidden from view
until January’s Detroit auto show, ’Vette fans
got a tantalizing hint of what’s to come when
Chevy and the Gran Turismo 5 video racing
game released this “under wraps” version.
RESET FOR LE MANS
Corvette Racing returns to the
24 Hours of Le Mans to take
another shot at an eighth class
victory at the French
endurance classic next June,
in what figures to be the final
appearance at the Sarthe
for the C6.R before the C7
racecar arrives in 2014. This
year’s running of the 24 Hours
has been set back one week,
to June 22-23, to avoid a
date conflict with Formula 1.
NASCAR enters a new era for 2013
with its new “sixth-generation” Sprint Cup
car, which is intended to provide closer
resemblance to the racecars’ road-going
counterparts as well as give the drivers
wider scope for racing (turn to page 46
for more details). From the initial tests of
the new Chevrolet SS, the new car is on
course to fulfill both expectations.
“I’m real impressed,” enthused Hendrick
Motorsports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr., who
considers the new car a big improvement
over the previous Car of Tomorrow. “This
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
tests his Chevy SS
at Charlotte in
car really gives me a lot of similar
sensations to the car of 5-10 years ago.”
A narrower, taller spoiler was added to
enhance the new cars’ drivability and
downforce. NASCAR vp of competition
Robin Pemberton said that additional
tweaks could be implemented to improve
the raceability of the cars as required.
The new Chevy SS is based on the same
V8-engined, rear-wheel drive platform as
the Australian-built Holden Commodore.
“I’m excited that it’s a V8 with
rear-wheel drive,” said Jeff Gordon of the
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