“We’ve got a great road car
from which to build a
great racecar, baby!”
that 50-50 weight distribution was
where you wanted to be. So we’ve hit
that number pretty much spot-on in
the production cars and we’re not giving
up a whole lot there from a rear-engine
to mid-engine car.”
having something that was mid- or
rear-engine would give you a tremendous
advantage from an acceleration
standpoint, for weight distribution and
also yaw,” says Corvette Racing program
manager Doug Fehan. “We don’t have
that luxury with the Corvette because
it’s a front-engined car.
Starting with a bare production ZR1
chassis, Corvette Racing builds outward
from its core, fitting purebred racing
components wherever permitted.
A tailor-made fuel cell is installed, along
with custom front suspension and a new
multi-link rear suspension – possibly the
single biggest departure in the road-to-race transformation.
“However, when you look at the
lessons we learned in racing, we knew
The ZR1’s carbon-ceramic discs (and
ABS) are illegal in the GT category, so
FROM ZR1 TO C6.R
The supercharged, 6.2-liter, 638hp Corvette ZR1 (rear) is the
base car for the C6.R racer. But every Corvette, including the
lightweight, 505hp Z06 (front) shares DNA, technology and
a philosophy of engineering excellence with the racecar.
The 2012 Corvette
C6.R raced its
way to a sweep of
Teams’ and Drivers’
Championships in the
ALMS GT category.