Chevy’s stunning new Corvette Daytona Prototype has taken the category to a new level, but making it a reality was a battle against the clock.
WORDS John Dagys
MAIN IMAGE Grand-Am Media
ne of the most fascinating aspects of
top-level sports car racing is the mix of
purpose-built prototype and production-
based GT classes. While the former
showcase the exotic, no-holds-barred
nature of the sport, the latter bring
road-car relevance, highlighting the
performance and aspirational qualities
of a manufacturer’s actual products.
designed for the proposed “LMP Evo”
rules, included significant styling cues
from its production counterpart.
While the ACO’s concept was put on
ice, the idea stuck in the minds of some of
the top brass at Chevy, who had been in
talks with Grand-Am for ways to take its
highly competitive Daytona Prototype
formula to the next level, visually.
“In the end, [LMP Evo] didn’t go
forward but we still had a lot of
information and a lot of ideas,” explains
Doug Louth, director of engineering at
Chevy’s long-time motorsports technical
partner Pratt & Miller Engineering.
“Grand-Am and [series founder] Jim
“Grand-Am and [series founder ]
Jim France were looking for the
next step for the DP cars”
France were looking for the next step for
the DP cars. As interesting and exciting as
those cars were, they wanted to make them
more visually appealing to draw people in.”
Inspired by the ACO study, as well as the
Corvette IMSA GTP car from the 1980s,
Grand-Am’s push toward a new generation
of prototypes, evoking the spirit and form
of production cars, began in 2010. The