The new C7.R heads into battle to maintain Corvette’s place at the top of the GT ranks
READY FOR THE WORLD
Among the many technical exchanges during
co-development of the C7.R and the 2015
Corvette Z06 was the aero package. Result?
The Z06 produces more downforce than any
production car GM has ever tested…
It’s still yellow and it’s definitely still
anything but mellow. Those touchpoints
aside, though, the C7.R is Corvette Racing’s
first all-new GT weapon in nine years.
The C7.R was co-developed with the Z06
road car, the two sharing unprecedented
levels of engineering and componentry,
including chassis architecture, engine
technologies and aerodynamic strategies.
The latest ’Vette will race in the 2014
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s
GT Le Mans class, as well as taking on
the cream of America and Europe in GTE
Pro at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
As the successor to the all-conquering
C6.R, which racked up four Le Mans class
wins and six American Le Mans Series titles
in nine seasons, the C7.R has a tough act to
follow. The unification of Grand-Am’s Rolex
Series and the ALMS also compressed the
time frame available to Corvette Racing and
technical partner Pratt & Miller to ready the
car for competition: The final ALMS season
concluded mid-October 2013 and the
inaugural TUDOR Championship kicked off
with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jan. 25-26.
But despite the rush, all the indications,
including feedback from Corvette
Racing’s two-car driver lineup, are that
the C7.R is fast...and only getting faster.
2014 C7.R IN FOCUS – PAGE 18
(ABOVE) GT champ Jan Magnussen shows
Jordan Taylor his new office. (MAIN) The
C7.R’s aggression is more blatant than latent.