Chevrolet Corvette C6-R Race Car

The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is a sports car that has not changed as much as the previous generation Corvette did. It is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet.

The new C6 gets an overhaul of the suspension geometry, all new bodywork with exposed headlamps (for the first time since 1962), a larger passenger compartment, a larger 6.0 L engine, and a much higher level of refinement. Overall, it is 5.1 inches (13 cm) shorter than the C5, but its wheelbase has increased by 1.2 inches (3 cm). It is also one inch (2.5 cm) narrower, making for a smaller, sportier Corvette. The new 6.0 L LS2 V8 produces 400 hp (298 kW) at 6000 rpm and 400 lbf.ft (542 N·m) of torque at 4400 rpm. Its red-line is increased to 6500 rpm like the C5 Z06.

The C6 retains its relatively high fuel economy, in part by upshifting to higher gears as soon as possible and in part by its relatively low drag coefficient. Equipped with an automatic transmission, the C6 achieves 18/26 mpg (city/highway), and the manual transmission is slightly better at 18/28.

The C6-R was unveiled for its first race at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. It came in second and third, just behind the new Aston Martin DB9 racecar. It was put on display a week later at the New York International Auto Show next to the Z06.

Later, in the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, it made up for Sebring by placing first and second in the GT1 car class after a lengthy duel with the Aston Martin team's DBR9 racers by finishing 5th and 6th overall, a considerably high finish for a GT class car.

Corvette C6R went on to win every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season. It defeated the Aston Martins again at Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin took home the drivers championships.

Source: Chevrolet press

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