Chevrolet Corvette Z06 E85 Concept Indy 500 Pace Car
Known for their charismatic designs and superior performance, the pack-leading pace cars share a special place in Indianapolis 500 lore. For 2008, a pair of distinctive yet highly differentiated Corvette models will make history at the Indianapolis 500. One highlights Chevrolet’s commitment to fuel solutions and the other marks 30 years of Corvette’s pace car heritage.
The 2008 Corvette Z06 E85 Indy 500 Pace Car concept runs on E85 ethanol fuel, a domestically produced alternative fuel similar to the E100 fuel that powers all of the race cars in the Indy Racing League. It will be driven during the race’s pace lap by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Chevrolet will produce a total of 500 examples in both coupe and convertible form, each signed personally by Fittipaldi at the Corvette’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.
The Corvette Z06 E85 concept pace car is based on the production Z06 – already one of the fastest and most powerful cars on the market – and blends its performance with the high-octane, renewable alternative fuel that is derived from a variety of crops grown across the United States.
E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Its benefits include reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and a reduced dependence on petroleum.
Apart from the fuel system and powertrain controller revisions required to run E85, the Z06 concept pace car is mechanically stock. It is distinguished by a unique Gold Rush Green color-shifting paint scheme that changes between hues of green and gold when viewed from different angles and in different light. A subtle checkered flag pattern also is part of the paint scheme. Safety equipment and strobe lights are the only other equipment added to the car.
Source: Chevrolet press