The only thing tougher than taking on an endurance race at the notoriously bumpy and treacherous Sebring International Raceway? Doing it twice. In two days.
There are certain circuits in the racing world that only require one name. Sebring is one of them. Say the word to any sports car fan, nay, any race fan, and there is a chance a wry smile will cross their lips. It’s likely the direct result of a personal story that has been sworn to secrecy, or, some will claim, a story they heard.
Preproduction model shown throughout. Actual production model may vary. Available Spring 2018. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will assume the throne as the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever. This supercar borrows underwing technology from the race car world, uses carbon fiber extensively and incorporates sophisticated aerodynamic configurations and additional cooling. Plus, the new hand-assembled LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V8 engine boasts an incredible 755 horsepower (offered with a manual or automatic transmission). With ample luxury and capability that is otherworldly, Corvette ZR1 lives up to its reputation on the street and on the track. “I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.” The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette’s track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.
Nestled among orange groves and farms in the South Florida countryside lies one of motorsports’ most famous cathedrals. The track is Sebring International Raceway and it’s known as “The Birthplace of American Endurance Racing.”
Alex Bowman has always been a car guy. It’s something he comes by honestly.
Just like we recapped the 2016 race season last year, we’ve worked with Chevrolet teams to compile a comprehensive look at the Bowtie’s racing efforts in 2017. Last year, Team Chevy earned a total 16 championships – six manufacturer titles and 10 driver crowns – in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and IMSA. Chevrolet’s wins in 2017 came on road courses, ovals and drag strips. Here’s last year’s season highlights:
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For many performance enthusiasts, horsepower is king. So when the 755-horsepower LT5 crate engine was released at the SEMA Show, many gearheads (including us here at The BLOCK) deemed it a cause for celebration. During the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, we talked to longtime Chevrolet Performance engineer Rocko Parker about why the supercharged LT5 is now available straight out of the crate.
Team Chevy continued its tradition of success throughout 2018, claiming prestigious wins in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, taking its third consecutive team championship in IMSA competition, winning the NHRA Pro Stock title, and locking down the year-end NHRA Manufacturers Cup for a record-extending 23rd time. All in all, it was a pretty good year for the Bowtie.
Detroit is the epicenter of the American automotive world. On the third Saturday in August each year, more than 40,000 vehicles and over a million spectators line Woodward Avenue to celebrate the Motor City’s rich heritage. It is a spectacle.