CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: Chevrolet is displaying the next generation Corvette C7.R at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The C7.R is a race car co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. First, engineers took what they learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that knowledge to the ‘14 Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were co-developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track. They represent the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for racing and the road, sharing unprecedented levels of engineering and components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies. The addition of direct fuel injection to the Corvette Z06 will enable the technology to return to a Corvette race car for the first time since the end of the GT1 era in 2009. It promises greater efficiency, which can make a significant difference in long-distance endurance racing such as Daytona and Le Mans through fewer time-consuming pit stops. As before, the race car and the Z06 will share the same, production-based aluminum frame. However, for the first time, the frames for the race car and production Z06 will be built in-house at the Corvette’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. Additionally, one of the primary results of the C7.R’s aero detail is making the rear wing a more-significant part of the car’s aero package. A larger radiator inlet has the added benefit of generating smoother airflow over the rear wing and making its use more efficient to the handling and stability of the race car at high speed. Corvette Racing will field two C7.R race cars in 2014, starting at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. The C7.R will compete in the GT Le Mans class in 11 races around North America.
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