Developed alongside the 2015 Corvette Z06, the new Corvette C7.R race car exemplifies the strongest link between Corvettes built for the road and track, sharing core engineering and design components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamics.
Every year, Chevrolet and Corvette Racing are continually improving by taking what’s learned on the track and applying it to production Corvettes, which in turn produces better platforms for future race cars to be built upon. Most notably this was achieved in the 2014 Corvette Stingray, which drew largely from the previous generation Corvette C6.R.
This year, the result from this increasingly symbiotic relationship is the most track-capable production Corvette ever in the 2015 Corvette Z06, while the remodeled C7.R race car will look to help further its predecessors’ dominant track record on the upcoming TUDOR United Sportscar Championship racing circuit.
Among the specific features and components built into the 2015 Corvette Z06 also found on the C7.R include the extremely stiff production-based aluminum frame, a new direct injection engine and, perhaps most important, shared strategies for increased cooling and downforce through a multitude of functional design enhancements, including front splitters, rockers and brake cooling ducts. Furthermore, during the development process, engineers used identical modeling software to ensure complete synergy in wind tunnel testing data for both vehicles.
The ultimate result in this type of innovative development program is that consumers have direct access to the most track-capable street Corvette ever, while Corvette Racing will be extremely well suited to push the envelope on the track through the production of the new C7.R race car.
Find more information on the 2015 Corvette Z06 here.