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| Zora Arkus-Duntov's racing-bred development legacy continues to improve Corvette
It's been said that racing improves the breed, and when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette, nearly six decades of checkered flags are the proof. As Corvette marks its 60th anniversary in 2013, the design of the chassis, suspension and other drivetrain features are rooted in the rigors of competition.
'Candidly, Corvette was not a high-performance car until Zora Arkus-Duntov fitted it with a V-8, and began campaigning Corvettes in racing,' said Tadge Juechter, Corvette's vehicle chief engineer. 'Today, the Corvettes competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans use many of the same components as Corvettes rolling off the assembly line at Bowling Green.'
The Corvette C6.R is built on the same aluminum frame rails that underpin production Corvette Z06 and ZR1 models. Other production chassis structures in the race car include the windshield frame, the hoop around the rear of the passenger compartment, the door hinge pillars, the drivetrain tunnel, the firewall and the floor pan. Corvette C6.R also uses the production steering column out of the ZR1, with a fully adjustable steering wheel, as well as production rack-and-pinion steering.
| GLOBAL RALLYCROSS ANNOUNCES GRC LITES INAUGURAL 2013 SCHEDULELos Angeles, Calif. (June 14, 2013) – Global Rallycross is pleased to announce the inaugural season of GRC Lites, with a six race schedule that will see the new series visit some of the greatest race tracks in America. GRC Lites, the companion series to Global Rallycross's Supercar class, has been designed to be the ideal class for drivers to gain rallycross experience.|
The inaugural season of GRC Lites schedule will take place from July through November. The six race dates are as foll....
|MAZDA SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL MAKES IT A HAT-TRICKJune 15, 2013 (IRVINE, Calif) First came Road Atlanta, then Detroit, now Mid-Ohio. The difference this time was that it was the team owner's car taking the checkered flag with Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long scoring the win. Long had won the pole position and the team led the bulk of the race. Similar to the races in Georgia and Michigan, it was a three-way battle for most of the race with a Porsche Cayman splitting the two Mazdas. Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez in the #00 VISITFLORIDA....|
| SKEER TAKES A WET AND WOOLY MAZDA MX-5 CUP WIN AT MID-OHIOLEXINGTON, Ohio (June 16, 2013) – Elliott Skeer, of Vista, Calif., did what it took to win Round Six of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda Playboy MX-5 Cup in the rain at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, part of the Diamond Cellar Classic. Christian Szymczak, of Palos Altos, Calif., and George Jackson, of Houston, finish second and third, respectively.|
Skeer, driving the No. 17 Pelican Replacement Windows/ZoomZoomNation.com/Alpinestars MX-5, started on the outside of row one, taking the fight to pol....
| CHRYSLER GROUP'S SRT BRAND BUILDS AWARENESS THROUGH RACING AT LE MANSJune 17, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - With its heritage deeply rooted into the fabric of domestic and international road racing's rich history, the highly anticipated return of Viper to the 24 Hours of Le Mans stirs the souls of those who have shared in its recent rebirth and return to the ultimate test in sports car competition.|
From concept to completion, the impact of racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the shared passion for the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand, its perfo....
| TOP DRIVERS SPARKLE IN SUNDAY SUNSHINE FROM THE WEATHERTECH® CHICAGO REGION SCCA JUNE SPRINTS® AT ROAD AMERICAELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 16, 2013 - The Eight races, including repeat performances from Saturday's four groups, highlighted Sunday's SCCA WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints at Road America. All 12 of the weekend's races were a part of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Championship. |
The morning opened with an overall runaway win from Tom Sloe's Touring 1 No. 97 Hutter Racing Engines/Hoosier Chevrolet Corvette, but the small yet mighty Super Touring Under class entertained ....
| Historic Jaguar D-Type Leads Growing List of Significant Entries for RM's Monterey Sale• RM Auctions building towards a spectacular roster of cars for its flagship Monterey sale held during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance motoring week, August 16–17, in California |
• Historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type leads a superb roster of the world's finest sports and racing cars poised for the RM podium
• Additional star lots include a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta, a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico and a 1953 Masera....
|One of the Three Final Cars Built by Famed Italian Engineer Giotto Bizzarrini To Be Offered at Russo and Steele's Highly Anticipated Monterey AuctionMonterey, California – As the engineer responsible for the design and development of some of the most successful and innovative racing and GT cars ever conceived, Giotto Bizzarrini remains one of the most revered names in motorsport history. Hailing from Livorno, Italy and eventually leaving Alfa Romeo for Ferrari where he began as a test driver and quickly rose to Chief Engineer, Bizzarrini collaborated with Carlo Chiti on the 250 Testa Rossa's V-12 engine and the 250 SWB, with his caree....|