Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
|Category||WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM|
24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro
|Constructor||Chevrolet / Pratt & Miller Engineering|
|Predecessor||Chevrolet Corvette C6.R|
|Successor||Chevrolet Corvette C8.R|
|Suspension (front)||Short/long arm double wishbone, fabricated steel upper and lower control arms, coil over adjustable shock absorbers|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Length||4,496 mm (177 in)|
|Width||2,050 mm (81 in)|
|Height||1,151 mm (45 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,708 mm (107 in)|
|Engine||Chevrolet Corvette LT5.5 5.5 L (336 cu in) V8 90° naturally aspirated, front engined, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Xtrac 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox|
|Power||491 hp (366 kW) @ 6,000 rpm|
|Weight||1,110 kg (2,447 lb) (excluding driver, fluids and fuel)|
1,245 kg (2,745 lb) (including driver, fluids and fuel)
|Fuel||VP Racing Fuels Ethanol C85 E85 (2014-2015) later MS100 E20 (2016-present) (WeatherTech SportsCar Championship)|
Esso Ethanol E10 (24 Hours of Le Mans)
|Lubricants||Mobil 1, Motul and Valvoline|
BBS forged magnesium wheels
|Notable entrants|| Corvette Racing|
|Notable drivers|| Antonio García|
|Debut||2014 24 Hours of Daytona|
The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R is a grand tourer racing car built by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet for competition in endurance racing. It is a replacement for the Corvette C6.R racing car, using the C7 generation Chevrolet Corvette as a base. The C7 road car was noted to incorporate development from the Corvette C6.R, thus those properties also carry over to the race car. The Corvette Racing C7.R races in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
The Corvette C7.R had its official unveiling at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit. The car made its first testing appearance, in camouflage, at the Rolex Motorsports Union at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track. The car's new livery and details were revealed on January 13, 2014.
Corvette Racing had a total of 4 wins in the C7.R's inaugural season. Those wins came at Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Corvette Racing had a total of 3 wins in the C7.R. The car won the first two North American Endurance Cup races at the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and the 63rd Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring 2 months later driven by Jan Magnussen, Ryan Briscoe, and Antonio Garcia in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. The C7.R finished the year in third place behind the Porsche 911 RSR and BMW Z4 GTE and ahead of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.
The Corvette C7.R scored its first Le Mans win at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Jordan Taylor driving the #64 Corvette to victory in the GTE-Pro class. It is also Corvette Racing's 8th win at the circuit. Corvette Racing won endurance racing's infamous "triple crown" with wins at the 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Ahead of the season, the car received an update, which included a new diffuser, to comply with the new for 2016 Group GTE regulations, aimed at increasing the performance of the class. On the car's inaugural race of the year, the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the Corvette racing team scored a class win with a photo finish between the numbers 3 and 4 cars, driven by Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia. The cars finished .034 seconds apart from one another. In that year, the Corvette C7.R scored its second 12 Hours of Sebring win with car #4 driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler in the GTLM Class. The C7.R did poorly in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, qualifying last in the GTE Pro category and finishing the race 7th and 10th in the GTE-Pro class. The #4 Corvette C7.R went on to win the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in the GTLM class. They won the drivers', team, and manufacturers' championship, as well as the North American Endurance cup. Corvette Racing also claimed its milestone 100th win for the team with its 1st place finish at Lime Rock in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship series.
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