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Yesterday at 11:32 PM How Corvettes Gen 6,7 and 8 Place at VIR by teamzr1
Lightning Lap testing, to see how cars perform, began in 2006
Here is how the gen 6, 7 and 8 places in the 1 lap at VIR



Corvettes are shown in BOLD text

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Ranked Year Make Model - - - - Lap Time

1 2019 McLaren Senna, 2:34.9
2 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, 2:37.0
3 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 2:37.2
4 2018 Porsche 911 GT2RS Weissach, 2:37.8
5 2021 McLaren 765LT, 2:38.4
6 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06, 2:38.6
7 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1, 2:39.5

8 2018 McLaren 720S, 2:39.7
9 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Manthey, 2:39.8
10 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, 2:40.5
11 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, 2:40.6
12 2019 Porsche 911 GT3RS, 2:41.6
13 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2:42.5
14 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider, 2:42.6
15 2017 Ford GT, 2:43.0
16 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, 2:43.1
17 2016 Lexus RC F GT concept, 2:43.2
18 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, 2:43.4
19 2023 Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica, 2:43.9
20 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante, 2:44.0
21 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, 2:44.2
22 2024 Lucid Air Sapphire, 2:44.3
23 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 2:44.6
24 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, 2:44.6
25 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO, 2:45.0
26 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE , 2:45.0
27 2016 Ferrari 488GTB, 2:45.1
28 2017 Ford GT, 2:45.5
29 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, 2:45.7
30 2015 McLaren 650S Spider, 2:45.8
31 2009 Mosler MT900S, 2:45.9
32 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray, 2:45.9
33 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2:46.8
34 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, 2:47.0
35 2016 Porsche 911 GT3RS, 2:47.0
36 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport, 2:47.1
37 2016 McLaren 570S, 2:47.4
38 2023 BMW M4 CSL, 2:47.5
39 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, 2:47.5
40 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, 2:47.8
41 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, 2:48.6
42 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray Z51, 2:49.0
43 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4Matic, 2:49.3
44 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, 2:49.4
45 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2:49.4
46 2012 Mosler Photon, 2:49.8
47 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2:49.9
48 2014 SRT Viper TA, 2:49.9
49 2024 BMW M3 CS, 2:50.0
50 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1, 2:50.1
51 2017 Acura NSX, 2:50.2
52 2022 BMW M5 CS, 2:50.3
53 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, 2:50.3
54 2015 Porsche 911 GT3, 2:50.4
55 2012 Chevy Corvette ZR1, 2:50.7
56 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta, 2:50.8
57 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28, 2:50.9
58 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, 2:51.0
59 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2:51.2
60 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse, 2:51.2
61 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 2:51.4
62 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggara, 2:51.8
63 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, 2:51.8
64 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, 2:51.8
65 2009 KTM X-Bow, 2:52.3
66 2022 Audi RS3, 2:52.5
67 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL63, 2:52.6
68 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe, 2:52.6
69 2016 BMW M4 GTS, 2:52.9
70 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, 2:53.2
71 2012 Nissan GT-R, 2:53.2
72 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, 2:53.4
73 2011 Chevy Corvette Z06, 2:53.5
74 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive, 2:53.5
75 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, 2:53.8
76 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2, 2:53.8
77 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV, 2:53.9
78 2019 BMW M5 Competition, 2:54.0
79 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, 2:54.0
80 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, 2:54.6
81 2023 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, 2:54.6
82 2017 Chevy Camaro SS 1LE, 2:54.8
83 2012 Lexus LFA, 2:55.1
84 2018 BMW M5, 2:55.2
85 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, 2:55.2
86 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S, 2:55.4
87 2020 BMW M8 Competition, 2:55.5
88 2009 Nissan GT-R, 2:55.6
89 2023 Toyota GR Supra 3.0, 2:55.6
90 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, 2:55.6
91 2019 Lamborghini Urus, 2:55.8
92 2011 Porsche 911 GT3RS, 2:55.9
93 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus, 2:56.1
94 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed, 2:56.2
95 2024 Nissan Z Nismo, 2:56.2
96 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, 2:56.7
97 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, 2:56.8
98 2023 BMW M2, 2:56.9
99 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S coupe, 2:57.1
100 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 2:57.2
101 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10, 2:57.4
102 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2:57.5
103 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus, 2:57.5
104 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1, 2:57.5
105 2009 Ariel Atom 3, 2:57.6
106 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, 2:58.0
107 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, 2:58.0
108 2024 BMW X5 M Competition, 2:58.1
109 2007 Chevy Corvette Z06, 2:58.2
110 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45, 2:58.2
111 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S, 2:58.3
112 2018 Audi TT RS, 2:58.5
113 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 2:58.6
114 2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport, 2:58.8
115 2023 Honda Civic Type R, 2:58.8
116 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 2:58.9
117 2009 Nissan GT-R (all-season tires), 2:59.0
118 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, 2:59.1
119 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT, 2:59.1
120 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, 2:59.2
121 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, 2:59.2
122 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, 2:59.2
123 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, 2:59.2
124 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium, 2:59.3
125 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro, 2:59.5
126 2021 Jaguar F-Type R, 2:59.5
127 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition, 2:59.6
128 2019 BMW M2 Competition, 2:59.7
129 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, 2:59.8
130 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, 2:59.8
131 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-model, 3:00.1
132 2021 BMW X5M Competition, 3:00.5
133 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, 3:00.6
134 2022 BMW M240i xDrive, 3:00.6
135 2006 Ford GT, 3:00.7
136 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, 3:00.7
137 2015 BMW M4, 3:00.7
138 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition, 3:00.7
139 2015 Jaguar F-type R coupe, 3:01.0
140 2006 Chevy Corvette Z06, 3:01.1
141 2008 Chevy Corvette Z51, 3:01.2

142 2020 Toyota Supra Premium, 3:01.4
143 2013 Chevy Camaro SS 1LE, 3:01.5
144 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe, 3:01.6
145 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63S Coupe, 3:01.7
146 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, 3:01.8
147 2016 BMW M2, 3:01.9
148 2013 Jaguar XKR-S, 3:02.1
149 2016 Jaguar F-type Project 7, 3:02.2
150 2020 Audi RS Q8, 3:02.2
151 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, 3:02.6
152 2014 Porsche Cayman S, 3:02.6
153 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, 3:02.8
154 2022 BMW X4M Competition, 3:02.9
155 2014 Audi RS7, 3:03.0
156 2022 BMW M240i xDrive, 3:03.0
157 2020 BMW M340i, 3:03.2
158 2019 Subaru STI S209, 3:03.4
159 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, 3:03.5
160 2017 Audi S8 Plus, 3:03.6
161 2007 Chevy Corvette Z51, 3:03.6
162 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP, 3:03.8
163 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, 3:03.8
164 2018 Audi RS5, 3:03.9
165 2012 Porsche Cayman R, 3:03.9
166 2016 Ford Focus RS, 3:03.9
167 2018 Honda Civic Type R, 3:03.9
168 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, 3:04.0
169 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, 3:04.0
170 2017 Chevy Camaro 1LE, 3:04.0
171 2020 Cadillac CT5-V, 3:04.1
172 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe, 3:04.2
173 2013 Porsche Boxster S, 3:04.2
174 2024 Acura Integra Type S, 3:04.2
175 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, 3:04.3
176 2013 Audi RS5, 3:04.3
177 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, 3:04.3
178 2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost HiPo, 3:04.4
179 2007 Lotus Exige S, 3:04.5
180 2007 Audi R8, 3:04.6
181 2013 BMW M6, 3:04.7
182 2022 BMW i4 M50, 3:04.7
183 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Q4, 3:04.8
184 2018 Lexus LC500, 3:04.8
185 2012 Audi TT RS, 3:04.8
186 2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport, 3:04.9
187 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, 3:04.9
188 2023 Kia EV6 GT, 3:04.9
189 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, 3:04.9
190 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 Sport, 3:05.0
191 2013 BMW M5, 3:05.2
192 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 3:05.2
193 2012 Lotus Evora S, 3:05.3
194 2011 Lexus IS F, 3:05.4
195 2009 BMW M3 coupe, 3:05.4
196 2017 Audi RS3, 3:05.6
197 2008 BMW M3 coupe, 3:05.6
198 2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE, 3:05.6
199 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo, 3:05.8
200 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 3:05.8
201 2015 Lexus RC F, 3:05.8
202 2009 Porsche Cayman S, 3:05.8
203 2016 Lexus GS F, 3:05.9
204 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, 3:05.9
205 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, 3:05.9
206 2022 Hyundai Kona N, 3:06.1
207 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, 3:06.2
208 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe, 3:06.3
209 2010 Jaguar XKR, 3:06.4
210 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car, 3:06.4
211 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, 3:06.5
212 2011 BMW 1-series M, 3:06.6
213 2014 Jaguar XFR-S, 3:06.7
214 2021 Acura TLX Type-S SH-AWD, 3:06.7
215 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, 3:06.8
216 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, 3:06.9
217 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, 3:06.9
218 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition, 3:07.1
219 2014 BMW M235i, 3:07.2
220 2019 Genesis G70 3.3T Dynamic, 3:07.3
221 2022 Hyundai Elantra N, 3:07.3
222 2010 Ford Shelby GT500, 3:07.4
223 2017 BMW M760i xDrive, 3:07.6
224 2016 Audi TTS, 3:07.7
225 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Package, 3:07.7
226 2017 BMW M240i, 3:08.0
227 2011 Lotus Evora, 3:08.3
228 2009 Audi TTS, 3:08.4
229 2011 Ford Mustang GT, 3:08.6
230 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, 3:08.8
231 2011 Jaguar XFR, 3:08.9
232 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0, 3:09.0
233 2006 Lotus Elise, 3:09.2
234 2006 Chevy Corvette Z51, 3:09.3
235 2023 Subaru BRZ (brake/tire upgrade), 3:09.3


Yesterday at 11:28 PM 2024 E-Ray Results at VIR by teamzr1
Lightning Lap Results 2006 to 2024

Lap Time: 2:45.9
Class: LL3 | Base: $122,085 | As-Tested: $147,815
Power and Weight: 655 hp • 3947 lb • 6.0 lb/hp

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP; F: 275/30ZR-20 (97Y) TPC, R: 345/25ZR-21 (104Y) TP

The E-Ray is no stranger to VIR. During its gestation, the C8 development engineers thrashed it at America's Nürburgring on several occasions. In the process, they learned how to extract the quickest lap time from it, and we were glad they were on-site to share their knowledge.

You see, the E-Ray's small 1.1-kWh battery lacks enough capacity to provide full boost for the entire 4.1-mile lap, and the power supplied by the 160-hp electric motor driving the front wheels tails off beyond 120 mph.
That requires the driver to parse out the electrical energy by strategically utilizing the car's Charge+ mode, which allows the battery to deploy some of its juice while holding some in reserve.


Start the lap in Charge+ with a full battery, tap out of Charge+ exiting Snake for a couple of seconds of afterburner acceleration, tap back into Charge+ before the Climbing Esses, and tap out of it one last time for the Back Straight and the remainder of the lap. Luckily, the eight-speed auto shifts presciently, which allows you to focus on fumbling with the awkward Charge+ button on the side of the center console.

Aside from that annoyance, the E-Ray is impressive, its track performance confirming its middle-sibling position in the C8 lineup: The 2:45.9 lap time lands between the Stingray Z51's 2:49.0 and the Z06's 2:38.6. (FYI, the online video of the E-Ray's run shows the clock starting before our standard start line due to an incorrect lap-timer setting. We adjusted for that mistake to keep the E-Ray's time accurate.)

Pushed to its limits, the nearly two-ton E-Ray felt slightly larger and less precise than the 282-pound-lighter Stingray, but it's still well-balanced, with virtually no high-speed understeer.
It muscled through the slow Turn 1 at 1.12 g's, and the traction afforded by its all-wheel-drive system yanked it out of that corner going 0.6 mph faster than the track-animal Z06.
The E-Ray's carbon-ceramic stoppers felt like they could arrest a runaway train, but the propulsion system's limitations showed on the Front Straight, where the car topped out at 147.3 mph compared to the less powerful Stingray at 149.7 (the Z06 touches 159.5 mph there).
That deficit in no way diminishes the E-Ray's prowess.

The Corvette E-Ray is a big bruiser that can dance and thrill on track, the 31st quickest of the 327 production vehicles we've run at Lightning Lap and a multitalented middle child of the C8 family.

E-Ray ranked 32nd place
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Yesterday at 07:48 PM 94 year old guy and a Corvette Sports Car by teamzr1
The 94-year-old driver of a black C6 Corvette coupe faces multiple citations after a two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon that caused a pickup to overturn in Roseburg, Oregon.

Local police say Weyland Phillips was traveling west on Northeast Oakland Avenue in a Corvette when he allegedly quickly tried to cross Northeast Stephens Street without coming to a complete halt at the stop sign. In the process, the Corvette struck a pickup driven by a 51-year-old headed south on Northeast Stephens.

A photo from the scene shows the Corvette lost its front clip and driver’s door (likely due to the eventual extrication of the driver by emergency crews), coming to rest on the sidewalk next to a sign for Apex Ace Home Center. In another photo, the truck was shown upside down on the edge of the Apex property facing west, with its camper cover knocked loose and lying upright nearby on Stephens Street.

According to a witness, the Corvette was coming from Oakland Avenue between Clint Newell Auto Group and Safeway when it struck the southbound pickup.
The Corvette ended up on the sidewalk next to a sign for Apex Ace Home Center.
The pickup came to a rest upside down on the edge of the Apex property, facing westbound. The vehicle’s canopy came off and landed on Stephens Street.

Two ambulances were on site, and it appeared that both drivers were receiving medical attention, with at least one reportedly transported as a trauma patient. Southbound Stephens Street was closed, with traffic being diverted into the Safeway parking lot.
One lane of northbound traffic was able to get through the area under the direction of Roseburg Police.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Both drivers were transported to CHI Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and have now been released.
The 94-year-old Corvette driver was cited for having no operator license, driving uninsured, and careless driving.

02/20/24 05:45 PM Hig Speed C7 Crash by teamzr1
High-Speed Havoc: C7 Corvette Crash Shuts Down Sunrise Boulevard in Miami
The quiet of Monday night was shattered by a crash involving a Chevy C7 Corvette on Miami's West Sunrise Boulevard. The incident, now under investigation, raises concerns about speed and safety on the roads. The crash scene and its aftermath have prompted a closure of eastbound lanes, impacting local commutes and businesses.

In the quiet of Monday night, the thunderous silence following the screech of tires momentarily halted the usual hum of Miami's West Sunrise Boulevard. A Chevrolet Corvette, known for its sleek design and powerful engine, met with an unfortunate fate, becoming the center of an investigation led by the Plantation Police Department. The incident, occurring in the 9400 block of this bustling street, has since woven a tapestry of cautionary tales about speed and safety.
The Scene of Solitude

The aftermath of the crash painted a stark image against the night's canvas. There, in the middle of the road, lay the Corvette, its journey abruptly halted. The driver's side airbag had blossomed open, a silent testament to the impact's force.
The passenger door stood ajar, as if in a mute appeal for assistance, while fragments of what once was a symbol of automotive excellence were scattered like leaves in autumn. This vivid scene of disruption has prompted an immediate response from local authorities, with eastbound lanes from the 9500 block to Pine Island Road sealed off from the rhythm of daily life, as investigations take precedence.
Investigation Underway

The Plantation Police Department has since taken the helm, delving into the intricacies of the crash. The absence of immediate details regarding potential injuries or the necessity of hospital transportation adds layers of mystery to an already complex scenario.
Questions linger in the air, heavier than the night's humidity. What sequence of events led to this single-vehicle accident?
Was it a momentary lapse, a mechanical failure, or the road's siren call that led to this outcome?
These are the pieces of the puzzle that investigators are diligently working to place together, in hopes of painting a clearer picture of the events leading up to the crash.

Community Impact and Safety Concerns

The closure of eastbound lanes on West Sunrise Boulevard is more than a mere inconvenience; it is a ripple effect impacting daily commutes, local businesses, and the community's heartbeat. As authorities work tirelessly at the scene, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the fragile balance between speed, safety, and the responsibility shared by all who navigate these asphalt veins.
The Corvette's fate, while unique in its details, underscores a universal narrative: the road demands respect, and its laws, both legal and natural, are paramount.

As the investigation continues, the Plantation Police Department urges the public to heed road closure advisories and seek alternative routes.
The story of the Corvette on West Sunrise Boulevard, while still unfolding, is a poignant chapter in Miami's ongoing dialogue with speed, safety, and the pursuit of harmony on the road.
As details emerge, the community watches, waits, and reflects on the lessons woven through the tapestry of this night's event.

02/19/24 11:39 PM Carvana Sells a Stolen Corvette by teamzr1
A Savannah man says Carvana sold him a stolen Corvette, something he didn’t know until police ran his temporary tags.

Adrian Kirkland’s brother posted a TikTok after Savannah police took interest in Kirkland’s newly purchased 2017 Corvette.
“I couldn't believe it, man, I thought I was being pranked,” Kirkland told WJCL 22.

Within hours of picking up his car from Carvana, it was gone. Kirkland and his brother exclusively spoke to WJCL 22 about the traumatic experience.
“So many people have contacted me like, 'I can't believe they sold you a stolen car,' How did it pass the insurance because the insurance people insured it?

How did it pass the registration, the DMV?
What did it go wrong,” Kirkland said.

The TikTok went viral with nearly a half million people viewers in days, including folks at Carvana who acted quickly to resolve the situation.
Kirkland says they've offered to find him a new Corvette and provide compensation for the experience.
n a statement, Carvana says Kirkland is a victim of a "sophisticated fraud" and that they're working with Kirkland and investigators to make the situation right, including a full refund for his purchase.

Savannah police say they'll continue to hold the vehicle while the investigation continues.
Despite the company's efforts, Kirkland believes it should've never happened.

“You know, a billion-dollar corporation, why are you selling people stolen cars?
It could happen to you, and that's the reason we took to TikTok. It could happen to you,” Kirkland said.

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https://www.wjcl.com/article/savannah-man-says-carvana-sold-him-stolen-car/46847652

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02/17/24 09:32 PM Sound like a Supercar ? by teamzr1
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02/17/24 02:53 AM Gang Banger Steals whole tractor load of C8s by teamzr1
TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News/Gray News) - A man said he stole a tractor-trailer full of C8 Corvette cars because he was just released from prison and needed a ride home, according to authorities in Arizona.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Isaiah Walker was arrested Thursday on charges of robbery, 11 counts of theft of means of transportation and felony theft.

The sheriff’s office said the incident started at a truck stop in Willcox when Walker, of Oklahoma, approached the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Walker “spoke to the victim about his truckload, lulled him into a sense of security,” then grabbed the driver and threw him from the cab, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Walker drove off with the truck, which was hauling 10 Chevy Corvette C8s. The value of the sports cars is more than $1.25 million, authorities said.
A Cochise County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the truck and tried to get Walker to pull over.

“The stolen vehicle began driving recklessly, which caused (other) vehicles to leave the roadway,” the sheriff’s office said.
Walker later stopped the truck and was arrested by a deputy and a police officer from Willcox.

“Walker admitted to stealing the vehicle and advised that the Corvettes were not the reason and that he needed a truck to get home as he had just been released from prison,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

Willcox Police Chief Dale Hadfield thanked the deputy and officer for their actions.

“The deputy and officer showed great restraint and patience in bringing a serious crime to a peaceful resolution, all while keeping the property of others from being damaged,” Hadfield said.
“The stolen vehicle was safely recovered without damage and was released to the driver so he could continue his delivery.”

02/16/24 07:43 PM Aussies get E-Ray Later this Year by teamzr1
The 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray has been approved for Australian roads, more than 13 months after it was confirmed for our market.

The release of official ADR homologation data for the first electrified and first all-wheel drive Corvette doesn’t reveal too many surprises in terms of specifications, unlike the angrier Z06, which was nobbled by noise and emissions regulations in all major markets outside of North America.

Indeed, the 6.2-litre V8 pinched out of the Corvette Stingray continues to output an unchanged 369kW of power, but it’s paired with a 120kW/165Nm permanent magnet electric motor for a combined system output of 481kW, which will make the E-Ray the most powerful Corvette (and GMSV model) offered in Australia to date.
The electric motor draws current from a 1.9kWh battery pack that supplies power when moving away and accelerating, as opposed to offering a dedicated electric cruising mode.

The electrified Corvette is claimed to spring from 0-97km/h (60mph) in 2.5 seconds and push on to a top speed of 294km/h versus 312km/h for the Stingray, although the electric motor stops contributing at about 240km/h.

As with other Corvette powertrains, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will take care of gear-shifting.
GMSV has already confirmed the E-Ray will be released here in the second half of this year and so the emergence of homologation data is more of a formality at this stage, but it provides a good indication that things are progressing on schedule.

The Australian E-Ray – known legally as the ‘HP1’ tips the scales at, 1781kg and will roll on 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rears suspended by the same basic chassis set-up at the Stingray.
Right-hand drive production will begin at Chevrolet’s Bowling Green factory in Kentucky around mid-year and the first examples are due Down Under by around September, based on a six- to eight-week shipping period.

Pricing and finer specification details of the E-Ray will be announced closer to its release date, but odds are that pricing will position it somewhere between the $190,000 Stingray 3LT and $336,000 Z06 3LT.

02/14/24 11:34 PM WEC Season Starts Feb 28th by teamzr1
TF Sport in the UK shook down its pair of Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs ahead of the car’s FIA World Endurance Championship debut at the upcoming Qatar 1812km.
The two cars, fitted with their race liveries, turned laps at the Dubai Autodrome as part of a two-day test to prepare for the team’s first season with Corvette.
At least six drivers took part in the test, with Bronze-rated drivers Tom van Rompuy and Hiroshi Koizumi both on site, and factory stars Daniel Juncadella and Charlie Eastwood and Silver-rated additions Rui Andrade and Sebastien Baud.

Belgian racer Van Rompuy, who previously competed in LMP3 and LMP2, will share the yellow-nosed No. 81 machine with Andrade and Eastwood, while the sister lineup sees Koizumi and Juncadella team up with Frenchman Baud.

The Tom Ferrier-led operation will be the first team to represent Corvette in WEC’s new LMGT3 category, stepping into a new chapter after many years of racing Aston Martin machinery.
The team enjoyed a highly successful alliance with the British manufacturer in WEC, securing seven class wins (including two at the 24 Hours of Le Mans), a further 14 podiums and winning the GTE-Am title in 2022.

Juncadella, who will be making his WEC debut in his new role as Corvette factory driver is cautiously optimistic about the team’s chances for its first year with the GM brand, but stressed vigilance.

“I know there will be support from Corvette in the early days, because everything is so new,” Juncadella stated.
“But the TF Sport guys are also very high-level. I got to know them last year when we did a test at COTA, and they are highly motivated to be successful.
“Still, we have to accept that it’s early days, and we can’t go into the first round thinking we’re going to blow the field away.”

Juncadella had his first outing as a Corvette factory driver in the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing fifth in class as part of the Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports stable in GTD Pro.
The Spaniard believes the mileage clocked in what was a trouble-filled debut race for the Corvette Z06 GT3.R will be a benefit for the driver crew aboard the No. 82 car.
“I’m the kind of driver who doesn’t like to set expectations too high, I don’t think that helps the mentality and the focus,” he said.
“But on the other hand, it’s great to be doing all this mileage in the car ahead of the season, because it will give me the experience to help guide the team in the first weeks.
“It’s a brand-new car, it’s a new championship for me, and it’s Pro-Am, so there are many things coming into play.
“My main focus is to help my teammates get up to speed as quickly as possible, because they will have more impact on the speed of the car.”

02/10/24 04:13 PM 2021 C8 DCT TSB N212350930 by teamzr1
Some units of the 2021 Corvette Stingray may require a Transmission Control Module reprogramming.
The error in the module software could result in the active permanent status of a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC).
To address this issue, General Motors has released a new service update.

The new GM Service Update is tagged as N212350930, and was released in February 2024.
The service update only affects units of the C8 Corvette Stingray produced for the 2021 model year.
GM did not specify the number of units potentially affected by this issue.

According to the service update, certain 2021 model-year Chevy Corvette vehicles may incorrectly read an active permanent status for Transmission Control Module DTC P2781 (Downshift Switch Circuit High).

This could result in an automatic failure during emissions testing in jurisdictions that check the permanent's status of engine codes as part of the emissions testing protocol.

In order to address this issue, GM is instructing dealers to reprogram the Transmission Control Module with updated software through a dealer repair.
It’s also possible that vehicles involved in this service update can be reprogrammed using an over-the-air software update.


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02/09/24 04:31 PM 2024 C8 Invoice Numbers by teamzr1
2024 Corvette Invoice Numbers

Corvette Stingray

Current Invoice: $65,487.20
MSRP: $69,995.00
Destination: $1,695
Initial Invoice: $63,519.20
Initial MSRP: $67,895.00

Corvette Z06

Current Invoice: $107,206.40
MSRP: $114,395.00
Destination: $1,695
Initial Invoice: $105,238.40
Initial MSRP: $112,295.00

Corvette E-Ray

Current Invoice: $99,671.60
MSRP: $106,595.00
Destination: $1,695
Initial Invoice: $97,703.60
Initial MSRP: $104,495.00

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02/08/24 08:14 PM Recall C8 Headlight Problem by teamzr1
GM says a possible 273,255 vehicles across five brands, including the Corvettes, will need to be inspected to make sure their headlamps are working properly.

GM says in some instances the lower beam headlamps on some Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, and BrightDrop vehicles don’t illuminate as it becomes dark outside if the multi-function switch is in the “Off” or “Parking Lamp” position.
The condition can also cause daytime running lamps to go off while the vehicle is moving, which is against Canadian regulations.

Officials warn that if the headlamps fail to illuminate properly, visibility could be reduced and possibly lead to a higher risk of crash or serious injury.

Certified GM technicians are being told to inspect the affected vehicles and update the body control module (BCM) software, if necessary.

GM will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail, instructing them to set up an appointment with a GM dealer. If you’re wondering whether your vehicle is affected by the recall, you can also visit my.gm.ca/gm/en/recalls and type in your VIN.
Owners can also contact BrightDrop, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, or Transport Canada directly at the numbers below:

GM recall number: N232431050

2024 BrightDrop Zevo 400
2023 – 2024 BrightDrop Zevo 600
2021 – 2024 Buick Envision
2020 – 2024 Cadillac CT4
2020 – 2024 Cadillac CT5
2021 – 2024 Cadillac Escalade
2021 – 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2023 – 2024 Cadillac Lyriq
2024 Cadillac XT4
2024 Chevy Blazer EV
2023 Chevy Colorado
2020 – 2024 Chevy Corvette
2021 – 2024 Chevy Silverado
2024 Chevy Silverado EV
2024 Chevy Silverado HD
2021 – 2024 Chevy Suburban
2021 – 2024 Chevy Tahoe
2023 GMC Canyon
2024 GMC Hummer EV Pickup
2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV
2021 – 2024 GMC Sierra
2024 GMC Sierra HD
2021 – 2024 GMC Yukon
2021 – 2024 GMC Yukon XL

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02/02/24 07:20 PM Laguna Seca Raceway Sued For Noise & Traffic Complaints by teamzr1
Monterey County is facing litigation from people who chose to live near the historic track, opened nearly 70 years ago.
A handful of residents along Highway 68 are suing Monterey County for excessive noise and traffic at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The Laguna Seca circuit was opened in 1957, and residents knew the track would be graced by loud cars, so what changed? According to the group called Highway 68 Coalition, the number of races and events has increased "substantially" over the last two years compared with the period from 1974 until 2021.

"These increases include but are not limited to more racetrack event days, higher permitted noise levels, additional track rental days with intensified noise in excess of 100 dB, increased traffic, inadequate water supply and water quality, inadequate sewage disposal, and expansion of the camping grounds," reads the lawsuit.
And there's more.

The lawsuit also takes issue with the track allowing rentals to happen "now 340 days a year," according to Richard Rosenthal, one of the attorneys representing the disgruntled residents. "It's a facility that's used almost every day," adds the attorney, complaining that allowing different organizations to rent the track creates "a nuisance kind of noise," whatever that means.

Again, the track existed long before most residents in the area were even born. But assuming they have a leg to stand on, what do they want to come of this? Well, it wants Monterey County to ban any events that exceed the noise limits established in 1985. As you can imagine, Monterey County doesn't see things the same way.

Track days remain a major revenue source for the county, with 2022 events seeing more than $246 million in total direct spending, according to track management.
The County's communications director, Nicholas M. Pasculli, told SFGATE that Monterey "does not recognize any merit to the allegations and expects a favorable conclusion."

Monterey County's long-term concession agreement with the non-profit organization Friends of Laguna Seca would be impacted if the group were to win, but Monterey County says the scheduled activities and events for 2024 won't be affected by the lawsuit, including IMSA and its very loud machines.
It also means we can look forward to yet another epic Monterey Car Week, another awesome Porsche Renn sport Reunion, and loads more Porsche 911 9,000-rpm songs of speed.
Some residents won't like it, but they should move. The alternative is an increase in street racing stupidity, and that's certainly a worse prospect.

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02/02/24 04:40 AM Corvette GT3.R reliability issues by teamzr1
Corvette Racing drivers Dani Juncadella and Nicky Catsburg say they have no concerns about the amount of reliability issues in the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R experienced on its race debut in last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Both of the Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports entries in GTD Pro were delayed by technical problems in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, with the team’s best-placed car, the No. 3, making it home fifth in class, seven laps down.
The car shared by Juncadella, Antonio Garcia and Alexander Sims dropped down the order on Sunday morning when it suffered a cracked oil tank, a possible result of contact between Sims and Jenson Button’s No. 40 Acura ARX-06 during the nighttime hours.

Catsburg, Tommy Milner and Earl Bamber were classified eighth in class, 18 laps down, in the No. 4 car that went behind the wall for power steering problems.
Both AWA Corvettes in the GTD Pro class retired from the race altogether, the No. 13 car with persistent power steering troubles and the No. 17 with electrical trouble.
Juncadella said it would have been unrealistic to expect perfect reliability from the Z06 GT3.R right from the off and is confident that Corvette will get on top of the issues discovered at Daytona quickly.

“We knew it was going to be difficult after a couple of engine changes during the week [leading up to the race],” Juncadella told Sportscar365. “It’s always in the back of your head, whether the car will be reliable for 24 hours. I think we did pretty well.
“If there’s one brand that can find these little issues with a new car and fix them, it’s Corvette.
When you look back, when they introduced the C8.R, they had some issues, so it’s a normal thing with a new car.

“Last year Ferrari had a mess of a race here, so it’s nothing to worry about. Ford as well [struggled this year with the new Mustang GT3]. It’s a difficult task.
“We were always hoping, and we were leading for a chunk of the race, so that gives us confidence for the next races.”
Catsburg meanwhile described the Z06 GT3.R’s troubled debut as “typical new car stuff,” saying that the No. 13 AWA Corvette suffering problems with its power steering almost immediately, didn’t give him any cause for concern.

“It wasn’t mega successful, but I am still proud that we were up there with the fastest cars, and we were right there in the fight for a podium,” he told Sportscar365.
“We need to assess some of those smaller issues that we had, but I think we had a strong package here. There was no indication, all of a sudden it went. It’s typical new car stuff. It’s a difficult 24-hour race and anything can happen.

“It’s something we have to learn from, to improve, but the base was very good.”
Both Juncadella and Catsburg agreed that even with a clean run, a debut victory for the Z06 GT3.R was beyond reach owing to the spectacular late pace of the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 296 GT3, which ultimately took a comfortable class win.
Paul Miller Racing’s No. 1 BMW M4 GT3 was the other major contender for GTD Pro victory until it slipped to third with a series of brake-related dramas late in the running.
“We didn’t have the pace to beat Ferrari or BMW,” said Juncadella. “Maybe with the issues for the BMW we had the chance to be second, but there’s no way we could have beaten Ferrari.”
Catsburg added: “I don’t think we had enough for BMW and Ferrari, they were too fast for us, but we could have been on the podium.”

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01/30/24 03:41 PM 2023 Z06 faulty DCT Part by teamzr1
Some units of the 2023 Corvette Z06 DCT were installed with the wrong main control valve body, affecting the mid-engine sports car’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
To address the issue, GM has released a new Customer Satisfaction Program.

The Customer Satisfaction Program is tagged with reference number N232418320 & was released in January 2024.

The program only affects units of the Corvette Z06 produced for the 2023 model year.
GM did not specify the number of units potentially affected by this issue.
The main control valve body is a major component of the transmission, with this new Customer Satisfaction Program affecting the C8 Z06’s dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission (RPO code M1M) co-developed with Tremec.
To address this issue, dealers are instructed to replace the incorrect main control valve body with the correct unit. It’s estimated that the procedure will take 4.6 hours of labor time to complete.

The M1M dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission is exclusive to the 2023 Corvette Z06.

Although the transmission is similar to the M1L unit equipping the C8 Corvette Stingray, the M1M in the C8 Corvette Z06 includes a shorter 5.56 final drive ratio.

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01/26/24 01:22 AM 2024 IMSA Rolex Race by teamzr1
BoP was handed out again today

The Porsche 911 GT3 R was hit with 20 extra kilos, but also received a one-degree reduction in minimum wing angle. The Ferrari 296 GT3 received an extra 10kg and a one-degree increase in minimum wing angle. The Ford Mustang GT3 will carry 15 extra kilograms, and the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 adds an extra 5kg.

The Corvette Z06 GT3.R will have one degree added to its minimum wing angle. The only car that received no changes was the Lexus RC F GT3.

There was three practice sessions today, Thursday
First 2 sessions, both GTD Pro Corvettes had again engine problems as they did last week for the Roar before the Rolex

Third session, following their engine dramas earlier in the day, the two Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs led the way in GTD Pro with a one-two lockout, Earl Bamber setting the best of 1:46.770 to top the class in the No. 4 car ahead of Alexander Sims in the No. 3.

The 2 Corvettes in the GTD class ran badly for all three sessions





01/21/24 03:32 AM Jasons Photos of 2024 IMSA Rolex 24 Hour Part 2 by teamzr1
More of Jason's pit photos
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01/21/24 03:29 AM Jasons Photos of 2024 IMSA Rolex 24 Hour by teamzr1
Jason was our Team ZR-1 Corvette Racers pit reporter for the practices for the Roar of Rolex
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01/17/24 02:11 AM Techie - GT3.R Ready to Race Global by teamzr1
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R has big shoes to fill as it follows up the successful C8.R model that dominated the final year of the World Endurance Championship’s GTE Am class. But the move away from GTE rules to GT3 has required a rethink that make the newcomer different in several key respects
The Daytona 24 Hours later this month will herald the global competition debut for the latest GM sportscar to follow in the long line of successful Corvette Racing machines dating back to the C5-R from the last millennium.

Following the demise of the GTE rules, the Corvette C8.R that debuted in 2020 will be replaced in this year’s World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship among other international series – by a new GT3 model that’s been in development for over two years.
The product of a collaboration between Pratt Miller Engineering and GM’s Competition Motorsports Engineering division, the Z06 GT3.R was conceived in the virtual world in 2021 through driver-in-the-loop testing before first making it onto a track in September 2022.

“Our relationship between the constructor and GM is primarily on the powertrain side,” says Pratt Miller motorsports technical director Ben Johnson. “But with a greater user base of the car and worldwide adoption of the car by multiple teams, we wanted to make sure to take advantage of that relationship as much as possible to take any learnings that they had from NASCAR, IndyCar, prototype racing and our long history at Corvette.”

Different Ethos

Due to be operated by Pratt Miller’s factory-supported team and customers alike, it takes lessons learned on the C8.R that was converted to race against purpose-built GT3 cars in IMSA’s GTD Pro class after GTLM was dropped for 2022.
But the Z06 is a fundamentally different car to the C8.R and incorporates a significant number of shared components from the production model – thought to be the most of any previous Corvette racer – to reflect its need to be priced competitively on the customer car market.

“There’s market targets for it that GM wanted to obtain and we worked very hard to get to that while still being able to be as performant as the car needed to be in all the different places it’s going to race,” says Johnson. Indeed, where the “most of the parts were re-designed” on the racing C8.R due to the framing of GTE regulations, Johnson notes that is not the case for GT3.

Where the C8.R was devised to be fielded solely by Pratt Miller, the second mid-engined Corvette has been designed with customers in mind to be much more user-friendly. Compromises on serviceability and stability made on the C8.R to chase outright performance have been re-examined in the knowledge there would not always be a team of 10 professional racing mechanics to work on the Z06 GT3.R, or be raced by factory-level pros.

“It has to be easy to work on,” explains Johnson. “It has to be something that can be operated at a professional, factory type of level but then also a team that has different budget constraints or mechanics that aren’t full time, it has to be a logical vehicle for them to work on so people can pick it up and use the provided information to extract the most out of it without much experience.

“The C8.R has been hugely successful, so we certainly wanted to retain all of the learnings that we had from that vehicle, bring over the concepts, bring over the rationale of why a design was selected, but re-engineer it for cost, serviceability and to make sure it can work across multiple different championships with multiple different tyres.”

Chassis

The road-going Z06 chassis is largely unchanged in the GT3.R, which to Johnson is a testament to its “very well-refined” basis that “still hit all of our stiffness and mass targets”. Fewer modifications have been made relative to the more extreme C8.R due to a combination of regulations and cost, although he says “we do make some adjustments at the rear of the car for suspension mounting”.

A product of this is that the GT3.R “inevitably based on the construction techniques” has a slightly higher centre of gravity, although Johnson reveals that improvements in traction is “a big highlight”.

"We actively chose to extract as much performance from the diffuser, the front underwing, the floor of the car, as we could because those components have to be on the car, whether they’re complex or simple" Pratt Miller motorsports technical director Ben Johnson

“That was always a place on the GTE car that we were limiting and trying to find solutions for, so it’s a step forward,” he says. “New tires, old tires, the traction of the car is on average much better than the GTE car which is confidence-inspiring for pro and am drivers alike.”
Lengthening the wheelbase was considered in the design phase, but ultimately rejected as “a fairly complex and expensive” means of generating downforce and stability when Pratt Miller still managed to meet its targets using the production chassis.

Bodywork

“The regulations allow for a higher level of downforce” on the GT3.R than the C8.R, Johnson says, which has resulted in feedback that the Z06 “feels more secure where you have a bigger envelope to produce downforce and retain it through the corners”.

Among its notable features are a new rear wing, and new carbon fibre diffuser. Johnson explains: “We actively chose to extract as much performance from the diffuser, the front underwing, the floor of the car, as we could because those components have to be on the car, whether they’re complex or simple.
The difference in cost is relatively minor, the parts are made very similar regardless of their complexity.

Focus on the floor components also means it is less reliant on winglets and exposed parts that are prone to damage, evidencing its consideration of customers’ wallets. Among its cooling features is a side inlet inspired by the road car, reaffirming its stylistic resemblance.

Tires and brakes

Whereas the C8.R was designed to run exclusively on Michelin tyres, the Z06 GT3.R has to be versatile. It will run on Goodyear tyres in the WEC, Michelin in IMSA and Pirelli in SRO-run series.
Johnson points out that tyres are one variable “that you can’t fully characterise the development process”, not least since the properties of the Goodyear used by LMGT3 teams including GM’s newly-affiliated partner TF Sport were only officially released recently.
“Knowing what that tyre was two years ago when the process started was not a reality,” he says.
As such, understanding the tyres has been the focus of significant attention, both in the real and virtual realms.

“We had to build in a range and a set-up of the car that it could handle a tyre that was more understeer-balanced or oversteer-balanced and from an aerodynamic perspective and a suspension set-up perspective, you could cope with both of those,” adds Johnson. “We did sweeps in the DIL environment of high-grip and low-grip and balancing that front-to-rear to understand how capable the set-up and the vehicle was to accommodating the different tyre characteristics.”
The past two years of running the C8.R to GT3 rules in IMSA has given Pratt Miller a head-start when it came to configuring ABS for the Z06.

“We wanted to develop a car that was similar to a GTE car that worked extremely well without ABS, and then use ABS to help tune the balance of the car, protect from flat spots and add that capability in wet conditions or mixed grip conditions,” Johnson says.
Engine and gearbox
Working with the first mid-engine Corvette in the C8.R gave Pratt Miller an understanding of how its weight distribution and packaging influenced aero and suspension geometry. “We knew quite well what worked and what was probably a gap for the C8.R,” reflects Johnson. “That was all brought forward for the GT3 car.”

As such, these elements were optimised early in the design process. The 5.5-litre engine itself starts life with the same architecture as the road car and borrows more than 70% of its parts including the crankshaft, connecting rods, cylinder heads, fuel injectors, coils, gaskets and a variety of sensors. The primary difference lies in the oiling system, Johnson explains.

“We really didn’t start testing that engine in that configuration until the GT3 project began,” he says. “But we were confident in it knowing that the road car had gone through strenuous production car requirements and the ultimate power output from the road car was quite a bit more than we’d anticipate to ever run in the GT3 competition.”

Indeed, the GT3.R produces 500 horsepower instead of the 670 of the road car, but in a category governed by Balance of Performance where engine power is one of the lowest hanging fruit to tweak, there is more to be gained lower in the rev range.

“With that much power overhead, you can make decisions to decrease the engine cost or make it such that it’s very drivable,” says Johnson. “It isn’t peaky, the engine response is linear and can be anticipated well by the driver.”

"With that much power overhead, you can make decisions to decrease the engine cost or make it such that it’s very drivable. It isn’t peaky, the engine response is linear and can be anticipated well by the driver" Pratt Miller motorsports technical director Ben Johnson
The engine is mated to a racing-spec six-speed manual-sequential transmission.

Cockpit

“The cockpit of the GT3 car and the C8.R don’t look tremendously different,” according to Johnson. He explains that the GTE model was designed to accommodate “some very tall drivers and some very short drivers”, which meant that Pratt Miller had “already kind of pushed the envelope to both ends”.
“We’ve maximised the total seat area and the leg-lengths as much as you can, [as well as] the helmet clearance within the confines of the base car which you ultimately have to respect,” he says.

There have been minor modifications elsewhere, with tweaks to its integrated steel roll cage to provide easier ingress and egress, while the control systems the driver interacts with have been simplified.
“But ultimately with the addition of ABS and electronically-controlled clutches, there is more systems on a GT3 car than there was on the GTE car,” Johnson adds.

Ready to race

Virtual processes used for the first time on the C8.R were refined on the Z06, and with all of the big architectural decisions done through simulation, development could focus on sub-system reliability and refinements resulting from feedback into ergonomics, performance and drivability.
As such, Johnson feels the car is ready for Daytona, though admits as its debut looms, “You’re always more nervous about what you don’t know than what you know."

“I think we’re in a spot where everyone is comfortable going into the race,” he says. “We’ll certainly learn something in our first 24-hour event that we’ll carry forward with us. But there’s been a tonne of work to bring ahead as much of the learning early in the process and be focused on the small details now.
“We assume that things were done correctly and positive news is good reinforcement of that. But also we want to know where it can be made better.”

01/16/24 06:33 PM Teams Racing Corvettes for 2024 Season by teamzr1
A new season of racing marks a new start to the Corvette Racing program. The three-day Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway is the annual preview ahead of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will look very different for familiar with the Corvette brand.
Instead of one or two Corvette GT cars running around the 3.56-mile infield road course as has been tradition for the 25 years, a quartet of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R racecars are set for the Roar – one week before the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The quartet of Corvettes will be spread out in two classes of the WeatherTech Championship: Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports in GTD (GT Daytona) PRO and AWA in GTD. Nine GM factory drivers dot the roster of four cars.

• Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports: Antonio Garcia, Alexander Sims, Daniel Juncadella (No. 3 Oshkosh / Mobil 1 Corvette); Tommy Milner, Nicky Catsburg, Earl Bamber (No. 4 Oshkosh / Mobil 1 Corvette)

• AWA: Orey Fidani, Matthew Bell, Lars Kern, Alex Lynn (No. 13 Corvette); Anthony Mantella, Nico Varrone, Thomas Merrill, Charlie Eastwood
The official competition debut of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R comes almost 15 months from the first time the initial test car turned its wheels for the first time on a track. Since that time, continued testing and development has come at circuits around the United States and at Chevrolet’s Driver in the Loop (DIL) simulator.

The Corvette Z06 GT3.R is Chevrolet’s first car built to global GT3 regulations. It’s based on the production Corvette Z06 supercar with the two sharing a significant amount of DNA.

The racecar is built on the same production aluminum chassis frame from Chevrolet’s Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly plant – as the road-going Z06. Similar carbon-fiber splitters for front downforce, and the surface area from the top of the windshield to the rear of the Z06 remained intact on the Z06 GT3.R. That includes side air ducts behind the doors directly inspired by Z06 production road car that help to cool the engine, transaxle and rear brakes.

The similarities carry over to the hand-built 5.5L, flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine in the Z06 GT3.R. Both original from the Bowling Green factory with the racing version sharing 80 percent of the production content from the Z06, including the crankshaft, connecting rods, cylinder heads, fuel injectors, coils, gaskets and a variety of other sensors.

Corvette’s latest racing challenger benefits from a legacy of previous race- and championship-winning racecars. Three previous generations of Corvette – C5-R, C7.R and C8.R have visited Victory Lane at Daytona with the program claiming four previous class victories.
The goal for this year’s Rolex is to claim Victory No. 5… and No. 6.

The Roar Before the 24 is set for Friday-Sunday with GTD PRO and GTD qualifying for the Rolex 24 scheduled for 1:55 ET p.m. on Sunday. The session will stream live around the world on IMSA.com.

CORVETTE RACING BY PRATT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTES

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’ve raced the Rolex 24 many times but I think I’m looking forward to this year more than almost any previous ones. Obviously we have the new Corvette to debut in a race for the first time, and that is exciting for all of us. It’s a new chapter for us as drivers and everyone at Corvette and Pratt Miller.
The Z06 GT3.R has a lot of potential as we’ve seen in testing so let’s see how things play out first at the Roar. Sharing the No. 3 car with Alexander and Dani also is something new for me, and I’m very happy about it. Of course Alex has a good history with this team, and Dani is a very tough and fast competitor as he has proven against us in the past. I’m happy to race with him and not against him!”

ALEXANDER SIMS, NO. 3 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“It’ll be great to do some more laps in the new Corvette and get a better feeling for it following the testing we’ve already had. We keep improving things, which is what you want. There are some things that I’m still trying to get my head around like the ABS, so having some more laps is always a good thing. It’s cool and exciting to get the season kicked off.
The Roar is a nice, soft start to the year with three days at Daytona. Hopefully the weather is friendly for us. It should be nice. Overall I’m looking forward to getting everything kicked off with Antonio, Dani and the team. I’ve never worked directly with Antonio, Dani or Andy Ramsey, our engineer. So it will be nice to start working together in a more competitive environment as the season progresses. So far it seems like it is a recipe for good things to come.”

DANI JUNCADELLA, NO. 3 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“It’s a very special week coming up for me. It’s a new challenge and new beginning in my career to join one of the biggest brands in the racing world. Being part of this lineup in the No. 3 Corvette and all the legacy behind being a Corvette factory driver and joining such an experienced and successful team like Pratt Miller Motorsports is very special and very unique. I’m massively excited for everything.

The year starts with a big highlight because you could say this is our biggest race of the year. That makes it even more exciting on top of it. Also with the Z06 GT3.R… when you add all these things together, I really have to come into these weeks controlling my expectations and motivations. It’s like when you’re young and back for the first day at school. I have to control this excitement and focus and go day by day.
I’ve enjoyed this process and working with this group that I got to know in December. I feel very good within the team. I’m excited and looking forward to jumping on track and seeing how things are at this Roar.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’m ready to go racing. With 2023 being a little bit different year for me with more testing and less racing, coming to Daytona I’m even more anxious and geared up to go racing full-time. There has been a lot of simulator testing just about a year before the car first hit the track which is similar to what we did with C8.R. The level of anxiousness for me is a little higher because I’ve not raced full-time for more than a year.
This should be a fun year racing with Nicky and adding Earl at the longer races. This team operates as one team and there’s always been collaboration between both cars. It’s a great atmosphere within the team, and I’m happy that’s continuing with the guys we have this year.”

NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 4 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’m ready to go racing. With 2023 being a little bit different year for me with more testing and less racing, coming to Daytona I’m even more anxious and geared up to go racing full-time. There has been a lot of simulator testing just about a year before the car first hit the track which is similar to what we did with C8.R.

The level of anxiousness for me is a little higher because I’ve not raced full-time for more than a year. This should be a fun year racing with Nicky and adding Earl at the longer races. This team operates as one team and there’s always been collaboration between both cars. It’s a great atmosphere within the team, and I’m happy that’s continuing with the guys we have this year.”

EARL BAMBER, NO. 4 OSHKOSH / MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’m ready to go racing. With 2023 being a little bit different year for me with more testing and less racing, coming to Daytona I’m even more anxious and geared up to go racing full-time. There has been a lot of simulator testing – just about a year before the car first hit the track which is similar to what we did with C8.R. The level of anxiousness for me is a little higher because I’ve not raced full-time for more than a year.

This should be a fun year racing with Nicky and adding Earl at the longer races. This team operates as one team and there’s always been collaboration between both cars. It’s a great atmosphere within the team, and I’m happy that’s continuing with the guys we have this year.”

AWA PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTES

ALEX LYNN, NO. 13 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’m really looking forward to the Roar and the Rolex 24. Of course it’s the racing debut of the new Corvette, and there has been a ton of work put in by Corvette, Pratt Miller and GM. It’s a thrill to play a small part of it and get the enjoyable job of driving.
It’s a fantastic car, and we’re excited to start off 2024 with one of the biggest races in the world. It’s a huge honor. Every time you drive in a Corvette, you fight for the win. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going there with the dream of coming home with a new watch.
Going into the Roar, there is still a lot to learn and see and size up the competition. The emotions are a lot of excitement of getting Stateside and getting going.”

NICO VARRONE, NO. 17 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“I’m super excited to go back to the Roar – this time with the Corvette Z06 GT3.R. It’s the first time for us in official sessions, and it will be awesome to see the results of the work of a lot of people over the last couple of years.
As a team, AWA we haven’t had as much running as we would have wanted, but the car is well-developed with a lot of running and testing. For us, both the Roar and Rolex will be races against the clock to find out what the car likes and doesn’t like in terms of setup, electronics and other things we need to work on and catch up in order to be a contender. But this will be an exciting challenge and super fun.
I like our lineup. so everything goes well, we should have a good couple of weeks.”

CHARLIE EASTWOOD, NO. 17 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R:

“For both AWA and myself, we’re still relatively new to the Z06 GT3.R. We still have plenty to run through. Ultimately the Roar is an event in its own right, but really it is a test item for the big one the next week for the Rolex 24.
We have plenty of testing items to go through, all the drivers need more time in the car, but already things are in a fantastic place from the test we did before December. I’m looking forward to getting back into the car and into my first event and race weekend as a Corvette factory driver. It should be a good one.”

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01/11/24 04:07 AM The Roar Before the Rolex 24 by teamzr1
There are 12 cars in IMSA GTD-Pro class entered for The Roar Before the Rolex 24 next week

Two of them are the Corvettes but out of 6 drivers only one of them is an American frown

01/04/24 01:57 AM Corvette Racing season starts later this month by teamzr1
The class structure of global sports car racing is constantly evolving. But the emergence and refinement of the FIA-homologated GT3 platform over nearly 20 years has stabilized production-based classes and created the opportunity for convergence between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship and many other series using GT3 race cars around the world.

The worldwide accessibility and appeal of GT3 has convinced Chevrolet and Ford to join the fray with factory-supported racing versions of the Corvette and Mustang.
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R was revealed during 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona festivities and has been in development with Corvette Racing partner team Pratt Miller Motorsports for the last year. Ford, meanwhile, unveiled the Mustang GT3 roughly six months later at the 100th anniversary celebration of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both cars will make their worldwide competition debut later this month in the 62nd Rolex 24.

Mustang and Corvette are joining a deep pool with nine other FIA-homologated GT3 cars that will compete in IMSA’s GTD and GTD PRO classes: Acura NSX Evo, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, Ferrari 296, Lamborghini Huracán EVO2, Lexus RC F, McLaren 720S Evo, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche 911 (992).

Because the GT3 category emphasizes Pro-Am driver lineups, the cars are deliberately “user-friendly,” with driver aids including traction control and antilock brakes. Through Balance of Performance adjustments, cars are designed to weigh between 1,200 and 1,300kg (2,645-2,866 pounds); power is regulated to 500 to 600hp and each car must meet specific drag-versus-downforce specifications.

Modern Corvettes and Mustangs require remarkably little modification to be transformed into racing cars. In fact, high-end production versions of both cars feature more powerful engines than their GT3 racing counterparts!

Like every Corvette, the GT3.R is built up from an aluminum chassis produced at Chevrolet’s Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. The 5.5-liter flat plane crankshaft DOHC V-8 engine designated LT6 also originates from the Performance Build Center in southern Kentucky. The racing version of the LT6 shares 70 percent of its components with the standard Z06 engine that originates on the same line. Pratt Miller then fabricates the integrated steel roll cage and side intrusion safety features.

As with the production Z06, the Corvette GT3.R utilizes double wishbone suspension, adding racing-specific springs, dampers and brake components.
The racing car features a six-speed sequential transaxle rather than the dual clutch eight-speed in the stock Z06.

The Mustang GT3 starts its life on Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant before being modified for racing by Multimatic Motorsports. The 5.4-liter V8 engine is an enlarged version of the stock Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter “Coyote” power plant developed by Ford Performance and M-Sport, which is Ford’s longtime World Rally Championship partner.

Aside from the wild carbon fiber bodywork punctuated by an enormous rear wing, the most notable difference between the GT3 and Mustangs for the road is the rear-mounted transaxle with six-speed sequential shift. Multimatic also contributes proprietary dampers and bespoke short-long arm suspension.

North American sports car racing fans will see seven of the new American GT3 machines on the 2024 WeatherTech Championship grid, highlighted by factory-backed two-car efforts from Chevrolet and Ford in the GTD PRO class.
Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports will field the Nos. 3 and 4 Corvettes in a familiar yellow livery, while Ford Multimatic Motorsports’ entries are Nos. 64 and 65. In addition, AWA will represent Corvette in the GTD class with the Nos. 13 and 17 cars for the full season, with Proton Competition slated to enter the No. 55 Mustang in select events.

With Mustang and Corvette street cars now available for sale around the world, Ford and Chevrolet will also have an international racing presence with their new GT3 contenders. Proton Competition has entered two Mustangs in the WEC, against competition including a pair of Corvettes prepared by TF Sport.
“the Mustang is our icon,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsport.
“We are excited about 2024 for Mustangs in total and what they can do, but especially here in the WeatherTech (Championship) at the GTD PRO level.”

“Our goal is to have Corvettes racing around the world,” added GM sports car racing program manager.
“Our IMSA GTD PRO team is taking the lead on optimizing the running of the car so we can lift all teams to higher performance.”
The Corvette GT3.R and Mustang GT3 will make their official on-track debuts at the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the three-day test session Jan. 19-21 at Daytona International Speedway that also includes qualifying for the Rolex 24, which runs Jan. 27-28 on the same 3.56-mile road course.

Corvette customer team TF Sport has now signed all six drivers for its 2024 FIA WEC LMGT3 campaign, following the news today that Hiroshi Koizumi, Sébastien Baud and Daniel Juncadella will drive its No. 82 Corvette Z06 GT3.R.
The new-look trio completes the British team’s LMGT3 line-up, after the team revealed that Charlie Eastwood, Rui Andrade, and Tom Van Rompuy will drive the No. 81 sister car earlier this month.

Juncadella leads the line in the No. 82. The newly-signed Corvette factory driver has been supplied to TF for what will be his first WEC season.
The 2011 Macau Grand Prix winner brings a wealth of GT3 experience to the team for his first WEC campaign, including a Rolex 24 Hours GTD class win and a World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup title. He also has seven DTM seasons under his belt between 2013 and 2021.

“It’s going to be an exciting season: it will be the first opportunity to race in the FIA WEC and to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which makes it all so special. New team, new brand, new car, new teammates, everything is a new challenge and it’s really exciting.

“I am stoked to get to know the team well, to get to know Hiroshi during testing at the start of the season and also Seb, who I already know a little bit. I’m very keen to team up with them and get to work from day one: I hope we will have a strong season!”
Frenchman Baud is also new to the FIA WEC, and joins the LMGT3 class fresh from a World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup campaign with the Haupt Racing Team, in which he finished second in the Bronze Cup class standings.

“I am so excited to know that I am making a childhood dream come true,” he said. “It is an honor to join a successful team like TF Sport in the WEC. I will be driving a Corvette Z06 GT3.R, a car that marked my inspiration in the 24 Hours of Le Mans! I am looking forward to work with my more experienced teammates, from whom I will be able to learn even more, especially from Dani. Thanks to the team for the trust!”
Finally, Koizumi is ready for a full season with TF Sport after getting a taste of life in the FIA WEC paddock last year at the 6 Hours of Fuji with AF Corse in GTE Am. Koizumi also has recent experience in the Le Mans Cup’s GT3 class.

“I am really proud to work with such experienced drivers like Daniel and Sébastien,” Koizumi said. “I am looking forward to teaming up with Daniel Juncadella, winner of Macau and a successful DTM driver: it will definitely be a new opportunity for me.
We will do our best to be the number one driver package in the GT3 class.”

12/31/23 03:06 AM Bingo Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R Returns for Japan Cup Campaign by teamzr1
Bingo Racing will enter the Japan Cup leg of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS in 2024 with its restored Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R.

Team owner Shinji Takei and 2002 JGTC champion Akira Iida scored an unlikely victory in the first race of the Japan Cup season earlier this year at Fuji, marking the C7 GT3-R’s first win in SRO competition and a first for any model of Corvette since 2010.

However, the car was involved in a major accident in the second race of the same weekend, when Iida made contact with the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Hiroshi Hamaguchi approaching Turn 1.

The damage was enough to force the Bingo Corvette on to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

However, it has now been confirmed that the Callaway-built car will be back in action for the newly-separated four-round Japan Cup in 2024, beginning with the standalone weekend at Sportsland Sugo in June.

Drivers have yet to be announced, although it is “most likely” to be a Pro-Am pairing, according to Fanatec GT Asia’s press release.

Bingo becomes the third team to firm up plans to enter the Japan Cup following Comet Racing and D’station Racing.

12/22/23 08:50 PM C8 Transmission Park Lock Position Sensor Issue by teamzr1
Some 2020-2024 Corvettes may have a no start condition or the vehicle may not shut down.

In some cases, these conditions may lead to a drained battery.
There also may be a number of communication and powertrain DTCs set, including DTCs U0402, U0422, U1611, U0101, U0209, U3002, U1008, U0073, P07E6, P18E7, P17F6, P1961, P1964, P0652, P284F, P1789 and P0562.

These conditions may be due to park sensor drift in the transmission (Fig. 1, #5) or a communication error caused by a module or circuitry.

To help with diagnosis, start a Technical Assistance Center (TAC) case and forward the park sensor measurement in millimeters found in the GDS transmission data; ETRS data lists.
It’s not necessary to submit the session log for this condition.
TAC will contact GM Engineering with this data to verify the park position at birth.
The data comparison will confirm whether the transmission has park sensor drift that will require transmission replacement,
or if there is another direction for vehicle repair.

12/20/23 08:38 PM IMSA - Corvette & Mustang Each Claim Strong Racing Heritage by teamzr1
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the sportiest cars in the Chevrolet and Ford lineups, it was inevitable that the Corvette and Mustang would soon show up at racetracks across America. Here’s a brief look at the competition history of two iconic nameplates.

CORVETTE

The Corvette’s introduction in 1953 coincided with a post-war sports car boom that spurred the construction of several notable permanent road courses around the country, including Road America, Lime Rock Park, Watkins Glen International, VIRginia International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Chevrolet General Manager Ed Cole and chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov were huge proponents of using racing to develop the Corvette’s capabilities and grow its appeal.
By 1957, the production car had gained a V-8 engine and four-speed manual transmission, and it became a popular choice for racers, taking class victories at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in three of the next four years.

In 1960, Briggs Cunningham took a trio of Corvettes to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the lead car winning its class and finishing eighth overall.
Meanwhile back at home, a GM prototype called the Sting Ray was winning consecutive SCCA championships and providing clues about how the upcoming C2 version of the production car would look.
The peak racing C2 Corvette was the Jim Hall’s Grand Sport, which briefly led at Sebring in 1964 with future racing team owner/auto industry titan Roger Penske at the wheel.

When the C3 generation Corvette debuted in 1968, one of the first racing efforts was fielded by actor James Garner of “The Rockford Files” and “Grand Prix” fame. The C3 enjoyed competition success all around the world, dominating SCCA production racing and scoring numerous class wins in the classic American endurance races at Daytona and Sebring.
The C3 Corvette’s pinnacle was a series of increasingly wild IMSA racers built by John Greenwood with design input from Bob Riley.

Corvette’s mastery of SCCA racing continued after the introduction of the C4 in 1984.
Meanwhile, Chevrolet worked with Lola to build a prototype for IMSA’s original Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class.
This car ran from 1984-88, with a car prepared by Hendrick Motorsports taking two race wins.
The Corvette name reappeared in IMSA’s Daytona Prototype (DP) class from 2012-16, a very lucrative run that took 36 wins from 56 starts.

The familiar yellow livery of Corvette Racing appeared in 1999, starting a 25-year era in which the factory team developed C5, C6, C7, and C8 Corvettes into a world beater, earning many class championships and race wins as recently as this year, when Ben Keating, Nicky Catsburg and Nico Varrone took the LM GTE class win at Le Mans and went on to claim the season title in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

For 2024, Chevrolet is making available the Corvette Z06 GT3.R to customer teams; Pratt Miller Motorsports will field two cars in the Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class and AWA has a pair set for the Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

MUSTANG

The Ford Mustang hit the racetrack within weeks of its April 1964 release. Holman + Moody, famous for its exploits in NASCAR, built the V-8 engines for a trio of Mustangs that Alan Mann Racing campaigned in the Automobile Tour de France, a 4,000-mile road rally that included 17 “Speed Stages.” The Mustangs finished 1-2 in the 3-liter Touring class. Holman + Moody was also instrumental in developing the early Mustang into a Funny Car for National Hot Rod Association drag racing competition.

Like Holman + Moody, Carroll Shelby’s Shelby American team was involved in Ford’s successful prototype program that produced major sports car victories at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. Shelby also developed the 1965 Mustang GT350R, which quickly tasted success in the club and pro racing ranks with the SCCA and IMSA’s predecessors.
The SCCA’s premier pro Trans-Am series peaked in 1970, when Bud Moore-prepared Mustangs driven by Parnelli Jones and George Follmer took on Detroit’s Pony Car competition and clinched the championship for Ford.

The next notable racing Mustang was the 1975 Kemp Cobra II, a rulebook-bending custom that caused IMSA to create a new class called GTX. Bob Riley, who went on to design the dominant Riley & Scott Mk II prototype in the 1990s, was the “pencil” behind the Kemp car.

Riley was then part of a collaboration between Roush and Zakspeed that produced the front-engine Mustang GTP in 1983. Riley’s involvement with Roush concluded with the design of the Roush Racing Mustangs that were part of Roush’s 10 consecutive class victories in the Rolex 24 and Daytona events in which they competed.

Mustang remains the Ford body of choice in drag racing, and since 2019, the Mustang is the basis for Ford’s entries in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series. Team Penske has won the last two Cup Series championships using Mustangs, with drivers Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.

Ford has offered a turnkey Mustang GT4 racing car developed by Multimatic since 2016 that is a regular race winner in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. For 2024, the racing Mustang stable will expand to include the Multimatic-prepped Mustang GT3, which is eligible for the GTD PRO and GTD classes of the WeatherTech Championship.

Direct competition in the same class between Mustang and Corvette has been relatively rare over the years. Especially in GTD PRO, it’s likely to be a highlight of the 2024 IMSA season.

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