While watching the replay of the 12 Hours of Sebring, I was glad to see Chevrolet continuing the Corvette Racing “Technology Transfer” segments which can be seen during the ESPN/ABC race broadcasts. The Technology Transfer segments highlight the transfer of racing technology from the track to the production Corvettes.
This year, Chevrolet has tapped former Corvette Racing ace turned race commentator Johnny O’Connell to introduce this year’s series of tech transfer which will take a look back at the six generations of Corvettes and many of the innovations which sprang from motorsports racing.
The Technology Transfer segment for Sebring mostly consisted of O’Connell’s set up for Long Beach, where the focus of will be on C1 – the first generation of Corvettes. Johnny delivered the setup from the driver’s seat of a 1953 Corvette and later joked that Chevy would let him drive their million-dollar race cars, but was very hesitant about allowing him to sit in 53 roadster.
During the race, the title sponsor Mobil 1 had their own tech transfer segment called “Technical View”. That segment also featured Johnny O’Connell and the Corvette C6.R as he discussed Mobil 1 motor oil’s long standing partnership with Corvette Racing and how the oil technology has improved over the years. Those improvements have lead to better fuel economy and engine performance for street cars that utilize Mobil 1 oil.
You can watch video here, plus we threw in a little bonus coverage which includes Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner doing battle with Joey Hand and BMW as well as a promo for Chevy’s Race to Win sweepstakes.
We bring you the next installment of Corvette Racing’s “Technical Transfer” segment from the streets of Long Beach when the American Le Mans Series heads to California in April.