Corvette Chief Engineer and VLE Performance Vehicles Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles spoke Saturday morning to Corvette enthusiasts in the Corvette Corral tent at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. In this two-part video, they covered topics including the transfer of technology that goes hand in hand with racing and production and again they discussed the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
The 12 Hours of Sebring reared its head and bit the Corvette Racing team hard on Saturday as the team faced multiple challenges in the first American Le Mans race of the season. Both cars had issues, and their fate was sealed when the #4 Corvette crashed into the #3 Corvette in pit lane. Although both Corvettes were able to get back out on the track, the lost time in the pits and garage cost the team 11 laps off the lead and consigned the #3 and 4 to 8th and 9th place finish respectively.
We spoke with Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan on the Friday before the 12 Hours of Sebring. We asked Doug about technology transfers between racing and production, last season’s climatic ending at Laguna Seca as well as what’s new for the team for 2010.
Mobil 1′s The Grid has a nice feature on Corvette Racing preparing for the 2010 American Le Mans season.
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The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring is huge in the world of sport car racing and GM has used the event in recent years to leverage the media and enthusiasts gathered in Central Florida to showcase new products. Just last year we witnessed the public debuts of both the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Editions.
Here is a video of the new 5.5L GT Corvette C6.R running a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway during the teams recent practice session. Our friends at Bad Boy Vettes hooked up with driver Oliver Gavin to give us an inside look at what the driver is seeing and doing as he makes his way around the historic and very bumpy 3.7 mile 17-turn road course. OG makes it sound easy but try doing this for 12 hours with a full field of competitors. At least the drivers have something to look forward to as they round Turn 10!
Bad Boy Vettes
The Corvette Racing team was recently in Central Florida for a private test at Sebring International Raceway. During the session, these official photos were taken. My favorite of the set is the one I posted above with Johnny O’Connell behind the wheel of a Jetstream Blue ZR1 flanked by the two Corvette C6.Rs. We also get a chance to see new driver Manu Collard wearing the Crossed Flags for the first time too!