Although Oliver Gavin has officially retired from racing, he’s still a member of the Corvette family as a Chevrolet Brand Ambassador for Europe. In this new video from Michelin, Oliver meets up with fellow race car driver Oli Webb who is a brand ambassador for Michelin tires. The two drivers get together during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England where they will be driving the Z51 Coupe on the famous Goodwood Hill Climb, but first, they do some preliminary track testing of the new European-spec C8 Corvette Stingray that will go on sale later this year.
Olly tells Oli the origin story of how Michelin tires came to be the factory fit option for the Corvette. Corvette Racing’s competitors were beating the Corvette C5-R pretty handily while using Michelin tires so the Corvette team switched to the brand in 2004. Gavin calls it the single biggest improvement in performance he ever saw in his time at Corvette Racing by simply changing just the tires of the race car.
Today, he points out the Michelin tires on the C8 Corvette were specifically designed for the car by Michelin engineers just like the race tires were designed for the race cars.
From Michelin via YouTube:
Oli Webb, Racing Driver and Michelin Ambassador, went to meet Oliver Gavin, 5 x Le Mans winner, to meet the brand new UK-spec Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray. Olly Gavin has been busy testing this car and its specially-tweaked Pilot Sport 4S tyres over the past 4 years, so he is the perfect person to give the walkaround on the car both drivers will be taking up the famous Goodwood hill climb for Michelin at Festival of Speed 2021
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