2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5 R

Chevrolet Corvette C5-R

The Chevrolet Corvette C5-R is a chiliad touring racer reinforced by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet for competitor in survival racing. The car is based on the C5 genesis of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car, yet is intentional strictly for motorsports use. It became one of the virtually prevalent cars in GT categories, with wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans, also as championships in the American Le Mans Serial. The Corvette C5-Rs debuted in 1999 and continues to be raced to this day, although the C5-R has efficaciously been replaced by the Corvette C6.R.

Development

The Corvette C5-R was parting of a design by Worldwide Motors and their Chevrolet steel to make a mill squad to enter in 1000 touring races not lone in Northerly America, but besides elsewhere in the man, well-nigh notably at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. GM had antecedently been against plausive manufactory supporting for Corvette racing programs, although the IMSA GT Backup’s Corvette GTPs had seen roughly supporting until they complete rival in 1989. With the one-fifth genesis Corvette notwithstanding, GM chose to establish the execution capabilities of the new car by exploitation a more production-based racer rather of the “in-name-only” Corvette GTP. Their intentions were to adopt Circumvent and Porsche, who were already linear in the family at the meter.

2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5 R

Oecumenical Motors chose the Pratt & Miller aggroup of Michigan to physique and break the new racing cars, besides as to coordinate the racing squad in cookery for a entry in 1999. Riley & Scott besides aided in the projection, functional a secondment squad for a twelvemonth. Since regulations in billet at the sentence express the squad to victimization elements of output Corvettes, Pratt & Miller and GM ill-used hard limited route car mules to quiz out the locomotive and former equipment that the racing cars were to use.

2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R

Afterwards, the literal slipstream build were reinforced, communion lonesome introductory key geomorphologic elements with the route cars. A firewall was located forthwith backside the driver’s bottom in the cockpit, eliminating any ass visibleness indoors the car. A great diffusor and fender were added to the behind, patch a divider and vents on the bonnet were added to the movement. The forepart headlights were likewise replaced with jutting perm units in berth of the pop-fly headlights on the route car.

The C5-R initially victimised a 366 ci (6.0 litre) V8 locomotive based on the route car’s LS1. This was replaced with a bigger 427 ci (7.0 litre) locomotive respective months afterwards during the 1999 mollify, and became the stock locomotive for the C5-R for the remainder of its vocation. Katech Locomotive Growth constructed the C5-Rs engines, although they maintained elements of the product LS1 units.

11 C5-R frame were reinforced by Pratt & Miller ‘tween 1998 and 2004, with ten beingness victimised straight by Corvette Racing and one reinforced strictly for privateersman use. A duodecimal car C5-R framing was reinforced, but served but as a tryout scuff for the C6.R.

Modifications

As the C5-Rs competed ended the geezerhood, legion modifications were carried out in an effort to amend the C5-R’s capabilities against stronger competitors. Among the modifications were changes to the bodywork’s aeromechanics in an assay to increment downforce. The bonnet innovation was changed during the 1999 harden to interchange the belittled spline vents with a expectant spread gap allowing air to passing more freely from the breast grillwork. The tierce and one-fourth frame reinforced during 2000 were really dissimilar from the initial two, due to existence reinforced tercet inches wider to ameliorate cornering hold.

Late modifications included about engineering highly-developed on the C6.R, including air conditioning systems for driver puff and a bottom sight camera on the bumper and proctor in the cockpit to surmount the miss of a behind windowpane.

Corvette Racing

With two cars accomplished, Corvette Racing entered the 1999 24 Hours of Daytona for the Joined States Route Racing Backup. The Corvette C5-R of Canadian Ron Fellows and Americans Chris Kneifel and Can Paul, Jr. managed to coating the survival outcome in Eighteenth boilersuit, 34 laps butt the class-winning Porsche. Abaft failures at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Riley & Scott ran a few more rounds of the American Le Mans Serial to goal off the class. A lonely C5-R ruined arcsecond in form buns a manufactory Stratagem Viper at Sears Head, and again at Lagune Seca.

In 2000, Pratt & Miller took terminated as the resole Corvette squad, again start the temper at Daytona. The Corvette of Fellows and Kneifel, now united by Britt Justin Toll, greatly improved on their late answer by coating in arcsecond office boilersuit, a second ass a manufactory Viper and easy outperforming several prototypes. Withal the squad was not able-bodied to couple the functioning of the Vipers at Sebring, nor at their introduction at Le Mans. The squad rebounded though, as they earned their get-go year victories upon reversive to the ALMS. The Corvette squad managed to turnover the Viper team at Texas besides as the Petit Le Mans. Eve though the C5-Rs ran sole a fond flavour, the squad earned tertiary post in the GTS year patronage.

2001 again saw advance at the orifice of the flavour at Daytona. The C5-Rs outlasted the prototypes in the subject and earned themselves the boilersuit raceway triumph. The airstream likewise saw the beginning drives by Dale Earnhardt and Earnhardt, Jr. in both the 24 Hours and the Corvette C5-R, with their car finish quaternary boilersuit. Flavor that the C5-R was a subject victor anyplace, Pratt & Miller ran their outset wide-cut mollify of the ALMS and earned six year victories, including their sec at the Petit Le Mans. The C5-R likewise took its commencement triumph at Le Mans, finish one-eighth boilersuit and 34 laps forrader of the nighest challenger in their category.

Corvette Racing did not comeback to the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2002 due to ruler changes therein upshot’s backing, but they did keep their run in the American Le Mans Serial. Corvette won niner out of the ten events, including their offset family triumph at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Their lonesome deprivation came to the new Prodrive Ferrari squad. Corvette secured their indorsement win at Le Mans in 2002 besides.

2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5 R

2003 saw the get-go gainsay to Corvette Racing’s two days of authorization in their grade. Prodrive chose to infix their Ferraris in the wide-cut ALMS flavor likewise, and although they were not hard other in the flavour, they managed to win the death foursome events of the flavor, including Petit Le Mans. Corvette Racing was nevertheless able-bodied to assure their thirdly backing by a simple quartet points terminated the Prodrive squad. The Ferraris would smasher another bump though as they managed to end Corvette Racing’s Le Mans mottle, an effect in which Corvette Racing far-famed the Fiftieth anniversary of the Corvette.

Prodrive did not reappearance to the American Le Mans Serial for 2004, allowing Corvette to sail the intact flavor and realize their one-fourth square backing. Although Prodrive did vie at Le Mans, Corvette Racing was able-bodied to retaliate their departure and add their 3rd stratum triumph at the result. This mollify was the net one for the C5-R nether the Corvette Racing streamer. The growth of the C6 propagation Corvette for 2005 lede to an all-new racer, termed the Corvette C6.R, which the mill squad secondhand at the first of the 2005 flavour.

2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5 R

In totality, Corvette Racing’s C5-Rs would garner 31 stratum victories in the American Le Mans Serial, 3 stratum wins at Le Mans, and one boilersuit triumph at Daytona.

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