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2010 Corvette C6.R ZR1 GT2 Roars Around The Racetrack

First Corvette built for the GT2 category

The Corvette C6.R was introduced to the world in 2005, as both the motorsports testbed of the forthcoming C6 Z06 and C6 ZR1, and as an out and out GT race car. It had two major specs for the two major events it always entered: GT1 (or, as it was renamed, GTE) at Le Mans, and GT2 (or as it was renamed, GTE-Daytona) for the Daytona 24 Hours and IMSA Series races.

The C6.R ZR1 GT2, if you were to use its full name, was the model used in the last four years before the Corvette C7.R was introduced, and had a slick sequential manual operated by paddles that was combined with the rear differential to create a rear transaxle. This style of transaxle eventually made it into the road-going Corvette, especially the Grand Sport and ZR1 of the C7 generation.

In terms of engine power, three different engines were used throughout the C6.R lifetime. The GT1 spec for Le Mans used a 7.0 liter LS7.R engine, producing a chunky 590 HP. This  GTE and GT2 specs were introduced by a 6.0 liter LT5.R for 2009, and a 5.5 liter LT5.R from 2010 to 2013. The GT2 spec engine produced about 470 HP, depending on altitude and temperatures at race time. As well, neither the LS7.R or LT5.R engines had superchargers, as they were too large in displacement to warrant forced induction in either racing spec.

The car featured in this video by 19Bozzy92 YouTube channel, chassis C6RGT-001, marked Corvette’s debut in the new GT2 category, emphasizing production-based components, departing from the dominant GT1 class. With styling cues from the Corvette ZR1, it debuted in the final 2009 American Le Mans Series races with a 6.0L, 470 hp V8, later downsized to 5.5 liters for 2010 regulations.

Notable for its role in the 2009 Laguna Seca race, where it collided on the finish line, Chassis 001 was repaired for the 2010 season, competing in the American Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans before being sold to Larbre Competition for further races, including a class victory at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Now, we get to see it in action again after being restored to its 2010 Corvette Racing livery!

Source: 19Bozzy92