Everything You Want to Know About the 2000 Corvette, All in One Place.
Since its inception in 1997, the C5 Corvette had proved to the world that it was not only a serious contender on the street but on the racetrack as well. The arrival of the new century – and the new millennium – did nothing to deter that opinion.
While the 2000 C5 Corvette underwent little physical modification from that of its predecessor, it did receive some limited design changes as well as some unique enhancements that continued to perpetuate the car’s popularity both on the track and at the dealership.
Corvette began the new millennium with continued momentum at the racetrack. While the C5-R had established itself as a contender at the racetrack during the 1999 racing season, Chevrolet decided to increase the cars capabilities by enhancing it for the 2000 season.
To start, Chevrolet replaced the race car’s 6.0 liter engine with a 7.0 liter V-8, which resulted in a net increase of 20 horsepower for the 2000 C5-R. The car placed third and fourth in its class (10th and 11th overall) at the 24 Hours of LeMans in June, 2000.
In September of that same season, Corvette (and its drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim) would gain its first victory during the American LeMans Series (ALMS) race in Ft. Worth Texas.