Corvette Of The Day: 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Challenge Race Car
The Corvette Challenge started in 1988 following the removal of the C4 Corvette from the Showroom Stock racing class by the SCCA. Having dominated the series for years, the SCCA established a one-make series exclusively for the C4, known as the Corvette Challenge, which ran from 1988 to 1989.
For the 1988 season, 56 Corvettes were manufactured, all equipped with standard features, including the 245-hp cross-fire fuel injection engine, Doug Nash 4+3 manual transmission, Z51 Performance Handling Suspension package, AC3 6-Way Power Driver Seat, UU8 Delco-Bose Stereo, Z6A Side Window and Side Mirror Defog System, and 24S Blue Tint Glass Removable Roof Panel. Following assembly in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Protofab of Wixom, Michigan, modified the cars for competition, adding racing seats, a full roll cage, an onboard fire-extinguisher system, Bilstein shock absorbers, and special Dymag wheels.
The Corvette Challenge series quickly gained a dedicated fanbase due to the intense and competitive racing environment. With all cars closely resembling each other, the races served as a true test of driver skill and courage. In many instances, victory went to the most aggressive driver on the track.