Corvette Edurance Racing
In last issue of New Roads, a publication from Chevrolet there is an article about a guy from Florida that works for a water purification company that requires a lot driving. His current daily driver is a 2000 Corvette coupe that has 730,000 miles on the original engine. His 1991 Corvette was retired at 342,000 miles. This is proof that Corvette has learned much from it's endurance racing program. To put endurance racing in perspective, by the time the average NASCAR Daytona 500 ends (3.5 hours) a typical Corvette at the 24 Hours at Daytona would have made the first of 10 driver changes (3 drivers do shifts totaling about 8 hours each). In the 24 hour run, the two Corvette C7.R's each covered 2,570 miles, wore out 26 sets of tires and four sets of brake pads, but the Chevy V8 needs no service, its production based block and heads, holding up perfectly. The tuned down race version is limited to 488 HP. Interesting indeed!