No, it’s not the upcoming C7 Chevrolet Corvette, but the latest creation from the bowtie boys might even be cooler.
Chevy has pulled the wraps off its 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype, a mid-engine racer designed to compete in the Grand-Am Racing Series. The car is a joint effort that involved Chevrolet, Pratt & Miller, Riley, Coyote, Dallara, and Grand-Am officials. The end result is a bona-fide race car with a number of unmistakable Corvette cues, including the traditional twin flag logo, hood design, and quad taillights. The car will allegedly be powered by a 5.0-liter small-block V-8, which is placed aft of the passenger cabin.
“Racing and performance are the founding principles of Chevrolet, and bringing the Corvette Daytona Prototype to Grand-Am is a tremendous opportunity,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The opportunity for innovation is what makes the Daytona Prototype Class such a good fit for Chevrolet.
The development team drew inspiration from Hendrick Motorsport’s IMSA GTP Corvette Prototypes that raced during the 1980s, but also tapped into the Corvette’s ties to Daytona, which go back even further. Corvette godfather/ chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov piloted a Corvette on Daytona Beach and achieved a flying-mile speed record of over 150 mph. In 1959, Duntov drove a Corvette SS on Daytona and turned the fastest laps at 155 mph. And back in 2001, a team of drivers pushed a Corvette to an overall spot in the Daytona 24-hour endurance race.
The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype will do a test run on November 16 at the Daytona International Speedway. From there, it will kick off next year’s Grand-Am Road Racing Series Rolex 24 from January 26-29, 2012 at the same track.