When a sports car’s design team decides to take inspiration from racing heritage, the results had better not disappoint. Revealed in Geneva and inspired by the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, Chevy’s new Grand Sport Corvette combines a lightweight architecture, track-honed aero, Michelin dancing shoes and a naturally aspirated engine. So far so good, eh?
Chevy claims this car has Corvette Racing in its DNA, and with an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability (up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package) they’ve definitely got our attention. The car takes several design cues from the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.
“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”