Corvette Racing, a joint effort between Normal Motors and the engineering firm Pratt & Miller, has been one of the crucial profitable groups in sports activities automobile racing over the previous quarter of a century.
Its yellow Corvettes are regulars in IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship races, together with on this previous weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans the place the group’s no. 3 Corvette C8.R took residence a category victory.
Nonetheless, with the arrival of a brand new Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automobile subsequent 12 months, GM will finish its full manufacturing unit effort and move the mantle to buyer groups. That is in line with Mark Stielow, GM’s motorsport competitors engineering director, who spoke lately with Sportscar365.
“As we moved into the GT3 platform we needed to have the ability to be extra customer-based,” he mentioned. “There was a number of inner debate inside GM and us about whether or not we’d need our prospects racing towards a manufacturing unit.”
2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automobile
Stielow mentioned GM will probably nonetheless help drivers by getting them into groups fielding the Corvette Z06 GT3.R in what he known as a “hybrid” program. The transfer is prone to appeal to extra buyer groups, which might result in extra Corvettes on the observe.
Stielow additionally indicated that Pratt & Miller could also be among the many groups fielding the brand new race automobile, although any entry will probably have a unique title than the present Corvette Racing banner.
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R was proven for the primary time in January. The automobile continues to be in improvement however deliveries are confirmed to start out within the third quarter of the 12 months, giving groups sufficient time to check the automobile forward of the 2024 season.
The automobile’s fundamental competitors will likely be within the GTD class of the SportsCar Championship, in addition to the comparable LMGT3 class to be launched to the World Endurance Championship in 2024.