Sixty years ago, Chevrolet made its small block V8 engine available in the Corvette. Every year since then it has produced a Corvette with a V8 engine featuring just two valves per cylinder – operated by pushrods – and just the one camshaft. Technologically speaking it’s light years behind the likes of the high-winding Ferrari 458 Italia, the Porsche 911 RSR and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. However when the prizes came to be handed out at Le Mans yesterday, it was the brash american that once again stood at the top of the results sheets in the GTE Pro category.
On the road it’s a similar story; despite being the poor relation in terms of engine tech, the Corvette is right at the top of the tree when it comes to driving thrills and lap times. In the States the word is already out that the hot Corvette – the 650bhp Z06 – is a match for anything short of a Hypercar in terms of performance. Unfortunately, GRR is yet to get its hands on the latest Z06, but rest assured we’ll be watching the car’s dynamic UK debut at FoS in the Supercar category very closely indeed.
Consider that elsewhere in the Michelin Supercar Run there will be a Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce, Hennessey Venom GT, Bentley GT3R, Ferrari 488 GTB and Aston Martin Vulcan (to name just a few) and you can imagine the levels of fever in the GRR office!