“The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by a multi-faceted effort involving Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller and GRAND-AM. Chevrolet also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara,” said Mark Kent, GM Racing director. “The IMSA GTP Corvette Prototype campaigned by Hendrick Motorsports in the ’80s was the inspiration for this new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype. And, like the GTP Corvettes, the new Corvette Daytona Prototype contains numerous styling cues from the street version of the Chevrolet Corvette.”
Look beneath that beautiful exterior and you’ll find — surprise! — a Chevy small-block engine producing 530 peak horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. Here’s a partial laundry list of parts that conspired to make those numbers:
Aluminum 5-liter modified production block. The car uses a de-stroked, LS9-based small-block topped with aluminum, CNC-ported cylinder heads.
Chevy LSX C and C ported cylinder heads with individual runner intake manifold.
Dry sump oiling.
The Corvette prototype is scheduled for its first test on the track Nov. 16. When the 2012 Grand-Am Road Racing Series commences at Daytona next January, five teams will campaign the Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012: No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing; No. 10 SunTrust Racing; No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing; and the No.’s 5 and 9 Action Express Racing teams.
Jim Campbell,Chevrolet vice president for performance summed up the press event succinctly:
“We’re thrilled with this car. We can’t wait to get on the racetrack.”
The feeling is mutual.
Corvette’s history in Daytona Beach includes Zora Arkus Duntov the “Father of the Corvette” and the car’s famous chief engineer in the 1950s and ’60s–setting a flying-mile speed record of more than 150 mph on Daytona Beach, one of a number of record runs there for him. When Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, Arkus-Duntov turned the fastest laps, 155 mph, in a Corvette SS.
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