Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a one of a kind sports car; it actually does look like the Z06 minus the 190 hp. And while we’d all wish that we can park this Corvette in our garage, it has more exciting things to do first. The Corvette Grand Sport was chosen to serve as the pace car for the upcoming 2017 Indianapolis 500, the 101st run of this legendary race.
The Chevrolet Corvette will once again grace the Brickyard as the official pace car after a year off. Its track-ready Grand Sport variant will be the on the front of this year's race scheduled on May 28. The Vette's Grand Sport pace car is painted with a white finish, and a blue strip runs from the front hood to the rear of the car. Red strips are also found on the front fenders and side sills.
Furthermore, the iconic Indy 500 logo is placed on the sport car's doors. The alternative carbon fiber aero set will give the 'Vette a more aggressive look. The American company further disclosed that the sports car is fitted with performance equipment that will aid the pace car when lapping the track. The coupe is also fitted with 6.2L V8 engine that produces around 460 hP (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Newton-meters) of torque.
Its 8-speed automatic gearbox will deliver the output directly to the front wheels with an electronic limited slip differential. A set of 19 inch 285/30 tires at the front, 20 inch 335/25 units on the back and a magnetic ride control suspension aid in achieving the car's 1.2g of cornering capacity. Furthermore, the Z07 package's Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes are no joke, it lets the sports car achieve incredible speeds with less effort.
This is not the first time for the American automaker to send a sports car as a pace car, as this is the 14th time a 'Vette will take its place as a pace car, and it will also be the 28th Chevy to do so. A vehicle from the Bowtie has performed this duty for every year ever since '02. Around 2016, a Camaro SS was the official pace car, and a Corvette Z06 was the chosen car for the 2015's race.
The first Chevy to take part as a pace car did its duty way back in 1948, when a C3 Corvette did its job. Marketing director for Cars and Crossovers, Steve Majoros, said that Chevrolet is proud to once again grace the Indianapolis 500. He further added that the Corvette Grand Sport's performance capacity and heritage make it the most appropriate vehicle to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
The American automaker is hoping to secure a victory at the Indy 500 this year. In the previous year, Alexander Rossi bagged the victory in a Honda-powered car, with Carlos Munoz securing the 2nd place with a Honda engine too.